17 Sites to Take New York Luxury Car Rental in 2017

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. A trip (or two or three) to New York should definitely be on that list. And what better way to add fun than add a New York Mercedes for rent to help you see the city?

But once you’ve arrived in your New York luxury car rental, 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, after all. And in the spirit of the year to come, here are 17 places in or near the Big Apple you should visit in the new year:

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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.

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.

 

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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. You’ll find yourself taking your New York luxury car rental there over and over again.

Glasserie

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.

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, enjoy a cocktail called Personal Space.

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.” Leave your New York Mercedes for rent at home for this night out.

Caffe Palermo 

Go to Little Italy. Find Caffe Palermo on Mulberry Street. Buy a cannoli immediately. You’ll thank us later.

Cultural Entertainment

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.

The Comedy Cellar

Located at 117 Macdougal Street, this basement comedy club doesn’t look like much from the outside… but a lot of famous comedians 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.

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.

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. Don’t be surprised if you leave with your New York luxury car rental full.

Barcade

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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. You can get to coney by your New York Mercedes for rent, or by train, bus, or express bus.

Start your 2017 NYC bucket list when you reserve your New York luxury car rental from Action Car Rental. We have New York Mercedes for rent, among other luxury vehicles to transform an ordinary trip into a spectacular getaway.

14 Irresistible Holiday Happenings In NYC

Will you be spending the holidays in New York this year? If so, you’re incredibly lucky―Manhattan’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is only the beginning of our seasonal celebration. From late November until after New Year’s Day, New York City is a magical place. There’s no better spot to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. Our luxury New York car rentals

Once your flight and hotel have been arranged, it’s time to choose your perfect New York luxury car rental to transport you from place to place. Renting a car for a winter vacation to New York is a must―not only will it make exploring the city and surrounding areas infinitely easier, but it beats freezing on corners trying to flag down an empty cab. Look up luxury New York car rentals to see what kind of seasonal promotions you can find.

Once you arrive, you’ll find hundreds (if not thousands) of holiday happenings awaiting you. We happen to think these 14 things are especially magical.

Bryant Park’s 17,000 square foot outdoor rink offers FREE ice-skating all month long. You’ll also find 128 holiday shops (there until January 3) and good eats.

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Every year, thousands of New Yorkers and visitors flock to the bright and beautiful Rockefeller Christmas Tree. This year’s 78 foot, 10 ton Norway Spruce is illuminating over 45,000 LED lights, and it’s truly spectacular. Not only is this one of the most iconic spots in New York, but it’s surrounded by other festive events and great places to eat or grab a drink.

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Since the 80s, Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights neighborhood (11th Avenue between 83rd and 86th Streets) has been turning its streets into the most eclectic holiday light festival you’ll ever see. The spectacle has become so impressive that you can take a bus tour through the area. This is one time where that luxury New York car rentals will really come in handy.

Rolf’s Restaurant

Located in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park at 22nd Street and 3rd Avenue, Rolf’s Restaurant looks like the inside of a Christmas tree right now. Not only do they go all out for their holiday decorating, but they also serve delicious Bavarian food you can wash down with mulled wine or spiked egg nog.

The Radio City Rockettes

How could you entertain the idea of a Christmas/Hanukkah trip to New York without seeing the Radio City Rockettes? You have until January 2 to catch an iconic performance at Radio City Music Hall.

The Yule Ball at The Bell House

Harry Potter fans, rejoice. At the Yule Ball, you can don your finest gowns and robes and rock out to the Harry and the Potters band. Plus, there’s a Harry-themed marionette show called Potter Puppet Pals. The party has two dates, December 15 and 16, and proceeds go to the Harry Potter Alliance, a charitable group.

Winter Solstice Concert

From December 15-December 17, you can celebrate the darkest nights of the year at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. This is a secular celebration led by the Paul Winter Consort.

The Latke Festival

Yum! The 8th Annual Latke Festival is December 19 at the Brooklyn Museum, and it’s every bit as delicious as it sounds.

Jingle Ball

If you can make it to New York by December 9, head to Madison Square Garden for Z100’s annual Jingle Ball celebration. With a lineup including Ariana Grande, Diplo, Ellie Goulding and Justin Bieber, tickets are understandably hard to come by―but they’re usually available by third party vendors, for a hefty price worth paying.

New York Christmas Holiday Tour

This hop-on, hop-off guided bus tour is a great way to see some of the city’s finest sites. You’ll get glimpses of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, all the famous displays at Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and other major department stores. You’ll then drive through Times Square, Columbus Circle, and head to the Holiday Market at Bryant Park. It’s a great way to see the sights without looking for parking for your luxury New York car rentals.

Shopping

Need we say more? Every department store in Manhattan goes all out for the holidays with gorgeous window displays. Do your last-minute shopping here… and if you’re done buying for others for the season, shop for yourself.

The Nutcracker

You can catch several performances of The Nutcracker throughout the city and its suburbs, but if you can swing it, head to Broadway and see the performance by the New York City Ballet. It’s worth it.

Light up the Night Hanukkah Gala

If you celebrate Hanukkah or just feel like honoring the Jewish holiday, head to Lower Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage for the Light up the Night gala on December 15. The annual soiree usually sees a crowd of 500 or more and includes an open bar, a dinner buffet, and plenty of chances to mingle.

The Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square’s European-style winter market showcases the goods of over 150 local and national vendors, not to mention a host of delicious food vendors. You could easily spend an entire day wandering around this place, assuming you’re dressed in enough layers.

Happy holidays! And what better way to ensure a great holiday than with luxury New York car rentals from Action? Reserve your vehicle today to beat the holiday rush.

 

The Best Winter Getaway Spots In New York

There’s never a bad time to visit New York—and yes, that includes winter. Believe it or not, it’s one of the best times to see our state at its loveliest. There are numerous winter getaway spots where you can take your SUV rental New York to experience a lovely winter. While the Northeast is notorious for winter storms, they’re actually few and far between. For most of the season, we simply enjoy a winter wonderland.

If you’re considering a visit to New York City during the winter, you may want to jump into your SUV rental New York and explore some of our nearby cities and towns. The Big Apple is beautiful this time of year, but sometimes it just doesn’t compare to the kind of peaceful snow-filled landscape you’ll only find upstate. Consider an SUV rental New York or a vehicle that’s known for doing well in the snow, and get ready to fall in love with New York’s winters.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best spots in New York to go for a winter getaway. Pick your favorite and plan for an extra few days away from the city for new adventures.shinn

Hunter

Hunter Mountain is a two and a half hour drive from New York City, and Hunter Mountain happens to be one of the best places to ski and snowboard in the state. Because it’s a resort destination, there are also plenty of great dining and shopping options for those who don’t ski or want to do other things as well. Hunter Mountain is actually the closest skiing destination to the city, so if you’re interested at all, it’s probably your best bet.

Hudson River Valley

Located about two hours north of the city, the Hudson River Valley is one of the more idyllic winter getaway spots. The National Geographic Traveler has declared the area one of the World’s Top 20 Destinations, and for good reason. The breathtaking landscape really comes alive when they’re dusted with snow, and the houses are almost all decorated for the holiday season. The amazing dining, outlet shopping, and theater performances will only add to your amazing experience.

Montauk

Montauk, which is a two and a half hour drive from the city (with traffic), is a beautiful place to visit in any season. It’s known more as one of the summertime rather than winter getaway spots, but you won’t regret exploring it in the winter. The beaches are just as breathtaking, though you’ll want to bundle up before your beach walk. Don’t be discouraged that some of the surf shops and beachside bars close up for the winter. You can still dine at the best seafood restaurants and indulge in a spa treatment without any competition. The Montauk Manor, situated on a hillside, is the perfect place to stay.

Lake Placid

Lake Placid is a long drive from the city—about five hours. But it’s worth it. The Lake Placid Lodge goes all out for the season. The silent, snowy forest and the frozen lake make a magical landscape for exploring… Or for gazing at from the comfort of your fireside lounge chair. The winter activities here are limitless: Skiing, sledding, ice fishing, skating, snowshoeing, and bonfires, just to name a few. And if you need to warm up, the Lake Placid Spa & Salon is a great place to relax.

Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse, Mattituck

Mattituck is a quiet community about an hour and a half from the city on the Long Island peninsula. The Shinn Estate Vineyards is an all-in-one destination: you can taste and buy wine, stay at the luxurious but cozy farmhouse, take a self-guided tour through the vineyards, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning. The pace slows down during winter, but it’s still a beautiful time of year to go.

Canandaigua

New York’s Finger Lakes are located in Ontario County, which is a good five hour drive from the city (but a great way to explore the state). Canandaigua is home to Bristol Mountain Ski Resort and the beautiful Bristol Harbor Resort. Bristol Harbor really goes the extra mile to make sure your getaway is spectacular. This resort boasts a fireplace in every room and heated bathroom floors to keep you cozy. Between all the amenities and the gorgeous view of Canandaigua Lake, you won’t want to leave. But if you can pry yourself away, check out Twisted Rail Brewing Company to sample some local brew.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls seems like the perfect summer destination. But the state park doesn’t close for the winter, and in fact, this may be the best time to view the falls. The intense heat and extreme crowds of summertime can drive any sane person away, but during this time of year, the viewing areas are all yours. The popular Maid of the Mist boat ride does close down in early November due to icy conditions. However, most of the other viewing areas remain open. The nearby town of Buffalo is also a fun place to spend a winter weekend, with businesses offering snowshoe rentals. The outdoor skating rink at Canalside is four times the size of Rockefeller Center’s – a definite must-see!

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10 Places In New York For Perfect Romantic Getaways

When you think of romantic places, cities like Paris probably come to mind. But New York is a pretty magical place when it comes to romance, and we don’t just mean Manhattan (though the Big Apple certainly qualifies). If you’re ready to surprise your special someone with perfect romantic getaways, look no further than the Empire State and a New York luxury car rental from Action.

Whether you plan to stay in the heart of the city or you prefer a country getaway, you’ll have a much better experience if you book a New York luxury car rental. Not only will you and your sweetie be entirely on your own schedule, you’ll be able to explore the area you stay in at a moment’s notice. Think of all the hidden gems you can find with your New York luxury car rental. Hiking trails, restaurants, day spas, and theaters are all at your disposal.

Once your chariot has been reserved, all that remains is deciding on the perfect hotel, resort or bed and breakfast. And rest assured, you’ll definitely have your share of charming options.

Here are 10 suggestions for perfect romantic getaways destinations to escape to in your New York luxury car rental.

The Maidstone, East Hampton

Who hasn’t dreamt of a few perfect romantic getaways in The Hamptons? The Maidstone has created an eclectic place for couples to enjoy. The hotel is designed to make you feel welcomed and has a “Scandinavian cozy” theme you’ll love. You and your partner can enjoy comfortable bedding, aromatherapy, an in-room French press, and complimentary champagne. Furthermore free yoga, beach parking for your New York luxury car rental, and a library are onsite for convenience. The onsite restaurant, The Living Room, is delightful. Call 631-324-5006 to book.

Mount Merino Manor Bed and Breakfast, Hudson

With stone pillars throughout this Victorian home and multiple fireplaces, the Mount Merino Manor seems more like a castle than a bed and breakfast. But this place is anything but stuffy. Couples enjoy charming and relaxing vacations here. The seven luxurious suites feature whirlpool tubs, candlelit fireplaces and individualized decor. Wrap yourself in a plush robe, take a sea salt bath, and enjoy your evening. In the morning, you and your mate will be treated to a full breakfast in the dining area.

The Inn at Erlowest, Lake George

The Inn at Erlowest is a turn-of-the-century Queen Anne stone castle, and it’s incredible. Located in the Adirondack Mountains on the tranquil Lake George, this sanctuary has ten guest rooms that have been restored and decorated with antiques from the early 1900s. You’ll be treated to complimentary champagne when you arrive, and you and your sweetie will have access to plenty of modern amenities like free WiFi and flatscreen TVs.

The Inn at Green River, Hillsdale

This historic farmhouse dates back to 1830 and features seven guest rooms with features like whirlpool tubs, two person showers and fireplaces. Each room has slightly different layout and amenities. Guests can stroll through the peaceful gardens or sit on the lush green lawns. In the morning, a delicious and healthy breakfast is served.

The Plaza, Midtown West, New York City

There are times when nothing but Manhattan will do. When the urge for romance in the City That Never Sleeps strikes, book a suite at New York’s most iconic hotel. The Plaza is synonymous with New York elegance, and you and your sweetie will be spoiled by 24-hour service from the concierge, room service and butler. Cozy horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park are available right outside your door, but we recommend driving up in a New York luxury car rental when you check in.

The Greenwich Hotel, TriBeCa, New York City

For a slightly more “boutique hotel” experience in the city, head to the Greenwich Hotel for your perfect romantic getaways. This 88 room space feels like a peaceful oasis in the middle of the vibrant city. It has a tranquil plant-filled courtyard and an underground lantern-lit pool perfect for taking an evening swim. In addition, a luxurious Shibui spa will help you relax.

High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid

The High Peaks Resort was rated one of the best honeymoon resorts on TripAdvisor. It’s got all the amenities you’d hope to see in a high end destination hotel, like a fitness center, pools and a day spa. Moreover, the four onsite dining establishments range from casual to elegant so you don’t have to leave the property during your stay.

Montauk Manor, Montauk

As a condominium resort, you actually can buy a home here, but it’s much less expensive to stay with your other half for a weekend. The building is a national landmark that has been lovingly restored. It now includes 140 condos, a private tennis club, indoor and outdoor pools, and complete hotel services, like housekeeping.

Akwaaba Mansion, Brooklyn

Located just 20 minutes outside of Manhattan, this 1860s landmark mansion has been meticulously restored, and it’s absolutely beautiful. You and your significant other can enjoy a quiet stay in a historic neighborhood rich in culture. Not to mention the scrumptious Southern breakfast served in the dining room each morning. Onsite couple’s massages are also available.

Batcheller Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast, Saratoga Springs

Looking for a romantic vacation that’s also affordable? Rates here start at just $151, and you’ll certainly get your money’s worth. Each room in the inn has beautiful period finishings, high speed internet and plush robes for you and your sweetie to use. This place definitely combines old world elegance and modern amenities.

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10 Places For A Perfect Romantic Getaway in New York

Neighborhood Spotlight: Little Italy

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New York is full of historic, wonderful and eclectic neighborhoods, each with their own unique characters. The city’s rich immigration history and constant influx of new people gives it a culture that’s totally unique. Part of the fun of visiting New York, especially Manhattan, is exploring its neighborhoods in depth. And it doesn’t hurt that one of Manhattan’s most notorious neighborhoods is known for its incredible authentic Italian food.

Of course, in order to properly explore all those neighborhoods, you’ll want to look into getting a rental car. Making a car rental Manhattan reservation ahead of time ensures you’ll get the best deal on your vehicle of choice. Look up plenty of New York car rental company reviews to see which companies have the best reputations. That way you can enjoy a nice, hassle-free experience—and once you’ve picked up your car, you’ll be free to see New York City at its finest.

We recommend spending as much time in Little Italy as possible. Located in Lower Manhattan occupying a three block stretch of Mulberry Street, it’s a mecca for delicious food and local shops. Little Italy is the living reminder of the great wave of Italian immigration that came through New York City beginning in the late 1870s. The neighborhood once extended as far south as Worth Street and as far north as Houston Street, but now it’s condensed into just a few blocks.

Little Italy originated as Mulberry Bend. Strangely enough, this wasn’t even the biggest Italian neighborhood in the city—East Harlem had a larger Italian population. Mulberry Bend was a poorer Italian neighborhood, with about 10,000 residents just trying to get by. In fact, Jacob Riis once described Mulberry Bend as “the foul core of New York’s slums.”

At the turn of the 20th century, over 90% of the neighborhood residents were of Italian origins. After World War II, many residents of the Lower East Side started moving to Brooklyn, Staten Island or New Jersey. Around the same time, Chinese immigrants became an increased presence in the city after the U.S. Immigration Act of 1965 removed immigration restrictions. Little Italy slowly started losing square footage to Chinatown. Around 2004, real estate prices skyrocketed and forced even more people out.

What remains are some of the neighborhood’s oldest businesses, a charming atmosphere, and a group of residents committed to preserving the neighborhood. You can find apartments in the area for below market value, and the crime rate in Little Italy is actually 70% below the national average. It is one of Manhattan’s safest neighborhoods. And some Italians that are direct descendants of Little Italy’s first residents still call it home.

Explore Little Italy

Want to explore Little Italy? Head to Mulberry Street and make sure you arrive hungry. You’ll find the blocks lined with authentic and charming restaurants, and sometimes there are penny hawkers who are paid to get you to come in. For lunch, visit Parm, a sandwich shop with the best parm sandwiches and turkey clubs you’ll find in the city. The wait time can get a bit long at dinner time, so going for lunch is your best bet.

After lunch, take a stroll through Di Palo’s for an authentic Italian market experience. Since 1925, this family-owned store has sold incredible cheeses, cured meats and olive oil to locals and tourists. Get some provisions to take back to your hotel room if you have a mini fridge—the mozzarella is like no other.

One place that’s definitely worth visiting is Ferrara Bakery & Cafe, which dates back to 1892. Originally opened by Enrico Scoppa and Antonio Ferrara, the bakery is still family-run (fifth generation!) and uses the same recipes. Sip a glass of Prosecco and treat yourself to a little gelato or something from the bakery.

Little Italy and the neighborhood to the north, which is known as “Nolita,” have a few great shops worth checking out. Condor is a boutique decorated with plants and greenery that’s full of clothing from local and international designers. Creatures of Comfort is a Los Angeles-based boutique, and Scotch & Soda is a must for preppy-with-an-edge male apparel. For souvenirs, head to Il Coccio on on Hester Street for Italian ceramics and NYC Gift Shop on Mulberry Street for all the classics.

Where to Have Dinner?

Deciding where to have dinner in Little Italy can seem like an impossible choice. And to be honest, it is—you’ll have your pick of perfectly prepared Italian food. A few of the best of the best, reputation-wise: Rubirosa (especially if you’re craving pizza), Pellegrino’s, Casa Bella Italian Ristorante, and Lunella. Many of the restaurants will have their menus prominently displayed or would be happy to let you take a look. Expect the restaurant staff to turn on the charm to try and entice you—they all know the competition is stiff.

Another impossible but necessary dream: Saving room for dessert. Caffe Palermo serves cannolis so incredible that celebrities like Ryan Seacrest have taken notice of them. If you can’t enjoy them in the bakery with a glass of vino, box them up and take them back to your hotel room. You won’t want to pass them up.

Little Italy has certainly grown much smaller over the years. But what remains of its vibrant city blocks are just as inviting as ever. Be sure to see our article for a romantic night out in New York City to impress your special someone.

Surviving New York Summer: 10 Ways To Beat The Heat

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Despite the minor unpleasantries of a New York City summer (yes, we’re talking about the garbage smell), we wait all year to enjoy the longer days, warm nights and beautiful weather. If you’ll be visiting the city this season, come prepared for humid days that make the temperatures seem higher than they really are. But fear not, because there are plenty of ways to beat (and embrace) the heat.

Make sure you have a good New York luxury car rental, because sometimes you’ll need to escape the city to truly appreciate summertime in New York. Besides, with dozens of amazing attractions located just a few hours (or less) away, you’ll want to take advantage of all the state has to offer. If you’re traveling with a group or you’d like to explore some of New York’s tougher terrain, consider an SUV rental New York. Otherwise, anything you feel like driving will suffice.

Once you’ve arrived, here are 10 fun ways to enjoy the summer in New York:

Enjoy a meal and a beverage on a rooftop.

Summer is outdoor dining season in New York, and we’ve got some wonderful options. STK Downtown & Rooftop, Gallow Green and Juliette are all great places to go for a cocktail and some food. The Top of the Standard offers unforgettable view. And for a delicious Mexican meal, head to the Cantina Rooftop on West 48th Street.

Go on a river cruise.

Care for a dinner cruise? A boat ride around Hudson Bay? You’ll find it all in New York, especially in Manhattan. Cruise around and see the city skyline from a different perspective.

Drive up to Niagara Falls and join the tourists.

Pick a weekday, and get there early—very early—if you want to take the Maid of the Mist tour. Niagara Falls is typically packed with tourists, and it’s a long way from New York City. But if you’ve never seen it, it’s definitely worth the trip.

Cool off at a museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MOMA. The Museum of the City of New York. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Whatever kind of art you’re in the mood for, New York will have it… and it will probably be air conditioned.

Get out of the city and find a swimming hole.

Outside of Manhattan, New York has some incredible natural beauty, including plenty of lakes and swimming holes. Take a less crowded dip in the water and enjoy a day escape.

Go whitewater rafting.

Feeling a little adventurous? Drive to the Adirondacks, which are located about 270 miles north of Manhattan. The Hudson River, which winds over 300 miles from metro New York City to Mount Marcy’s Lake Tear of the Clouds, was deemed one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the United States. Since it’s such a long drive from the city, this is something you’ll want to allow a couple of days for—but if you’re up for the adrenaline rush, it will be an unforgettable experience.

Hit the beach (an underrated one).

Everyone knows about Coney Island and the Hamptons. And those spots are amazing. But for a more relaxed day, head to one of New York’s more out-of-the-way beaches. Wildwood State Park will give you stunning views of the Long Island Sound while surrounding you with white, sandy beaches and beautiful bluffs. And Jones Beach, which is close to the city, is known for its outdoor theater—but you’ll also find miles of beautiful shoreline to explore.

Find some of the city’s best ice cream.

It doesn’t matter how old you are. Nothing cools you off on a hot summer day quite like an ice cream cone. Try the gourmet Sundaes and Cones on East 10th Street in Manhattan, the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (yes, really!) for some quirky combinations, or Eddie’s Sweet Shop for a classic, retro experience.

Go for a scenic drive.

Climb into your car rental New York, crank up the AC, find your favorite tunes and go for a drive. There are a number of scenic byways in New York, and some of them are fairly close to the city. The Kittatinny Ridge Loop, for example, will run you along the Delaware River and around the flat-topped Kittatinny Ridge, a haven for wildlife watching and exploring charming historic towns. The whole loop takes about two and a half hours without stops, so you could do it all in a day and make it back to Manhattan before bed.

Spend the day at Central Park.

Central Park is a place that both tourists and locals love. Even when it’s hot and muggy, there’s something fun for everyone to do. You can enjoy a picnic with your favorite cool treats, rent a rowboat at the Loeb Boathouse, explore the Central Park Zoo or enjoy a meal at Caffe Storico (or Tavern on the Green if you’re feeling fancy).

Only In New York: 4 Experiences You Can ONLY Have In The Big Apple

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“Only in New York” is so much more than just an expression. While every city has its unique traits, there really, truly is no other place on Earth like New York City. From our incredible history to our world famous museums. Our city ia a cultural melting pot of our neighborhoods. You won’t find anything like the big apple NYC anywhere else. So the next time you’re in a “New York state of mind,” indulge the craving, because nothing else will do.

Read on for examples of four experiences you can’t have anywhere else. To properly pull them off, first do your research on a car rental New York deal that will work for you. This will make going from place to place more convenient and save you tons of money on subway, taxi and town car fees. If you have a large family, finding a minivan rental New York special will be surprisingly easy and very convenient.

Once you’ve got your ride secured, buckle up and prepare for the experience of a lifetime. Here are a few adventures that will leave you saying, “Only in New York!”

Dine on legendary Jewish food and sing your heart out at a bar with “grocery” in the title.

The story behind the iconic New York staple “Russ & Daughters” is fascinating. In 1907, a man named Joel Russ immigrated to New York from Germany in hopes of a better life. His older sister was already here and encouraged him to come, although when he did, she accidentally forgot about him and made him wait for two days at Ellis Island before she picked him up! Joel worked hard selling strings of Polish mushrooms, and during that time he also married a woman named Bella and had three daughters with her.

Joel opened his first store in 1914, and in 1920 he opened a bigger one. One by one, his daughters began to learn the business from him and worked alongside him. He changed the name of his business to “Russ & Daughters” in 1933, and with hard work and sacrifice (including selling their house!), the business survived. Even after Joel Russ’s passing, it remained family owned and operated, and you can still enjoy purchasing high end groceries and appetizers at Russ & Daughters or have a meal the nearby Russ & Daughters Cafe. Theirs is a story like no other.

And you’ll find Arlene’s Grocery in the same neighborhood as both Russ & Daughters locations, which is a former bodega that has been a showcase for local NYC bands since 1996. On Monday and Fridays, their famous karaoke band will give you a taste of the limelight. The people watching is amazing here, and it’s an experience you’ll only find in the Big Apple.

Walk the High Line.

Also known as High Line Park, the High Line is a mile and a half long linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of an old NYC railroad spur called the West Side Line. Better yet, it’s a testament to community activism and urban beautification efforts.

The High Line was almost demolished in 1999. But Robert Hammond and Joshua David, two locals, started a nonprofit group called Friends of the High Line. They advocated for the line’s preservation and use a public open space, and soon fundraising events were organized by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. Over $150 million was raised, and the battle was won.

The High Line gets more than 4.4 million visitors every year, and it’s being called this generation’s Central Park. And you can only walk it… you guessed it, in New York. Just make sure you walk it during a weekday if you can to avoid the biggest crowds.

Experience the Statue of Liberty.

We’re pretty proud of Lady Liberty in New York, especially since we’re the only city to have anything like her. And if you want the full experience, make a day of it and take the ferry to Ellis Island. You’ll love having the chance to explore the statue and read about history, especially if you have older children or history buffs with you.

That being said, there are a lot of poor, tired, huddled masses waiting in line most of the time. So for a less exhausting way to see the Statue of Liberty, you can hop on a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. They depart daily from Pier 83 down the Hudson River, and the boats pass right by Lady Liberty before heading under both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. We highly recommend this cruise for beautiful views you won’t see anywhere else.

Experience a Yankees game.

We understand that most non-New Yorkers are not Yankees fans… in fact, most have a less than favorable opinion of the team. But even if you’re not a fan of baseball itself, you’ll see that watching a Yankees game in Yankee Stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Why not see a game in the House that Babe Ruth Built?

Tickets aren’t cheap, and this experience won’t be for everyone. But when the Yankees win, the crowd goes wild and the sound of Frank Sinatra belting out New York, New York can be heard over the celebration, you’ll smile and say, “Only in New York.”

 

 

Playing Tourist: 10 Tours You Should Take In New York

cruiser bike Playing Tourist: 10 Tours You Should Take In New York

If there’s one city where it’s always fun to play tourist, it’s New York. Whether you call the Big Apple home or you’re just going to visit, tours offer a whole new way to explore the area. Our entire state is jam-packed with amazing tours, from the Manhattan city limits to the upper state countryside. And if you’re visiting this summer, you’ll want to check some of them out.

Despite Manhattan’s abundant Taxis, public transportation in some parts of New York is somewhat scarce. Your best bet is to look up Rent a Car New York options, decide what will be best for you and rent a vehicle that will take you wherever you need to go. If you’re traveling with your family or a large group, look up minivan rental New York specials. It’s much easier to have everyone in one spot than trying to chase children or friends down on the subway.

Once you’re in the city, you’ll have hundreds upon hundreds of options for tours. We recommend choosing a few from this list:

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

Whether you’re a New Yorker or a first time visitor, this tour is worth taking at least once. Lady Liberty has played a big role in our history, after all. Tickets are $59 and include a 4.5 hour guided visit to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, priority boarding on the ferry and viewing exhibits inside the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island.

Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise

This guided 2.5 hour tour offers a cruise around Manhattan Island and the chance to learn about its history. You’ll enjoy the live commentary from a tour guide, breathtaking views, and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are normally $41.99, but you can often find them on sale.

Free Tours By Foot: A Pay-What-You-Wish Experience

“Free” and “New York City” often do not go hand in hand. But this amazing company offers several tours that are free, though donations and tips are certainly accepted and encouraged. The belief is that everyone should be able to enjoy what the city has to offer. For some tours, subway fare will be needed, and reservations are required to guarantee your spot. Still, this is one of the best and most affordable ways to see the city.

The New York State Capitol Tour in Albany

This tour will require a bit of a drive—Albany is between two and three hours from the city. But touring the beautiful capitol is something everyone should experience, especially history buffs or anyone who appreciates architecture. Tours are free of charge and are available Monday-Friday at 10 AM, noon, 2 PM and 3 PM.

Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany

If your travels take you to the Rochester or Buffalo areas, carve out some time to tour this creepy old asylum. Known as one of the most haunted places in the country, you just might experience some paranormal activity—but either way, you’re in for a spooky time. Tours cost $20 per person and last about two hours.

Joyce Gold History Tours of New York

A favorite recommendation of hotel concierges everywhere, history buff Joyce Gold’s walking tour is an incredible experience. You can schedule a private tour for a more customized experience, or sign up for a public scheduled tour for $20 per person ($15 for those over 62).

The Bannerman Island Walking Tour, Pollepel Island

Located just 56 miles north of Manhattan, the beautiful Bannerman’s Castle sits on an island about six acres in size. The castle was once used as a military surplus warehouse, and these days it’s available for exploring on your own.

The East End Bike Tours of Mattituck

Heading to the Hamptons this summer? This tour is close to Long Island, and it offers the chance to put your rental car in park and cruise along by bike. The best part? This tour will quench your thirst for wine as well as information, and you’ll see plenty of historic sights along the way.

The NY See it All Tour

This is exactly what it sounds like! This six hour tour has won numerous awards, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll be able to see Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and so much more, all from the comforts of a cruise. Tickets start at $59.99 per person and depart twice a day.

The Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride in Lockport

Did you know the state of New York has some incredible caves? Skip the crowds at Howe Caverns and head to Lockport instead, which is a 382 drive from Manhattan that will allow you to see a good portion of the state. The 70 minute guided tour includes and underground boat ride, and you’ll be able to view ruins from the industrial revolution. Feeling brave? The company also offers ghost tours at night.

Explore New York this summer with a guided tour (or two or three). You won’t regret it!

 

 

Five Road Trips From NYC You Can Take On One Tank Of Gas

Five Summer Road Trips From NYC Mohonk

There’s just something about summer road trips that make them so special. And in New York especially, June, July and August are wonderful months.  Get in your car and drive away for a little adventure. If you’re planning on visiting the city this summer, or if you live in New York City and need to get away, search for New York car rental specials and find your perfect road trip match.

Speaking of driving… it’s not cheap to fill your gas tank, especially during summertime. Luckily you can explore quite a few destinations using only one tank. The average car can go from about 300 miles on one tank of gas, and all of these road trips are shorter than that.

Whether you call Manhattan home or you’ll visiting New York from out of state and you’d like to explore. Renting a vehicle will give you better freedom to go at your own pace. If you have a large group, you can look up van rental New York deals.  The best way so that everyone can travel together. Otherwise, a New York luxury car rental might be nice so you can ride around in style.

Once you’ve settled on your vehicle of choice, all you have to do is pick a destination and fill your tank. And unless you continue your journey, you’ll only have to fill that gas tank once.

Here are five places close to New York City you can visit:

  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Philly is about 100 miles from New York, so you can get there and back safely and still have some fuel left for cruising around the city. You can also park your car and use public transportation while you’re there if you want to save gas. Aside from eating a classic Philly cheesesteak, you’ll want to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Constitution was signed) and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. If you’re traveling with children, don’t miss out on seeing Franklin Square. It’s a beautiful public park with a great playground, a carousel and miniature golf course. Another great family-friendly option is the Please Touch Museum, a hands on experience everyone can enjoy. Since New York to Philly is a two hour drive (even with traffic), you can go there and back in one day.

  2. Atlantic City, New Jersey.

    Las Vegas is an incredible city, but it doesn’t have Atlantic City’s boardwalk or laid back vibe. It’s also not a 130 mile, two hour drive like it is from Manhattan. Whether you’re going on an adults-only or a family-friendly trip, you’ll find plenty of exciting things to see and do. Stroll the boardwalks and the beaches, try your luck at one of the many casinos or spend some downtime relaxing in a spa, like the Red Door Spa at Harrah’s or the Immersion Spa at the Water Club. If you get the chance, enjoy a meal at Buddaken, one of the city’s top rated Pan-Asian restaurants located inside Caesar’s Palace. The Cape May Whale Watcher is the largest whale and dolphin watcher in New Jersey, so if you hit the town during the right season, you can get a glimpse of some majestic creatures.

  3. Cold Spring, New York.

    Located on the banks of the Hudson River, Cold Spring is just 55 miles from the heart of Manhattan. This is the perfect place to go if you need a relaxing break from the bustling city. Enjoy spectacular scenery from the gorgeous gazebo, stroll the waterfront and explore the Hudson Highlands State Park. This is another destination where you can park your rental car when you arrive if you’d like. The trolley will take you around the village for mere pocket change.

  4. Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York.

    While you can easily make this 90 mile trip from the city in a day, we recommend making an overnight trip out of it to fully enjoy all the Victorian castle has to offer. This gorgeous haven offers horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, carriage rides, fine dining and an award-winning spa. You might try to make a day of it, but you’ll probably decide to stay in one of the beautiful rooms or suites.

  5. Fire Island, New York.

    Though Fire Island is a mere 62 miles from New York City, you’ll want to allow yourself two and a half hours for the drive due to traffic and tolls. But once you’re there, you’ll love being surrounded by a stretch of coastline that feels like you’re a lot further away from the city. Spend your day beach combing, hiking or looking for wildlife along the shoreline. If you have time, head to Great South Bay and go on a guided tour or go canoeing.

Enjoy your summer travels!

 

 

 

The Ultimate New York City Summer Bucket List

The Ultimate New York City Summer Bucket List

The City That Never Sleeps is especially energetic in the summertime. The sun is out, the air is warm and every rooftop and patio in Manhattan is full of happy patrons. If you’ll be in New York this summer, you’ll have a lot of fun to have in a short amount of time. You might be busy, but you’ll never be bored.

Your options for entertaining yourself will be endless, and renting a vehicle will ensure that you’ll have access to anything you’d like to do. Look up New York Car Rental specials to see if there are any deals available during your trip. Keep it simple and keep your rental for the entire duration of your stay. Booking a LaGuardia Airport Car Rental will be easier (and more affordable) that flagging down a cab.

Once your rental car is booked, make a New York City summer bucket list and try to check off as many things as you can. Needless to say, we’ve got some suggestions for what the ultimate summer bucket list should be.

Go to Coney Island.

Is there anything better than the beach in the summer? No matter how old you are or what you like to do for fun, going to Coney Island is a blast. There’s a lot to do, but you can always choose to just relax by the water.

Watch a baseball game.

Yankees or Mets? Unless you’re a diehard fan, it doesn’t really matter. Both teams are fun to watch and tickets aren’t difficult to get.

Discover a new hidden gem.

New York is so jam-packed with things to do that you could spend a lifetime there and never experience everything. This summer, find a coffee shop, bar, park, bookstore or other small business that’s located off the beaten path. You’ll be so glad you did.

Visit at least one popular tourist attraction.

Hidden gems are charming, but sometimes you just have to act like a tourist. Check out the Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or another iconic New York attraction. If you’re worried about the crowds, find out when the off-peak days of the week and times are and go then.

Go to Central Park.

Speaking of New York icons, this one is perfect in the summertime. Take a picnic, rent a rowboat, or lace up your sneakers and go for a jog.

Watch a performance.

Even if Broadway shows aren’t your thing, you’ll have tons of options for live entertainment i the Big Apple. Central Park hosts several free Shakespeare in the Park performances every summer, and you’d be surprised by the gems you can find way, way off Broadway.

Walk the High Line.

The High Line, which is built on a historic freight rail line, is like a small park floating above the city streets. There are plenty of places to stop and relax or grab something to eat.

Take a day trip.

Escape the city for a day and check out some of the many nearby places that surround New York. Governors Island, Cold Spring on Hudson, Beacon and Warwick are all great options.

Go to the Hamptons.

Yes, it’s a popular destination for New Yorkers and it might be crowded there. But the Hamptons signify summertime, and they’re popular for a reason. If you book a New York luxury car rental for your trip, you have to drive it to the Hamptons and live lavishly for a couple of days.

Visit the Sunken Forest on Fire Island.

The Sunken Forest, a magical place on Long Island, is the perfect spot for enjoying nature. You can explore on your own, walking along the boardwalk, or you can take a guided tour of the area.

Conduct an ice cream taste test.

Since it would be impossible to sample the goods from every ice cream shop or gelato stand in the city, this basically involves stopping for ice cream every time you come across Rough life, right?

Enjoy a meal or drinks on a patio or rooftop.

Summer is short. Take advantage of the warm weather and find one of New York’s many rooftop or patio dining options. This is a list item you might want to check off more than once.

Watch a movie outdoors.

New York City is full of summertime outdoor cinemas, and the warm nights are so beautiful that you won’t even miss your theater seat.

Go on a boat cruise.

Set aside some time for a scenic cruise. You’ll have options ranging from a short guided tour to a lengthy dinner cruise.

Slow down and spend some time people watching.

New York may be a busy, fast-paced city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t slow down and relax (just don’t do it when you’re in a native New Yorkers way). People watching is the most fun way to pass the time there, so get comfortable and enjoy.