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...]

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...]

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...]

Statue of Liberty Ticket Discount

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New York City’s most iconic landmark is a sight to behold in the summer. Tourists from around the world flock to New York to catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty or to climb the stairs to her Crown. The historic monument pays tribute to the immigrant history of our nation, and it’s moving to see the Statue of Liberty and think of those She welcomed into Ellis Island for so many years. There are many ways to see the Statue of Liberty, from the land and from the sea. The best option for you most likely depends on your family’s travel style. Are you okay with waiting in lines to get the ultimate experience. Would you prefer to see Lady Liberty from a bit further away to avoid the crowds? These are questions to think about before your trip to NYC. The most traditional and comprehensive way to see the Statue of Liberty is to take the ferry right to it. Your New York Explorer … [Read more...]

Cheap New York Attractions Tickets

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The prospect of going on a summertime trip to New York City can seem like a daunting one. Finding somewhere to stay can be difficult, getting around is almost always an adventure (at least a small one) and almost everything in NYC costs a little bit more than it does in other places – or does it? There are plenty of  New York Explorer Pass attractions discount tickets available in the City That Never Sleeps - you just have to know where to look. If you want to get into a Carnegie Hall concert for the cost of two Subway sandwiches, grab a $10 partial-view ticket and see a show at the iconic venue’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. Same-day tickets go on sale at the box office beginning at noon and there is a two-ticket limit per person. Students and seniors also qualify for $10 tickets providing they have valid photo ID. Box office sales are cash only. To combine some sight-seeing … [Read more...]

New York Summer Events 2014

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It might not quite feel like it yet, but summer is just around the corner. New York City has events going on all year long at all hours, but things get kicked up a notch in the summertime once things warm up. The summer of 2014 will be no different and there will be plenty of things happening in New York in the next few months in addition to all the regular New York Attractions that are always available. For the 10th straight year the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will be taking place in, well, Brooklyn of course! The event is an annual of showcase of some of the top current hip-hop artists as well as older acts who have been influential in the past. The festival will be taking place from July 9th-12th all over the city’s “coolest” borough in neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Williamsburg. There will be smaller events leading up to the festival’s main day … [Read more...]