Time difference: GMT - 5
Electrical current/ plugs: Plug sockets have either two flat pins or two flat pins with a round third pin, and have a current of 120V AC, 60Hv. Water: Tap water is safe to drink in New York, although bottled water is readily available. Politics: America is a democracy with a President as Head of State. Tipping: New Yorkers in the service industries (hotels, restaurants and transportation) have potential tips factored into their wages, so tips are expected and appreciated.
Examples of what to give: Hotel doorman: $1 for hailing a cab; • Porters and bellhops: $1–$2 per bag; • Housekeeping: $1–$2 per day of your visit, or as much as $5 per day; • Waitstaff and bartenders: 15–20% of total bill; • Taxi drivers: 15–20% of total fare. Bartenders typically expect at least a $1 tip for every drink they serve you. Sales Tax: prices marked typically don’t include tax. New York City sales tax on goods and services is 8.875%