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...]

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...]

Iconic New York City Buildings

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One of the best parts about visiting the big city is seeing some of the Iconic New York City Buildings that make the skyline of the Big Apple so recognizable. Whether you realize it or not, you've probably seen a lot of the famous buildings that are sprinkled throughout the city in movies or television shows - a fun phenomenon that will make seeing them in person that much more enjoyable. Although they exist because of a terrible event, there are a few relatively new additions to the downtown New York City skyline that are definitely worth seeing. The first tower to be rebuilt at Ground Zero, 7 World Trade Center replaced the existing building of the same name that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Nearby 4 World Trade Center was designed by architects Maki and Associates in order to “assume an understated, reverent position” opposite the World Trade Center memorial. … [Read more...]

Iconic New York Attractions

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Although it sounds like it could be a category on “Jeopardy!” there’s really nothing to question about the “Iconic New York” Attractions package from Smart Destinations. It’s pretty simple - Purchase the package and you will save 20% on five Iconic New York Attractions that no trip to the Big Apple should ever be without. The first place you will visit as part of your Iconic New York Attractions package is the Empire State Building. Possibly the most famous skyscraper in the world, the ESB’s observatory offers visitors a chance to see New York’s distinctive skyline from 1,050 feet in the sky. There is also a second observatory a little bit farther up at 1,250 feet that offers an even broader perspective on the big city. Noted for its distinctive broadcast tower and rich history, the Empire State Building is a national landmark and it’s easy to see why. Next up … [Read more...]

Best New York Attractions Pass

5 New York City Attractions with Smart Destinations

If you want to get a lot out of your trip to the big city in a short amount of time, look no further. With the 5-Attraction NYC Explorer Pass from Smart Destinations, you’ll be able to conveniently and efficiently visit some of the top attractions that the Big Apple has to offer and save a lot of cash while you do it! The 5-Attraction NYC Explorer Pass gives you 24 hours of access to the Hop-On Hop-Off NYC Tour right off the bat, so getting around the city (and to the rest of the attractions that are included with the pass) will be very easy. You won’t have to worry about hailing cabs, dealing with confusing maps or getting on the subway - just get on bus at one of numerous locations around the city and get off where you want. One of the locations that you will be visiting is the Top of the Rock. TOR is a must-see destination to visit in the city because it gives visitors a … [Read more...]

Family Places to Eat by Rockefeller Center

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Before or after your visit to the Top of the Rock in the middle of Manhattan, odds are you are or someone in your family is going to want to eat. Sometimes it’s fine to just grab a hot dog, pretzel or some mystery street meat, but if you would rather have a nice family meal at a sit-down restaurant there are certainly tons of nearby options. These are just a few of the fun, family places to eat near Rockefeller Center. Located at 37 West 48th Street, Mendy's Restaurant is a great option if you are looking to grab a late breakfast, brunch or late lunch. With five locations in the city (and one in Brooklyn) Mendy's Restaurant is an upscale kosher delicatessen that has been serving New Yorkers for over 25 years. Besides boasting a wide variety of finger foods that the kids will just love, Mendy’s also has classic kosher deli fare like juicy roast beef, homemade fries and freshly cut … [Read more...]

Rockefeller Center Tour Discounts

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In a city that is home to landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and the Empire State Building, one of the notable places to visit is still Rockefeller Center. Comprised of outdoor gardens, historic buildings and attractions like NBC Studios, a Rockefeller Center Tour gives you the opportunity to investigate and explore this truly unique treasure. John D. Rockefeller wanted to create a cultural hub when he began work on the Center more than 80 years ago and his vision of an area celebrating art and architecture in the middle of urban New York City endures today. A Rockefeller Center Tour gives you a chance to have an expert historian guide you through some of Center’s most famous buildings including Radio City Music Hall and of course, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. - the building came before the show! Don’t feel like being part of a large group? Take the Rockefeller Center … [Read more...]

NBC Studio Tour Discount Tickets

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Situated in the middle of New York City at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the headquarters of the National Broadcasting Company is where many of the country’s most popular television programs come to life. Get a chance to see what happens behind the scenes by going on the NBC Studio Tour. The tour, which has been given since 1933, allows guests to sneak a peek at areas of NBC studios that don’t usually make it on to the airwaves, including the NBC Sharp Globe Theater and the make-up room. The NBC Studio Tour also gives visitors the chance to produce their very own news and weather programs in the High Definition Mini-Control Studio. Although NBC Studio Tour guests never know exactly what they will see during the 70-minute excursion, the possible studios on the tour route are Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Today Show, Football … [Read more...]

Ripley’s Believe It or Not NYC Discount Tickets

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Want to have an out of this world experience right in the heart of New York City? Then make sure to plan a trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not NYC on 42nd street in Times Square. Ripley’s Odditorium showcases treasures and relics from around the world that will pique your curiosity and have you rediscovering your sense of wonder. Visitors to Ripley’s Believe It or Not New York City have the chance to ogle and analyze the amazing, bizarre and certainly unique collection of odds and ends that Robert Ripley spent more than 40 years traversing the world to compile. … [Read more...]

Top of the Rock Discount Tickets

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For unobstructed, 360-degree panoramic views of America’s largest city, grab your discount tickets and head on over to the Top of the Rock! This 55,000 square-foot, multi-tiered observation deck offers unbelievable views of all of The Big Apple – including a view of the Empire State Building! As the weather gets warmer, the Top of the Rock is the perfect place to post up and take in the stunning panoramic views of this famous skyline. As one of the most highly revered New York City attractions, make sure the Top of the Rock is on your list of go-sees for your New York vacation. You’ll ride the glass elevator 70 stories into the air, while you enjoy educational videos provided by the studio downstairs – NBC. You can view the stunning scape from an enclosed observation deck, or on one of the open-air terraces – rain or shine, you’ll be fine! Staff members will be available … [Read more...]