8 Wonderful NYC Travel Quotes

Quotes about New York City by famous (and not so famous) people:

Ryan Adams

“When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing like I’m in a movie.” – Ryan Adams

G.K. Chesterton

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton

Simone Beauvoir

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless” – Simone Beauvoir

Alistair Cooke

“New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.” – Alistair Cooke

Marilyn J. Appleberg

“More than anything else, New York is a city of superlatives, a place where the best, the brightest, the biggest is the norm.” Marilyn J. Appleberg

Roy Blount Jr.

“New York walking isn’t exercise; it’s a continually showing make-your-own movie.” – Roy Blount Jr.

Milos Forman

“I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.” – Milos Forman

Charlie Chaplin

“The Glamour of it all! New York! America!” – Charlie Chaplin

Great Ways to Spend Your Tax Return

April 15th is almost here, and that means one thing: Taxes.  Hopefully you’ve gotten your tax forms filled out and sent in, but if not, there is still time.  In fact, this year federal taxes aren’t due until April 17th since the 15th is a Sunday.  Now that I’ve just bought you two more days, let’s daydream.  What are you going to do with your tax return this year?  We’ve got some ideas:

Manhattan Authentic

Experience New York City in a fully escorted motorcoach tour of upper and lower Manhattan.  Also included in this package is a trip to the Top of the Rock, arguably the best view in the City.  Grab lunch at Grotta Azzura, one of the oldest restaurants in Little Italy, and enjoy a 1-hour Statue of Liberty Harbor Cruise.  All of this is included for only $84 online now, perfect if you’re just getting your tax return.

New York VIP Private Tour (6-hours)

Take a private VIP tour of New York City.  A professional driver and licensed tour guide will take you through Manhattan on this extremely personal tour.  The 6-hour tour costs as little as $99 per person for up to 9 people.  We also offer options for 4-hour and 8-hour tours so you can choose what works best for you!

Manhattan Authentic coach

Super New York Tour (3 Day)

If you’re in town for an extended time, buying the 3-day Super New York Tour with your tax return might be a good investment.  At $81 for adults and only $61 for kids, this package offers you fantastic options in NYC.  Double-decker bus tours include the Downtown Tour, Uptown & Harlem Tour, Night Tour and Brooklyn Tour. Some of the attractions that you will enjoy are free admission to the Museum of the City of New York, a 90-Minute CitySightseeing Harbor Cruise, a ride the ferry to Liberty and Ellis Island to view the Statue of Liberty monument and the Immigration Museum, and finally the choice of the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock observation decks to view the NYC Skyline.

These are just three great ways that you could spend your tax return to see NYC, but there are many more options that we offer.  Check out our website for the best ways to see The Big City.

What’s Cool: Cherry Blossoms

Here at CitySights New York, we like things that are cool.  We also like things in New York.  So cool things in New York.. They’re the best.

More importantly, our goal is to show you how cool New York really is, whether it’s while riding on one of our famous bus tours, or while reading about it on our blog.  That is why every Friday we bring you ‘What’s Cool’, where we will tell you, well, you guessed it: something that’s pretty cool in New York City.  Get ready for the weekend because here’s what’s cool:

Springtime might be the most beautiful season of the year with flowers blooming, grass growing green and parks filling with people.  We can finally put our snow shovels (or in the case of this year, our somewhat heavy coats) away and enjoy Mother Nature for what she brings us.  That’s why this week, cherry blossoms are cool.  Not just any cherry blossoms, but the cherry blossoms in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

On Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, you should make your way out to our neighboring borough to enjoy Sakura Matsuri, popularly known as the Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival.  Walk through the Botanic Garden and marvel at the beautifully flowering trees.  If it doesn’t sound that cool to you, check out this video:

You cannot deny; that was pretty cool.  If you can’t make it during one of those dates, visit sometime around the end of April and view the cherry blossoms on your own.

Our Brooklyn Tour will take you all the way around the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where you will be able to take great pictures of the cherry blossoms, so you might just want to hop on that.  Also, is you’re really into the trees, head down to our nation’s capital for one of the most incredible Cherry Blossom Festivals in America going on now!

What do you think? Let us know in the comments how cool you think the Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival will be.

What’s Cool: Dining in the Dark

image via camaje.com

Here at CitySights New York, we like things that are cool.  We also like things in New York.  So cool things in New York.. They’re the best.

More importantly, our goal is to show you how cool New York really is, whether it’s while riding on one of our famous bus tours, or while reading about it on our blog.  That is why we are starting a new series every Friday called What’s Cool, where we will tell you, well, you guessed it: something that’s pretty cool in New York City.  Get ready for the weekend because here’s what’s cool:

The aesthetics of your plate at a fine dining restaurant is almost as important as the taste of the food.  Master Chefs work hours on designing new layouts for meals and culinary schools teach full classes on the subject.  But what if it didn’t matter?  What if you couldn’t even see what’s in front of you?

A few restaurants in The Big Apple have taken this idea and run with it.  When you can’t see anything, you have to rely heavily on your other senses.  Dining in the dark takes your sight away and heightens those other senses, including taste and smell.  It forces you to slow down while you eat and fully appreciate your meal.  Throw in some fine wines and dining in the dark becomes a truly savory experience.

Camaje is a regular restaurant that offers dark dining experiences on scheduled dates.  Check out their website to find out how you can take part in one of their blindfolded dinners:

“There was a hesitancy that was wonderful,” says 31-year-old Jonathan M. “Paying attention to the way the hand slowly met the glass, the way the food slowly took on shape and identity in the mouth. It was such a wonderful exercise in being in the moment.” (via Camaje Website)

Dans le Noir? brings you into a completely dark room where you will be served by blind people, reversing your point of view.

It is a social experience, in which the darkness protects you from your inhibitions and frees you to experience relationships and interactions without prejudice or preconception. (via Dans le Noir Website)

Well, that’s what’s cool today.  Check back next Friday to find some more cool things in New York City.