Monthly Archives: March 2015

This upcoming Sunday get your Easter bonnets and dresses ready for the festivities.

Celebrating Easter in New York City? Egg-cellent!

Although the weather doesn’t seem to agree, it is springtime in New York City! Besides events like blooming Cherry Blossoms and the Great Lawn opening, Passover and Easter both usually fall in the month of April. This upcoming Sunday get your Easter bonnets and dresses ready for the festivities. After you arrived safely to NYC via JFK, LaGuardia or Newark, it’s time to organize how you’ll be celebrating the holiday weekend.

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival
Give new meaning to your ‘Sunday best’ with the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. On Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Street see some of the most outrageous hats march in procession. Creativity is not spared as visitors can wander down or just watch the parade along 5th Avenue. The parade route falls right in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral which makes it a great spot to catch even just 20 minutes of the Parade and then head to your Easter dinner. The festival gets “hopping” around 10:00am.

NYC Pillow Fight
Maybe this isn’t exactly how you thought you’d spend your Easter, but on Saturday at 3:00pm it might just be the most fun. From adults to children, everyone grab a pillow and head to Washington Square Park for the 10th Annual International Pillow Fight Day (yes, that’s a thing). After your arms get exhausted from all the pillow fight fun, there will be a donation truck to drop off your pillow where it will go to someone in need.

Easter Brunch
There is an Easter brunch that suits you and your family in Manhattan, we can guarantee it. Many restaurants are offering different deals that include 3-course meals and drinks. The Easter Bunny pays a visit to many of these eateries at no extra charge. We suggest you make reservations as soon as possible as many of these places will fill up fast!

Easter Egg Hunts
Your day won’t be complete without an Easter Egg hunt and there are quite a few going on all weekend. Most of these hunts are free and locations vary throughout the city. On Saturday you can head Uptown to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, or get your hunt on in SoHo at the NYC Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt. On Sunday after the 9:15am service at the Church of St. Luke, there will be a hunt open to the public (even if you don’t attend the mass). Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island the Bronx also have plenty more Egg-straordinary hunts going on, you can check out this full list.

A great aspect about this event is that it can be for the car connoisseur or for the whole family.

New York International Auto Show 2015 Preview

The Jacob Javits Center host some of the most exciting conventions every year, from Comic Con to the Progressive Boat Show, to our personal favorite – the New York International Auto Show. From April 3rd to April 12th you can immerse yourself in brand new vehicle models and concept vehicles. You will need a whole day to see and experience every inch of the show. A great aspect about this event is that it can be for the car connoisseur or for the whole family. Here are some of the highlights to look forward to this year.

Camp Jeep
Every year, Jeep sets up right outside the Jacob Javits Center to give a one of a kind car experience to test their vehicles. This year they have brought their course to a new level with more obstacles to get an “off road” experience right here in New York City. They have also added a rock climbing wall for those who are up for even more of an adventure.

290 MPH Super Car
Quite possibly the biggest reveal at the 2015 New York Auto Show is the 290 mph super car. New York City startup, Lyons Motor Car will make its first public debut. Although only a prototype, the price for this car will be well over $1 million. Made from carbon fiber, a Nelson racing engine and an electric system that is able to keep wires to a minimum, it looks like Tesla might be getting some competition.

Signings
One thing that different car brands do to bring some attention to their booths is get some awesome people to do free signings. This year you can catch Orange Country Choppers’ Paul Sr, former New York Knick Walt “Clyde” Frazier and former Major League Baseball player, coach, and manager Lee Louis Mazzilli. You can find out where and when these stars will be here.

Environment Friendly “Green” Cars
Chevy, Lexus and Kia all plan on revealing cars that bring style to your typical Hybrid. Kia will update their Optima and Sonata to be sleek and sexy (cars described as sexy makes me want to die, but maybe that’s just me) with green powertrains as well as a new plug-in hybrid with a larger battery pack and more powerful motor. Lexus has always been on top of pushing the limits on green cars and this year is no different. The 2016 Lexus RX will be the first seven seat option for the Lexus hybrid series. On the smaller end of things, the Chevrolet Spark will get an upscale feel and update some of their safety features.

Tickets are on sale now and with adults only $16 and children just $7, it really could be an affordable day of fun for the whole family. If you’re looking for a more exclusive experience you can buy early access tickets as well as sign up for tours by automotive experts.

This airport acts as a hub for United Airlines, and as a result sees up to 30 million passengers each year.

Transportation Options To and From Newark Airport

For many of those traveling to the New York/New Jersey area, Newark Airport may end up being the best option for you. This airport acts as a hub for United Airlines, and as a result sees up to 30 million passengers each year. While getting to and from EWR Airport can prove a bit more challenging than flying into New York City directly, the abundance of available transportation ensures all travelers can find an option that works best for them.

Taxis
Taxis wait outside every terminal at EWR, meaning they will be available and ready to go when you are. When traveling from the airport to the city, passengers can expect a fare between $50-$75, while the reverse trip will cost you about $69-$75. These amounts include neither surcharges and tolls, nor the added fees for luggage larger than 24 inches. Accordingly, getting to and from EWR Airport via taxi may not be the best choice for those on tighter budgets. Along these lines you could also hire private sedan or SUV service. The cost may be about the same or more but at least you’ll be riding in style.

Rental Cars
While rental cars can afford travelers more flexibility as far as scheduling, they can prove difficult for efficiently getting around the city. Between traffic and parking, those unaccustomed to driving within NYC may find the experience increasingly daunting. Additionally, the city’s numerous public transportation options are far less expensive and easier to deal with than personally driving a vehicle. However, rental cars are a smart choice for those planning traveling outside the city a great deal.

Air Train
For anyone seeking a less expensive conveyance when getting to and from EWR Airport, the Newark Airport Shuttle may prove ideal. This option offers connections to major transportation hubs, such as NJ Transit and Amtrak, which in turn take passengers directly into the city. Air Train incurs a fee of just $11.55 for a one-way trip, making this an extremely cost-effective option. When using this service, it’s best to regularly consult schedules and destinations to ensure you end up in the right place at the right time.

Private Shuttles
NYC share ride is another great option for getting to the city, especially for sizable groups of passengers making their way into EWR. Rides can start at $12 per person, with larger groups incurring a price range of $64-$133 per transfer. Ride shares have a 24 hour availability, although night rides may require a longer wait due to driver availability. This is great for those seeking convenient service without the hefty price associated with taxis or hired cars. We may be a little partial to going with this idea.

The Choice Is Yours
Getting to and from EWR Airport includes many different types of transportation to best suit the needs of a variety of passengers. Before setting out your travels, doing a little research on the costs and specifics of each type is highly recommended. This will allow you to find transportation that meets your travel requirements, while also staying within your allotted budget.

 

he flower show has been running for 41 years now, always letting visitor’s imagination run wild with creativity time after time.

Spring Into The Macy’s Flower Show

Macy’s has become the epicenter of New York City shopping with ten floors of different shopping experiences. Located in Herald Square, it has become a staple in the fabric of the City. As spring is finally upon us after a long winter, Macy’s is welcoming the season with their annual Flower Show. If you can’t be in New York to experience the magic, the show will also be featured at their other flagship stores in Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco. The flower show has been running for 41 years now, always letting visitor’s imagination run wild with creativity time after time.

From Sunday, March 22, 2015 to April 5, 2015, you’ll find a spectacular two week floral display that will brighten your day in a matter of seconds. The ground level of Macy’s will be covered from floor to ceiling in flowers so you can experience “Art in Bloom”. Flowers will be flown in from all over the world and arranged by renowned horticulturalists until each piece is perfectly assembled. “Lush foliage and beautifully designed gardens celebrating artistic styles and eras bring Art in Bloom to life for this year’s Macy’s Flower Show. Enveloped by rich color and dramatic landscaping, spectators will be in for a breathtaking trip through art history as they step into our imaginative gardens,” said Mike Gansmoe, executive producer of Macy’s Flower Show.

This year spectators can welcome two new gardens to the show along with the Sino-American Friendship Association (SAFA). One garden will celebrate the year of the goat which symbolizes good luck through out the year and the other garden will feature China’s Great Stone Forest located in Yunnan.  Yunnan means “South of the Colorful Clouds”, so we can expect this garden to be nothing short of amazing.

Along with the two week Flower Show comes many family, musical and cultural events. On March 22nd, Martha Stewart will be doing a cooking demonstration and the same day will be also be a Family Fun Day. On March 27th, celebrity florist, Michael Gaffney will give a floral seminar and towards the event of the show, on April 4th you can have breakfast with the Easter Bunny! There are many events throughout the two weeks, and you can check them all out on the Official Macy’s Flower Show website