Monthly Archives: June 2016

nyc travel advisory

NYC Travel Advisory: 4th of July

The July 4th travel weekend has officially begun, and with 43 million people expected to travel this weekend, its safe to say there will be crowded roads and airports. New York City will be no exception as we host the 40th anniversary 4th of July fireworks show during one of the most exciting weekends to be in the Big Apple.

Many of you will be relying on GO Airlink Shuttle to pick and drop you off at the airport this weekend, and don’t worry we will be there. This weekend may require a little extra patience as our drivers experience traffic delays and overcrowded airports. A few things you should be aware of:

  • Airport Construction: Both LaGuardia Airport and JFK Airport are currently going through some heavy construction. This is causing delays within the airport, for both arrivals and departures. More specially, JFK Airport Terminal 5 is seeing delays up to 45 minutes once you are on the airport property. For arrivals, GO Airlink is doing out best to get you in a van, with our friendly drivers in a timely fashion. We will get you to Manhattan safely as you relax and cool down in our comfortable vans. For departures, GO Airlink has planned extra time while dropping you off to account for the heavy delays within the airport. Please feel free to give us a call at (212) 812-9000 with any questions about your pick up, or if you want to be picked up earlier.
  • General Traffic: As we mentioned above, this is a very heavy road traffic weekend. Please have patience as our drivers try their best to get you to and from your locations in a timely fashion. In situations like this, the main goal is to drive safely and keep our customers as comfortable as possible.
  • Have Fun: Traffic is just a small piece of your weekend! Although that hour long delay might seem like forever, its really just a small party of your thrilling weekend in the Big Apple. There is plenty to do this weekend like double decker bus tours or planning out the best spot to see the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks spectacular.

Thank you for your patience and enjoy your weekend! if you have any questions at all, please feel free to give our customer service team a call 24/7 at 212-812-9000. Happy 4th of July!

A Closer Look: The Empire State Building

If you want to “feel the heart of New York City”, there is one place you need to visit – the Empire State Building. The building was constructed in 1931 on the 33rd and 34 Streets of 350 Fifth Avenue. It was constructed with only a little below $41 million dollars which is equivalent to almost $700 million dollars present day. This gem of New York City was the tallest building in the world when it was completed and up until the recent completion of One World Trade, was the tallest building in New York City.

The opening of the building coincided with the period of the Great Depression. A lot of people were thus, not able to afford to rent spaces in the building. This was further compounded by the fact that it was not easily accessible by public transportation. A lot of people living in New York were simply not interested in renting the building. It wasn’t until around 1951, before the Empire State building really opened up and began to yield profits.

The Empire State Building also features some decks for observation which tourist’s visits regularly. The decks are reputed to be among the most famous attractions for tourists worldwide. In actual terms, there are two of these decks. One of the observation decks is located on the 86th floor while the second deck is located on the 102nd. The deck for observation located on the 86th floor features 360 degree views which allows an uninterrupted, clear view of the whole city of New York. There is also an optional audio tour of the city of New York on this floor, which tells you which gives you information about what you are seeing throughout the deck.

Now you might be wondering what exactly is above the 102nd floor. On the 102nd floor there is a door that leads up to the top and final, 103rd floor. This is one of the most exclusive areas of the building and was initially designed as a disembarkation floor for airships. Since then it is mainy used for when celebrities visit and the occasional movie filming. On this floor there is also access to the spire. This entrance and the staircase that leads up the spire, is used for maintenance work only.

If you are planning to visit New York City anytime soon, then the Empire State building is one of the sites you must visit. You can purchase tickets here and don’t forget to spot some other famous sights while you are up there, like Central Park, Times Square and even the Brooklyn Bridge.