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Don’t Miss the 4th of July Summer Sale at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

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Woodbury Common Premium Outlets / Photo: gonyc.about.com

What’s not to love about the 4th of July? It’s hotdogs. It’s fireworks. It’s freedom. It’s America. And like clockwork, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets are bringing back what has become one of our favorite 4th of July traditions: The July 4th Summer Sale!

This year, from Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6, Woodbury Commons will be open an extra hour early in the morning so you can get your shopping fix in right at the break of dawn. All four days of the Summer Sale stores will open for business at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

As always, Gray Line New York is here for you. We will be providing buses for transportation between Manhattan and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets all four days, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Book your tickets now and remember to get there early for all of the super savings you can find!

110 Things to Know if You’re Visiting NYC This Winter

800px-Central_Park_winter_NYC1It 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.

Sports

  1. Head over to MSG for the Big East Tournament from March 12 – 16
  2. Catch the A10 Tournament at the Barclays Center from March 12 – 16
  3. The Super Bowl will be held at MetLife Stadium on February 2
  4. 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
  5. Yankee Stadium will play home to a pair of outdoor hockey games with the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders

Arts

  1. The Intrepid is a museum on an aircraft carrier, which is awesome
  2. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre has some amazing shows with cheap prices, too.
  3. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is known for its unique building and is also a landmark of NYC
  4. If you love spoken word you will have a good time at any poetry cafes in Manhattan
  5. Harlem has some historic libraries, great dance schools, and art too.
  6. 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.
  7. Visit Radio City Music Hall this winter to see the famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  8. MoMa also has five new exhibitions planned for this winter such as Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New on December 21
  9. The Guggenheim has two new exhibitions launching this winter, including CARRIE MAE WEEMS: THREE DECADES OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO on January 24
  10. Brooklyn Museum will have one new exhibition for the winter called Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties on March 7
  11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has four new exhibitions launching this winter, including Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary Chinaon on December 11
  12. The Met is also now open seven days a week
  13. 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.
  14. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has a lineup of amazing concerts, plays, and films throughout the winter
  15. Visit Queens to see the Louis Armstrong House Museum which feature rare at home recordings of the jazz legend
  16. It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will be making its debut December 6th at the Clarence Brown Theater
  17. 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
  18. Check out the Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade festival celebration on February 2
  19. Westminster Kennel Club 138 Annual Dog Show premiers on February 10
  20. Head over to the Javits Convention Center to see the New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show on December 16
  21. Join in the celebration of winter sports in the Winter Jam NYC being held in the heart of central park on January 25
  22. The New York Jewish Film Festival is January 8 – 23
  23. The Armory Show and Armory Arts week will be held on March 5 – 10
  24. Head to the Joyce Theater shows like Focus Dance
  25. The Theater at St. Clement’s will be showing the classic A Christmas Carol on January 4

Music

  1. Greenwich Village is known for having great live music
  2. Madison Square Garden begins this winter with some big time headliners, including Billy Joel and Justin Timberlake
  3. Barclays Center, The Garden’s Brooklyn counterpart, hosts some of the biggest names in Music this winter, including Pink, John Mayer, Beyoncé and Pitbull
  4. The Beacan Theater will have a wide variety of holiday shows and act like Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays,
  5. New York Guitar Festival is January 10-29 at Brookfield Place Winter Garden, SubCulture, Merkin Concert Hall
  6. NYC Winter Jazzfest is January 7 – 11
  7. GlobalFest is January 12 at Webster Hall
  8. Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 is December 13 at MSG

The Holidays

  1. The Holiday Season is bigger in NYC than in other places. We really get into it.
  2. 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
  3. Come see the world’s largest Hanukkah Menorah at Grand Army Plaza
  4. Time Square is the place to be on New Year’s Eve to watch their famous ball drop
  5. Celebrate the holidays at the world famous Apollo Theater for their Holidays at the Apollo shows running all through December
  6. Don’t Miss American Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker premiering on December 13
  7. Rockefeller Center has one of the world’s most famous ice rinks, right beneath the tree
  8. Kick off your New Years by participating in the New York Road Runners Midnight Run at 72nd Street Transverse near Cherry Hill
  9. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in New York with a nice romantic Carriage Ride in Central Park
  10. Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue

Food

  1. Four star restaurants have long waiting lists. Make your reservations now.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Don’t be afraid to try the pretzels at the hot dog stands
  5. Food trucks are awesome, try them!

Transportation

  1. The subway costs just $2.50 per ride, and can get just about anywhere in the city.
  2. Save your metro card because it’s a $1 additional fee for a new one
  3. 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.
  4. The subway runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week
  5. When waiting for the train, stand behind the yellow platform edge strip.
  6. Don’t try to hold the door on the subway. People will hate you.
  7. Don’t block the doorway on the subway. People will hate you.
  8. Let people off the train before getting on.
  9. If all of the subway cars are crowded except for one, which is empty, get on the crowded car.
  10. You read that right, don’t get on the empty car. There’s a reason it’s empty.
  11. Be aware of your surroundings
  12. Trains usually run local or express, so if you are unsure you may want to ask a person or choose a local train
  13. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going before you swipe your card, you can’t get a refund using the subway.
  14. It can become very crowded on the trains. You will be surprised of the capacity.
  15. Taxis tend to go out of service around the afternoon rush. Plan accordingly.
  16. When catching a taxi you should get one in the direction you are going, it will save time and money
  17. The Staten Island Ferry is free

Shopping

  1. 5th Avenue has top of the line products, and prices to match
  2. SoHo has less expensive clothing stores and trendy boutiques
  3. Chinatown has incredibly cheap prices, and products to match
  4. Union Square is one of the most popular places to shop.
  5. Greenwich Village is filled with designer labels.
  6. Herald Square has almost every chain store
  7. Macy’s on 34th Street is the world’s largest department store and a registered NYC landmark.

Parks

  1. Central Park is the largest park in Manhattan, but the 5th largest in NYC.
  2. Brooklyn Bridge Park has an incredible view of the Manhattan Skyline.
  3. Riverbank State Park is a great park too including a gym, and kids facilities
  4. The High Line is an old elevated railway converted into a park
  5. Battery Park has a beautiful waterfront, and is where you pick up the ferry to the Statue of Liberty
  6. All of NYC’s parks are free to enter
  7. Bryant Park has a reading room, ping pong, games, carousel, free ice skating and chess.
  8. Central Park has a pair of ice rinks, one at 59th, the other at 106th.
  9. Here’s a list of parks with free Wi-Fi
  10. Washington Square Park has never a dull moment with constant entertainment to enjoy like break dancers and artists.

Pro-Tips

  1. Even numbered streets run east
  2. 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
  3. 6th Avenue also goes by Avenue of the Americas because of the statues on Central Park South where it meets 6th
  4. The numbers on the lights in Central Park refer to the closest cross street
  5. When hailing a taxi…
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Be prepared to do the most walking you ever done in your life. Wear comfortable shoes.

Miscellaneous Tips and Facts worth knowing

  1. Don’t forget to take pictures of things. NYC is a beautiful city and worth sharing with your friends back home.
  2. 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.
  3. Try not to text while walking.
  4. 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.
  5. Always carry some cash. You won’t need it everywhere, but you will need it more than where you’re from (probably)
  6. Tipping for quality service is a nice thing to do, and being nice is totally awesome
  7. 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
  8. New York City is divided into five boroughs-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island
  9. Streets run east/west, avenues run north/south (in Manhattan)
  10. SoHo is south of Houston (pronounced HOUSE-ton) Street
  11. TriBeCa is the Triangle Below Canal Street
  12. If you ever need help with something, just ask someone. Contrary to popular belief, New Yorkers tend to be very nice
  13. Don’t worry about the cat in the bodega, it’s there for your benefit
  14. Be prepared to see anything on the streets on NYC.

Eat and Play Wednesday: Macy’s

macy e&pWelcome to Eat & Play Wednesday, where each week Gray Line New York will be highlighting one of our friends who offer discounts with the Eat and Play Card. Today we are taking a look at Macy’s Herald Square who offers 10% off with the card.

History

The Macy’s flagship store is located in New York City’s Herald Square, right in Midtown Manhattan. Founded by Rowland Hussey Macy on October 28, 1858, the Macy’s empire has grown so much so that the store’s current location serves as the largest department store in the western hemisphere (In 2009, a larger store opened up in South Korea, otherwise Macy’s would still be the biggest in the world). Macy’s Herald Square has become a staple in New York City, especially during the holiday season, when they host the Big Apple’s grandest parade (Thanksgiving) and feature Santa Land, where children can go and meet the big man himself. They also feature one of the best holiday lights window displays in all of NYC. Last year, Macy’s began its first full renovation of the store, which was very expensive, but totally worth it.

Operating Info

Macy’s Herald Square is open 7 days a week, Mondays – Fridays from 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. With the Eat and Play card you receive 20% off the price of admission at the door.

5 Quick Facts

  • The star from the Macy’s logo came from the tattoo the founder Rowland Macy got as a teenager while working as a seaman.
  • Celebrity TV host Rachel Ray got her first job working as Macy’s candy counter.
  • Macy’s Herald Square was one of the first establishments to install an escalator way back in 1902
  • Macy’s Herald Square is a National Historic Landmark
  • The balloons use in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade take six hours to inflate. This is usually done the night before the parade. Some of the balloons are so big they require 50 people to hold them down.

You can purchase your Eat and Play Card online here, or in person at our visitors’ center at 777 8th Avenue.

108 Things to Know if You’re Visiting NYC This Fall

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We brought you a list of 107 things to know if you were visiting NYC this summer, and you loved it. So we put together an even bigger list for this fall. Some things still hold true, like our taxi hailing suggestions, but all in all it’s updated to reflect the next few months. Who’s excited to visit NYC!?

Food

  1. The Vendy Awards come to Brooklyn September 7
  2. The Prospect Park Food Truck Rally is on the first and third Sunday of every month until Oct. 20
  3. Smorgasburg is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon, runs through November 24
  4. Four star restaurants have long waiting lists. Make your reservations now.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Don’t be afraid to try the pretzels at the hot dog stands
  8. Food trucks are awesome, try them!

Music

  1. Bryant ParkCity Park’s SummerStage still has a few more shows before the season ends
  2. Electric Zoo comes to NYC August 30-September 1
  3. The CBGB Music Festival is October 9-13
  4. Greenwich Village is known for having great live music
  5. Madison Square Garden reopens this fall with some bigtime headliners, including Ed Sheeran and The Eagles
  6. The Barclays Center, The Garden’s Brooklyn counterpart, hosts some of the biggest names in Music this fall, including Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake
  7. The Barclays Center also hosts its first ever hockey game on September 21, when the Islanders and Devils square off

Arts

  1. 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.
  2. The Intrepid is a museum on an aircraft carrier, which is awesome
  3. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is free every Friday afternoon
  4. MoMa also has 11 new exhibitions planned for this fall, including Images of an Infinite Film
  5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is known for its unique building and is also a landmark of NYC
  6. The Guggenheim has three new exhibitions launching this fall, including Robert Motherwell: Early Collages
  7. Brooklyn Museum also has five new exhibitions planned for the fall
  8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has seven new exhibitions launching this fall, including Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim
  9. The Met is also now open seven days a week
  10. 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.
  11. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has a lineup of amazing concerts, plays, and films throughout the fall

The Holidays

  1. The Holiday Season begins sooner in NYC than in other places. We get really into it.
  2. Somewhere between October and November, it starts getting cold in NYC
  3. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on December 4
  4. The Tree Lighting begins at 8 p.m., but if you want to see it in person you should find a spot by 3 p.m. that day
  5. The tree will remain lit every day from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., except Christmas and New Year’s Eve which have special hours
  6. The Tree will remain lit until January 7, 2014
  7. The Holiday Lights Tour begins December 3
  8. The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall with the Rockettes begins showing on November 8
  9. The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park return in October

Thanksgiving

  1. Thanksgiving is on November 28 this year
  2. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 a.m.
  3. The Parade travels from the American Museum of Natural History down to Herald Square
  4. Watch the balloons for the Thanksgiving Day Parade get filled the evening before parade day at 3 p.m.
  5. Tickets for grandstand seating at the Parade are provided to Macy’s employees and charitable organizations only, not the general public
  6. You can volunteer as a balloon handler in the Parade
  7. Black Friday is one of the best days for shopping around NYC, but you also might want to visit Woodbury Commons for some incredible deals

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Shopping

  1. 5th Avenue has top of the line products, and prices to match
  2. SoHo has less expensive clothing stores and trendy boutiques
  3. Chinatown has incredibly cheap prices, and products to match
  4. Union Square is one of the most popular places to shop.
  5. Greenwich Village is filled with designer labels.
  6. Herald Square has almost every chain store there
  7. Macy’s on 34th Street is the world’s largest department store and a registered NYC landmark.

Parks

  1. Central Park is the largest park in Manhattan, but the 5th largest in NYC.
  2. Brooklyn Bridge Park has an incredible view of the Manhattan Skyline.
  3. Riverbank State Park is a great park too including a gym, pool, places to barbecue, and kids facilities
  4. The High Line is an old elevated railway converted into a park
  5. Battery Park has a beautiful waterfront, and is where you pick up the ferry to the Statue of Liberty
  6. All of NYC’s parks are free to enter
  7. Bryant Park has a reading room, ping pong, games, carrousel, free ice skating and chess.
  8. Here’s a list of parks with free WiFi
  9. Washington Square Park has never a dull moment with constant entertainment to enjoy like break dancers and artists.
  10. The parks are closed from 1 a.m. til 5 a.m., unless otherwise specified. Breaking this curfew will get you a $40 ticket

Transportation

  1. The subway costs just $2.50 per ride, and can get just about anywhere in the city.
  2. Save your metro card because it’s a $1 additional fee for a new one
  3. 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.
  4. The subway runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week
  5. When waiting for the train, stand behind the yellow platform edge strip.
  6. Don’t try to hold the door on the subway. People will hate you.
  7. Don’t block the doorway on the subway. People will hate you.
  8. Let people off the train before getting on.
  9. If all of the subway cars are crowded except for one, which is empty, get on the crowded car.
  10. You read that right, don’t get on the empty car. There’s a reason it’s empty.
  11. Be aware of your surroundings
  12. Trains usually run local or express, so if you are unsure you may want to ask a person or choose a local train
  13. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going before you swipe your card, you can’t get a refund using the subway.
  14. It can become very crowded on the trains. You will be surprised of the capacity.
  15. If you want a taxi cab, stick out your arm
  16. Taxis tend to go out of service around the afternoon rush. Plan accordingly.
  17. When catching a taxi you should get one in the direction you are going, it will save time and money
  18. The Staten Island Ferry is free

Attractions

  1. The Empire State Building has observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors providing one of the best views in Manhattan
  2. The Statue of Liberty is now open and you can walk from the ground floor all the way to Lady Liberty’s crown that provides you with an amazing view of the city
  3. Ellis Island has remained closed since Hurricane Sandy
  4. Apollo Theater in Harlem is one of Harlem’s landmarks and offers Amateur Night on Wednesdays
  5. Botanical Gardens provide family activities and hands on gardening, too
  6. Flatiron Building has a lobby where you can see historic photographs and notes hanging from the wall
  7. Yankee Stadium has a museum in the stadium as well as Monument Park, providing fascinating history of the team

Pro-Tips

  1. avenue of the americasEven numbered streets run east
  2. 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
  3. 6th Avenue also goes by Avenue of the Americas because of the statues on Central Park South where it meets 6th
  4. The numbers on the lights in Central Park refer to the closest cross street
  5. When hailing a taxi
  6. If it’s sunny and raining, that’s probably air conditioner sweat, and you should move
  7. 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
  8. It’s safe to get lost on the street on New York, it’s fun in any neighborhood and you get a chance to explore parts that a tour guide wouldn’t typically show you.
  9. 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.
  10. Be prepared to do the most walking you ever done in your life. Wear comfortable shoes.

Miscellaneous Tips and Facts worth knowing

  1. Don’t forget to take pictures of things. NYC is a beautiful city and worth sharing with your friends back home.
  2. 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.
  3. Try not to text while walking.
  4. 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.
  5. Always carry some cash. You won’t need it everywhere, but you will need it more than where you’re from (probably)
  6. Tipping for quality service is a nice thing to do, and being nice is totally awesome
  7. 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
  8. New York City is divided into five boroughs-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island
  9. Streets run east/west, avenues run north/south (in Manhattan)
  10. SoHo is south of Houston (pronounced HOUSE-ton) Street
  11. TriBeCa is the Triangle Below Canal Street
  12. If you ever need help with something, just ask someone. Contrary to popular belief, New Yorkers tend to be very nice
  13. Don’t worry about the cat in the bodega, it’s there for your benefit
  14. Be prepared to see anything on the streets on NYC.

107 Things To Know If You’re Visiting NYC This Summer

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Transportation

  1. The subway costs just $2.50 per ride, and can get just about anywhere in the city.
  2. Save your metro card because it’s a $1 additional fee for a new one
  3. 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.
  4. The subway runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week
  5. When waiting for the train, stand behind the yellow platform edge strip.
  6. Don’t try to hold the door on the subway. People will hate you.
  7. Don’t block the doorway on the subway. People will hate you.
  8. Let people off the train before getting on.
  9. If all of the subway cars are crowded except for one, which is empty, get on the crowded car.
  10. You read that right, don’t get on the empty car. There’s a reason it’s empty.
  11. Be aware of your surroundings
  12. Trains usually run local or express, so if you are unsure you may want to ask a person or choose a local train
  13. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going before you swipe your card, you can’t get a refund using the subway.
  14. It can become very crowded on the trains. You will be surprised of the capacity.
  15. If you want a taxi cab, stick out your arm
  16. Taxis tend to go out of service around the afternoon rush. Plan accordingly.
  17. When catching a taxi you should get one in the direction you are going, it will save time and money
  18. The Staten Island Ferry is free

Food

  1. The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is on July 4 on Coney Island
  2. Smorgasburg is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon
  3. Four star restaurants have long waiting lists. Make your reservations now.
  4. 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.
  5. Our dollar slices probably taste better than what you’re used to, but if you really want good pizza, the extra money is worth it.
  6. Don’t be afraid to try the pretzels at the hot dog stands
  7. Food trucks are awesome
  8. Parked! Food Truck Festival will make your taste buds dance which is usually every August
  9. Vendy Awards will be back in September
  10. Restaurant Week serves great prix fixe meals and usually lasts for several weeks in August

Music

  1. musicianCity Park’s SummerStage is totally free
  2. The New York Philharmonic will drop by parks in all five boroughs for free shows in July
  3. So will the Metropolitan Opera
  4. Good Morning America and the Today Show host free concerts every Friday morning
  5. Governors Ball Music Festival is June 7-9
  6. The Northside Festival is June 13-20
  7. Electric Zoo come to NYC August 30-September 1
  8. The CBGB Music Festival is October 9-13
  9. Blue Note Jazz Festival is from June 1-30
  10. Sunset on the Hudson is June 7th-August 23rd on Friday evenings
  11. Greenwich Village is known for having great live music

Arts

  1. The Comedy of Errors is free in the first session of Shakespeare in the Park
  2. Love’s Labour’s Lost, A New Musical is free in the second session
  3. The Intrepid is a museum on an aircraft carrier, which is awesome
  4. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has priceless pieces of art
  5. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre has some amazing shows with cheap prices, too.
  6. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is known for its unique building and is also a landmark of NYC
  7. Brooklyn Museum has some eye-catching art too
  8. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has a lineup of amazing concerts, plays, and films throughout the week
  9. If you love spoken word you will have a good time at any poetry cafes in Manhattan
  10. Harlem has some historic libraries, great dance schools, and art too.

Shopping

  1. 5th Avenue has top of the line products, and prices to match
  2. SoHo has less expensive clothing stores and trendy boutiques
  3. Chinatown has incredibly cheap prices, and products to match
  4. South Street Seaport is a great place to shop and eat on the harbor
  5. Union Square is one of the most popular places to shop.
  6. Greenwich Village is filled with designer labels.
  7. Herald Square has almost every chain store there
  8. Macy’s on 34th Street is the world’s largest department store and a registered NYC landmark.

Parks

  1. Central Park is the largest park in Manhattan, but the 5th largest in NYC.
  2. Brooklyn Bridge Park has an incredible view of the Manhattan Skyline.
  3. Riverbank State Park is a great park too including a gym, pool, places to barbecue, and kids facilities
  4. The High Line is an old elevated railway converted into a park
  5. Battery Park has a beautiful water front and some summer concerts
  6. All of NYC’s parks are free to enter
  7. Bryant Park has a reading room, ping pong, games, carrousel, free ice skating and chess.
  8. Here’s a list of parks with free WiFi
  9. Washington Square Park is never a dull moment there always entertainment to watch like break dancing and artists.
  10. The parks are closed from 1 a.m. til 5 a.m. Breaking this curfew will get you a $40 ticket

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Attractions

  1. The Empire State Building has observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors providing one of the best views in Manhattan
  2. At the Statue of Liberty you can be able to walk from the ground floor all the way to Lady Liberty’s crown that provides you with an amazing view of the city
  3. Apollo Theater in Harlem is one of Harlem’s landmarks and offers Amateur Night on Wednesdays
  4. Botanical Gardens provides family activities and hands on gardening too
  5. Flatiron Building has a lobby where you can see historic photographs and notes hanging from the wall
  6. Yankee Stadium has a museum in the stadium about the fascinating history
  7. 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center is a great place to view if you love spray-paint art
  8. Times Square is the heart of Manhattan favorite tourists’ places!

Other Free Things

  1. 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.
  2. Oh, and you should check out The Cloisters as well
  3. Superfree Wednesday is a free comedy show at Peoples Improv Theater
  4. Sony Wonder Technology Lab is free for the kids with fun workshops on video games, movies, and music

Other Important Dates

  1. The Statue of Liberty will reopen on July 4
  2. Manhattanhenge falls on May 28/29 and July 12/13
  3. Saturdays in August, 5th Avenue shuts down for Summer Streets

Pro-Tips

  1. Even numbered streets run east
  2. 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
  3. The numbers on the lights in Central Park refer to the closest cross street
  4. When hailing a taxi
  5. If it’s sunny and raining, that’s probably air conditioner sweat, and you should move
  6. 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
  7. It’s safe to get lost on the street on New York, it’s fun in any neighborhood and you get a chance to explore parts that a tour guide wouldn’t typically show you.
  8. 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.
  9. Be prepared to do the most walking you ever done in your life. Wear comfortable shoes.

Miscellaneous Tips and Facts worth knowing

  1. manhattanhengeThe 4th of July Fireworks will be on the Hudson River, not the East River
  2. Don’t forget to take pictures of things. NYC is a beautiful city and worth sharing with your friends back home.
  3. 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.
  4. Try not to text while walking.
  5. 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.
  6. Always carry some cash. You won’t need it everywhere, but you will need it more than where you’re from (probably)
  7. Tipping for quality service is a nice thing to do, and being nice is totally awesome
  8. 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
  9. New York City is divided into five boroughs-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island
  10. Streets run east/west, avenues run north/south (in Manhattan)
  11. SoHo is south of Houston (pronounced HOUSE-ton) Street
  12. TriBeCa is the Triangle Below Canal Street
  13. If you ever need help with something, just ask someone. Contrary to popular belief, New Yorkers tend to be very nice
  14. Don’t worry about the cat in the bodega, it’s there for your benefit
  15. Wherever you’re from remember that the food costs doubled compare to the price at home
  16. Be prepared to see anything on the streets on NYC.

Photo Credit:
Top of the Rock: GLNY / Kevin Lawless
Musician: Flickr /marniejoyce
5Pointz: Flickr / Nelson Minar
Manhattanhenge: Flickr / MichaelTapp

Free Shuttle to Westfield Garden State Plaza on Black Friday

…And the next few weeks, for that matter.

Black Friday is a week away and the Westfield Garden State Plaza might just be the place to go.  The mall will be open at 7 a.m. next Friday and feature some of the best deals around.  What’s more, there will be giveaways to enter throughout the day for chances to win Broadway tickets, Samsung Galaxy products, AMC Movie tickets, and more!

The best part is, if you’re staying in New York City for the holiday, you can get to Westfield for free!  Come to the Gray Line New York visitor’s center at 777 8th Avenue and we’ll give you a free ticket for the shuttle that runs from Times Square to the Westfield Garden State Plaza.  No purchase necessary.  You can also get a ticket in the CitySights NY visitor’s Center in the lobby of Madame Tussauds, Times Square.

The shuttle runs to and from the mall three times a day.  It departs Times Square at 9:30, 11:00 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. and it departs the mall at 1:00, 4:00, and 6:00 p.m.

This Black Friday, don’t worry yourself with the insane traffic.  Let us drive you around town!  It will be a circus inside the stores, anyway. (Seriously, Cirque du Soliel will be performing throughout the day in the common areas of the Westfield Garden State Plaza)

The shuttle will run daily (except Sundays) until Christmas Eve.

Black Friday at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Midnight Madness at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is just around the corner!  If you didn’t already know, the Friday after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday because of all of the incredible deals promoted by stores.  50% off big screen TVs, $1,000 off a new camera; who knows what is going to be the big thing this year.  The catch is, there is usually a limited supply so you have to get there early.

How early do you need to get to the outlets on Black Friday?  Well, the first stores are opening at 9 p.m. Thursday night and will stay open for the next 25 hours, so you should probably scarf down Thanksgiving dinner and head right over to Port Authority!

How do you get to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets?  Gray Line New York provides shuttle transportation to and from Woodbury Common Premium Outlets from Port Authority.  For Black Friday, Gray Line New York – Woodbury Common Premium Outlets shuttle buses will begin running from 7:45 Thursday evening.   More information.

What stores are located at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets?  There are over 220 different designer and brand name outlets to choose from when you go shopping on Black Friday.  These outlets include Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, and many more.

For Black Friday transportation from New York City to Woodbury Commons, visit Gray Line New York.

For more information on Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, visit their official website.