5 Days In New York City - Andrea Serrano

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As a former New Yorker, this city will always represent the most profound part of my life. It was a time where my focus was my career in the fashion industry and knowing where the hottest party was every night of the week. The one thing I didn’t take advantage of was the diverse tourist attractions. As a local, going to all of the sites isn’t usually a top priority unless you have family or friends in town. 13 years and 2 kids later, coming back to New York for 5 days as a tourist was actually the most important thing on my list. These sites are a reminder of how New York is the epicenter of culture and continues to influence the world. The New York Pass is your ticket to all of the sites in the city and beyond. If you are planning to visit New York City and want to pack in more than a few attractions then The New York Pass is the way to go. There are several packages you can buy - 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days and 10 days. Purchasing this pass guarantees lower rates for each site and faster entry at given locations. The other great addition is the guidebook that is divided up by area. The book provides a description of each site, and the nearest buses and trains to take. Starting at $119 for a one day pass to $399 for a 10 day pass the value is undeniable. [caption id="attachment_1370" align="aligncenter" width="2000"]

Day 1:

You can’t go to New York without going to Central Park. This big slice of greenery in the middle of a concrete jungle is your only escape into nature in the city. The Alice in Wonderland sculpture is the perfect place to capture a moment with your family. [caption id="attachment_1375" align="aligncenter" width="640"]

Central Park - Andrea Serrano[/caption]

Day 2:

This day was jam packed with adventure! We started out at The American Museum of Natural History and if you have kids, this is a must. We took in the underwater re-creations of oceans all over the world, the evolution of man, and ancient dinosaur bones. This massive museum could also take days to walk through, but with more stops along the way we had to keep it moving. The next stop was the Top of the Rock to view the city. The breathtaking views from the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center are breathtaking and the waiting time to see it wasn’t that bad. We ended the day at The Statue of Liberty. If there are only a few places you have time to see in New York, this should be on the top of your list. This was the 1st passageway for so many immigrants who made America what it is today. Taking the ferry over to the island, you wonder what these people were feeling as they set their sites on their new home. You must do the audio tour which is included in the package. The history and the stories are palpable as you listen to recordings of real immigrants on their journey to the land of the free. [caption id="attachment_1377" align="aligncenter" width="800"]

Statue of Liberty - Andrea Serrano[/caption]

Day 3:

With so much to see in the city it could be overwhelming. We opted for a break in the hustle and bustle to check out Coney Island. I’ve been there more than a few times, but in the past few years they have made some great updates including new rides and the vibrant Coney Art Walls. With the New York Pass you can get 4 hours of rides at Luna Park plus access to Deno's Wonder Wheel which is great because you can really cover a lot of ground in those few hours. Other new additions were some great new gift shops with quality Coney Island merchandise and restaurants with some healthy food options that were non-existent just a few years ago. [caption id="attachment_1378" align="aligncenter" width="850"]

Deno's Wonder Wheel - Andrea Serrano[/caption]

Day 4:

Our weekend continued in Brooklyn as we visited the New York Transit Museum. Located in a defunct subway station in downtown Brooklyn, this is one of the sleeper hits when it comes to taking in history of New York. Housing historical artifacts of the New York City Subway, bus, commuter rail, and bridge and tunnel systems it’s impressive for both children and adults. I love going into all of the old subway cars and seeing all of the beautiful details like padded wicker seats and old advertisements on display. [caption id="attachment_1385" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]

New York Transit Museum - Andrea Serrano[/caption]

Day 5:

We ended our trip with the 9/11 Memorial Museum. I remember living in New York when this happened and how it forever changed so many people’s lives. I’m so glad I did, especially to pay respect to everyone who lost their lives and the first responders who risked everything. The museum did a a great job of documenting that day and displaying all of the artifacts. It was incredible to see people from all of the world there and realize how many people this event affected. Sharing all of these sites with my family over the 5 days of our trip was such a bonding experience and I can’t wait to come back and explore more. There are so many attractions to see and many that I wouldn't mind visiting over and over again. The New York Pass made my vacation easy and hassle-free. I would totally recommend it to anyone who is looking to conquer as many attractions as they can in New York.

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Things to Do in Midtown Manhattan & Midtown NYC

Looking for things to do in Midtown Manhattan? As home to world-famous Times Square, Fifth Avenue, and many of the city's most popular skyscrapers and landmarks, there are a lot of fun and entertaining things to do in Midtown Manhattan and it’s one of the most frequented spots in the city for visitors. Midtown Manhattan is considered the area between 60th Street and 14th Street. Stretching nearly 50 blocks within the middle of the Manhattan borough, its packed with popular attractions, historic landmarks, some of the world’s best restaurants, shopping, and more. Guided Tours in Midtown Manhattan Often a quick and easy way to view as much as possible, Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tours and The Ride are popular ways to get a guided over tour of the city and you can start both right in Midtown. Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sightseeing Tours plays chauffeur to large groups, taking them around the city to all of the most notable landmarks like Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, and many more. Not only can you take a comfy journey through midtown on the double-decker Big Bus, you also have the option of touring Manhattan’s Uptown and Downtown routes, in addition to the Midtown route, with your same ticket. The Ride features a unique way to experience the city with tons of entertainment along the way. The interior design of the bus allows groups to sit sideways and take in the view of Midtown’s beautiful skyscrapers as well as the action-packed streets of Manhattan, where you’ll get to see 5-7 performances by street talent throughout the city. While in New York, it would be a shame not to spend some time touring and admiring the amazing architecture that exists in the city. The Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour will take you to the famous NYC buildings like the Chrysler Building, Ford Foundation Building, and even Grand Central Station, where you can take the self-guided Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour and gain insight to GCT’s history and interesting facts about the design of the building. Another great Midtown tour is the Madison Square Garden – All Access Tour which allows you to visit the world’s most famous entertainment arena. While touring, you can step foot inside of the locker rooms of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. Further uptown, you can take the Rockefeller Center Tour and learn about the Rockefeller family and history of the plaza. After the tour, use your pass for the building’s observation deck experience, Top of the Rock, where you’ll get a stunning, 360-degree panoramic view of the entire city. Museums in Midtown Manhattan No trip to New York City is complete without experience the museum-going culture that NYC is known for. Manhattan is home to some of the world’s most famous art museums, many of which can be found right in Midtown. Tourists and native New Yorkers alike love to view the creative exhibits on display at museums like the MoMA and the Whitney Museum of Art just as much as they enjoy seeing the lively figures of famous celebrities shown at Madame Tussauds. If you’re more a fan of the sciences, another great museum experience in Midtown is the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum which is held on a real ship docked on the Hudson River with installations and exhibits you can explore in the ship’s interior.
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Visiting New York for Easter

Visiting New York this Easter? Planning your itinerary couldn't be easier with New York Pass, your key to effortless planning, saving, and sightseeing. If you're looking for some inspiration for your upcoming trip, then check out this perfect three-day itinerary which offers the perfect introduction to the city that never sleeps. Day 1 Empire State Building An American icon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, and one of the most visited landmarks in the world, the Empire State Building is synonymous with New York City. No trip to New York would be complete without seeing the city's skyline from its 86th-floor observation deck. The Empire State Building is a landmark in New York City. It represents American progress and innovation for over 90 years. It is an example of Art Deco architecture, standing at 1,454 feet tall with 102 floors. It was once the tallest building in the world. The construction of the building took only 14 months. It remains a popular tourist attraction today. Visitors from all over the world come to marvel at its beauty and history. The Empire State Building- More than Just a Landmark The Empire State Building is more than just a physical landmark. It is a symbol of the American dream, featured in many movies, TV shows, and books. It has also played a part in significant historical events, including 9/11. Despite being hit by a plane, the building stood strong, a testament to the resilience of the American people. The Empire State Building is a significant part of New York City's skyline and a source of pride for its residents. Its lights change color for important occasions, such as pink for breast cancer awareness and green for St. Patrick's Day. It is a marvel of engineering and design, showcasing human ingenuity and perseverance. Top of the Rock Top of the Rock offers picturesque views throughout the whole day. Visit early in the day and experience New York’s iconic architecture. Enjoy a magical afternoon 850 ft above the ground as you watch the sun sets over Manhattan. At night, be mesmerized by the lights of the ‘the city that never sleeps.’ The Rockefeller Center's Top of the Rock is a popular attraction in New York City. It provides breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline. Visitors can enjoy 360-degree views from three observation decks. The top deck is perched on the 70th floor and offers clear views of Central Park, the Empire State Building, and the Hudson River. The Rockefeller Observation Deck The outdoor observation deck on the 67th floor of Top of the Rock is a unique feature that offers visitors a chance to enjoy the view while feeling the breeze. The deck is equipped with glass panels for clear viewing of the city from all angles. Top of the Rock provides various activities and experiences besides observation decks. Visitors can access multimedia exhibits that provide insights into the history of the Rockefeller Center and its role in New York City. Additionally, interactive displays are available for visitors to explore the city's landmarks and neighborhoods. Top of the Rock is a popular destination in New York City, offering impressive views from the top of the Rockefeller Center. It is a must see if you plan on visiting the city this Easter. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) With its long legacy of supporting the arts, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is considered a sanctum for New York art lovers and artists alike. Over 90 years, its collection of contemporary art has grown to be one of the best and largest in the world. Rotating permanent exhibitions, visiting collections and iconic masterpieces have attracted around 2.8 million global visitors a year. Visit the attraction's official website for its timetable and discover special exhibits during March and April. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a renowned cultural institution located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It features an exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art, and has been visited by countless scholars and tourists from across the globe since it first opened its doors in 1929. What to Expect to See At the MoMA The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has a collection of over 200,000 works of art, covering disciplines like painting, sculpture, photography, video, and design. Notable artists like Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol are represented, with Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans" being an iconic piece from the pop art era. Visitors of any age can explore and learn from the extensive collection. The MoMA offers various events and activities throughout the year, in addition to its art collection. Its goal is to promote modern and contemporary art and to serve as a cultural center. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) showcases both permanent and temporary exhibitions, featuring work from established and up-and-coming artists worldwide. These exhibitions offer opportunities to learn about emerging artists and discuss current topics through a creative lens. Day 2 Statue of Liberty Ferry and Ellis Island Immigration Museum The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island represent centuries of American history, compassion, and diversity. Visit the Statue of Liberty and explore Ellis Island, where more than 12 million immigrants were processed upon their arrival in the United States. Your New York Pass gives you free museum tickets to paid exhibitions and an audio tour available in multiple languages. The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France in 1886 as a symbol of freedom. It is 305 feet tall and has become a symbol of hope for many. It was also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The Historical Significance of the Ellis Island From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was where immigrants entered the United States. It was a significant and emotional place for those who passed through its halls. For many, it was the start of a new life, free from poverty and persecution. Now, the island is a museum that reflects America's immigration history and the challenges faced by new arrivals. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are recognized as symbols of the American dream and freedom. They serve as a reminder of the values upon which America was established and the sacrifices of previous generations. 9/11 Memorial & Museum If Easter also means remembrance, there's no better place than here. Located on the site of the original World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial pays homage to the 2983 victims of the 1993 and 2001 attacks. The Museum showcases the challenging story of these tragic events through artifacts, testimonies, and first-hand accounts. Experience moments of reflection at the Memorial's pools and the Museum's interactive exhibits. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a tribute to the lives lost and affected by the events of September 11th, 2001. Upon arrival, visitors will see two large reflecting pools that mark the footprints of the Twin Towers. The surrounding bronze panels contain the names of nearly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives in the attacks, as well as six others killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. What You Can Expect to See at the 9/11 Museum The museum displays a collection of artifacts, photographs, and personal stories that take visitors back in time to the day of the attacks. Notable exhibits include a section of the original steel trident from the North Tower and a damaged fire truck. Interactive exhibits are also available, including a three-part video installation that chronicles the events of the day. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum serves as a reminder of human resilience in tragic circumstances. Visitors leave with a renewed appreciation for life and the value of unity during times of crisis. Day 3 1 Day Big Bus Tour - Join the tour for free with The New York Pass® TripAdvisor's top-rated NYC bus tour, Big Bus New York is the only sightseeing bus with live commentary and hop-on-hop-off access at 25+ bus stops located across the city. After two days of exploration, let the city come to you on a Big Bus tour, which will take you across Manhattan, discovering all the sights and landmarks including the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty. When it comes to bus tours in New York City, few companies can compare to Big Bus Tours. These excursions are perfect for both first-time tourists and seasoned explorers because they focus on the city's most recognizable landmarks. Big Bus Tours gives its customers options by offering several different tour packages. Tourists may easily find a trip that works with their schedule and interests among the options provided by these packages, which range from hop-on, hop-off excursions to night tours and VIP tours. Why So Many People Love the Big Bus Tour in New York A bus tour in New York is a great way to see the city from a different angle. Views of the cityscape may be seen from the upper deck of a double-decker bus, and passengers will also learn about the city's history and culture from their knowledgeable tour guide. Given the hassles of driving and parking in New York City, taking a bus tour is a practical alternative. Having trained drivers take the wheel makes the trip more relaxing, and Big Bus Tours' comprehensive route network makes getting to all the major sights a breeze. Visitors to New York City should consider taking a Big Bus Tours bus tour. It's a fun and enlightening way to learn about the area and have new adventures with minimal effort. Or Unlimited Biking - Central Park - Rentals are free with The New York Pass® An Easter picnic would not look out of place in Central Park: an oasis in the middle of the NYC metropolis. Rent a bike and cycle through America's first landscaped park, stopping at famous attractions such as Strawberry Fields, Shakespeare Garden, and Cherry Hill fountain. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Entry is free with The New York Pass® Skip the ticket line during the busy Easter months. The Guggenheim Museum is considered an architectural masterpiece and home to one of the finest modern art collections in the world. Ascend the landmark's grand spiral and experience its special exhibitions and permanent collections during March and April. Visit the attraction's official website for its timetable. With entry to 100+ attractions, experiences, and tours all included on one pass, it's no wonder we're New York's favorite sightseeing pass. Just choose your duration and start sightseeing when you're ready. And don't forget to download your New York Pass app when you choose mobile delivery at checkout. Build your itinerary or follow our expert picks, enjoy exclusive offers and content and scan-and-go into all included attractions.
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Holiday Markets in New York

Shopping at the holiday markets in New York should be on everyone's holiday must-do list. From soaps to stationery, they're the place to find goodies for just about everyone in your list. Holiday Shops at Winter Village in Bryant Park The holiday shops at Bryant Park are on pretty much everyone’s list of must-do holiday experiences in the city. And why not? Inspired by open-air European Crafts fairs, the market features vendors from literally around the world. The little kiosks are like tiny shops, and feature goods ranging from African baskets to one-of-a-kind-jewelry handcrafted in Brooklyn and made from materials like copper and bronze. (Through Dec. 24.) Columbus Circle Holiday Market With its festive striped booths, the Columbus Circle Market is visually one of the most appealing holiday markets. Located right across from the Time Warner Center and nestled into the entrance to Central Park, it’s also one of the most well-located (easily accessible by public transportation.) Here, you’ll be able to browse jewelry, home goods, crafts and food—ensuring that you’ll find something for just about everyone on your list. (Through Dec. 24) Renegade Crafts Fair The Renegade Crafts Fair offers up everything from jewelry to paper goods to poultry (yes, poultry)—it’s kind of one-stop shopping. The fair focuses particularly on up-and-coming makers (Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 at the Brooklyn Expo, but check for dates at other locations.) Since one of those places is Brooklyn, it’s probably not surprising that you can also expect to find live DJ sets, various food offerings, and “creative installations” -- we’ll just let you wonder about that one. Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair The holiday market at Grand Central is something of an unexpected pleasure—it’s a nice surprise to find artisan crafts nestled inside one of the country’s busiest train stations. The focus is on American and locally made products; it’s one of the longest running indoor crafts fairs in the city. Half of Vanderbilt Hall is taken over with clothing, artwork, toys, and home goods. You’ll also find holiday ornaments, jewelry, bath products, and even pet accessories. After all, Fido deserves a nice handmade holiday, too. (Through Dec. 24) Union Square Holiday Market The Union Square Market is great all year round (that produce! those jams!) but it’s especially great at the holidays. Through Dec. 24, you’ll find 150 festive artisan booths that feature works of local craftsmen and artisans. The market always has a nice community feel, which is amped up during the holidays. In addition to crafts and food, you’ll also find a Kid’s Art Studio; live music; and a warming station. It’s also got a stellar vendor selection-- check out ones like Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions. (Through Dec. 24) Crafts at St. John the Divine Cathedral From Dec. 6-8, the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral plays host to a crafts fair just in time for the holidays; it’s actually inspired by Medieval crafts fairs. You’ll find gorgeous jewelry, textiles, leather goods, ceramics, metalwork, wooden pieces, and more, all displayed in one of the world’s most magnificent buildings. You’ll be supporting both the cathedral as well as local artists; the very shopping experience will be uplifting. (Dec. 6-8) Want more tips? Check out a fun way to use the New York Pass!
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