Fall is the season for beautifully burnt colors, the first chill of the season, football, tailgates, pumpkin spice added to all of our favorite beverages and giant piles of leave that are always more fun to demolish in theory than in practice. In NYC,, the autumn season is really about so much more than that. It’s about festivals of food and film and music and wine. It’s about brand new exhibitions flooding our museums- the greatest in the world. It’s about Broadway shows – 8 of them – opening the curtains for the first time. It’s about the beginning of the holiday season with Christmas Trees and giant turkeys and Rockettes and Nutcrackers. Here are 44 reasons to be excited about Fall 2014 in NYC:
- New York Film Festival is back in town (September 26-October 12)
- So is the NYC Independent Film Festival (October 15-19)
- And don’t forget the Big Apple Film Festival (November 5-9)
- There’s even a Horror Film Festival in NYC this Fall (November 13-16)
- But it’s not just about movies… The New York Wine and Food Festival comes this Fall (October 16-19)
- The Prospect Park Food Truck Rally is live on every first and third Sundays of the month (until October 19)
- New York Comic Con hits the Javits Center (October 9-12)
- The Global Citizen Festival is a free* concert with Jay Z and Carrie Underwood and more awesome people (September 27)
- And the CBGB Festival highlights younger bands with lots of free and cheap shows (October 8-12)
- The Village Halloween Parade is one of NYC most extravagant annual events (October 31)
There are 6 new exhibitions at MoMa
- Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor (October 4)
- Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (October 12)
- Sturtevant: Double Trouble (November 9)
- Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities (November 22)
- Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949 (December 13)
- The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World (December 14)
And 3 new exhibitions at the Guggenheim
- Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s (October 10)
- V. Gaitonde: Painting as Progress, Painting as Life (October 24)
- Wang Jianwei: Time Temple (October 31)
And 2 new exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum
- Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (October 3)
- Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound (October 24)
And 7 new exhibitions at The Met
- Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age (September 22)
- Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered (September 30)
- Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry (October 8)
- Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire (October 21)
- Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague (November 4)
- El Greco in New York (November 4)
- The Art of Collecting Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions, 2003-2014 (November 11)
And 8 Broadway Premieres
- On The Town (October 16)
- Disgraced (October 23)
- The Last Ship (October 26)
- The Real Thing (October 30)
- The River (November 16)
- Side Show (November 17)
- A Delicate Balance (November 20)
- The Elephant Man (December 7)
Plus, it’s the start of the Holiday Season!
- Thanksgiving means the Macy’s Day Parade (November 27)
- And what comes the first Wednesday after the fourth Thursday of November? The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting (December 3)
- Our annual Holiday Lights Double Decker Bus Tour begins (December 4)
- Bryant Park Holiday Shops will be open once again (November)
- As will the Central Park Ice Rink, which is just beautiful with the burnt orange of the trees (November)
- The Salvation Army posts up all across the city with dances and songs (December)
- And the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is back for another year (November 7-December 31)
- Last but not least, The Nutcracker takes Lincoln Center by storm (November 28-January 3)
Fall in NYC has so much to offer! What are you most excited for this coming season? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork
The Museum of the City of New York is giving out free breakfast every morning: With a City Sights or New York pass, get your day started with an H&H Midtown Bagels East bagel and cup of coffee graciously given to early-bird museum visitors. This also includes a 20 minute talk with tips about getting the most out of the Big Apple and an exclusive screening of Timescapes, a 22-minute film that gets into the history of New York.
There’s a bar on top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar allow for panoramic views of New York City with an unbeatable view of Central park. This rooftop luxury is definitely a hidden treasure within the Met. However, the elevator that takes you up top may be a little tricky to find, so don’t hesitate to ask any of the guides for help.
You can stay overnight at the American Museum of Natural History: Watch art work come to life once the sun goes down. Targeted mostly towards children, this huge sleepover includes endless activities including the exploration of nocturnal animals and a showing of Mysteries of the Unseen World in the LeFrak theatre. Also, with a registration of 15 people or more, you’re qualified for discounted price.
The Museum of Modern Art has a rain room: Stand in the rain without getting wet. This technological demonstration allows you to be completely surrounded by water, yet dry where your body movements are sensed. This is looks just as cool as it sounds, and is an opportunity for awesome silhouette shots. It is known to have a long wait time, so make sure you get in line by at least 6 AM.
The Museum of Modern Art PS1 has a huge experimental music series called the Warm Up: This summer event takes the cake for a unique and distinctive activity. The line-up includes experimental acts and DJ’s that are upcoming artists with insane talent. Going from June 28th to September 9th, every Saturday means for discovering art in all places.
The Rangers bring the Stanley Cup to Madison Square Garden, Museum Mile Festival is back, and Cyclists ride through Harlem this week in NYC.
The Rangers host the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden Monday, June 9 and 11
The Museum Mile Festival returns to 5th Avenue Tuesday, June 10
The World Cup begins with celebrations throughout the City Thursday, June 12
Head out to Crocheron Park for an outdoor screening of Tangled Friday, June 13
The Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic tears through Manhattan Sunday, June 15
NYC, home to the world’s greatest collection of art collections, is once again opening its doors for the Museum Mile Festival on Tuesday, June 10. Museums up and down the 5th Avenue stretch lovingly referred to as ‘Museum Mile’ will be open to all visitors for free beginning at 6 p.m. that night.
This year’s participating museums include some of the best like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Bario, the Guggenheim and more! Head out to Museum Mile on 5th Ave between 80th and 105th to take part in this year’s festival!
How to take advantage of one full day in NYC
One of my favorite questions I get almost every day comes from the traveler who loves to spread themselves thin: I’m only going to be in New York for 24 hours, how do I see all of NYC in one day? There’s actually a pretty easy answer to this question.
If you think you can see all of New York City in one day, you’re out of your mind. Most people who have lived here for years on end are still trying to see the whole city. New York is just too big and there’s too much to do to see everything in one day. But that leads to the next question: How do I take advantage of my one day in NYC to see as much as possible?
Now we’re talking realistically. Allow me to lay out a play to see as much of NYC as possible in one day.
Early Wake Up Call
You have to wake up early to truly take advantage of the day. Hit a bagel shop near your hotel that’s not named Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. For less than $5 you can get yourself the best bagel you’ve ever had and a coffee. You probably want to enjoy this breakfast as your stroll through Central Park. This is a true New York City start to the morning.
You’re going to start out your exploration with the 8-Hour Manhattan Experience tour. Don’t worry, this isn’t 8 hours of sitting on a bus or listening to some guys talk, this is an all-inclusive tour that begins at 9 a.m. and includes a trip to the Statue of Liberty, the Top of the Rock, Lunch in Little Italy, and exploration of some of Manhattan’s coolest places. You will be touring the city on a comfortable motorcoach and a tour guide will take you on walking tours of Wall Street, South Street Seaport, Grant’s Tomb, Rockefeller Center, Little Italy, and the World Trade Center memorial.
5 pm: Grab a Slice
The Manhattan Experience tour has knocked out a lot of the sightseeing, as well as giving you a sit-down meal in an authentic restaurant in Little Italy. Now it’s 5 p.m. so it’s time to grab a slice of pizza to hold you over, because you’re only getting one sit-down meal today.
5:30 pm: Catch a train to The Met
You can’t go to NYC and not visit one of the world class museums we have to offer. If it’s a Friday or Saturday, you need to jump on the Subway and head up to either the 77th Street or 86th Street stop on the 4-5-6 line. The Metropolitain Museum of Art is open until 9 p.m. on these days, so that gives you plenty of time to see some of the museum. If it’s not Friday or Saturday, check out the schedule of other NYC museums and stop by one that is open late on the day you’re in town. Again, you can’t truly see New York until you take in the art it has to offer.
7:30ish pm: Miscellaneous time
This one is one you, and time dependent. You need to do something that appeals to you specifically, not just take in the sights, so from this point forward, we’re on you time. Sports fan? Catch a game at Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center in the winter, Yankee Stadium or Citi Field if it’s summer. The early comedy shows typically start around 8 in the city, the same time most of the evening Broadway performances begin. This time is for you to do something catered to your personality.
10:30ish pm: Grab a drink, you’ve earned it
You have been up for a while now, trekking across the whole city. You must be tired, ready to call it a night, huh? Well, New York City has an exceptional night life, so if you’re truly trying to see the whole city in all of its elements, you’re not even close to done with your night. Find a good bar, probably a hole in the wall on the Lower East Side or in Brooklyn. The hole in the wall crowd is one that you haven’t experienced yet in your NYC travels.
1:00 am: Time for some street meat
After a few drinks and maybe some karaoke, you just realized that you are starving. It’s time to leave the bar and find some food. NYC is home to some of the best street meat in the world, so keep your eye out for some food trucks. It’s shouldn’t be too hard to find one on the Lower East Side or Brooklyn this time of night, so hopefully you listened to me.
1:30 am: Let’s go Clubbing!
Grab a cab to the meatpacking district to end your night partying at one of New York City’s most extravagant clubs. This is one of the last environments you have yet to see on your NYC journey, so even if you’re not much of a dancer, it’s still something to experience. Here’s a quick tip for going to a NYC club: Be a pretty girl, be with a pretty girl, be rich, or be famous, and getting into the club will be exponentially easier.
4 am: You have to catch your flight!
You flying out of JFK early in the morning remember? Grab a cab to your hotel, gather your things, then head out to the airport. You’ll get there just in time for your early morning flight to LAX, and you can sleep on the plane.
So, you want to do NYC in one day? Here’s your itinerary.
Note: There are still tons of things that you’re missing out on, but again you only have 24 hours. What would you change about this itinerary? What other things in NYC do you want to see? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork.
It may not be winter yet, but it’s officially the holiday season. A few month back we brought you 108 things to know if you were visiting NYC this fall, and you loved it. So its only appropriate we outdo ourselves once again this winter. Some things still hold true, like staying out of empty subway cars, but all in all it’s updated to reflect the next few months. So brace yourselves because after this list you’ll definitely be ready to visit NYC.
- Head over to MSG for the Big East Tournament from March 12 – 16
- Catch the A10 Tournament at the Barclays Center from March 12 – 16
- The Super Bowl will be held at MetLife Stadium on February 2
- Super Bowl Boulevard will be held on Broadway between 34th and 44th Streets and will be free to the public from January 29-February 1
- Yankee Stadium will play home to a pair of outdoor hockey games with the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders
- The Intrepid is a museum on an aircraft carrier, which is awesome
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre has some amazing shows with cheap prices, too.
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is known for its unique building and is also a landmark of NYC
- If you love spoken word you will have a good time at any poetry cafes in Manhattan
- Harlem has some historic libraries, great dance schools, and art too.
- Many Museums, including the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, have a suggested donation to enter, but you don’t have to pay anything at all. If you can afford to, you should pay the requested amount so that these museums will continue to be some of the best in the world.
- Visit Radio City Music Hall this winter to see the famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular
- MoMa also has five new exhibitions planned for this winter such as Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New on December 21
- The Guggenheim has two new exhibitions launching this winter, including CARRIE MAE WEEMS: THREE DECADES OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO on January 24
- Brooklyn Museum will have one new exhibition for the winter called Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties on March 7
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art has four new exhibitions launching this winter, including Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary Chinaon on December 11
- The Met is also now open seven days a week
- There are like, a bazillion museums in NYC, not just the couple we named. You should check out as many as you can while in the city.
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has a lineup of amazing concerts, plays, and films throughout the winter
- Visit Queens to see the Louis Armstrong House Museum which feature rare at home recordings of the jazz legend
- It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will be making its debut December 6th at the Clarence Brown Theater
- The Whitney Museum of Natural Art will be adding 2 new exhibitions this winter including Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition
- Check out the Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade festival celebration on February 2
- Westminster Kennel Club 138 Annual Dog Show premiers on February 10
- Head over to the Javits Convention Center to see the New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show on December 16
- Join in the celebration of winter sports in the Winter Jam NYC being held in the heart of central park on January 25
- The New York Jewish Film Festival is January 8 – 23
- The Armory Show and Armory Arts week will be held on March 5 – 10
- Head to the Joyce Theater shows like Focus Dance
- The Theater at St. Clement’s will be showing the classic A Christmas Carol on January 4
- Greenwich Village is known for having great live music
- Madison Square Garden begins this winter with some big time headliners, including Billy Joel and Justin Timberlake
- Barclays Center, The Garden’s Brooklyn counterpart, hosts some of the biggest names in Music this winter, including Pink, John Mayer, Beyoncé and Pitbull
- The Beacan Theater will have a wide variety of holiday shows and act like Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays,
- New York Guitar Festival is January 10-29 at Brookfield Place Winter Garden, SubCulture, Merkin Concert Hall
- NYC Winter Jazzfest is January 7 – 11
- GlobalFest is January 12 at Webster Hall
- Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 is December 13 at MSG
- The Holiday Season is bigger in NYC than in other places. We really get into it.
- The Tree Lighting remains lit every day from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., except Christmas and New Year’s Eve which have special hours. The Tree will remain lit until January 7, 2014
- Come see the world’s largest Hanukkah Menorah at Grand Army Plaza
- Time Square is the place to be on New Year’s Eve to watch their famous ball drop
- Celebrate the holidays at the world famous Apollo Theater for their Holidays at the Apollo shows running all through December
- Don’t Miss American Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker premiering on December 13
- Rockefeller Center has one of the world’s most famous ice rinks, right beneath the tree
- Kick off your New Years by participating in the New York Road Runners Midnight Run at 72nd Street Transverse near Cherry Hill
- Celebrate Valentine’s Day in New York with a nice romantic Carriage Ride in Central Park
- Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue
- Four star restaurants have long waiting lists. Make your reservations now.
- There are about 42 million fast food restaurants in NYC, but you shouldn’t go to any of them. At any given moment you will be within a 5 minute walk of low priced, better tasting burgers/chicken/tacos.
- Our dollar slices probably taste better than what you’re used to, but if you want really good pizza, the extra money is worth it.
- Don’t be afraid to try the pretzels at the hot dog stands
- Food trucks are awesome, try them!
- The subway costs just $2.50 per ride, and can get just about anywhere in the city.
- Save your metro card because it’s a $1 additional fee for a new one
- If you’re staying for a week, you should buy a 7-Day Unlimited Pass which is good for unlimited subway and local bus rides for $30.
- The subway runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week
- When waiting for the train, stand behind the yellow platform edge strip.
- Don’t try to hold the door on the subway. People will hate you.
- Don’t block the doorway on the subway. People will hate you.
- Let people off the train before getting on.
- If all of the subway cars are crowded except for one, which is empty, get on the crowded car.
- You read that right, don’t get on the empty car. There’s a reason it’s empty.
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Trains usually run local or express, so if you are unsure you may want to ask a person or choose a local train
- Make sure you know exactly where you’re going before you swipe your card, you can’t get a refund using the subway.
- It can become very crowded on the trains. You will be surprised of the capacity.
- Taxis tend to go out of service around the afternoon rush. Plan accordingly.
- When catching a taxi you should get one in the direction you are going, it will save time and money
- The Staten Island Ferry is free
- 5th Avenue has top of the line products, and prices to match
- SoHo has less expensive clothing stores and trendy boutiques
- Chinatown has incredibly cheap prices, and products to match
- Union Square is one of the most popular places to shop.
- Greenwich Village is filled with designer labels.
- Herald Square has almost every chain store
- Macy’s on 34th Street is the world’s largest department store and a registered NYC landmark.
- Central Park is the largest park in Manhattan, but the 5th largest in NYC.
- Brooklyn Bridge Park has an incredible view of the Manhattan Skyline.
- Riverbank State Park is a great park too including a gym, and kids facilities
- The High Line is an old elevated railway converted into a park
- Battery Park has a beautiful waterfront, and is where you pick up the ferry to the Statue of Liberty
- All of NYC’s parks are free to enter
- Bryant Park has a reading room, ping pong, games, carousel, free ice skating and chess.
- Central Park has a pair of ice rinks, one at 59th, the other at 106th.
- Here’s a list of parks with free Wi-Fi
- Washington Square Park has never a dull moment with constant entertainment to enjoy like break dancers and artists.
- Even numbered streets run east
- 5th Avenue is considered the center of the city. Any address like E. 42nd street is east of 5th, and address like W. 42nd street is west of 5th
- 6th Avenue also goes by Avenue of the Americas because of the statues on Central Park South where it meets 6th
- The numbers on the lights in Central Park refer to the closest cross street
- When hailing a taxi…
- Download a city/subway map to your phone. One less awkward thing to carry, and you don’t have the “tourist” look every time you need directions
- It’s safe to get lost on the street in Manhattan, it’s fun in any neighborhood and you get a chance to explore parts that a tour guide wouldn’t typically show you.
- If you happen to see a person having trouble standing because of age or an infant, the subway etiquette is to give up your seat.
- Be prepared to do the most walking you ever done in your life. Wear comfortable shoes.
Miscellaneous Tips and Facts worth knowing
- Don’t forget to take pictures of things. NYC is a beautiful city and worth sharing with your friends back home.
- When you take these pictures, if you abruptly stop walking in the middle of the sidewalk, people like you a little less. Don’t do that.
- Try not to text while walking.
- Think of walking like driving: If you’re going to walk slowly, stay to the right. If you want to walk fast you can “pass” on the left. The same rule applies for standing on escalators.
- Always carry some cash. You won’t need it everywhere, but you will need it more than where you’re from (probably)
- Tipping for quality service is a nice thing to do, and being nice is totally awesome
- Remember New York City can be very expensive, so spend wisely so you can be able to see a lot of what New York has to offer
- New York City is divided into five boroughs-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island
- Streets run east/west, avenues run north/south (in Manhattan)
- SoHo is south of Houston (pronounced HOUSE-ton) Street
- TriBeCa is the Triangle Below Canal Street
- If you ever need help with something, just ask someone. Contrary to popular belief, New Yorkers tend to be very nice
- Don’t worry about the cat in the bodega, it’s there for your benefit
- Be prepared to see anything on the streets on NYC.