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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.

10 Aug 2014 Hotels in New York – Comfortable Accommodation at Reasonable Rates

Catering to travelers from all over the world, Hotels in New York offers comfortable accommodation facilities for visitors. Equipped with all sorts of modern amenities and services, New York Hotels are suitable for both leisure as well as business travelers.

Various categories of hotels in New York offer lodging according to your requirements and budget. Ranging from luxurious comfort to cheap accommodation, New York Hotels offer all. The different categories of hotels of New York are as follows:

Luxury Hotels of New York – The 5 star hotels of New York offer luxury accommodation for guests. The elegantly decorated air-conditioned rooms are fitted with all kinds of modern facilities like satellite television, direct dial telephone, mini bar, tea/coffee maker, en suite, work desk, Internet access, radio, clock, safes and so on. Various business, recreational and dining facilities are also available at these hotels. Some of the luxury hotels of New York are Essex House A Westin Hotel New York, Hotel Plaza Athenee New York, Four Seasons New York, Mandarin Oriental New York and many others.

Mid-Range Hotels in New York – Cozy rooms at reasonable rates make this category of New York hotels popular among visitors. Offering necessary amenities like television, telephone, bathrooms and services like room service, laundry facilities, travel assistance, etc, these economy hotels are an important part of the hospitality industry. Some of the economy hotels in New York are 102 Brownstone New York, 348 Inn Hotel New York, Affinia Dumont New York, Albany Marriott Hotel New York and so on.

Cheap Hotels in New York – Offering all necessary facilities and services, cheap hotels provide lodging for people traveling on a stringent budget. Affordable charges, clean rooms and friendly staff combine to provide comfortable accommodation in New York. American Dream Hostel New York, Bed of Roses Hotel New York, Alternative Business Accommodations Hotel New York, Best Western of Lake George Hotel New York and others are some of the budget hotels of New York.

Leisure as well as business travelers visit New York throughout the year. It is, thus, always advisable to book hotels in advance. Be it luxury or cheap hotels, accommodation in New York is available in a wide range. Hotels in New York are an important part of the tourism and hospitality industry of the city.

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.

07 Aug 2014 The New York Alternative Hotels

Hotel or Hostel? If you’re traveling on a budget and don’t mind sharing a shower with strangers, a New York hostel might be the place for your to stay while you visit New York City. In the city, some hostels offer services to only one gender. This allows the young, single traveler to rest in safety. You might have to supply your own bed linens and towels, but the lack of house cleaner service is more than made up for by the affordability and proximity the heart of New York City.

The American Dream Hostel is situated on East 24th Street and give the dormitory beds and the private rooms form $40 to $148 for each night stay. This cost includes the complete breakfast, linen and towels. The Big Apple Hostel offers dormitory beds and private rooms in Midtown for $30 to $80 per night depending on accommodation and season. This price includes linens, but not towels in the dormitories. The Central Park Hostel is just minutes away from Central Park on 103rd Street. Extremely affordable dormitory beds and private rooms are available from $26 to $36 per night. Linens, blankets, towels, and lockers are all included in the price.

Would you like to feel famous as well as thrifty? The Chelsea Star Hotel was the house Madonna’s in the early 80’s and offers theme rooms based on popular music and movie stars. Dormitory beds are $20 a night and private rooms can accommodate up to four people for as little as $55 a night. Situated very near to the Madison Square Garden, this hostel offers economy as well as a clever entertainment theme to write the folks at home about. The Jazz On The Park Youth hostel, located on the Upper East Side, is convenient to museums and public transport. Dormitories and private rooms are available from $25 to $68 a night and include linens and breakfast.

Hostels are a great way to tour the city on a budget. Before you set out on your great New York adventure, check with your hostel for registration requirements. Some hostels offer accommodations for only one gender while others offer both single sex and co-ed rooms. Many hostels requite both personal and financial references for before registration is finalized. Travelers from other countries should be ready to present their passport or international student ID at check in. Enjoy your trip!

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05 Aug 2014 Discount Hotel New York City

Looking for a Discount Hotel? New York City has a surprisingly large selection.

While the sights are alluring, the price tag for a trip to NY can be steep. Many people look for a hotel at a discount, so that they can have more of their budgeted “trip money” to use elsewhere. Because, quite honestly, few NY visitors spend a great deal of time in their hotel rooms.

How to find the best discount hotel New York City has to offer? The internet is hands-down the greatest resource for do-it-yourself travel planners.

You could start by looking at one the big-name travel sites such as Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz. This will give a sense of what they offer as the “best” discount hotel New York City. But keep in mind that there are many other websites out there that may be willing to give you a better price.

Just click any link that you find on the web (they seem to be everywhere nowadays) and check out what that site has to offer. I recommend that you click on several different links that offer a discount hotel in New York City, so that you can really get a feel for what is out there.

You can also search by hotel chain because sometimes going directly to the source will save more than a big travel site (for example: New Yorker Hotel, Red Roof Inn, Super 8 Hotel Times Square). Also consider Bed & Breakfasts, Hostels, Inns, Guesthouses and even renting a temporary apartment.

A few questions to ask while you plan for an ensuing jaunt to NYC:

Where do you want to stay? New York City can be divided into several areas and these areas usually determine the range of hotel fees you’re going to encounter.

Do you want your hotel to be situated in Manhattan, where most New York attractions can be found?

Or do you want to stay in a trendy upbeat area? If so, then the hotels in Soho, Chelsea and similar areas are probably what you’re looking for.

Fortunately for the cost-conscience traveler, one of the best alternatives to a discount hotel New York City has to offer is a Hostel…and they are located all over the metropolitan area. The general price range for a stay at a NYC hostel is anywhere from $15-$89 per night. You can choose from dorm-style or private room. Most come with a free breakfast and all come with clean sheets and towels.

This is a great New York travel deal! I can speak from experience, this is worth looking into.

Who are you traveling with? While hostels offer an amazing deal for lodging, they are NOT for everyone. Those traveling with kids probably will not want to stay in one, unless you can secure a private room for 4 people (which some have).

For those interested in a simple discount hotel, New York City will not disappoint. You can find them all over the city with a range of amenities to fit your traveling needs and budget. The price range for these discount hotels are around $80-$325 per night. The price typically depends on location and amenities of the hotel.

A great NYC hotel tip to keep in mind: If you only plan to use the room to sleep, clean up and change clothes in order to go out again, then consider an accommodation that is slightly outside of the “hot spot”. Transportation (fabulous Metro system, taxis, private vehicles, etc) is easily accessible and readily available most of the time 24/7.

So if you are looking for a discount hotel. New York City will meet or exceed your expectations and provide you with many to choose from. Not to mention all of the fun you can have with the money that you will save by choosing a low-budget accommodation.

03 Aug 2014 New York Apartments For Sale

Before we begin, you should know that our main purpose is to hand out as much valuable information about New York Apartments, as we can fit in a short piece of writing There’s no denying that the Big Apple is one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit. It just takes one search of a travel website to realize that even the cheapest hotels often don’t fall within most people’s budget restrictions. For this reason, more and more people are choosing to rent New York apartments for their visits. This is a great alternative as it offers all the comforts of home and you’ll enjoy much more room than any typical hotel room affords. Business travelers frequently find themselves in Manhattan for extended periods of time. This may be because a new office is opening or they have to secure a business deal. Living out of a suitcase and eating in expensive restaurants each night isn’t pleasant. When you are renting one of the many New York apartments that are available, you can cook your own meals each night and then relax in the living room, the bedrooms or the kitchen.

From here on out, we will give you suggestion on what can make this subject a little more helpful to you. Families also find these types of accommodations to be the best deal for their dollar. Unlike many other locales, many of the hotels located within New York City charge extra for any additional family members over the basic two per room. This means a family of four or five will pay substantially more in a hotel than they would in private New York apartments. Another benefit that the apartment accommodations offer is the extra bedrooms. There’s no longer any bickering about who gets the beds and who has to sleep on the sofa sleeper or cot. When searching for an apartment to rent you can specify how many beds you need in addition to the number of bedrooms that would work best for your family. The best way to find this type of accommodation is to do a quick Internet search. This will typically yield a selection of private companies and real estate agents who handle short term rentals for New York apartments. Since you likely won’t be close enough to the city to tour the rentals in person, you’ll likely be given access to images of the apartments that meet your criteria and price range. This can give you a great idea of not only the space itself but of the furnishings that you’ll find there too. If you want to rent an apartment in a building that has a twenty-four doorman or one that provides fitness facilities you should specify this when you make initial contact with the rental agency. Although you can expect the price to be higher on New York apartments with these types of accommodations, you do want to ensure you and your family feel safe and comfortable while you are away. Try searching for a particular keyword from the title of this interesting piece of writing about New York Apartments on your favorite search engine and you are sure to find a wealth of knowledge.

30 Jul 2014 Best guided tours of New York City

To see old New York the way Ellis Islanders saw it, I recommend a visit to the Tenement Museum off Mott Street, between Little Italy and Chinatown, by the old Five Points neighborhood. Its a guided tour that whisks you away for a little over an hour into a world that is gone but not forgotten. Granted it is a guided tour of one building, but it is a journey into what makes New York forever new.

The building in question was built in the mid eighteen hundreds. It is a three story, walk-up tenement crowded with tiny apartments. The original wallpaper is in the dimly lit stairwell. It is a gloomy place where the other half lived. Each floor is furnished with the belongings of a different era’s inhabitants. The rooms crammed with brickabrack and heirlooms look as if the tenants just walked out to their jobs in the Garment District or to purchase some onions from a pushcart vendor on the street. The rooms are full of traces of hardscrabble lives trying to get by in an alien city that offers hard-to-come-by promises.

The guides are full of stories gleaned from extensive research and the stories come alive in the setting. You learn what it was like when the neighborhood wasn’t chi-chi or a tourist destination. You intrude on a private past and come out wiser and grateful afterward. New York remains an immigrant city and this glimpse into its hallowed tenement past sheds light on what happens today in the outer boroughs. We do what we need to get by. We live where we can and we make the best of our surroundings. Where there is life, there is hope and children remember their childhoods fondly. Adversity is a state of mind and there is no shame in being poor or struggling to get ahead.

The Tenement Museum is gritty the way people’s lives are gritty. There but for the grace of the angels go we. Because of those who came before us and worked hard, New York is a great city and America is a great country. The story of New York is the story of America. The story of the people who took ship from faraway lands to take a chance on the Lower East Side in one of the most cramped and congested neighborhoods in the world, is why our country is great.

The gift shop is small and no one is getting rich running tours at the Tenement Museum. They are providing a valuable service. This is not a tourist attraction. It is a learning experience and no one who exits the tenement comes out unmoved. This is not gaudy, flashy, out to make a quick buck or out to paint a fantasy. When you visit the Tenement Museum you get real New York, the New York of yore, the New York where real dreams come true. You get a slice of the city past, present and future in ways you won’t get by riding a tour bus or sampling tapas at restaurants that pay for the pleasure of being included as a stop on your stroll. Buildings and neighborhoods in Manhattan, or anywhere, will take on new meaning after you are guided through the Tenement Museum.

25 Jul 2014 Cheap hotel recommendations in New York City

So you’ve finally decided to take that trip to New York City, the city of lights, action and history, but you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for your accommodations. It might seem like an impossible task to find an affordable hotel option that is still located near all of the wonderful sights that you plan to visit, but with a little planning and the following hotel tips, you might just be surprised.

TIMES SQUARE

“St. James Hotel” is located just one block from Times Square and Fifth Avenue. It is a 14 story hotel in true New York styling. While this is certainly not a “high class” hotel, it is very safe (with 24 hour staff) and quite comfortable. This is definitely the best priced hotel in the Times Square Area. Prices vary from $150 to $190

“Amsterdam Court Hotel” is located in the theater district within walking distance to Broadway. This is almost like a boutique style hotel, very intimate with very nice accommodations. The staff is friendly, the rooms are nice and very clean. The amenities are not only semi-luxurious, but they are quaint and stylish. Prices range from $150 to $200

LOWER EAST SIDE

“Howard Johnson Express Inn SoHo” is located less than a mile from East Village, Little Italy, and Chinatown. This hotel is not only comfortable and clean, but offers several great free amenities, including high speed Internet access throughout the hotel, daily newspaper, and breakfast in the lobby. This is certainly a hotel that is well worth the money. Prices vary from $160 to $200

“Allstar SoHotel” has undergone several ownership changes and face-lifts over the years, and is currently the oldest hotel in New York City’s Lower East Side. This hotel is within walking distance of East Village, Chinatown, and many other great sightseeing spots. This hotel is comfortable, safe and clean, and offers air conditioning, safety lock boxes and free wireless Internet access in the lobby. Prices range from $180 to $250+ depending upon time of year

MIDTOWN

“Pod Hotel New York” is located within walking distance to many of New York’s greatest attractions, including the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. This hotel was recently renovated and is a “budget conscious” travelers dream come true. All of the rooms are cleverly designed with space savers that make the rooms smaller than average, but still very modern and comfortable. The decor is wonderful and this is certainly a great alternative for those travelers who want modern style and affordable prices. Prices range from $165 to $200+ dollars.

“Park Avenue Hotel” is a two star hotel that is located less than five miles from the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, and Rockefeller Center. While this hotel is definitely not the most luxurious of accommodations, it is still quite safe, clean and the staff is friendly. There is bus service to mid-town Manhattan that is located right outside of the lobby, and there is 24 hour staff on site to meet all of your needs. The rooms were all refurbished, including the beds, bed linens and decor in 2005. Prices range from $70 to $100 per night.

As you can see, even the “affordable” hotels in New York are expensive by the standards of most people, still, you can get a good deal if you remember to plan your trip early, keep in mind that there is an abundance of “mass transit” in the city, so you don’t need to stay steps from the places that you want to visit when you can take a bus or a cab. New York is a wonderful place to visit, save up your money, find an affordable hotel and go for it!

17 Jul 2014 Choose the Right New York Hotel for Your Trip to Nyc

New York Hotels are always in demand, and this keeps rates for accommodations in New York City high. In order to get the best deal possible, you will need to plan your trip well in advance, and perhaps consider a New York neighborhood rather than the downtown theater area.
New York Hotels can be broken into three price categories: Luxury, Moderate and Budget.
Great Luxury Hotels in New York City:
• The Buckingham
A luxurious all suite hotel on 57th St. near 6th Avenue.
• AKA
AKA balances the long term comfort of a luxury furnished apartment with the style and service of an intimate hotel.
• The Michelangelo
A Travel & Leisure “Greatest Hotels of the World”. On 51st St. and 7th Ave.
• The Waldorf Astoria
The icon of world renowned New York hotels. On Park Avenue and 50th Street.
• The Carlton on Madison Avenue
Entirely renewed and glamorous. On Madison Ave., 4 blocks from
the Empire State Building.
• The New York Palace
55 Stories of unbeatable luxury.
On 50th Street between Park and Lexington Avenue.
• Hilton New York
Conveniently located in the midst
of business and media centers in New York City, at West 53rd
Street and Avenue of the Americas.
Great Moderate Priced Hotels in New York City
• Envoy Club
Fully furnished, elegantly designed suites, available for nightly or extended stays.
Full Hotel Services.
• Hotel Roger Williams
Just blocks from Grand Central and the Empire State Building in the heart of New York City.
• Broadway Plaza
A very reasonable hotel at 27th Street and Broadway. Featuring large rooms and modern amenities.
• The Marmara
An Upper East Side hotel where old world hospitality mixes and modern amenities and the most cosmopolitan of locations.
• Park Central
The vibrant choice of 3 midtown New York hotels offering great value and comfort.
• On the Ave
A distinctive Upper West Side hotel. A Michelin winner for 2006 and 2007.
Great Budget Hotels in New York City
• Park 79
Tranquil and friendly, you’ll appreciate the rates at this Upper West Side hotel.
• The Pod Hotel
High style and modern with low rates and a dynamite midtown location.
• Days Executive Hotel
Just across the Hudson River, minutes to Times Square. You can save big and still “do” the city by day and by night.
• Wolcott Hotel
A terrific value, steps from Macy’s, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building and much more .
• Thirty Thirty NYC
Comfort and convenience of a European-style hotel at an affordable price. Near the Empire State Building, Macy’s, MSG, and Union Square.
Parking is also very limited in New York City, and parking in a hotel lot will run over $25/day. So plan your visit around public transportation and taxis instead of your car.
To get the best rates, ask about corporate rates, discounts, and packages. Sometimes you can save 10% off the hotel rate.
Most hotel rooms are small, and older hotels which are high rises sometimes have poor water pressure. You may want to forego that view for a better morning shower.
Don’t forget to plan for New York hotel taxes which are 13.6% New York State Tax, and a $2 New York City hotel Room Occupancy tax.
A great online guide to New York Hotels can be found at www.newyork.com.

15 Jul 2014 What to Expect From a Cheap New York Hotel

If you are planning a trip to New York city and you are heavily limited on your budget, rest assured that you can still have a meaningful trip. The only thing is you will need to sacrifice on some of the luxuries and save on other expenses such as food and souvenirs. One thing you can do to minimize expenses is to stay in a cheap New York hotel.

Cheap does not necessarily mean a bad thing especially when we are talking about a New York hotel. You will just have to be extra careful because some establishments abuse the word cheap and they would offer horrendous services. A stay in a New York hotel need not be expensive and while you may want to spend a little on it, you can still get at least the basic accommodations and necessities anybody would expect.

Here are a few things that you should expect should you decide to stay in a cheap New York hotel room.

1. No Internet access.

This may not be very important especially if you are not on a business trip. After all, you are there to see the city and not to surf the Internet in your New York hotel room. And if there is no Internet connection, you may also not expect a computer. You can just bring your laptop with you and surf the net in a coffee shop. There are plenty of coffee shops and other establishments that offer free Internet connection.

2. No cable TV.

You have plenty of time to watch your favorite shows on cable television back at home. This is also a good thing because there will be less distractions and your attention will be focused more on planning your itinerary for the rest of your stay.

3. There is only one complimentary meal.

An inexpensive New York hotel will offer just one complimentary meal or none at all and it is usually breakfast. Go try it during your first day at the hotel but if you find that the food is of such low quality, then you can just go out and eat. New York City has so many restaurants and offer the best in every form of dining.

4. No telephone

Although this may come as a standard equipment in a hotel room, some hotels will not include a phone to help cut off the expenses. No worries there. You can just bring your cellphone with you or you can always call at the reception.

5. Size does matter

If you are paying less, then you should not expect to get a suite. A standard room may just be the right size for two people or even just one. Don’t expect to find a king size bed, a walk in closet or even a full size bath tub.

These are just some of the things that you should be aware of if you are staying in a cheap New York hotel. Another thing worth mentioning is that the farther away from the center of the city the hotel is, the cheaper the price of the room goes down. Keep these things in mind and may you have a pleasant trip.