Useful advice and safety tips about New York City which will help your New York vacation.

New York Sightseeing Tours Guide

Safety Tips

Be careful of the renegade Disney,Sesame Street and superhero characters in Times Square.Not officially licensed by their creators,and usually in costumes that seem a tad different from the genuine article,these individuals are generally hustling for tips.(You may want to keep your distance—a woman in an Elmo costume was arrested recently.)

Keep a copy of your passport stored in your hotel room safe.

Use well-lit,well-populated ATMs.


Although emergencies are rare in New York City,events like Superstorm Sandy serve as a good reminder to be prepared.Check and the New York City Office of Emergency Management for the most up-to-date information in these circumstances.

New York Sightseeing Tours Guide

Useful Phone Numbers

Emergencies(police,fire or ambulance):911

NYC government agencies and any questions or requests about City services(nonemergency):311 or 212-NEW-YORK(639-9675)

Directory assistance:411

Printed NYC literature:800-NYC-VISIT(692-84748)or 212-397-8222

Local Laws

If you're headed out for a night on the town,you should know that the drinking age in NYC—and throughout the United States—is 21,and smoking is banned in public places throughout the City,including in bars,restaurants,subways and taxis.Cigar smoking is permitted at cigar bars that register with the City.In NYC,those who are 21 or older can purchase cigarettes and tobacco.

If you are traveling to New York City,and are planning to bring a firearm,you should be familiar with New York laws.In order to possess a gun in New York City,you will need a valid New York City handgun license or rifle/shotgun permit.Please check state,local and federal laws prior to traveling here,as there are limited exceptions to this rule(involving,for example,some military personnel or police officers on official duty).For more information,visit

Official NYC Information Centers

Official NYC Information Centers are the places to get NYC facts,figures and tips,along with maps,guides and everything else you'll need during your stay.