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Hurricane Sandy: How Can You Help?

The Manhattan Skyline, blacked out by Hurricane Sandy

It’s been more obvious than ever the past few days: You love NYC as much as we do. All around the world, people want to help. While we remind you that serious efforts should be made to help our wonderful neighbors in New Jersey and the more seldom visited sections of New York City (Staten Island, the Rockaways) as well as Manhattan, we really appreciate the outpouring of love and affection for our area and are happy to provide information on ways you can help!


Definitely the quickest and easiest way to help is with a donation.  Here are some ways you can donate a small amount easily (every little bit helps!)

  • American Red Cross: Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10.
  • Salvation Army: Text “STORM” to 80888 to donate $10
  • Humane Society: Text “HUMANE” to 80888 to donate $10
  • New York Cares: Text “iCARE” to 85944 to donate $10

For more substantial donations please visit:


If you can make it into the area, please consider donating some of your time to the relief effort. Here are two great ways to help:

New York Cares, one of our favorite organizations for volunteering in the New York area, has waived their usual orientation requirements for Hurricane Sandy volunteer projects. Check out the available projects here: http://newyorkcares.org/volunteer/disaster/

The New York Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help with clean-up efforts throughout the city: http://www.nycgovparks.org/stormupdate/storm-details


Make no mistake, New York will get through this. We’ve gotten through worse. Believe it or not, one of the best ways to help us get through the aftermath of this tragedy is by planning a trip to visit us! The NYC economy will take a hit in the aftermath of the storm – many restaurants, hotels, and shops have been closed for the majority of this week, quite a few restaurants in the city sustained serious damage and lost all of their inventory. We will rebuild, but we need business to keep us going! What a great excuse to visit the best city in the world and be doing a good deed at the same time, right? Fill out our quote request form: http://www.newyorkguest.com/vacation-packages/#quote to start planning your visit. We’d be happy to give you recommendations of specific restaurants and areas of the city to visit that really need your help!





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What’s your New York Resolution?

by Louise, Community Manager

It’s 2012! Happy New Year! Whether you rung it in in the madness of Times Square, in the quiet company of loved ones, or something in between I hope it was a wonderful way to start the year.

So here we are in the time of year when gyms flood with people swearing to work out more this year, and everyone sets up a new savings account to start taking care of their money, or any other manner of self improvement missions that seem so apt to begin on January 1st. This year, I think it would be more fun to make some “New York Resolutions” instead. I’d like to share a few of mine with you. These are the things I commit to doing in New York this year. Please feel free to share your own New York resolutions in the comments!

1. Sit in the 100 section at Yankee Stadium. I usually go to at least ten Yankees games every year, but typically I’m always in the bleachers or the upper deck. This year, I want to be close enough that if Derek Jeter happens to do another dive into the stands like he did in 2004 (I was at that game but in the second to last row of the stadium), there’s a chance he will land in my lap.

2. Eat at Momofuku Ko. There are always a million restaurant on my “to do” list, food being one of my favorite things in the world, but I’ve wanted to eat at Ko for years. I’m a huge fan of David Chang’s cook-centric philosophy and the way his restaurants are all about the food rather than the decor, and the menu is ever-changing, meaning that even once I do eat there my goal will probably just change to “Eat at Ko again.”

3. Go Birding in Central Park with my sister. New York doesn’t just have pigeons – there are probably about 200 different species that you can spot in Central Park alone depending on the time of year that you visit. My sister happens to be working towards a PhD in biology with a focus on ornithology at Queens College, and she has gone birding in Central Park dozens of times but we’ve never been able to coordinate our schedules so that I can go with her. This year I will!

Obviously I have many more, but hopefully I’ve gotten you thinking about your 2012 New York resolutions. We’d love to hear about them and what’s more, we’d love to help you make them come true! Email me at lgeller@newyorkguest.com for help planning your next trip!


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Terra: You Never Forget Your First Glimpse of New York City

My 7th Grade Class before getting on the bus to NYC

When I was in the 7th grade in the early 80’s I signed up for a school trip to New York City with my teachers and classmates. I had never been to NYC before so I didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity to go with my school!  I think it cost $300 for the bus ride from Washington, D.C. to Manhattan, 2 nights hotel near Times Square, meals, sightseeing and a ticket to see the show 42nd Street on Broadway.

I will never forget that first glimpse you get of Manhattan when driving up via the Jersey Turnpike. All the kids had their noses pressed up against the bus windows, looking for the Empire State Building and the shine of the Chrysler Building. We were all giddy with excitement for the weekend that lay ahead.

I don’t remember what hotel we stayed in, but it was clean and comfortable and fit 4 students per room. I am sure we didn’t get much sleep, with all the excitement of being away from home. But who needs sleep in the City that Never Sleeps? We all ate breakfast together before heading out for some sightseeing. We went to the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, one of the museums and of course Times Square.  We learned a lot about US History, art, architecture and social studies on this trip; it brought what we were learning in the classroom truly to life.

Seeing 42nd Street was the crown jewel of the trip. I had never been to the theatre before, much less a Broadway show! It was full of energy, dancing, glittery costumes and was just every thing a 13 year-old could ever want. I was hooked on New York City and knew right then and there I would move here. And then not too many years later, I did!

One of the things I love about working for New York Guest is that I get to provide that same exciting experience for student groups (and other travelers as well) that come to New York from all over the world.  It’s just not possible to forget your first visit to New York City! For so many people that experience shapes how they see the world. For me, it was the spark that led me to lead a life filled with travel and exploring new places. I truly believe it was a turning point, even at such a young age.

Are you a teacher or school administrator? Why not consider bring your students to New York City? We can provide educational itineraries to supplement classroom learning in many subjects. We make it easy for teachers and other group organizers by providing excellent group rates and all the logistic help required. Why do all the time consuming group travel planning when we can do it for you? Contact us today to start booking your New York City group travel!

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Terra: Room with a View

One of the great things about living in New York City is that friends and family from far away love to come visit and see the sights. And who can blame them?  I have so much fun playing tour guide and taking them to amazing places that they would never have found on their own, such as, where to go to get a great view of the city.

It’s no secret that I LOVE the Empire State Building. If you follow New York Guest on Facebook, you have seen the numerous photos I have posted on FB from the vantage point in my office. What an amazing view!  When I take my friends and family out on the town, I tend to pick restaurants and bars that showcase my favorite New York City landmark.

Just the other night I took an old friend out for a drink after work to the bar at the top of the Fashion 26 Hotel. The name of the bar is Rare View…and what a Rare View it is! Take a look:

View from Rare View at Fashion 26 (photo by Terra)

We enjoyed a glass of wine and some surprisingly spicy guacamole and chips while feasting on this view above. Early in the evening the bar is pretty quiet, especially in the winter, but later in the evening and during summer months it gets very busy.

Then last night I took another friend passing through Manhattan out for Korean BBQ in K-Town (Korean Town).  So much fun to try new dishes! After dinner we went up to the bar at the top of the Strand Hotel, creatively called Top of the Strand, which has an even more fabulous view from its 32nd Street location:

View from Top of the Strand (photo by Terra)

Both bars are enclosed in glass that is open during the warmer summer months, proving an excellent open-air experience.  But even in the winter time both spaces are made cozy with little couches, seating areas and interesting light fixtures.

I can also think of a few other great spots in the city that provide a generous view of the Big Apple. Want to learn more? Just send me an e-mail!

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