In general, I don’t recommend driving or parking in New York City.
When my husband drove with me to New York, he was shocked about the cost of the bridges, which are not cheap.
You can’t really avoid them, so if you can find reasonable parking, it’s nice not needing to deal with parking and driving in New York City.
If you’re visiting New York City and you have a car, the best thing to do is to find a parking lot near a New Jersey transit station or Newark airport and park it there. If you don’t have a choice, my dad swears by the BESTPARKING app for checking deals at various parking garages to find the cheapest ones and getting coupons by reserving a spot.
Click for my tips on where to find the best classic New York City foods!
Note that rainbow bagels are not on this list as they taste like play-doh.
You’ll easily find ATMs all over Manhattan, so don’t worry about finding one.
Food lovers, consider this a competition of how many you can try while in New York: bagels (with lox and schmear [cream cheese)), New York Style PIZZA (don’t ever let anyone tell you Chicago style is better), great Dim Sum (Flushing), Chicken & Rice (Halal Brothers), Bialy (the delicious cousin of bagels), Black & White Cookies, Cheesecake from Junior’s, Babka (delicious chocolate loaf cake), steak, pastrami sandwiches, knishes, hamburgers (Shake Shack), and delicious Ramen.
You need to know which entrance you need for the subway via the direction that you’re headed.
Check before you pay to get into the subway station as you might need to exit to get to the other side.