By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My friend and I are planning a trip to New York City this autumn around the Canadian Thanksgiving. We are looking for general information regarding accommodation, city tours, etc... Is there a 1-800 number available or some other way to get access to information. (I have no Internet access). We'd appreciate any info that you could provide.

A: Call 1.800.NYC-VISIT and ask to receive a free copy of The Official New York City Guide which is a 160-page publication listing accommodations, attractions, coupons and maps.

A trip to the Big Apple begs a visit to the Empire State Building for a birds eye view of Manhattan. Afterwards, take a quiet stroll through Central Park which is a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Since your visit is planned for the Canadian Thanksgiving, you may wish to consider attending a couple of parades scheduled in the Gotham City. There is the Hispanic Day parade on October 7th and the Columbus Day parade on October 8. Autumn weather is generally between 10 and 19 degrees Celsius.

The subway system is a cheap and quick way to get around the Big Apple. The New York City Transportation Authority offers the METROCARD, which is a swipe card that is available at subway stations and many other locations. Ask for The Fun Pass which is a day of unlimited subway and local bus rides for $4(US).


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