City Tours - CityPass, New York City
Value based passes:
1. City Pass: As of Jul 9, '03 - $45 adult (original value $91); $39 kids (age 6-17). Gives you a NINE day pass and admission to - Empire State Building Observatory & Skyride, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art (in Queens, NY), Intrepid Sea/Air Space Museum, American Museum of Natural History, and a 2-hour Circle Line Harbor Cruise. City Pass can be purchased at any of the mentioned attractions.
888-330-5008 (toll free); 707-256-0490, www.citypass.com
2. New York Pass: $42 adult for ONE day (multi-day available). FREE entry to over 40 top attractions as well as unlimited transportation on subways and buses. Discounts on tours, restaurants, theater, and shopping.
Gray Line's New York Sightseeing Bus Tours: Hop on and off double-decker bus tour of the major attractions and neighborhoods of NYC.
777 8th Ave between 47th & 48th Sts, 800-669-0051, www.GrayLineNewYork.com
GO DOWN TOWN BY BUS
I had a thrilling experience taking NY bus. First of all they are -kneeling- towards you when boarding -quite amusing! Then you must have the exact amount of cash which is thrown into a metallic basket!
Favorite thing: just walk around - although that's not so easy to do on New Year's Eve - streets are blocked and people claiming their places for the evening starting around 5pm! By 7pm you can't cross 5th ave from Times Square to 54th!
Take a helicopter-tour so you really will see what kind of jungle of steal, concrete and asfalt New York (Manhattan) is. Walking the streets, the huge skyscratchers limit the view, but in the air ...
Beautiful? No! ... Impressive? Yes! New York you will never forget and is the place to be for a stopover, however keep in mind that if you afterwards go on holiday, you are already exhausted. If you dare, take a helicopterflight between the skyscratchers and fly around the Statue of Liberty. Go to a musical on Broadway and gaze over the town from the Empire State Building. Try the Cheesecake, here the know how to make it perfect. New York also holds many many secret places and many are in Central Park or in little churces across the town.
Fondest memory: Well, little bit chauvinistic, but I am proud that the Dutch founded this great city. However, I still take a deep, deep sigh, when I realise that the worst exchange ever in our world must have been of the same Dutch: exchanging New Amsterdam for Suriname (and they call us a excellent business-nation ...)
if you want to see the sights in an effective and convenient way, taking a city tour bus can be one way. during the 3-day trip, we had sunny day on the first day, and rains next day. after Elizabeth--my interpreter who helped me with French-- before i checked out at the Edison Hotel where i also stayed on my own short trip, we had around two more hours to take the bus, so she and i decided to hop on a double-decker city tour bus.....
Fondest memory: since we had waffle, such a fresh orange juice, and coffee for breakfast--oh my dear, you have to have them all at once, extremely tasty~^^--,we were just full and still felt great. thanks to that, it was not a big deal that i paid about 20 bucks or more for the 'Apple Tours' fee. well~~ the thing is i had headache trying to figure out what the announcements was explaining--the lady had such a strong new yorker accent, and on top of that my english was not as good as present one--i know, some of my friends would doubt! at any rate, i was making film with my video camera. according to the announcements, people looked like hop off to take a fresh air, and hop on again. when the bus pull over nearby a port, i thought that was another break, so i got off for some pictures, damn it! the apple tours guys left right away... oh my gosh~ thank god, however, i had my passport, $20.00 in my pocket, and trying not to be frustrated, i took a taxi to get to the hotel, and luckily enough, i memorised the address... carrying my backpack, Elizabeth looked soooo stunned yet happy to see me lying in bed, and watching TV in the room...
all right, guy! while travelling, make sure you always have to carry the passport and some amount of money... for guys in non-english speaking countries, gotta study english!!
...take a Circle Line tour around the whole island. It's a relaxing, yet beautiful way to see the landscape of Manhattan Island from all sides.
Fondest memory: I have 3.
The first was within the first month after the Towers fell. The fondest memory was seeing every New Yorker doing all they can to help anyone who seemed like they needed it. Even though the City was still numb, there was a loving, more patient feeling in the air that was genuine. It was at that point that if anyone ever said anything bad about New Yorkers again, we're fighting. :)
#2: Every year I have a huge birthday party at this one little place in Soho. My crowd of people come in and we basically take over. It's also a great way for me to see a lot of people I haven't seen in months before.
#3: The AIDS Walks that happen every year. This year is the 17th year of the event and my 13th walk. It's an exhausting 10K walk but the rush when it's over is amazing!
Walk, walk and walk...
Winter walk in Time Square and Broadway and Chinatown.
Spring walk in Central Park (trees and flowers).
Summer walk at Long Island and Sandy Hook (beaches).
Autumn walk at Pier 17 or Chelsea Pier...
Fondest memory: MARIOTT HOTEL - There is a good Restaurant on the top - The restaurant move on a big wheel , so you can see New York from North to South... You may dance also here.
Walk around, walk around, walk around... this is the best way to feel the City. Walk until your feet hurts and than indulge in one of 6,000 - 7,000 - ?? restaurants this metropolis has.
Fondest memory: This wiev is from the Broadway towards the Columbus Circle. The monster at the left side of the photo is Central Park Two, one of Mr. Donald Trump's (one of biggest real estate developers in New York) monstrously expensive buildings.
Take the boat cruise around Manhattan Island. Spectacular views of the city and an informative commentary. Real value for money.
Fondest memory: The whole New York experience was unforgettable there is so much to do. We spent 6 days there and it really was not enough time.
Take the Boat ride round Manhattan Island, the guides have some wonderful stories and you get to see parts you can't see from the land.
Go up the Empire State Building, just for the view.
Walk in the garment district, just for the experience.
Window shop, just for fun.
Have breakfast in a NY diner.
Have a picnic lunch in the park.
Have dinner anywhere on Broadway.
Goggle at the passersby on Fifth Avenue.
Take in a show, get the tickets from the discount ticket stall in Times Square, don't worry about the queue, it soon moves and the tickets are usually half price. Be prepared to see a show you hadn't thought of!
Fondest memory: Walking down Broadway in the evening, just watching the world go by.
Go on a New York Apple tour and drive through all the boroughs like Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx. I usually like to explore a city myself and I am not really a fan of organised excursions but in New York this is a must. At $21 you get a chance to se very interesting things and day to day life in New York.
Fondest memory: New Yorkers I met where very friendly and not at all what is generally said about them. Though people where in a hurry and a mobile on both ears dodging traffic all the time people took the time to show the way and I even got my camera back I left in a restaurant by accident.
Fondest memory: Do you want to have an idea how glorious reeeeally is? Then, you absolutely must go on the ISLAND HELICOPTER SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT! Interested already?? Then head straight to the Heliport at 34th Street.... and pay US$45 (if I can remember correctly) for this magnificent helicopter tour... ;-)
take the circle line in hot weather with a couple of bud beers in hand. do shubert alley. see the museum of the city of new york. eat a pretzel from a stand in central park. be on mott st in july. walk through harlem on a sunday.eat at joe allens.meet stephen sondheim if he'll see you.go to the actors studio..not. have black bean soup on christopher st.
Fondest memory: seeing bobby short at the carlisle and being allowed in in dungarees...how ny cool.
Favorite thing: has detailed maps of subway stops and routed and even MTA Bus Lines and Routes and is free! you can get it at all subway stations and major bus stops and some convenience stores all around the city.