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How to Maximize Your Go Airlink Experience

When you invest in a transportation service, you invest in more than just a ride. You’re investing in communication, customer service and a variety of intangibles (like reliability, dependability & safety) with the one goal of going from and getting to where you need to be, when you need to be there. Being a New York City-based service, we understand that complications arise, plans change, and that you have to adapt to unpredictable scenarios.

If you haven’t ridden on a shared ride shuttle before--or even if you have, but you haven’t experienced Manhattan traffic yet!--being armed with information can help ensure you get where you need to be, on time and on budget. Check out these tips for making your Go Airlink experience smooth:

Preparing for Your Go Airlink Trip
Planning your trip is an important part of the process. Build in the following planning tools and expectations to allow for the right amount of time to get you to your destination.

Book your trip by website or phone.
Visit our website or call us directly at +1-212-812-9000 to book your trip.

Use your Sightseeing Pass for your return trip.
If you have a Sightseeing Pass, you may use it for your return trip from any hotel in Manhattan to EWRLGA or JFK. Do note that you must have a valid attraction available to use in order to redeem your SSP.

Be prepared for an arrival window of 15 to 20 minutes.
On average, you can expect to be picked up within 15-20 minutes of the time that was confirmed to you upon booking. The additional time accounts for any obstacles that may arise, including weather and traffic. Do note that we are occasionally impacted by extreme cases of weather and traffic that can extend this window, but we aim to maintain a flow of communication that will keep you updated with any interruptions.

Have the proper materials accessible when you’re ready to board the shuttle. 
What do you need to board? This will depend on how you booked your ride. If you used a third party to complete your booking, please follow the instructions provided to you by that specific vendor. If you ordered directly on our website, there is no need to print your voucher; just show your driver your online confirmation code.

Be sure you are within luggage limits.
Generally speaking, our luggage policy reflects that of the airlines. We allow for 1 suitcase and 1 carry on per person. If you have additional luggage, please call us directly prior to your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Know Who to Contact if Your Plans Change
We understand travel plans change, whether that’s because of delays, weather or your own personal change of itinerary. Keep this list handy so you can get in touch with the right people at the right time.

For flight changes or cancellations:
Please call our team to notify our customer service representatives who can then note the change in your reservation and alert our logistics team. Our phone reservation agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The best number to contact is: +1-212-812-9000. Please note that phone is the best option for getting in touch with us for time sensitive issues. Our social media inboxes are not monitored 24x7.

To request a last-minute ride:
If you are in need of a ride as soon as possible, you should arrange a trip by booking online. You can also follow up via phone, email or contact form, though booking online is the quickest way to get your information into our system.

Reach out by phone, website or email - not social media - for the fastest response.
While we do monitor our social media channels regularly, the best & quickest way to get in touch with a customer service agent is via the live chat on our website, by phone at +1-212-812-9000 or through our contact form. Our phone agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fulfilling Pricing-Related Inquiries
The best way to get a quote is through our online booking system, but we understand that special needs arise from time to time.

To get a specific price quote for a group or special request:
If you need a price quote or have specific pricing questions, visit our website and complete the ‘Reserve Your Seat Now’ fields on our homepage. If you’re seeking pricing for a group or to accommodate a special request, email your inquiry with details through our contact form.

To request a refund:
Please send the following information through our contact form: full name on the reservation, booking / confirmation number, date of service, pickup & drop off locations, and any other pertinent details regarding your trip and the reason for your request.

Additional Questions:
Most other questions can be answered by our fantastic customer service team.

Report a question or concern about a ride you’re taking or have already taken.
If you’re experiencing an issue with your trip or your driver, please call us or reach out via our contact form with the following details: your full name, reservation booking number, date of service, pickup & drop off locations, and the van number if you have it. This will enable us to investigate your ride more efficiently, and supply you with a resolution as quickly as possible.

Technical difficulties with booking through the website or reaching us by phone.
If you are having any trouble booking on our website or getting in touch via phone, please message your inquiry and details through our online contact form.

If you have additional questions that haven’t been directly addressed here, please visit our FAQ page. We think you’ll find the answers you need but, if not, we encourage you to write a comment, call us or email us so that we can ensure that your Go Airlink experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

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6 Iconic Pizza Spots in New York City

It’s a popular month for pizza, but when is it not—especially in the Big Apple. February happens to be home to National Pizza Day and as a tribute to this delicious food holiday, we’ve rounded up six of the most legendary pizza joints in New York City. So whether you’re grabbing a slice or committing to an entire pie, sticking with the basics or going heavy on the toppings, we’ve got a place or two that you’ll want to add to your NYC itinerary.

From notorious original pizzerias to up & coming and defining neighborhood locales, try to refrain from drooling as you read through this list of iconic pizza establishments:

John’s of Bleecker Street
278 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
One of the city’s oldest pizza operations, John’s was founded in 1929 by John Sasso. Its main mission is providing the pie-obsessed public with coal oven-fired pizzas, generously topped with a savory sauce and melted cheese. If you’re seeking just a slice, you’re out of luck here; John’s sells full pies only so sit, commit and enjoy its old world charm as you embrace your first New York pizza experience. Additional toppings are available at an extra price.

 Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza
32 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
We’re sticking with the coal oven-fired theme for this next one, too. Lombardi’s is often noted as the first pizzeria in NYC and its charred pies are still a hit among tourists and fanatics alike. It has stores in both Nolita and Chelsea, but do note that if you’re visiting the shop in Nolita, it’s cash only.

Joe’s Pizza
7 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014 
For the quintessential New York slice, put Joe’s on your radar. Its thin, crisp crust is covered in even layers of melted cheese and a robust tomato sauce. Don’t be turned off by the inevitable line, it moves quickly and is a must-see stop for tasting the perfect bite.

L & B Spumoni Gardens
2725 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11223
If you find yourself in Brooklyn and you’ve got a craving for something a bit thicker and more substantial, then you’ll want to make your way to L & B Spumoni Gardens. Established in 1939, this family style eatery was originally an old-school Italian counter serving Sicilian pizza and ice cream. The 80-year old joint continues to sell Sicilian pizza both by the slice and by the tray, so get ready to sink your teeth into a layer of sweet tomato sauce, bubbling cheese and a doughy crust.

575 Henry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Want to eat like Beyonce? Head to Lucali, a popular cash-only eatery serving up thin crust pizzas that is approved by the Queen Bee herself. You can bring your own beer and wine, though be prepared to wait for a table at this bucket-list locale. It’s likely that no matter when you go, you’ll encounter a line, but don’t be discouraged as the charming spot is surrounded by places to enjoy a beverage while you count down the minutes until your once in a lifetime experience begins.

Nunzio’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
2155 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10306
Planning to spend some time on Staten Island? Add a stop at Nunzio’s to your itinerary. This family run pizza joint has been slinging pies for 70 years. A slice shop, a shared pie place - whatever your pleasure, Nunzio’s offers a sit-down dining room where you can enjoy everything from Neapolitan-style slices and square pieces to thick pies with a generous helping of toppings.

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This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding delicious, iconic slices and spots in New York City so if you have a favorite to share, we’d love to hear. No matter what you suggest, we stand by the fact that the worst slice you’ll have in NYC is still better than the best slice you claim to have tasted anywhere else.

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Why Go Airlink is Your Best NYC Airport Shuttle Service Option

Just like most things in New York City, there are many options when it comes to getting from Point A to Point B. If you’re digging into research on the best New York airport shuttle service, take the words of the people who ride the shuttle to heart. Why choose Go Airlink? With a long history of airport service to JFK, LGA (LaGuardia) and EWR (Newark), we also have a long history of customer feedback.

Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor to get a first-hand perspective on what you can expect when traveling with Go Airlink’s New York shuttle service.

Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, as a family or with friends, Go Airlink has been able to successfully accommodate a multitude of trip types and requests over the years. We find that many of our customers are simply looking for a cost-effective, reliable way to get from Point A to Point B while transporting luggage without dealing with the hassle of riding the train or subway. All of our drivers go through an intensive 3-week screening process where we focus on safety as our top priority, with service as a close second. The reviews below reflect the ideals and values that Go Airlink strives to demonstrate in everyday service.

Drivers & A Customer Care Team That Care

“We used Go Airlink NYC for our trips to and back from our hotel to JFK. The first driver made sure a lady who was on the wrong coach got safely to her correct one, our return driver was a nice chap called Lenny G (vehicle 1432), he was very polite and helpful. I would recommend this company if you are going to New York and definitely use them again if I return.”

- TripAdvisor Review, January 2020

“Go Airlink provides great personalized service. When making an online reservation, someone is always available to chat and answer questions. On the trip to the airport, the shuttle can be viewed real time on your phone as the shuttle approaches the pick-up point so you don't have to worry where it is. My driver called me to see where I was and as he was a block away, he picked me up as I got off the bus from NY and picked me up saving me a four-block walk with my luggage. Appreciate the great service and highly recommend.”

- TripAdvisor Review, December 2019

Most Efficient Way from the Airport to Manhattan

“We used the subway last time. This was the better decision. Waited about 10 minutes at the airport and the driver was 20 minutes early at the hotel for the trip back to the airport.”

- TripAdvisor Review, January 2020

“I read a few negative reviews about this service prior to my arrival in NYC and was prepared for a wait at the airport. However, I found the service very efficient with around a 15 minute wait for the shuttle to collect us from the airport. On the journey to the airport on the way home the collection time was agreed and the shuttle collected us at the agreed time.”

- TripAdvisor Review, January 2020

“This shuttle service is awesome. They pick up on time and [are] very friendly and professional. I used it twice so far. They even drive to farther areas in Upper East Side in Manhattan. Fast, efficient and cost effective. My daughter and I were dropped and picked up at exact estimated time. I got rides by other shuttle services with lots of delays but there is no waiting on this one [in the] last two trips that I used them.”

- TripAdvisor Review, January 2020

A Cost-Effective, Convenient Alternative To Taking the Subway, Uber or Lyft from the Airport to Manhattan

“I had the pleasure of using Go Airlink from Manhattan to Newark Airport on a Sat. afternoon. In the morning of my departure I received an e-mail confirming my reservation for the shared van. A few hours later, a call letting me know an up to date time. A bit later since I was the last pic up. The van arrived promptly and my luggage was placed on the van. Only 5 of us in total. Plenty of room, comfortable and a friendly driver.

We arrived at Newark Airport head of schedule smoothly. Door to door service for only a few dollars more than the train from EWR to Penn and then a subway. Plus we’d be lugging all our bags.

Door to door service - comfortable and a great price. No need to carry luggage to the trains and subways.”

- TripAdvisor Review, January 2020

“I will definitely recommend this over Uber or other ridesharing services. I took the shared ban to JFK and had a comfortable ride, so much that I just slept the whole time, and was waken up when we were in the terminal that my flight was taking off. Will take this service again!”

- TripAdvisor Review, December 2019

“My recent experience with GO Airlink NYC was terrific. It is a challenge to find reasonably priced and reliable transportation to NY airports but GO Airlink delivered both.  The van arrived at my door in downtown Manhattan on time and the driver was pleasant and professional. He took care of loading my suitcase into the van and made sure I was comfortably seated.  After 2 more downtown pick-ups we were on our way and arrived in a timely fashion to Newark airport.  I would highly recommend this service and will definitely utilize it on all my trips to NYC airports.”

- TripAdvisor Review, January 2020

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GO Airlink Share Ride Shuttle VS. Uber and Lyft

If you’re planning a trip to New York and flying into LaGuardia, JFK or Newark International Airports, you may be facing a big question around how you’ll get into New York from the airport. None of the airports are located centrally to Manhattan, which means you could be in for a long public transit ride or an expensive cab, Uber or Lyft ride, even if you’re opting for the less expensive shared Lyft ride or UberPool.

The perfect solution? An airport shuttle service. While UberPool and a shared Lyft ride are typically more affordable than private cars, they come with some drawbacks as well. As you consider your best transportation option to get from LaGuardia, JFK or Newark International Airport to Manhattan, here are a few factors to keep in mind.

  • Hidden Fees: Services like Uber and Lyft typically add surcharges to their already hefty price tags, and over recent months these rising fares have become exorbitant, particularly during high-demand periods. Surge pricing and other fees can make an initially reasonable rideshare double or triple in price. When you book with a share ride shuttle service like Go Airlink, you will know your price ahead of time. If you’re going to incur an additional charge for a toll, this will be included in your estimate.
  • Environmental Impact: When they’re without passengers waiting for a ride request, Uber and Lyft drivers engage in a practice called “deadheading.” This means that while these drivers are not transporting passengers, they’re still spending time driving around waiting for a request. What does this mean in regard to long-term effects? The vehicles are negatively impacting the environment by adding to traffic congestion and increasing emissions in the air.
  • Driver Vetting: Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have made advances in terms of background checking their drivers, but in a city you’re not familiar with, a well-vetted and reliable driver is a must. To that end, safety is our first and highest priority. Our safety and compliance teams have developed systems and procedures to ensure safety 24/7, everyday of the year. We require our drivers to obtain a commercial license for passengers, to maintain a clean driving record, and to learn and exhibit a high level of customer service. To accomplish this, they endure an intense, 3-week screening process and must pass a written & road test and a drug test; and must obtain a medical card. Once a driver is on the road, we monitor DMV drivers’ records daily, as well as review customer feedback and surveys. Our system is automatically alerted to any changes to DMV records. Lastly, all of our drivers carry and must visibly display our company picture ID.
  • Driver Knowledge: Our drivers are extremely knowledgeable about New York City and are happy to act as driving tour guides as they take you from your pickup point to your destination. If you have questions about what to experience, the best way to get somewhere, or the best day or time to visit a particular attraction, just ask and they’ll happily assist you as best they can.
  • Convenience & Peace of Mind: By booking a share ride airport shuttle in advance, you get peace of mind that you’ll have available transportation waiting for you upon arrival or departure.

See for yourself! Check availability and pricing, and reserve a seat on our website.

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8 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve in Times Square

Ringing in the New Year in New York City, in Times Square is one of the most iconic ways to commemorate this annual global celebration. But if you’re not a local, there are a few tips you should know so that you can blend in with the masses and enjoy the festivities without a hitch.

To follow New Year’s Eve protocol, we’re doing an abbreviated countdown featuring eight hacks for spending NYE in Times Square in a way that will make it both safe and spectacular:

  1. Arrive Early - Yes, there will be crowds and there will be limited space, so it’s important that you arrive in the area as early as possible on New Year’s Eve in order to stake out a spot and get the best view - we’re talking early morning hours of NYE Day; you’re contending for valuable real estate with over a million other people. Remember, you do NOT need to purchase a ticket to this event; it’s free and open to the public, so if you’re being offered a deal by someone on the street, politely decline. If you can score a spot between 43rd and 59th Streets at 7th Avenue or between 43rd and 50th Streets at Broadway, then you’ve arguably found the best viewing location for this momentous occasion.
  2. Use Public Transit - Not only can cabs be an expensive option depending upon where you’re coming from, but navigating the heart of New York City on one of its most highly anticipated days of the year in a car should prove to be cumbersome and perhaps an even impossible task. Taking public transit followed by a small walk is a good way to save time and money while also enjoying the festive scenery that will undoubtedly surround you. There are many shuttle trains that service the Times Square area, so make sure you do your research to figure out which route is the most efficient from your point of origin.
  3. Dress Warmly - You’re in the northeast in the winter; while there’s always a chance it’ll be mild, your best bet is to dress warmly and prepare for a typical northeast winter night. From wool socks and water-resistant boots to fleece-lined leggings, warm sweaters, winter coats, scarves, hats, gloves and even face masks, come ready to battle the elements. In fact, the coldest New Year’s Eve ball drop ever recorded was in 1917 when it was 1 degree with a -18 degree wind chill.
  4. Pack Snacks - You will have a long day ahead of you in order to experience the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration so plan accordingly. There are plenty of restaurants in Times Square, so if you’re aiming to go that route in order to satisfy your appetite, make sure you account for wait times and call ahead to make reservations, if possible. Additionally, you’ll want to stash some snacks in your coat pockets to nibble on throughout the day and into the night; especially if you’re unable to easily get into an eating establishment.
  5. Leave the Alcohol Behind - Although tempting and celebratory in nature, do be aware of the fact that consuming alcohol in public is illegal in New York City. Warm up with some festive spirits at some surrounding local establishments before or after, but stay dry while enjoying the main event. Officers will be heavily patrolling the area and will confiscate any alcohol they find.
  6. Ditch the Bags and Backpacks - New York City always increases security around the holidays, and amplifies it even more on New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Avoid bringing bags or backpacks as they are not permitted; and their contents will be subject to being searched and will likely be confiscated. Fit what you can into your pockets and travel as lightly as you can. Additionally, every individual will be searched by handheld wand at the various entry points and viewing areas in Times Square.
  7. Use the Bathroom Ahead of Time - Use the restroom before you arrive or at one of the local restaurants or establishments. There are not any portable toilets located in Times Square during this massive event so you will certainly want to make note of that and plan accordingly. Keep in mind that if you do use a restaurant, you will likely be required to make some kind of food or beverage purchase in return for enjoying their amenities. Additionally, you’ll want to be aware of the fact that if you do leave your spot prior to the ball drop, then there is a good chance you have given up your hard-earned viewing area for good.
  8. Watch the Ball Being Raised - We all look forward to witnessing the sparkling ball’s descent, but perhaps even more impressive and highly underrated is the ball being raised. This majestic icon weights over 11,000 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter, and features thousands of Waterford crystals and Philips Luxeon LED lights. At 6p.m. EST, the 50,000 watt ball is raised to the top of its 77-foot flagpole. And of course, at 11:59p.m. EST, the ball will begin its 60-second descent down the flagpole as it ushers in a new decade.

Once New Year’s Eve has come to an end, stay for a few days to experience as many of New York City’s iconic attractions as you can. Make sure to check out the variety of awesome passes and bus tours that CitySightseeing New York can offer to you and your family as you experience the Big Apple for the first time or the tenth time.

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5 Things to do in NYC in the Winter

Winter is a magical and festive time of year that hosts a variety of unique interactive and spirited activities and events. Whether you embrace the cold or prefer to take advantage of indoor happenings, there is plenty to do around the Big Apple once December arrives. Here’s our breakdown:

Ice Skating

You will find a plethora of ice skating opportunities to experience as you travel around New York City. From Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park to the new rink next to the tarmac at the TWA Hotel at JFK, get ready to get your glide on! Here are some highlights about each spot:

  • Rockefeller Center: Located in the heart of Midtown at 600 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, steps from Times Square and the Theater District, The Rink at Rockefeller Center is one of New York City’s most celebrated attractions and traditions. Whether you’re looking for a classic NYC ice skating session or reservations for an exclusive wintertime experience, look forward to creating unique magical memories with your loved ones. In order to avoid waiting on-line during the busy holiday season and for an elevated experience any time, there is the opportunity to make advance reservations.
  • Bryant ParkBank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is Manhattan’s winter wonderland. Open through March 1st, enjoy New York City’s only free admission skating rink as well as its holiday shops, and the bar and food hall at The Lodge by Urbanspace. This year, you can now plan ahead and reserve your skate time online. The 17,000 square foot rink features high quality rental skates in addition to free skating.
  • TWA Hotel: If you’re flying into or out of JFK or if you’re just on the hunt to hit every outdoor skating rink in NYC, then you need to visit the new Runway Rink next to the TWA Hotel. This one-of-a-kind ice skating experience allows visitors and guests to take a spin on the tarmac around the hotel's 1958 Lockheed Constellation Connie airplane (now a cocktail lounge!). The custom 56-by-44-foot Runway Rink (made with good old frozen NYC tap water) will operate seven days a week through the end of February. Although advance purchase tickets are not available, they do offer packages for groups and kids’ parties.

Visit a Museum

On the hunt for the best museum in New York City? The winter months provide a prime opportunity for taking advantage of all of the unique galleries and foundations that the Big Apple proudly boasts. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and beyond, here’s more on what to check out:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: This holiday season at The Met enjoy jubilant performances, festive displays, holiday shopping, and more in the warmth of the museum’s galleries. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to make art come alive in its galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures. With over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy, The Met lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth AvenueThe Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: A landmark building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is committed to collecting, preserving, and interpreting modern and contemporary art, and exploring ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations. Boasting unique art, programs and distinct gift, the Guggenheim is an ideal holiday destination.
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not!Ripley’s will awe you with amazing displays of eccentric art, meticulously detailed sculptures constructed from used car parts as well as many extraordinary animals that greet you as you walk through the Ripley’s courtyard. If you’re traveling with children this winter, it’s a must-see located right in the heart of Times Square.

Attend a Festival

Coming to town to experience one of NYC’s infamous celebrations? From food and booze to theater, music and more, here are some winter festival highlights:

  • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival: Are you a beer, bourbon or BBQ aficionado? How about all three? Head to the Brooklyn Expo Center in mid-January for one hellacious day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon.
  • Under the Radar: Held at The Public Theater and a number of partner venues each January and widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad, Under the Radar features artists who provide a snapshot of contemporary theater: richly distinct in terms of perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice, and pointing to the future of the art form.
  • Winter JazzFest: A beacon of the New York City jazz scene gathering leading musicians from around the world, Winter JazzFest has cemented a reputation as a hotbed of cultural discovery, presenting new and exciting sounds and scenes throughout New York. The festival takes place in various venues and will run from January 9th through January 18th. 

Holiday Events

Holiday time in New York City achieves magic on a whole new level. From the Holiday Train Show and the Nutcracker to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and more, here are the can’t-miss, must-see holiday events that you should add to your winter bucket list and book or plan for in advance:

  • Holiday Train Show: Until Sunday January 26th, you can experience one of New York’s favorite holiday traditions. The Holiday Train Show is a unique event that highlights model trains as they zip through more than 175 iconic Big Apple landmarks, including: the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge and many others. Even more fascinating? Each landmark is recreated through the use of items like acorns, birch bark, and cinnamon sticks. The 2019 winter wonderland showcases Central Park and its architectural treasures, including the Belvedere Castle. Located adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, look forward to enjoying crafts, carolers, seasonal treats, and a visit from Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker: The New York City Ballet’s 65th annual performance of this classic will be running through January 5th at the David H Koch Theater. The Nutcracker promises to transport you to a magical place where you can enjoy breathtaking costumes, elaborate stage elements, and intricate lighting - amazing stimulation to satisfy your festive imagination.
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular: The annual musical holiday stage show by Doug Wright and Mark Waldrop will be running through January 5th. Starring the Radio City Rockettes, the 90-minute Radio City Christmas Spectacular features more than 140 performers, an original musical score, and a combination of singing, dancing and humor.

Holiday Light Displays

New York City is synonymous with being lit up and electric any day of the week but around the holidays, this phenomenon is further amplified. It should come as no surprise that there are various prominent and awe-inspiring seasonal light displays to check out during the latter months of the year. Here’s a roundup of where to view some of the Big Apple’s world famous holiday light displays and views:

  • Fifth Avenue: Up for the ultimate NYC holiday window walking tour? Through New Year’s, you can make your way to Fifth Avenue for a retail experience unlike any other as you journey between 59th and 39th Streets. Check out enchanting and glittery display windows from iconic names like Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s - a tradition that dates back to the late 1800s. From the Who-filled windows of Bloomingdale’s to the snowy adventure scenes at Macy’s, get into and stay into the spirit with these inspiring holiday displays.
  • Luminaries at Brookfield Place’s Winter Garden: A Lower Manhattan staple, Luminaries is a holiday attraction that features a canopy of colorful lights that emanates from an array of suspended lanterns. It’s an interactive exhibit that offers a touch-activated element resulting in a magical display of color and light. You can check out this festive tradition through the beginning of January.
  • Dyker Heights in Brooklyn: If you’re into over-the-top and outlandish, then put the Kings County neighborhood in Brooklyn on your map and check out the Dyker Heights Christmas light display. Life-size Santas, snowmen, and sleighs abound between 11th and 13th Avenues from 83rd to 86th Streets. For a guided Slice of Brooklyn tour, you can purchase tickets ahead of time.
  • American Museum of Natural History: The AMNH is best known for its “only in New York” Origami Holiday Tree, an annual tradition for more than 40 years. The tree is decorated with over 800 hand-folded paper models by local, national, and international origami artists. For children and adults who are into dinosaurs, take the opportunity to check out the illuminated dinosaur topiary sculptures, too.

What are some other iconic NYC winter activities or events that have led to incredible memories for you and your family?

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How to Pack for a Winter Trip to New York City

If you’re not native to the east coast, then you may be in for a surprise with its frequently fickle and inclement weather changes. However, you can usually count on frigid temperatures and/or snow to become a true reality once December hits. For that reason, it’s important that you have a solid understanding of how and what to pack for your trip to the Big Apple.

While this may seem like a somewhat simple and obvious task, there are a plethora of challenges to consider before you just start filling up that suitcase. What elements should you be aware of before you begin your packing journey?

  • If you’re only traveling with a carry-on, you have to calculate how you’re going to use your limited amount of space and then maximize it. Don’t wait until the last minute - create your packing list well ahead of your trip and allot ample time for packing and repacking, if necessary.
  • Are you traveling only to New York? Or will your trip see you making another stop where, perhaps, warmer weather awaits? If the latter, again, consider the amount of space you have in your suitcase and how you can most efficiently use it.
  • Wear your bulkiest items on the plane so that you can conserve space in your carry-on. After all, you may be pleasantly surprised when you arrive in these garments, all prepared to handle a severe cold front.

And now, what should you actually pack? If cold weather isn’t in your vernacular, then you may want to acquaint yourself with what that actually means. From freezing temperatures to early darkness, harsh winds, snow, hail, blizzard-like conditions and a variety of other descriptors, experiencing weather in the northeast is no joke. We’re here to provide you with a laundry list of must-have items as well as brief explanations of why we’re suggesting these recommendations. Whether you opt to heed our advice or not is up to you, but a word to the wise, we’re well-versed when it comes to identifying winter gear that is suitable for New York City, so act accordingly.

Clothing: From the Bottom to the Top

  • Wool Socks: No matter when you visit NYC, you are more than likely going to be doing a lot of walking, which means you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors. And even if you  have a pair of waterproof / resistant boots, they won’t mean much if you only have a thin pair of socks underneath. So do yourself a favor and spend a few extra dollars to make your feet comfortable. After all, warm feet are happy feet.
  • Water-Resistant Boots: From rain and sleet to snow and hail, you have to prepare your mind and your feet for precipitation-heavy weather. We would recommend purchasing a pair of waterproof leather boots with an insulating wool lining that's as fuzzy as it is warm.
  • Fleece-Lined Leggings: Investing in several pairs of fleece-lined leggings will help your body to trap heat and make your outdoor adventure more comfortable.
  • Jeans / Pants: This should go without saying, but don’t forget to pack several pairs of pants that you can wear over your fleece-lined leggings.
  • Base Layer Thermal Tops: Similarly to fleece-lined leggings, you’re going to want something to hug your upper body before you step outside and embrace the cold.
  • Warm Sweaters: You’d be wise to pack a couple of warm wool sweaters to wear on top of your thermal tops. Wool, or fleece, will prevent you from feeling waterlogged if you get caught in snow or rain.
  • Scarf / Gloves / Hat Combo: Make sure to keep your fingers warm with a pair of gloves or mittens lined with microfiber, fleece or wool for insulation; thermal gloves are also a good option in the northeast. A wool scarf and hat should be at the top of your list as well. In addition to gloves, consider purchasing hand warmers to stay toasty in any type of weather.
  • Winter Jacket: Invest in a parka or winter coat made with down, synthetic materials or wool for insulation, including an insulated hood. You may also want to have a thin, water-resistant jacket on hand to wear underneath your outer layers.

Additional Accessories & Electronics:

  • Portable Charger: We’ve all been victim of it, when your phone suddenly goes from fully charged to barely breathing. Cold weather temperatures do cause your battery to drain faster so you’d be wise to have multiple portable chargers on hand so that you can have your camera at the ready for those Instagrammable moments.
  • Cross Body Bag: If you’re going to be spending a lot of time traversing the city and visiting museums, other notable landmarks, or enjoying holiday events, then you may want to consider bringing a cross body bag versus a backpack. Most museums won’t allow backpacks and you’ll want your belongings within your line of vision on crowded subways; a cross body bag can help to combat these challenges.
  • Stainless Steel Tumbler: Having an environmentally-friendly container for water or coffee may go a long way as you explore the Big Apple.
  • Lip Balm: It may seem obvious, but if you’re unfamiliar with what a true northeast winter feels like, then you may overlook the importance of lip balm with SPF. Keep those lips taken care of as you expose your body to harsh weather.

What are some other types of clothing recommendations or accessory suggestions that you can share with the Go Airlink community? We’d love to hear and have you share your own unique NYC experiences with our community!

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