It is very easy to get caught up in the glitz and the glam of the New York City lights and action. Of course when visiting, you want to be sure that your experience lives up to the expectations that are engraved in you based on the vibrant images that movies, TV-shows and songs that have painted in your mind. What visitors often overlook, however, are the tourist traps that will pave their way way. And all the discounted or free things that can be sought out to keep the budget on track. Here are our advice and also some etiquette tips to make the most out of your New York City vacation.
New York City is an international hub for renowned art institutes, galleries, exhibits, museums, and media; it is no surprise that the city often ranks number 1 on art-enthusiasts’ list of cities to visit. Here is a guide to our favorite art places to visit in New York.
New York City is a major history-hub, and the best way to learn about the history is to truly immerse yourself in the culture yourself! First founded by the Dutch along the Hudson River in 1624, New Amsterdam was established 2 years later on Manhattan Island. The English later took over the area in 1664, renaming the city New York. Between 1892 and 1954, millions of immigrants arrived in New York Harbor, first passing through Ellis Island on their journey to becoming U.S citizens. Throughout the many years, the city has evolved in various manners and the melting pot of cultures is truly evident throughout. From the Bronx, Harlem, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, visit New York and explore its rich history from the inside out, down cobblestoned streets and over the river. Check out some of our most recommended historical sites throughout the city. Read more
When in New York, be it for many years or only a few days, you will most likely find yourself wandering through the Lower East Side. It is at the heart of New York City’s underground culture and nightlife, one of the most colorful neighborhoods of the Big Apple, and a Harlem Spiritual’s staff favorite. Do not let the edgy and strikingly contemporary vibe of the streets fool you, for the Lower East Side is one of the most historic areas in town, and there is a plethora of art, cultural hubs, dining, entertainment, and shopping to keep you busy. Read more
Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to showing appreciation for those around you as well as for the blessing of the harvest of the preceding year. This gracious holiday takes place on the fourth Thursday of November every year and traditionally involves bountiful amounts of food, football, family, friends and of course, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Dating back to 1924, the Macy’s parade dazzles the streets between 77th and 34th with world-renowned marching bands, floats, and iconic character balloons. As fun as these Thanksgiving traditions can be, why not consider something different for Thanksgiving in New York City? After you watch the Parade in person, of course. Read more