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Timeless Travels Magazine - - UNITED STATES -

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%

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