Every December 31, one of the biggest parties of the year happens at Times Square in New York City. People all over the world fly in to attend the live event, and millions more tune in to watch on TV and count down as the famous ball drops. It's easily one of the top things to do during the New Year.
The best way to save money in Midtown is to spend more time downtown — advice many a New Yorker has foisted upon visiting friends. But I spend enough time in other people’s cities to know that certain zones get tagged as tourist traps for a reason: they have attractions worth seeing. Such is the case in the heart of Manhattan. read more »
Few people actually appreciate fruitcake. Yet each Christmas, thousands of them crisscross the country, allegedly sent as “gifts.” Encased in a festive tin, many end up stuffed into the closet along with the holiday decorations, saved for regifting next year. There’s no need to let this dubious tradition infiltrate your holiday gift list. The advent of modern shipping methods — overnight delivery, cooled packaging — means you can send gourmet foods your recipients will want to devour the moment your present arrives. read more »
A must-see for discovering New York City’s hidden treasures and planning a stay is the sleek, high-tech New York City Information Center, conveniently located Midtown in the Theater District. read more »
One of the most wonderful places in the world to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year is New York City. From sea to sky, New York City has it all when it comes to celebrating the spirit of the season in style—including oceans of people out on the town to take in the holidays. Yes, Virginia, Christmas-time crowds in the Big Apple are as much a part of the season as the food carts roasting chestnuts in Times Square. It's all just part of the holiday spirit in NYC, so don't let the crowds get you down. And keep in mind that there is one way you may be able to skip some of those long lines at your favorite NYC attractions: CityPASS! read more »
Nothing yields a fresh perspective quite as much as an observation deck. Whether you’re the cautious person who stands back from the rail and looks far, far out or the daredevil who leans as close to the edge as possible, you can’t help but be impressed by the view from umpteen floors up. read more »
Whether you’re a loyal iPhone user or you love your Android device, smartphone apps have changed the way we travel. You no longer need to carry around a map, guidebook, bus schedule, and directions to the restaurant you want to try for lunch. You can find all of that, and more, on your phone.
Got a kid in college? No doubt you’ve already received your invitation to the gala event of the season: Parents’ Visiting Weekend. When your student goes to school in a major urban area, this trip is extra-thrilling. Not only do you get to reunite with your child (while reminiscing endlessly and annoyingly about your own days on campus), you get to do it in a big city! How fun is that? read more »
The events of 9/11 created a huge hole in America’s heart. Many of the images from that awful day will never leave us, from the impact of the planes, to the burning Pentagon, to the heroics of the first responders rushing into the doomed towers. Ten years later, on Sept. 11, New York City’s 9/11 Memorial will open at the site of the World Trade Center Towers — giving the world a place to gather, mourn, learn, reflect and remember. read more »