New York events: the 6 big ticket events you can’t miss

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Most people know of New York as the city of love. People travel from all over the world to begin their adventures in the Big Apple. But it’s also worth nothing New York events are so spectacular that you’ll probably come across a festival no matter what time of year you visit.

Hire a car from JFK Airport and start ticking off these New York events.

(Here’s a tip, plan parking for your New York events in NYC in advance!)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving is the most important holiday of the year. In Manhattan, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been tradition for nearly a century. Millions of people pack the streets to watch famous singers, Broadway performers, floats and marching bands.

The US Open

It’s the country’s biggest tennis tournament and as far as New York events go, it’s should be high on your list. The Grand Slam event sees the world’s best players converge on New York between August and September. At the same time you’ll also find the globe’s maddest tennis fans.

New Year’s Eve at Times Square

There’s nothing like NYE, when people all over the world come together to celebrate the same thing; a fresh beginning. Why not celebrate it at one of America’s most iconic sites? There are dazzling lights, music and an incredible atmosphere as the crowd waits for the clock to strike midnight.

NYC Marathon

It’s not like other marathons. Nearly 50,000 people begin their run at Staten Island and cross the finish line in Central Park. No other marathon takes you past so many iconic attractions, with millions tuning in to watch runners take over New York.

Rockefeller Centre Tree Lighting

This is a worldwide symbol of the beginning of the Christmas holidays. Be among the thousands of people who watch the a mammoth Christmas tree be lit in late November. Live performances at Rockefeller Plaza follow, while the glorious tree remains on display until early January.

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Every June sees people from all walks of life come together, unified by their love for jazz. Drive five and a half hours north west of NYC to see the city’s main road transform into “Jazz Street”. Some truly amazing talent make this festival an incredible event.



New York dreaming – 5 famous attractions in the Big Apple

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New York City is one of America’s greatest cities. It’s at the top of nearly every traveller’s list. Whether you’re searching for love in the Big Apple, moving there to follow your dreams or simply stopping by for a quick tour of the city, NYC is an amazing experience for everyone who ventures there.

When you land in New York, hire a car from JFK airport and make your way to these famous attractions.

Times Square

It’s one of New York City’s most iconic attractions (main image, picture: JoeBuglewicz). No trip to the city is complete unless you’ve immersed yourself into the hustle and bustle of Times Square. About 330,000 people walk through Times Square every single day. It’s big, the flashing neon lights are bright and the experience is priceless. Costumed characters and musicians also help bring this area to life during the day and night. You can visit Times Square at any time, although the billboards look best when they’re photographed at night.


About 13 million people pay a visit to Broadway to see one of its world class shows. There are 40 Broadway theatres, with most of these located between 41st and 52nd Street and Sixth to Eighth Avenue. See some of the modern takes on the classic theatre productions that have been around for decades. There are plenty of megamusicals with talent from all over the world gracing the stages of Broadway. These curtain raisers are well worth the time and chances are that one production won’t be enough to satisfy you!

Statue of Liberty

Lady Liberty is synonymous with New York. She’s stood proudly with her torch in the city’s harbor since 1886, when the French giften the marvellous 92 metre tall statue to the United States. It forever stands as a symbol of freedom and the Great American dream to migrants who arrived in New York over the years seeking a new beginning. Learn about the statue’s history during a visit to the site. Climb to the top of the statue where  you can also admire panoramic views of the city’s gorgeous skyline.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is the city’s tallest skyscraper. The 102-storey building towers above the rest of the city. Admire the Empire State Building’s distinct architecture from a distance but did you know you can also gain entry to the top? The Observation Deck is open to the public every day between 8am right through until 2 o’clock in the morning. The timing makes it convenient for you, whether you want to visit in the early morning, watch the sun set over the city or watch lights take over the city at night.

Central Park

Any big city is bound to be more concrete buildings than green spaces. But one of the most interesting features of the Big Apple is Central Park. Millions of people flock to this beautiful, green space every year. There’s 840 acres to explore, making it perfect for a picnic in summer. You can also spot lots of wildlife in Spring when the animals come out to explore. In the cooler months, the park transforms into a winter wonderland with snowmen and an outdoor ice skating rink.



Five things to do in upstate New York

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New York is one of the world’s most famous cities. Millions from around the globe travel there every single year to experience the hustle and bustle of the city, its skyscrapers, shopping malls and historic attractions. But how many actually travel outside the city and head north?

There are many beautiful landscapes and cities to be seen. Pick up rental car at New York Airport and make your way to Upstate New York.

Here are five things to see and do while you’re there.
Tour Strawberry Fields
The gorgeous, small town of Skaneateles is a four and a half hour drive north of New York City. Surrounding the area are dozens of berry farms, where you can pick your own. Take along your biggest basket and head out with the family to spend hours picking the sweetest looking strawberries. Most of the farms open in June, when the strawberries begin to ripen.

Thousand Islands
Just over six hours north west of New York City sit the beautiful natural phenomenon known as the Thousand Islands. Take a guided diving tour to explore the underwater depths of the area or go kayaking on the water. There are also may historic sites to visit,, such as Boldt Castle. There are even quaint restaurants where you can dine in style and boutique shops at villages scattered throughout the region.

Hike the Adirondack Mountains (pictured)
These mountains are often described as an “outdoor paradise” with more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails and more than 3,000 lakes and ponds.  With a seemingly endless view of surrounding mountains, there are more than 40 with summits above 4,000 feet above sea level. The highest and one of the most distinctive is Mount Marcy, at 5,344 feet. Here you’ll also find the state’s highest lake, called Lake Tear, which flows into the Hudson River.
Finger Lakes Wine tour
With nearly 10,000 acres of vineyards on sloping hillsides at more than 120 different wineries, it’s no wonder thousands of visitors choose to flock to the Finger Lakes region. The area’s specialties include sparkling wines, pinot noir and Riesling. There are many great wine trails to choose from, including the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail or the historic Keuka Lake Wine Trail, where wine growing dates back to the 1860s.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
This Cooperstown museum is touted as the “home of baseball” and a place to honour one of America’s greatest games. At this site you’ll learn about baseball’s early years and how it has evolved over the generations. But perhaps the most interesting section of the museum is where you learn about some of the greatest men and women to ever take to the field. Of course, this includes exploring the early days and post careers of famous names such as the one and only Babe Ruth.



Let’s go shopping in New York’s best shopping strips

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GIRLS from all over the world go to New York for the labels and, because of the seemingly never-ending shopping districts, it’s the perfect place where you can shop til you drop! NYC boasts some of the world’s finest districts, which will keep you busy for days.
Check out these five amazing shopping districts, and do you fancy a hire car so you don’t have to lug around all your heavy shopping bargains? Hire a car from JFK airport with DriveNow to make your shopping holiday more enjoyable.

Fifth Avenue Shopping District
Find yourself in the heart of Manhattan’s shopping heaven, where shopping is bliss! Think Tiffany’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Abercrombie. That’s enough to keep your legs – and your wallet – busy for hours. Then there are also the mega-stores, such as the Disney Store, Apple and Niketown.

Madison Avenue Shopping District
Welcome to what’s known as the most expensive retail real estate in the world. The list of high-end, luxurious retailers go on and on – from Gucci to Changel, Vera Wang, Armani, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren and Prada. That’s just the beginning of the list! The glitz and glamour of Madison Avenue Shopping District attracts celebrities from all over the world, so you might just run into your idol!
Time Warner Centre
Set in the heart of Manhattan at Columbus Circle, the Time Warner Centre is at the top of every traveller’s list. It’s one of New York City’s most iconic destinations, known for being the place for dining, entertainment and shopping. It’s home to a 60,000ft market selling Whole Foods, and more than 40 specialty shops. You’ll find Hugo Boss, Swarovski and more.

Soho Shopping District
High-end boutiques are waiting to be explored inside Soho’s historic buildings, along with huge brands you’ll find just about anywhere. Bloomingdales is always popular with the locals and visitors and so is Victoria’s Secret, H&M and Prada’s flagship store. There’s also Pearl River Mart, the first Chinese American department store. Along Broadway you’ll find many more fabulous foreign additions.

North of Little Itally is one of the hottest shopping strips in all of New York. Along Elizabeth, Mott and Mulberry streets you’ll find stylish shops at every turn. They specialise mostly in high-quality, expensive fashion, but you’re also find niche clothing designs and accessories from all around the world, but they won’t necessarily be at the high prices you’d expect.