It seems like it was April Fools’ Day just a few weeks ago, but Memorial Day is going to be here and gone before you know it and then you know what comes next – summer!
Once the calendar rolls over into June, the sidewalk heats up, the subways cool down and summertime in New York City begins in earnest. It’s a great time to visit the city because the streets fill up with people who are looking to enjoy themselves in the great outdoors – as much as that is possible in the city – and there is never a better time to sit outside at a restaurant, bar or café to grab a bite, a beer or a coffee.
During your visit, make sure you indulge in a New York staple like a tasty piece of pizza, a freshly-baked bagel or a locally-brewed Brooklyn Lager. You’ll also want to hit up one of the many quintessential New York destinations that are available with the New York Explorer Pass.
The attractions are dispersed all throughout Manhattan (and into some of the city’s boroughs as well) so traveling from one to another will provide you with the chance to do some free sightseeing! If you prefer to see things in a bit more organized manner, the New York Movie Sites Tour, Brooklyn Tour, New York City Tour, Uptown and Harlem Bus Tour are all certainly options.
To get a deal on food or drinks without slowing down, download a mobile app from a service like Groupon, LivingSocial or Amazon Local so you can access deals on the go. New York City is one of the best places to use these sorts of services and they can almost instantly find you a place within the immediate area that should match your criteria and save you money.
The New York Explorer Pass gives you 57 destinations to select from and allows you to customize a 3, 5, 7 or 10 site trip that you can stretch out over the course of 30 days. Each pass comes with free instant delivery and has the potential to save you and yours up to 45% off combined gate prices!
To save money and see a show, there is no better way than by waiting at one of the three Theatre Development Fund TKTS ticket booths in New York City. The booths are located at the South Street Seaport and in Downtown Brooklyn, with the most popular booth being the one in Times Square. The lines at the booths can get long, but that’s because they offer same-day discount tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows at up to 50% off.
To help make the process of using one of the TKTS booths as painless as possible, download their mobile app to see the tickets they have available and make sure the have the show you want. You’ll also want to arrive early and make sure that you are standing in the right line as some of the booths have separate windows for plays and musicals. If you have any questions, make sure and ask an employee.