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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.

About Zonder

Zonder maintains a sizable database of available vacation homes in New York and around the world, most with pictures. Before you travel, visit Zonder.com to search thousands of vacation rentals and book them online. Zonder’s user friendly interface and huge selection makes finding a vacation rental fast, simple, and convenient.

26 Jul 2014 Guide to local transportation in New York City

When in NYC, you can get around by bus, subway, cab, or ferry; every mode of transportation looks quite complicated until you get accustomed to it. Here are some general guidelines that will help you to travel freely in the Big Apple.

There are three major airports in NYC: John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia. JFK is the country’s main international airport. JFK and Newark serve domestic and international flights while LaGuardia provides only domestic flights.

NYC also has an advanced train system with the main stations such as Penn Station and Grand Central Station. PATH and NJT commute with New Jersey; LIRR connects with Long Island.

Alternatively, taking the bus is cheap and fast because New York’s bus system provides more than 200 local routes. The bus fare for Manhattan and Bronx lines is $2. However, the cheapest and fastest way to go is by subway ($2 per ride). Of course, the subway is somewhat confusing because New York’s subway is the world’s largest subway system. Purchasing the Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard for $15 is good for 11 rides. Also there are unlimited rides cards for one, seven or thirty days that range between $7-70. If using subway or bus, buy maps at the Grand Central, Pennsylvania and Columbus Circle Stations and the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau. Also, try to learn what bus route you have to take and all your stops before traveling to NY, search for exact addresses in advance and pay attention in which direction you need to go (downtown or uptown); it helps to avoid taking the wrong subway train. My advice is try to avoid the subway’s rush hours 6-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. and don’t be alone in the subway after midnight. See www.mta.info

Another popular way to travel in New York is by taxicab. Travel by cab is more convenient but costly. Taxi fares start at $2.50 plus $.40 per additional fifth of a mile or for each 60 seconds waiting in traffic and plus 10-20% tip. Good news is one fare covers all four passengers, so try to share a cab. Travelers can take a ferry ride on the Staten Island Ferry between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island, which is free and runs 24 hours a day.

Other alternatives to commute in NYC are bicycling, driving a rental car and walking. On average, 120,000 New Yorkers ride bicycles each day. The DOT and NYC Bicycle Safety Coalition work together to provide safer streets for cyclists, but the risk of injuries and fatalities are still great. Daily bicycle rental starts at $30 a day or $5-10 per hour. Renting a car is another option. The disadvantages of car rental are the rental fees (prices start at $70 per day) and parking (prices starts at $30 a day; cost of parking in Manhattan can run as high as $200 per night) and also limited and dangerous driving in traffic.

The cheapest and safest way to explore the Big Apple is walking. It’s an easy walk with easy navigation; tourists don’t need to remember street names, just simply follow avenues and streets signs. Other advantages of walking are saving money and spending less time in traffic; just avoid crowded streets by taking shortcuts on side streets. It’s a great way to travel and I personally recommend it for every traveler in New York with possibly a few subway trips thrown in. However, if you decide to walk, bring a map and wear comfortable shoes.

Have a save trip!

19 Jul 2014 Sightseeing in New York City

New York City is one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world; a city steeped in history and culture and boasting some of the greatest architectural attractions in the world, there is no shortage of things to do and see while visiting the Big Apple.

In fact if you are planning on visiting you should plan your itinerary quite carefully as the likelihood that you will be able to fit in a visit to every one of the greatest New York attractions is slim.
While the legendary attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park and Times Square are a definite must, there is so much more to New York Travel. There are the artworks at Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA and Metropolitan Museum of Art; the spectacular architecture encompassed by Brooklyn Bridge and the Flatiron and Chrysler Buildings and of course, the fantastic retail outlets!
With so much to do and see many visitors opt to take a New York sightseeing tour or two during their stay. There are a wide variety of New York City tours available, so the tours you decide on will depend entirely on your preferences.

New York Sightseeing Tours

A Bird’s Eye View
If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary when it comes to New York sightseeing tours, an air tour of the Big Apple is a must. Viewing this amazing city from a helicopter is truly extraordinary as it gives you a perspective that you will not get from land based New York tours. There are various New York air tours available which range from comprehensive sightseeing tours of New York City to Statue of Liberty tours and romantic flights over Manhattan.

City Cruises
New York cruise tours give travelers the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple from a distance. There are various types of cruise tours available in New York; there are day cruises around Manhattan harbor, glamorous dinner and dancing cruises, Statue of Liberty tour cruises and cruises in which you watch the glittering holiday lights. Cruises are an excellent option to keep in mind when considering which New York sightseeing tour to book during your holiday in the Big Apple.

Shop Till You Drop
New York and shopping are synonymous concepts – there is no better way to visit the most eclectic range of retail havens than with a New York shopping tour. Visit the Garment District; feast your eyes on the magnificent window displays along Madison Avenue, behold the splendors of Saks Fifth Avenue or buy trinkets from the street vendors on Canal Street. A New York sightseeing tour of this variety will give you a great introduction to sumptuous shopping in New York City.

Step by Step
Walking tours in New York are extremely popular as you get to experience many of the attractions that are not even visible from the bus tour routes. New York tour guides will show you locations where historic events took place, share the stories of the generations who tread the paths before you and expose you to some of the city’s hidden gems. The Luxury Chocolate Walking Tour is an absolute must for any chocolate lover visiting New York. The chocolate treats from the street cafes and bistros of the Upper East Side will leave you with a new appreciation for this heavenly delight.

Beautiful Bus Routes
One of the most popular offerings when it comes to New York sightseeing tours, bus tours allow visitors to experience quite a lot as they cover more ground than walking tours. There are several types of bus tours in New York and the tour you select will depend what your main interests are. There are tours that focus solely on the main attractions, historical tours, movie and television tours and tours that expose travelers to a little bit of everything.
One of the most popular bus tours in New York City “Sex in the City” tour which features 40 locations from the hit television series. Sit on Carrie’s apartment stoop, visit the series’ local bar and pass the shoe store where Carrie blew most of her salary checks.

No matter which type of tour you chose you are bound to be enthralled by the views, attractions and the sights and sounds that are unique to New York City.

11 Jul 2014 The Typical New York Tour: Upgraded

Sightseeing throughout New York City is a thrilling experience. Seeing the lights, the buildings, the people, and its history – all of it will fill you with excitement and wonder. There are many different ways to see this great city, but one way is to explore it by limo.

Seeing all the typical New York City sights but by limo adds extra elements to your New York City experience. It adds class, sophistication, and comfort. But what shall you see? Here are just some of the sights you can visit and explore while you get around the city via limousine.

The Empire State Building is the ultimate New York City destination. Once the tallest building in the world, the building’s construction was completed in 1931. The building was the tallest until 1970. This building is 102 stories high and is designed in the style of art deco. Named one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers, many of the spaces in the building were originally not rented out. Now, the building is filled to the brim with business offices and has observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors.

When sightseeing in a limo, it is absolutely necessary to see the sights along Broadway Avenue. More commonly known as simply Broadway, the most famous attractions along this route are the Broadway theatres. Some of the world’s best plays and musicals originate in the theatres that reside in this theatre district.

Macy’s Department store, Times Square (named for the New York Times’ former offices that were headquartered there), Greenwich Village, and Central Park can all be found along the path of Broadway, as well.

Central Park, open since 1859, is a beautiful place to explore while visiting in a limo. You can explore the park by either walking some trails or taking a carriage ride, or exploring it in the limo. But just make sure to do this before seven in the evening because automobile traffic is not allowed on the six miles of drives circling the park after that time.

Greenwich Village was once the center of bohemians, artists and their lifestyles. The rent there is now too expensive for the same crowd to currently reside. The Village is now inhabited by many celebrities and many artists that have already been established. A drive through this area will expose you to beautiful old houses, buildings, off-Broadway theatre troupes, many cute designer shops, smaller parks, and a sprinkling of some of the best universities in New York City.

The major intersection in New York City, Times Square, is second only Tokyo for its lighted advertising. Site of the now famous New Year’s Eve ball drop, Times Square is a sight to be seen if only for the visual stimulation it provides.

10 Jul 2014 Great attractions for kids in New York City

As big and as busy as New York City can seem to small travelers, Manhattan offers plenty of kids attractions that parents can enjoy, too. Check out five of New York’s most popular stops for kids:

BROADWAY With plenty of kid-friendly fare on the Great White Way, a trip to New York City offers the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the fun of live theatre. Disney shows like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast tend to sell out quickly. With a little advance planning, you can secure your seats through a ticketing agent or through a hotel concierge. For last minute travelers, the Theatre Development Fund’s TKTS booth near Times Square offers half-price seats for many same-day shows.

TKTS at the Marriott Marquis: 1535 Broadway, NY, NY 10036. (212) 221-0013.

CIRCLE LINE TOUR Families that want to see as much of New York City as possible during a visit love these daily boat tours. During summer months, Circle Line adds a fun speed boat, called “The Beast,” to its fleet of ferries and tour boats. Older kids will love “The Shark,” a fast-paced thrill ride through New York Harbor. On all of Circle Line’s vessels, knowledgeable tour guide point out highlights of city life, making these short cruises a perfect way to begin or end a visit to New York. Circle Line: 42 W. Pier 83, NY, NY 10036. (212) 563-3200.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART Since kids might not put the Met at the top of their “must-see” lists, exhibit planners and curators at the legendary museum offer interactive, kid-friendly activities throughout the week. Sunday afternoon programs for kids aged six through twelve feature live demonstrations and vibrant displays. At other times, families can opt for hour long audio tours, designed to keep kids engaged while exposing them to some of the world’s finest art. Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10028. (212) 535-7710.

ROCKEFELLER CENTER To your kids, it may seem like just another office complex. However, Rockefeller Center features three of the most kid-friendly activities in New York City. The “Top of the Rock” observation deck gives kids and parents a spectacular view of the city. Many parents prefer the Rock to the Empire State Building because ticketed elevator times mean no lines (and no bored kids). Downstairs, the NBC Studio Tour combines a behind the scenes peek at a legendary broadcasting facility. Kids can play along by presenting news and weather in a mock studio. During winter months, Rockefeller Plaza’s iconic skating rink offers family fun that’s just as popular with the locals as it is with visitors. NBC Studio Tour: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NY, NY 10012. (212) 664-7174. Skating Rink: 5th Ave between 49th and 50th Sts., NY, NY 10020. (212) 332-7654. Top of the Rock: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NY, NY 10012. (212) 698-2000.

TOY STORES The shopping capital of the East Coast doesn’t leave kids in the cold. Many of the world’s most popular toy makers and toy sellers have flagship stores in the center of Manhattan. New York’s American Girl store has become a must-visit destination for girls from six to sixteen. In Rockefeller Plaza, kids can play the latest Wii and DS games at the Nintendo World store. And in Times Square, the busiest Toys R Us location beckons kids of all ages. American Girl: 609 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street, NY, NY 10017. (877) 247-5223. Nintendo World: 10 Rockefeller Plaza, NY, NY 10020. (646) 459-0800. Toys R Us: 1293 Broadway, NY, NY 10001. (646) 366-8800.

03 Jul 2014 Making Grander Savings From New York Travel

The City New York does seem to be a very good idea at the beginning, but then most people are disappointed with it when they do not seem to be able to keep up with the conditions the pass requires. It is true that the pass is saving and all that jazz, but there are some things that need to be considered. When people end up disappointed with the NYC, it is mostly their on fault. The City pass clearly delineates the terms and conditions at the outset. Let us first see what those terms and conditions are, and then I will tell you of ways by which you can make the most of your city travel.

The first condition is that your pass gets activated only when you want to activate it. This is more of a privilege than a condition actually, but still it ties up with other things. Like, even if you bought the package last month and even got your pass in your hands, it will not be activated till you actually land up in New York and start using it. This helps if your tour gets delayed for some reason, you can still use the pass. So, when you go to your first New York destination and tell the attendant to swipe the pass, that’s when the pass begins to function and your package goes live.

The second condition is that whatever time on a said date you begin using your pass, it will be counted as the whole day. So even if you enter your first tourist place near closing time, say about 4:30 pm, the whole day will be counted. In that way, you will have wasted your whole day. To make the best out of your pass, you need to start out early in the day. Wait at your first spot near opening time. That way, you will be able to visit the maximum number of places in that day and make the most of your pass.

Another very important condition is that the days are counted consecutively. So if you bought a three day package, and you first activated on Monday, then the three days for you would be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. If for some reason you cannot visit anywhere on Tuesday, you will be missing that day, because your New York trip will get deactivated on Wednesday. You cannot throw in a Thursday visit. Hence, make sure you can free up next days for your travel. Since you can activate your pass whenever you want, this is simple.

Finally, one tip plan your itinerary wisely. Select places that are in a line and close to each other so that you won’t waste much time traveling. Remember that the more places you visit, the more you stand to gain. Also look out for the New York Pass counters at every gate where you visit. Show the pass here, and you will be granted entry. You won’t have to stand in queues. That means more value for travel.

The New York trip is just an instrument. How well you use it, and what kind of profit you make with it, depends on you.

03 Jul 2014 Plan a Memorable Holiday With New York Vacation Rental

However, if things are not planned properly, vacations may prove to be even more hectic. Luckily, with a little bit of planning, one can be ensured that his or her vacation goes well, without any troubles. New York is nestled in the northeastern zone of the US. New York is the greatest city in the world and provides you the whole spectrum of exotic and entertaining vacations. You can witness the hustle and bustle of urban sophistication, to the calm and peaceful comforting vacations getting away from all the work pressure. To view New York properly, you need at least a period of a week or so. For the purpose of accommodation, it is recommended to hire New York vacation rental.

New York vacation rental renders innumerable possibilities to make the most of your vacations. New York vacation rental is relatively inexpensive, as compared to other accommodations. The vacation rentals in New York bring further opportunities for an enjoyable vacation, and most of the people organize their vacation so as to coincide with the NY State Fair. The most important thing, while planning a vacation is finances. And New York vacation rental offers you the best deal, as compared to other hotels and motels. It is the most inexpensive and convenient way to plan for a vacation. Some of the astonishing features of New York vacation rental are

•Affordability

•Privacy

•Convenience

•Parking facility

•Pool

•Kitchen amenities

•Personal computer

New York has one of the most popular vacation spot, Niagara fall, which is located in the north west of the state. One can enjoy the stunning views, open all year round, it is just as magnificent in the wintry weather with its somewhat ice-covered pillars and marvelous ice jams, as it is in the tardy spring season, when the rushing flow is at its maximum volume. Some other attractions to visit in the area include the Aquarium, numerous park, theatres, and museums.

New York vacation rental provides living room, dining room etc. Moreover, it gives you ample choice to choose your space according to your requirement. It can be villas, condos, bungalow, or even a small house, depending on your budget. The rates depend a great deal on the type and location of the place. For nominal rates, you can search online sources. There you will find a large number of individuals, travel agents, offering New York vacation rental. Compare and contrast the quotes and make your vacation an unforgettable one within a limited budget.

20 Jun 2014 Best New York City tours for kids

When you are first considering a visit to New York city, it might seem like more of a holiday destination for adults. Hoever, nothing could be further from the truth. There are many opportunities for kids to enjoy sights, sounds, and tastes of the Big Apple that would be fun and educational.

For instance, Onboard New York Tours has something to offer everyone in the family. Geared towards both adults and children alike, Onboard tours is one of the best ways to see the best New York has to offer the next time you come to visit The Big Apple.

They have combined their tours to include, buses, a ferry cruise, and even short-up close and personal-walking tours that enable you to enjoy a more personal and inter-active view of the attraction. Customers love the Onboard Tour company service because they use the much smaller shuttle buses as opposed to the much bigger tour buses and Double-Decker’s. It tends to give the whole tour more of a personal feel.

Best of all, the intimate environment encourages interaction with your tour guide. If you happen to get thirsty, then have a courtesy bottled water on ice and sip it as you view the sights of New York City in the comfort of your climate controlled shuttle.

Kids will find lots to interest them at the American Museum of Natural History. The building is on Central Park West and covers several city blocks. Special features that kids would enjoy include the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Discovery Room. The Discovery Room is specifically designed for kids and has “hands on exhibits” for children ages 5-12. The museum if free, but donations of $10 per adult and $6 per child is recommended and appreciated. Of course if you have a large family, you can simply alter the amount.

While you are in the area, it would be a good opportunity to take the kids to Central Park. The more commonly visited Southern area of the park is where you will find the Zoo, Metro Museum, and Gardens. However, don’t forget the North-side. That’s where you will find a swimming pool where the kids can cool off and also the children’s Museum of New York.

If it happens to be a rainy day, then the Children’s Museum would be a perfect attraction. It features a water play area, lots of playing space, and even interactive exhibits for babies. Another great choice for a rainy day is The children’s Museum of the Arts on Lafayette Street. This is a smaller museum and their main purpose is to give kids a special place where they can experience making their own art. The entire museum is hands-on and is must-see for kids. Activities are structured for children 2-10 years old and include painting, collage, performing arts, and even sculpture.

Hechscher Playground is on Seventh Avenue and Central Park South and features 3 acres of playground that has been recently refurbished. It’s the biggest playground in Central Park and features, sprinklers(for those muggy days)a wooden suspension bridge, a rock mountain for climbing, and all the usual slides and swings you would expect to find in a playground.

Many people have the misconception that New York City is mainly a city for adults and does not have a lot to offer kids, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are many attractions for kids of all ages and they will enjoy a visit to The Big Apple just as much as mom and dad.

19 Jun 2014 New York Travel Inspired by Romantic Films

New York City is the largest city in the US. There are five boroughs that make up New York City: Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

Notwithstanding the noise of the busy streets and traffic at New York City, it is still one of the top vacation spots. New York is known for its contrasting diversity of great trade from Wall Street and a dizzying array of entertainment like theatre plays and concerts. Travelling the City is like watching or experiencing what we see in the movies or any TV series. If it looks good in the movies, well, I have to say, my instinct one way or the other tells me I want to be there too! New York gives us the thrill of experiencing shopping, dining, be entertained and be romantic.

If you are a fan of ‘Sex and the City’, the first thing that you will remember is watching Carrie Bradshaw (or Sarah Jessica Parker) and her addiction to shoes along with her fashionable dresses. What do you do? SHOP GALORE! One can never go wrong in shopping at Big Apple. Prepare your Manolos or Marc Jacobs to fill your shopping pleasure with sophistication and style at Barneys Madison Avenue.

Not done with shopping? Madison Avenue is where you will find the top end department store filled with American and European designers like Saks Fifth Avenue. Of course who can forget the transformation of Anne Hathaway on the Devil Wears Prada. Make time for celebrity designer shops (Calvin, Giorgio) and fashion house boutiques (Prada, Chanel) in Madison Avenue.

One of the feel good movies with unforgettable wedding proposal to date is Sweet Home Alabama. Why? While others go for a romantic setting at the beach or high end restaurants, Patrick Dempsey picked the perfect spot for a girl (Reese Witherspoon) to choose her own engagement ring at Tiffany’s. While there is a selection of jaw-dropping engagement rings for the bride to be, fine items for men are available and even for babies. Undoubtedly, Tiffany’s remains a girl’s best friend.

After shopping fashionably, and hopefully spending wisely, it is time to perk up your social life. Sex and the City’s famous girlfriends – Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha shows us their ritual revolving with friends and loved ones is by dining out. Despite the countless fine dining restaurants in Soho the City also offers funky and inexpensive ethnic restaurants in East Village.

New York’s City landmark is the Empire State Building. It soars high as the tallest building and one the City’s main attraction. The Observatory offers a panoramic view of Manhattan and beyond. The 86th floor is the most visited spot. In the film “An Affair to Remember”, Cary Grant had to wait for Deborah Kerr in this famous floor.

Times Square is the spirit of Manhattan. The Annual New Year’s traditional countdown on the giant screen as the clock ticks down to a new year. There are countless of movies and shows that featured this intersection. Also known for its historical Broadway theatres and cinemas, Time Square is one of the places that makes New York a city that never sleeps.

Out of budget? Visit Central Park. The most famous park in the City not to mention it is a public park. Spend the whole day peacefully roaming its grounds. Nevertheless, daydreamers can play the odds to test love and fate as John Cusack and Kate Beckinsdale back together in Central Park in Serendipity. Jennifer Lopez and Joseph Fiennes showed that people from different worlds has the right to fall in love and be happy in Maid in Manhattan.

We may enjoy watching the movies, but navigating New York is unparalleled.

18 Jun 2014 Spring break destinations: New York City

Spring Break is a rite of passage for college students around the US. Just as easily that Florida tops the list of spring-breakers, New York City is an equally popular choice. Springtime in New York City is the onsight of warmer weather and hosts a variety of outdoor activities for an amazing spring break destination.

First, the Tribeca Film Festival, an annual festival that takes place in late April/early May and screens over 200 movies and tons of stars (not the ones in the sky, necessarily). Make sure you buy your tickets in advance, arrive early and head over to the Regal during breaks to catch a glimpse of your favorite actors/actresses and directors.

If Easter happens to fall on a date during your spring break experience, check out the Easter Parade, a unique New York City experience. Head to the area surrounding St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the best viewing spot. The parade doesn’t feature any floats or bands, but people from around the world stop by to participate.

Learn about Chelsea Market and the meat packing district. Stop by Greenwich Village and taste your way around the neighborhood’s many delicious stores and restaurants. If you’re an avid movie watcher, check out a tour of the hot spots of filming in Central Park. Want to see where the scenes from your favorite New York City movies were filmed? Since 1908 over 200 films have shot scenes in Central Park, making it the most filmed public park in the world. Movies such as Home Alone II, Brewster’s Millions, The Producers, It Could Happen to You and Ghostbusters are just a few of the movies with locations filmed in Central Park.

A little too tame for your spring break taste? Check out some of the New York City nightlife. Careening from sophisticated to mega-decibal raunchy. Big named clubs are focused in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

New York City is the hub of the jazz world. All of the greats made their names here. For some blues and jazz, head over to Greenwich Village for some grown-up entertainment. Lower East Side holds some of the city’s more edgy entertainment venues.

For your daily journey, grab a hop on hop off tour on one of the big red double-decker and explore every corner of this fabulous city. From Central Park to Museum Mile, the Empire State Building to Radio City Music Hall and Times Square to Little Italy, this tour will give you the insider track on all of the hot spots, venues and tourist attractions the Big Apple has to offer.

A spring break experience can be planned or spontaneous; it is just a matter of doing some research and early planning. Have fun and try not to get yourself into too much trouble!