NYC Guide: 10 amazing ways to spend an afternoon New York is packed with fun things to do, and you can't go wrong with the classic attractions: rowing boats in Central Park, kissing at the top of the Empire State Building, eating oysters at Grand Central. But I'd love to share a few twists on those adventures that we've discovered over the years... 1. Sunset sail. Feel the crisp wind on your face while sailing down the Hudson River on a classic 1890's style Schooner. The captain passes out wool blankets and serves wine, beer and Champagne, and you can bring snacks, if you'd like. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Bonus tip! What do you love doing in New York? (Top image graphic design by HipHipGinGin for Cup of Jo.
New York - City Guidebooks, Maps, Urban Neighborhoods, Travel New York On Our Radar Tea & Sympathy Tea & Sympathy In The West Village by Kari Dimmick In a city that's just as well known for its indelicate disdain as it is for its incomparable allure, there lies a little morsel of sweet sympathy tucked between the bites of bangers and mash. Share Comment Details & Map YeloSpa Napping at Midtown's YeloSpa by Sarah Enelow Only in a high-octane city like New York can you buy a luxury power nap, because you just can't HANDLE this 21st-century urban stress anymore! Share Comment Details & Map Coney Island Museum Coney Island's Mermaid Parade Coney Island's Mermaid Parade (est. 1983) almost didn't happen this year due to increased costs and damage from Superstorm Sandy (the parade's home base on Surf Avenue was destroyed). Share Comment Details & Map Milon On A Street Full Of Touts, A Milon Stands Out by Leigh Raynor Hey New Yorker, feeling overlooked? Share Comment Details & Map Tea Lounge Park Slope's Tea Lounge Share Comment Details & Map Diablo Royale Blarney Cove Shop
Features - An Englishwoman in New York It's been ten years since my last visit, and New York suddenly has so much more to offer. At the age of 11 I cried--it didn't quite feel as exciting as the movies and I had picked up head lice on the plane. But I was lucky enough to have a few amazing experiences, including dinner at the Twin Towers. I'll never forget gazing up the side of it and just being so overwhelmed by the view. Now as I travel on the subway for the first time by myself, my biggest fear is being called out as just another tourist getting in the way of the commute for the real New Yorkers. Not that I am anything other than just another tourist. As I sheepishly retrieve my guidebook from my rucksack to find the appropriate map as my stop approaches, the feeling intensifies. But after a stressful morning, I took refuge in Central Park. The only non-tourists were the joggers, who were in steady supply.
Features - Free NYC The amount of free music in New York’s summer months is inspiring…and overwhelming. So, here’s a list. Enjoy. (For helpful overviews, see Cathleen Cueto II’s July NFT tract, “Slummer in the City.”) Celebrate Brooklyn • www.celebratebrooklyn.org River to River Festival • www.rivertorivernyc.org Lincoln Center Out Of Doors • www.lincolncenter.org/programs/outofdoors_home.asp Central Park Summerstage • www.summerstage.org South Street Seaport Music Festival • www.seaportmusicfestival.com Siren Music Festival • www.villagevoice.com/siren “But,” I hear you say, “Summer months are winding to a close. Piano Bars in the Village… Bypass the Duplex; it’s become too overrun with in-towners and out-of-towners both, thanks to its (well-deserved) popularity. New Sounds of the LES… The Living Room (154 Ludlow Street; 212-533-7235) boasts the best of the eclectic, sometimes acoustic indie rockers and songwriters. Future Classical Stars… Juilliard •
The favourite neighbourhood haunts of five clued-up New York locals | Travel | The Observer Billy Noble 25, lives on the Upper East Side and teaches 12- to 14-year-olds in the Bronx I guess you could safely say I am not your typical New Yorker. Due to the fairly minimal pay I receive as a teacher and the high cost of living in the city, I don't eat out much and take a lunchbox to work. I'm also in the Air Force Reserve, which means getting up around 4am on weekends, so I'm not much of a cocktails guy either. But that doesn't mean I don't go out. There's a great Indian vegetarian restaurant called Chennai (1st Ave, between East 86th and 87th), and some good spots to grab a cheap pint near where I live. When I do "go out" properly, I usually head to Alphabet City in the East Village. Annabelle's verdict: The small Neue Galerie was new to me; it has a great collection of works by Klee, Klimt, Schiele and Kandinsky, and you hear New York voices rather than Japanese and British. Francisca Ovalle 24, lives in the East Village and works for tourist board NYC & Company Ahmed Ibrahim
New York on a Budget - Visitor's Guide Day One: MidtownJust because you’re trying to save cash doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy one of Manhattan’s pricier hoods. 9 a.m.: People-watch with pastries. Next door to its red-carpeted cousin Cipriani 42nd Street, the basement-level Cipriani Le Specialità serves up delicious mini-pastries starting at $1 apiece. Grab a sidewalk table in the summer and watch the natives trample each other as they rush off to work. 10 a.m.: Get a piece of the Rock. Stroll up Fifth Avenue to Rockefeller Center, home to the Art Deco GE Building, Radio City Music Hall, and one of the city’s best places to gawk at crazily expensive art: Christie's. Noon: Hear classical music on the cheap. 1 p.m.: Pick up some street grub. 1:30 p.m.: Picnic in Central Park. 4 p.m.: Dust off for high art. 8 p.m.: Attend the Carnegie Hall concert you bought tickets to earlier. 10 p.m.: Enjoy a repast after the performance. 11:30 p.m.: Double your drinking dollars.
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New York by Land, Air & Sea Our Guide to New York by Land, Air & Sea So much to see, but how to see it best? We’ve taken the pain out of that decision by offering up this fine platter of products designed to see the iconic New York City sights from every conceivable angle! Our New York by Land, Air & Sea includes: Land - Top of the RockAfter years of renovation the 70th Floor of the Rockefeller Centre has re-opened to rave reviews and unbeatable views. Air - Big Apple Helicopter flight (12-15 minutes)There’s nothing quite like a Helicopter flight to appreciate the landscape of one of the greatest cities on earth. Please note that a combined Security Fee/Passenger Service Charge of $35 is payable upon check-in for your Big Apple Helicopter Tour. Sea - 2-Hour Semi-Circle Sightseeing Cruise Experience the grandeur of New York on a 2-hour city highlights tour. Cruise Schedule (subject to change without notice):
Free Things to Do in NYC for the Holidays A surprising number of events are free and open to the public all year in New York. There are free musical performances, readings by authors, kids' events, art galleries and even free theater performances and movies. A little digging reveals a whole zero-cost world of excellent entertainment and culture beyond the big-ticket items like Broadway shows and pop-star performances. Some museums in New York are free all the time, including the American Numismatic Society, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Museum of American Folk Art and the National Museum of the American Indian. Others--such as the world-renowned American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art--have "suggested contribution" policies. If you're really hard up, you don't have to contribute to get in, even though small contributions help support the museums in a big way. It's also possible to join a free tour of notable places in New York.