New York City International Tourist Tips


Tips, Taxes, Weather, Metrics

New York City International Tourist Tips provides answers to frequently asked questions about differences between NYC and other cities or countries.

New York City Weather

Celsius to Fahrenheit Conversion Chart and Average Historical NYC Temperatures by Month
Celsius Fahrenheit Conversion Chart

Month High / Low
High / Low
January36 / 234 / -3
February40 / 275 / -3
March48 / 348 / 1
April61 / 4416 / 6
May68 / 5321 / 11
June81 / 6327 / 17
July83 / 6829 / 18
August81 / 6628 / 19
September77 / 6025 / 16
October67 / 5119 / 10
November54 / 4112 / 5
December41 / 305 / -1


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Currency Converters and Exchange Rates


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Taxes and Charges

New York City imposes 8.5 percent sales tax on the sale or use of the following items in the City. The
City sales tax rate is 4.5 percent (in addition to the New York State
sales and use tax of 4 percent). See the NYC Dept of Finance site.

  1. Most tangible personal property (i.e. alcohol, furniture, electronics, etc.);
  2. Occupancy of hotel and motel rooms;
  3. Food and beverages sold by restaurants and caterers;
  4. Admission charges to places of amusement;
  5. Purchase of clothing and footwear costing $110 or more per item or pair as of August 1, 2009 and 4% Sales Tax on items under $110, as of October 2010.
  6. Receipts from beauty, barbering, hair restoring, manicures, pedicures, electrolysis, massage, and other, similar services;
  7. Receipts from the sale of services by or use of facilities of weight control
    salons, health salons, gymnasiums, and similar establishments
  8. Sales of credit rating and credit reporting services;
  9. Gas, electricity, refrigeration, steam, telephone, and telegraph services;
  10. Detective, cleaning, and maintenance services

VAT – no VAT tax or other indirect tax.

Service Tips are not included in restaurant checks – please tip your servers at
least 15-20% (just double the first number of your check total, or first two if it’s over $100)

Additional Service Tips:

  • Taxis: 15% of fare
  • Bellhops: $1 per bag
  • Coat Check: $1 per coat

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