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Students, international students, interns, backpackers, roomates and digital nomads can book cheap dorms and safe private rooms in downtown New York, close to boarding schools, high schools, colleges, halls of residence and universities, close to buses or train stations, airports or major attractions in New York.


Excellent welcome, very pleasant residence but rather for families with children ... Surprisingly, they did not receive our reservation at the time, obliging us to pay a full price which was not very normal ....
I highly recommend this hostel. The hostel is very close to Manhattan, the setting is nice, the staff is really caring. Frankly if it was again, I would do it again without hesitation.
pleasantly surprised, very good hostel with a staff at the top.
Fantastic 9.4
Spacious enough room, and nice. Cool environment - very artsy. Great bar and restaurant. I'd give a 11/10 for the value.
Fantastic 10.0




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Welcome to New York City, New York

‘These streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you. Let’s hear it for New York!’ The Big Apple is home to 8 million dreams that walk the streets beneath some of the world’s most magnificent landmarks. Find a hostel downtown and you can stumble out on to those streets that never sleep any time, day or night. The city centre, awash with iconic sights, will keep you out of your dorm from dawn to dusk as you trek through the wilderness of Staten Island or the concrete jungle of Manhattan. Grab some cheap food near your hostel or impress your group of friends by getting them into some backstreet speakeasy. So backpacker yourself up, book a New York youth hostel and let the lights inspire you…

Ferry around Lady Liberty

Head downtown to hop on the free Staten Island Ferry for a 25-minute cruise around Lady Liberty. Theferryoperates between the St. GeorgeFerryTerminal at 1 Bay StreetonStaten Islandand the Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. The trip is about 25 minutes long.

Address: Whitehall Terminal Manhattan (South Ferry), 4 South Street, NY, United States

District: Manhattan

Sheep Meadow people watching

On warm summer days, strip off and join the hordes of hotties as they lounge around on Sheep Meadow in Manhattan, close to the city centre hostels on the Upper West Side. The 15-acre field located along the southwestern edge of the park is a great spot to find some shade and be entertained by the locals.


Address: West side between 66th and 68th Sts, enter at Central Park West and 66th St

District: East Side

Climb up Belvedere Castle

Head to one of the highest points in Central Park – Belvedere Castle. Look out across theGreat Lawn, the Ramble and Turtle Pond. From inside the castle, you can get your hands on a free discovery kit (take two IDs and be ready to leave one as deposit), with binoculars, a map and a guide for spotting any of the park’s 230 species of bird in the Ramble’s woods.


Address: Midpark at 79th St, enter at Fifth Ave and 72nd St

District: East Side

The High Line

Not such a big secret these days, but still a cool place to see. The unused elevated railway line has been planted up with grass and wild flowers – a little oasis in the crazy with incredible views. It’s quiet during the winter when visitors can take part in a soundscape walk called The Gait by using a free app that turns footsteps into twinkling metallic sounds and gentle notes.


Address: West Side Manhattan, from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The second largest art museum in the world, with two million pieces of art spanning 5,000 years. Buy tickets online ($25) to avoid the queues or rock up and wait in line to pay what you want. Get there during the Museum Mile Festival in June, and you might even get in free of charge. As a backpacker you can visit whenever you like, so aim for Mondays - they tend to be quieter.


Address: Fifth Ave. at 82nd St. (5 Av/82 St) Manhattan, NY 10028

District: East Side

Phone: 212-535-7710

Statue of Liberty

A gift of friendship from France to the US back in 1886, Lady Liberty is possibly the most iconic monument in the world. See her from the free Staten Island ferry, or buy tickets ($18) to Liberty Island through Statue Cruises. January and February during the week is the quietest time to visit.


Address: Statue of Liberty National Monument New York, NY, United States

District: Manhattan

Times Square

We wanted to head here as soon as we checked into our hostel - for many visitors, Times Square IS New York. Surrounded by big city lights and giant billboards, it’s the heart of Midtown. A quick skip up the red staircase above the TKTS Discount Booth (50% off shows!) will give you an incredible view of the crossroads of the world.

Address: Manhattan, NY 10036, United States

District: Midtown West

Empire State Building

One of the very best places to take in the NY skyline - and sadly it’s no secret. Backpackers and tourists alike flock here. Buy an Express Pass online to beat the lines, or visit before 10am or after 10pm (lookout is open til 2am). Thursday to Saturday a saxophone player strolls the 86th floor Observation Deck from 9pm.


Address: 350 Fifth Ave. (5 Av/34 St), Manhattan, NY 10118

District: Midtown

Phone: 212-736-3100


With a heaving population (1,636,268live in an area of 22 square miles (59 km2)) and known as the cultural and economic centre of the US, Manhattan is a must-see, as 56 million tourists and backpackers a year will tell you. It includes Times Square, Central Park, Grand Central Station, Broadway and no fewer than three universities. Best time to visit is before or after a long weekend.

Stores Touristy Central


The most ethnically diverse urban area in the world, Queens has character oozing the streets and is home to both NY airports. Check out a game at Citi Field, or kick back at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park with zoo, boating lake, skate Park and BBQ area. From Gantry Plaza State Park, the view of Manhattan is pretty special.

Parks Residential Peace and quiet


Some 2,621,793 call Brooklyn home. And that’s what Brooklyn is – a home in a brownstone. It’s a community, thousands of them all rubbing along together pretty well. Try out Coney Island, with its beaches and waterfront amusement parks, and Brooklyn pizza and head to Nathan’s for the best hot dog in New York. Fact. There are are some great cheap hostels in the area too.

Where locals live Funky Bars

Staten Island

Every backpacker who comes to New York has to take the ferry to Staten Island, the adventure neighbourhood across the harbour. Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices in Port Richmond, open from March to October, is the perfect antidote for exploring the abandoned Sea View building or Staten Island Zoo, or taking a ride on the New York Wheel.

Zoo Ferry Beach parties

Red, White and Blue: July 4th Weekend in NYC

If you want the full-on US, experience, book your hostel for this weekend. It’s a two-day celebration of all that it is to be American, with fireworks, free concerts, flags and festivities. All across the city centre, landmarks are open, shops are selling and hot dogs are being eaten.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Since 1924, floats and inflatable balloons dance, prance, stroll and wiggle their way along the 2.5 miles from 77th Street and Central Park West to Macy’s in Herald Square at 34th and 6 th. Get there early – before 06:30 – and set up anywhere between 61st and 72nd on Central Park West for the best view.

District: Midtown

Tribeca Film Festival

Set up in 2002 by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, the Tribeca Film Festival every April has screened over 1,400 films. Film-loving backpackers won’t want to miss it.


Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

If you’re in a New York City youth hostel at Christmas, this is a must. The Rockefeller Center switches on its 25,000 lights at the beginning of December, and it’s a huge deal, with live music and TV cameras trained on a tree that has been selected from thousands of Norway spruces nominated during the year.

District: Midtown

Central Park Summer Stage (August)

From June to August, a hundred shows pop up in 17 parks across the city. From modern dance and international music to spoken-word performances and concerts, SummerStage is well worth arriving early for because the queues get big quickly. The Upper West Side hostels close to Central Park make a great choice for this one.


Address: East 72nd & 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019, United States

District: East Side

Afropunk (August)

At Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park, August’s Afropunk celebrates the nexus between hip-hop, punk, and urban black culture and heaves with cool. Well worth a visit if you can get tickets!


Address: Commodore Barry Park Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States

District: Brooklyn

Salumeria Rosi

Hocks of cured ham festoon this cool, cave-like wine bar and meat shop close to the uptown hostels on the Upper West Side. Perch at a simple marble tables and tuck into shareable small plates of divine cured meat, the freshest mozzarella outside Italy, and duck meatballs stuffed with nuggets of pecorino.Plates from $3.


Address: 283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023, United States

Phone: 212 877 4801


Filling, classic grub – big turkey sandwiches, tuna salads, burgers and much more. Brunch for a tenner? Done.


District: Little Italy

88 Palace

Dim sum at $1.50 apiece? If you ask us, those are very backpacker-friendly prices. 88 Palace is on the top floor of a Chinese shopping mall and is crammed with local families and carts loaded with classic Hong Kong–style dim sum. Just try to resist!


Address: 88 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002, United States

District: Lower East Side

Phone: 212 941 8886

J.G. Melon

You want a good old-fashioned burger? You got it! In the Upper East Side, you can gorge on an 8oz slice of heaven in a white bun with American cheese, red onion and pickles – all for the old-fashioned price of $9.25.

Address: 1291 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10021

District: East Side

Phone: 212 744 0585


Achingly state-of-the-art, this Meat Packing District venue is electronic music all grown up - one for backpackers who take their tunes seriously. If you want the best DJs, this is the place to be. $20, with e-flyer free before 11pm or $12 after.


Address: 18 Little West 12th Street

Peasant Wine Bar

Hidden below high-toned Italian restaurant Peasant, you might find a wine bar. And you might not. Shh. While the punters upstairs quaff and pay for it, smart backpackers can head downstairs and get the same for less. Simple.


Address: 194 Elizabeth St.

District: Little Italy

PDT (Please Don’t Tell)

This is just too cool for school. Head down into Crif Dogsrestaurant on St. Marks Place. Look for an old-fashioned phone booth.Step inside, pick up the phone and press the buzzer… once. Not twice. A voice answers and, after approval (you need to reserve!), the wall of the phone booth opens to let you into a small room with a bar at its centre. Just wow.


Address: 113 St. Marks Place (between 1st Ave and Avenue A)

District: East Village


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If there’s a group of you heading out of the hostel in search of music, a bit of a dance AND happy hours on food and drink, Cameo will sort you out. Dance party, live music, club nights: you’ll love it.


Address: 93 North 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave

District: Williamsburg

Little Branch

A real-life speak-easy! On Seventh Avenue and Leroy Street, look for a single rusted metal door with no signs but a bouncer outside. Once inside, you’ll go down a long stairway to get into the bar where you should just let the bartenders work their magic (cash only).

Phone: 22 Seventh Avenue S. (at Leroy Street)


Gotham City Lounge

Nerd alert! Under the M-Train tracks at the intersection of Myrtle Ave and Cedar St. in Bushwick, vintage super hero paraphernalia lines the walls of the tiny Gotham City Lounge. It’s friendly and the drinks are dirt cheap. Winner! It’s not an exclusive place, but you need to get buzzed in. Follow them on Twitter@gothamcityloung.

Address: 1293 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221

District: Brooklyn

Century 21

Win the Most Glam In The Dorm award with 70% off Prada, Marc Jacobs and Narciso Rodriguez at THE Financial District discount department store. Get in there at 07:45 on weekdays, 10:00 on Saturdays and 11:00 on Sundays and don’t look back.


Address: 22 Cortlandt Street, New York, NY 10007

District: Downtown

SSS Sample Sales

The Garment District’s SSS Sample Sales gathers all the city’s truckloads of high-fashion, low-price designer clothes, shoes and bags. Give a label (like Kate Spade, Tory Burch, and Theory) a home.


Address: 261 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018

District: Midtown West

Nordstrom Rack

If it’s shoes you want, Nordstrom Rack has them. In Union Square, on the threshold of Greenwich Village, a treasure trove of labels awaits. Overstock and last-seasons’ Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Dolce & Gabbana just for you.


Address: 60 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003

District: Gramercy-Flatiron

Eat cheap

Avoid Midtown for food. A better bet for backpackers is to look for delis with salad bars, or grab something yummy from a bodega and eat it in a park while people-watching.

Find a volunteer tour guide

They do it because they love NYC and you’re likely to learn a LOT.



Two hours you get for $2.75 on any subway or bus. Load you pay-per-ride card with more than $5.50 and get 11% bonus. Pick up an unlimited 7-day MetroCard from a ticket machine for $31.


There are 15 international airports serving New York, but JFK and LaGuardia are the biggest.

JFK to Downtown New York

Airtraingets you downtown from two off-airport locations: Jamaica Station and Howard Beach Station, both about 15 minutes out.


From Jamaica Station, get to:


  • NYC Subways (at the Sutphin Blvd./Archer Ave./JFK subway stop, adjacent to Jamaica Airtrain Station): "E" Train (for western Queens, midtown Manhattan, and connections to the Bronx), and the "J" and "Z" trains (for central Queens and Northern Brooklyn)
  • NYC Buses: Q6, Q8, Q9, Q20, Q24, Q25, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q40, Q41, Q43, Q44, Q54, Q56, Q60 and Q65

From Howard Beach Station, get to:

  • NYC Subways: "A" train (for southern Queens, Brooklyn, and lower Manhattan)
  • NYC Buses: Q11
  • The NYC Airporter bus runs every 30 minutes to Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station and Penn Station, costing $16.
  • Get tickets online at


LaGuardia to Downtown New York


  1. LaGuardia is also served by NYC Airporter. Buses run every 30 minutes to Port Authority Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station and Penn Station, costing $13.


The M60 city bus goes from all LaGuardia terminals via Astoria Boulevard in Queens to West 106 Street and Broadway in Manhattan. From LaGuardia to western Queens or Midtown Manhattan, take the Q70 Limited or Q47 buses  From LaGuardia to central Queens, use the Q72 (Corona and Rego Park) and Q48 (Flushing) bus routes.




Even if you’re not planning on train hopping, a visit to Grand Central Station, on the East Side is a must. Penn Station, on the West Side, is the other main station in New York.


Grand Central Terminal
42nd Street and Park Avenue

Phone: 212-532-4900
Subway lines: 4, 5, 6, 7 and S (shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central).

Buses: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M42, M98, M101, M102, M104 and Q32.

This is the main terminal for train service provided by Metro-North Railroad.


Penn Station
31st to 33rd Streets between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Phone: 212 630 7373

Subway lines:  A, C, E, 1, 2 and 3.

Buses: M4, M5, M6, M7, M34 and Q42.

This is the central station for train service provided by Amtrak, Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit, PATH.


The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the main hub for interstate buses into New York City.

625 8th Avenue


New York City Subway: 1 2 3 7 <7> A C E N Q R S trains at Times Sq. – 42nd St./PABT

New York City Bus: M10, M20, M34A SBS, M42, and M104


Getting around


Get your hands on a MetroCard as soon as you land – there are vending machines at the airport. Bus fare is $2.75 for two hours’ riding the bus. Pay as you board by putting your MetroCard, black stripe on the right and facing you, in the farebox.



Pick up a free map at any station or download an app. It’s a 24-hour system, but not all stations are open 24/7. Swipe your MetroCard through the slot at the top of the turnstile and walk through the gate wine the screen says ‘go’.


Language: English


Currency: US dollar


Voltage: 220V


Dialing code: +1 for United States. For New York: 212, 646, 917

Emergency numbers: Call 911 for ambulance, police and fire services.


Opening hours: Shops generally open Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 18:00, department stores stay open 10:00 to 21:00 or 22:00 every day. Banks open 09:00 to 15:00 or 16:00 Monday to Friday and some open on Saturdays. Restaurants tend to run split shifts from 11:00 to 15:00 and 19:00 to 23:30. The General Post Office on 8th Ave and 33rd St is open 24 hours, other branches go from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday.


Medical Assistance

Medical care in the US isn’t cheap, so make sure you have medical insurance in your travel insurance.

If you haven’t, you’re better off visiting a clinic than going to a hospital ER department. You can call a doctor for advice on or talk to for help. Always ask how much it will cost up front – everyone does! Most urgent care clinics in New York will make house calls if you need them to.


Doctors / Walk in Clinics

55 E. 34th Street (Tel: 212-252-6001)

Duane Reade Walk In
1627 Broadway (50th St) or 125 E. 86th St (Lex Ave.)
(Tel: Toll Free: (888) 535-6963)   


Post office

US Post Office

421 8th Ave

New York, NY 10001

+1 212-330-3296  


Tourist office

Seventh Avenue (bet. 44th & 45th Sts.)
Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q, R, S to 42nd St.-Times Square
Hours: 9am–6pm daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.