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Exclusive excursions in New yorkOne of the most rewarding, smartest and easiest ways to turn your citytrip into a personal experience without major personal investment of time or money is to spice up your days abroad with some stunning and rewarding Connections excursions.
Easy as pie - or shall we say hot dog for the occasion - as we have listed some of the hottest things for you to do in NYC just below!
Spread your wings and fly over Manhattan by helicopter, cycle or walk Manhattan and Brooklyn and unveil some of its secrets side by side with a Belgian city guide, go from Ground Zero to the top of the highest skyscraper in the Western hemisphere, attend an electrifying Broadway show, pedal you way through the annual charity Five Boro bike ride and connect with people from all over the globe and so much more…. Take a head start and pre-book your seat. You save out on time, stress and money and you are sure to be part of the action in this city that never sleeps. Awesome. Go, explore!
New York: Good to know
Must do’s in New York
Exclusive to Connections: Book a guided city walk in the company of Patrick van Rosendaal, the first Belgian New York city guide or his team and discover Manhattan’s hidden gems. Daily tours available. More information.
Empire State Building: at the heart of Manhattan stands this world-renowned skyscraper. Day and night-time views of The Big Apple from its two observation decks are simple stunning.
Cycle New York: bike across the car-free path along the Hudson River, past famous landmarks and across the romantic Brooklyn Bridge.
New York: Insider tips
On citytrip with your kids? In Central Park Zoo you can walk from colourful parrots representing the tropics to the polar bears of the Arctic region in a matter of minutes. In for some action? Rent a vessel at Loab Boathouse and ‘row row row the boat’ frantically across The Lake.
Are you a foodie? Eataly is a must for lovers of Mediterranean cuisine. You can buy all kinds of past and Italian delicacies as well as cooking books and the handiest kitchen tools.
Fashionista in heart and soul? Time to save some dollars - Century 21 is a designer outlet which offers men's, women’s and kids clothing, accessories, shoes, home gear and gifts at half price or less. Get ready for the ruffle and scuffle of the year!
Are you an art lover? The gigantic Metropolitan Museum of Art (familiarly known as The Met) harbours one of the largest and finest art collections in the world.
How to explore New York?
Hop on one of the New York city busses or use the 24/7 elaborate metro system.
Stop one of the famous New York metred yellow cabs to drive you to your hotel after a fun day of shopping.
Rent a car and visit New York State or neighbouring Long Island.
Discover the city on foot during an original city tour with Patrick van Rosendaal and his team.
New York Travel information
Travel documents: All Belgian nationals* (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. Please keep this in mind. Consult the latest travel information and up-to-date travel advice on diplomatie.be/nl.
All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only. Please verify the latest updates on travel advice, documents and requirements on http://diplomatie.be/nl.
Local time: - 6 hours
Daylight saving time 2015: New Yorkers set the clock forward in the night of Saturday 7 March to Sunday 8 March. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on the night of Saturday March, 28 to Sunday, March 29th. This entails that between 8 and 29 March, there is a 5 hour instead of 6 hour time difference between Belgium and the U.S.
Winter time 2015: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on the night of Saturday, October 24th to Sunday, October 25th. New York turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 1 November to Sunday, 2 November. That entails that during the latter week there is a 5 hour instead of 6 hour time difference between Belgium and the U.S.
Currency: US Dollar. 1 USD = 0.92 EUR (08/04/2015)
Climate: weather patterns in New York tend to vary between warm to humid in summer - with temperatures reaching 28°C - 32 °C in July – to cold and freezing during winter months. January regularly records the lowest temperatures of the year.
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