New York is the most populous city in the United States, and the center of the New York metropolitan area. A leading global city, New York exerts a powerful influence over global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, education, and entertainment. As host of the United Nations Headquarters, it is also an important center for international affairs.

New York City has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa), and using the 0 °C threshold it is the northernmost major city on the continent with such categorisation. The average temperature in January, the area’s coldest month, is 32 °F (0 °C). However temperatures in winter could for a few days be as low as 10 °F (−12 °C) and as high as 50 °F (10 °C). Spring and autumn are unpredictable, and can range from chilly to warm, although they are usually pleasantly mild with low humidity.

The New York area has a distinctive regional speech pattern called the New York dialect, alternatively known as Brooklynese or New Yorkese. It is generally considered one of the most recognizable accents within American English.

Since 2005 the city has had the lowest crime rate among the 25 largest U.S. cities. By 2002, New York City had about the same crime rate as Provo Utah, and was ranked 197th in crime among the 216 U.S. cities with populations greater than 100,000. Violent crime in New York City decreased more than 75% from 1993 to 2005 and continued decreasing during periods when the nation as a whole saw increases.

Area Code:
212 long distance, and 001 212 for international calls.

Currency Exchange:
Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travelers checks are widely accepted. Travelers checks should be taken in US Dollars (the currency of US) to avoid hassles.

Banking hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 to 15:00 and Saturday 09:00 to 12:00. Chase Bank and ATM – (212) 223-4322 – 180 Canal St, New York
Capital One Bank – 4th & 6th – (212) 255-8492 – 347 6th Ave, New York
Chase Bank and ATM – (212) 552-3819 – 1 Chase Manhattan Plz, New York.
Bank of America – (800) 841-4000 – 126 Delancey St, New York
Chase Bank and ATM – (212) 719-2180 – 3 Times Sq, New York
Bank of America – (800) 841-4000 – 1140 Avenue Of The Americas, New York
Bank of America – (212) 355-4436 – 345 Park Ave, #94150, New York National Bank of Kuwait – (212) 813-9045 – 299 Park Ave, New York
Bank of America – (212) 371-0237 – 4 W 57th St,

New York Time:
Standard time zone:UTC/GMT -5 hours Time zone abbreviation: EST – Eastern Standard Time.

John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK About 10 mi Southeast
LaGuardia Airport LGA About 4 mi Northeast
Newark Liberty International Airport EWR About 14 mi West-southwest

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