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Getting Around: New York City Taxi Tips

(July 15, 2019) - Everything you need to know about hailing a New York City taxi and tips to maximize your experience. (read the story...)

NYC Destinations Offering Student Discounts

(March 01, 2019) - College comes with a lot of challenges (term papers, being broke), but there are plenty of perks too (boundless opportunities, free time on weekdays). Take advantage of your four years by checking out New York’s many student discounts, whether you’re a local student or here on a visit. (read the story...)

7 Tips for Not Getting Ripped Off in NYC

(December 05, 2018) - Tourists come bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to New York, eager to see the sights and engage with the city. People who’ve been around the block once or twice know what first-time visitors often don’t: there are a lot of people trying to take your money in this city. These seven tips should help you get wise to the common ripoffs around town and how to avoid them. (read the story...)

Visiting NYC with Special Needs

(November 26, 2018) - Visitors with special needs will find NYC surprisingly welcome. Here is a primer on how to make getting around even easier and more comfortable. (read the story...)

What to Do to Prepare for a Flight to NYC

(October 26, 2018) - New York City is certainly one of the greatest cities in the world, but it is hardly one of the cheapest to both get to or stay in. For the budget traveler, every second counts, which means that many of you won’t want to waste time refreshing yourself or settling in after your flight in. To help you both survive a flight—especially if it is a long haul one—and to get out and about into NYC as fast as possible, all you need to do is follow these steps and prepare. (read the story...)

Fall Packing Essentials for NYC

(September 28, 2018) - Fall is here, and you might be planning a trip to New York for a concert, a play, a game, or just a much-needed getaway. The weather might throw you for a loop in autumn, but there’s no need to stress over the packing process. (read the story...)

How to Walk Like a New Yorker: City Sidewalk Etiquette

(August 08, 2018) - To get where you're going in New York City (and maybe to pass for a local, if you'd like), it's good to know the rules of the road. New York sidewalk etiquette is easy to master if you take a minute to study up on how to walk like a New Yorker. (read the story...)

Where to Store Your Luggage in Midtown

(July 26, 2018) - Travel times don’t always match up with your check-in or check-out times. So what’s the simple solution to dragging around heavy suitcases and duffel bags when you’re in between reservations? New York City luggage storage! NYC is full of sights to see, events to attend, and activities to take part in, and luggage storage will give you the chance to hold onto just your essentials while you take advantage of every minute you’ve got in the city. These five luggage storage companies are located in Midtown for your convenience. (read the story...)

The Best Sightseeing Passes for NYC

(July 10, 2018) - There’s so much to do and see in New York City that you’d be hard-pressed to do and see it all. Package pass deals are one of the best ways to see as much as possible in the city with whatever time you have. Go way beyond the New York Pass with these five alternatives that will help you experience the sights and sounds of NYC at a discount. (read the story...)

Taxi Lost 'n' Found: How to Get Back Something Left in an NYC Cab

(June 15, 2018) - You’ve hopped out of a taxi, when you realize you left your phone in the cab. Follow these steps to get your phone or other lost items back. (read the story...)

14 Mind-Blowing NYC Secrets We Learned From The Bowery Boys' New Book

(December 06, 2017) - City Guide has been experts in New York for a long time, so it takes some effort to reveal city secrets to us. The Bowery Boys, a beloved podcast dedicated to NYC history, has done that and more with their new book Adventures in Old New York, “an unconventional exploration of Manhattan’s historic neighborhoods, secret spots and colorful characters.” Read on for the 14 mind-blowing New York surprises we learned from reading Adventures in Old New York. (read the story...)

The Latest Changes to NYC's Subway

(March 24, 2017) - With a new year comes plenty of new changes, and that includes with NYC’s famed (and occasionally infamous) subway system. A new Second Avenue subway? Yes, please! Read on to learn about all the new lines, new stops, and new fares for 2017 that await New York City’s public transit’s future. (read the story...)

Proud Pets: Traveling with Animals in New York City

(March 10, 2017) - New York welcomes animals of all kinds, from poodles to parakeets. Whether you live in town or are coming to visit, all pet owners need a primer on traveling around the city with dogs or cats. (read the story...)

The 6 Mistakes Most NYC Tourists Make

(January 06, 2017) - New York City is guaranteed to provide you with a good time no matter what season of the year you’re visiting, and if you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple, you’ll want to be sure to get as many tips from locals as you can. While there are plenty of things you can and should do while in the city, there are also a handful of things that you shouldn’t. Listed below are the six biggest mistakes that most NYC tourists make. Read them over, and then avoid them at all costs! (read the story...)

Doctors 24 HS Brings Medical Attention Right to Your Hotel Door

(November 21, 2016) - Visiting New York City can quickly go from an exciting to a frightening experience if one becomes ill on vacation. Language barriers, food poisoning, lost luggage, exacerbated medical conditions, excessive drinking, coupled with not knowing where the nearest hospital is, or if a visit to the ER is even warranted, can all contribute to a possibly panicky situation. Thankfully, concierges at the 400+ hotels around the city know who to contact in the initial stages of possible medical emergency—Doctors 24HS, which swiftly provides round-the-clock medical care, right in your hotel room. (read the story...)

City Guide: NYC's #1 Tourist Guide Free at 300+ Hotels

(November 09, 2016) - For 34 years, City Guide, New York's most popular tourist guide, has been bringing NYC visitors the most up-to-date information on theater, culture, dining, sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife, as well as providing readers with the best in NYC coupons and discounts. (read the story...)

How Much to Tip in NYC

(October 28, 2016) - Every city has its own tipping culture, and NYC is no exception. If you’re visiting Manhattan, you’re likely going to be spending a lot of time at hotels, in taxi cabs, and at restaurants, so it’s important to learn the proper tipping etiquette before you arrive. Rounded up below are seven of the most common tipping situations that might arise during your trip to NYC, so make sure you give them a read-through before you arrive in the city. (read the story...)

9 Tips for Money Changing in NYC

(October 18, 2016) - We know exchanging your currency for dollars is a high priority if you’re coming from a foreign country. While the process of money changing is fairly straightforward, certain places charge exorbitant fees for travelers who don’t know better. Follow these nine tips to save your dollars—or yen, or Euro, or Renminbi—when you visit New York City. (read the story...)

NYC Senior Travel Tips

(October 14, 2016) - Whether you’re a senior citizen traveling to New York City on your own, or whether you live in the Big Apple yourself and are trying to plan a trip for your parents or senior friends, these seven NYC senior travel tips will come in handy. If you want to get the most out of your vacation, you have to think ahead, and while New York is packed with activities for people of all ages, it’s important to make sure you’re catering to the needs of your specific age group. These tips are quick yet useful, and they’ll helpfully guide you in planning the perfect trip for any senior citizen! (read the story...)

Where to Celebrate a Senior Birthday in NYC

(September 13, 2016) - New York City isn’t just a place for the young. The city's sophistication and diversity allows anyone to feel at home. When it comes time to plan a senior friend or grandparent’s birthday party, you’ll probably want to avoid the nightclubs and walking tours. So where should you celebrate? These seven spots are our top recommendations for senior excitement, because great food, great views, and great performances can be enjoyed at any age! (read the story...)

The Secret Treasures of Central Park

(August 12, 2016) - Central Park is the most popular attraction in all of New York City, drawing more than 42 million visitors every year. To help you make the most of your foray, we’ve compiled a list of secret Central Park treasures organized by areas of interest. (read the story...)

Top 10 NYC Insider Transportation Tips

(July 19, 2016) - New York is a city made for exploring. There are endless options for visitors to travel within the city: the subway, bus, taxi, and on foot. Take a look through our top ten tips before you hit the streets. New York doesn’t have to be intimidating. Once you get the hang of things, you may never want to leave! (read the story...)

Owning New York: How to Not Look Like a Tourist When Visiting NYC

(July 19, 2016) - New York can be an intimidating place, especially for visitors who want to fit in. While it might take actually living here to be able to call yourself a “New Yorker,” we do have some tips that will help you blend in with the scene without much effort. Read on for our suggestions on how to own New York and pass for a local. (read the story...)

A Golden Moment for Tourism in Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Experience

(May 24, 2016) - Over 15 million people came to Brooklyn as tourists last year, confirming the borough’s status as one of the top attractions in NYC. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises has just launched the first dedicated ride to New York’s other city. Longtime Brooklyn resident Ellen Freudenheim, author of the brand-new book The Brooklyn Experience: The Ultimate Guide to Neighborhoods & Noshes, Culture & the Cutting Edge, knows this degree of attention wasn’t always an inevitability... (read the story...)

Broadway Tips: How to Do Theater in NYC

(April 05, 2016) - Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage,” but New York is the world’s stage. Home to 40 Broadway theatres and hundreds of Off- and Off-Off Broadway houses, the city boasts more musicals, dramas, comedies, and theatrical events in a single day than anywhere else on the planet. (read the story...)


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