Planning an NYC Vacation

For 15 years my full-time job was playing tourist in my hometown of New York City as the expert behind New York City Travel on About.com — and now I can help you book a great vacation!

I spent those years taking tours, visiting attractions and scoping out hotels to write about the best NYC has to offer. Now I can share that expertise and knowledge to help you make your trip to New York City the best it can be. I’ll steer you away from tourist traps and help you tailor your itinerary to your interests. You can feel confident taking my advice because I’ve seen, tasted and visited the things that I recommend to my clients.

Here are some of the things we can work on together to discover your ideal NYC vacation.

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Build an Itinerary That Maximizes Your Time

To avoid wasted vacation hours stuck in busy New York traffic, it's important to group activities by location. Want to explore the American Museum of Natural History? Pair that with a quick visit to the legendary Dakota Apartments where Rosemary's Baby was filmed and John Lennon was shot. Interested in experiencing Greenwich Village? Consider starting your exploration at the north side of the village, working your way downtown towards Lombardi's - home of some of the best pizza NYC has to offer. No matter the length of your visit, I'll help plan an itinerary to ensure you're getting the most our of your NYC trip.

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Get Tickets to Broadway Shows

Did you know there are ways to get tickets to Broadway shows at a significant discount - up to 50%? If you aren't married to seeing a particular show, theater-goers can save a bundle by standing on line at one of several TKTS booths around NYC to get their hands on same-day tickets. Learn more about this via an article I wrote for TripSavvy.

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Find Your Ideal Places to Eat & Drink

As a passionate foodie, I've scoured NYC to uncover the best of what this great culinary city has to offer. From delicious Chinatown dives like Great NY Noodletown to elegant institutions like Eleven Madison Park, I'll steer you in a direction that matches both your palate and your budget.

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Choosing the Best Hotel

The right NYC hotel centers around geography - your best hotel will be in the neighborhood you'll be spending most of your time in. If you're planning on seeing multiple Broadway shows and checking out Times Square, a midtown hotel will be the best choice. If museums are your primary focus, you'll want to find a hotel on the Upper West Side. I will work with you to plan your NYC trip itinerary, then choose a hotel based on those plans.

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Helping You Get Around NYC

Despite apprehension of many tourists to tackle New York's subway system, the MTA is almost always the most efficient way to get around the city quickly (read my NYC subway primer on TripSavvy here). If taxis are more your speed, you can feel like a local by trying your hand at hailing an NYC yellow cab. And if that all seems too intimidating, I'm happy to work with you to schedule car service for your trip.