The Complete Empire State Building Guide: Know Before You Go
ExperienceFirst Blog » New York
by Gabby Hammond
3w ago
The Empire State Building is on most visitors’ must-do list when coming to New York City. It’s world-famous, and over 4 million people visit each year. Thanks to that popularity, big crowds can lead to long lines and some complexity for your travel plans. To ensure you have the best experience when you arrive, I’ll share handy tips and tricks from my experience as a tour guide to help you avoid common frustrations. Planning ahead for your Empire State Building visit The Empire State Building observatory is open 365 days a year, from 9 a.m. to around 12 a.m., with the last elevator going up at ..read more
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How To Walk the High Line in NYC and Not Miss a Thing
ExperienceFirst Blog » New York
by Bobby Mittelstadt
3w ago
From relic to gem, the High Line has been turned into one of the most pioneering public spaces in New York City. What was once a decrepit railway line has now been transformed into a park that offers locals and out-of-towners a chance to get away from it all and admire public art, gardens, and city views in every direction. Since its inception in 2009, walking the High Line has become a right of passage for almost anyone who visits the city. On this nearly 2-mile stretch of historic rail line on Manhattan’s West Side, you’ll quite literally stroll through history, from the city’s bustling Meat ..read more
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7 Must-See Spots in NYC’s Financial District (AKA Wall Street)
ExperienceFirst Blog » New York
by Bobby Mittelstadt
3w ago
Wall Street is named after an actual wall.  No, really. When the Dutch first colonized the island of Manhattan, they built a wall to separate their colonies from the Native American camps to the north. Believe it or not, 400 years ago most of Manhattan was farmland and countryside — Alexander Hamilton even built a country house in what is now Harlem. Now Wall Street refers not only to the street, but the district as a whole. You might also hear it described as downtown, the financial district, FiDi, lower Manhattan, or low-Man (although I wouldn’t recommend saying that last one unless you ..read more
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Meet Our Tour Guides: Faces of New York
ExperienceFirst Blog » New York
by Cheryl Rodewig
3w ago
When you’re exploring on one of our popular NYC tours, who’s leading the way? It’s a local who knows this city better than your average New Yorker. It’s someone who wants to share with you its best landmarks, hidden gems, recommendations for where to grab a great meal, and the secrets of its 400-year history. We love our city! But who’s actually leading your tour? We have dozens of top-rated guides at ExperienceFirst, so it depends on when you sign up and what tour you take, but we wanted to let you meet some of them personally.  In this Q&A, a few of our NYC guides will share why the ..read more
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The Staten Island Ferry: NYC’s Famous Best-Kept Secret
ExperienceFirst Blog » New York
by Bobby Mittelstadt
2M ago
How can an attraction be both famous and a best-kept secret? When it comes to the Staten Island Ferry, although people on Staten Island have been using it for decades, most of New York City’s residents and visitors fail to take full advantage of this phenomenal aquatic service. The nine-vessel fleet shepherds 22 million people every year, or roughly only one third of all the people who reside in and visit NYC. With 117 daily trips that showcase views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, the ferry serves not just as a journey but also a destination unto itself. And ..read more
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Do’s and Don’ts for Your Visit
ExperienceFirst Blog » New York
by Bobby Mittelstadt
2M ago
As two of the most popular attractions in New York City, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are probably on your must-see list — and they should be — but how can you make the best of your visit to these historic landmarks? There’s a lot to experience at each place, plus a few guidelines for guests, so I’ve rounded up a list of do’s and don’ts to help make your trip a breeze. I’ll also share what you can do at each site and answer a couple frequently asked questions. Consider this your how-to resource for exploring the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as told to you by a local NYC tour g ..read more
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12 Attractions You Must Not Miss in NYC
ExperienceFirst Blog » New York
by Gabby Hammond
2M ago
So you’re ready to explore New York! Whether you’re planning for a weekend or you’ve been here for years, there’s so much to see that you’d need a lifetime to do it all. Besides Times Square, it seems there’s never a definite answer as to where exactly your time should be spent in this massive urban jungle. Is it worth it to see this? Do I have time for that? These questions are difficult for any traveler to answer, but especially here in New York. As a longtime NYC guide, I’m here to help make your planning just a little bit easier with this handy list of must-visit spots in the city, from fa ..read more
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Grand Central’s Hidden Bar: How To Visit The Campbell in NYC
ExperienceFirst Blog » New York
by Maggie Blaha
3M ago
Speakeasies are quietly (pun intended) becoming one of the top attractions for visitors coming to New York City. They’ve been around since Prohibition, and now that they are legal, many bars love to pay homage to that time period. One of the most iconic, but not so secretive, hidden bars in New York is located inside Grand Central, called The Campbell. Swanky. Classy. Ritzy. These are all great words to describe Grand Central Terminal’s “secret” bar that looks like it came from 1920s Prohibition New York. A time when the jazz was hot and the champagne flowed freely… inside underground speakeas ..read more
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Little Italy in NYC: Top 6 Reasons (and Places) To Visit
ExperienceFirst Blog » New York
by Bobby Mittelstadt
4M ago
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, ask for a cannoli and a glass of red wine to go with it. The best — and only — place to indulge in such a fantasy is New York City’s Little Italy, one of the most charming neighborhoods in Manhattan. Thanks to the waves of immigrants coming through Ellis Island in the late 1800s, New York City welcomed hundreds of thousands of new citizens from Naples and Sicily, who brought with them their customs, language, currency, and a host of family recipes. The Old World vibe still lives on today, by way of a neighborhood that is sadly shrinking and a w ..read more
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Haunted Walking Tours for Thrills and Chills
ExperienceFirst Blog » New York
by Cheryl Rodewig
10M ago
When you visit a new city, you might check out the museums, parks, and other daytime attractions, but what about its darker side? When it comes to our favorite haunted tours, we’re talking mobsters and murders, ghouls and graveyards, the secret histories that you seldom hear, all the more shocking when they’re true. Without a local to show you the way, you might not know what lurks in the city’s past or walks the streets still after dark. Our haunted walking tours are just the ticket. While these spooky guided tours aren’t for the faint of heart, if you enjoy true crime or ghost stories and do ..read more
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