Best New York City Souvenirs

NYC Souvenirs

Looking for that perfect memento from your trip to the Big Apple, but uncertain what to take home and what to avoid? We know it can be tough to find the diamond in the rough when it comes to shopping for New York City souvenirs – with so many vendors coming at you from left and right, you don’t always know what’s worth the money. Fortunately, we’ve got a handy guide to help you out! If you’re looking for something iconic that really says “New York City,” then don’t fall for a mini Statue of Liberty or a postcard of the Empire State Building. They’re (well, not quite) a … [Read more...]

Top 5 New York City Tourist Traps & Things to Do Instead

Top 5 New York Tourist Traps and Things to Do Instead

Planning a trip to New York City? Avoid maddening crowds and overpaying at these top 5 New York City tourist traps and consider our suggested things to do instead for a more enjoyable and less touristy New York City experience. Times Square Why it's overrated: Any New Yorker will tell a visitor to avoid the tourist trap that is Times Square. Though it's a site to see, snap a photo and move on. The over-commercialization has stripped the area of any authentic New York experience with the incorporation of chain restaurants and stores. The best New York experiences are found … [Read more...]

Tips for celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square

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So you’re headed to the Big Apple for the biggest celebration of the year. As much fun as you could have, attending the big party – and even the idea of planning the occasion – can be daunting. In the spirit of the famous ball drop and countdown, here are 10 tips to help ensure your experience is a pleasant one. 10. Use the bathroom in advance – Real estate is slim pickings, so if you get a good spot you’re not going to want to give it up. Plus, there are no portable restrooms in Times Square. 9. Dress warmly – Not to state the obvious, but it is easy to underestimate how … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [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, … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]