POLICE. For information or assistance don’t hesitate to stop a policeman on the street. You’ll find him courteous and ready to help. New York police are easy to recognize with their blue uniforms, flat caps and bulging jackets. Their bulky equipment includes a gun, nightstick, handcuffs and walkie-talkie. They often travel in pairs. Some mounted policemen still patrol the parks.
In case of emergency call 911 (police, ambulance, fire). See also the section Crime and Theft.
POST OFFICE. The U.S. Post Office, unlike its British counterpart, deals only with mail. Telephone and telegraph services are run by private companies (see separate headings).
Post offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The General Post Office. Eighth Avenue at 33rd Street, is open from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Sunday. Self-service facilities in the lobby are always open.
You can buy stamps at the hotel reception desk where you’re staying or from stamp machines (often found in public buildings or stores where stationery is sold). Stamps sold by machine cost more than at the post office.
PRICES. Always expect to have state and city taxes, a total of 8 per cent, added on to all goods purchased in New York City including meals, 118 clothing and hotel accommodation.
Breakfast $ 1.50- 3.50 Carafe of wine $ 4.75
Lunch (light) 3.00- 4.00 Glass of beer 1.50
Dinner (fairly good Whisky 2.00
establishment) 10.-15.00 Soft drink .50
Hot dog .80 Coffee .50
Cinema 4.00 Nightclub 15.00
Theatre 10.00-20.00 Jazz club 8.00