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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.

5 Tips for Visiting New York City this Summer

The summer season is an exciting time in New York City, with endless things to do and see. Have a picnic in Central Park, spend an evening relaxing on a rooftop bar, or dance the day away at one of the city’s many festivals or concerts.

When you travel to New York City this summer, take advantage of these travel tips to make sure your NYC adventure is one you’ll treasure for years to come.

1. Visit some of the city’s best public parks
Enjoy the summer sun in one of NYC’s finest urban parks. In addition to Central Park, Manhattan’s infamous 843-acres oasis, NYC boasts a bunch of free outdoor spaces to relax, have a picnic, read a book, or even rent a canoe! Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park – complete with waterfront esplanades, a famous old carousel, and sports fields or take a walk along The High Line, an elevated park on Manhattan’s West Side built on an abandoned train track.

2. Make transportation easier with JFK car service
Navigating through hordes of traffic and waiting on hot subway platforms can put a damper on an otherwise perfect trip…even before it starts! Get to and from the airport with ease by taking advantage of JFK car service. Get picked up in a modern and chic black car that’s waiting for you when you arrive. Your car will take you right to your destination, whether that’s a hotel, a museum, or one of those public parks. It’s an affordable and stress-free way to kick off your NYC trip.

3. Try to catch one of these free festivals or shows
There’s a lot to celebrate in NYC this summer. See if you can catch one of the many free, outdoor music and cultural festivals. Start with Coney Island’s one-of-a-kind Mermaid Parade, the nation’s largest art parade on June 17th. Or check out Bastille Day on July 14th in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill to enjoy the flavors, sounds and spirit of France. There’s also a whole host of recurring shows happening all summer long, like Shakespeare in the Park, Outdoor Movie Night in Randall’s Island Park, or any of the Lincoln Center’s annual lineup, like Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

4. Check out one of these rooftop bars
Spend a night out on the town and experience the city after dusk the New Yorker way – at one of the city’s many swanky rooftop bars and lounges. Hang out with the locals at St. Cloud Social atop the Knickerbocker Hotel. Watch the buzz below with a cocktail in hand from a serene spot tucked away in lush greenery. To get out of Manhattan and still snag the best views, try Westlight atop Williamsburg’s flashy William Vale hotel or Penthouse 808 in Long Island City.

5. Feast on NYC’s finest food
Despite the prevalence of glitzy restaurants and bars, NYC’s food scene is simple at heart. There are some NYC staples that you shouldn’t miss out on this summer – and they won’t break the bank. Try custard-based homemade ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery, make a breakfast of bagels and lox from Zabar’s on the Upper West Side (and pick up some black and white cookies while you’re there, too!), grab a slice from Joe’s Pizza on Bleeker Street, or discover have one of Nathan’s Famous hot dogs at the original location, complete with sauerkraut, red onions, cheese and chili.

Now you’re ready to make the most of your time in New York City this summer. Enjoy the public parks and outdoor shows, experience the luxe lounges and casual eats, and start your trip off the right way by booking your JFK car service in advance. The more you prepare before your trip, the less you’ll have to worry about when you’re exploring the Big Apple.

Fall Foliage

It’s Almost Fall in New York City!

With so much going on in a city that never slumbers, it’s hard to plan your Fall excursions. Here are some exciting ways to spend your getaway.

  • Fall Foliage – Take in New England’s natural beauty during its most prized time of year. Blade, bike, or simply wander beneath the autumn foliage in Central Park, a prime location to view the season at its finest. Stop by the New York Botanical Garden, home to some of the city’s oldest living trees.  NYBG also offers the Haunted Pumpkin Garden (September 17th – October 30th), where award-winning sculptors carve the country’s largest pumpkins into masterpieces.
  • Cider Week – Cider is the flavor of Fall. From October 21-30th, NYC restaurants host a week where you can sip on New England’s finest cider ales, from Foggy Ridge Cider to Farnum Hill. Eateries such as Murray’s Cheese Bar and Astor Center offer tastings of this Fall staple as well as pairings of cheese and pasta dishes.
  • Halloween – Get your costume ready! New York’s Halloween Parade is one of the biggest annual events in New York, with over 50,000 witches, vampires and ghouls who attend each year. Bands and dancers will be performing as well as talented artists. If you want a more family-friendly holiday outing, Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo is a spooktacular experience. There will be a hay ride, face painting, storytelling, exciting creatures and more fun activities for the family to enjoy.
  • Macy’s Day Parade –  November will be here before you know it, and that means Thanksgiving! This parade is an annual tradition that presents monstrous balloons of every popular cartoon character you can think of, from Pikachu to Spiderman. On ground level you can see cheerleaders, clowns, floats, and celebrities. Before you stuff your face this Thanksgiving, venture on over to a world-renowned New York experience.
  • Film Festivals – New York City offers an endless array of film festivals in the Fall. The New York Film Festival takes place from September 30—October 16th and showcases work from film legends. The festival is celebrating its 54th year of bringing the spotlight too films both big and small.
New Years Eve Times Square

New Years Eve in Times Square

It doesn’t get much more iconic New York than New Year’s Eve in Times Square. This yearly celebration has come a long way since party goers started celebrating in the area as early as 1904. In 1907 the New Year’s Eve ball made its very first appearance at One Times Square. The first ball was made out of iron, 100 light bulbs and wood, was 5 foot in diameter and weighed nearly 700 pounds. It is safe to say the current ball has a few upgrades which includes a computerized LED lighting system and is covered in Waterford Crystals. Not only has the quality changed but it’s size too – it weighs almost 12,000 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter. The ball currently takes 60 seconds (which perfectly coincides with your countdown) to descend 141 feet to start the New Year.

Way down below on the city streets you can find an estimated one million people in Times Square from all over the world ready to ring in the New Year. However, the celebration wasn’t always in  midtown. In the early 1900’s people would gather at Trinity Church in downtown Manhattan where they would ring a bell to signify the new year. As more vibrant buildings were being built up in midtown, people started to make their way towards this area for celebrations.

Now tourist and locals alike gather from the early morning to find the perfect spot to take it all in. Usually in festive hats and noise makers in hand, the excitement can be overwhelming. Star-studded musical performances and appearances take black throughout the night as everyone patiently waits for the official count down to begin.

If you think one million people in Times Square is a lot, think about the one billion people who watch the events that unfold in New York City from their televisions. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which is now hosted by Ryan Secreast is synonymous with New Year’s Eve. Other networks you can find alternative broadcasts like New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly or CNNs’ New Year’s Eve Live. These programs allow everyone to feel part of these iconic New York City events without leaving your house.

No matter where you are this New Years, everyone here at GO Airlink NYC wishes you a very happy and healthy New Year.

One of the many free events in NYC in July is the Bryant Park film festival.

Free Events In New York City – July 2015

There are many different events going on in New York City every day, but that doesn’t mean they should break the bank. We have compiled a list of some of the most exciting free (yes, really, FREE) events and things to do in New York City this July. With the 4th of July kicking off this month with a bang, there is no doubt that fun and excitement will run through the rest of the month.

 

Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular – July 4, 2015

There are approximately 40,000 fireworks expected to go off up and down the East River to celebrate Independence Day. The show will even include fireworks coming off from the Brooklyn Bridge, how cool is that?! With the show being so large, there are tons of view spots for you to see the show for free.

 

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival – July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

Bryant Park hosts free movie showings every Monday throughout the summer on the Lawn. In July you can catch ‘The Poseidon Adventure’, ‘I’m No Angel’, ‘Badlands’, and ‘Footloose’. The Lawn opens at 5:00pm and the movie goes on around 9am. So, grab a picnic blanket, some snacks and get comfy under the city lights.

 

Bastille Day – July 14, 2015

This French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, Bastille Day is the name it was given to English speaking countries. In New York City, the day is celebrated with a street fair filled with French food, culture and entertainment. It is the ultimate afternoon celebration that shares French culture in New York style.

 

City of Water Day – July 18, 2015

New York City is surrounded by water and along with the city, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance works hard to preserve this. On July 18th at Governors Island there will be a family focused festival to celebrate just that. There will be free boat tours, waterfront activities, food, live music and a Cardboard Kayak Race.

 

Shakespeare in the Park – Starts July 27, 2015

Every summer we get the privilege of two different plays being shown in Central Park at the open aired, Delacorte Theater. Earlier in the season, we got to experience The Tempest which finished up on July 5th, and now after a brief break, we now get to finish out the rest of the summer with Cymbeline. The tickets for the performances are free and there are several different ways you can go about getting them.

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.

he Barbarian Group, a new generation internet advertising agency, has a unique workspace design that challenges its employees creativity.

New York City’s Architecture and Design Month

Archtober is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the fourth annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. Throughout the month will be special tours, lectures, and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design. The goal is to raise awareness of the important role of design in New York City and to gain international recognition of New York’s environment.

The “Building of the Day” celebrates contemporary and iconic architecture in New York City with daily on site tours, led by the architect. Here are a few buildings that you should see.

The Barbarian Group
When: Friday, October 10
Tour Time: 11:00am
Where: Clive Wilkinson Architects 112 West 20th Street, Manhattan
Price: $10
The Barbarian Group, a new generation internet advertising agency, has a unique workspace design that challenges its employees creativity. The agency’s home is a 23,000 square foot loft in the Garment District that holds 125 employees and was renovated to create a large open space. The innovative plywood structure has grotto-like spaces that can accommodate meetings, provide a private workspace, and house bookshelves and other storage.

The Pavilion at Brookfield Place
When:
Sunday, October 12
Tour Time: 12:00pm
Where: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects 100 West Street, Manhattan
Price: $10

As a result of the September 11 attacks, the World Trade Center and World Financial Center were disconnected. The Pavilion at Brookfield Place is the new physical and symbolic link between Battery Park City’s Winter Garden and the newly completed Concourse that is part of the World Trade Center’s reconstruction. The Pavilion is a clear and open entrance that welcomes over 35,000 workers, residents, and tourists. The Pavilions curved steel columns design marks a gateway for public circulation in the reshaping of Lower Manhattan.

Red Bull Studios
When:
Wednesday, October 15
Tour Time: 10:30am
Where: SLAB Architecture / INABA 220 West 18th Street, Manhattan
Price: $10

Completed in 2013, the 19,000 SF Red Bull Music Studios New York includes a full recording and production studio, event space, lecture room, gallery, bar, radio broadcasting studio, and lounges.

Campbell Sports Center
When:
Sunday, October 19
Tour Time:
3:00pm
Where:
Steven Holl Architects Broadway & 218th Street, Manhattan
Price:
$10

The Campbell Sports Center forms a new gateway to the Baker Athletics Complex, the primary athletics facility for Columbia University’s outdoor sports program. The facility houses strength and conditioning spaces, offices for varsity sports, theater-style meeting rooms, a hospitality suite and student study rooms. Designed by Steven Holl and Chris McVoy, the building aims at serving the mind, the body and the mind/body for aspiring scholar-athletes.

Starlight at the City Museum
When:
Friday, October 31
Tour Time:
12:00pm
Where: Cooper Joseph Studio 1220 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Price:
$10

Starlight is a new attraction for the City Museum’s main entry space. It is a dazzling new light installation suspended above the Rotunda and accentuates its sweeping circular staircase. The 5,283 points of light complement the City Museum’s 1932 neo-Georgian home, reflecting its mission to connect the city’s past and present.

If you’re looking for an active day filled with fun, join the 20th annual Tour de Bronx.

Like to Bike? Go to This Year’s Tour de Bronx!

Get ready for this year’s biggest annual biking event in New York, the Tour de Bronx on Sunday, October 26th. Join nearly 6,000 cyclists through the boroughs of 61 neighborhoods, including men, women and children of all ages. The ride overlooks beautiful waterfront vistas and lush garden passages, so you can bike while enjoying New York’s gorgeous scenery.

The tour starts at the Bronx County Building at Grand Concourse and 161stStreet, and ends with a celebratory music festival at the New York Botanical Garden. If you’re not exactly Lance Armstrong, don’t worry—the Tour de Bronx is not a race. The 25 mile course is a less intensive route for families and casual riders, and is a leisurely ride for all ages and skill levels. You’ll venture through Bronx Greenway bike paths, parklands and enjoy views of the shore. If you want to live life in the fast lane, the 40 mile ride course is for you. It’s quicker-paced, winding through city attractions such as City Island, Woodlawn Cemetery, and SUNY Maritime College. This course is recommended for more avid cyclists who are comfortable riding in traffic, and children under 16 must be accompanied.

If you’re new to the Tour de Bronx, there are tips to make it easy as a ride through the park. Make sure to wear a helmet and keep a safe distance from the curb. Always yield to pedestrians, and signal all turns and stops by out stretching your arm to the right or left, while also being verbal. Watch for potholes, glass, and manhole covers. Ride on the left in one way lanes and right on two way streets. Remember, this isn’t a race, so just have fun!

Tour de Bronx is an event that is presented by the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Transportation Alternatives, and produced by the Bronx Tourism Council. These organizations promote healthy and environmentally-friendly methods of travel. Burn calories, enjoy nature and have a good time? There’s no better way to spend your Sunday.

Participating in the Tour de Bronx is free and open for registration. If you’re looking for an active day filled with fun, join the 20th annual Tour de Bronx. Enjoy the ride!

The 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro is held in Little Italy, NYC

88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro held in Little Italy

The 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro is held in Little Italy, NYC and began on Thursday, September 11. No fear, fellow foodies and cultural connoisseurs; the event continues on through Sunday, September 21, so you still have time to experience all the great things the Italian culture has to offer.

The Feast of San Gennaro has been held on the streets of Little Italy every year since 1996. The lower Manhattan neighborhood has served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigants who came here to improve their lives in the early 20th century. The event is presented by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit of the early Italian immigrants.

The Feast has attracted over one million people from all over the globe. Although this is a celebration of faith and a salute to the Patron Saint of Naples, the Feast is known for its festive atmosphere. The event spans over eleven days and features religious processions and parades, free musical entertainment, a wide variety of ethnic food, and even a cannoli-eating competition (if you want to see the world’s largest cannoli, make your way to Little Italy on Saturday, September 20)!

The event will also feature indoor and outdoor dining at 35 of Little Italy’s most famous Italian restaurants, more than 300 street vendors selling international foods, and several New York City and Little Italy souvenirs. Musical acts include Italian folk music and pop and rock artists.

On September 19, the official Saint Day, the central focus of the celebration takes places and a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church. Immediately following the Mass is a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from the church through the streets of Little Italy.

September 21, the last day of the celebration, will be the Annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive. If you would like to schedule a donation time, head over to the Red Cross website here. Added bonus for all donors, Caffe Palermo will provide free cannoli at the Youth Center and the Italian American Museum will give free admission to anyone who presents a donor card.

The Feast has been said to hold a special place in the hearts of Italian people everywhere. This is a special time to remember and celebrate the culture and heritage of Italian-Americans.

For more information on the Feast of San Gennaro and specific times for the events, head over to the official website here.

The Dumbo Arts Festival is held over 3 days, from Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28.

Dumbo Arts Festival

The great thing about New York City is the never-ending supply of talent. On top of that, you can even attend several of these showcases and events for free! The Dumbo Arts Festival, now in its eighteenth year, is a free public event that highlights the Brooklyn arts community and displays local, national, and international art.

The Dumbo Arts Festival is held over 3 days, from Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28. The official hours are Friday 6-9pm, Saturday noon-9pm, and Sunday noon-6pm.

The festival displays an impressive number of over 400 artists, 100 studios, and 50 galleries and stages. Here are some of the scheduled exhibits you shouldn’t miss.

Friday, September 26:

By Day, By Night
What:
By Day, By Night highlights the work that people do to both survive and stay true to the things they love. The photographers involved have been wandering the city talking to strangers and getting their insight on life and how they live it.
When:
6pm- 9pm
Where:
Plymouth Street Park Perimeter Fence

Degrees of Freedom
What:
A series of geometric structures (3D drawings) which allude to portals or paths the audience must physically navigate. Each participant is invited to engage with the installation, making their own decisions within the piece – such as moving left, turning right or going back to where they started.
When:
6PM – 9PM
Where:
29 Jay Street, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY

Cosmos
What:
An HD video installation that depicts a hyper-chaotic landscape of fractal dimension, infinitely regenerating as a side-scrolling video.
When:
6PM – 9PM
Where:
29 Jay Street, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY

 

Saturday, September 27:

The Imaginary Truck
What: Performers will blindfold participants and guide them through The Imaginary Truck. This experience will include live portrait drawings, games, dancing, stories, and much more.
When:  Noon – 6pm
Where:  Corner of Plymouth and Adams Street, Brooklyn NY

I ____ A Dollar
What:
A public intervention that invites people to question the value and meaning of a dollar. The goal is to engage the audience to consider whether or not having a free dollar makes a difference in their day or if the money should be given to someone who needs it more.
When: Noon – 6pm
Where:  Main Street, Brooklyn, NY

Submerged!
What:
A seven piece combination of video and sound art. Artists from Italy, Israel, Germany, USA, Brazil and Hungary worked together to create a multi-layered program that explores the collective subconscious in stunning visual and sonic detail.
When: Noon – 6pm
Where: 30 John Street Brooklyn, NY

 

Sunday, September 28:

Dreams For Free
What: 
An ongoing, social interaction, which began in 2012. The artist is collecting dreams from people in exchange for a lottery ticket. For every ticket that Jody distributes, she asks the recipient to write down his or her desires for what they would do if they won millions of dollars.
When:
Noon – 6pm
Where: 
Main Street Brooklyn, NY

Beauty
What:
A performance art series curated by Shelly Bahl and Sunita Mukhi for the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC). The SAWCC invites you to revel in and reveal your own uplifting and complex notions of BEAUTY in this series of vibrant interactive performances.
When: Noon – 6pm
Where:
Main Street Brooklyn, NY

The Imaginary App
What:
World-renowned artist, DJ, and visionary Paul D. Miller and Svitlana Matviyenko celebrate the release of THE IMAGINARY APP, a provocative new anthology of writers, theorists, and artists exploring the cultural and technological shifts that have accompanied the emergence of the mobile app.
When:
5pm – 7pm
Where:
37 Main Street, powerhouse Arena Brooklyn, NY

For the full schedule and more information about the exhibits, head over to dumboartsfestival.com