Travel Guide to New York City

Travel Guide to New York City
Even to most residents, New York City is a very big place. But that does not mean that visitors cannot find what they are looking for. With a little bit of extra effort, visitors can learn and set in advance the larger details of their trip to ensure they enjoy the city on their terms, even if those terms are eco-friendly.

Lodging

For those craving the luxury that New York City has to offer while at the same time wishing to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible, 70 Park Avenue Hotel is a possibility. This hotel is part of the Kimpton hotel group and strives to use products and train staff members in such a way that eco-conciousness becomes a regular part of their business life. This includes discounts for those driving hybrid vehicles, energy-efficient technology and stringent recycling and waste-management procedures. At Park and 38th Street, the hotel is located south of Grand Central Station in the center of midtown Manhattan.

Stay closer to the center of things and book a room at the Grand Hyatt New York four blocks north right at Grand Central. The Hyatt has been continually working to become a certified green hotel. The list of changes to which they are committed is long, and includes sensor lighting and dimmers in public spaces and offices, cafeteria napkins made from 100 percent recycled material, automatic faucet control in public areas, donation of leftover toilet paper rolls to homeless shelters, plate and frame heat exchangers to maintain hotel temperatures without additional electricity use, and 30 percent recycled paper for all office printings.

70 Park Avenue Hotel
70 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 973-2400
http://www.70parkave.com/

Grand Hyatt New York
109 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 883-1234
http://www.grandnewyork.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp

Transportation

Getting around the city takes some getting used to, but there are many options available. Manhattan is a vertical city and this makes walking a suitable choice. City blocks are often much shorter than other areas of the country and those in even decent health won't have much trouble walking 20 blocks with a good pair of shoes. Bike rentals are another option and one of the better ways to get a look at the city. Bike paths along the entire west side of Manhattan make the trip safer. Metro Bicycles has six stores in the city where visitors can rent road, mountain or hybrid bikes. Mass transit is your next likely step, with subways and buses hitting every section of the boroughs. Driving a car is really not a necessity when touring the city, but if you absolutely must drive a car, consider renting from OZOcar, which rents only hybrids.

Metro Bicycles
47th Street Store
360 W 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 581-4500
http://metrobicycles.com/

Metropolitan Transit Authority
http://www.mta.info/

OZOcar
1440 39th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 361-8670
http://www.ozocar.com/

Places to Play

New York City has a large number of quality green spaces for visitors to explore. In Manhattan there is, of course, Central Park, serving as an oasis of sanity to most residents. The northern portion of the island offers less explored and more rugged tracts such as Fort Tryon Park and Inwood Hill Park. In Brooklyn there is Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. For those traveling to Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the largest and Astoria Park borders the East River. In the Bronx, The New York Botanical Garden offers 250 acres of exhibits and is a great place to relax. Lastly, catch the free Staten Island Ferry and tramp through the Greenbelt, a mixture of natural areas and city parks.

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
(212) NEW-YORK
http://www.nycgovparks.org/

The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
(718) 817-8700
http://www.nybg.org/

Staten Island Ferry
http://www.siferry.com/

Staten Island Greenbelt
The Greenbelt Nature Center
700 Rockland Avenue
Staten Island NY 10306
(718) 351-3450
http://www.sigreenbelt.org/index.html

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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