Does JFK Airport Offer Luggage Storage or Lockers?

Where to Store Luggage at JFK Airport

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 »

How to Get Cheap Broadway Tickets

This post is about the many ways you can get discount Broadway tickets, including through the TKTS booths, ticket lotteries, and a couple of other options.




You don’t need to be in NYC to get good prices on Broadway tickets.

On resale websites like StubHub, you can buy tickets in advance and you have a lot of flexibility to search the prices and seats you want, and they often offer lower than retail prices.


Where to Get Cheap Broadway Tickets


The pros of getting discounted tickets before your trip are that you are guaranteeing that you will see the show of your choice on a date you choose.

In contrast, “same day as performance” options, such as TKTS, lotteries, rush, and standing room only,are never a sure thing.

The major con is that you may have to spend more money than you would if you waited until you are in New York and can take advantage of the different ways to get cheap tickets described below.

NYC Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

Many tourist discount passes offer savings on select Broadway shows.

There are, of course, many other benefits of getting a tourist pass.

The biggest benefit is saving a great deal of money. Some passes can save you up to 55% on your itinerary of attractions to see.



To find out if getting a tourist past is right for you, our post, New York City Attraction Passes: Which One Is the Best to Buy, will help you make that decision.

Buy Tickets through a Discount Website or App

TodayTix is an easy to use website which sells discounted tickets to shows.

It also has a very useful app where you can enter some of the digital lotteries, which we will talk about below.



Also, check out Broadwaybox and Theatermania where you can find reduced price tickets to some of the most popular shows on Broadway.

You can also find deals on Groupon, Living Social and Goldstar, sometimes as much as 50% off.

These might not be for the top shows, though. Still, it is always worth a look.

On resale websites like StubHub, you can buy tickets in advance and you have a lot of flexibility to search the prices and seats you want, and they often offer lower than retail prices.

TIP: These are two very useful websites to get information about Broadway.

  • Playbill is Broadway’s official magazine. Their website has an up-to-date listing of rush, lottery, standing room, and student/young professional discounts below.
  • Broadway for Broke People website is great to get information about particular shows such as their performance schedules and which method is will get you the cheapest ticket. 

See a Show in the Off-season

If you don’t have specific dates for your NYC visit but know you really want to see a show, consider coming to NYC during the tourist off-peak season.

Tickets tend to be less expensive in spring or fall whereas they are more expensive during the summer and even higher during the Christmas holiday seasons.

Read our post, When is the Cheapest Time to Visit NYC

Attend During Broadway Week

broadway weekThis biannual event happens in late January-early February and early September and allows guests to purchase two tickets for the price of one. It is actually a two-week long period.

Check the official New York City website for Broadway Week information.

If you are planning a trip around these times, then check out our posts on things to do in January, February, and September.

Attend Off-Broadway Week

Similar to Broadway Week, this is a biannual event and occurs twice a year, during February and late September to early October.

You can get 2-for-1 tickets to over 20+ Off-Broadway shows which are often every bit as good, if not better, than some Broadway productions.

If you are wondering…what’s the difference between a Broadway and Off-Broadway Show

Seasonal Theater Performances

Throughout the year there are various theater performances that you can see, many for free.

In July and August, you can attend Broadway in Bryant Park, and see free, short performances by the cast of some of the top shows.

In June, July, and August, you can see free, star-studded cast performances of Shakespeare in the Park which happens every summer in Central Park.

In the holiday season, from late November through the New Year, you can see holiday-themed shows, besides Broadway shows. Some are even free!

TIP: Be sure to check our monthly things to do in NYC posts for other Broadway-related activities that may be going on.


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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.

For more information, see our detailed post about using TKTS to get discount Broadway tickets. 


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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. 



In-Person Lotteries

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.

See our post, Broadway Show Ticket Lotteries, for more details on playing the in-person lotteries. 

Digital Lotteries

Tickets for many shows are available through ticket lotteries accessed online via website or app.

As the name implies, it is a lottery system, so there is no guarantee you will get tickets for that night’s show.

If you do win the lottery, tickets usually cost between $30 and $49 depending on the show. Hamilton is currently offering $10 lottery tickets.


What is a Broadway Lottery


To increase your odds of seeing some show that evening, you can easily enter several lotteries for different shows.

Also, some individual Broadway shows have their own ticket lottery on their website.

Currently, there are 4 websites that run lotteries: Broadway Direct, Lucky Seat, Telecharge, and TodayTix.

Here are just a few of the shows running digital lotteries as of July 2019:


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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.


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Some shows offer day-of-show standing room tickets.

This is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of a seat, you are buying a numbered spot to stand just behind the last row in the orchestra section.

Standing room tickets are often as inexpensive as $27, but are limited in number and sell very quickly.

For very popular shows, a line will form for SRO tickets as early as 5 or 6 am the day of the show.



Many box offices do not sell standing room tickets until 2 hours before curtain, but it varies from show to show.

The best thing to do is call or stop by the box office of the show you would like to see and ask what their procedures are.

The biggest advantage of trying for SRO tickets is that if you manage to get one, you will save a lot of money to see a show with a pretty good view.

The downside is that you will have a spot – not a seat. This is not a good option for you if you don’t want (or are unable) to stand for a long period of time.

Some Broadway shows are well over two and a half hours with intermission.

Another con is that waiting on line for an SRO ticket does not guarantee you will get a ticket and you will have just spent most of your day sitting in a street in the Theater District for nothing.

SRO is probably not the best way to get cheap tickets unless you have lots of time to spare and can stand for two hours or more.

Additional information on shows with SRO tickets can be found at the Broadway for Broke People website and the Broadway World website.

Also, it is also advisable to check with the box office for individual shows.



Though the odds are low, some people with tickets have to cancel their attendance to the show.

Any ticket cancellations are released shortly before the show start time. If you line up at the theater, you may be able to get one of these canceled tickets.

Bear in mind that there won’t be a whole lot of cancellations, but that there will be other people hoping to get a canceled ticket.

Your odds of success are better if you can arrive at the theater several hours before showtime.

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How to Get from Newark Airport to Manhattan

How to Get from Newark Airport to Manhattan

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.



AirTrain + New Jersey Transit Trains 

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Where to Store Luggage at Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Luggage Storage Options

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 »

Best Pub Crawls New York City

Best Pub Crawls and Bar Tours in New York City

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.



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New York Stock Exchange Tour

A Visitors’ Guide to a Wall Street Institution: The Stock Exchange

This post is a guide and a virtual tour of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) headquarters in Lower Manhattan, with tips on planning your visit. Click here for a self-guided tour of Wall Street.




Located at the intersection of Wall Street and Broad Street, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is by far the world’s largest stock exchange and is the symbol of American capitalism.  


Where is the New York Stock Exchange


The massive facade of the building is actually not on Wall Street but on Broad.  

Click here for directions to the NYSE. Or why not stay in the area? The Financial District has a number of inexpensive hotels with great reviews on TripAdvisor.

Or, let us take you here. Many of our tours of Lower Manhattan include or start at the NYSE.

This includes our GPS-led audio tour of Lower Manhattan, which we offer in English, Spanish, and German. Here’s a sample.

As you can see in the map, the NYSE is within walking distance from several New York City subway lines. For those new to the NYC subway, read the following 2 posts.

And if you are considering purchasing a hop-on-hop-off ticket for your time in NYC, then note that all major bus companies have a stop nearby the exchange.

New York Bus Tours


NOTE: If you are considering any of the tourist attraction discount passes when in NYC, then keep in mind that all include one or more hop-on-hop-off bus tours for free. 



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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!


New York Stock Exchange pediment


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.   


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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.

360 View of NYSE Trading Floor


Discovery Education offers an online virtual visit to the NYSE 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 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.  


Unfortunately, the NYSE can no longer accommodate private requests for visits by school groups.


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Things to see in Midtown Manhattan

50+ Things to Do in Midtown Manhattan

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.  




Map of things to see and Attractions – For detailed information on the sights shown on the map, see our Self-Guided Tour below.

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Cheapest Time to Visit NYC

When is the Cheapest Time to Travel to NYC?

This post answers the question when is it cheapest to visit NYC, including sections specific to hotels and airfares, as well as other tips to help you decide the cheapest time for you.




As you might well have guessed, the cheapest months of the year to travel to NYC are from January through March. 

It’s in these 3 months that the costs of both a flight and hotel are on average the lowest for the whole year. Read more »

NYC Weather in February

How is the Weather in New York in February?

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 »