This Fall, New York City offers plenty of fun events, free of charge.

Fun Fall Free Events in New York City

This fall, New York City offers plenty of fun events, free of charge. Surprisingly, there are many activities this season that are both enjoyable and easy on your wallet.

  1. MoMA (11 W 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Aves)

Manufacturer and sponsor UNIQLO offers free admission to the Museum of Modern Art every Friday from 4:00pm-8:00pm, which is a great deal compared to its usual $25 fee. If you’re craving some beauty and culture, head on down to one of the city’s most popular museums. The museum suggests you arrive before 6:00pm to avoid long lines.

  1. Oktoberfest NYC (Watermark -Pier 15, 8 South Street)

You don’t have to travel to Munich to enjoy Oktoberfest! From October 4th-7th and October 11th-14th you can enjoy Oktoberfest right here in NYC. Admission is free to this family friendly event at Watermark Pier. They’ll be beer, pretzels, brats and everything Oktoberfest for sale but the stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn are free!

  1. TCS New York City Marathon  (Verrazano-Narrows Bridge)

If you’re cheap and active, register for this year’s New York City Marathon on November 4th. More than 200,000 people join in on this exciting event each year, including people of all ages. You can join in on the race for a fun block party or you can compete for prizes of up to $100,000. Whether you’re in it to win it or simply want the bragging rights for finishing a 26.2 mile run, the NYC Marathon isn’t something you want to miss.

  1. Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden (East Side from 104th-106th Streets. Enter at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, or 106th Street gate inside the Park)

Get a chance to enjoy nature and learn about hundreds of trees, flowers, and shrubs that beautify Central park’s Conservatory Garden this October 29, from 1:00pm-1:15 pm. A tour guide will walk you through the stunning landscape that the park’s horticulturists maintain, and it’s all free of charge.

  1. Village Halloween Parade (6th Avenue from Spring to 16th Street)

This year’s 42nd Annual Parade will be on October 31 at 7pm. Only people in costume are invited to attend one of New York’s largest events. There will be hundreds of puppets, 53 bands, dancers and artists, and thousands of other New Yorkers. Those in costume can lineup for the parade between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

GO Airlink NYC Celebrates Their Nomination as a Finalist for Exceptional Service

Press Release: New York City Hotel Concierges Honors GO Airlink NYC

GO Airlink NYC Celebrates Their Nomination as a Finalist for Exceptional Service

GO Airlink NYC, has recently been nominated by the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges (NYCAHC) as a final contender in the Transportation Service category for the 2018 Concierge Choice Awards. The CCA honors premier businesses – organizations, individuals, and companies – in the New York City that provide remarkable experiences for visitors across the different factions of the Hospitality industry – tourist, theater, restaurant, retail, service and transportation.

Every fall, the Concierge Choice Awards ceremony brings together distinguished finalists and concierges for an exquisite gala to recognize the finest in the industry. The awards strive to uphold the highest standards and as a result, finalists are hand-picked by the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges members for providing exemplary service to tourists visiting the Big Apple. 2018 saw over 400 submissions across 14 categories. 10,000 votes cast by over 1,000 concierges helped narrow the submissions down to five finalists in each category. All winners will be announced at the 12th annual black-tie gala dinner which will be held on October 1st.

Of the company’s most recent CCA nomination, Shimi Kluger, General Manager of GO Airlink NYC said, “We are truly honored to have received this nomination. This nomination is a great recognition for our dedicated professionals and airport teams and the entire GO Airlink family for working extra hard to achieve excellence in a city where transportation is a never ending logistical challenge. We thank the NYC concierge community for the ongoing support and nomination”.

For a complete list of 2018 Concierge Choice Award Finalists, visit: http://conciergechoiceawards.com/2017finalists.cfm.

About GO Airlink NYCGO Airlink NYC is a New York City based operator of share-ride, private and group airport  transfer services between Manhattan and JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports. Running 24-Hours a day, 7 days a week, GO Airlink NYC operates a large fleet of late model modern sedans, SUVs and vans. Proudly offering customer assistance in every terminal at JFK, EWR and LGA. GO Airlink is a proud member of the New York Airport Service Group and the national network, GO Airport Shuttle.

Simple Airport Traveling Tips

Everyone has tip and tricks when it comes to traveling, here are a few airplane travel tips that could help you on your next journey!

 

Always Reserve a Seat

Even on short flights, where you are sitting on the plane can make or break your time in the air. Frequent flyers usually have a basic idea of where they want to sit – towards the front and a window seat for us! Most airlines give you the option as part of the booking process, others booking engines might not let you. If you find yourself in the second situation, keep checking back or give them a call to see when/if you’ll be able to pick your seat.  Not sure where you want to sit? Check out SeatGuru or FlyerTalk to learn more about airplane seats then you ever thought you wanted to know.

 

Bring Your Own Entertainment & Snacks

It’s usually a coin to which amenities you will end up with during your flight so just go the safe route and pack your own things. Entertainment means headphones, computers, tablets, books – whatever is going to keep you from going stir crazy while you are 37,000 feet up in the air. We like to load up our tablet with the latest movies, bring our noise canceling headphones, our iPhone (for music) and a paperback book. As far as snacks go, besides a free non-alcoholic beverage, you don’t get much on domestic flights. Jetblue wins this challenge by a long shot by offering unlimited complimentary name brand snacks and beverages – that means taking three bags of Terra® Blues Potato Chips has become acceptable. If you are flying other airlines and you plan ahead, you can buy snacks before heading to the airport or if you must, in the airport and keep your hunger under control while in flight.

 

Take a Picture of Your Luggage Tag

This might be a strange one, but it is something that doesn’t hurt – so why not? If you have to check a bag (and pay the lousy fee) then take a picture of the luggage tag after it’s put on. This helps you double check your luggage is heading in the right direction. If your luck runs out, and your luggage gets lost this will also help with things like paper work and insurance claims. You probably have your phone out anyway, so just remember to snap that picture.

 

Avoiding Getting Sick

Water and disinfectant are two key things that could help prevent those “travel sniffles”. Traveling at 35,000 feet tends to dry out your skin and nasal passage which lowers your bodies’ immunity. By drinking a bottle of water before your flight, and even better, keeping drinking water during your flight, the better equipped your body is going to be to fight off germs.  Another tip – you can bring an empty reusable water bottle through security and fill it up once you get to the other side. Here are some eco-friendly water bottles that will save you money and cut down on waste.

 

Virtual Customer Service

Gone are the days of waiting in line to talk to customer service representatives. Most of the questions or issues you need addressed can be done so in an app. Jetblue, United Airlines, Delta Airlines and British Airways are just a few of the airlines that have excellent apps. You can change your seat, change your flight, track your luggage on connecting flights and even play games. It is also a great way to keep track of your mileage and most importantly gone are the days of paper boarding passes, now just take out your phone.

Family Friendly Broadway Shows

New York is the best place to see a live theater act. These performances are unlike the filtered and water down presentations that you are used from your television. Get swept up in the excitement of seeing actors, musicians and performers on stage right in front of you. Producers have created several of the best Broadway shows for families that are playing throughout the year.

Sifting through the clutter of Broadway shows tickets and information can be a daunting task, and not every performance is appropriate for your children. Here are some of the most successful shows that are intended for whole families to enjoy.

Aladdin
Disney is famous for its family entertainment, and has adapted its popular animated film for the stage. This show has received some of the best reviews. Taking your children to this performance gives them the chance to see their favorite characters sing and dance live before their very eyes.

Wicked
This is the stage version of a clever new tale that chronicles the Wicked Witch of the West’s rise to villainy. Although the book is very dark, the stage version of this alternative take on the classic Wizard of Oz story is an excellent show for your children. It has won a number of prestigious trophies including a Grammy and three Tony Awards

The Lion King
Another Disney adaptation, this performance features one of the most colorful arrays of costumes, lively dance performances, and original music. If your children are already fans of this story, they won’t want to miss this theatrical presentation of Simba’s transformation from a lion cub to a king.

The Blue Man Group
Unlike other performances, this is not a musical nor does it follow a traditional storyline. Instead, mimes painted in blue work together in a hilarious combination of acts that will keep you guessing throughout the show. Combining humor with percussive music and choreography, the Blue Man Group serves up excitement and creates a multisensory experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

BROADWAY SHOW TIPS & TRICKS!

In addition to just selecting the right show, you need to plan your trip out carefully. This may be your first time at the theater, and although the experience can be unforgettable, it can also be overwhelming if you are unprepared.

Keep the following tips in mind:
• Read reviews and purchase tickets ahead of time online
• Avoid bringing children younger than six years old
• Arrive early to get settled in your seats on time
• Turn off cell phones and other portable electronics during the performance.

Don’t miss out on the live theater. Talk it over with the rest of your clan, and decide on a show you will all enjoy. Complete your visit to New York by watching one the best Broadway shows for families.

Outstanding Customer Service Award

GO Airlink Appreciation Summer Event

On Tuesday, July 3rd we had a wonderful Go Airlink/My Sedan event.  Thank you to all the drivers who stopped by to say hello.

 

The following team members are our winners:

  • Heartland Brewery Gift Card  – Tony B.
  • Heartland Brewery Gift Card  – Kadialiou B.
  • Bateaux Dinner Cruise for 2 – Juan O.
  • Spirit Dinner Cruise for 2 – Lucien M.
  • Hornblower Lunch Cruise for 2 – Ronald M.
  • Manhattan by Sail Sunset Cruise – Kevin H.
  • Theater tickets to Smokey Joes Café for 2 – Steve R.
  • Theater tickets to Smokey Joes Café for 2 – Hatim S.
  • Bag, water bottle, cozy, t shirt and entrance to One World Observatory – Carlos S.
  • Gift card to A list of Restaurants by The Fireman Hospitality Group – Yana K.
  • Gift card to A list of Restaurants by The Fireman Hospitality Group – VIL My Sedan #43
  • A 1 day Sightseeing Pass for 2 – Michael B.
  • Century 21 Gift card – Walter M.

 

2nd Prize: American Express Gift Card to Jesse D.
1st Prize:American Express Gift Card to to Saqib S.

Grand Prize: 2 night trip to Philadelphia which includes Amtrak train, hotel and sightseeing for 2 goes to Samuel N.

A special gift card for a great job goes to Edwin B., for an exceptional job well done.  Edwin had the most and best reviews for the last 6 months.  His guest enjoy his service, vehicle and outstanding customer service.  Thank you Edwin!

Thank you to all of our partners who helped put this together. We love working with you and hope that shows by recommending you to our own customers.

Congratulations to all the winners! GO Airlink and MySedan could not run without our amazing team. We are privileged to be surrounded by such an amazing work family to continue providing great service to our customers.

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks in New York City Viewing Spots.

Tips for Fourth of July Travel in New York City

Ah, there’s nothing like summer in the City. What better time to experience the Big Apple than the Fourth of July? With fireworks booming over the city and illuminating the skyline, you’ll really feel like you’re in the greatest city on earth.

But holiday travel, especially from Manhattan to JFK or Laguardia and vice versa, can be the rain on your parade if you don’t plan carefully on a popular holiday like the 4th of July. Take these travel tips to heart to make the most of your Fourth of July adventure.

Decide Where to Watch the Fireworks in Advance
With so many people vying for a good spot to watch the famed Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, you don’t want to get caught in the crowds! Decide in advance where you’ll watch the fireworks and plan to get there well before dusk.

This year’s display will once again be launched on the East River, with several official viewing areas located along FDR Drive . These can be accessed from Houston Street, 23rd Street, 34th Street, and 42nd Street in Midtown or Broad Street, Old Slip, and Pearl & Frankfort in Lower Manhattan. These entry points open at 7 PM, but you’ll probably need to arrive several hours in advance to secure a spot.

Some other popular viewing areas that may be a bit less chaotic include Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, the Brooklyn Promenade, Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, and Roosevelt Island’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park.

Pack Light to Travel Easily
Now that you know you should plan to arrive early to catch the fireworks, you’re probably wondering what you should bring to keep yourself entertained and comfortable all day. But keep in mind that this is one of those situations where less is more. So leave the portable grill at home!

In fact, in official viewing areas, you won’t be allowed to bring in large backpacks, lawn chairs, or other bulky items — and police say they will be checking bags. Plus, if you’re planning to do some sightseeing during the day, you won’t want to be lugging around everything but the kitchen sink.

Pack as light as possible, but don’t forget the essentials. Water, sunscreen, snacks and a blanket should definitely make it onto your list.

From Manhattan to JFK in a Cinch
When it’s time to leave the city, you won’t want your glorious holiday marred by a disastrous trip from Manhattan to JFK, Laguardia or Newark. With everyone flocking to get out of the city, travel to the airport can be chaotic.

Make your travel a whole lot easier by booking a car service or an airport shuttle in advance, with easy pick up anywhere in Manhattan and drop off right at your terminal. It’s a lot more affordable than you’d think — especially if you’re willing to hop on a shuttle with some fellow travelers.

But the best part is that it’s truly the most convenient way to travel, especially from Manhattan to JFK. Book your car before you go and you’ll have one less thing to think about. Instead of worrying about flagging down a cab or cramming into a hot subway car with sweaty passengers, spend every minute of your Fourth of July holiday enjoying the spirit of NYC.

Let New York City Be The Starting Point For Your Next Cruise

Let’s face it: Not all vacations are created equal. While the annual trip to the in-laws may make for some decent R&R, only certain vacations offer the chance to truly experience some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. If this year is the year that you and your family are considering throwing some real money down to take an epic vacation, you can’t go wrong with either an exciting trip to New York City, or thrilling-yet-also-relaxing cruise. If those are what your choices are narrowed down to, then the obvious question comes why not do both?

New York City Cruise Options

Most probably wouldn’t peg New York as a cruise town. Yet the city’s access to the Atlantic via the Hudson River makes it the ideal spot for any cruise ship to embark from. Indeed, every year countless cruisers come to New York to begin their voyages out of any of the city’s three cruise terminals. Each of the world’s largest cruise lines use local ports as staging points, including Royal CaribbeanPrincessNorwegianCelebrityCarnival and Disney Cruise Line.

Carnival and Norwegian have long utilized the Manhattan terminal, while Princess cruises set sail from Brooklyn. Royal Caribbean and Princess, on the other hand, uses the nearby port at Bayonne as their staging point. Recently, Disney announced that they will begin staging cruises from New York in 2016.

Where can you cruise to from New York? 3-day cruises to Nova Scotia often originate from here. If you and your family have always wanted to see New England, what better way than with a 4- or 5-night cruise starting in NYC? Or, if you’re looking to really get away, 7- and 8-night Bahamian and Caribbean cruises also sail from New York. You can even hop on a boat to traverse the Atlantic from here.

Why Make NYC Your Port?

Yet why would you want to start your cruise from New York when there are so many other ports to choose from? Well, a better question may be to ask yourself if any of those other ports have what New York can offer. A trip to New York is a terrific vacation all on its own. The many attractions that the city has to offer can keep you and your family occupied for days, if not weeks. Imagine the fun and excitement to be had by making NYC the warmup party for your cruise.

You really can’t go wrong by making New York City the staging point for your cruise vacation. Combining all the sights, sounds, and fun things to do in NYC with the excitement inherent with any cruise makes for an outstanding vacation full of memorable moments. Make this year’s vacation one that will go down in annals of your family’s history.