New Year’s Eve In New York City: Where To Celebrate

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It’s that time of year again! We are preparing to bid 2016 adieu and welcome in the new year, and it’s time to think about where you’d like to be when the clock strikes midnight. Of course, the obvious answer is New York… the City That Never Sleeps is positively electric on New Year’s Eve. If you’re lucky enough to be in the city for the end of the year, you’ll have your choice of parties, dinners and amazing events.

And while you may want to avoid driving on the evening itself, you should definitely consider a New York luxury car rental for the duration of your trip. If you book a LaGuardia Airport car rental your airport transportation will be a breeze, and you’ll be able to see much more of the city and the surrounding areas if you have your own vehicle. Plus, when everyone else is trying to hail a cab to their brunch dates on New Year’s Day, you can just get behind the wheel and go.

So, where should you ring in the new year? That depends on your personality, your budget, your interests and your company. These are some of the very best New Year’s Eve events New York City has to offer.

Times Square?

For those who have never been to New York or have grown up watching the televised version of New York’s signature New Year’s Eve celebration, the answer to the “Where to celebrate” question might seem obvious: Times Square. But think about it: You’ll have to stand for hours in a crowded street with no food, water, libations or nearby restrooms. If you move, you lose your spot. Also, it’s freezing cold. If you decide that this is actually all worth it to say you rang in the new year in Times Square, arrive at least eight hours early and dress in more layers than you think is possible.

For Couples

Celebrating the start of 2017 with your someone special? Here are a few New Year’s eve parties you might find fun:

Dances of Vice, Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn. This offbeat performance includes fire dancers, puppets and spangled musicians, and an optional feast.

James Brown Dance Party, Gramercy Theater. This party actually starts at midnight, so you can share a kiss and a champagne toast before heading to the theater. The rotating musicians all celebrate the music of James Brown, and tickets start at just $52.

Luxury Three-Course Dinner Cruise. There’s nothing more romantic than dinner and dancing. The cruise departs at 9 PM from Chelsea Piers, starting with hor d’oeuvres and cocktails and finishing with dancing and champagne (with a five course dinner and fireworks in between). Tickets are available at viator.com and cost around $500 per person.

For Families

If you’ll have a younger crew with you this year, you’ll still have plenty of options for celebrating the holiday.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Prospect Park. Bundle up for a free low-key party at Prospect Park with hot chocolate, live music and fireworks at midnight. The best viewing areas are at Grand Army Plaza and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

New Year’s at CMOM. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan will host their annual party where children are encouraged to dress their best. There will be a ball drop at noon, 2 and 4 PM, and an all-ages dance party with DJ Chela from 2:30-4.

Brooklyn Bridge Walk into the New Year. Join thousands of New Yorkers for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. If you time it right, you’ll see fireworks from Central Park, Staten Island and Brooklyn. Staggered guided tours will takes place between 10:15 and 11:15 PM. RSVP at 646-493-7092 if you’d like to join one.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. The David H. Koch Theater will host this enchanting performance through New Year’s Eve. Your kids will get a kick out of the one ton Christmas tree that “grows” to 40 feet onstage.

For Singles

Flying solo this year? These festivities are perfect for single and for groups of friends.

Knitting Factory New Year’s Eve Party. This annual Brooklyn bash is always a blast, and this year’s party features sets by Savoir Adore, Luxxury and DJ Juan MacLean. The hour-long open bar is a nice treat, and the two dance floors will double your chance of meeting someone special.

Tao Uptown. Going for glamorous? Head to this iconic nightclub for a swanky party you won’t ever forget. Enjoy a four hour premium open bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live DJ performances and a free champagne toast at midnight.

Future Perfect New Year’s Eve Gala. Brooklyn’s House of Yes is a funky venue known for its over-the-top parties, and Future Perfect is no exception. You’ll have three rooms of live music and dancing to choose from, plus live performances and concoctions from the Elixir & Tincture Bar. The best part? Guests are highly encouraged to come as the idealized versions of themselves, so you can expect everyone to be dressed to impress.

Happy (almost) New Year!

17 Places In New York You Must Visit In 2017

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With a new year on the horizon, it’s time to start making some goals. But not all New Year’s resolutions have to be about getting more exercise or finding new jobs—in fact, the focus should really be on fun. And a trip (or two or three) to New York should definitely be on that list.

But once you’ve arrived, what do you see first? Manhattan alone has thousands of potential experiences awaiting you, not to mention the surrounding neighborhoods and areas upstate. Make sure you’re getting around in the best New York luxury car rental you can find. Driving around in a New York Mercedes for rent would make for a delightful 2017. And in the spirit of the year to come, here are 17 places in or near The Big Apple you should visit next year:

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This iconic establishment is always a must-see, whether this is your first trip to New York or you’re a frequent visitor.
  2. Russ & Daughters Cafe. This Lower East Side gem has been around since 1914, and it has a pretty amazing history. An immigrant named Joel Russ founded the store and since he had no sons, he recruited his three daughters to help him run it. This is the first business in the United States to have the word “daughters” in its name.
  3. Black Seed Bagels. New York is practically synonymous with bagels, and finding the best ones is no easy task. Black Seed Bagels at 170 Elizabeth Street in SoHo seems to have mastered the recipe.
  4. Washington Square Park. Central Park is amazing, but Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park is also a pretty incredible place. On the west side, you’ll find oversized chess game tables and grassy knolls, while the Eastside has gelato carts and endless entertainment. This park has been seen in a lot of movies, so it will probably feel familiar even if you’ve never been.
  5. The Strand. There are bookstores, and then there is The Strand. This one-of-a-kind bookstore is located at 828 Broadway in the East Village. It was established in 1927 as part of “bookstore row,” and it’s the only store that remains.
  6. Grand Central Oyster Bar. The beautiful oyster bar in the lower level of Grand Central Terminal is an excellent place for people watching as well as oyster-eating. For over 100 years, this has been the place to go for the freshest seafood in the city.
  7. One of Brooklyn’s most incredible restaurants happens to be located in the old Greenpoint Glass Works building at 95 Commercial Street. The historic building definitely adds appeal, but the real reason to go to Glasserie is the delicious Mediterranean food. They serve the classics (lots of lamb and chickpeas) and they do them well.
  8. Roberta’s. This Brooklyn pizzeria always has a long wait for its delicious Neapolitan-style pizza, but it’s definitely worth it. While you’re waiting for a seat or your takeout order, you can enjoy a cocktail called Personal Space.
  9. The Comedy Cellar. Located at 117 Macdougal Street, this basement comedy club doesn’t look like much from the outside… but it a lot of famous funny people have graced its stages. In fact, some comedy veterans like Bob Saget sometimes drop in for surprise shows, meaning you’ll get more than your money’s worth.
  10. The One World Observatory. In a city with millions of things to experience, the One World Observatory is truly one in a million. You’ll find it on the top three floors of the One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Needless to say, the views of Manhattan are jaw-dropping.
  11. The High Line. This public park is funded almost entirely by a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the dream of turning the old New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. The park features art from local artists, gardens, and amazing views.
  12. Barcade has three locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and they’re basically heaven on Earth. You’ll get to play forgotten classic video games from the 1980s, but while sipping craft beer and eating tasty bar food.
  13. Employees Only. Located on Hudson Street in the West Village, this elegant speakeasy has a kitchen that’s open until 3:30 AM and an old world vibe you won’t find anywhere else. The head bartender was actually a subject in a documentary called “Hey Bartender.”
  14. The American Museum of Natural History. The largest natural history museum in the world happens to also be one of the most impressive sights in the city. The museum spans four city blocks and holds about 30 million artifacts.
  15. Coney Island. This seaside attraction once ranked among the city’s best, and it still retains some of its vintage charms. The decades-old concession stands and amusement park rides will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time in the best way.
  16. Caffe Palermo. Go to Little Italy. Find Caffe Palermo on Mulberry Street. Buy a cannoli immediately. You’ll thank us later.
  17. Winter Garden Atrium. This 10-story glass vaulted pavilion on Vesey Street was renovated in 2002 (after it was damaged on 9/11) and houses various plants, trees and flowers. Concerts and symphonies are sometimes hosted there, and movie screens are spotted there during the TriBeCa Film Festival.

 

 

 

How To Experience New York City Like A Local

How To Experience New York City Like A LocalIf you rarely visit New York City, it may be difficult to fathom that people actually live there. Between the hordes of people in Manhattan, the perpetual excitement of Broadway and the sky-high rent prices, it might seem like a far off dream for most. But plenty of people do live there and love it… and part of the reason is because they know where the hidden gems are.

Plenty of locals actually do enjoy some of New York’s top tourist attractions. You’ll find many of them at Central Park enjoying a picnic, jogging, or relaxing in the grass. They also love Broadway shows and comedy clubs, though admittedly they do tend to shy away from Times Square. But there are also quite a few great places to explore that are off the beaten path.

The best way to see all those places, of course, is to rent a great vehicle. That way you can get to the outskirts of the city or the adjacent neighborhoods quickly. If your time in the city is limited, you may as well enjoy it to the fullest. Looking up New York car rental specials will help you find the best deal. Some travelers don’t find it necessary to reserve a New York car rental, but it can actually save you a lot of money and time.

So where are all these local hot spots? They’re everywhere! Here are some recommendations from people who call the City That Never Sleeps home.

Restaurants

The New York dining scene is second to none. Deciding where to enjoy a meal can be overwhelming, even for locals. But they definitely have their favorite spots.

For brunch, head to Good Enough to Eat at 520 Columbus Avenue in Manhattan for classic comfort food served in a farmhouse themed setting. Another favorite for the most important meal of the day is Essex at 120 Essex Street—for $25, you can enjoy an entree and several mimosas.

For lunch, head to Los Tacos No. 1 in Chelsea for delightfully authentic street tacos, griddled tortillas piled high with your choice of fillings. Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop in the Flatiron District is another local favorite, and you can experience an authentic East Coast pastrami sandwich in an old school deli.

For a casual dinner, head to Local 92 at 92 Second Avenue for authentic Middle Eastern food. They serve delicious hummus that you’ll never forget. For fancier fare, the New York residents prefer Estela at 47 East Houston Street or Fedora at 239 West 4th Street. And if you’re wondering where the locals go for pizza, that depends on the neighborhood… but many of them will tell you that Brother’s in Queens, Di Fara in Brooklyn and Lombardi’s in Manhattan serve the best pies.

Entertainment

Every music lover, Broadway fan and comedy aficionado loves New York for obvious reasons. As the entertainment capital of the country, there’s something for everyone in the city. And of course, it’s the locals you want to ask for advice on where to go.

Every trip to New York should involve some stand up comedy, and the best place to find that is the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village. It’s a small, dark building located beneath the Olive Tree Cafe that doesn’t look like much on the surface. But you’ll be amazed at the people you see onstage. Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Bob Saget have been spotted here, and sometimes the veterans return for surprise drop-in shows. Reservations are best made in advance since the small space fills up quickly.

The Gotham Comedy Club is another favorite. Well-known performers like Jim Gaffigan and Ted Alexandro still perform here, and their regular lineup is always hilarious. This club even offers family-friendly shows for children 11 and over twice a month.

Although Broadway is synonymous with New York theater, the locals know that there are some amazing things to see Off Broadway. Some of the most innovative new plays and musicals happen on the city’s more intimate stages. Check out the Public Theater downtown or the New World stages’ schedules.

Parks

As we mentioned, New York locals actually love Central Park. But it’s certainly not the only place they go to experience a small piece of nature in the city. Here are some other parks that are locally loved:

Fort Greene Park is Brooklyn’s first park and one of its most beautiful. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

You can always walk The High Line, a highly anticipated outdoor park that opened in 2009. You’ll find gardens, outdoor sculptures and stunning views of the Hudson River as well as a food court there.

For a truly relaxing getaway, head to Pelham Bay Park along the Long Island Sound. This park is three times the size of Central Park and will take hours to fully explore. The most beautiful parts are Orchard Beach and the Pelham Bay Golf Course.

Try to talk to a few locals during your next trip to New York. Since they call the city home, they’ll be able to help you enjoy it to the fullest.

 

 

 

The Ultimate Fall Foliage Road Trips In New York

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There’s really no fall like an East Coast fall. In fact, our corner of the country is world famous for its fall foliage road trips. Now that the state of New York is full of beautiful changing leaves, it’s a great time to book a vacation to the Empire State. We’ve got plenty of scenic drives statewide that showcase the beauty of our autumns, and some of them aren’t far from New York City.

Of course, you’ll have to find the perfect vehicle to take you on your journey. If you’ll have your family or a group with you, an SUV rental New York will be your best bet. Booking a La Guardia Airport car rental will ensure you have quality transportation from the moment you land. The sooner you can get behind the wheel, the sooner you can get going and start taking in fall’s most fabulous sights.

But where should you go? That depends on how much time you have and what part of the state you’d like to see. Here are five suggestions for routes that will showcase those autumn hues:

The Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway

The Mohawk Towpath Byway is a series of local, county and state highways that follow the historic route of the Erie Canal in upstate New York. As you travel this Byway, you’ll learn the story of the Mohawk River, Erie Canal, the waterway west and the westward expansion of the country. You’ll also see some beautiful fall colors.

From Manhattan, you can reach the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway in about two and a half hours by taking I-87 North. But for a more picturesque drive that only adds about 20 minutes to the duration, take the Taconic State Parkway, which happens to be New York’s longest parkway.

Prospect Mt. Veterans Memorial Highway

Located in the Adirondacks, this five and a half mile highway leads to a parking lot where you can park and take in the sights. During and after your drive, you can expect to see spectacular views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Vermont’s Green Mountains and the Adirondack High Peaks.

To reach the highway, you’ll need to devote three and a half hours to driving on I-87 North from Manhattan. This drive is amazing, but it may require two days to complete.

Lake George to Lake Placid

This stunning drive is also located in upstate New York, requiring a three hour drive from Manhattan. But the entire drive is beautiful, and the Lake Placid area is always worth exploring.

You’ll take Exit 30 from I-87, head west on Rt. 73 into the Adirondack High Peaks, cutting through Cascade Pass to Lake Placid. In addition to the changing leaves, you’ll see some seriously stunning natural beauty.

The Catskills’ Immortal Mountains

The Catskill Mountains are well known for their gorgeous scenery in all seasons, but they’re especially beautiful in the fall. You’ll have about a two and a half hour drive from the heart of New York City via the Palisades Interstate Parkway and Highway 17 West.

From Catskills, follow New York State Route 23 west to Prattsville. Backtrack Route 23 East to State Route 23A East through Catskill Park. When that route ends, follow US Route 9W North to Route 23 East. Drive over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, then turn right on State Route 9G South and head to the Olana State Historic Site. When you reach East Windham, pull off Route 23 at Point Lookout. On clear days, you’ll have a view of five states!

Seven Lakes Drive in Harriman State Park

Seven Lakes Drive is a mere 43 miles from New York City, so this is the perfect route to take if you only have one day to enjoy a drive. Keep driving until you reach Harriman State Park, which features plenty of trees with colorful leaves and several lakes to enjoy. Have a picnic by the water and take a nice walk before heading back into the city.

Spot the best fall foliage in the city

Good news: You don’t even have to leave the Big Apple to see the beautiful changing leaves. There are plenty of spots in the city to enjoy them. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Central Park. The leaves here appear red, yellow and purple throughout the season. Head into the North Woods, a rustic landscape along the ravine, and follow the trails. You can also start at the Conservatory Water near the Fifth Avenue entrance to see hawthorne trees covered in red berries.
  • Fort Tryon Park. Located in the Hudson Heights neighborhood, this park’s Linden Terrace is one of the highest points in Manhattan. Spend some time here enjoying the views of the Hudson River Palisades.
  • New York Botanical Garden. For the best leaf-spotting, head to the garden’s Thain Family Forest. This is the city’s largest patch of old-growth forest, and it includes numerous species of trees. The park even hosts some Fall Forest weekends that include guided foliage-themed tours and other activities.

Happy fall!

 

 

 

 

Date Night In The City: 10 Romantic NYC Nights

Date Night In a New York Luxury Rental City: 10 Romantic NYC Nights

It probably goes without saying that The City That Never Sleeps is incredibly romantic. With New York’s fine dining options, rooftop terraces with breathtaking views, cruises, charming hotels and endless entertainment options, how could it not be? If you’re heading to The Big Apple with your special someone, make sure to take some time for some good old-fashioned romance.

Of course, the romantic experience should start as soon as you step off the plane. Treat yourself to a New York luxury car rental so you can really pamper yourself and your other half. Imagine driving around the city in a New York Mercedes for rent. It’s a pretty picture, isn’t it? By renting a car, you’ll have quicker access to all the best things the city has to offer. And then you’ll be fully on your own schedule, ready to explore New York with the person you love.

Need some ideas? Here are 10 romantic nights you can have in New York City.

Feel like a kid again… but then grow up again.

Jane’s Carousel is a refurbished carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and it’s totally romantic. Take a ride or two before taking a sunset stroll along the waterfront. There are plenty of great options for a post-park dinner in the area. The River Cafe on Water Street was voted one of New York City’s most romantic restaurants, while the tequila cocktails at Gran Electra make it a perfect place for a nightcap.

Explore your sultry side at The Slipper Room.

The Slipper Room on the Lower East Side is a hot spot for burlesque and variety shows. It’s a wonderful place to take a date, but if burlesque isn’t really your scene, go on Tuesdays nights when they have stand up comedy. The Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya serves delicious sushi right up the street in the lobby of the trendy Thompson LES Hotel, so you can go to the show with full bellies.

Kayak around the city.

Are you and your mate the adventurous types? Manhattan Kayak offers super-easy tours (or advanced, if you’ve been kayakers for years). Their New York After Dark tour is an hour long experience that involves learning basic strokes before paddling out into the sunset with a guide. So you’ll get a romantic experience and a workout all in one!

Learn to be your own bartender.

When you get home from your trip to NYC, you’ll be able to have plenty of in-home date nights if you can mix your own drinks. At Apotheke Academy you’ll have your choice of courses, from Prohibition era cocktails to Absinthe drinks. Have fun, and remember to designate a driver and let the passenger do most of the tasting.

Learn to fly.

Did you know that New York has a trapeze school with two locations, in Williamsburg and Manhattan? You and your sweetie will love the Flying Trapeze class, where you can learn to fly. All that leaping will surely work up an appetite, so change into something nice after your lesson and head to the nearby Spotted Pig, a Village eatery known for its European-inspired menu and celebrity sightings.

Enjoy some classic comedy.

The Comedy Cellar on Macdougal Street is an iconic New York City spot. A lot of great comedians got their start here, and if you go, you’ll more than likely see faces you recognize if you’ve ever watched Comedy Central. They have shows seven days a week ranging from moderately naughty to “The Nasty Show.” Upstairs, the Olive Tree Cafe & Bar serves tasty food in an intimate setting.

Can’t decide between drinks and dessert? Do both!

Butter & Scotch, the bar and bakery of your dreams, is located in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. They pour delicious cocktails and serve tempting desserts, and sometimes they combine them in boozy shakes. You can even blend a piece of pie with ice cream for a pie shake. Yes, a pie shake. Don’t worry, you and your other half can jog around Central Park the next day and burn off the calories.

Head to Broadway.

A Broadway show might not be a unique date, but it’s a quintessential New York experience. To keep the romantic mood going, see a “date night” show like Phantom of the Opera, An American in Paris, or Hamilton—if you can get tickets, of course. Tons of restaurants nearby have special prixe fixe menus for theater guests, like Oceana on 49th Street.

Go the affordable route.

On a budget? You can still have a romantic evening with your sweetheart without spending a fortune. Take a nice stroll through Gantry Plaza State Park, a waterfront part with a beautiful midtown Manhattan backdrop. Then head to the nearby Blend on the Water and share some small plates.

Take a spin at Spin.

SPiN is a ping-pong bar with classic diner food, small appetizers and a great drink menu. It also happens to be owned by Susan Sarandon. Play a game of table tennis with your love, then enjoy some delicious flatbread pizza.

Enjoy your date night in the city. With romantic spots around every corner, you really can’t go wrong.

Fourth of July Festivities in New York City

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You might not think of Manhattan or Long Island as the best place in the USA to spend the 4th of July. But just like most things, New York does Independence Day well, and boldly. If you’ll be spending the 4th of July in the City That Never Sleeps, you’ll have your choice of celebrations.

Keep your options open by reserving a car for your trip. This way if you decide to leave Manhattan for the holiday, you won’t have to rely on alternative transportation. Look up New York car rental specials for the best deals.

Of course, you don’t have to leave the city to have an amazing 4th of July. New York City has three different fireworks shows, and they’re all spectacular. The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks over the East River begin at 9:20, and the Statue of Liberty and Jersey City fireworks shows start at 9:30. All three of them last around 30 minutes. In the event of rain, the start times could be delayed.

If you’d like to enjoy a nice fireworks display, you’ll want to stake out your spot before the sun goes down. Be aware that you may not be allowed into some viewing areas with backpacks or lawn chairs and that your belongings may be searched. But with a little patience and planning, you’ll be able to have a great view of the show.

Here are some of the best viewing areas:

Brooklyn Bridge Park

With 85 acres of open spaces and mountain views, Brooklyn Bridge Park is the perfect place to see the fireworks.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

The view from the promenade takes the breath away of even the most jaded New Yorker. The ⅓ mile long promenade will have excellent firework views, though you’ll want to arrive early.

The Corner of FDR Drive and East Houston Street

Head toward the East River Baseball Field.

The corner of Furman Street and Old Fulton Street

This viewing area is close to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and Brooklyn’s Pier 1 Playground, so if you have children with you, you can occupy thh3 until the show.

Lower Manhattan’s East River Park

Head to the waterfront area between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

Of course, if you’d rather not wait for hours for the best fireworks views, you can celebrate the 4th of July in plenty of other ways. Here are some events happening in the area:

Firework Spectacular at Surf City

Hop in your car rental New York and head to Jersey City, where the megabar Surf City will be serving frozen drinks and tasty food. There’s no cover, and you’ll have a great view of Jersey City’s fireworks show.

Coney Island’s Annual Fourth of July Beach Party

It doesn’t get much better than spending the 4th of July at the beach, especially when that beach is Coney Island. From 9 AM on, you’ll enjoy live music, food and beverages. Coney Island is also home to the world famous Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. At dusk, you’ll be treated to a beautiful fireworks display. The party usually goes until midnight, so stay hydrated and keep applying sunscreen.

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruises

Watching the fireworks from a cruise ship will be unique and special, although it’s also pretty expensive. Still, a $150-$200 ticket usually buys you a five hour water cruise with food and drinks available. And there’s really no better way to see the show than from a boat.

Revolutionary New York Walking Tour

Independence Day certainly holds a special significance for history buffs. Big Onion Walking Tours usually hosts a tour on the 4th showing significant New York City landmarks from the Revolutionary War. If you’d like to stay historically connected on the 4th of July, this tour is the way to do it.

Head to the Hamptons

The 4th of July in the Hamptons is always an exciting time. Though the area is always packed with New Yorkers ready to escape Manhattan for a few days, you’ll still find a more laid back vibe here than in the city. Enjoy some lobster rolls, catch the Southampton Village Independence Day Parade and watch the fireworks from the beach. Just plan in advance if you want to spend the night, because you won’t be the only one with that idea.

Make it a Staycation

Some hotels, like the Millenium Hilton at 55 Church Street, have rooms with firework views. If nothing else, the show is available on NBC, and you can order room service. Because sometimes celebrating America means enjoying its little luxuries.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Brooklyn

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When most people think of New York City vacations, they think of Manhattan. That’s only fair—Manhattan is filled to the brim with popular tourist attractions, museums, shopping, restaurants and theaters. But there are other parts to NYC, and they all have their own unique charms. For a slightly quieter but still vibrant scene, try staying in Brooklyn next time.

Of course, if you stay in Brooklyn, you’ll definitely need a good car rental New York option. There’s plenty of public transportation, but that could add significant travel time to your days, plus you’d be on someone else’s schedule. Look for a good LaGuardia Airport car rental so you can drive yourself from the airport to Brooklyn and save on Taxi fees. Then start exploring your new temporary neighborhood.

Brooklyn Hotels

You’ll find Brooklyn hotels to be slightly more affordable than Manhattan, but with all the same amenities and top notch service. Here are a few of your best options:

Henry Norman Hotel, at 251 North Henry Street – this hotel has a fitness center, WiFi and a nice, casual rooftop deck.

The Box House Hotel, at 77 Box Street – A family-friendly boutique hotel with an outstanding reputation.

Hotel Le Jolie, at 235 Meeker Avenue – This is a clean, recently renovated room that will give you a comfortable stay.

 

Brooklyn Restaurants

You don’t have to drive to Manhattan to enjoy wonderful, delicious New York food. Here are some of Brooklyn’s best dining options:

  • Juliana’s Pizza, at 19 Old Fulton Street – For savory, high quality pizza in a great atmosphere.
  • The River Cafe, at 1 Water Street – For a romantic seafood dinner with a view.
  • Five Leaves, at 18 Bedford Avenue – If you can get a seat at this crowded restaurant at brunch time, you’re in for a treat.
  • DeStefano’s Steakhouse, at 89 Conselyea Street – For a hearty steak dinner comparable to the finest Manhattan spots.
  • Al Di La Trattoria, at 248 5th Avenue – For some good old-fashioned Italian food.
  • Oregano, at 102 Berry Street – Because you can’t just eat pizza once when you’re in New York.

 

Top Brooklyn Attractions

There are plenty of things to do and see without leaving the Brooklyn area. Here are some visitor favorites:

The Brooklyn Bridge

This is Brooklyn’s most famous landmark. When it opened in 1883, it was the first structure to cross the East River and the longest suspension bridge in the world. You’ll see the most spectacular views of lower Manhattan and other city landmarks during your stroll.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

If you bring the entire family to New York, you must see the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. When it was founded in 1899, it was the first museum made specifically for kids! Today it’s home to over 30,000 objects like masks, dolls and musical instruments, plus tons of interactive exhibits.

Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade

Stroll along this ⅓ mile length promenade and enjoy views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and, of course, the Brooklyn Bridge.

Coney Island

People of all ages can appreciate Coney Island, which is located on the outskirts of Brooklyn. Between the world famous hot dogs, eclectic circus shows and the famous Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster, you’ll feel like a child again (in the best possible ways).

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Looking for a little peace and quiet? Spend some time at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Founded in 1910, this spot has hundreds of types of flora on 52 acres. You’ll also find Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum here.

 

Brooklyn Shopping

You don’t have to head to 5th Avenue in Manhattan to find the wonderful shopping New York City is known for. You’ll find all of these places in Brooklyn:

Fulton Mall

Fulton Mall is far from stuffy. It’s a pedestrian street and transit mall downtown that hosts over 230 stores. You’ll find classic retailers like Macy’s and H&M, plus a number of unique boutiques and specialty stores.

Zoe

Located at 68 Washington Street, Lisa Brock’s boutique has a wide range of popular brands such as The Row and Stella McCartney. You’ll also find a number of more affordable options like Diane von Furstenberg.

Pink Label

You’ll find Pink Label at 446 Avenue P, and you’ll recognize it by its lush pink carpet. Pink Label is full of feminine fashions, and the owner, Rachel Kairy, even creates her own custom designs.

Eye Shoppe on Seventh

Eye Shoppe on Seventh carries some of the most amazing options for sunglasses and eyeglasses you’ll ever see. Even better, they can customize your newly purchased glasses with lens tinting and their own personal frame finishes.

Give Brooklyn a try the next time you travel to New York City. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by how much fun you have exploring it.

 

On The Water: Check Out New York’s Waterfront Fun

Spring is in full swing, and while New York weather has been slow to warm up, the sunny weather is starting to appear. That means that the bustling streets of New York become even more packed, both with strolling tourists and people who enjoy a nice outdoor meal. And with views like ours, it’s no wonder waterfront dining and activities are so popular.

If you’re planning a visit to the Big Apple this spring or summer, make sure you work plenty of waterfront activities into your itinerary. Whether that means spending a day at the lake, taking a ferry to an island or just enjoying a nice waterfront meal, you’ll love New York’s options. Make sure you find a great rent a car New York special to ensure that you get to see as much as possible.

To get you started, we’ve compiled a guide of some of New York’s finest waterfront fun. Explore one or two of these options and you’ll enjoy some of our state’s best views.

Waterfront Dining

Let’s start with the basics: waterfront bars and restaurants. They’re popular in any season, but during warmer months, people flock to them for their outdoor decks and beautiful water views. Give one of these spots a try:

  • Boat Basin Cafe, Upper West Side – Escape the chaos without leaving the heart of the city. Between the peaceful views of the Hudson river and the delicious burgers, you’ll go into full vacation mode.
  • The Marina Grille, New Rochelle – Deep fried delicacies, seafood and entrees in an unpretentious setting.
  • Dolphin Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, Yonkers – Classic cuisine with amazing views. Go early for brunch or grab an evening cocktail in the lounge.
  • Merchants River House – This American bistro faces the Hudson River and has a beautiful patio ideal for outdoor dining.
  • Il Fornetto, Brooklyn – Amazing food, totally picturesque views and a beautiful restaurant? You’ll find it here. Il Fornetto is one of Brooklyn’s best restaurants.
  • Oaklands, Hampton Bays – Heading to the Hamptons? Oaklands has tasty seafood, a great reputation and wonderful water views.
  • Harbor Bistro, East Hampton – This restaurant is only open during the summer, so get there fast. It’s got an incredible view of the marina from the outdoor seating area.
  • North River Lobster Company, Hell’s Kitchen – Head to Hell’s Kitchen and enjoy seafood and booze on a floating lobster shack. This is not the place for anyone who gets easily seasick!
  • Clemente’s Maryland Crabhouse, Sheepshead Bay – Eat Maryland style crab and sip cocktails from the bayside tiki bar.
  • Grand Banks, Tribeca – This is the go-to spot during summer for cocktails and oysters with a Hudson River view.

Classic Tourist Activities

Coney Island

Coney Island comes alive between Easter and Halloween. It’s a classic must-do for anyone with a family or anyone who enjoys feeling young again. Gather a large group, look for deals on minivan rentals New York, and take the crew to Coney Island for amusement park rides and carnival games right on the water. Despite its name, you can get there easily by car without taking a ferry.

If you can, try to experience Coney Island on a Friday. Every Friday night during the summer (from late June to Labor Day weekend), fireworks shoot off right on the beach. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the waterfront with your family.

Fun fact: Coney Island is actually the birthplace of the hot dog. No matter how many meals you enjoy there, you should save room for a classic Coney Island dog. Tom’s Coney Island, Ruby’s bar and Grill and Nathan’s Famous are some of the most popular spots.

Coney Island

Ellis Island and Liberty Island

No trip to New York is complete without a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. It might be a classic tourist destination, but with its history and symbolism, it’s worth the trek. Ellis Island involves a short ferry ride, and as the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States, it was the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The nearby Liberty Island is where you’ll find lady Liberty, our gift from France in the 1800s.

Ellis Island and Liberty Island

Other Waterfront Activities

Governors Island

Exploring Governors Island means leaving your New York luxury car rental behind, as it is a vehicle-free oasis. You’ll find outdoor art shows, walking trails, beaches, pools and plenty of parks. This is an excellent day trip to make when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Governors Island

Walking Tours

The Municipal Art Society offers a series of walking tours along the shore to look at New York City’s riverbanks and beaches. They are inexpensive, informative and fun.

Walking Tours

Beach Days

You’ll find plenty of surf and sand right next to NYC. Jones Beach offers over six miles of sand, a two mile boardwalk, a couple of swimming pools and miniature golf. You can also see the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, which offers educational tours. Orchard Beach in the Bronx is also a nice option, with concession stands, sport courts and 115 acres of beach.

Jones Beach

Enjoy your time “down by the sea!”

Road Trip To Some Of New York’s Top Hidden Gems

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When you visit New York, it’s always fun to check out the popular tourist attractions. There are millions of things to do in New York City alone, and the rest of the state also has plenty of well known spots to see. But there are some places that even people who have lived in New York their entire lives aren’t aware of. The next time you visit (or if you live here and decide it’s time to go exploring), put some of these spots on your list. You won’t be disappointed.

Renting a vehicle is the best way to ensure you see as many attractions as possible. Even if you stay in the city, public transportation means relying on someone else’s schedule, and you’ll be better off exploring at your own leisure. Having an idea of what you’d like to see and do will help you determine what kind of vehicle will be best. If you’re bringing the entire family and you plan to escape Manhattan for some different scenery, for example, look up SUV rental New York. If it will just be you and your other half, see if you can find a New York Mercedes for rent.

Here are some of New York’s top hidden gems to put on your list:

Lucifer Falls

You’ll find Lucifer Falls, a breathtaking 115 foot waterfall, in New York’s Finger Lakes region inside the Robert H. Treman State Park. It’s a bit of a trek from New York City, but it’s worth it.

 

Cornell Plantations

This is one of New York’s most beautiful botanical gardens—and a lot of locals don’t even know it exists! You’ll enjoy serene surroundings and gorgeous greenery here, and it’s a wonderful break from the chaos of the city.

 

Montgomery Place

This gorgeous mansion is located near Barrytown in the Hudson Valley. It was built in 1803 and has an impressive history. The 380 acre property is open to the public and offers guided tours and beautiful gardens.

 

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery

New York City might be home to some of the world’s most famous museums and galleries, but the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo can hold its own. It’s over 150 years old, and it’s known for its innovative works of art.

 

Harry Houdini’s Grave

The famous magician’s grave is located in Queens. Fans still gather on occasion to await his escape from death. Admirers often leave decks of Tarot cards for him.

 

Mmuseumm

No, that is not a typo. Mmuseumm is in Manhattan, and it’s a little more obscure than the rest of the city’s art spots… it’s located in a freight elevator! Their second location is set to open sometime this spring. You’ll find some quirky things at Mmuseumm, including the shoe that was once thrown at President George W. Bush.

 

The Treehouse Lovenest

A treehouse in New York! Indeed—you’ll find it in the forests of the Putnam Valley. The Treehouse Lovenest has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a lot of character. Best of all: it’s only a two hour drive from New York City.

 

MoMath, The Museum of Mathematics

Even if Math wasn’t your best subject in school, you’ll love exploring this mathematical museum, which is in Manhattan. This place doesn’t try and confuse visitors with a bunch of equations or complex formulas. The objective is to give guests a sensory experience of what mathematical abstractions look like in real life.

 

The Transit Drive-In

Drive-in theaters are hard to find these days. The Transit in Lockport is an adorable retro theater that has been around since the 1950s. If you go, make sure you’ve got a nice New York Luxury car rental to enjoy the show in.

 

Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy

Yes, this is a real place, and it’s as amazing as it sounds. This museum and comedy center is located in Jamestown, about a six hour drive from Manhattan. It opened in 1966 and was created to preserve and celebrate the legacy of these wonderful actors and comedians. This is a tourist favorite, but a surprising number of people have never heard of it.

 

Thacher State Park

If your travels take you to Albany County, a trip to Thacher State Park is a must. Walk along the Indian Ladder Trail and take in the scenic panoramic views from the top.

Have fun going off the beaten path!

 

 

10 Reasons To Visit New York City This Spring

Reasons To Visit New York City This Spring

Got wanderlust? Allow us to tempt you with the thought of a fun-filled trip to New York City. There’s never really a bad time to visit the Big Apple, but there’s something about spring that transforms the city into something truly magical. The weather is pleasant, but it’s not too hot. The flowers and trees are in bloom, coloring the city in soft, seasonal hues, and the summer crowds haven’t arrived yet. In other words, spring is the perfect season to hop a flight, book a LaGuardia Airport car rental and experience the city at its finest.

Not yet convinced? Here are 10 compelling reasons to visit New York City this spring:

  1. The temperatures. You’ll notice a chill in the air in early spring, but by mid-spring the weather will be downright pleasant. Even if you have a beautiful New York luxury car rental, you’ll do a lot of walking in NYC, so good weather is appreciated.
  2. You won’t have to visit anywhere else for awhile to get your “travel fix.” Think about it: You’ve got Little Italy, Chinatown, Flushing (the Chinatown of Queens), international shopping options, international shows and more culture than you could ever dream of at museum exhibits and shows. New York’s museums have some of the finest cultural relics from all over the world. If you’ve been envisioning a trip to Europe or Asia that isn’t in the cards right now, you can calm your jet-setting urges for awhile by visiting New York.
  3. The flowers are in bloom—most notably, the cherry blossoms that begin to bloom in early April. They are beautiful, and you can see them on many city streets. Get your fill at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Central Park or one of the city’s numerous small parks. You can also attend the Macy’s Flower Show between March 22 and April 4, when gorgeous flowers overtake the ground floor of Macy’s in Herald Square.
  4. The energy. April and May bring a great deal of energy to the already bustling city. As the sun begins to shine, tables appear on sidewalks outside restaurants, windows of shops open, and people get excited for the upcoming events. Everyone sheds their layers from winter and starts to talk to each other more.
  5. Baseball season. Even if you’re not a Mets or Yankees fan, if you appreciate the game of baseball, you’ll love seeing a game in New York. Opening day in the city is always a fun time.
  6. The Tribeca Film Festival. There are always festivals happening in the city, and spring is especially full of exciting events. But the Tribeca Film Festival is a must for any film fan or person who can appreciate the arts. The festival is 11 days long, running from April 13-24, so you’ll have plenty of time to spend enjoying New York. Plus, if you’re a film buff, there will be hordes of wonderful people to talk to and network with.
  7. Speaking of festivals… you’ll find food festivals galore in New York City in the spring. Mac Daddy, a mac and cheese festival hosted by Time Out New York, is held on March 29. Sign up for a one hour time slot between 11 AM and 6 PM to be able to eat and vote for the best mac and cheese in the city. On April 9, head to Staten Island for its annual BBQ Cookoff. This is a family-oriented event that includes plenty of BBQ sampling, awards with cash prizes and live entertainment. And it’s not all about food. Beer and wine lovers will appreciate all the spirits-related events that take place in spring. At the Spring Craft Beer Festival at Belmont Park Race Track, you can sample two ounce pours of 100 U.S. craft brews (though we do not recommend trying them all).
  8. It’s finally picnic season. If you’ve never enjoyed a picnic lunch or dinner at the Sheep Meadow in Central Park, put it on your NYC bucket list right away. The stunning skyline views are unforgettable. Also, it’s a designated quiet zone, so you’ll enjoy a little bit of serenity in the city.
  9. The deals. Spring break is a busy time in New York, but you also might be able to find some wonderful last-minute travel deals before the summer chaos starts.
  10. Because it’s New York… and sometimes, that’s the only reason you need.

We hope we’ve convinced you to visit!