Links

New York can be an overwhelming place at times, especially if you're just visiting for a few days. There is so much to see and do, it's had to know where to begin.

Knowing where you can go for free wifi access is just one resource in many that you will need to know in order to make the most of your trip. To help make for a smooth visit and speed you on your way we've listed some useful links:

Getting Around
Forget taxis or trying to bring you car with you. You'll either spend all day driving around looking for parking or sit stuck in traffic while the meter cleans out your wallet.
Former Mayor Bloomberg Riding The NYC subway
Savvy New Yorkers use the subway. Heck, even former Mayor Bloomberg travels by subway - and he's a billionaire.

The most economical option is to get yourself a multi-day subway pass. An unlimited 7-Day pass is a steal. And if you're a real die hard NYC fan the 30 day will let you travel far and wide for one fixed price. Don't forget to book the MTA mobile website and pick up a map or download the MTA subway map in pdf format (you'll need this as cell phone access is spotty to non-existent inside the subway).

If you need help in getting from point A to point B there is no better resource than hopstop.com. Just enter you starting address and your destination and it calculates the exact route, including the streets, buses and subways.

Restaurant Reservations:
New York has some of the finest restaurants anywhere in the world. Literally hundreds of them. There are also just as many restaurant review web sites. You could easily spend your entire trip trying to read them all. If you would rather eat than research, check out opentable.com - With over 750 of Manhattan's top restaurants listed you're bound to find something you like. You can search by neighborhood, price range, cuisine and then book online. Quick, simply and effective.

Insider's Guide
One of the best all-round guides to all things New York and Manhattan is the Manhattan User Guide. It's a daily e-mail /blog that keeps you on top of the city, from splashy restaurant openings to trendy hole-in-the-walls. It also covers useful services such as the best moving companies or tailors as well as the best shopping in town. MUG started in 1992 and has kept on growing ever since. The daily MUG e-mail was launched in January, 2003, and yes, it's all free.

Hotels
If you're on a tight budget MUG maintains a list of hotels under $200 a night. No small feat in a town where hoteliers routinely ask for $700 and up. There is also budgetbellhop.com that maintains a directory of budget hotels in New York City as well as a number of other locations.


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