New York City Travel Guide



English is the primary language spoken by most New Yorkers although in many communities it is common to hear other languages that are generally widely understood. In many neighborhoods, there is a large Latino/Hispanic population where Spanish is spoken. There are also many neighborhoods throughout the city that have a high concentration of Chinese immigrants where you can hear Mandarin, Cantonese and other Chinese dialects. In some of these neighborhoods, some locals may not speak very good English, but store owners and those who would deal frequently with tourists or visitors will generally speak English. Most municipal government services in New York City are also available in English, Chinese and Spanish.


The quality of tap water in New York City is considered to be good quality and safe to drink (unless you are in an old building with outdated plumbing).

Citizen Service Center, tel 311 (lines open 24/7) - New York City's official non-emergency help line, available in 171 languages for questions (parade hours and routes, parking restrictions, transport problems) and complaints (litter, noise pollution, access).
Baby Sitters' GuildPhone: +1 212 682-0227Bookings 9AM9PM daily, cash payments only. For stressed and busy parents visiting New York, round-the-clock baby-sitting is available short- or long-term from $20 per hour (4 hour minimum) and cab fare (approx. $10). Multilingual sitters are also available.
Barnard Babysitting AgencyPhone: +1 212 854-2035Students of Barnard College babysit for around $16 an hour, minimum two hours, plus a $20 registration fee.

Smoking in public places is highly restricted. It is prohibited in indoor sections of bars, restaurants, subway stations and trains (all transit system property), public parks, public beaches, pedestrian malls, both indoor and outdoor stadiums and sports arenas, and many other public places. If you light up in any of these places, you are subject to a summons and fine, ejection, and/or indignant reactions from residents. There do remain a small number of legal cigar bars that are exempt, as are the outside areas of sidewalk cafes and the like, but these are very much the exception. If you need to smoke while eating or drinking, be prepared to take a break and join the rest of the smokers outside, whatever the weather; many establishments have large space heaters. As in most cities, drinking alcoholic beverages on the street is illegal, so bars will not let you take your drink outside.

Andorra27F, Two United Nations PlazaPhone: +1 212 750-8064-5Fax: +1 212 750-6630The Andorran embassy is in New York, not Washington D.C.

Not a complete list

Australia150 E 42nd St 34FPhone: +1 212 351-6500Fax: +1 212-351-6501
Belgium1065 Avenue of the Americas, 22FPhone: +1 212 586-5110Fax: +1 212-582-9657
Brazil1185 Avenue of the Americas, 21FPhone: +1 917 777-7777Fax: +1 212-827-0225
Canada1251 Avenue of the AmericasPhone: +1 212 596-1628Fax: +1 212-596-1790
Colombia10 East 46th StPhone: +1 212 798-9000Fax: +1 212 972-1725
DenmarkOne Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 885 Second Ave, 18FPhone: +1 212 223-4545Fax: +1 212 754-1904
Egypt1110 Second AvenuePhone: +1 212 759-7120Fax: +1 212 308-7643
Finland866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 250Phone: +1-212-750 4400Fax: +1-212-750 4418Hours: Mon-Fri 8.45 am1.00 pm and 2.00 pm-4.45 pm
France934 Fifth AvePhone: +1 212 606-3600Fax: +1 212-606-3620
Germany871 United Nations PlazaPhone: +1 212 610-9700Fax: +1 212-940-0402
India3 E 64th StPhone: +1 212 774-0600Fax: +1 212-861-3788
Ireland345 Park Ave, 17FPhone: + 1 212-319-2555Fax: +1 212-980-9475
Japan299 Park Ave, 18FPhone: +1 212 371-8222Fax: +1 212-319-6357
Mexico27 E 39th StPhone: +1 212 217-6400Fax: +1 212 545-8197
Netherlands1 Rockefeller Plaza, 11FTollfree: +1 877-DUTCHHELPFax: +1 212-333-3603
Norway825 Third Avenue, 38th floorPhone: +1 646 430-7500Fax: +1 646 430-7599
Philippines556 5th AvePhone: +1 212 764-1330Fax: +1 212-764-6010
Portugal630 Fifth Ave, Ste 801Phone: +1 212 765-2980Fax: +1 212-262-2143
Saudi Arabia866 2nd Ave, 5th FlPhone: +1 212 752-2740
Spain150 E 58th St, 30-31FPhone: +1 212 355-4080Fax: +1 212-644-3751
Turkey821 United Nations PlazaPhone: +1 646 430-6560-90Fax: +1 212-983-1293
United Kingdom845 Third AvePhone: +1 212 745-0200Fax: +1 212-754-3062

source: Wikivoyage

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