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10 Date Ideas to Spend a Romantic Evening in NYC Like a Local

Submitted by on 02/13/2013

Are you planning a romantic getaway to New York City? On most NYC Tourist's romantic agendas, you'll find horse drawn carriages through Central Park, dinner at the Boat House, a trip to the ESB or a romantic boat cruise down the Hudson. All of these things are great ideas for a romantic dates in NYC, but on Valentine's Day, those are the things that every tourist and local will be doing in New York City.

The Best Hotel Bars in NYC

Submitted by on 02/04/2013

When you're traveling, one of the best ways to relax after a long day of work, sightseeing or doing absolutely nothing is sipping delicious martinis in a classy bar. But where do you go for this when you don't really know the area and you're exhausted? Yes, as you know, even vacation can be exhausting! The best place to sip a martini might be right under your nose. Nope, we're not talking about the mini bar. Put on that little black dress and let a handsome bartender pour you something tastier than an airplace bottle of vodka in a plastic cup and head downstairs to the hotel bar!

Treat Your Valentine in NYC this Year!

Submitted by on 02/04/2013

It's almost Valentine's Day NYC Tourists, and now is the time to start thinking about that special something you're going to do for your special someone! Take them out on a nice date, buy them something special to treasure forever or of course take them on a romantic getaway to NYC.

We know you love a good deal, we've got the best deals in NYC for hotels, Broadway shows, nightlife and more, but there's also a special limited-time offer for something special this Valentine's Day.

Experience Nightlife in HD

Submitted by on 01/30/2013

Alright NYC Tourists. We know you like to party, and we can help you find some of the best nightlife in NYC, but we know someone who can take it one step further!

Have you ever wanted to know what a bar or restaurant looked like before you went? For New Yorkers, that fantasy is actually about to become a reality in the form of a brand new website that is set to launch on Super Bowl Weekend: SeeTheScene.TV.

The Best Things to Do in NYC in Your Twenties

Submitted by on 01/15/2013

New York City is a destination for travelers of all ages, but it's an especially high priority for youthful travelers looking for an exciting change of pace. The thrill of the big city is appealing to people in their twenties, who can stay up all night in the city that never sleeps. Even young people who are traveling on a budget have an amazing time in New York City, whether they're staying with friends, in a hostel or taking advantage of all the great NYC hotel deals that allow them to stay in the city for less.

Where to See Santa in New York City

Submitted by on 11/13/2012

It's that time of year again! We're getting ready to see the city of New York lit up in all its glory, snow on the ground, and Santa's on almost every corner. You and I both know not every Santa you walk by is the real deal, and not every one will take all the requests on your kids Christmas list and snap a photo.

NYC Tourist can help you find all the best places to find a Santa Clause to lend an ear to the little ones this Christmas season! Get a picture taken with Little Saint Nick. It's one of the best Christmas in New York souvenirs you could possibly take home with you!

Hurricane Sandy Updates! Despite Sandy's Effects, NYC Will Prevail!

Submitted by on 10/31/2012

Hurricane Sandy's path has been the terror of New York City for the past few days, causing flooding, power outages, businesses closing and even deaths. While this natural disasters has put a lot of things on hold, they are not going to be gone for good!

In case you're wondering what's still open in NYC right now, what places in New York City you should be avoiding and when our events that should be taking place these days are to be rescheduled for, we can tell you!

Statue of Liberty Reopens After Renovations

Submitted by on 10/29/2012

The Statue of Liberty is one of New York City's most iconic attractions, and it's a must see for every NYC Tourist, but for the past year, Lady Liberty has been having work done. After her year long face-lift the Statue of Liberty reopened on her 126th birthday!

Nearly 3.5 million visitors make their way to the Statue of Liberty every year, but that everyone that wanted to visit the monument before was able to. These renovations and improvements will allow over 25,000 more people to visit annually.

What makes this possible you ask? Well first of all, the new and improved attraction is now wheelchair accessible up to the observation deck! In addition, there are new staircases and an emergency elevator. If you've been before, you know that trekking up those steep stairs before was quite a hassle, but these improvements make for an easier haul for every NYC Tourist, even the handicapped travelers!

Visitors were not allowed inside the Statue of Liberty from September 11, 2001 until 2004, and in 2009 they were finally allowed to climb to the top of her crown again.

Be sure to book your reservations to head up to the crown in advance! Reservations can be made up to one month in advance, so book yours once you start planning your trip! For now, the monument will only be open Thursday - Sunday, but early in 2013, will start to open every day to the public.

Hurricane Sandy is sweeping the northeast right now, so be sure to check the weather in NYC before planning your trip to the Statue of Liberty...

Once all the renovation on the Statue of Liberty are complete (sometime in 2013) the costs will amount to nearly $30 million!

To answer some of your questions about the new and improved Lady Liberty...

  • How many steps to the crown of the Statue of Liberty?
    Before: 354
    Now: 393. It's more steps for you, but slightly less steep than before. We say slightly, but anything less steep than before is a blessing.
  • How tall is the Statue of Liberty?
    She still towers over the city at 151 feet from her toes to her torch, and beneath her is a 89 foot pedestal. Underneath both is a 65 foot foundation. That totals 305 feet from the ground to her tippy-top!
  • What is Lady Liberty made of?
    The Statue of Liberty is made of copper, which has oxidized over the years to form her green color. Despite the other work she's had done, she will remain green.
  • When is the Statue of Liberty's birthday (or the day the statue was finished)?
    The monument was completed on October 28, 1886. After the latest batch of renovations to make the Statue of Liberty accessible to more NYC Tourists, she reopened on her 126th birthday in 2012!
  • For more fun facts, visit the complete Statue of Liberty History!

Check out all the Statue of Liberty discounts and savings, tours and more!

  • The Statue of Liberty Express Cruise runs year round, with an in depth commentary along the way!
  • The Romance/VIP Tour by Liberty Helicopters also runs year round, and even on the holidays! Whether you're in NYC for Christmas (or any of the other great holidays to celebrate here) or you're just on a romantic getaway, this is an exciting way to see share your trip with another beautiful lady!
  • One of the NYC Go Cards is the hop on hop off and Liberty Pass, which saves you 10% on a tour of NYC and admission to the Statue of Liberty!

The Best Hot Chocolate to Warm Your Soul in New York City

Submitted by on 10/17/2012

It's finally fall! What we've been looking forward to all year long, right? The temperatures are dropping slowly, but not so low that we're layering up heavily like we will be a few weeks from now. But those temperatures are still dropping enough that it gets pretty darn cold at night. What do you do to warm up when the weather gets cool?

Some people like to curl up by the fire.
Others enjoy downing soup and chasing it with a shot of whiskey. Or something along those lines?

2013 Michelin Guide New York City Restaurants

Submitted by on 10/09/2012

Last week, the 2013 Michelin New York Guide was released, revealing some of the best restaurants in New York City! If you're looking for somewhere to eat on your next romantic trip to NYC or you just want to enjoy a night out with some fine dining, these are the best restaurants that you're going to find in New York!