16 Aug 2014 Vacationing Nyc Via a New York Vacation Home
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For over 8 million people, New York City is loved and called home. But for millions of others, New York is not a place to settle down – rather it’s a great place to visit and vacation.

If you’re considering visiting the Big Apple, then you’re probably checking out hotel prices. You might even be having a little bit of sticker shock if it’s your first time visiting. But did you know that there’s a better way?

For a very competitive price versus a hotel room, a New York vacation home can be had. Private home owners in New York offer their houses for rent, short term, to vacationers from all over the world. A vacation rental home is perfect for those that want a bit of added privacy, have a family with children, are visiting with a group of friends, or just need something more than a hotel room can provide.

Vacation rental homes in New York are plentiful, but not always easy to find unless you know where to look.

Advantages of visiting New York with a vacation home

The advantages of a vacation home over a hotel room are many. While in a hotel you have neighbors just on the other side of the wall, a vacation home provides you with the privacy of a residential home.

New York vacation homes also have a diversity that allows you to find a home that is most centrally located to the areas you plan on visiting. Whether you want a home that is close to everything, or one that is away from everything to allow you to relax at the end of the day, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the perfect New York vacation home.

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15 Aug 2014 Big Delights in the "big Apple": What New York City Has to Offer you

New York City, located among a cluster of islands surrounding New York Harbour, has an immense amount to offer visitors. That said, many first-timers in the city often feel overwhelmed by its size and multitude of attractions. But rest assured that by keeping a few handy travel tips in mind, you’ll be able to get the most out of your experience in the “Big Apple.”

New York City, like many large cities, has a number of small, distinctive boroughs. Atmospheric neighbourhoods such as Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown emanate the splendours of the city, yet stand on their own characteristically. Even relatively compact regions of the city are known for their unique attributes, such as the farmer’s market in Union Square or the iconic lighted advertisements of Times Square. But one thing is certain: no matter where in the city you go, you’re bound to encounter a host of treasures.

When organizing an outing in New York City, it’s a good idea to arrange an approximate sightseeing route; after all, with a city that’s so vast in size, sticking to some sort of plan might save time and help you get the most out of your visit. Getting around New York City is simple: the city’s subway network is one of the most comprehensive in the world, connecting all parts of Manhattan in rapid time.

However, the best way to see New York is undoubtedly on foot. Central Park is an ideal place to start a walking tour of New York City: 843 acres of shimmering ponds and lush greenery beckon to locals and tourists alike as a haven alongside the concrete backdrop of the city. And apart from offering breathtaking scenery, the park is a centre for New York recreation. Visitors can listen to music groups, watch performers, walk along the trails and even take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride. The Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, Ellis Island and Coney Island also offer great opportunities for outdoor family fun in New York City.

If you’re an art buff, you’ll certainly want to take advantage of New York City’s many museums and galleries. A section of Fifth Avenue has now been officially deemed the “Museum Mile” due to the number of famous museums located there. Among the most famous are: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Moreover, a trip to New York City simply isn’t complete without a visit to its famous Theatre District. With world-class performances being staged year-round, visitors are always sure to find a show that suits their theatrical taste. Furthermore, half-price discounted tickets are available at the TKTS centre on Broadway – so you don’t have to pay a fortune to see a fantastic show.

Avid shoppers will be thrilled with New York City’s shopping scene – one of the most prominent in the world. With Stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales and Macy’s, there’s something to keep every shopper smiling. And children – as well as the young at heart – will enjoy visiting the world famous toy store, FAO Schwarz. New York also plays host to countless annual festivals and events, such as the International Food Festival, the New York State Fair, New York Film Festival and the New York City Marathon, the world’s largest road race. So no matter what time of year you decide to visit, you’re sure to come across some seasonal excitement.

If you’re planning a trip to New York City, you’ll find a number of superb hotels – like the Jumeirah Essex House – which offer first-class accommodation. And if you stay at a hotel near Central Park New York, you’re guaranteed an experience which encompasses both the animated attractions and serene splendours of the city. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags – complete with a pair of walking shoes – and get ready to experience one of the most iconic cities in the world.

14 Aug 2014 Cheap Yet Superior Amenities in New York Hotels

 

When ever we care for our hard earn money we just started thinking about the cheap or discount rate of the things which we want to avail. And when it relates to tour of a place like New York, a traveler cannot resist himself/herself from doing that. So, then comes lots of things in mind like the cost of the hotel or air tickets etc.

New York which is the largest city of US is located on the eastern coast of the United States. New York is also known as “Big Apple”. We have heard about Hudson River of the city which is a silent spectator of the city. Again we know about Brooklyn which is larger than Manhattan Island. There are various discount hotels in New York like the hotel Pennsylvania, Sohotel, the Hotel Newton, the Excelsior Hotel, and the Broadway Plaza Hotel etc.

These hotels provide internet connection, full size or queen size bed, private bathe; colour T.V, shopping malls and venues, large show rooms, ATM and fitness center facilities etc are also available there. You can see a tranquil sightseeing of the West Side, Central Park, and Midtown Manhattan from some of the motels. The delicious foods in breakfast are continental or American style breakfast. Another interesting thing is the cheap hotels in New York also serve coffee in the nice lounge of the hotel.

The travelers can have a nice time in better hotels in New York City, which are less expensive and pocket friendly. The superior quality of hotel is of no doubt in New York City. The visitors can easily find the holiday inns or resorts of its kind.

Hotel is the place where people hold for a shot period with its great comfort and pleasure to release the tiredness or pressure from day to day life, when they are on tour and away from home. It’s just like a home away from home. So it’s necessary to make a trip in the holidays or in spare time. Again what can replace the tour of New York City, when you really want to feel the enjoyment of the city by staying in a comfort hotel at an affordable rate.

14 Aug 2014 A guide to discount shopping in New York City

Discount shopping in New York City can be an addiction. Because the city on the whole is expensive, knowing where to shop can become an obsession. Residents will often tell that they hardly ever pay retail. How to shop New York on the cheap? There is always the sidewalk vendors and Chinatown for the knockoffs, mind you I am not advocating anything here, but that is our dirty not so little secret. Many come to the city and insist on visiting Chinatown. It’s on your conscience. Legally there are the discount department stores and outlets and of course the sample sales.

Sample Sales

Everyday of the year except for the major holidays, you can find a sample sale offering top designers, somewhere in the city. Sample sales can yield clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, toiletries, furnishings, just about anything you desire. The caveat you need to know where and when to go, if it is cash only, how to get your purchase home and if you need an invitation. Finding the sample sales is easy if you know where to look. No, I am not talking about walking down the street and seeing a sign.

You need listings and to find the listings. Limited listings can be found in New York Magazine and Time out New York. Online listings that offer free subscriptions include: topbutton.com, dailycandy.com, New York Magazines Best Bets daily newsletter. Many of the sample sales are located in and around the Garment District so plan wisely and dress comfortably.

Department Stores

Century 21. Just about everybody visiting New York City knows about Century’s located at 22 Cortlandt Street between Church Street and Broadway in the shadow of Ground Zero. This location is open seven days and early during the week to accommodate Financial District workers. The best time to shop is between 9 am and noon and again after 2 pm. Avoid during lunch time or go on the weekend. Deep discounts on top American and European designers are available. Many years ago, I purchased my first Dooney and Bourke bag for $90, a basic bag that sold for $150. Stores are also located in Brooklyn, Long Island and New Jersey.

Find Outlet. Located in Chelsea at 361 West 17th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, Thursday thru Sunday 12 pm to 7 pm and Nolita at 229 Mott Street between Prince and Spring Streets, daily 12 pm to 7 pm. Tons of designer stuff.

Gabay Outlet. Located at 225 First Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets, they carry overstocks from high end department stores like Bergdorf Goodman at 50-80% off.

Syms. There are two locations, downtown at 42 Trinity Place, this location opens before 9 am, and midtown at 400 Park Ave. Discounted designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Kenneth Cole are but two of the variety carried. The bigger discount the longer the merchandise is in the store.

Loehmanns. 101 Seventh Ave is now considered the flagship but multiple locations. Loehmanns is not what it used to be. Designers are still available and the Back Room is still there but I don’t think the discounts are as steep as elsewhere. I personally find them to be more expensive than the other locations mentioned.

Enjoy your trip and remember that when shopping in New York City, plan wisely, try planning a route that is easily accessible from one area to the next via public transportation. You will not find parking easily during the week and Saturdays. On Sunday you will have to grab your parking space early and it does not make sense to move the car multiple times. Dress comfortably, layers in the winter and comfortable shoes.

13 Aug 2014 New York – Cheap Flights and Expensive Hotels

New York City is a destination that doesn’t hold back when it comes to luxury and with many legendary luxury hotels, such as the Waldorf and the Plaza, on offer it is no surprise that it is a popular place to stay.

Staying at one of these hotels ensures a memorable time and this is largely because they take pride in furnishing the rooms with soft bed linen, the latest in-room technology and designer branded toiletries. Whether you’re a frequent visitor to the hotel or a couple treating themselves for a once in a lifetime occasion, the large and tastefully decorated rooms that are extremely clean and boast beautiful high views over the city will make sure that you feel very spoiled during your stay.

If you are celebrating a very special occasion, you could request a strolling violinist to serenade you whilst you enjoy a gourmet picnic in Central Park or if you want a diamond ring delivered with a dessert on a terraced penthouse, these hotels have extremely resourceful concierges that will do their best to make your dreams come true.

New York has always been a very popular place to visit and with USA flights being very affordable now, more and more people are visiting the city.

With flights from the UK to New York being very long, arriving at your luxury hotel and having the concierge organise the very special moments planned for your trip will immediately show you that you are going to have a very relaxing, luxurious and special break.

Concierges are even on hand to find you tickets to the hottest Broadway shows and can even organise limos to take you to and from the theatre. Many luxury guests often ask their concierge where the best places are to see celebrities and also ask them to make reservations at restaurants owned by celebrity chefs such as Mario Batali and Bobby Flay.

If celebrity chefs aren’t your thing then you won’t go hungry as there are 32, 520 restaurants in the greater New York City area, with new ones opening constantly. If this all seems a bit daunting then your concierge will be on hand to help you by recommending the best places to eat, some of which may be closer than you think, as more than 60 hotel restaurants have been listed as some of the best you can eat at.

With cheap flights to the USA being available now, you will have more money left over for shopping and your concierge can help you out in that area as well by making sure that all of your shopping is delivered safely to your hotel room, so you won’t have to carry around all of your new luxury products that you can’t get at home yet.

12 Aug 2014 My experience with an independent car rental agency

We’d traveled a fair way,and now we were right in the heart of bustling Fort Lauderdale. Almost time to stretch the legs, refuel the car and change drivers. But first and foremost, I was going to choke the life out of Lola and Tahlia my two best friends.

‘Summer Holiday’ is an excellent song, yet my driving companions had killed my love for it hours ago. Lola certainly had a nice voice, and Thalia should not give up her day job, but her singing was tolerable. But, there’s definitely a limit to how many versions of one song you can tolerate. I’d hate to think what they both do for an encore!

The sun was strong and the skies were that typical aqua blue, with not a cloud to be seen. It was my turn to sing “New York.” This was what I’d be saving up for,for so long. A vacation to beautiful New York with my best friends. The fun we’d had along the way was awesome, the scenic views a treat indeed, and the panoramic mountain views were magnificent.

Yet we were now in Fort Lauderdale, and this is where the trouble began. We’d no sooner refueled, grabbed a burger and coke, turned the car on and then realized we had trouble. Expensive trouble, the car kept holding back, it was the motor. Yes, Lola’s little Volkswagen had gone to Herbie Heaven.” It was expected eventually, but right now wasn’t a good time at all.

Fortunately Lola had been born and bred in Lauderdale, she knew where an excellent independent car rental establishment was. Tahlia and I couldn’t comprehend why Lola was laughing so hard, until we realized that we were right across the road from it! There it stood, ‘Quality Car and Van Rental.’

An independent, family owned business, which had been there for seven years. Not only family owned, but family operated as well. We had cash, but none of us had credit cards, would they rent a car to us? They sure would, and they also offered an airport shuttle service as well. But usually prior arrangements must be made.

We were all over the required age of twenty one, although we had wished they’d ask for proof of age. Well there’s no harm in hoping, when you’re fifty and a bit I guess! But they did want other identification of course. We had a wide range of cars to choose from and these were: Vans, luxury cars, Suvs, trucks, and a medley of economy rated vehicles as well. We chose a luxury car, well why not, for years we’d saved up for this holiday!

The service was second to none, fast and friendly. We also were given a rate which was excellent in comparison to what we later found the larger hire companies charged, such as Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty. In actual fact, Thrifty is not thrifty, unless you’re used to paying with gold nuggets and have the name of Rockefeller.

We were close to the Ft Lauderdale airport as well as Port Everglades. And having been told that the company also offers a shuttle bus service, both to and from there bought music to the ears. That’d certainly save on taxi fares from our motel.

They certainly are a company that goes out of their way to gain your business. They also offer transportation to Miami International and West Palm International Airports.

Our holiday was excellent, the rates we payed for the car rental saved us in excess of $150 in comparison to elsewhere. The service was excellent, and we also understood why the company rates a three star for customer service, and expertise, in the car rental business.

12 Aug 2014 Finding Discount Airfare to Warsaw, Poland

Poland is a beautiful country with a rich history, traveling there for business or pleasure can be done for less than most might think. Finding discount airfare to Warsaw, for example, can be as simple as searching the location on an internet search engine and waiting for the sites to populate.

Some websites will not tell the customer all of the least expensive times to fly. For example, a discounted airfare to Warsaw is more likely to be found Monday through Thursday all year round, and the fares will be the lowest in the winter months November through March.

Another money saving tip, when looking to find discount airfare to Warsaw, try a local airline. Local airlines are likely to have last minute price breaks or the opposite, a better price for booking at least two weeks ahead. Many airlines are able to reserve flights up to nine months before the departure date.

Where To Book The Flight

Where a person books their flight can greatly affect the price they are able to find on discount airfare to Warsaw. Booking directly with the airline rather than using a travel agent may save some money. Also purchasing a ticket over the internet is often much less expensive than any other source.

Many internet sites offer exclusive discounts and deals to customers for ordering their discount airfares to Warsaw over the internet. Also when looking for discount airfare to Warsaw, be mindful that the prices displayed do not always include government fees, service charges, and taxes.

On average taxes for an airline ticket round trip will cost between 80 and 100 dollars added to the discounted airfare to Warsaw displayed price. Also there is an additional fee for all round trip tickets after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City of ten dollars per ticket.

Take Advantage Of All The Discounts

Many people are able to qualify for special discounts airfares to Warsaw some of these people include students, senior citizens, and military personnel nearly always get discounts. If the website doesn’t offer the discounts as an option, sometimes calling the company directly can have those discounts added to the final cost of the ticket.

There are also sometimes special pricing for a particular weekend trip, or for traveling between certain dates. If ones travel dates are flexible it is a good idea check periodically for specials, many airlines will have special excursion fares or promotional events of which people can take advantage.

11 Aug 2014 Short Stories: New York City

A night in New York

The New York skyline, a futuristic world of adventure. The box shaped city, almost robotic. The laughing of the people inhabits the concrete jungle, where the humans are animals. Enormous buildings look like they’re about to take off into space. An extraordinary glow surrounds the city, the smell of success and industrial strength overpower the smells of fear and hatred. The go getters of the business world dispatch from their cubicles after a stressful day, they swarm like black suited flies to get home,their hair slightly out of place from all the head scratching work problems they face, they carry their lives home with them in a briefcase.

A cold mist sweeps over the habour as the night falls. A gentle old women tightens her headscarf as she shudders with the cold chill on her fragile spine, she walks quickly past an alley of rouges and prays she’ll become invisable, a feather floats past on open window with a dysfuctional family slamming doors to close out the world.

The sound of the law can be heard by each ear drum, screaming sirens fly through the city leaving nothing but an echo. The waves hit the docking bay as a small tugboat heads off into the darkness. The ten fortyfive train to central New Jersey carrying its cargo to the next station rattles through the dusty track making every bridge tremble and shake.

The train driver sees many things on his round, arguments, kids up past their bedtimes watching late night comedy shows, dogs barking to be let out into the unnatural environment and sometimes lonely people staring into their pasts to desperately waiting for a change in their miserable, unnoticed life.

A homeless man sits with spread legs on the side walk with his bottle of two dollar wine, his only source of happyness dripping down his throat into his unfed stomach. He reflects on why he even came to this open prison that is New York, he once had dreams of success and having a good job and life, his job now is to survive in back alleys and dustbins living on other peoples rejections. No-one wants to give him their precious time and time is all he has left.

The crimes in the city carry on throughout the night the disenchanted sound of gun fire and screeching cars race through the winding roads and streets. The smell of hot oil rises up from the steam in the grates. There is a quiet rumbling beneath the shell that is the city underneath is the heart of transport known as the subway, in the late hours of the night the subway is like a ghost moving on swiftly the only noises to be heard are the roar of the trains and the flea ridden rats sqeaking for the love of leftovers in a bin. The sights to be seen in this area are the party goers slowly sobering up in the graffiti ridden tunnels.

The night is eventually leaving the sky as an infestation of taxis start to flock around the city the horns shout to get the millions to work on time. The streets become full of life and movement coffee is tasted even if you are not drinking it, the chefs of the streets begin cooking their trades; hotdogs, pretzels, bagels and donuts are the choice of breakfeasts and they’re bringing in the customers. A fresh bundel of newspapers thrown to each curb and on sale in seconds. The night has cleared and New York is awake.

11 Aug 2014 Review Of New York New York Hotel And Casino

New York New York Hotel & Casino is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. A visit to this casino is close to an actual visit to New York City, complete with the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. This resort facility replicates the New York skyline, including the Empire State Building. The lower floor of the casino is surrounded with small shops like one would see if in the City itself.

A tourist standing on the second floor balcony is treated to the view of the casino floor and the shops that border the casino tables and games. If you come to the casino from across the street, you can come over the bridge that crosses the Strip directly into the New York New York second floor.

The hotel amenities are first class with well-appointed rooms and extras, if wanted, like whirlpool baths. They do offer special packages if confirmed via the Internet or phone. It is worth the effort to arrange a package deal, as there could be a savings on the room rate for a several days’ stay.

The casino offers a normal range of Las Vegas gaming and excitement. The other offers of the casino are a sports book and an old time Irish Pub. There is also a stage show with different entertainers throughout the year. The shops that border the casino floor offer a variety of items and food services. The ambience of the entire facility is intended to make the guest feel the vibes of a New York visit.

With its location in the heart of the Strip, the New York New York is convenient to any of the other Las Vegas attractions that a visitor wants to see while in town. As with most Las Vegas casinos, they do have special accommodations for VIP guests who are above average gaming enthusiasts. If a customer wants special treatment, the way to get it is to ask for it. Let the hotel know what you want; you may be surprised at how easy it is for them to arrange for your desires.

There are many unusual places to visit and stay in Las Vegas. The New York New York should be on any visitor’s list of places to see while in town. Stop in for a bite to eat, a drink, and maybe a little table action. This casino is worth the visit for any tourist. The New York City feeling is remarkably real to all who stop by.

10 Aug 2014 Spending a Great Time in New York

Brief overview: -

According to the recent survey made, the most attracted tourists cities are New York, New Orleans, and Charleston- now known as South Carolina and the Portland- the state of Oregon. Each city has its own places and tourist spots like New York is famous for its theaters, boutiques, boutiques, classical music and the stylish people, New Orleans is known for its music and nightlife, Portland is known as the ecological city and also is famous for parks and public transport. Charleston is called as the place of harmony and is known for is flea markets, architecture and the curiosity shops.

Beauty of the New York City: -

When it comes to spend a good time in the break or vacation then most of the people travel to the New York. It is not only for the beautiful nature, weather conditions and the architectures but also because of the cheerfulness among the citizens of the New York. New York City comprises of diverse people. But at the same time the people are known as the trend setters. It is believed that the people of the New York spend their life to full of their extent and spending the vacations time in such kind of environment is the dream of every individual.

Architecture and Structures in New York: -

i.Extreme lavishness can be felt when a visit is made at the hot spot of the Midtown. It is known as the Russian Tea Room which is 4-level restaurant. After the magnificent makeover of the Russian restaurant, it had become even more glamorous. It was opened in the year 1927 and some of the extravagant features are: -

a. Beppe in New York
b. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill at New York
c. Pebbles Restaurant at Orlando

ii. Waldorf Towers, New York- A Conrad Hotel: – it is the separate tower that is rising above the Waldorf-Astoria hotel and is giving the most elegant look to the people and hence attracting many people. Some of the features associated with it are: -

a. The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City
b. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Orlando
c. Embassy Suites at Fort Lauderdale

iii.Lincoln Square 13: an 8 story IMAX theatre which is centerpiece and the most posh place in New York. Really such places are making the people attracted to spend their break time in New York.