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New York City consists of 5 boroughs: Manhattan in the middle with other boroughs and New Jersey surrounding it: Bronx above, Queens and Brooklyn to the East, and Staten Island below.

Most of Manhattan follows the grid street system: avenues run north-south (uptown-downtown) with 1st Ave all the way East, and 12th Ave all the way West. 5th Ave divides Manhattan into East and West sides so an address on East 47th street is to the East of 5th Ave. Some unnumbered avenues include Madison, Park, and Lexington on the East side between 3rd and 5th avenues and Avenue of Americas (6th Ave), Central Park West (8th Ave facing west side of Central Park), and Columbus Avenue (9th Ave north of 59th St) Broadway runs diagonally across Manhattan. Streets run east-west (cross-town) and are numbered consecutively, increasing as you go uptown (north) from Houston St. Below 14th St the streets are named so it is best to know the cross-section.

Best way to get around is subway - trains run all day, all night and unless it's really late they run frequently (but do not expect a regular reliable schedule). One-way trip anywhere within subway and bus system is $2, and it might be worth to get a unlimited ride day pass ($7) or a week pass ($24) if you plan on using it a lot (valid for bus rides too.) Subways are safe and convenient, but can get crowded and are quite loud. On weekends some trains don't run or skip stops, so look for information signs on platforms and listen for announcements when on the train.

Instead of taking a hop on/hop off touristy bus you can take one of NYC buses to explore neighborhoods through the window:

  • M5 bus will take you from West Village (W Houston St) through Chelsea, Midtown West, Upper West Side through Riverside Park to Grant's Tomb.
  • M1 bus starts off in Financial District goes up through East Village, Midtown East, Museum mile (5th Ave by Central Park), and up to Harlem.

Another alternative is taking a cab: hail one of the official yellow ones on any corner. By law they are required to take you where you tell them too, so don't take no for an answer! Pay what's on a meter plus some gratuity except when going to airports (mostly set price.)

Also, view our food recommendations.


Staying in New York is popular, so make sure to book your stay well ahead of time. Below is our list of recommendations.

Jazz on the Town
Hostel • East Village

307 E. 14th St.
New York, NY 10003
212 228 2780

» www.jazzhostels.com
Jazz on the City
Hostel • Upper West Side

201 W. 95th St.
New York, NY 10025
212 678 0323

» www.jazzhostels.com
Gershwin Hotel
Hostel • Midtown East

7 E. 27th St.
New York, NY 10016
212 545 8000

» www.gershwinhotel.com
Chelsea Int. Hostel
Hostel • Chelsea

251 W. 20th St.
New York, NY 10011
212 647 0010

» www.chelseahostel.com
Central Park Hostel
Hostel • Upper West Side

19 W. 103rd St.
New York, NY 10025
212 678 0491

» www.centralparkhostel.com
Big Apple Hostel
Hostel • Midtown West

119 W. 45th St.
New York, NY 10036
212 302 2603

» www.bigapplehostel.com
Larchmont Hotel
Hotel • Greenwich Village

27 W. 11th St.
New York, NY 10011
212 989 9333

» www.larchmonthotel.com
Chelsea Center Hostel
Hostel • Chelsea

313 W. 29th St.
New York, NY 10001
212 643 0214

» www.chelseacenterhostel.com
American Dream Hostel
Hostel • Midtown East

168 E. 24th St.
New York, NY 10010
212 260 9779

» www.americandreamhostel.com
Uptown Hostel
Hostel • Harlem

239 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
212 666 0559

» www.uptownhostel.com
Jazz on Lenox
Hostel • Harlem

104 W. 128 St.
New York, NY 10027
212 222 5773

» www.jazzhostels.com
Times Square Beds & Rooms
Hostel • Times Square

356 W. 40th St.
New York, NY 10018
212 494 0028

» www.timessquareroommates.com
Candy Hostel
Hostel • Upper West Side

316 W. 95th St.
New York, NY 10025
212 866 1420

» www.nychostels.com
Continental Hostel
Hostel • Upper West Side

330 W. 95th St.
New York, NY 10025
212 866 1420

» www.nychostels.com
Hostelling International NY
Hostel • Upper West Side

891 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10025
212 932 2300

» www.hinewyork.org
Manhattan Inn Hostel
Hostel • Midtown West

303 W. 30th St.
New York, NY 10011
212 629 4064

» www.manhattaninnhostel.com
West Side Inn
Hostel • Upper West Side

237 W. 107th St.
New York, NY 10025
212 866 0061

» www.hostelsclub.com
Columbus Studios
Hostel • Upper West Side

106 W. 83rd St.
New York, NY 10024
870 701 4444

» www.hostelsclub.com
Chelsea Spot Hostel
Hostel • Chelsea

341 W. 30th St.
New York, NY 10001
212 239 9030

» www.spothostels.com
Sun Bright Hotel
Hotel • Chinatown

140 Hester St.
New York, NY 10013
212 226 7070

» www.hostelworld.com
Virginia's Guest House
Hostel • Upper East Side

128 E. 112th St.
New York, NY 10029
212 289 2082

» www.hostelsclub.com
Times Square Hostel
Hostel • Times Square

311 W. 48th St.
New York, NY 10036

» www.hostelsclub.com
Dexter House Hostel
Hostel • Midtown West

345 W. 86th St.
New York, NY 10024
212 873 9600

» www.hotelninja.com
Swiss 1291 Hostel
B&B • Midtown West

337 W. 55th St.
New York, NY 10019
212 397 9686

» www.1291.com
Broadway Hotel & Hostel
Hotel/Hostel • Upper West Side

230 W. 101st St.
New York, NY 10025
212 865 7710

» www.broadwayhotelnyc.com
Harlem YMCA
Hostel • Harlem

180 W. 135th St.
New York, NY 10030
212 281 4100

» www.ymcanyc.org
Vanderbilt YMCA
Hostel • Upper East Side

224 E. 47th St.
New York, NY 10017
212 912 2500

» www.ymcanyc.org
West Side YMCA
Hostel • Upper West Side

5 W. 25rd St.
New York, NY 10023
212 875 4100

» www.ymcanyc.org
The Wanderers Inn West
Hostel • Upper West Side

257 W. 113th St.
New York, NY 10026
212 222 5602

» www.wanderersinn.com/west
The Wanderers Inn East
Hostel • Upper East Side

179 E. 94th St.
New York, NY 10028
212 289 8083

» www.wanderersinn.com/east
Chelsea Star Hotel
Hotel • Midtown West

300-302 W. 30th St.
New York, NY 10001
212 465 8664

» www.starhotelny.com
International Student Center
Hostel • Midtown West

38 W. 88th St.
New York, NY 10024
212 787 7706

» www.nystudentcenter.org
West End Studios
Hostel • Upper West Side

850 West End Ave.
New York, NY 10025
212 662 6000

» www.hostelsclub.com
Highbridge House
Hostel • Upper West Side

556 W. 173rd St.
New York, NY 10032
212 928 0393

» www.highbridgehouse.com
Malibu Studios Hostel
Hostel • Upper West Side

2688 Broadway
New York, NY
212 222 2954
Jazz on the Park
Hostel • Upper West Side

36 W. 106th St.
New York, NY 10025
212 932 1600

» www.jazzhostels.com
Abingdon Guesthouse
Hotel • Greenwich Village

21 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10014
212 243 5384

» www.abingdonguesthouse.com
World Hotel Inc.
Hotel • Lower East Side

101 Bowery St.
New York, NY 10009
212 226 5522

» www.hostelsclub.com
Hotel • SoHo

341 Broome St.
New York, NY
212 226 1482

» www.hostelsclub.com
Times Square Dream Hostel
Hostel • Upper West Side

572 9th Ave.
New York, NY
212 247 2000

» www.hostelclub.com


The Tank
The Tank is a non-profit organization, bringing compelling cultural productions to New York City for over four years. With an eye for the offbeat and left-of-center, The Tank, located in Tribeca, has provided New York with rare glimpses into new and unusual movements in art, such as the Bent Festival, an annual event focusing on the subversive practice of circuit-bending. A forerunner to the Blip Festival, the Bent Festival has enjoyed attendance in the thousands, and has been the subject of two feature-length documentaries.

The Tank's adventurous programming has been covered by CNN, the BBC, ABC World News Now, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Village Voice, and many others.

8bitpeoples, based in New York City, is a collective of musicians and artists dedicated to exploring the audiovisual style of low-bit video games and home computers. Championing this aesthetic, 8bitpeoples has become an internationally recognized hub of well-respected creative activity, and has become a driving force in advancing the growing, international chip music scene.

8bitpeoples and its individual members have been featured in Wired, The New York Times, MSNBC.com, Rolling Stone, The Wire, MTV.com, BBC Click, The Los Angeles Times, GameSpot, Nintendo Power, XLR8R, frieze, FuseTV, NPR's The Next Big Thing, de:bug, Austin Museum of Digital Art, and recently appeared in the documentary "8 Bit", which premiered last October at New York's Museum of Modern Art.