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How to Get Tickets to The Book of Mormon

Check out updated Book of Mormon info as of 10/3/2011 by clicking here

Have you heard about Broadway’s surprise smash hit, The Book of Mormon? Out of seemingly nowhere this show has become THE show to see right now on Broadway!

What’s it all about?

Brought to you by the creators of South Park, Trey Park and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon is a story about two young, mismatched Mormon missionaries who travel to a place as different from Salt Lake City as you can get: a remote Ugandan village. The always funny lyrics and sometimes profane or irreverent language, combined with great music, wonderful choreography and excellent acting have made this show an instant hit.

Out of nowhere The Book of Mormon has become the most popular ticket in town! How popular? VERY. POPULAR. So popular that finding tickets can be almost impossible! But thankfully you have friends in New York City… New York Guest!

New York Guest can find you tickets to the Book of Mormon

How to get tickets to see The Book of Mormon:

1) Plan Ahead. To get the best availability at the best prices, plan to get tickets well before you arrive in New York City. Call our office at (212) 302-4019 or e-mail us at info@newyorkguest.com to inquire about availability as soon as you know you are coming to New York City. Though last minute tickets can often be arranged, it’s definitely better to plan ahead if possible.

2) Be flexible. Consider a matinee performance or weeknight performances when tickets might be more readily available.

3) Be careful. See a deal online that seems too good to be true? It probably is– there are lots of ticket scams out there! We have seen too many customers face disappointment when they are told by the theatre that someone else is already sitting in seats they thought they had bought for themselves. New York Guest acquires tickets only from reliable, licensed sources!

4) Consider a Broadway Package. If you are coming to New York City to see this show, consider booking a Broadway Package to take advantage of discounts on both the hotel and the tickets.  Learn more about New York Guest’s New York Vacation Packages including our very popular Broadway Packages. All of our New York Vacation packages are completely customizable for you!

We currently have The Book of Mormon tickets available on our website as well, so visit http://travel.newyorkguest.com/Activities/Broadway-Show-Book-of-Mormon to read more about the show and ticket options available!

— Terra

Check out updated Book of Mormon info as of 10/3/2011 by clicking here

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MoMA: New York’s Museum of Modern Art

Musem of Modern Art (Photo Credit: Terra Mrkulic)

Out of over 80 museums in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is undoubtedly my favorite. With such a diverse collection including 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects, there’s always something new and interesting to see.  Even the building that houses the collection is a marvel! Though the collection was founded in 1929, the new building that houses it was just opened in 2004.

MoMA is a “Must-See” on your next trip to New York City, even if you have been before. That’s why I included it on our list of 12 essential things to do in New York City.

You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words so here are some of my pictures from recent visits to the museum.

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Let our team at New York Guest help you choose which activities and attractions are right for you on your next trip to New York City. We can even pre-arrange tickets for you! Just give New York Guest a call at (212) 302-4019 for advice and booking assistance.

— Terra

(all photos @ Terra Mrkulic)

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Best Day Trips from New York City

We asked the New York Guest team: what’s your favorite day trip from New York City?

Check out what these local New Yorkers like to do on their time off.  Do you have a favorite that’s not on our list? Tell us about your favorite day trips from NYC in the comments section!

Pepsico Gardens

Pepsico Gardens, Purchase NY– 45 Minutes from NYC
The site of Pepsi Co.’s main headquarters, this facility holds a wide open park that is completely accessible to the public. On a nice day, Pepsico Gardens is one of the prettiest places to visit just outside of New York– a perfect place to have a picnic. If you head in early enough, make sure to stop at Purchase Deli on Anderson Hill Road on your way, and grab one of the best breakfast sandwiches you can get for your dollar. After you arrive at the Garden, make sure to take advantage of the beautiful walking paths that lead you in and around the park. At the center of the Garden is a large pond with many different species of fish and bird. If picnicking is not your thing, the garden still holds a variety of modern sculptures (ranging from small to large) and wildlife to check out. Pepsico Gardens is a great place to start a day-trip out of the NYC to White Plains or if you’re headed up north to Woodbury Commons or Connecticut. Getting there is easy as well; a simple train ride to White Plains on the Hudson line of Metronorth from Grand Central, or a 45 minute drive up I-95 to the Hutchinson River Pkwy.  — Bryan, Concierge

Nissequogue River Canoeing

Nissequogue River in Smithtown, NY – 1.5 Hours from NYC
One of my favorite side trips is to Long Island to Nissequogue River in Smithtown, It’s about 90 minutes From Penn Station and then a quick walk or cab ride over the start of the river. The river goes about 6 miles and there are some sandy beaches at the mouth of the river where you can have swim or a picnic lunch. It is kid friendly and a great way to escape from the hustle of the city — Jeannette, Director of International Sales

Stony Brook Village Green

Stony Brook, NY – 1.5 Hours from NYC
Stony Brook, NY, is located on the north shore of Long Island and is easily accessible by Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) or by car. It is about an hour and a half drive from Manhattan. Stony Brook has many attractions and activities for the entire family. It would also make for a lovely romantic getaway for two! The main Village Green, which looks out onto Old Stony Brook Harbor, includes a historic post office and several quaint little shops and restaurants to explore. Across the street, is the Three Village Inn, a perfect spot for an afternoon brunch. Other sites to visit while in Stony Brook include the William Sydney Mount House, Stony Brook Grist Mill and the historic St. James Chapel. The town is also home to the Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages, which is a quick walk from the Village shops. In the summer months, the “Village Green” is host to many festivals and free evening concerts. The local residents gather on the main lawn with their chairs and blankets to enjoy the live music and watch the beautiful sunset over the harbor. Of course, one cannot mention the summer concerts without mentioning the Brook House Restaurant, which serves delicious ice cream cones! This is the perfect place to place to get away from the busy sidewalks of NYC! While you have made the trip out east to visit Stony Brook . . . you might also want to take a quick drive over to Lower Port Jefferson and walk around that harbor as well!  — Alicia, Concierge

Lora and her family at Hunter Mountain

Hunter Mountain – 2 Hours from NYC
I love adventure. Ever since I was little my family has gone camping every year. It’s a great tradition and we have the best time. I also love to snowboard. Hunter Mountain which is located just 2 hours north of New York City has both! They just launched a new zip lining course which can be done year round and you can ski or snowboard in the winter! I went zip lining and camping with my family last September, but you can certainly make it a day trip with buses running directly to Hunter Mountain from Port Authority. And in the winter you can take the same bus for a day filled with fun on the slopes!  — Lora,  Associate Manager

Providence, RI

Providence, Rhode Island – 3 Hours from NYC
My favorite city to escape to is Providence Rhode Island – although I always drive you can easily hop on a bus from Port Authority and be there in just 3 hours. The best place to visit while in Providence, besides their awesome mall, is their water front park right in downtown Providence – They have the Providence River that runs right through the city with multiple benches to sit and enjoy the views, drink some coffee and people watch.  There are multiple colleges in the area including Johnson and Wales, Brown University, and Rhode Island School of Design so there are always things happening in the city. A few other places of interest are Thayer Street which is booming with college students roaming the streets and hanging with friends. Thayer street is full of cute little boutiques and some shopping and used bookstores and also has the Rhode Island School of Design Museum near by. Another point of interest is Federal Hill which is equivalent to a “Little Italy” in New York but with nice upscale Italian Restaurants.  I love to visit Providence, Rhode Island because it’s a nice small quaint city that will allow you to see plenty of attractions in a small amount of time.  — Karissa, Reservations Manager

The Hamptons

The Hamptons, NY – 2 Hours from NYC
One of my absolute favorite day trips outside of New York City is the Hamptons. Known for its great beaches, restaurants, and shopping, it’s a fantastic place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the City. And it’s not just for the summer season! I recently went out to the Wolfford Estate wineries with friends in January and had a great time sampling some of the East Hamptons’ finest wines. The best way to get there from NYC is with the Hampton Jitney bus service– at just $24 it’s a real bargain and it takes a little more than 2 hours. While in New York City a trip to the Hamptons is a must and bring your camera since it’s possible you might see a celebrity or two while you are there!  — Beth, Travel Advisor

Christmas 2007 in Mystic, CT

Mystic, CT – 2.5 Hours from NYC
A quick a beautiful train ride from NYC takes you to Mystic, Connecticut. New England is very close to my heart, so I love to travel to the small towns of coastal Connecticut to take in the sights and have some great seafood. Mystic is a perfect little gem of a town. A sweet Main Street lined with shops, a beautiful harbor area, great restaurants (hello steamer clams!) and attractions like the Mystic Aquarium make it a very worthy break from New York City during any season of the year. Go with a car in the summer and you can also check out the nearby beach areas as well.  — Terra, Director – Client Services

The New York Guest team would love to help you plan your NYC vacation! We’ll help you see the many sites of New York City and can help arrange some of our favorite day trips. Just give us a call at (212) 302-4019 or email us at info@newyorkguest.com

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Terra: Visit Ellis Island on Your Next Trip to New York City

Everyone has their favorite places to visit in New York City. For some, it’s a shady spot in Central Park or standing at the top of the Empire State Building. For others, it’s a favorite bench, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or perhaps a favorite museum. In my book, no visit is complete to New York City without a visit to Ellis Island.

Ellis Island

Between 1892 and 1954 over 12 Million immigrants entered the United States through the gateway of Ellis Island, a small island in New York harbor close to the Statue of Liberty. Included in that 12 million were several members of my family, such as Agostino Arado, my great-grandfather from Genoa, Italy who we believe arrived on the SS Karl Wilhelm II in 1900 at the age of 20.

Agostino Arado and Family - First Generation Americans

To get to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum you take the same ferry that goes to the Statue of Liberty. I recommend carving out at least a few hours to visit both islands. If you have school-aged children, this is a wonderful way to bring American History alive; walking the hallways of the old Main Building you get a real sense of what our ancestors went through to become American citizens. In my opinion, Ellis Island is one of the most important historical sites in the United States.

Ellis Island Registry Room

In more recent years, starting in 1984, Ellis Island underwent a major restoration, the largest historic restoration in U.S. history. The $160 million dollar project was funded by donations made to The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the National Park Service. The Main Building was reopened to the public on September 10, 1990 as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Today, the museum receives almost 2 million visitors annually.

Tickets to the museum are free though a 45-minute audio tour (available in several languages) costs $8.00 for adults (worth it!).  Free public tours of Ellis Island given daily by the National Park Service. Times are posted at the Information Desk.  Make sure to take time to visit the American Immigrant Wall of Honor where the names of over 700,000 immigrates are inscribed in a memorial overlooking the New York Harbor. 

**Tip: bring a blank sheet of paper and pencil/crayon and you can bring home an etching of meaningful family names– a wonderful souvenir!

American Immigrant Wall of Honor

Over half of today’s American population can trace back to ancestors who crossed through Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is also a major genealogical center for research. While visiting the museum you can utilize the American Family Immigration History Center where you can further investigate immigration history, family documentation and genealogical exploration.  Alternatively, on their website there are a variety of free documents and records that can be obtained including passenger manifests for the ships that docked here.

Let me help you plan a New York sightseeing itinerary that includes plenty of time at my favorite place, Ellis Island. Feel free to call me at (212) 302-4019 or e-mail TMrkulic@newyorkguest.com for advice and assistance! Visit NewYorkGuest.com for more suggestions on must-do activities in New York City!

— Terra

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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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