Sneak Peek of the New World Trade Center's Observation Deck

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/10/2014, 2:00 PM

The final tourist amenity at the new World Trade Center site, which some visitors still call Ground Zero, has announced what it'll offer tourists when it opens in the spring. The observation deck, called One World (which would have been a better name for the whole building, come to think of it), will be on the 100th, 101st, and 102nd floors. The main views will be on the 102nd, where floor...

Turning Japanese in New York City: The Cuisine (and Culture) That’s Sweeping the City

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/18/2014, 9:45 PM

Bagels. Cheesesteak. Massive aged steaks, served by guys with thick Brooklyn accents and possible mafia ties. If you haven’t been to New York City lately, you might think that these culinary delights sum up the foodie scene here. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, thanks to New York City’s burgeoning Japanese population, specialties not usually seen outside of the “...

New York City's New 9/11 Memorial Museum: A Review

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/23/2014, 3:45 PM

For well over two millennia, humans have been telling one another stories of the dangers of looking back at evil or death. Lot’s wife turned to a pillar of salt because she dared glance over her shoulder into the maw of destruction. Orpheus lost his beloved forever for the same reason: he turned around before he’d reached the realm of light. And in a case of real life imitating, well, ico...

Ever Heard of the "Upper West Side"? It's My Own Favorite Stomping Ground, Which Apparently Stamps Me as Something of a Square

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2014, 5:15 PM

         Let me start with a disclaimer:  I am well aware that visitors to New York come here for the city's most famous sights:  the U.N., Broadway Shows, Rockefeller Center, Ground Zero, the "Met", Museum of Modern Art, the Opera, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue.  But they miss something, in my prejudiced view, by failing to sample the unique New York life that several major ...

Getting Cheap Tickets to Broadway Shows Just Got Easier

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/15/2014, 2:15 PM

In a savvy move—one likely intended to lure back those theatergoers buying discounted tickets online—the Theater Development Fund has changed the way the line is being handled at the TKTS booths in New York City. In short: if you buy a ticket within seven days of buying your next ticket, you get to jump to the front of the line. All you have to do is show the ticket from the last show, wh...

New York City's Newest Tourist Attraction: Monthly Concerts By Billy Joel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/04/2013, 5:30 PM

Las Vegas casino-hotels long ago carved out a healthy tourist industry from installing popular artists in long runs. Elvis will always be the King, of course, but in recent years, residencies by artists such as Celine Dion, Motley Crue, Britney Spears, and Carrot Top have been an incentive for tourists to pack up and fly to town. (Okay, maybe not Carrot Top.) Now New York City's esteemed M...

Take a Vacation From Driving! A Pedestrian-Centric Website Lists Which US, Canadian and Australian Cities Are Most Walkable and Bikable

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/08/2013, 8:00 PM

Though its rankings are geared towards residents--and would-be residents--of various cities around the globe, the website WalkScore's 2014 lists are invaluable tools for tourists, as well. I think that most would agree that vacations are more, well, vacation-like when one doesn't have to deal with the hassles of traffic and/or renting a car. So without further ado, here are Walkscore'...

Book Review: National Geographic Issues a Delightful New Coffee Table Tome

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/23/2013, 2:30 PM

Being in the right place at the right time. Some would say that’s the key to a good life, but the editors of National Geographic have a simpler formula: They think choosing the best season to travel will enhance your vacation immensely. Towards that end, they’ve issued a handsome coffee table book called Four Seasons of Travel: 400 Of The World’s Best Destinations in Winter, Spring, Su...

TodayTix: A Promising New Source for Scoring Deep Discounts on Broadway Show Tickets

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2013, 7:30 PM

Broadway is huge business, and a major tourism industry. Last season, which ended in May, raked in a staggering $1.14 billion in grosses for New York City's theatres. In the same way that Avatar managed to become the highest-grossing movie of all time because its tickets came with a bloated 3-D surcharge, Broadway is able to hit massive numbers like those because its tickets cost big bucks...

Rooms for $100 in New York City During 'Hotel Week NYC', coming January 3 to 12

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2013, 3:00 PM

Once again, many New York City hotels have banded together and chosen a low-season week during which to knock rates down to approachable levels. The next "Hotel Week NYC" as they call it (probably a riff on the Restaurant Weeks that are so popular at cities around the country) will fall January 3 to 12—fortunately, a week during airfare should also be at a low ebb. Thirty hotels are partic...

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