Offbeat Birthday Ideas for NYC
There’s no better place to celebrate your birthday than in one of the most exciting and eccentric places in the world: New York City. Sure, you can pop on some paper birthday hats and stand around a cake, but why not do something off-beat and unforgettable? NYC is full of companies and establishments that exist for the sole purpose of bringing joy and unique experiences to people just like you. The following five are perfect ways to spend your or a loved one’s special day.
What to Do at the Beach in NYC
It’s summer, it’s hot, and the beach is calling your name. You know all about standard beach pastimes like building sandcastles and sunbathing, but in New York City, there’s so much more than that. This summer, hit the sun in style by checking out these five beach activities found in the city. You can eat, drink, be merry, and still have barely scratched the surface of all the activities from this list that need to be added to your itinerary.
The Rolex Central Park Horse Show Returns
The fourth annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show will make a triumphant return to New York City from Wednesday, September 20 through Sunday, September 24th.
5 Great Things to Do in Queens This Summer
New York City is more than Manhattan and you'll find great things to do in Queens this summer. The borough is the largest of the five that comprise the city and from museums to parks to beaches, there's all kinds of great sightseeing available here. Read on for our picks for five great things to do in Queens this summer.
An Adult Slumber Party on an Aircraft Carrier in NYC
Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep aboard an aircraft carrier? Find out as The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC hosts Operation Slumber, providing the opportunity to spend the night on this legendary representative of American history. This August, on Saturday the 5th, adults can get in on the action without kids for a special one-night-only Operation Slumber: Adults Take Over.
7 Summer Activities Every New Yorker Should Do
Seven things you must experience in NYC this summer from rooftop bars to iced treats and speedboat rides through New York Harbor. We have a definite NYC summer guide to the must-sees and do’s.
What to Do in Brooklyn This Summer
Known for its artists, writers, and musicians, Brooklyn is where you go when you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan while immersing yourself in the beloved borough’s unique culture and individual charm. There’s no shortage of entertaining experiences to have in Brooklyn, and these five activities provide a great way for you to explore the borough during the summer.
Things to Do on a New York Summer Weekend
When holiday weekends roll around, many New Yorkers escape urban life, making these ideal times for tourists to take advantage of a cleared-out city. Lots of destinations see less demand on summer weekends, including highly coveted restaurants, tours, and Broadway plays. Here are some ideas for spending holiday weekends or any summer weekend in New York City.
Places in Manhattan That Time Forgot
Even in today’s fast-paced, disposable society there remain a few places that seem untouched by time, even in this most dynamic city. Read on for five great New York spots that evoke another lifetime and are well worth a visit.
Great Ideas for a Hot Day in NYC
When it gets hot in New York City, prepare for high temperatures to mix with the steam from the underground and the abundance of food carts spread out over the city (oh, and that's not to mention clammy subway rides). But there’s nowhere I’d rather be, to be honest, than in New York, even when the thermometer starts to climb. So, what can you do in New York on a hot day? Here are a few suggestions.
Great Things to Do on a New York Weekend
New York City. The city that never sleeps and the city that will make sure you don’t want to, either. If anyone said to you, “Man, I just really want to go to New York City,” would you blame them? No. There is no better place in the world. You have everything at your feet, and the options of what you can do? Endless. Here's a list of fun things you can do on a New York weekend—including some of the newest draws in Brooklyn!
10 Great New York City Secrets We Learned From High Quality Tours
As a city constantly reinventing itself, New York can hold its secrets close. That's where the experience of a tour guide comes in, like the experts at High Quality Tours, who know the city forwards and back. Guests take in the sights from the comfort of a handsome custom luxury coach, which comes with amenities like leather captain's chairs, while they see and hear all about New York's rich history. Read on for 10 awesome New York secrets we learned from riding with High Quality Tours.
One World Observatory: The Past Is Present
A trip to the observation deck of One World Observatory carries with it a particular set of expectations. It’s not just: How will the view be? It also carries, of course, the weight of its past, of 9/11 and its aftermath. Happily, the One World experience offers just the right measure of gravitas and time for reflection.
NYC's Virtual Reality Bus Tour: The Downtown Experience Powered by THE RIDE
The Downtown Experience Powered by THE RIDE is a brand-new virtual reality experience that transcends the traditional New York tour bus ride. Yes, an engaging tour guide will regale you with stories about Lower Manhattan’s rich history, but you’ll also be treated to a VR journey that will transport you to George Washington’s inauguration, put you on the trading floor during the 1929 stock market crash, and set you in the virtual air soaring above the One World Observatory.
Top of the Rock: Still the Tops
There's no place better to “take it all in” than the incredible Top of the Rock, a stunning perch atop the iconic Rockefeller Center.
Seeing New York in Style: High Quality Tours
When we first heard the name High Quality Tours, we jumped at it. Who wouldn’t want to get on board—literally—with a company that tells you up front what they value? We took the Land & Sea NYC tour, which offers some incredible access to New York City. The sea part we'll save for another day, for now let's focus on the ground.
Hop On and Hop Off New York's Best Bus Tours
New York City can be a bit overwhelming if you’ve only got a limited amount of time to see it. The sites are endless, as are the photo opps, and you can easily spend days trying to run from sight to sight and still not see it all! Our preferred alternative? Hop aboard one of the five NYC bus tours below to see the best New York City has to offer without having to hail taxis and wait on the subway trains. Time is of the essence when you’re visiting a city as bustling as this one!
Park in the Sky: Our Guide to NYC's High Line
New York City’s High Line is by far one of the coolest city parks that you’ll find in Manhattan. Rounded up below is our bucket list for all first-time visitors to the High Line.
Where to See the Cherry Blossoms in NYC
You can find cherry blossoms all around Manhattan as well as in the surrounding boroughs, and we’ve rounded up the top locations for doing so.
Baseball Is Back in NYC for Spring!
The spring has officially arrived, which means that baseball season is finally upon us. Take advantage of New York City’s superb spring days by making a visit to Citi Field or Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Mets and New York Yankees, respectively.
How to Spend a Spring Day in Central Park
If you ask a New Yorker where everybody goes on a beautiful spring day, chances are that he’ll tell you: Central Park. This sprawling park, designed by Federick Law Olmsted in the mid-1800s, is the city’s greatest gem, and it provides a place of nature and solace in an otherwise concrete and bustling city. Here are our top five tips for how to spend a spring day in Central Park.
Fearless Girl and the Rest of New York's Best Street Art
New York City is home to some of the world’s greatest art museums, but you don’t have to pay an admission fee to see the city’s coolest masterpieces. Rounded up below are five of NYC’s best street art works, ranging from bronze sculptures to iconic graffiti walls. The streets of Manhattan have so much to offer, and we mean that quite literally.
NYC Secrets: 6 Off-the-Beaten-Path Street Photo Locations From a Pro Photographer
As a lifelong New Yorker, street photographer, and certified tour and workshop guide, I've walked and explored a lot of the city over the years (and yet I still have so much more to see). New York is the type of city where you can capture a once-in-a-lifetime photograph anywhere you go, yet I find myself continually going back to these six locations because of how fun, vibrant, and interesting they are to experience and capture. Read on for my picks for the best off-the-beaten-path places to photograph in NYC.
Madame Tussauds in Times Square Welcomes a Life-Sized King Kong
King Kong has made his way back to New York, the city he once terrorized (at least in the movie!), but this time, it's in wax form. The famed Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square welcomes a wax replica of King Kong’s head to its collection, providing visitors not only with a perfect photo op with the notorious gorilla, but an entire KONG: Skull Island experience. If you’re a fan of the new film, then you’re definitely going to be a fan of Madame Tussauds. Start planning your visit today!
How the World Works: Touring the United Nations Headquarters in NYC
New York is not just a world capital—it’s also arguably the capital of the world. On the east side of midtown Manhattan you’ll find the headquarters of the United Nations, celebrating its 71st birthday and open again for public touring.