In previous years when I had visited New York City, I had gone to the Top of the Rock, the observation deck at the top of Rockefeller Center. But now was a time to get a view from the other side of the city, with tickets to top of the iconic Empire State Building.
Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. In this edition, Patricia explores the Big Apple.
For those looking to go beyond Manhattan when visiting NYC, Astoria in Queens is a great option. Home to immersive museums, interesting art, great bars and restaurants and a rich Greek culture, there is much to explore in the happening neighborhood. To help you plan your itinerary, here is a visitor’s guide to Astoria, Queens.
For those who love making discoveries through music, globalFEST brings together about 12 different up-and-coming and established acts from all over the world. There is also an array of genres, from hip hop to folk to jazz to electronic dance music and beyond — even some genres you’ve likely never heard of before. By presenting these diverse acts, the globalFEST team aims to foster an understanding between cultures, helping to create friendships around the globe and an audience appreciation of new music. The festival has been taking place annually since 2003, and this year will occur on January 22, 2015, at Webster Hall.
Do your dreams of New York City include having a glass of champagne on a boat staring up at the Statue of Liberty? How about stunning panoramic views over the building lights from a “city that never sleeps”? Well, both are a part of the New York City Night-on-the-Town tour, which I experienced on a recent visit.
There are plenty of reasons to make a trip to New York City this winter: the free ice skating rinks, Bryant Park’s Winter Village, the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, the annual Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery, Fifth Avenue’s ornately-decorated holiday windows. Possibly the most important reason to visit, however, is to make sure you don’t miss out on some of Broadway’s best shows before they end.
Looking for things to do this week in New York? We’ve got you covered with concerts, art exhibitions, food events, and more. To help make your stay in the Big Apple more exciting, her are some not-to-miss events in New York from December 8-21, 2014.
Visiting New York City in December? One must-have experience is the Make Music Winter festival, an annual event taking place since 2011 showcasing free concerts for music-lovers. But these aren’t just any concerts. They’re interactive outdoor musical parades put on in some of NYC’s most beautiful outdoor locations. These parades each have their own unique theme, and typically go beyond your normal marching band to showcase great music paired with truly innovative effects that “turn audiences into music makers.”
New York City offers an array of opportunities to enjoy winter outdoors, from ice skating rinks to menorah and tree lightings to winter markets and beyond. That being said, sometimes you just want to escape the chill and sight-see without needing to wear mittens and a scarf. To help you plan a brisk-free itinerary, here is a guide on how to escape the cold in NYC.