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 simple dictate of wearing black, and often incorporated subtle details in veils, dresses, and even … [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 experience. Halloween at the American Museum of Natural History Each year, the American Museum of … [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 ducks on The Pond. Pick up a New York City Bike Rental to explore on your own, or consider taking a … [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 2, 2014 Featuring 20 species of live spiders and other arachnids, this exhibit is not for those of … [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 Tour. This hop on/hop off tour aboard a comfortable double-decker bus allows you 48 hours to go all … [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 History, Central Park, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan NINJA New … [Read more...]

New York Vacation Tips

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Traveling to the Big Apple this summer? Whether you’re a first time visitor or a frequent flyer to NYC, it can be tough to sort through all the nitty gritty details. Here are a few of our favorite New York Vacation Tips to help you get through planning the perfect trip. From searching for hotel discounts to skipping the line at attractions and beyond, these tips are sure to come in handy. Don’t forget to pick up a New York Go Select Pass to save on all your attraction visits! Getting to NYC Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll need to book a flight to NYC. Unless you have some frequent flier miles stocked up, or an unshakeable loyalty to one particular airline, sites that compile most possible flight prices for your comparison are your best bet. Some of the most popular sites include Kayak (which compares prices between all the different discount sites), Expedia, … [Read more...]

New York Labor Day 2014 Attractions

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Labor Day weekend is the last chance for a summer getaway for many Americans. As August comes to a close, we tend to hop in our cars and head to the lake or the beach for a last hurrah. However, while it might not yet be on your radar for Labor Day plans, New York City is always a fun and festive place to be on this long weekend. If you’re a New Yorker, you might consider staying in the City this time; if you’re not, start planning a trip to NYC for the weekend when the crowds are on their way out! There are a myriad of things to do in New York over the holiday weekend. Whether you’re looking for something uproarious or restful, family-friend or friends only, you'll discover why so many people love New York! Parades & Festivals Kick off your weekend Saturday with the annual NYC Labor Day Parade along 5th Avenue in Midtown. In celebration of the working men and women who … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Museum of Art Ticket Discount

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With prime real estate on the Upper East Side of Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art exudes a grand presence in its Manhattan home. As the largest art museum in the United States, the Met, as it’s affectionately called, holds a special place in the heart of New Yorkers as well as art-lovers and sightseers around the world. Recently, the Museum was ranked one of the Top 25 Museums in the United States by TripAdvisor. While this is quite an accomplishment, it comes as no surprise to those who’ve seen the museum first hand. Housing two million works of art and artifacts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art boasts an ever-evolving collection in numerous galleries as well as expertly curated temporary exhibitions. One of the best things about the Metropolitan Museum of Art is that you can visit a dozen times and still see things you’ve never seen before. Use Metropolitan Museum … [Read more...]

Empire State Building Ticket Discount

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People may argue about which New York City attraction most embodies the city’s culture and history, but everyone can agree that you can’t leave New York without seeing the Empire State Building. Most tourists want to do more than just see the 103-story skyscraper—they want to feel on top of the world as they gaze from 1,250 feet high over the enormous city from the building’s observatory. If you’re the adventurous type or a diehard sightseer, you’ll be next to join the ranks! While a trip to New York City can be expensive, Smart Destinations can offer you the best prices on top New York attractions, including the Empire State Building discount tickets, so you won’t have to break the bank to see the best of the Big Apple. Here are some tips for making the most of your visit to the Empire State Building: Visit early in the morning or late at night. It stands to … [Read more...]