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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.

 

Glasserie

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.

Take your New York luxury car rental among nature

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.

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.

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

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 in a SUV rental New York (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. Make it really special with a New York Mercedes for rent.

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. Contrarily, 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:

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

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 in your car rental New York from the 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 Mercedes for rent 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. But if you’ve got a New York Mercedes for rent, it will be a smooth ride.

The Center 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. Park your SUV rental New York to walk along the Indian Ladder Trail and take in panoramic views from the top.

Have fun going off the beaten path in your New York Mercedes for rent!

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10 Romantic Staycation Ideas For Valentine’s Day Weekend In New York City

10 Ideas For Valentine's Day Weekend In New York City

Why go on a romantic getaway when you can find plenty of passion and charm right here in the city, or close to it? Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, and for many New Yorkers, this year it happens to fall on a three day weekend (Presidents’ Day is on Monday). What a perfect excuse to embark on a little getaway…or better yet, a staycation.

A staycation allows you to explore your own city as if you were tourists. It’s a great way to experience a nice hotel or bed and breakfast you’d never normally stay in, try some new restaurants and bars, and enjoy a sense of relaxation only a getaway can give you. We suggest renting a luxury car to help the experience feel authentic. Besides, it’s more romantic to drive a posh new Mercedes than it is to cruise down the road in your dusty sedan. Look up New York Mercedes for rent and see what kind of deals you can find.

Here are some suggested spots for a romantic staycation experience:

Hotels

  1. The Plaza, Midtown East, Manhattan

Manhattan’s most iconic hotel is a perfect pick for a romantic getaway, especially if you live in Long Island or New Jersey and can’t typically justify getting a hotel room in the city. Who wouldn’t want to stay at this notorious hot spot? A 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service and a 24-hour hallways butler ensure you’ll have what you need at every hour. And the gorgeous 8,000 square foot spa will make your experience complete.

  1. The Pierre – A Taj Hotel, Upper East Side, Manhattan

A romantic luxury hotel overlooking Central Park? Yes, please! This hotel is stunning, and if you request it, they’ll pack you and your sweetheart a picnic for the park, complete with champagne.

  1. The Waldorf Astoria, Midtown East, Manhattan

The decor and ambiance of this classic hotel sets the scene for an Old New York romantic weekend. This hotel is a popular place for proposals and weddings, and you might see one of both during your staycation. They also have one of the best spas in the city.

  1. Crosby Street Hotel, SoHo, Manhattan

This quiet hotel is tucked away in a charming little neighborhood full of fun shops, restaurants and galleries to explore. This is the hotel of choice for trendy, sophisticated couples.

  1. Castle Hotel & Spa, Hudson Valley

Need an actual escape from the city itself? Drive your New York Luxury Car Rental to the Castle Hotel & Spa. It’s just a 45 minute drive from the heart of Manhattan, but you’ll feel as if you’ve entered another world. You won’t have to leave the property all weekend if you don’t want to—there’s a fine dining restaurant with theme rooms, several places to get a good cocktail, and a spa with an assortment of available massages.

Restaurants

Your staycation isn’t complete without enjoying a little fine dining with your other half, preferably at a place you’ve never been before. New York is no stranger to romantic restaurants, boasting some of the hottest spots in the country. If you can get a reservation at one of these places, you’re lucky indeed.

  • Kat & Theo, Flatiron District

This spot serves Mediterranean-American food in a beautiful setting. The intimate booths and soft lighting make it a perfect place for a romantic meal.

2) August, Upper East Side

August in February? Indeed—from braised short ribs to outstanding seafood dishes, you’ll find something for everyone here.

3) Black Mountain Wine House, Brooklyn

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped out of the city and into a rustic retreat when you enter, and nothing is more romantic than cozying up to your date by the fireplace. Black Mountain offers small plates to share and an incredible wine list.

4) One if By Land, Two if By Sea, Greenwich Village

Unless you made a reservation months ago, you may be out of luck for enjoying dinner here this weekend—this is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. But if you can make it, the Three Course Jazz Brunch will be just as delightful.

5) The Water Club, on the East River

There’s something romantic about waterfront dining, especially with a view of the skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Luckily, the menu here doesn’t disappoint, either.

Romantic things to do

Don’t forget to add a few romantic activities into your weekend!

  • Take a carriage ride through Central Park…
  • …or just enjoy a romantic park stroll.
  • Take in the views from the Top of the Rock.
  • Visit the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History.
  • Take the Staten Island Ferry and enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.
  • Window shop (or buy!) at Tiffany & Co.
  • Have a drink at The Bourgeois Pig (it’s sexier than it sounds).
  • Enjoy dessert at ChikaLicious Dessert Bar. They serve it in courses!

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

Enjoy February Festivals in New York Car Rental

There’s no doubt about it: this is a cold time of year for New Yorkers. Luckily, the Empire State knows how to celebrate each season, and winter is no exception. If you’re going to visit during the month of February, make sure you take the time to check out some of New York’s finest festivals. First, look up New York car rental company reviews to make sure you’ll be renting a vehicle from the company that best suits your needs. Then, map out your path and head to some of the February festivals in New York.

NYC Restaurant Week

New York Restaurant Week, NYC

January 18 to February 5
Technically this is an event and not a festival… but with some of the top restaurants in the city offering three course meals for $38, it’s something you won’t want to miss if you’re in town. With those prices, you can afford to splurge on a New York car rental and other (or a few!) February festivals in New York!

Winter Carnival at Bryant Park, NYC

Winter Carnival at Bryant Park, NYC

February 5 and 6, 12 PM – 10 PM
Bundle up and head to Bryant Park for their second annual Winter Carnival. In addition to musical performances, dancing, curling lessons, and synchronized skating, you’ll enjoy a variety of activities that are fun for the whole family. If you get cold, sip cocoa or step into the Warming Lodge. This is one of the free February festivals in New York, and is sponsored by Bank of America.

Cooperstown Winter Carnival

Cooperstown Winter Carnival

February 5, 6, and 7
The Cooperstown Winter Carnival provides a nice mid-winter respite for residents and visitors, alike. This is one of the February festivals in New York that has something for everyone: ice skating, musical performances, film screenings, even candlelit ghost tours. This is the perfect way to celebrate the season with the locals.

Mardi Gras at Duane Park, NYC -Performer Image

Mardi Gras at Duane Park, NYC

February 5
Experience a little bit of New Orleans without leaving New York City! See performances by a Ripley’s Believe it or Not Magician, take in a burlesque show by Amber Bray, and dine on French Quarter inspired delicacies. Tickets are $55 or $65 depending on the experience you’d like to have.

Syracuse Winterfest at Finger Lakes

Syracuse Winterfest at Finger Lakes

February 11 to February 21
Syracuse takes its winters seriously. Since its 1985 beginnings, this festival has grown from a small gathering of locals to a 10-day affair. With events and contests happening daily, even attending the festival for one day is worth it. But, if you can make it at the beginning, participate in the Treasure Hunt. Whoever finds the small plastic medallion hidden somewhere in Onondaga County wins $1,000!

Central Park Ice Festival, NYC

Central Park Ice Festival, NYC

February 13, 3 PM – 7 PM
Want a unique way to spend Valentine’s Day weekend? Take your loved ones to the Central Park Ice Festival, a free event with professional ice-carving artists. After the sun goes down, the Mall becomes a vibrant disco with live DJs to help you dance the evening away.

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, NYC

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, NYC

February 14, 1 PM
Head to Chinatown on Valentine’s Day and welcome the Year of the Monkey. This festival kicks off at 1 pm with a parade that winds its way through the main streets of Chinatown and Little Italy. The street vendors, food, and festivities make it a fun pick for all ages.

Fire & Ice Festival, Tupper Lake, Adirondacks

Fire & Ice Festival, Tupper Lake, Adirondacks

February 20 and 21
This fun, lively festival is full of non-stop activities. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, ski races, a winter golf tournament, live music, and fireworks, among other things. This all while being surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.

Long Island Winterfest - Live on the Vine

Long Island Winterfest – Live on the Vine

February 20 to March 20, Saturdays and Sundays
This six week mid-winter music festival is held in Long Island’s unique vineyard tasting rooms, hotels, and other venues on the East End. With 30 beautiful venues hosting a total of 90 events, this is one of the February festivals in New York that is worth exploring every possible weekend. Long Island Winterfest has a positive cultural tourism impact during what is normally an off season. So if you take your New York car rental here, you’ll be helping to stimulate the local business economy.

BAMKids Film Festival, NYC

BAMKids Film Festival, NYC

February 27 and 28
If you’re bringing little ones on your NYC vacation next month, you won’t want to miss this film festival. With two days of movies and entertainment created with younger audiences in mind, your kids will definitely enjoy it. Don’t miss the entertainment in the BAMcafe, like magic shows, animation activities, comic book making, and more.

Enjoy all the February festivals in New York! Reserve your New York car rental from Action today to beat the late winter rush.