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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.

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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.

06 Aug 2014 Top 10 New York Attractions

It’s not easy to decide how to spend your time in the Big Apple.

With so many things to see and do, where do you begin? This top-ten list of must-see New York City attractions is a good place to start.

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most popular of all New York attractions and no trip to the Big Apple is complete without a visit to this iconic structure.

The Statue of Liberty, officially called Liberty Enlightening the World, was constructed from bronze and was given to the United States by France in 1885 as a symbol of freedom and to mark the centenary of America’s Declaration of Independence.

Standing at Liberty Island, in the mouth of the Hudson River in the New York Harbor, it welcomes visitors as it once did for the thousands of immigrants who arrived in New York by boat. The Statue of Liberty has come to symbolize freedom, independence and American values and is an attraction not to be missed by anyone visiting New York.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is possibly the most famous skyscraper in the world and one of the greatest New York attractions. It’s been in numerous Hollywood blockbusters and a defining symbol of the city. It was opened on 1 May 1931 and is a must-see for any visitor to New York City – just ask any of the 10,000 to 20,000 people who visit the building every day.

The observatory, located on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet (320 meters) above the city’s busy streets, provides an unsurpassable view of New York City. It offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open air promenade.

The building offers a variety of attractions for visitors; observatory tours 365 days per year, day and night, rain or shine provider breathtaking views of Manhattan and beyond. There are also, two restaurants, a sushi bar, three coffee shops, a drug store, a Hallmark card shop, a post office and two banks as well as the famous New York SKYRIDE virtual-reality movie theater and various art exhibits.

Times Square

Times Square is not really a square, it’s more of a district, bordered by 6th Avenue and 9th Avenue and by 39th and 52nd Streets, and is one of the greatest New York attractions. Originally it was called Longacre Square, but in 1904, when the New York Times Company moved there, it took on the name we all know today. Shortly thereafter, in 1907, Times Square began its New Year’s Eve tradition, securing the area’s place in history.

Madison Square Gardens

New York City’s Madison Square Garden is sometimes called “The Most Famous Arena in the World“. It is a 20,000-seat arena located atop the city’s Pennsylvania Station on 7th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets. Built in 1968, the current arena is the fourth in a line of Madison Square Gardens; the facility is home to the New York Knicks and New York Liberty basketball teams and the New York Rangers hockey team. In addition, the arena hosts over 600 events per year, including concerts, conventions, award shows, the NBA draft, and the Ringling Bros Barnum Bailey Circus.

United Nations HQ

The United Nations Headquarters is located on an 18-acre site along the East River in New York City. Home to the international organization, The United Nations, the striking glass-fronted “Secretariat” building dominates the New York midtown skyline. The building, opened in 1951, was instantly popular with tourists and continues to be one of the most popular destinations in New York City.

American Museum of Natural History

Located on New York City’s upper west side, the American Museum of Natural history continues to be one of the world’s most important natural history collections and research facilities. It has attracted world-class research scientists throughout its history and today attracts a wide range of visitors from all walks of life. It is a delight for guests young and old, and the sheer volume of exhibits means there’s always something new to see.

Central Park

Central Park is Manhattan’s back garden – in a city of high-rise apartments with a dense population, this 843-acre oasis is a place to take a walk, read a book, attend a concert, and much, much more. Over 25 million people visit the park each year, making it the most visited of any park in the United States. With four million trees, shrubs, and plants, representing 1500 species, Central Park has something to interest every visitor. In addition to the vast Great Lawn and other green spaces, the park boasts several artificial lakes, two ice-skating rinks, miles of hiking and bike trails, a zoo, a wildlife sanctuary and several children’s playparks.

Wall Street

Wall Street, a narrow street in lower Manhattan between Broadway and the East River, was the first permanent home of the New York Stock Exchange. It was also the one-time headquarters for all of the major banks and brokerage houses in the United States. While the brokerages have since moved to other parts of New York’s financial district, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the term, “Wall Street” is still synonymous with the US financial markets.

Brooklyn Bridge

Probably one of the most recognizable landmarks in New York City, the Brooklyn Bridge is the oldest suspension bridge in the United States and at 6016-feet long, one of the longest too. When it opened in 1883, after being under construction for almost 14 years, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge. It spans over the East River and links New York’s Manhattan and Brooklyn districts.

Over the years, the traffic across the Brooklyn Bridge has included horses, trolleys, elevated trains, and streetcars as well as pedestrians and automobiles but these days just cars, cyclists, and pedestrians are permitted.

Carnegie Hall

This beautiful and acoustically perfect concert hall, or more accurately, three concert halls, has been the host of over 50,000 events in its long history. Today it is completely restored and as beautiful as ever, Carnegie Hall welcomes visitors to three concert stages, a museum, and fascinating archives. In addition to watching performances, visitors to Carnegie Hall may tour the facility on guided tours, which include back stage, dressing rooms, and rehearsal halls.

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.

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




•Parking facility


•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.

17 Jun 2014 Budget Travel In New York City – 5 Tips On New York Travel

The New York area is one of the largest in the world. With approximately 8 million people being in New York City alone and with less than 900 thousand kilometers squared radius, it is the densest city in all of North America! After a long anticipated debut we finally made our way to the Big Apple, and we were so excited we could barely contain ourselves. Going there has been a childhood dream for us ever since we decided to be world travelers and see everything this globe has to offer!

The people, lights, Times Square, Rockefeller, everything seems so exciting! This poised a big question though… What to do? What New York City event to pick? Well, I want to share with you some tips on New York travel that won’t break the bank! These are all an incredible experience and I would suggest doing them all if you can. Keep in mind there is no shortage of things to do in New York City. You’ll never get the chance to do everything, so do what you can, relax and enjoy what this wonderful city has to offer!

1) New York City comedy clubs: This is maybe the best thing I can suggest if you enjoy any sort of comedy at all. It works out really well because they have salesperson on the streets in the middle of Times Square, you don’t even have to look or try to find tickets. They will literally just flag you down and give you a very good price (We only paid $20 for both of us) on the condition that you buy 2 beverages at the club. The nice thing about their special, for those who don’t drink alcohol you can buy any drink of choice. Soft drinks and water were accepted as well so it really can appeal to everyone who enjoys this sort of thing and the cost is very low for the reward. It really was such a great time, the comedians were fantastic and we were very glad we decided to go. Highly Recommended!

2) Times Square: I realize this must be on everyone’s “top of the list” but it really is an amazing sight to see. This experience is something that you will never forget. The lights, people, banners, you don’t even realize how crazy it is until you are there. I must have seen Times Square on television a million times but honestly it really just is not the same. Spend a little time there to take in the atmosphere. There are plenty of very nice places to eat but the prices on their novelty restaurants (Hard Rock Café, ESPN Zone, etc) are very expensive. If you want something for a very good price, check out the side streets and look for the local pubs. I would really recommend going at night to see it lit up. A note to those who absolutely hate crowds of people, if you go to Times Square don’t go on a Friday or Saturday evening when it is the most busiest. We went on both a Saturday and Sunday night… the Saturday was chaos, and the Sunday was very nice and calm in comparison :) All the same, I really enjoyed both of them in different ways.

3) Rockefeller Center: We had the pleasure of going during December month, so we got to experience the Christmas tree and Skating Rink all done up at Rockefeller center. This is also home of the famous NBC Studios (Costs $18.50 for the tour).

4) Central Park: One of the most famous parks in the world and the most visited park in the United States, Central Park is a wonderful place to go on a nice day. Central Park is actually bigger than 2 of the world’s smallest nations; Monaco and Vatican City.

5) See a local New York City Event: Take in a ball game, a musical, or something at the theatre! New York really has everything to offer no matter what your hobbies or interests are! You can usually find something very reasonably priced as well, depending on what you are after.

I realize as most people do, New York tends to be quite expensive but with these travel ideas you can go out and have a really great time and still not spend too much money. There is plenty to see, even just going to see the landmarks and places like Rockefeller, Central Park and Times Square are well worthwhile! I really enjoyed my time just walking the streets and taking in the atmosphere.

If you are planning to stay in Manhattan for a week or so, I would really suggest picking up a copy of “The New York Pass”, spend your week and do everything you can. These passes are actually very reasonably priced (Starting at $55.00 daily and only $139.99 for a 7 day period, per person) and you get FREE access to literally almost EVERYTHING you could want in New York City. Here is just a glimpse of what is here. Keep in mind these are only about a quarter of the free things you get, not even including the other discounted items and special offers.

* Central Park Zoo
* CNN Studio Tour
* Empire State Building
* Madison Square Garden All Access Tour
* NBC Studio Tour
* New York Aquarium
* New York Botanical Garden
* Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour
* Rockefeller Center Tour
* Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island Ferry
* Suede Lounge (VIP nightclub access)
* The United Nations Tour

Well worth the money if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing, Museums and Tours.

Here’s a link to the page directly for those who are interested:

I absolutely loved my time in New York! I found it really offers you so much, no matter what month, or what day, there is always something for you to do that is interesting. How can you not like that about a city? It has everything and it is a great place to visit. I hope these tips on New York travel were helpful! I know I can’t wait for our next adventure, here in the Big Apple!

Until next time,
Best Wishes and Happy Travels!