Au Pair In New York City
Au Pairing In New York City
The Big Apple. The Capital of the World. The Empire State. These, and many other names, have been given to New York City, one of the most visited cities on the planet, with more than 40 million tourists a year. It is the largest city of the USA, with its 5 distinct boroughs, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island holding speakers of 800 different languages. This cultural diversity, along with many renowned landmarks and attractions, are a magnet for young tourists and students from all over the world, all year long. As it follows, you will find the lists and links for what to see, where to live, where to find a job and where to improve your English and all you need to make your holiday worthwhile in NYC, and do it whilst spending as little as possible.
Hot spots in NYC
Tom Wolfe, referring to New York, once said: “Culture just seems to be in the air, like part of the weather.” And he was right. Everything is in New York. From art to nature, from media to cinema, from shopping to architecture. There is something for every taste. But there are a few classics no one should go through life without seeing.
First stop: The Statue of Liberty. As the new comers were greeted years and years ago, so are you. Also known as Laboulaye’s Lady, symbol of freedom and of the US, the Statue was positioned in the sea to welcome immigrants that traveled by sea from everywhere in the world. It is a perfect way to start your sightseeing. You can visit the Lady and Ellis Island Immigration Museum as it’s just a simple ferry boat trip away.
Next stop: The Empire State Building. With its 102 floors and 1,453 ft, it is currently (after September 11th, 2001) the highest building in NYC, a landmark of history and the best view of the city. Since it is located on the intersection between the West 34th Street and Fifth Avenue, it drops you off on the perfect next stage of your trip: a bit of traditional shopping on the world’s most famous street is right there for you. There’s no better place to shop than New York. Along with its high class shops, the big apple has a hyper market where you can get last season designer clothing for close to nothing.
When you’re tired of shopping and want to relax, go take a walk or enjoy the sunshine on one of the biggest open spaces in the US, the well-known Central Park. 153 years old and a national Historic landmark since 1963, the park receives more than 35 million visitors a year, and you should definitely be one of them.
If you want to devote one of your days to art and culture, 2 main museums should be your target: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Whilst the Guggenheim hosts Impressionist to Contemporary Art, the Met is home for more than 2 million works of art, starting with the classics and ancient Egypt.
Try and also make time to visit the Rockefeller Center and Times Square, to get a taste of the hyper chaotic and extremely rapid way of life of New Yorkers living and working in these highly commercial environments.
If you think you can’t make it in the Big Apple because your English language skills aren’t perfect, not to worry! There are plenty of English language colleges that help you improve or learn English from scratch. The tuition fees average is around 800$, depending on where you decide is best for you. To give you a head start, here are ten websites for some of the most prestigious colleges in NYC:
Zoni Lanuage Centre
Kaplan International Colleges
New York Language Center
English Language Centres
ALCC American Language
Bell Languate School
GEOS Language Institute New York
There are infinite options of accommodation available in NYC. It all depends on how much you’re planning on spending. The price range for the cheapest accommodation goes from the lowest €15.09 per night at the Glenwood Hotel Youth Hostel in Brooklyn to the €100.81 per night at Sun Bright Hotel, located between China Town and Manhattan. The average charge is between €37.00 and €45.00. Everyone knows how accommodation can be very expensive and, in the end, who wants to spend a lot of money on a place they’ll only sleep in, when you can spend them in doing some breath taking activities during your trip? And seeing the nightlife you have in New York, your accommodation will serve mostly for your luggage whilst you’re out partying. So for those of you out there looking for a cheap place to stay, visit the following websites and you should fine something suitable to your needs:
Big city (Night) Life
Speaking of partying, ‘when in NY’ the choices are infinite. The most popular area for bars and clubbing is on the west side of Manhattan, the so called Meatpacking District,an obvious allusion of the amount of people that go down there. Here you can find rooftop clubs like Hotel Gansevoort or romantic atmospheres like the Spice Market. You can also head out to the Lower East Side, an area that’s now developing and becoming more and more popular, with places like Bungalow 8, The Campbell Apartment and many more. If you want to explore NYC's nightlife in full detail take a look here: New York NightLife and enjoy.
Look out for jobs
To end with, if you find yourself in need of more cash, check out:
The New York Job Source
or plan ahead with the help of BUNAC, working adventures online, at BUNAC.
Depending on the job you are qualified to get, you will obtain more or less money. The minimum wage rate for New York is $7.25 an hour; however this does not apply to positions in the catering and hospitality business. If you land a job as a waitress, a bartender,a hostess and so on, you are expect to get tips of around $2.55 an hour, so the minimum wage will go down to $4.60. But, if you’re good enough, or just lucky, you’ll probably make more money out of tips than out of your actual salary.
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