Let’s face it, planning a trip to NYC can be a pretty daunting task. With so much information out there it’s hard to find good, honest suggestions for what to do and see, where to stay and what to experience when here in NYC. Fortunately for you, we’re here to help.
Biking – Did you think we’d suggest otherwise? Biking lets you cover the most ground while still letting you see and experience the energy on the street. Biking infrastructure has improved tremendously in the past 10 years so getting around NYC on a bike is easier than ever. All Get Up and Ride tours come standard with a bike but if you’re looking to ride on non-tour days, check out Sun & Air in Williamsburg or CitiBike with convenient locations all around the Citi. Just make sure you know where the bike lanes are and where Citi Bike stations are.
Subway – Our #1 suggestion, take the subway! – It’s typically the most convenient and reliable way to get around, especially if you’re on a time crunch (like coming on our tour or catching a show). Here’s a great video, with tons of information (maybe not the best production quality):
Uber – New York City now has 4 Ubers for every Taxi cab. No need to tip or wonder how much your trip is going to cost, pricing is shown to you up front with this convenient app. Not to mention you can see when your ride is there. Use the code FEELING22 for free ride worth $22 if you’re a first time user of Uber.
WHERE TO STAY
Airbnb – Although it’s been demonized in the past few years for contributing to the un-affordability of the city, staying with a local Airbnb is the best way to connect with local culture and save money on lodging. Our favorite neighborhoods to stay in are Williamsburg, Brooklyn or the East Village in Manhattan. BE AWARE – booking an entire apartment when the landlord isn’t there is technically illegal so opt for shared rooms or private rooms that share a common living space!
Brooklyn Hotels – Enjoy the most breathtaking views of the city by staying in Brooklyn. We love the Wythe Hotel, William Vale and new Williamsburg Hotel. A little less pricey option in Greenpoint that we love is the Box House Hotel.
Manhattan Hotels – AVOID Time Square, it’s touristy and far from the best restaurants and nightlife in the city (but if you’ve already booked a hotel in Times Sqaure, we still love you!). Opt for hotels in Lower Manhattan or around Central Park. Our favorites include: the Sixty LES or Sixty Soho (call their reservation department and mention Get Up and Ride for 10% off your stay), The Soho Grand and Roxy hotels, the Standard Hotel in the Meat Packing or East Village or the Nomad Hotel.
YesBroadway – Our friends started this blog to make it easy to know provide those interested in theatre and easy to digest review of give people an insiders look at Broadway
TodayTix – Don’t wait in line at the TKTS booth, download the TodayTix app and get the same discount you’d get at the booth without waiting in line! Use the code MYLTT for $10 off any ticket!
The Skint– a personal favorite of the team, its the go-to newsletter for free and relatively cheap things to do in the city. A lot of comedy nights and storytelling shows for those of you wanting to get an authentic local crowd.
TimeOut NY or Village Voice – You can get physical copies of TimeOut every Wednesday around popular cafes around the city; the Village Voice is also distributed at newspaper stands around the city. From restaurants and bar reviews to events for all types of interests (LGBT, Theatre, Film and Literature), both these newsletter offer great resource for timely things to do. Keep in mind, they’re the most popular weekly publications so be mindful of big crowds if they’re promoting a cool event! Pro Tip – Don’t bother looking at these publications until the day you arrive.
OhMyRockness – Great list of small, indie shows playing all over NYC. The list specifically pics the best up and coming bands instead of only pushing the biggest stars.
Yelp – In NYC it seems that everyone’s a food critic. If you don’t mind reading the lengthy reviews by wanna-be writers, you can rest-assured 4 to 5 star reviews for local restaurants are a solid recommendations. Best of all, you can find good places near you.
Eater – Things like the Heat Map with the hottest restaurants in every neighborhood and in-depth reviews of all the best restaurants, Eater NY has enough recommendations for even the most hardcore foodie.