NYC Christmas Movies Tour

NYC Christmas Movie Tour

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See the side of New York City that you have come to know and love through your favorite holiday movies!  On our brand new pay-what-you-like Holiday Movie Tour of NYC, you can visit some of the most iconic spots from favorite films such as Elf, Home Alone 2, Serendipity, Scrooged and Miracle on 34th Street.  See the spot where Buddy the Elf triumphed in a snowball fight and where Kevin McAllister met the Pigeon Lady!  In addition to film sites, you will get to experience some of the beautiful holiday decorations and displays as we walk through the city.  (Be sure to also check out our daily Holiday Lights and Window Display Tour). We will warm up with a hot chocolate during this tour and end with a subway ride to Macy’s to meet Santa Claus!  (Check the bus tour version).

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Things to do with Kids in New York City [2017]

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This post contains our kid-approved 3-day itinerary that will keep the whole family entertained. Because some of the most popular attractions among the young ones (and adults too) are a bit pricey, we include tips and advice on how to get discounts or even pay nothing at all!  Many of our pay-what-you-wish tours are suitable for children, especially our food tours – they gobble them right up! 

Traveling with kids can be made easier sometimes by getting a tourist pass.  Tourist passes help you save money by packaging attractions together for one flat price. Some of the attractions suggested in this itinerary are included in the tourist passes. We encourage you to read our post comparing the different New York City Attraction Passes.  Also, since you will likely be taking the subway, take a look at our post about which MetroCard to buy so you can plan which kind of card to buy and also learn more about the rules of sharing MetroCards. Did you know that children 44″ and under can ride the subway for free?!?

10 Top Things to Do with Kids

101+ Things to do in NYC

3-day Itinerary

25 Things to do with Kids in Midtown

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Freedom Tower Tickets

Freedom Tower Observatory Tickets and Tours

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This post is about the Freedom Tower observatory in NYC, how to get tickets, discounts, and tours.  A visit to the Freedom Tower, officially known as One World Observatory, is an unforgettable experience. This guide provides the information you need to plan your visit including how to get Freedom Tower tickets, visiting hours, and admission prices. 

Getting There
Tickets and Discounts
What You Will See
9/11 Memorial + Museum
Other Things to Do in NYC
Free Tours by Foot


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Things to do in Tribeca | Self-Guided Walking Tour

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Tribeca is a neighborhood often overlooked by visitors to New York City. Perhaps because it doesn’t offer the iconic images: you wont find the famous skyscrapers, there are no giant neon billboards and no hustle and bustle you find in other neighborhoods. That is the beauty of Tribeca — it gives you the chance to stroll casually along old cobblestone and Belgian-block streets. As you look up at splendid cast-iron buildings inscribed proudly with the year they were built, you can imagine the New York of a bygone era, an era when horses and buggies filled the streets, when slavery was still legal in the South, when commerce was what Tribeca was all about, and not condominiums, as it is today.

This tour will take you about an hour, not including any stops for a snack or checking out some of the shops in the area. You could easily spend a few hours in Tribeca, strolling, shopping and snacking. You may even want to consider Tribeca when choosing a hotel. There are some great hotels in this area and it is certainly calmer than staying in midtown and access to transportation is great. We’ve got some suggestions for you at the end of this post.

If you enjoy this tour, check out our self-guided New York Tours. Or why not join us for one of our many pay-what-you-like guided tours of New York City!

History of Tribeca

How to get to Tribeca

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Best Pub Crawls New York City

Best Pub Crawls and Bar Tours in New York City

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This post compares the various different pub crawl, bar tours and nightclub packages available in NYC. With over 2,000 bars, pubs and cocktail lounges in New York City, where to dive in?  One of the best ways to discover the best bars in NYC is to join a tour and have someone in the know take you to them. This post covers the different types of pub, bar and cocktail tours with prices, schedules and descriptions of what to expect from that tour.

There are tours galore — from nightclub-themed party bonanzas to those that specialize in the beer brews themselves. You’ve got tours of rooftop bars, secret bars and tours that focus on the extraordinary history of drinking in New York City. (FYI: The drinking age in New York City is 21, so bring I.D. such as a passport or drivers license with you). We do offer pub crawls periodically, be sure to check our tour calendar or take a look at our pay-what-you-wish Night Tours.

Here are our picks for the best pub crawls and bar tours in New York City.






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Greenwich Village Restaurants

Best Greenwich Village Restaurants

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There are over 25,000 food establishments in New York City, with hundreds of them located in the lively neighborhood of Greenwich Village. Here is a list of great restaurants to help you narrow down your choices.

It’s likely during your visit you will want to spend some time in this part of town. What’s great about the Village is that you can find cuisine for every type of eater – from fussy kids to carb-lovers, gluten-haters, haute cuisine to food trucks. But the choices can be overwhelming. To save you some time, we’ve compiled a list by category of restaurants to meet your needs and palates.


N.Y. Dosas  50 Washington Square South at Sullivan St.  Follow your nose and the trail smells of fragrant Indian spices at the south end of Washington Square Park and you will find this vegan food cart that has been serving inexpensive street food way before food trucks became the trend.  Try the vegan drumsticks, masala dosa with coconut chutney. $

Maoz 59 E. 8th St. at Mercer St.  One of a chain of middle eastern fast-food found all over the city. Free toppings from their mini-salad bar to top off your falafel sandwich, Fast, tasty  and cheap. A winning combo! $ 

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New York City Attraction Passes | Which One Is the Best to Buy

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This post reviews and explains the various options for NYC tourist discount passes that are available to you and to help you decide which (if any) are right for you.  in New York City.  There is no reason to pay full price admission at NYC’s most iconic attractions, which can really start to add up!  (en español) (auf Deutsch)





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Where to see the Fireworks on 4th of July in New York City 2017

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What do you call 50,000 fireworks going off for 25 minutes with the New York Skyline as a backdrop?  The annual Macy’s 4th of July fireworks!  For this year, Macy’s has promised “the largest display in more than a decade” which means that you can expect more than 60,000 shells!  This year the spectacular display will be launched from Midtown along the East River.

Typically, the start time is 9 pm, but the show usually starts at about 9:25 pm and lasts 25 minutes or so.  This year some changes have been made. The barges will be located farther up the East River which means that there are “official” viewing locations. 

Macys Fireworks Map

2017 Official viewing locations and entry points:  

  • 42nd Street & FDR Drive
  • 34th Street & FDR Drive
  • 23rd Street & FDR Drive
  • 18th Street & Avenue C
  • Houston Street & FDR Drive

Access to the FDR drive will open at approximately 7 pm, but head over early as there will be thousands of people and once public viewing areas are filled, the entry points will be closed. 

Things to know:

Make sure to go early to get a spot to call your own. Plan to arrive by 5 pm or even earlier. Be prepared to stand or sit on the ground, since you are not allowed to bring folding chairs or beach chairs.

You are also not allowed to bring backpacks or other large items, so keep it simple – some snacks, something to drink (non-alcoholic) – and you’ll have a blast!


The following areas are NOT suggested for viewing: Battery Park, Battery Park City, Roosevelt Island, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Things to do in July

Free Things To Do In New York City In July

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July is THE month to be in New York to take advantage of a multitude of free, fun, unique events, festivals and one of a kind experiences. July is the month that New Yorkers wait for all year long. It’s when the crème de la crème of free cultural events begins, most of which run through mid-August. But July is everything summer should be. Including – unfortunately – hot. Be prepared and read our post, New York City Weather in July.

You could do something different every day and night in NYC in July and barely spend a penny (well, hotel, transportation, food and drink not included but we’ve got you covered:

The #1 Free Thing to Do in July and Anytime (Staten Island Ferry)


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Cheap Hotels Downtown

25 Best Cheap Hotels in New York City

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This post is a list of 25 of the best cheap hotels in New York City.  Believe it or not, you can find some pretty nice and cheap hotels in New York City that offer the same amenities and style as more expensive hotels, but at half the price. Below are 25 of the best affordable hotels located in different neighborhoods of the city. They range from bare-bones accommodations with shared bathrooms to boutique hotels with views of the city.

Prices listed are the average range for a room for two to four people for mid-May 2016. Of course, when you travel, the number of people in your group, and what size room you choose will affect the price. But if you do a bit of work, you can get great deals whether you are a solo traveler, a couple, a group of friends or a family.

Greenwich Village

Soho and Tribeca


Downtown Brooklyn

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