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  • The NYC Easter Parade: It's All About The Bonnets!

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    When New York City celebrates it’s never in a small way. So if you’re planning to be in town for Easter Sunday, be sure to check out the Easter Parade!

    History
    The earliest Easter Parades in New York City date to the mid-1800s, when the city’s wealthiest residents would stroll along 5th Avenue following Easter services at the St. Patrick’s and other churches in the area. Back then the parade was more of a fashion show, where people gathered to see the latest in luxury attire. Over the years, the Parade
    Evolved from fashion to costume as participation grew. In 1948, composer Irving Berlin immortalized the event in song, and it’s been a landmark event ever since.

    The 2015 Parade
    Unlike the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York’s Easter Parade won’t feature floats or house-sized balloons—but it won’t be any less of a spectacle! Thousands come out each year to march in their Easter finest, including bonnets that range from the nostalgic to the outrageous. Even the pets get into the act—as owners love to dress their dogs for the occasion! There’ll be quite a few of the Easter Bunny’s friends in attendance as well. You can grab a seat in the viewing stands, stand curbside, or join in the stroll to catch all the action. The Easter Parade is a FREE family-friendly event, so bring the kids.

    The Route
    The Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. at 49th and 5th Avenue, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and continues north on 5th Avenue to 57th Street. Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th will be closed to all vehicular traffic during the parade. The Parade is a “fair weather only” event, so check local news or online for word of cancellation due to inclement weather.

    Easter Services
    For those planning to attend a religious observance of the Easter holiday, St. Patrick’s Cathedral will celebrate Mass throughout the day (at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, ad 10:15 a.m., and at noon, 1:00, 4:00, and 5:30 p.m.). St Thomas (at 5th Avenue and 53rd Street) will hold services at 18:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. with Solemn Eucharist at 2:30 p.m. Fifth Avenue Presbyterian (5th Avenue at 55th Street) will hold services at 8:00 a.m. (Communion) and at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

    Other Easter Sunday Events in NYC
    Most of 5th Avenue’s shops, department stores, and boutiques will remain open throughout Easter Sunday, so if you get the urge to purchase a bonnet of your own, there’ll be ample opportunity to do so. And if the kids want a full-scale Easter egg hunt, check out Easter Egg Hunt Weekend at Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, April 2 through April 6, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. This 5-day event is a must-not-miss. After the Easter egg hunt, enjoy the slide or visit the parakeet enclosure. For added fees, you can experience a hayride, visit the petting zoo, or ride a pony! Admission: $6 per person.

  • Eight Delicious (And Affordable) Easter Dining Spots In Manhattan!

    Whether you’re looking for a cozy brunch or a complete Easter dinner, finding a delicious holiday meal that won’t break your budget shouldn’t be as challenging as an Easter egg hunt. Fortunately Manhattan offers a full basket of choices to make your holiday dining experience exceptional.

    Here are just a few delectable (and affordable) Easter dining options in Manhattan….

    Arte Café

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    106 West 73rd Street, Manhattan
    Check out the Sunday brunch featuring $18 carafes of Bellini or Bloody Mary’s. Or stop by in the evening for a $29.95 three-course dinner.

    Bailey Pub & Brasserie

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    52 William Street (near Wall Street), Manhattan
    Choose from thee delectable traditional Easter dinner offerings: roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, roasted chicken with brioche bread pudding, or roast pork loin with applesauce. $24 per person, served noon–9pm on Easter Sunday.

    Barrio 47

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    47 8th Avenue, (near 14th Street transit stops), Manhattan
    A foodie favorite, you can’t beat the $25 Easter special of maple glazed country ham with Yukon gold potatoes au gratin, butternut squash & chestnut hash. Served all day!

    Garage Restaurant & Café

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    99 7th Avenue South (near 9th Street), Greenwich Village, Manhattan
    Enjoy a three-course jazz ($29.95) and kids menu ($19.95) or stop by later for a traditional four-course Easter dinner for just $69.95 per person. And while you’re in town, check out SoHo and Greenwich Village!

    In Vino Wine Bar

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    215 East 4th Street, East Village, Manhattan
    Delight in a three-course Sunday prix fixe leg-of-lamb dinner for just $25. Add a bottle of wine for $15.

    La Cerveceria

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    65 2nd Avenue, East Village, Manhattan
    Known for its tapas (small Latin-American dishes), La Cerveceria offers one brunch entrée plus bottomless 90-minute brunch for $29.95. And if you’re looking to work up an appetite, try a walking tour of Central Park!

    Opia

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    130 West 57th Street, Midtown
    Conveniently located near many of Manhattan’s best hotels and attractions, Opia offers a three-course prix fixe Easter brunch for $35 (just $20 for kids). Bring the family for an Easter egg hunt, face painting, and live music! While you’re in town, take a walking tour of Broadway!

    Pera Mediterranean Brasserie

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    303 Madison Avenue (near 42nd Street)
    The Easter Sunday special features a $29 brunch, including cocktail, appetizer, and main course, or a $38 dinner including appetizer, main course and dessert, plus half-off all wine by the bottle. Staying in Midtown Manhattan, take a tour of the famous Lincoln Center!

  • From The Silly To Irreverent, "Full Bunny Contact" Puts A New Spin On Easter!

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    If you’re in New York City for Easter weekend and you’re in search of a quirky, outlandish, and hilariously entertaining way to spend the holiday, check out Full Bunny Contact (or FBC for short). This is not your grandma’s Easter celebration, and it’s grown-ups-only, so be prepared.

    The main event of FBC is the game itself. Here’s how it works— two contestants at a time (each with an Easter basket) are placed in a caged-in area and are given 40 seconds to gather as many eggs as they can. Here’d the catch: the arena is filled with bunnies (no, not real bunnies), who will try to keep the eggs away from the contestants. The most agile and intelligent will be able to outsmart the bunnies and collect the most eggs (and no, hitting or shoving the bunnies is NOT allowed). The more eggs you collect, the more spins you’ll earn at the Prize Wheel.

    If you want other entertainment choices, FBC delivers. You can shoot a giant Peep with a paintball gun, play putt-putt golf with an egg (harder than it sounds), or try a round of Bunny Ball (it’s like half-court basketball but your opponent is a very skilled bunny).

    Want more? The thick-skinned among you can try having a photo taken with Insult Bunny or face the dark predictions of the Psychotic Bunny Fortune Teller. There’s even a bucking mechanical rabbit you can ride—and that’s no bull!

    Each day of the 5-day FBC event includes something special…
    April Fool’s Day will feature special big prizes—you’ll have to attend to find out hat they are.
    April 2 is the night of the Bunny Beauty Pageant (8pm)
    April 3 features a timed egg-decorating contest for big prizes (5pm).
    April 4 is the day of the Temper Tantrum Easter Candy Contest (one for kids and one for adults)
    Easter Sunday rounds out the festival wit the less than spherical Masters of Egg Putt event.

    If you go:
    Grown-ups only.
    The Clemente Theater
    107 Suffolk St. (between Rivington and Delancey Streets), Manhattan

    April 1–5 (times and events vary)
    Admission: $10 general admission; $20 general admission plus one round of Full Bunny Contact (the main event); $60 VIP pass lets you skip the admission line, and includes one free round of Psychotic Bunny Fortune Teller, one picture with the Insult Bunny, one round of Shoot the Peep, plus one round of Bunny Ball, ESPster Island, & the dunk tank. And a pair of bunny ears!

    Looking for more stuff to do in SoHo and Greenwich Village? Check out these fun and affordable tour packages!

  • Spending Easter Weekend In New York? Treat The Kids To An Easter Egg Hunt!

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    Easter is almost here! And at this time of year there are few things more fun for kids than an Easter egg hunt. If you’re taking a family holiday in New York City this Easter weekend, be sure to check out the city’s best egg hunts—they’re entertaining, challenging, and of course delicious!

    MANHATTAN

    Children’s Museum of Manhattan Easer Egg Hunt
    Saturday, April 4, 10am–4:45pm
    The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street
    FREE with Museum Admission of $11
    Grab your scavenger hunt booklets and keep your eyes peeled for one of the city’s most challenging Easter egg hunts! Search for egg icons throughout the Children’s Museum, log your finds in your book, and collect your prize!

    Easter Eggstravaganza
    Saturday, April 4, Noon–3pm
    Target East Harlem Garden, 417 East 117th Street
    FREE
    Join the Easter Bunny for a traditional egg hunt, egg decorating, and crafts in East Harlem. Sponsored by New York State of Mind.

    NYC Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt
    Saturday, April 4, Noon–1pm
    New York City Fire Museum 278 Spring Street, SoHo
    Adults $8, Kids $5
    Prowl the Fire Museum for delicious treats you can collect in the Easter bag you make and decorate yourself! And don’t forget to have your photo taken with Hot Dog, the Fire Museum mascot!

    St. Luke’s Easter Egg Hunt
    Sunday, April 5, 10:30am
    Church of St. Luke in the Fields 487 Hudson Street, Greenwich Village
    FREE
    Following the 9:15 Easter Service at St. Luke in the Fields, join the Easter Bunny for a traditional egg hunt in the church garden. While all are welcome to attend the service, the hunt is open to the public, so service attendance is not mandatory.

    BROOKLYN

    Easter Egg Hunt Weekend at Floyd Bennett Field
    April 2 through April 6, 11am–4pm
    Aviator Sports And Events Center Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
    $6 per person
    This 5-day event is a must-not-miss. After the Easter egg hunt, enjoy the slide or visit the parakeet enclosure. For added fees, you can experience a hayride, visit the petting zoo, or ride a pony!

    Shore Road Park Easter Egg Hunt
    Shore Road Park Shore Road and 79th Street, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
    Enjoy the feel of one of Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhoods with a traditional outdoor egg hunt hosted by Senator Marty Golden at Shore Road Park in Brooklyn.

    QUEENS

    Barnyard Egg Hunt
    Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens
    Enjoy a country-style Easter egg hunt in the heart of the city! In addition to the barnyard egg hunt, there’ll be games, hayrides, and a chance to meet Whiskers the Bunny and his friends!

  • Discover The Magic Of Downtown Manhattan - From The Financial District To Times Square!

    Some of New York City’s best-known and most important landmarks lie within an area encompassing only a few square miles in the heart of Manhattan. Now imagine a sightseeing tour that could let you see all of them from the comfort of a London-style double-decker bus. From the world’s financial nerve center and the site of the new Freedom Tower to exciting Times Square and the theater district, you’ll experience the history and excitement of New York City with an experienced tour guide to make sure you capture al the highlights!

    Wall Street

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    The history of New York City as a financial center goes all the way back to the 1790s, when local businessmen gathered in a hotel on Wall Street, agreeing to trade shares of their companies only among an elect group. So was born what is now the New York Stock Exchange, where each day millions of shares from publicly traded companies spanning the globe are bought and sold. At Wall Street and Broadway you’ll also discover Trinity Church, whose spire is an instantly recognized symbol of New York’s history. The current structure is actually the third Trinity to stand on the site and was completed in 1846, making it at the time the tallest structure in the city. A more recent attraction in the financial district is the bronze “Charging Bull” sculpture by Arturo Di Modica. The bull, a symbol of financial prosperity and optimism, was presented by the artist as a gift to the city in 1989.

    Freedom Tower and the 9-11 Memorial

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    The September 11 Memorial, opened in 2011, stands on the footprint of north and south towers of the original World Trade Center. The memorial's waterfalls and twin reflecting pools are set deep in the twin towers' footprints. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels that surround the Memorial pools, serving as a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of first responders and rescue workers in American history. The memorial has been visited by 15 million people and the number continues to grow daily. As New York continues to recover from the events of September 11, 2001, work continues on the single tower (dubbed “Freedom Tower”) that now holds the address of One World Trade Center. The building, when complete, will feature an observatory that will be open for public tours

    Times Square

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    Once known as Long acre Square, the area we recognize today as the heart of New York City’s theater district began to take shape in 1904 when the first subway stop in the area opened at 42nd Street and Broadway. That same year, the first electric advertisement was placed on the side of a building at 46th Street. By the 1920s, the New York Times Building had become the centerpiece of the Square and was responsible for the name change. Up and down Broadway from its intersection with 7th Avenue, theaters began to spring up. By the late 1920s there were 76 theaters thriving in the area, and the river of electric theater marquees and other signs gave Broadway the nickname “The Great White Way.” By World War 2, the Square was a constant crowd favorite—from theaters and movie houses, to arcades, bars, restaurants, and the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in which a globe bejeweled with lights descends slowly from the tower of the Times Building at midnight. The district went through many changes after the war, and descended into a center for prostitution, pornographic theaters, and crime by the 1970s. Subsequent revitalization and redevelopment efforts by Mayors Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani in the 1980s and ‘90s redrew the face of Times Square, placing many of its most historic theaters under city control, encouraging new business development, and dramatically reducing crime. Today the area thrives as it did in the 1940s and draws millions of theatergoers and tourists annually.

    No trip to New York City is complete without seeing Manhattan’s financial and theater districts. So plan your adventure today and reserve your tickets now!

  • Leap Into Spring Savings With Bus Tours From NYC To Woodbury Common Premium Outlet!

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    New York City is well known to shoppers for its luxury department stores and elite boutiques. But what if you could find all those famous designer names in one location, and save a bundle off boutique retail prices? You’d have to check it out, right?

    Luckily there’s an easy way to do just that. CitySightsNY offers frequent, convenient, and reasonable priced bus tours to Woodbury Common Premium Outlet, where you’ll find a wide array of designer and brand name clothing at dramatically discounted prices.
    Located just an hour north of Manhattan in Center Valley, New York, Woodbury Common is home to over 220 designer and brand name outlet stores where you can browse the top names in fashion and save from 25% to 65% off boutique prices!

    Here are just a few of the designer brands you’ll find at Woodbury Common…
    Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Armani, Hugo Boss, Diesel, DKNY, Gucci, J.Crew, Jones New York, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, and over 200 hundred more! Visit Woodbury Common Premium Outlets website for additional information—including a complete brand list, seasonal sales, special events, and event shopping hours, and more. Woodbury Common is open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and from noon to 6:00 pm on Easter Sunday.

    Tours board at Port Authority Bus Terminal at 8th Avenue and 42nd Street, from the Gray Line Visitors Center at 777 8th Avenue, from Rockefeller Plaza, from 53rd Street and 7th Avenue, and from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel at 49th Street and Lexington Avenue. At the start of your trip, you’ll receive a complimentary VIP Coupon Book (value $10) with hundreds of dollars in additional savings. Then sit back and relax as you travel from Manhattan through the northern suburbs and out to the wooded countryside of Center Valley.

    Times and details...

    7 Days A Week:
    Port Authority Bus Terminal (Gate 310): 7:15am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:45am, 2:45pm, 7:15pm (M-F only)

    Weekdays Only:
    Gray Line Visitors Center (777 8th Avenue): 8:59am, 9:29am, 10:44am
    Rockefeller Plaza at 49th Street: 8:30am, 9:00am, 10:20am
    53rd Street and 7th Avenue: 8:45am, 9:15am, 10:30am
    Waldorf Astoria at 49th Street & Lexington Avenue: 8:30am, 9:00am, 10:15am

    ALL DAILY RETURN DEPARTURES TO PORT AUTHORITY:
    9:06am, 12:06pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:02pm. 3:36pm, 4:10pm, 4:45pm, 5:21pm, 5:45pm, 6:15pm, 6:58pm, 9:26pm

    For more fabulous ways to experience New York City, check out the TMZ Celebrity NYC Tour and the Sex and the City Hot Spots Tour!

  • Have A Thirst For History? Visit The Five Oldest Watering Holes In New York City!

    One can tell a lot about a city by its old taverns and taprooms, and when it comes to New York, there’s certainly no shortage. For over three centuries, New York City residents have quaffed their share of ales. Some of these old taverns were used as secret meeting places for those planning the American Revolution, and others as gathering spots where New York businessmen organized the first stock market, to wrest financial power from the auctioneers. Fortunately for today’s visitors, many of these venerable watering holes remain open, allowing you the chance to sample their wares. So let’s take a tour of are the five oldest pubs in New York City.

    Fraunces Tavern

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    54 Pearl Street, Manhattan
    Est. 1762
    At the corner of Pearl and Broad Streets stands Fraunces Tavern—a restaurant, tavern, and museum that can trace its roots to the Colonial Era. Arguably the oldest building in the city, the structure was built in 1719 as a private home for Stephen DeLancey, son-in-law of then mayor, Stephanus Van Cortlandt. In 1762 the building was sold to Samuel Fraunces and converted to a tavern. In the lead-up to the American Revolution, the Sons of Liberty used the building to hold secret meetings, and at the close of the war, General George Washington bid farewell to his troops at a feast held here.

    Bridge Café

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    279 Water Street, Manhattan
    Est. 1794
    More obscure perhaps than the other taverns of its age, the Bridge has been in business as one sort of taproom or another, since the days of George Washington, though he did not drink here. In fact, the bar’s traditional patrons were more likely to be smugglers and prostitutes than presidents or generals. Now the last remaining clapboard building of its type in the area, the Bridge was built in 1794, as a “porter house,” where local sailors could grab a draft. Today the Bridge has left its criminal past behind and has been reformed into a neighborhood taproom.

    The Ear Inn

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    326 Spring Street, Manhattan
    Est. 1812
    Built in 1812 by the black Revolutionary War veteran, James Brown, the structure first began housing a tavern five years later, in 1817. By the mid-1800s, the building was sold to Irish immigrant Thomas Cloke, who began brewing and bottling his own beer, which he sold to the local sailors (and pirates) along the waterfront. The Ear’s past is less than pristine, as it was a rough place where one could procure a prostitute or hire someone to perform less than legal deeds. In 1977, the bar was sold and underwent another transformation, making it a beloved (and far less nefarious) watering hole for locals and tourists alike.

    McSorley’s Old Ale House

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    15 East 7th Street, Manhattan
    Est. 1854
    Perhaps the most widely recognized of New York City’s old pubs is McSorley’s. Opened in 1854 by Irish Immigrant John McSorley, the bar’s walls are crowded with memorabilia and artifacts from almost two centuries of life. McSorley’s is a talker’s bar, so you won’t find a TV or jukebox anywhere, and the place can get pretty packed. Known for serving only one brand (its own) in two varieties (light and dark), McSorley’s is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. The characteristic tall slim drafts can be ordered in twos and fours, so drink up.

    Pete’s Tavern

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    129 East 18th Street, Manhattan
    Est. 1864
    As the awning declares, Pete’s is the tavern O. Henry made famous. Founded in 1864, the bar holds claim to being the oldest continuously operating tavern in the city. O. Henry became one of the premiere short story writers of his day, and legend has it that he wrote perhaps his most famous tale—Gift of the Magi—in a booth at Pete's in 1905. Outside its literary reputation, the bar is worth visiting on its own merits, with its original pressed-tin ceiling, carved rosewood bar with gold medallions, and giant hardwood booths that look like caves. Bring your laptop (or a flashlight).

    No go raise a pint and enjoy!

  • 3 Days Of New York City Tours For The Price Of Two!

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    In New York City, there’s so much to do and see, it might seem impossible to fit all the attractions into one vacation. If you’re looking to get the most out of your visit to the Big Apple, CitySightsNY has the answer—our Super New York Tour packs a full 72 hours of sights and attractions onto one deluxe ticket, all for the price of a 2-day tour! That’s right, you pay for 2 days and the third is free!

    The Super New York Tour lets you see the best that New York City has to offer—from the clubs of Harlem to the cafés of Little Italy, as well as Brooklyn and the Bronx, the Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building and more—all with the convenience of hop-on, hop-off service provided by our fleet of double-decker buses and our professional and courteous staff.

    Look at all the Citysights Super New York Tour delivers…for one ticket!

    The Brooklyn Tour
    Visit the city’s most populous borough and see the majesty of Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Museum (a Beaux-Arts building with a vast art and Egyptian antiquities collection), along with the graceful mansions, intriguing shops and restaurants and a wide array of cultures. You’ll also see the gloriously designed Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Public Library, and of course the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge.

    The Bronx Tour
    Start at the famed Harlem Market, where up to 100 vendors from a wide range of African countries sell their wares, and then head north into the Bronx and see the Grand Concourse, and the famed new Yankee Stadium, opened at the beginning of the 2009 baseball season.

    The Downtown Tour
    View the varied tapestry of downtown Manhattan—from the shops, cafés, restaurants, and boutiques of Greenwich Village, Little Italy, and Chinatown, to the bustle of Wall Street and the Financial District! You’ll also visit Battery Park City, South Street Seaport, the Lower East Side, along with Rockefeller Center, the United Nations building, Carnegie Hall, the Broadway theater district!

    The Uptown and Harlem Treasures Tour
    Begin in midtown, home of Lincoln Center, and head north, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dakota apartment building (former home to John Lennon), the Apollo Theater (where greats like Ella Fitzgerald made their debuts), and the Harlem Market, among many other treasures.

    Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Ferry
    Check out some of New York Harbor’s most famous signs—including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, South Street Seaport, and more. Stop off at Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty and catch the next ferry to continue your tour!

    Night Tour
    See the splendor of New York at night—when the theaters and clubs come alive! From Little Italy and SoHo to Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side the city is a dazzling jewel best viewed at night!

    Statue of Liberty Ferry
    Your visit to New York isn’t complete without a trip to Liberty Island and an up-close view of America’s most famous statue! There is nothing more Ferry tickets also include Ellis Island, home of the National Immigration Museum.

    And there’s more—the Super New York Tour lets you enjoy TWO breathtaking sky-high views of the city, one from the world-renowned Empire State Building, and the second from Top of the Rock, the observation lounge atop Rockefeller Center.

    For more excitement, check out the Helicopter Tour or our Shop, Hop, and Top 4-day value package!

  • Explore Downtown Manhattan And Madame Tussauds Wax Museum...All In One Tour!

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    Downtown Manhattan comes alive in Spring! From the boutiques and flea markets of Greenwich Village to Earth Day at Times Square, there’s always something to capture your interest and delight your senses. So why not make a day of it and see all the downtown hot spots.

    When you take CitySightsNY Downtown Tour you’ll board a luxurious double-decker bus to view the most famous neighborhoods and attractions. During your tour, professional and informative guides reveal the history and significance of Downtown Manhattan’s most famous landmarks, including Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Macy's, Empire State Building, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Site of the World Trade Center, Wall Street, the Financial District, Battery Park South Street Seaport, Lower East Side, United Nations, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Broadway Theatre District and much more!

    Enjoy the convenience of hop-on, hop-off tours. Find a place you want to explore, just hop off and when you’re done catch the next tour bus at the same stop. Shop at Macy’s, visit the tall-masted ships at the South Street Seaport, explore the bustle of a busy trading day on Wall Street, or grab a bite to eat in a chic Greenwich Village café. There’s always something exciting to do and see, and you can customize your Downtown Tour the way you like it.

    And no trip to New York City would be complete without a visit to the Madame Tussauds wax museum. Come see dozens of meticulously created wax likenesses of your favorite personalities from movies, TV, sports, and music as well as likenesses of world leaders and famous New Yorkers. From Albert Einstein to The Hulk to Yankees slugger Derek Jeter, you’ll meet them all at Madame Tussauds! Have your photo taken with Marilyn Monroe… well, the wax Marilyn. Then experience Cinema 4D and get access to the museum’s Behind the Scenes interactive exhibit.

    For more excitement, check out the Helicopter Tour or while you’re downtown, tour the East Village!

  • Famous NYC Film Locations

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    Over the past century, hundreds of films have been shot on the streets of New York City—from early silent movies like The Crucuble (1914) to Academy Award winner Birdman (2014). Some scenes have become so famous that the locations themselves are now celebrities of a sort. Here are just a few…

    The Seven Year Itch starring Marilyn Monroe (1954)
    The iconic image of beauty Marilyn Monroe flirtatiously holding down her white dress against the advances of an unruly subway breeze has been immortalized on everything from posters to fridge magnets. The history of the actual scene is slightly less glamorous.
    Shot for the 1954 Billy Wilder film The Seven Year Itch, the scene was fraught with problems. During the 3-hour overnight shoot, Marilyn flubbed her lines, requiring many retakes. Back in Hollywood, the editors found sound problems with the original scene and reshot it again on a Hollywood sound stage. Though the New York scene never made it to the final cut, the subway grate along Lexington Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets in Manhattan is still there, if you want to feel the breeze.

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn (1961)
    If you want to mirror Audrey Hepburn’s longing gaze into Tiffany’s window from Blake Edwards’ 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s just go to the corner of 5th Avenue and 57th Street, and be sure to wear your black evening dress, pearls, and tiara.

    Dog Day Afternoon starring Al Pacino (1972)
    If you find yourself near Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood you can take a walk along Prospect Park West, between 17th and 18th Streets and see where Pacino shot his famous “Attica! Attica!” scene as bank robber Sonny Wortzik.

    Taxi Driver starring Robert DeNiro (1976)
    Shot largely in the Times Square area around 47th and 48th Streets near Broadway, the dark seedy landscape of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 classic Taxi Driver is all but gone. The cheap eateries and triple-x theaters have been demolished and replaced by a kinder and cleaner neighborhood, and the building that housed the “Palantine Campaign” in the film is now a bank.

    The Pope of Greenwich Village starring Mickey Rourke (1984)
    The strange yet compelling tale of two NYC cousins trying to make it through gambling and robbery was shot in various Soho and West Village. Locations include the corner of Sullivan Street and West Houston, the DeSalvio Playground at Mulberry and Spring Streets, and bars at 51 Spring Street (now Pomodoro Restaurant and Pizzeria) and 176 Mulberry Street (the Mulberry Street Bar).

    Fame starring Irene Carra (1980)
    If you want to dance in the streets, try 120 West 46th Street outside the Fiorella LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts. The iconic outdoor dance number from Fame was shot nearby, though at the time the school denied filmmakers use of the school building itself because they felt that the raw language used in the movie was nothing to kick up their heels about.

    Coyote Ugly starring Piper Perabo (2000)
    A great deal of the 2000 film Coyote Ugly was filmed in the less-than-glamorous meatpacking district, but the bar itself is at 153 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

    Want more? Tour the Bronx and see where the Robert DeNiro and Chazz Palminteri film A Bronx Tale was made. Want to explore New York City on your own? Here’s what you’ll need.