This post provides several options for luggage storage at or around JFK Airport in NYC, including an option that will pick up and deliver your luggage to you. Or, click here for options throughout NYC.
Due to security reasons, JFK Airport has limited the luggage storage options they have available on site. This action was taken after the attacks on Sept. 11th to ensure the safety of the airport and all of their customers.Read more »
One can buy tickets for same-night performances at the well-known red TKTS booths located in Manhattan.
The most popular (and most crowded) is the Times Square location. There are two other locations, one at Lincoln Center and the other at the South Street Seaport.
Expect long lines at the TKTS booths, especially at the Times Square location, and plan your day accordingly.
TKTS offers you the “best available” seats for that show. This means seats with the best view, rather than the least expensive.
Tickets purchased at TKTS booths are priced from 20% to 50% off normal ticket prices.
Outside the ticket booths, there will be a board with available shows. Shows that are available are also listed at TKTS website. You also can download the TKTS app here.
Note: The tickets offered are the seats available for purchase at that time. Since your first choice may not be available as the lines are long, it is advisable to have a list of a few shows that you would like to see.
There are two types of ticket lotteries in NYC, a digital online lottery system and an in-person lottery system.
As the name suggests, these lotteries let you enter your name in a contest to win the chance to buy deeply-discounted tickets for that night’s performance.
To enter an in-person lottery you must go to the box office about 2 to 2.5 hours before curtain time.
At the theater, you will fill out a slip of paper with your name and the number of tickets you want, and hand it to the theater staff taking the slips. About 30 minutes later winners are announced.
If your name gets picked, you get to buy tickets priced between $25 and $35 and are usually in the front half of the orchestra.
Now that digital lotteries run, fewer and fewer shows hold in-person lotteries. But those that do may be among the most popular shows. For example, as of July 2019, Wicked as running in-person lotteries.
Rush tickets are tickets that you can purchase at the box-office on the day of the performance.
Rush tickets can cost as low as $27- $45 for some shows.
There are a few different types of ticket rushes, but in general, Rush tickets go on sale when the box office opens, generally, 10 am, but check that theater’s website or call the box office to double-check.
Here is a sampling of shows with Rush tickets as of July 2019:
The pros and cons of trying for Rush tickets are straight forward.
The prices (between $27 to $45) cannot be beaten. But the downside is that it requires some time and effort on your part to get Rush tickets.
Theaters have a very limited number of Rush tickets each day and they are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Some people actually line up at the box office for popular shows as early as 5 or 6 am!
Still, if you have the time to wait on line, you can get a great deal on tickets to a Broadway show.
TIP:TodayTix allows you to try for Rush tickets via their app so you don’t need to go to the theater first thing in the morning. Be aware though that Rush tickets, whether in person or via an app, go fast.
Some people prefer Newark over the other airports because it is comparatively less crowded and has many direct flights available. As with the other airports, there are numerous options for transportation from Newark Airport to Manhattan.
NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Travelling between Newark and Manhattan
Newark Liberty International Airport is located in New Jersey, but many travelers prefer flying into this airport because it’s less crowded and offers direct flights from more cities. As with the other airports, there are numerous options for transportation from Newark Airport to Manhattan.
Use this link to Google maps to get exact directions from Newark Airport to your destination.
This post covers luggage storage options for Grand Central Terminal and the surrounding area, including an option that will pick up and deliver your luggage to you. Or, click here for options throughout NYC.
Grand Central Terminal no longer offers lockers due to increased security measures taken following the Sept. 11th attacks. However, there are still many different options to consider near the station.Read more »
This post covers the different types of pub, bar and cocktail tours you can find in New York City. With over 2,000 drinking establishments in NYC, you should consider joining a tour so you have someone in the know take you to the best watering holes. Keep in mind that the drinking age in New York City is 21, so bring I.D. such as a passport or driver’s license with you.
When you turn the corner to see the Broad Street side of the Exchange, you will be standing in a location of great historical significance.
Prior to 1792, businessmen who engaged in trading of goods and money met under a tree to transact business. It was a sycamore tree but known more commonly as a buttonwood tree.
Listen to Tour Guide Renee talk about the NYSE.
Thus in 1792, when 24 stockbrokers signed an agreement that would regulate their dealings, they named it the Buttonwood Agreement.
25 years later, the members to the Agreement drafted an official constitution and the New York Stock & Exchange Board was born.
In 1863 its name would be shortened in 1863 to the New York Stock Exchange.
The first location of the NYSE was a room rented in a small for $200 a month in 1817 located at 40 Wall Street (now the location of the Trump Building, one of the top 10 skyscrapers in New York City.
When the original NYSE HQ’s were burned down in the Great Fire of New York (1835), the Exchange moved to a temporary headquarters and then again in 1865 moved to 10-12 Broad Street.
As the Exchange grew in business, a larger, grander building was needed.
Construction of the current NYSE building began in 1901 and George B. Post was the architect (known for his neo-classical buildings around New York including the glorious Customs House at Bowling Green).
It took two years to complete the Exchange and costs ran over the estimated price. In the end, the final cost was $4 million.
R.H. Thomas, chairman of the Building Committee justified the what-was-then substantial amount of money by saying, “Where so many of our members spend the active years of their lives, they are entitled to the best that architectural ingenuity and engineering skill can produce.” Little could he know that a century later, the price of the building was no more than a typical trader’s end of the year bonus!
Above the columns is a pediment with a sculpture designed by John Q.A. Ward (who also designed the over-life-size standing statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall diagonally across from the Exchange.
Ward’s sculpture, called “Integrity Protecting the Works of Man” centers on the wing-hatted Mercury, the god of commerce.
To her left are representations of mining and agriculture and on her right, symbols of industry, science, and invention, all sources of American prosperity.
Although you cannot visit the trading floor for security reasons, don’t feel too disappointed. It is no longer the chaotic scene we’ve become familiar with throw movies and TV shows, with traders waving slips of paper, yelling stock prices, and negotiating million dollar deals in a matter of seconds.
Back in the 1980s, there were 5,500 people working on the trading floor. But with the advance of technology and paperless transactions, the number of traders on the ground has dwindled to a mere 700 people and is now a much calmer, quieter environment.
Click the image for the interactive 360-degree view of the main trading floor.
If you are missing the good old days, you can see what a typical day of trading used to be like by watching movies like “Wall Street” with Michael Douglas, “The Pursuit of Happiness” starring Will Smith and “Trading Places” starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.
THE RINGING OF THE BELL
The ringing of the bell at 9 am and again at 4 pm is more than a gesture – it guarantees the marketplace that no trades will take place before the opening or after the close of the market.
Starting in the 1870s, before microphones and loudspeakers were invented, used a large Chinese gong to let traders know to start or stop trading for the day.
But in 1903, when the Exchange moved to its current building, the gong was replaced by a brass bell which is now electrically operated.
Each of the 4 trading areas of the NYSE has their own bell which operates synchronously from one single control panel. You can see a detailed video history of the Exchange bell here.
STUDENT GROUP VISITS
Unfortunately, the NYSE can no longer accommodate private requests for visits by school groups.
This guide to Midtown Manhattan is jam-packed with sightseeing information and things to do such as seeing the best attractions, family-friendly activities, things to do at night, free things to do and more.
This post is a summary of the weather in February in NYC, including average temperatures, how much snow to expect, plus tips on what to wear and what to do. Check out our weather reports for January and March.
Early in February, afternoon temperatures tend to be mostly in the upper 30s f (3-4 C) while overnight and early morning lows dip into the mid to upper 20s f (-3 to -4 C). A few of the colder mornings can see temperature dropping into the lower teens (-10 to -12 C). Read more »