New York Holiday Attractions 2014

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Spending some time in the Big Apple this winter? Check out a few of our recommendations for things to do this season in NYC. These New York Winter Attractions are some of the most popular sites in the entire city, and they’re guaranteed to make your visit a successful one. These attractions are especially geared towards first-time visitors, although a seasoned vet will certainly enjoy them as well! We especially recommend winter travel to New York for those of you looking to get a great deal on airfare and hotel costs – it’s definitely the quietest season for tourism. You’ll find shorter lines and, very often, cheaper ticket costs for musical performances or Broadway plays. Christmas time is an exception to this rule, as many visitors flock to NYC for their holiday extravaganzas … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in New York

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Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving in New York or visiting the Big Apple during the holiday weekend, you might want to put something on the schedule to give you a break from feasting and watching football. While the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is certainly the most recognizable event, there’s plenty more happening in the big city on the upcoming holiday weekend – even with the closure of many stores. In fact, several of New York attractions are celebrating Turkey Day in one fashion or another. Here are a few highlights: Statue of Liberty Ferry Many stores and attractions in New York City are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but you can still get close to the Statue of Liberty via ferry ride. While there, stroll the grounds, take pictures, visit the museum, or just marvel at the … [Read more...]

NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014

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The NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most exciting spectacles on television each year, and it only gets better over time. For 2014, the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will have over 8,000 participants and over 50 million viewers – that’s one heck of an event! This top New York attraction is a perennial favorite among visitors and locals alike, and this year promises to be better than ever. In addition to the family-favorite floats and balloons, the parade is comprised of an extensive series of musical and theatrical performances, including brief shows, songs, and dance numbers. This year’s lineup includes Cirque de Soleil, Hilary Duff, Nick Jonas, the folks from Sesame Street, the Big Apple Circle, Pentatonix, Idina Menzel, KISS, and many many more! … [Read more...]

New York Attraction Tips

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In a city that never sleeps, sometimes the night takes you with it, and the next day all the sightseeing you were intending to do can be a challenge. We understand, and that’s why we’ve come up with a few activities and attractions in New York City that you can sit back and enjoy. Best of all, with a customizable New York Pass, you can create an itinerary with as few as two attractions for one low price and explore at your own pace. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and read on. Late night? Here are some New York attractions and activities for the weary: New York City is a great city for walking, but when you want to visit a number of sites, the blocks can feel miles long. So why not relax in a comfortable seat on a CitySights Bus tour? With your New York pass, you can take … [Read more...]

New Special Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “Death Becomes Her”

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Fans of art, fashion, and the slightly macabre are in luck - a highly-anticipated special exhibit opened this week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Entitled “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire,” this exhibit explores the aesthetic developments of the English culture of mourning in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This exhibit is sponsored by the Costume Institute, which has contributed most of the elements for the exhibit. Death is a tricky business, and the business of dressing for death is even more complex. Conventions and customs regarding the mourning attire of widows have long been a fascinating subject of study in the more flexible twenty-first century. Historical mourning conventions from the nineteenth century transcend the … [Read more...]

Halloween in New York City 2014

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Thinking about spending October 31st in the Big Apple? Well, you’re in luck, because we’ve got a whole bunch of festive New York attractions for you to check out this October. This yeah Halloween even falls on a Friday, so it’s perfectly timed to create an entire weekend of spooky family fun! Greenwich Village Halloween Parade Held on Friday, October 31st, this popular local parade draws millions of local spectators each year. You’ll find thousands of costumed performers, hundreds of floats, dozens of bands, and many other exciting musical acts. One of the coolest things about this parade is its signature puppets – giant, larger-than-life rod puppets that evoke a Carnivalesque atmosphere. Many locals even participate in the parade, so it’s a really authentic NYC Halloween … [Read more...]

New York City Fall Attractions

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Fall is a lovely time in New York City. There are so many exciting developments to look forward to, both new and seasonal.  The first bit of chill to the air, the warm scents of pumpkin and spice, and the return of scarves and boots. The beginning of school, the start of the Knicks’ season, new special exhibit cycles at the museums, and so much more.  So, if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in NYC this autumn, be sure to check out a few of our top New York attractions for fall. Start by exploring nature. The Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building both provide excellent vantage points from which to survey the lovely cityscape. Scope out the fall festivities going on in Rockefeller Plaza, then head to Central Park to stroll through the lush autumn foliage and watch the … [Read more...]

American Museum of Natural History

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Visit a place of wonders, great and small, a place where the past comes alive, a place where science shines – the American Museum of Natural History! This iconic New York attraction is one of the best places in the country for you and your family to explore the marvels of the planet, from pre-history all the way to the modern era. Some highlights of the permanent collection include the Hall of Human Diversity, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the Dinosaur Wing, and the Rose Center with its beautiful Hayden Planetarium. Of course, the American Museum of Natural History also runs a number of special exhibitions and shows that rotate throughout the year; here are a few of our favorites currently on display. “Spiders Alive!” – A Special Live Animal Exhibit July 4 – November … [Read more...]

Top New York City Tours

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With five boroughs, 304 square miles of land, and 8.5 million inhabitants, there’s no doubting New York City is a big place. It’s no wonder that tourists have so much trouble deciding what to do and see in the city—it’s hard to even know where to start! From the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty to cultural enclaves like Chinatown and Spanish Harlem, the sights are endless and as diverse as they can be. One of the best ways to see the most of the city is to take a tour! New York tours are as diverse as the city itself, and there’s no shortage of options. Plus, tours offer a unique way to see the city, learn about it’s culture and history, and get to know your way around. Bus Tours One of the most popular bus tours in NYC is the CitySights All Around Town … [Read more...]

Best New York City Restaurants

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It can be intimidating for visitors to New York to decide where to dine. You want to avoid the really touristy stuff, but still find a place you can enjoy and afford. With so many world-class restaurants in a rainbow of cuisines, NYC has plenty to offer diners of all stripes. Here’s a list of our recommended restaurants in New York City, plus a few nearby attractions to help you get a feel for the city and its diverse food culture. Remember, it’s a good idea to call ahead or look online for reservations (if available) for all your dinner plans. Otherwise, arrive early or be prepared to wait. For Families Ditch Plains UWS www.ditch-plains.com 100 West 82nd Street New York, NY 10023 Fresh seafood and creative “beach dining” Nearby Attractions: The American Museum of Natural … [Read more...]