How to Picnic Like a Pro in NYC

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

With summer winding down, it’s important to make the most of what remains, especially when you’re in the northeast. The good news is that August happens to be National Picnic Month, and what represents summer more than a good old-fashioned al fresco feast with an epic view? From picnic tips to why picnicking is an ideal option for travelers, where to picnic in New York City, and recommendations on where to pick up the best NYC picnic foods, we’ve got you covered.

NYC Picnic Tips 101

The idea may seem simple, but it’ll be much more enjoyable if you properly plan ahead of time. Here are some tips for how your outdoor dining adventure can go off without a hitch:

  • Choose your spot / location ahead of time. When you know where you’ll be eating, you can take the time to understand materials and resources that may be necessary for your outing. For example, if the location does not have picnic tables, then you know you’ll need blankets or towels, and perhaps throw pillows if you can muster them up, to ensure ground comfort.
  • Keep it simple. If you know that you’ll be picking up pre-made sandwiches from a nearby deli or market, then bring a cooler to keep everything chilled. If you know you’ll be making your own sandwiches or food, then make a list so that you leave enough space to pack everything you may need.
  • Pack the essentials. Remember to have paper plates, plastic ware, napkins, and a trash bag on-hand. If you’re going to be in a wooded area, you may want to bring bug spray. If it’s a particularly hot day, remember to pack sunscreen and an umbrella or something to create shade.
  • Flat surface for food. The idea of a picnic is romanticized, and rightfully so, but remember to be practical when setting up your spread. A tray or a small folding table can do wonders in the way of making your afternoon more pleasant.

Why Picnicking in NYC is a Good Option for Travelers

Sure, you’re visiting New York City for the first time and have to sample the local fare. We get it. But going out to eat can add up quickly and there are ways to indulge in a city’s culinary claims without breaking the bank. Here are a few reasons as to why picnicking in NYC is a solid option for travelers, aside from money:

  • It can provide awesome views. New York City is the home to many beautiful parks, each with its own unique characteristics and attractions. So have no fear, you may still be able to check an item off your list while enjoying an affordable, calm meal.
  • It can be fun and relaxing. It can be tough to pencil in down-time when you’re in a new city and are committed to checking everything off that bucket list. A picnic can provide a less stimulating environment than the hustle and bustle of a restaurant, and can help you to unwind and recharge before your next tourist stop.
  • It can be healthier. One of the most difficult tasks to accomplish when traveling is sticking to a standard routine, which can include maintaining your regular diet. If you plan ahead, you can make food choices that are more aligned with your “normal” way of life.
  • It can provide free entertainment. New York City is a diverse and eclectic metropolis with a dynamic entertainment scene. Don’t be surprised to see animals, jugglers, musicians and much more. And if all else fails, there will be no shortage of people watching, which is always an entertaining past-time.

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

Where to Picnic in NYC & What to Eat

There is no shortage of parks in the concrete jungle, but we’re highlighting a few of our favorite grassy knolls and where you can grab grub nearby to make your outing as easy and enjoyable as possible.

  • Central Park: How could we not mention one of NYC’s most iconic landmarks? But what you need to know is that your ideal picnicking spot within the confines is referred to as The Great Lawn. Located mid-park between 79th Street and West 85th Street, The Great Lawn is connected to Turtle Pond and offers a prime spot for a picnic with shade around the periphery.  The 55-acre lush pastoral meadow is the geographical center of the park. It remains popular among locals and tourists alike, and also features nearby theater bathrooms, which is a bonus! If you know your picnic destination will be The Great Lawn at least 24-hours ahead of time, then check out the option of ready-to-go picnic bags for convenience.
  • Fort Tryon Park: Located 250 feet above the Hudson River in the Hudson Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of Manhattan, Fort Tryon Park sits on three meticulously landscaped acres. The grounds feature sloping and drooping elms as well as 48 varieties of heaths and heathers, and are reminiscent of those of an English country estate. From perusing art and enjoying nature to a playground area, magnificent people watching and splendid scenery, serene Fort Tryon Park is located right off the A train near the Cloisters. Pop into Cafe Kolmaro for wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, salads and more before you plant yourself in the grounds of Fort Tryon.
  • Governor’s Island: Take a day trip to Governor’s Island! Located in New York Harbor, it’s literally yards away from Manhattan and Brooklyn. The 10-15 minute ferry land will take you to a unique land that’s a world unto itself. You’re welcome to bring your own food as there are a number of picnic tables as well as grilling stations for reserve, but you can also expect to see a variety of food vendors throughout the island. If you prefer to picnic the old-fashioned way, there are plenty of shaded green spaces, ideal for laying a blanket in the grass. While you’re not allowed to bring alcohol onto the island, it is available for purchase and can be consumed in designated areas.
  • Prospect Park: A 526-acre oasis of greenery in Brooklyn - who would have imagined? Well, that would be urban visionaries Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux! Long Meadow is the name of its finely manicured, tree-encircled area with a seemingly never-ending space of slopes. If you’re planning to visit Prospect Park on a Sunday, be sure to check out Smorgasburg, a range of cuisines from 100+ local and regional food purveyors available from 11a-6p from April through October.
  • Riverside Park: If you find yourself on the Upper West Side, plan to picnic in Riverside Park. Not only is it incredibly long, but it’s also a solid alternative to the crowds that can gather at Central Park. Located between 116th Street and 124th Street, Riverside Park is also home to the bird sanctuary so if you’re traveling with kids and they need some stimulation, that’s an easily accessible option. Before you find your refuge for the afternoon, stop at Zabar’s for some tasty eats.

If you’ve successfully set up and executed a sensational picnic in a New York City park, we’re eager to hear where and when. Feel free to share your expert picnicking tips, too!

New York Beaches To Check Out During Your Visit to the Big Apple

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

If you’re visiting New York City in the summer and you’re jonesing for some beach time, there are a number of hot spots for cooling off that you can access via public transportation from Manhattan. And yes, Jones Beach is one of them, a perfect opportunity for a good ole American pun. Other notable and iconic shores, include: Coney Island, Fire Island & Rockaway Beach. So let’s take a closer look at what each city respite offers and how you can get there.

Coney Island

The Scoop
Located in the southwestern part of Brooklyn, Coney Island is a 4-mile long and 0.5 mile wide peninsula that extends into Lower New York Bay. It’s often associated with its amusement parks, unique rides and other attractions, but there is also a broad public sand beach that begins at 37th Street and stretches almost 3 miles through to the beginning of the Manhattan Beach community. Parallel to the ocean is the infamous Riegelmann Boardwalk, which runs the entire length of the beach and features everything from amusements and attractions to the aquarium, food shops and arcades. The beach itself offers various recreational opportunities, including courts for beach volleyball, handball and basketball. 

How To Get There
If you’re coming from Manhattan, there are a few different ways that you can get to Coney Island. Here’s a snapshot of how to do so:

  • Starting Point: Times Square - you can take the Q, F or D lines to the “Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue” stop. It will generally take about an hour. Once you exit the subway, it will be approximately a 5-minute walk to the infamous Coney Island sites.
  • Into biking? The approximately 18 mile journey from Manhattan to Coney Island can typically be done in under 2 hours via the Hudson River Greenway and the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway. 

Fire Island

The Scoop
Fire Island is 31 miles long; it’s approximately 4 miles off of and runs parallel to the South Shore of the mainland of Long Island. The island is a popular outdoor recreation destination that boasts protected beaches and resort communities. It’s often touted as an unspoiled island community that lacks any hint of pretentiousness or class distinction, as well as any paved roads! Walking, biking, red wagons and golf-carting are the preferred modes of transportation on Fire Island as cars are limited with the exception of utility, construction and emergency access vehicles.

How To Get There
There are three ferries that service Fire Island, and which one you take will depend upon where you’re coming from and where you’re heading. Here are the location details:

  • The Bay Shore Ferry is located in the hamlet of Islip, Suffolk County, New York on the south shore of Long Island. It arrives and departs from the following locations: Ocean Beach, Kismet, Fair Harbor, Ocean Bay Park, Saltaire, Seaview, and Dunewood/Atlantique. To get to the Bay Shore Ferry from Manhattan, you can take the LIRR out of Penn Station and then take the 20 minute ferry ride to the island.
  • To get to the Sayville Ferry from Manhattan, you can take the LIRR out of Penn Station and then hop in a cab to the ferry service terminal. The Sayville Ferry services: Fire Island Pines, Cherry Grove, Sailors Haven and Water Island. Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove are both popular LGBTQIA+ communities. In Cherry Grove you can anticipate light-hearted, high-spirited fun while in Fire Island Pines, you can expect a more upscale social scene and enjoy the inspiring view from its notoriously beautiful harbor. Sailors Haven offers a magnificently wide open beach with amenities that include: snack bars, picnic areas, lifeguards, restrooms and a marina.
  • Lastly, the Davis Park Ferry services Davis Park and Water Hill. Located in Patchogue, New York, the Davis Park Ferry is about 90 minutes from New York and can be reached by the LIRR via Penn Station. The ferry ride itself is a quick 20 minutes across the Patchogue Bay. Known as the quietest sections of Long Island’s barrier island, these two also account for the easternmost on island. Davis Park offers live music on the ocean and 250+ rental properties while Water Hill boasts a beautiful natural setting with wilderness camping and nature trails.

Jones Beach

The Scoop
The world famous Jones Beach State Park is located on the south shore of Long Island and boasts 6.5 miles of white sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to its massive beach, Jones Beach offers fishing, crabbing, mini golf and a 2-mile long boardwalk that features concession stands and the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell, which hosts live performances and free music. Additional amenities include: pools, picnic tables, playgrounds, a museum/visitors center, showers, a gift shop and more.

How To Get There
The best part? It’s less than 20 miles from the city and about $20 for a roundtrip adventure! The beautiful oceanfront setting and natural grounds of the park have remained relatively undeveloped, which makes it easy to forget that you’re so close to the hectic pace of urban life.

  • Hop on the LIRR at Penn Station and get off at Freeport.
  • Take a deep breath and embrace the experience that is the typically jam-packed Jones Beach shuttle bus.

Rockaway Beach

The Scoop
Located in Queens and originally known as the “Irish Riviera” because of its large Irish American population, Rockaway Beach is the largest urban beach in the United States, ranging from 3rd Street to 153rd Street along the Atlantic Ocean. What else does Rockaway have that no other NYC beach can brag about? The city’s only legal surfing beach, which is located between 67th-69th Streets and 87th-92nd Street. In addition to these two distinguishing factors, visitors can also enjoy a variety of concessions, playgrounds and other outdoor activities, including: roller hockey, skate parks, and handball and volleyball courts

How To Get There
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to get to Rockaway. Whether by subway, by ferry or by bus, your end destination is guaranteed to provide you with a good time.

  • Take the A train from Manhattan and get off at whichever beach stop you seek - Beach 67th Street, Beach 90th Street, etc.
  • Enjoy a ferry ride for under $3 one-way as well as an ocean breeze and relaxation before relaxation.
  • Book a roundtrip ticket on the OvR Rockaway Beach Bus for less than $30 and reap the benefits of cold, refreshing beverages. The adult kind.

These are just a few of the NYC summer gems that you can experience with only a bit of planning while you’re visiting the city. If there’s another popular New York beach you’d like to learn more about, let us know and we’ll be happy to help you!

JFK Airport Guide

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

Flying into JFK Airport? From geographical location to airport layout, food and drink options, hidden gems, how to kill time and more, here’s what you need to know. 

Where Is It?

Like LaGuardia, JFK International Airport is located in the borough of Queens. It’s situated in the Jamaica neighborhood, which is 16 miles southeast of Midtown Manhattan. Originally opened in 1948 as New York International Airport, the establishment was renamed in 1963 as a tribute to the 35th President. Cab fare from JFK to Manhattan is a flat fare of $52 to the first destination, and may experience increases due to tolls, surcharges or peak traffic times; shuttle services can be a cost-friendly alternative. 

Layout Information

JFK spans 5,200 acres and supports two pairs of parallel runways surrounding the central terminal area. It’s a hub for American Airlines and Delta Airlines, and it acts as the primary operating base for JetBlue. There are six terminals and 128 gates. The terminals are numbered 1-8 but beware of the fact that terminals three and six have since been demolished, hence the six. The terminal buildings are situated in a misshapen U-format around a central area and can be navigated by a connected AirTrain system and access roads.

  • Terminal 1 accommodates 21 airlines. These airlines include: Aeroflot, Air France, Air China, Air Italy, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Cayman Airways, China Eastern Airlines, EVA Air, Interjet, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Norweigan Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia, Turkish Airlines and VivaAerobus. Do note that Terminal 1 will eventually combine current Terminals 1 and 2 and expand into the former Terminal 3 space; a $7 billion, 2.9 million square foot terminal on the airport’s south side and expected to be completed by 2025.
  • Terminal 2 is exclusively used and operated by Delta Airlines.
  • Terminal 4 includes 38 gates across two concourses, A and B. It also functions as a major international hub for Delta Airlines and serves domestic flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle-Tacoma. This terminal also acts as the primary gateway for international arrivals. Additional airlines serviced by Terminal 4 include: Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air India, Air Serbia, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Caribbean Airlines, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Hainan Airlines, JetBlue (late night international arrivals only), Kenya Airways, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris, WestJet and Xiamen Airlines.
  • Terminal 5 is the hub for JetBlue, but also services Hawaiian Airlines, TAP Air Portugal and Aer Lingus.
  • Terminal 7 services Aerolineas Argentinas, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Eurowings, Iberia, Icelandair, LOT Polish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Ukraine International Airlines.
  • Terminal 8 is twice the size of Madison Square Garden and is the largest passenger terminal at JFK. It is a hub for American Airlines and also currently services: Cathay Pacific, Ethiopian Airlines, Finnair, LATAM Brasil, LATAM Chile, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordinian Airlines.

You can access live updates for security wait times, walk times to gates and taxi wait times directly on the JFK website.  

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

Eating & Drinking at JFK

From sit-down restaurants and quick bites to convenience markets and more, below is a restaurant roundup of eatery expectations in the various JFK terminals.

Terminal 1 doesn’t have a vast selection of food options, but here’s the lowdown on what you can expect:

  • Martini Bar can be found post security and is a retro-styled establishment with a sit-down bar offering martinis, beer, wine.
  • For a quick bite, check out Jikji Cafe. This pre-security spot in the food court offers counter-service for Korean and Japanese food like bulgogi, udon noodle soup & kimbap.
  • Other grab and go options include: Dunkin’, Euro Cafe, McDonald’s, Panini Express, Soho Bites, Soy and Sake, Starbucks, The Local, Wok & Roll and a few others.

In Terminal 2, you can find everything from sandwiches and sushi to pizza, burgers and more:

  • For a sit-down meal, check out Italian-inspired Due Amici or Shiso for a more leisurely dining experience. Craving a beer and a brat? BKLYN Beer Garden offers sit-down iPad ordering as well as 20 beers on tap plus a tasty selection of sausages and burgers. All restaurants can be found post-security.
  • In search of a quick bite? Visit Croque Madame for an open-faced sandwich, crepe or quiche. In the mood for Italian? Tagliare has you covered with pizza slices and breakfast options, too.
  • If you’re seeking a grab and go experience, pop into Cibo Express Gourmet, Wendy’s or World Bean.

Terminal 4 kicks it up a notch with a famed Manhattan steakhouse, a Marcus Samuelsson inspired eatery and more:

  • If you have time to enjoy a fine dining experience, then enjoy the cuisine at The Palm Bar & Grille. For classic American fare like catfish & grits and chicken & waffles, sit down at Uptown Brasserie and check out the open kitchen, too! You can also enjoy ribs, sausages and sandwiches at Blue Smoke on the Road, or Mexican street food at Mi Casa Cantina and Restaurant.
  • For a quick bite, you have your pick from two, yes two, Shake Shack locations or breakfast fare from La Brea Bakery.
  • Other options include: Buffalo Wild Wings, Canal St. Noodle House, Central Diner, Dunkin’, Jamba Juice, McDonald’s, So Chocolate, Urban Crave and more.

From Spanish-style sandwiches and a Parisian bistro to Italian fare, sushi and more, Terminal 5 won’t leave you hungry!

  • For a sit-down meal, pop into Italian eatery AeroNuova; Deep Blue Sushi for - you guessed it - awesome airport sushi; La Vie for a drink, coffee or full-fledged French meal; or Piquillo for paella or a glass of wine with a sophisticated Spanish snack.
  • If you want a quick bite, grab a sandwich at the Boar’s Head food hall stand - high quality meat in made-to-order deli sandwiches.
  • Other grab and go options include: Away Cafe, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Cibo Express Gourmet Market, Dunkin’, Horizon Bakery Cafe, Lucy’s Asian Kitchen, New York Sports Grill, Re:Vive Bars, Starbucks and more.

Terminal 7 features limited options, but those available should not be overlooked:

  • Check out Le Grand Comptoir, a free-standing wine bar, which also features cheese and charcuterie.
  • If you’re looking for something quick, pop into Wolfgang Puck Express for a sandwich, soup, salad or gourmet pizza.
  • Additional options include: Balducci’s Food Lovers Market, Dunkin’, Kobeyaki, Long Island Brew House, Red Mango, Starbucks, Subway and Thirsty Beer & Wine Bar.

Last but not least, here are your highlights for Terminal 8:

  • Sit down at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse for everything from breakfast to salads, sandwiches and steak. Oh, and a full bar, too.
  • If you need a quick but substantial bite, hit up Brooklyn National Deli for classic New York food like pastrami sandwiches and hot dogs.
  • The rest includes options like: Abitino’s Pizza, Au Bon Pain, Auntie Anne’s, Dunkin’, Europan, Juan Valdez Cafe, McDonald’s, O’Neal’s Restaurant, Soho Bistro, Starbucks, Vino Volo Lounge and more. 

How To Spend Waiting Time at JFK

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

Whether you’re shopping for business, pleasure or to just to move the clock hands, Terminal 1 has you covered. You can find everything from standard retail store options like Hudson News to higher end boutique shops like Cartier, Coach, Hermes, and Salvatore Ferragamo. If you’re in search of relaxation, book a pre-flight facial or massage at one of the terminal’s two XpresSpa locations.

Terminal 2 doesn’t offer much in the way of shopping or activities, but you will easily find a place to charge electronics so you can at least take advantage of WiFi to pass some time. Additionally, you may be able to get into an airline lounge as a premium economy passenger if you’re willing to pay extra cash for the day.

If you’re into beauty brands, then Terminal 4 is a good landing spot for you. Not only can you stock up on duty free goods, but you also have the option to visit name brand storefronts like Hugo Boss, Keihl’s and Tumi. Even better, if you’re an art buff but didn’t get a chance to grab a souvenir during your museum marathon in NYC, you can peruse the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store. Terminal 4 also houses 3 XpresSpa locations as well as an interfaith chapel, which is located pre-security on the departures level. Want to checkout an airport lounge? For $50, travelers can visit Wingtips for 4-hour access to the common-use lounge.

Terminal 5 offers an optimal location for rejuvenation at BeRelax Spa. From manicures and pedicures to facials, massages and aromatherapy treatments, you can unwind before or after a flight. Prefer to shop? There are a variety of retail outlets as well, including MUJI To Go and the Benefit Cosmetics shop.

Terminal 7 also offers shopping options, including: duty free shops, Hudson News storefronts and more upscale shops like Mont Blanc and Juicy Couture. There’s also an M&M store if you’re looking for something more playful. If relaxation is your preference, you can visit XpresSpa located in the Terminal 7 Retail Hall.

Activity options are limited in Terminal 8, but you can browse a variety of retail outlets, including: Brooks Brothers, Brookstone, L’Occitane, Pandora and the Solstice Sunglass Boutique. You can also revisit Vino Volo for a glass of wine or two if your stay is much longer than expected.

If you have any important tips or tricks you’ve acquired throughout your travels to, through and from JFK Airport, please share as we’re sure our community would love to hear!

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Free and Affordable Things to Do in NYC in the Summer

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

So you’ve made it to New York City, but you’re hoping to experience the Big Apple in the most affordable way possible while still enjoying all that it has to offer. You’re not alone and that’s why we’ve created this helpful guide to free and affordable things to do in NYC throughout the summer months. From outdoor activities to sightseeing, picnicking and even embarking on an island getaway, here’s what we suggest…

Visit Central Park

Whether you want to stroll the expansive grounds or take in some interesting sights, there’s plenty to do for everyone within the confines of Central Park:

  • The newly renovated Belvedere Castle is one of the most iconic structures and Instagram-able spots in the park. It boasts amazing views of the city while providing a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
  • Check out the infamous “Imagine” mosaic dedicated to renowned musician John Lennon; it’s surrounded by park benches that enable fans and visitors to sit and reflect and also houses memorabilia and gifts from those near and far that have come to pay tribute. Located between West 71st & 74th Streets, the 2.5 acre memorial is fondly known as Strawberry Fields.
  • Climb up a large bedrock, walk the mall toward Bethesda Terrace, catch a glimpse of many artistic fountains or simply pack a picnic lunch and people watch for the day. No matter what kind of adventure you’re seeking, Central Park has it all.

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

Cool Off in One of the City’s Outdoor Public Pools

Summer in the city can be intolerable at times because of the heat and humidity we’re inclined to experience in the northeast. But the good news is, there are a plethora of free pools open to the public during these dog days of summer. Here are some facts to note about NYC’s public pools:

  • Open daily from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. with an hour-long break for pool cleaning at 3 p.m.
  • You must have a swimsuit in order to enter into the designated pool area; if you need to wear other clothing for protection purposes, make sure that you have a plain white T-shirt or hat as colorful clothing is not allowed on the deck.
  • Locks are required to enter and will keep your belongings safe; luggage locks are not permitted.
  • Do not bring: food, glass, valuables, electronic devices or newspapers.

Stroll, Eat & Shop through the City’s Many Street Fairs

One thing is for sure - if it’s summertime, then there’s a street fair happening somewhere in New York City. From live music and tasty grub to vintage shopping and endless people watching, there’s something for everyone at an NYC street fair. Even better, the fairs span all five boroughs so no matter where you’re staying, you’ll be able to experience the enjoyment. Here’s a look at a couple of prominent street fairs:

  • PopUp New York: Are you the type of person that needs to know the up and coming before anyone else? PopUp New York’s extravaganzas tend to feature new restaurants, designers and musicians in the trendiest new neighborhoods. Not only does this organization host a variety of outdoor bazaars, but it also gives back to local nonprofits.
  • Hester Street Fair: Located on the Lower East Side, this street fair is notorious for its vast selection of bites, which features new dishes on a weekly basis. It also boasts an elevated entertainment factor with themed events and live performances.
  • Weekend fairs (location and dates vary): Check out this list and match up the weekend you’ll be visiting with an event that piques your interest.

Take a Trip to Governor’s Island

Did you know that a roundtrip ferry ticket to Governor’s Island only costs $3 for adults? Though if you’re coming from Brooklyn or Manhattan, there are some ferries that you can ride for free. These prices, combined with free access to the island upon arrival, make it an easy choice for an awesome day trip and unique summer escape.

The 172-acre island is located in the heart of New York Harbor and offers a respite from city life. There are official walking tours every Wednesday through Sunday, but you can easily pack a picnic lunch or visit one of the many food vendors and park yourself at a picnic table before cruising around the island on your own. Take in the beauty of sights like:

  • Castle Williams: Originally a component of a larger defensive system for the inner harbor, Castle Williams is now considered a prototype for new forms of coastal fortification and is open to the public.
  • Discovery Hill: Sitting at 40 feet above sea level, Discovery Hill is home to Cabin, an installation from renowned British artist Rachel Whiteread that offers a quiet, contemplative spot.
  • Outlook Hill: Resting at 70 feet above sea level, Outlook Hill boasts 360-degree views of the Statue of Liberty, New York harbor, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the city skyline.

While this is a good start, there’s obviously much more to see and do in NYC in the summer. Additional highlights include free Brooklyn Brewery tours, checking out the public art installations at Rockefeller Center, free canoeing and kayaking tours, taking in Hudson River views from the High Line, seeing Lady Liberty from the free Staten Island Ferry, and an endless list of other activities.

Free Attractions Passes with a City Sights Tour

If you’re looking for an affordable tour of the city, City Sights Tours offers a variety of options by land or sea. A big bonus to these tours is the free attractions passes included. Snag free bike rentals, museum admissions and more.

What tops your agenda?

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WorldPride Month Celebrations in New York City

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

June marks WorldPride Month and this year, New York is proud to host the largest Pride celebration around the world! This month-long global celebration of diversity represents an opportunity to commemorate 50 years since the pivotal Stonewall Uprising while honoring the half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation.

A Glimpse into History

On June 28, 1969, members of the gay community engaged in a series of riots in response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. A catalyst for the gay rights movement, the Stonewall Uprising not only sparked a revolution in the United States, but also around the globe. Over the last two decades specifically, there has been a lot of progress in the gay rights movement; many laws prohibiting gay sexual activity have been denied, many members of the gay community are now allowed to openly serve in the military, and same-sex couples are now allowed to engage in marriage and adopt children in all 50 states. This is the first WorldPride held in the United States and New York City is honored to be the first U.S. city to host this imperative event.

NYC Pride Events

There are several amazing NYC Pride events to attend throughout the month of June - here’s a closer look at what you can expect and where you can celebrate from our partner, CitySightseeing New York & beyond:

Hop on Hop OUT: The Pride Experience Bus Tour

Curious about the gay history of New York City? Join a 2-hour tour on an open-top double-decker motor coach bus hosted by the fabulous Anita Buffem, which highlights the facts while Buffem brings the fun. But first, who IS Anita Buffem? Buffem was raised outside of Syracuse, New York and began life in the Big Apple in 2004, which is when the character of Anita was fully realized. Buffem has a background in performance and a natural knack for comedy as well as in innate passion for joy, positivity and inclusion. Anita also stars in a musical comedy “The Haus of Mimosa”, which has been operating since 2007.

The Hop on Hop OUT tour will be operating on various dates throughout the month of June. The tour departs on all dates at 7p.m. from the northeast corner of 8th Avenue and 52nd Street, and the route will go north from Hell’s Kitchen along Central Park past the notorious Central Park Ramble and then south, passing iconic locations such as The Ansonia Hotel where Bette Midler was discovered while performing at the Continental Baths, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Times Square, Chelsea and finally Greenwich Village.

**Do note that some content will be adult in nature and that advanced ticket purchases are highly recommended as seating is limited.**

Darkness to Light: The Gay Liberation Movement in the West Village

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On Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of June, join a walking tour that aims to take you back to the night of the Stonewall Uprising in an effort to relive the riot that changed the social fabric of America. The tour meets at 1:30p.m. at Christopher Square Park across from the Stonewall Inn located at 53 Christopher Street. Your local guide will take you to notorious gay bars along Christopher Street while introducing you to key landmarks and locations that enabled New York’s long-closeted gay community to make itself public and to unite and fight for more rights. This Greenwich Village tour ends in front of Big Gay Ice Cream as a way to symbolize how far the community has come while instilling a sense of joy and positivity for its future.

WorldPride Opening Ceremony

Renowned entertainer and internationally-recognized humanitarian Whoopi Goldberg is slated to host the ceremony and the benefit concert featuring an impressive list of acclamed speakers and iconic performers, which will kick off at the Barclays Center on Wednesday June 26th at 7p.m. Performers include: Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Billy Porter, Ciara and more. Ticket proceeds will benefit organizations like the Ali Forney Center, Immigration Equality and SAGE.

NYC Pride March

On Sunday June 30th when the clock strikes noon, the largest Pride march in the world will kickoff at 26th Street and 5th Avenue. This annual civil rights demonstration was first held in 1970 and has since broadened to include recognition of AIDS and to honor those lost to illness, neglect and violence. This year’s Grand Marshals include: cast members from POSE, a dance musical set in the 1980s that focuses on exploring the juxtaposition of life and society in New York; Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, the heart of UK Black Pride; Gay Liberation Front, the first activist organization formed after the Stonewall Uprising; The Trevor Project; and Monica Helms, a transgender activist and creator of the Transgender Pride Flag.

For a more detailed list of WorldPride events, check out Millions of Moments of Pride and find out how you can get involved in this jubilant celebration with such a colorful and deep history, and the goal of an even brighter future.

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La Guardia Airport Guide

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

Flying into LaGuardia Airport? From geographical location to airport layout, food and drink options, hidden gems, how to kill time and more, here’s what you need to know.

 **Do note that LGA is currently undergoing an $8 billion renovation and reconstruction project that began in 2016 and will be underway until 2021. Because of this, we highly recommend allotting yourself buffer time when exiting and entering the airport grounds as it can be jammed and chaotic. As a result, it may also take you longer to leave the airport than to actually commute to Manhattan. Additionally, we also recommend making advance reservations via shuttle services or other transportation methods to mitigate the amount of time you spend idling, and so that you can get to your destination as efficiently and as quickly as possible.**

Where Is It?

The airport is located in the borough of Queens, which is approximately 4 miles north of Manhattan. Transportation options include: bus lines, taxis, rental cars and shuttle services. Cab fare from LaGuardia to Manhattan is a metered fare and may experience frequent increases due to tolls, tips, surcharges or peak traffic times; shuttle services can be a cost-friendly alternative. 

Layout Information

LaGuardia Airport is a hub for Delta Airlines and has 4 terminals: A, which is also known as the Marine Air Terminal; B, which is also known as the Central Terminal; Terminal C & Terminal D. The terminals are easy to navigate and are either connected by buses or walkways.

  • Terminal A: Separated from the rest and serves Delta Airlines and the Delta Shuttle to Chicago, Boston and D.C.
  • Terminal B: Divided into 4 concourses and serves 40 airlines, including most of LaGuardia’s domestic airlines.
  • Terminal C: Serves Delta Connection, Delta Shuttle, American Airlines and American Airlines Shuttle.
  • Terminal D: Known as the Delta terminal and serves Delta and WestJet flights.

Eating & Drinking at LaGuardia

From sit-down restaurants and quick bites to convenience markets and more, below is a restaurant roundup of eatery expectations in the various LaGuardia terminals.

In Terminal A, you can grab grub near departure gates, post security, pre-security and in the Marine Air Rotunda:

  • Salotto is an Italian stand offering sandwiches, pizza, and antipasti as well as beer, wine and cocktails. It’s located post-security by the gates and provides a decent sit-down or quick bite option for those looking to grab something easy before or after a flight.
  • Post-security convenience options include: Dunkin’ & CIBO Express Gourmet Market.
  • Yankee Clipper is a deli and restaurant in the Marine Air Terminal Rotunda and located pre-security. You can look forward to breakfast, burgers and Boar’s Head sandwiches - a quality selection of tasty eats.

Terminal B was recently upgraded with some delicious new additions:

  • Julian Medina’s taqueria La Chula serves breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items, including: tortas, tacos, enchiladas and burritos. Plus, it features a wraparound bar with a modern look that offers wine, beer, margaritas and tequila!
  • In the mood for Italian? Italian chef and Chopped judge Scott Conant has brought Osteria Fusco to LaGuardia. Look forward to pasta entrees and other Italian fare in this post-security, sit-down restaurant.
  • For quick bites, check out the highly anticipated Shake Shack addition, Metro Burger Bar featuring Pat LaFreida beef, or Six Blocks Cafe.
  • There’s no shortage of convenience options either - pop into Dunkin’, Au Bon Pain, Five Guys or a whole slew of other spots.

If you find yourself in Terminal C, you can experience everything from cold beer and German fare to baked treats and late night eats:

  • For sit-down spots, check out Biergarten which features a hand-selected beer list by Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver as well as German-influenced cuisine. If you’re more intrigued by a modern bistro menu, indulge in what Empire Tavern has to offer.
  • From lobster rolls and local seafood at Anglers to sandwiches inspired by many global cuisines at Interwich and Japanse fare at Kombu, there’s a wide variety of international options to choose from for quick bites in Terminal C.

Last but not least, the star-studded Delta Terminal features some globally-inspired sit-down spots and a satiating selection of quick bite options:

  • Feeling French food? Bisoux is a Provencal-inspired bistro offering delicacies like duck confit and croque monsieurs. If you don’t have time to enjoy the atmosphere, you can order to-go.
  • If you’re a pizza lover, you’re in the right spot. Choose between the Neapolitan-style pies at Crust and the De Marco family recipe at Tagliare - or don’t & enjoy a slice from both!
  • For a quick bite, pop into Bar Brace for classic Italian with a modern twist, Minnow for fresh seafood, Prime Tavern for steak or Wibar if you’re in the mood for a liquid diet (there are 101 wines from around the world to sample while you wait!).

Hidden Gems & How To Spend Waiting Time

If you consider yourself an art enthusiast, then color yourself lucky in now knowing that Queens-based Holger Keifel has started his residency in Marine Terminal A as part of his photography project “A Portrait of Contemporary Travel”. The project intends to explore what it means to travel today and what the contemporary traveler looks like, and will be there through the end of July.

If you didn’t make it to the Met or did but failed to purchase that souvenir you really deserved, there’s still time! Terminal B houses the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store by the food court near concourse D. Find distinct, unique gifts that range from enjoyable and inspirational to educational and motivational. Consider yourself a fashionista? Pop into Afaze, also in the Central Terminal on the first floor in between concourses B and C. This budget-friendly shop features all of the latest trends from jewelry and accessories to sportswear, handbags and more. Traveling with kids and have a long layover or need ideas for what to do during a flight delay? Get excited. There’s a 16-foot interactive display where kids can design their own aircraft on a tablet and watch it come to life on a giant digital wall. Additionally, there’s an indoor green space with greenery, benches and plenty of natural light right next to the kids’ area so you can relax, too. If the energy exertion method doesn’t work, there’s always a trip to FAO Schwarz that you can keep in your back pocket!

In search of some pampering and tranquility before or after you embark upon your journey? Terminal C is home to two xPresSpa locations. From reflexology and massage therapy to facials, manicures and pedicures, take some time to rejuvenate before rejoining society. Speaking of relief, you can also find a designated pet relief area post-security between Terminals C and D; there are pre-security pet relief areas in each terminal.

If you have any important tips or tricks you’ve acquired throughout your travels to, through and from LaGuardia Airport, please share as we’re sure our community would love to hear!

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

How to Become a Shuttle Van Driver & Drive with GO Airlink

If you’re a New York City native, know the boroughs inside and out, or just have a passion for driving, then you may want to become a shuttle van driver and drive with GO Airlink. Our team of experienced shuttle drivers consists of highly trained, respectful, responsible and knowledgeable individuals who take pride in transporting our passengers from the airport to their destination and vice versa.

So why should you join our team and drive with GO Airlink? As a professional and safe driver who thrives on proudly serving the NYC tourism and local markets, here is what you can expect when you become a shuttle van driver with GO Airlink: 

  • Generous Signing Bonus: You can receive up to a $2,000 signing bonus if you become a shuttle van partner-driver with us. After all, having extra cash in your pocket upfront - especially in a bustling metropolis with so much to offer - is typically a good thing.
  • Earn Double that of an Uber Driver: According to a 2019 article from CNBC, Uber drivers make approximately $1,500 a week in New York City. Well, good news: if you choose to become an independent-partner driver with GO Airlink, you can earn up to $3,000 a week, which would double your potential Uber income.
  • Cash Tips Daily: Hoping for a little extra gravy on the daily? Our shuttle drivers report earning an average of up to $100 in cash tips each day on the job.
  • Smart mobility app: Benefit from the technology of a smart mobility app so that you can avoid traffic congestion, construction, and other urban obstacles that will hinder you from transporting your passengers from Point A to Point B efficiently.
  • Shuttle the Best Customers in NYC: We sincerely appreciate our growing customer base and aim to provide them with the best transportation service available in the New York City market. Our shuttle drivers are fortunate enough to offer transport to a plethora of amazing people.
  • Consistent, Reliable Work: Have you previously been employed as a driver with a company that fails to provide steady work? With GO Airlink, you won’t have to worry about making ends meet to cover your expenses. We have contracts with major airlines, hotels, cruise lines and tour operators so you don’t have to worry about a lack of work. We’ve established these relationships not only for our business, but for our employees to ensure that we’re providing you with a lucrative opportunity to support yourself and your family.
  • Official Licensee of Port Authority of New York & New Jersey: We’re proud to confirm that GO Airlink is an official licensee of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. What does this mean for you? You’ll be working for a reputable company that has the support of the state’s critical transportation network; a network which moves millions of people annually as well as manages the transport of vital cargo throughout the New York & New Jersey regions.
  • Proud Member of NYC & Company: Who is NYC & Company? Only NYC’s official tourism marketing operation, of course. Why should you care? Their mission is to help maximize travel and tourism opportunities throughout the city, which opens doors for companies like GO Airlink. As long as we’re partnered with this reputable organization, we’ll be doing our part to help build economic prosperity while also spreading the dynamic nature associated with New York City around the globe.

Have we piqued your interest? If so, please contact us for more information by starting your online application today. If you’re interested in speaking with one of our existing shuttle drivers to receive direct feedback about how to become a shuttle van driver and what driving with GO Airlink is like, we will happily connect you with a current employee. We look forward to building our team of GO Airlink shuttle drivers as we continue to provide the most optimal service that we can to the best city in the world.

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

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

8 Best Remote Working Spots in New York City

Whether you’re coming to New York for a work trip or you’re spending time here on vacation, most of us will need to check into work at some point on our trip. But as it turns out, there are lots of great free and paid remote working and coworking spaces in New York, whether you want an office atmosphere or just a casual spot to connect to free wifi to check a few emails.

We’ve put together our list of the top remote working spots in New York City. From al fresco work to bargain spots that will allow you to get productive without spending a lot, to hidden gems and hidden back bars, we have every remote working scenario covered.

To work al fresco, with water views and free wifi...

Brooklyn Bridge Park
334 Furman St., Brooklyn

On a beautiful day, spend your workday outside at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can enjoy free wifi and waterfront views. With a variety of spots to eat and drink, plus spaces like the Granite Terrace to set up shop for the day, this is a perfect place to make a workday feel like a day off.

To get inspired...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave. New York

Pay your admission to this museum and combine sightseeing with working. The Met has free wifi and plenty of secluded spots to sit and crack open your laptop or answer a few emails. Plan a few hours of work into your day and spend the rest of it exploring one of the country’s premier art museums.

To feast while you work...

Chelsea Market
75 9th Ave., New York

If you need fuel to get you through the workday, Chelsea Market is here for you. The space has free wifi and bills itself as an “urban food court,” with shops purveying every kind of snack, meal or ingredient you can think of. Explore to find the place you like best, like the comfy Ninth Street Espresso, and you can eat your way through your next deadline.

For a traditional office vibe...

TEEM
1463 Fifth Ave., New York

TEEM Coworking is a bargain at just $20 a day, which buys you a seat in the space and free freshly ground espresso, coffee, tea and snacks all day.  Superfast wifi and a traditional setting means you can put your head down and get in a good day’s work.

To feel distinguished while you work...

Library at NoMad Hotel
1170 Broadway & 28th St., New York

Arrive before 4 pm, when the Library is open only to hotel guests, and you have the perfect setting for being productive: a two-story library with custom-made furnishings, servers bringing light fare and finger foods as well as coffee and cocktails, and even an eclectic literary collection. Cozy up and get it done.

For an out-of-this-world live music soundtrack...

David Rubenstein Atrium Public Space at Lincoln Center
61 West 62 St., New York

One of New York’s unique public spaces housed within a private building, this atrium hosts weekly live music performances. Work all day and catch a show as a reward. Grab some of the public seating, grab a sandwich from the cafe, hook up to free wifi and get to work.

To get creative at a bargain price...

Rough Draft
402 Hooper St., Brooklyn

Rough Draft is a hybrid coworking space and full-service creative agency, and it’s everything you’d expect. With its pre-war building with lots of natural light and a kitchen stocked with healthy snacks, drinks and beer, it’s hard to decide what to like most about Rough Draft. Personally, we love the price. At just $28 for a day pass, it’s a bargain, but even more so if you’re a new member: you can work for just $14.

To go straight to Happy Hour...

The Roost Coffee Co.
222 Avenue B., New York

Grab a seat and get work done in this quiet cafe, enjoying a good cup of coffee, pastry or sandwich during the day. But time your visit right and you’re in luck: a craft beer and brown spirits bar hidden in back opens up at 4 pm, which means you can get Happy Hour started. Til 7 pm during the week, enjoy $1 off select drafts, $6 well drinks and $7 wines. Nightly spcials are available too.

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

Spring in New York: Our Picks for the City’s Best Gardens

Spring is creeping up slowly here in the Northeast, and while spring in New York City can bring some hot and cold weather, it also brings an excuse to visit some of the city’s most amazing gardens.

Now, lush green gardens and bright blooming flowers might not be the first thing you think about when you plan your trip to New York City in the spring, but beautiful gardens are some of this bustling city’s hidden gems. But, if you don’t know where to look, they can be difficult to find. So grab this handy list of our picks for New York City’s best gardens and start exploring! The best gardens criss-cross the city, so grabbing a multi-day tour bus pass means you can hop on and off to check these gardens, and other attractions, out during your visit!

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx

There’s nothing hidden about this botanical garden, a delight for tourists and locals alike, but there’s a reason why it’s so popular. This National Historic Landmark (est. 1891) features a museum of living plant collections over its 250-acre garden (the largest in any US city). There are more than a million plants on display and you can enjoy gardens like the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, considered among the world’s most sustainable rose gardens, or any of the 30,000 trees on the property, many more than 200 years old.

6BC Botanical Garden

624 East 6th Street between Avenues B & C, East Village

This casual, relaxing garden is open whenever a member is in the garden. The garden, maintained by volunteer community members, began on a rubble-strewn empty lot in the early 1980s. Today, it includes hundreds of plants and a quiet, peaceful space for the community to enjoy nature.

Garden at St. Luke in the Fields

487 Hudson St, West Village

On more than two-thirds of an acre, the Garden at St. Luke in the Fields features walks, lawns and a fine collection of garden standards, rare hybrids and native American flora. Built facing southwest and with heat-retaining brick walls, the garden features some unique flora and fauna thanks to its warm microclimate. Berries and flowers provide a rest stop for migrating birds and butterflies during spring and fall. The gardens are the private property of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, built in 1821, gbut are open to the public.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is a great two-for-one in that you can visit beautiful gardens alongside a historic mansion that you can tour. The mansion is set in Pelham Bay, New York City’s largest park. The 19th century country house is situated in a 60-acre New York City Landmark Historic District and is surrounded by a “forever wild” zone. It boasts formal, terraced gardens on six acres, a Children’s Organic Garden and more.

Creative Little Garden

530 E. 6th St., East Village

Ths long, narrow garden (just 24-by-100 feet) has a winding gravel path, rock garden, flagstone patio and many seating areas so it’s a perfect spot to stop and take a rest on a warm spring or summer day. (In fact, the slate patio is shaded by a large willow tree.) The garden opened in 1982 on the site of a tenement building that burned down. Aside from colorful azaleas, tulips, ferns and roses the garden contains a plethora of birdhouses and eight sculptures.

Greenacre Park

271 East 21st St., between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

New York is full of surprises, not the least of which is the 25-foot waterfall that makes up the centerpiece of this three-level park. Greenacre features honey locust trees, sunny seating areas and even an outdoor cafe. This is the perfect park to stop at on a cool day; its raised terrace is heated.

Ford Foundation Atrium Garden

320 E. 43rd St. at the Ford Foundation for Social Justice

If the weather is cold or rainy, you can still get the tranquility of a garden by heading indoors to the Ford Foundation’s Atrium Garden. It features 39 species of plants, a reflecting pool and a sensory garden with a collection of plant life you can touch and smell.

Heather Garden

1 Margaret Corbin Drive in Fort Tryon Park

Heather Garden is a three-acre park nestled in the enormous Fort Tryon Park. The area showcases flowers and plants that are adapted to the unique and varied terrain of Fort Tryon, including 46 American Elms and more than 550 varieties of plants, trees and shrubs. The garden also hosts a number of seasonal events. Leave the garden to explore the entire park, with playgrounds, fitness amenities, eight miles of paved walking and jogging paths and more.

Shakespeare Garden (Central Park)

In Central Park

Get away from Central Parks’ bustle in this quiet, four-acre garden. It features winding paths and seasonal flora that’s particularly vibrant in spring. Nods to Shakespear include rosemary and pansies (Hamlet), thistle (Much Ado About Nothing) and a white mulberry tree said to have grown from a graft of a tree planted by Shakespeare himself in 1602. Spy bronze plaques with Shakespearean quotes to identify each plant species.

There’s lots to see in Central Park, so if you’d like to check out more hidden gems, consider a Central Park walking tour to get the most of it!

First Street Green Garden/First Street Art Park

33 E 1st St., Lower East Side

It’s called a Garden, but the First Street Green Garden is of a different variety. Practice graffiti without getting in trouble: at this park, anyone can paint street art murals on the walls. Murals by talented and often famous street artists are on display all the time, but due to the changing nature of the park, can be painted over at any moment.

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

10 Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month in New York City

March is Women’s History Month, and today we’re shining the spotlight on destinations and events that can help you celebrate women right here in New York City.

It’s probably no surprise that the women of NYC are known for the history that they’ve made. For a rundown of some of the city’s most influential women, check out The Women Who Made NYC History. Here you can check out the ladies who forged New York’s arts, literary and music scene, prevented some of New York’s finest parks from being turned into highways, rocked the music scene or simply made their mark by standing up for what they believed in or pouring money into what they thought was important.

Ready to take a female-focused tour of NYC? Check out these sights and events for an adventure with some of the city’s most influential women.

TimeOut’s Interactive Womens History Map

Pull up this map no matter where you are in the city to find the nearest site commemorating a powerful woman and learn more about her influence. There are so many parks, streets and more named after amazing women and this map is a great way to get all the details. You can walk the tour, or get around even more quickly on a Fancy Apple Bike Rental!

New York Historical Society Center for Women’s History

The Center for Women’s History is the first of its kind nationwide inside the walls of a major museum. The center explores the ways that women have shaped and continue to shape life in America. A gallery of Tiffany lamps explores the hidden history of women in designing this iconic item--they labored anonymously but were paid on par with their male counterparts. Or, check out the Billie Jean King archive for an exhibit on the groundbreaking tennis player. You can score discounted passes to this and many other NYC attractions here.

Yeah She Did: She Built This City

March 27 at 6:30 pm

Female-identifying comedians shine a light on the stories of some of the greatest women the world has ever known--but history forgot. The event focuses on femme founders, public servants and protestors who were as “bold, bright and brassy as NYC.”

“She Persists” Art Installation at Gracie Mansion

“She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York, 1919-2019 puts on display 60 artworks of 40 female artists along the themes of Body as a Battleground, Picturing People, Contending with History and Expanding Abstraction. Together, the works tell the story of women’s tenacity in the face of adversity throughout history.  Pro tip: entry is free on Mondays.

The Brooklyn Bridge

If you look closely at the bridge near the Brooklyn Tower, you’ll find a tribute to Emma Warren Roebling. Her husband, civil engineer Washington Roebling, was the chief engineer of the bridge during its construction but fell ill. She relayed information from her bedridden husband to the team building the bridge and eventually became heavily involved as a joint planner to the bridge. She was the first to cross it by carriage upon its opening. (Grab a ride to the bridge on our City Sights NY Brooklyn Bus Tour!)

Cafe Con Libros

Self-described as a feminist bookstore, Cafe Con Libros offers “coffee, tea, books, art and community.” Sip on a beverage, browse their selection or attend a reading or book club event to be a part of the community.

Nasty Women of the Met Tour

Check out the Met’s collection of “women who ruled, women who scared, women who patronized, women who painted, women who politicked--all role models for today’s liberated woman.” This is a fun and informative 2-hour walking tour of the Met.

Road Trip! Women’s Heritage Trail

If you’re interested in expanding your celebration beyond the city, check out the Women’s Heritage Trail. The trail celebrates women’s contributions throughout New York State (including some NYC destinations). Check out the location of the first women’s rights convention for the birthplace of the women’s suffragette movement, the Harriet Tubman home and many more amazing sites.

Inside Out Tours

Take the “Great Women of New York” tour to discover pioneering women artists, activists, financiers and 9/11 heroes that are a part of the city (and world’s) history. Inside Out Tours is a certified minority- and women-owned business dedicated to presenting the history of NYC women in an engaging and sensitive manner.

Take a Women’s History Run

Looking to get in a workout during your New York visit? Double it with a women’s history tour by doing one of these women’s history runs as recommended by the NYRR.

Celebrate Pi Day in New York with These Delicious Pies

It’s March 14 (3.14) and you don’t need to be a math geek to get excited for Pi Day! Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

It may be a concept you haven’t heard of since high school, but we’re bringing it back today because Pi Day isn’t only about celebrating math--it’s about eating pie. And everyone loves pie!

So with that, we’re rounding up some of our favorite spots for pie in New York. From the traditional to the surprising, these pies will get you in the Pi Day spirit. Might we suggest a Pi Day Pie Crawl?

If you’re looking to get around New York to taste pies and see the sights, a bus tour is a great, economical option. City Sights NY offers hop on/hop off tours of downtown, uptown or all around town, along with passes to see specific attractions.

Bubby’s
73 Gansevoort St. & 120 Hudson St.
Tuck into a traditional slice at Bubby’s, a comfort food restaurant. Go traditional with Local Apple, tropical with Key Lime or a little crazy with Michigan Sour Cherry. Pro tip: Bubby’s is bustling, so snag a seat mid-afternoon for more relaxing treat.

Petee’s Pie Co
61 Delancey St. & 505 Myrtle Ave.
It’s nearly impossible to talk pies without invoking Petee’s. Petee herself is a former special needs teacher turned pie baker from a long line of pie bakers. Press and customers alike swear that Petee’s is the best. No matter your pie preference, you’ll find it here: fruit pies, chess pies, nut pies and icebox pies all have a spot on the menu. And if you’re dying for a slice but you’re out of town, don’t worry. Petee’s ships.

Daly Pie
665 Vanderbilt Ave.
Come for the cozy “homestyle pie cafe,” stay for the Case of the Mondays, a pie featuring peanut butter custard, pretzel crust and a layer of nutella, topped with a chocolate ganache and crushed potato chips. Or the Orange Chocolate Almond Pie (both vegan and gluten free--pie lovers with dietary restrictions rejoice!). Traditional pies line the menu as well.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
634 Dean St., Brooklyn & 439 3rd Ave., Brooklyn
Sisters Melissa and Emily Elsen bake with seasonal ingredients and creative flavor combinations. Flavors include Salty Honey, Black Sesame Custard, Turmeric Tonic and Black Bottom Oat, among others. Ingredients are sourced locally and organically when possible and natural sweeteners like honey favored.

Pies ‘n Thighs
166 4th St., Brooklyn
If you’re looking for all the comfort food, Pies ‘n Thighs is your spot. Fried chicken, donuts, biscuits--they’ve all won prestigious awards. Go classic with their Apple Pie, which has won national survey awards by Food & Wine and Bon Appetit. Or, lean into the restaurant’s southern comfort food feel with Bourbon Pecan Pie. You can’t go wrong.

Butter & Scotch
818 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn
Butter & Scotch isn’t just about pie: this women-owned and operated bar focuses on indulgent desserts and delicious cocktails. They bill themselves as “the bar and bakery of your dreams,” and they’re not wrong! The pie list is short, sweet and perfect: S’Mores, Key Lime or “Pie Roulette,” a rotating selection featuring the baker’s all-butter crust. You can also get your pie made into a DIY milkshake.

Milk Bar Bakery
Locations throughout New York City
There’s just one pie to get here: Crack Pie. It’s got a toasted oat crust, gooey butter filling. It’s a combination of salty and sweet and fans call it addictive. A survey of pies in New York wouldn’t be complete without it.

Ice & Vice
Locations throughout New York City
Ice & Vice calls itself an experimental ice cream shop. Their super premium, delicious ice cream is translated into icebox pie that will satisfy the ice cream lovers in the group. They offer Detention Ice Cream Pie, featuring Malted Vanilla and a Fruity Pebble Cereal Crust, or Milk Money Ice Cream Pie with Toasted Milk, chocolate ganache and a toasted graham crust. 
And because pie doesn’t need to be sweet, two delicious spots for pizza pie:

DiFara Pizza
103 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn & 1424 Ave. J, Brooklyn
Patrons happily wait in long lines and pay upwards of $5 per slice for pizzas at this Brooklyn legend. Many call it New York City’s best slice, with carefully sourced ingredients like imported olive oil and cheese. Pizza maker Domenic DeMarco, 81, has been slinging pizzas at DiFara since 1965 and is still heavily involved in each pie. It’s cash only, so go prepared!

Paulie Gee’s
60 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn
Try some of the pies with tongue-in-cheek names, like the Arugula Shmoogula featuring Italian tomatoes, baby arugula, olive oil and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, or the Anise and Anephew, with fresh mozzarella, braised fennel, anisette cream drizzle, Berkshire guanciale and fennel fronds.

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

12 New York St. Patrick’s Day Events for 2019

St. Patrick’s Day is one of New York City’s favorite holidays, and the entire city gets in on it, from the wee ones to the big ones. It can be overwhelming to take in the full list of St. Paddy’s Day events in New York, so we’ve rounded up our favorites, depending on what you’re looking for. Whether you’re looking to party, have the kids in tow or want to get a dose of Irish history, there’s something here for everyone.

For Families

Sober St. Patrick’s Day (http://www.soberstpatricksday.org/)
Saturday, March 16
Sober St. Patrick’s Day is a family-friendly event for New Yorkers on Parade Day that aims to provide a great time in a safe, sober environment, to “reclaim the spirit of the day” and honor Irish heritage. The event includes a light supper, snacks, dessert and soft drinks as well as first-class Irish entertainment, from singers to button accordion champions to champion fiddlers and world-class step dancers. 

New York Public Library Jiggy Tots (https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2019/03/14/jiggy-tots)
Various dates in March
This free series of events hosted by the New York Public Library is perfect for little ones. Upbeat traditional Irish music and songs are combined with popular toddler songs in this interactive session that will have your kids clapping, stamping and shaking shakers. 

Children’s Museum of Manhattan Green Takeover (http://cmom.org/event/green-takeover/)
Sunday, March 17
CMOM is hosting a variety of kid-friendly Irish events on St. Paddy’s Day. Use the color green to make art throughout the day, create a green leprechaun hat or finger paint on a green mural wall. 

For Culture & History Buffs

Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day (https://irishartscenter.org/event/annual-st-patricks-open-day-2019)
Sunday, March 10
A true celebration of Irish heritage, visitors of all ages can enjoy this free event, including face paint, arts and crafts, Celtic language learning or trying a traditional Irish instrument. Or, simply grab a seat and check out the day’s live music and dance.
https://hiddennewyorktours.com/tours/#irishmob 

Irish Hunger Memorial (https://bpcparks.org/whats-here/parks/irish-hunger-memorial/)
Open Daily, Self-Guided Tour Available
Download the app on your phone for a self-guided tour of this Memorial, which represents an Irish landscape with an abandoned stone cottage, stone walls, fallow potato fields and the flora on the north Connacht wetlands. It is both a metaphor for the Great Irish Famine and a reminder that hunger today is often the result of lack of access to land. 

Big Onion Irish New York Tours (https://www.bigonion.com/tour/irish-new-york/)
Offered Year-Round
Explore the Lower East Side, the neighborhood formerly known as “Little Ireland” in this walking tour. In the 19th century, during the wave of Irish immigrants, more Irish residents lived there than in Dublin! Guides will stop at a variety of historic sites as they talk about the challenges, victories and opportunities of “Little Ireland.” 

For Partiers

St. Paddy’s Pub Crawls (https://pubcrawls.com/events/saint-paddys/new-york-city#)
Friday March 15, Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17
Pick your poison with a Happy Hour Pub Crawl, Luck of the Irish Crawl or Shamrock Stroll. Frolic through more than 50 bars with special deals, a festive atmosphere and more. 

Get a Drink by the Parade (https://www.timeout.com/newyork/bars/where-to-drink-near-the-st-patricks-day-parade?package_page=35809)
Saturday, March 16
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on March 16 this year, and Time Out New York has a list of the best places to grab a drink nearby. Get in the spirit at aptly named pubs like Finnegan’s Wake or McFadden’s and finish up at--where else?--The Irish Exit. 

Sail NYC St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Cruise (https://www.sail-nyc.com/nyc-st-patricks-day-brunch-cruise/)
Sunday, March 17
Set sail on the Manhattan II for a 2.75 hour brunch cruise featuring authentic Irish music, a four-course, Irish-themed brunch buffet, a complimentary drink and Irish-themed cocktails for sale. Fully circumnavigate the island of Manhattan to start your St. Paddy’s Day right. 

St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Loco (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bingo-loco-st-patricks-day-tickets-56506267768)
Sunday, March 17
Bingo Loco bills itself as Ireland’s “Maddest Bingo Party.” With foul-mouthed hosts, DJs, insane games, classic party anthems, dance offs, confetti/Co2 cannons and crazy prizes like lawnmowers, convertible cars and international trips, this is quite literally not your grandmother’s bingo game. 

For Everyone

The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade (https://www.nycstpatricksparade.org/events/)
Saturday, March 16
The St. Paddy’s Day Parade is a can’t-miss for New York’s celebration. View it from 11 am to 5 pm, along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street. The parade features entertainment from marching bands to traditional Irish music, bagpipers and dancers. There are 250,000 marchers each year. 

Foodie Bonus!

Interested in grabbing some Irish grub while you’re out? Try one of Time Out New York’s Best Irish Restaurants (https://www.timeout.com/newyork/restaurants/best-irish-restaurants-in-nyc) for the tastiest eats.

If you’re planning to travel to New York on St. Patrick’s Day, Go Airlink provides an affordable NYC airport shuttle service.  Check out our LGA airport shuttle, van service to JFK and more.

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.

City CoPilot

EASY LUGGAGE STORAGE SOLUTION IN NYC: CITY COPILOT

It’s 10 am. You’ve arrived in New York City. But your AirBnB won’t allow you to check in until 3 pm. Now what?

Head on over to Times Square, of course!

Time is of essence especially when you’re visiting a new city. City CoPilot, a luggage storage and concierge service, understands that beyond a doubt and is the perfect solution to your problem! Store your luggage at City CoPilot’s Times Square location and explore one of New York City’s iconic locations – worry-free!

City CoPilot first came into the scene in 2014 when it opened up its first location in the Lower East Side. As New York City’s first “front desk” for tourists without a hotel concierge, it’s very popular with both tourists and locals. In addition to their Lower East Side location, City CoPilot is also in Midtown Manhattan with future plans to expand to West Village and Jersey City!

Professional staff at City CoPilot’s Midtown Manhattan location, which is conveniently located inside the Gray Line Visitor Center in Times Square,

City CoPilot’s wide range of services not only caters to tourists but NYC locals as well. They are well known as a short-term luggage storage service but City CoPilot offers a plethora of other services like 24/7 key exchange, apartment cleaning and turnoverairport transportation to all major NYC airports, as well as package acceptance for locals without a doorman.

At City CoPilot, you can also book affordable transportation to La Guardia, JFK, and Newark airports thanks to our partnership with GO Airlink NYC! Customers can choose from multiple vehicle options, including sedans, SUVs, vans, and more – perfect for any group size!

Professional staff at City CoPilot’s Midtown Manhattan location, which is conveniently located inside the Gray Line Visitor Center in Times Square, help guests book tours and attractions while they pick up their Airbnb key or drop off their suitcases. You can even get Broadway show tickets!

City Co Pilot’s 5 star reviews on Yelp are a testament to the quality of service provided to customers. Customers are thrilled about the secure, reliable and convenient way to store luggage in New York City. And the best part is that rates start at only $10 per bag!

Make this trip an easy, relaxing one by keeping your child occupied.

Tips For Keeping Children Entertained While Traveling

Travelling with kids can instantly turn a vacation into work—the exact thing you wanted to escape. Whether it’s kicking plane seats, fighting with siblings or relentless whining, travelling with kids can be as aggravating as the security check-in at the airport. Here are some ways to keep them entertained and finally put an end to the age-old question, “Are we there yet?”

  1. Bring coloring books and crayons or a doodling board for your young Picasso.
  2. Nothing makes a trip go by quicker than getting lost in a good book. Bring picture books for younger children, like Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and Green Eggs and Ham by the infamous Dr. Seuss. Other classic reads for your older kids are Holes by Louis Sachar, and of course Harry Potter.
  3. Comfort is key! Make sure to bring a blanket and pillow for your child so they can rest up easily.
  4. Bring electronic items such as your iPad or smartphone for your child to watch videos. LeapFrog also offers a device perfect for travel called the Leapster GS Explorer Travel.  It comes with a convenient case that protects it and makes travelling more organized.
  5. Download interesting apps that will keep your child engaged while having fun. A few top-rated kids apps are “Endless Alphabet”, an interactive app that teaches the alphabet along with colorful cartoons. “Me Comics” is another, enabling the child to read and record their voice narration of their favorite cartoon characters. In addition, “Disney Story Time” is another kid’s favorite pick, including dozens of Disney’s most famous tales, from Frozen to Lion King. You can also download tons of apps for Leapster, from learning games and ebooks to music.
  6. Tame your child’s tummy by stocking up on plenty of snacks. Prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetables and fruit leather (instead of Fruit Roll Ups) to name a few. Some other ideas are string cheese, rice cakes, cereal, Go-Gurt, Lunchables, and juice boxes. Try out Back to Nature juice boxes—there are no artificial preservatives or added sugar, so you won’t be chasing after your hyper toddler.

Make this trip an easy, relaxing one by keeping your child occupied. Follow these tips and you’ll be out of that minivan and at your destination in no time!

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.

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