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Why rent a car in New York City?
If there’s one place in the US where you don’t need a car, it’s Manhattan. Public transportation is excellent and taxis are everywhere, while traffic is horrific. But outside Manhattan, a car gives you the freedom to explore the outer boroughs and experience the natural beauty of upstate New York.
Where to go in New York
Just across the East River from Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn are New York City’s largest boroughs, and home to an astonishing variety of peoples and cultures. They also have beaches – from Coney Island’s seaside amusements (Brooklyn) to the enormous Rockaway Beach in Queens (yes, the one the Ramones sang about). For better sand, keep heading east on Long Island to reach the upscale beach communities of the Hamptons and the wild sands of Montauk, as well as the North Fork’s many wineries. North of the city lie quaint Hudson Valley towns and the breathtaking scenery of the Catskill Mountains. You could spend days road-tripping along country roads, stopping at farm-to-table restaurants (try Rhinebeck), gallery hot spots (like Beacon) and pretty state parks (Harriman).
Getting around New York
Driving in the city poses many challenges, though things get easier once you leave Manhattan. Watch out for one-way streets and avoid driving during peak times (7am to 9:30am and 4pm to 6:30pm). Parking is limited and pricey in the city, though easier in the outer boroughs. It’s illegal to turn right on a red light anywhere in NYC, but allowed elsewhere in the state.
New York car rental locations
All the major rental agencies can be found at the three metro airports – John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Cars can also be rented at locations around town. Wherever you pick up your car, you’ll get a great deal on your New York City car rental from Hotwire.