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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.

09 Aug 2014 Restaurant recommendations: New York City, NY

New York calls to me always, and I’ve made effort, for a few years now, to get in at least one annual trip to my favorite city. We all know that there are a wealth of experiences to be had in the city, and that besides all the sights and sounds, besides the exciting hustle and bustle, in the midst of it all there is food and more food. This April I stayed in Jersey City for two weeks with friends Steve and Alexia, in a cute little store-front apartment just a short little walk down to the Path station and across to Manhattan. I didn’t eat much in Jersey City, for though I’m sure there must exist restaurant gems there, I could not help but be drawn each day into the tunnel under the water, into the city, to feed off the energy, a palpable presence in the subways, on the streets, in the people, the bars, the restaurants, the food, New York energy in the food.

My girlfriend at the time shared with me a passion for food, at the same moment as interested in eating a dirty water dog in Central Park as checking out what dinner was like at the restaurant of one of our favorite celebrity chefs. We would try everything if we only could. The beautiful thing about eating in New York City is that you can have an eclectic day of taste discovery on Monday, followed by a completely different day of diverse dining on Tuesday, and let’s not forget about the rest of the week, so many new opportunities to eat.

Whether visiting or residing in New York, you can easily follow your own food path, and I recommend spending at least one entire day doing so, forging ahead on a discovery of your own, following your nose or merely following happenstance. Wandering, after all, is filled with discovery in Manhattan. There are times, however, when it’s best to have some recommendations, and so here are some of mine to choose from, culled from places I dined in April.

First things first, pair up with a good dining partner. Having along another person who also appreciates food lends unquantifiable value. When you discuss your experiences, you gain more insight into them. Is it possible that talking about the nuances of flavor in a meal can deepen your experience of the meal? Most definitely.

Next, avoid Roy Rogers, even if you are hungry and tempted to eat fast food, do not go inside. Roy would be ashamed of what they’ve done to his legacy. I was also disappointed by Dallas BBQ on 42nd Street. We were seated without any problems and ordered a few minutes later, at 11:49 p.m.,

09 Aug 2014 Cheap Places to Eat in New York

The cosmopolitan city of New York has one of the most diverse and internationally acclaimed restaurant scenes in the world, with new venues opening on daily bases and offerings ranging from the exotic to the innovative.

However, all this magic in the kitchen comes at a price and eating out in such a huge, buzzing city can be an expensive proposition, so here are some tips on eating on a budget in New York!

1. New York burgers with all the works.

America has long been famous for hamburgers (and not least McDonald’s) and New York is no exception. Try Blue 9 Burger on Third Avenue for some authentic food, New York-style, where dinner adds up to as little as $6. This may be a fast-food joint but they’re known for the fresh, hand-cut ingredients, as well as a trademark spicy mango sauce.

2. Deli-icious.

And it doesn’t stop with burgers: the city is renowned for its range of great meals that can be picked up on the cheap. Think cheesecake, club sandwiches and salt-beef bagels… and around the Lower East and Upper West Sides, there are numerous delis serving up these specialties with affordable prices and big portions.

3. Splurge at Happy Hour.

Although discounts at happy hour are not unique to New York, few cities can offer such great value. On weekdays between about 4 and 7pm (which is far too early for those trendy New York night-owls), even the most fashionable cocktail bars and restaurants drop their prices. Head to the Mole Mexican Bar & Grill on Allen Street for a $5 fresh-squeezed lime margarita and some equally reasonable Mexican cooking.

4. Go international.

New York is home to a huge range of international eateries and, even though they do have some more expensive restaurants, Little Italy and Chinatown, typically offer cheaper and tastier meals than touristy neighborhoods like Times Square. The popular Veselka in the East Village serves Ukrainian comfort food that won’t break the bank and (in typical New York-style) stays open until dawn.

5. Eat in.

For the truly budget-conscious visitor to New York, there’s another great alternative for cutting costs – head to one of the lovely small shops clustered in Chelsea or the farmers’ market at Union Square to pick up fresh ingredients, and then create your own dishes! Most New York hostels across Manhattan and Brooklyn have self-catering facilities so guests can sample some of those New York delicacies, even on a shoestring.

26 Jul 2014 Attractions of New York City, NY

Battery Park, New York City

Battery Park has become more or less a landmark for tourists every since 9/11. Located at the bottom of Manhattan, just below the financial district is skirts the site of the form World Trade Center and lends a decent yet distant view of the Statue of Liberty. It draws thousands of visitors each year.

History buffs enjoy facts and Battery Park has historical facts abounding. For instance, at the time of the War of 1812, a fort was built in Battery Park between 1808 and 1811. The fort was named Castle Clinton in 1817 after DeWitt Clinton, Mayor of NYC at the time. After the war, and in the many years following the area served as an entertainment center, an opera house and an immigration landing depot. IT was even the NYC Aquarium until it closed in 1941.

Places To Stay and Dine

Because there is a lot to do and see in and around Battery Park staying close by is not a bad idea. The Marriott on 85 West Street across from Battery Park off the Westside Highway is an ideal spot. Located in the financial district of New York City, this Marriott makes for an ideal getaway and has easy access to the World Trade Center site, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, South Street Seaport, Battery Park and SOHO, NYC. All 497 richly appointed rooms are comfortable and offer luxurious accommodations. On the Marriott campus, guests will find the famous Roy’s New York restaurant, a Starbucks and the contemporary 85 West Cocktail Bar.

The Ritz Carlton is in Battery Park and is a luxury 5 star that caters to business and leisure travelers. It caters to the hip crowd but also accommodates young families with babysitting services. The hotel is close to some fabulous restaurants including Nobu, Peter Luger and Pearl Oyster Bar. The Flagship Embassy Suites of New York City’s Financial District offer full-service, upscale accommodations within walking distance to Battery Park and Wall Street. Each suite is beautifully decorated with a private bedroom and spacious living room, two televisions, a stocked mini-bar, microwave oven, coffee maker, two telephones with data ports, high speed Internet access and a well lit work table.

Moran’s is a friendly, sociable tavern that has a history that goes back to 1857. The specialty is American Continental cuisine that is outstandingly delicious with prim aged beef, and fresh New England style lobster. It’s across the Westside Highway leaving Battery Park on Washington Street, open Monday through Saturday

25 Jul 2014 Hotels in Midtown New York

Welcome to the city of dreams. The city of living dreams, the New York City. The New York City is vivid with the life and people from across all continents which make this the greatest cosmopolitan city in the world. Not only it offers a substantial lifestyle but it is also a great center of economic and business activities. The streets of the New York City are always flooded with people with dreams to make big and in return the city offers them everything which they come here for. The largest city in the state and the most populous city in the United States is New York City, which is comprised of five counties, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. New York City is home to more than two-fifths of the state’s population.

If you are a visitor the first glance of the city with its tall skyscrapers and beautiful and bold architecture attracts you towards its glamour and style. Immerse yourself completely and surrender yourself to the city of style, highlife, history and culture. Apart from its glamour and highlife New York City has a great historical significance which will come across every nook and corner. It is the city which is standing tall on with its rich historical and cultural heritage. In all you would find all American attributes here in New York. If you’re a first-time visitor to New York City, come see for yourself the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Bronx Zoo, Staten Island Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge and all our other world-famous attractions. If you’ve been here before, there’s always another neighborhood to explore, another restaurant to try, another Broadway show and museum blockbuster to see, another don’t-miss cultural performance or sporting event.

One of the famous parts of the New York city is the Midtown region. Midtown is a neighborhood in New York City that has world-famous buildings such as Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Empire State Building. The core commercial of the Midtown area extends from 40th Street up to Central Park on 59th Street and from Third Avenue on the east side to Ninth Avenue on the west. Midtown Manhattan is the busiest commercial district in the nation with the majority of NYC’s skyscrapers and entertainment spots. More than 3 million commuters come here along with tourists, residents, and students. Times Square and Fifth Avenue have massive clusters of shops and restaurants and are one of the biggest tourist attractions.

There are many hotels clustered in the Midtown region of the New York City. You will find a hotel for every budget in this region. The most well known hotels in this region are Crowne Plaza At United Nations, Beekman Tower Hotel, Nlst Eastgate Tower Hotel, Eastgate Tower Suite Hotel, New York Helmsley Hotel, Hotel Bonanza of Las Vegas, Hotel Dorset, Bedford Hotel, Doral Tuscany Hotel, Lyden House, Affinia Dumont Hotel, Interstate Motels Inc, Greenpoint Hotel Grand Hyatt etc.

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20 Jul 2014 Discount New York Hotel Rates

Discount New York Hotel Rates

New York is one of the most magnificent cities in the world which is commonly known for its skyscrapers and mostly surrounded by water this empire state has majestic mountains, cities, lakes, pastoral farmlands, vineyards and many more. The city leads in most of the sectors including law, finance, business, trading and media organization throughout the world. The city is a world famous cultural center having arrays of beckoning museums, art galleries and theaters and many significant historical sites. Many cultural movements originated from this city which contributed highly in the field of music, art and literature like Harlem Renaissance in literature and art, abstract expression in painting and hip hop in music. The city grew with the time and during the late nineties it looked more cleanly, safer and livable.

The most attractive feature of New York City is its skyscrapers. Mostly surrounded by water this city could only grow in vertical direction. It’s a densely populated city wherein the huge building seems touching the sky. We find buildings of old and new architecture the city has more than 2,000 arts and cultural organizations and more than 500 art galleries of all sizes. The city is a hub of performing arts venues like New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York City Opera. Summer stage is a place where many events and concerts take place. It shows performances of free plays, 1,200 free concerts and music in central park. The performances of dance and theater events take place across all five boroughs during summers.

Tourism is a flourishing industry in the city of New York. Millions of foreigners and American tourists come to this place every year. There are lot many things to see and view. Some major tourist’s attraction includes the world famous Empire State Building. Major shopping destination such as Jackson Heights, Flushing and Brighton Bridge make the tourists fight their temptations, scores of museums such as Rockefeller Center, Metropolitan Museum of art. Also famous are the TIMES SQUARE, the Bronx Zoo, Washington Square Park, Central Park and the New York Botanical Garden. Even there are events such as Tribeca Film Festival and the Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village. New York City as well has acres of parklands and public beaches. New York’s food culture is influenced largely by the food lovers and city’s immigrant, the city became famous for bagels, and New York style pizza and cheese cake due to Italian and Jewish immigrants. Some 4,000 mobile food vendors are licensed mostly owned by the immigrants. The food from Middle East is the hot favorite with mouth watering dishes like Kebabs and falafels the restaurants in the city offer many hot cuisine.

Above all, the New York City has many hotels to serve its tourists. The hotels range into many budgets to suit many. So if you are planning a visit to New York on a tight budget, worry no more as the city has plenty of discount hotels to provide you with the best accommodation. As you plan your trip ensure that you make prior reservations to avoid last minute hassles.

19 Jul 2014 Behind the scenes secrets of the New York City real estate market

The secret behind the New York City real estate market can be summed up in one word: hype.

Realtors, developers, politicians and media outlets do a superlative job of marketing the benefits and excitement of living in New York City. That is, after all, their jobs. And since many of their victims already have a mythical view of New York engrained in their consciousness, they are as susceptible to overpriced real estate as they are to believing that poets live in the West Village.

Of course, there are the laws of supply and demand. But is there an economic theory that explains why an otherwise reasonable person will pay 40, 50 or 60% of their income to live in a run-in-the-mill apartment in a run-in-the-mill neighborhood? There is clearly another factor at work here.

Call it the New York City mystique, call it the magic of the big city lights, call it the promise of fame and fortune, call it the center of the art and fashion world…call it hype.

New York City is not nearly as distinct as it used to be. Chain stores and fast food joints abound. Funky and inexpensive independent shops and restaurants can no longer survive. Artists, musicians and writers can no longer afford to live in New York’s famously bohemian neighborhoods and practice their craft. True, they attempt to develop new enclaves, but before long the lawyers and stockbrokers arrive, along with astronomical rents.

There has always been a disconnect between the image of New York City and its reality. One wonders if there will be a tipping point as that gap grows larger and larger. It’s doubtful. The latest generation of New Yorkers think that it’s normal to have a Starbucks on every corner with a Gap across the street. They expect it. Just like the mall at home.

And yet New York is still considered by many as the only place to be. Even if that includes a real estate market that is completely out of sync with the incomes of the vast majority of its residents. Supply, demand and a healthy serving of hype.

It remains to be seen whether the current economic crisis will have any significant impact on real estate prices in New York. 2009 promises to be a very interesting year in determining the city’s financial future, as well as the new attitudes and priorities that may manifest as a result .

Not that any of this matters to the very wealthy. Or to the frat boys crammed in with three roommates in Gramercy who will get married and move to Jersey in a few years. Or to the Carrie Bradshaw wannabes, in complete denial of their credit card balances.

The New York that lives in their minds is the essential secret behind the seven-figure price tag on that studio apartment downtown.

17 Jul 2014 Top Three Luxury Hotels in New York City

New York City is home to a multitude of hotels. From budget to extraordinary all the options are there. For those who prefer traveling in style NYC will not disappoint. The following Five Star hotels are three of the finest that New York has to offer.

A Hotel for Every Season
The I.M. Pei-designed Four Seasons Hotel is one of the most acclaimed luxury hotels in New York City and is popular with travelers from across the globe. It is an extremely child-friendly hotel and is therefore specifically popular amongst families traveling to the Big Apple.
Boasting 364 oversized guestrooms including 61 suites the room amenities are guaranteed to blow your mind. Only the best of the best in terms of luxury products, furnishings and fittings adorn these rooms. The spa at this luxurious hotel blends contemporary knowledge with ancient wisdom and will delight your senses while relaxing your body and mind.

As it is located close to some of New York’s greatest attractions, the Four Seasons Hotel is very well-liked amongst travelers interested in doing a bit of sightseeing during their trip. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Television and Radio and the Statue of Liberty are all accessible from the NYC hotel.

Dining at the L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, the hotel’s signature restaurant will prove to be one of the most memorable meals you’ll experience in New York City. Offering the perfect blend of Asian and French cuisine legendary chef Joël Robuchon’s meals are not to be missed. If you’re looking for something a bit more casual the Four Seasons 57 hotel restaurant offers up classic American dishes and is open for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and Sunday brunches.

A Taste of Asia
In the heart of Manhattan lies one on New York’s most acclaimed hotels – The Mandarin Oriental recipient of the prestigious Mobil Five-Star award for 2007.
Located on floors 35 to 54 of the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle this exquisite hotel is home to 248 luxurious rooms and suites which all reflect a melting pot of oriental and Manhattan living.
Every single one of the rooms boasts a spectacular view of central park and the views of the New York City skyline at night are simply breathtaking.

Another feature that attracts many of the hotel’s guests is the luxurious spa which is located on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental. Boasting amethyst crystal steam rooms, vitality pools, six multifunctional treatment rooms and relaxation lounges a day at this spa of “Ultimate Luxury” is a real treat. If you’re lucky enough to be spending some time at the Mandarin Oriental a Thai Yoga Massage is not to be missed.

Due to its prime location the Mandarin Oriental is located near to some of the best attractions New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the Rockefeller Center.
After a day of sightseeing there is nothing better than enjoying a sumptuous meal and at the Mandarin Oriental. Dining at this New York City hotel will delight all of your senses – sporting sublime views of Central Park Asiate on the 35th floor is renowned for its French and Japanese offerings, the more casual Lobby Lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy a light meal and MObar is THE location for pre or post dinner drinks. This prestigious hotel is a favorite amongst travelers to NYC looking for a bit of Five Star luxury.

The Ritz
The 33-story Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond hotel comprises 260 guestrooms and suites. With captivating views of Central Park and all the trimmings you’d expect from a Five Star hotel it is a popular choice amongst travelers to the Big Apple especially amongst those who like to take their pets along. The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park is actually one of the few completely pet-friendly hotels in New York City.

The La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa is an absolute treat for guests looking for a bit of pampering. This luxurious spa boasts six treatment rooms, steam rooms, a wet room, and every beauty and relaxation treatment that you can think of. The jetlag therapy is a must for travelers coming in to this hotel after a long international flight.

This is the perfect hotel from which to explore Central Park and its surrounding attractions. Central Park boasts two skating rinks, a pool, zoo and wildlife center and is home to several concerts and art showings through out the year. There is always something going on in Central Park and a stroll through it will never disappoint.

For a delicious afternoon tea, a light meal or a couple of cocktails the Star Lounge is the place you’ll want to go. For something a bit more substantial sampling the menu created by acclaimed Chef Laurent Tourondel at the newly renovated BLT Market is a must.

While I’ve only featured three of New York’s luxurious Five Star hotels there is an endless array of options when it comes to luxury travel in the Big Apple. Some other notable Five Star hotels include the Four Seasons Hotel, Mercer Hotel, Peninsula Hotel New York, St. Regis Hotel and the Trump International Hotel & Tower.

14 Jul 2014 Places to see before you die: Reasons to add New York City to the list

If you are answering that you don’t need to see New York before you die, it is because you have never been there! If you have gone to New York once in your life, you just want to repeat the experience over and over again. I rarely met people that did not care for New York. It is probably one of the more exhilarating places on earth. New York to me is like an addicting lover…you just have to get more from him!

The moment I stepped foot in New York I was hooked! I took the overnight bus from Montreal and arrived around 7 o’clock in the morning. I had hardly slept, trying to sleep on a Greyhound bus is an experience all by itself, and arrived at Port Authority. I went outside to grab a cab. From the second I stepped foot on 8th avenue, I knew that I would love this town. I was going to a friend’s apartment from Port Authority, he was living just beside Bellevue Hospital, and I was mesmerized by the city while I was in the cab. I arrived at my friend’s place and he asked me if I wanted to take a nap and immediately I wanted to go out and walk around. I could not fathom being inside and not outside discovering this beautiful city.

New York may not be the city where you find the greatest museums or restaurants, other towns like Paris or London fit the bill more perfectly, but you find an energy in New York that you don’t find anywhere else on earth. I never feel tired when I am there. I always feel invigorated! I sometimes get up in the morning in my hotel room and feel tired but at the instant I step foot on the street, I only want to see everything there is to see. My routine when I am in town is that I get out for breakfast around the hotel, come back to the room to freshen up afterward and head out for the day. Even when I am dead tired, I find myself walking everywhere and never coming back to my hotel before 4 in the afternoon. I take a shower and dress a bit better and go out for a drink. I then decide where I want to have dinner. I don’t go to New York to go out clubbing, I come back pretty early after dinner…drop in my bed so I can start again the next day.

I wish I could recommend an exact restaurant or a precise location but everything in New York is fun. I went 14 times and plan on going back as soon as possible. Even if you don’t go up the Empire state building, visit the Statue of liberty or go to the MOMA, just breathing in the atmosphere is enough for me. I traveled to a couple of places in the world but nothing comes close to New York for me!