Discovering NYC Series: Best Places to Relax in Lower Manhattan

Discovering NYC Series: Best Places to Relax in Lower Manhattan

New York City is constantly buzzing with people, construction, traffic and other everyday noise. Finding a moment of solace can be nearly impossible, especially for visitors who aren’t familiar with Lower Manhattan. We’ve scouted the most tranquil places in Downtown NYC that are perfect for achieving your inner Zen amid the mayhem New Yorkers call “city life.” Elevated Acre Overlooking the East River, Elevator Acre is known to be a ‘‘retreat in the middle of a concrete jungle.’’ Benches and tables  line the outer edge of the park facing the waterfront, providing the perfect spot for a mid-day breather. To access this lofted grassy knoll, look for the street-level escalator at 55 Water Street. Museum of Jewish Heritage If you haven’t visited the Museum of Jewish Heritage, here is yet another reason to do so. The Garden of Stones by Andy Goldsworthy is a living memorial garden of trees growing from stones planted by Goldsworthy, Holocaust survivors and their families in 2003. A place meant for contemplation, this outdoor oasis also provides stunning views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty. Irish Hunger Memorial Located between Vesey Street and North End Avenue, the Irish Hunger Memorial is a peaceful enclave in Battery Park representing rural Ireland. Walking through the area feels like you’re on a stroll through Dublin’s land. The memorial is meant to raise awareness of the Great Irish Famine of 1845-52. Teardrop Park South Connected to the Irish Hunger Memorial and south of Teardrop Park itself, you’ll find a small hidden area complete with lush foliage, two peaceful fountains and plenty of seating. Teardrop Park South is...
Is my flight ticket refundable?

Is my flight ticket refundable?

Travel plans can change. Whether it’s weather-related or for personal reasons, sometimes a flight needs to be cancelled. There is always the option to change your flight, but airlines often charge $150 to $500 in change fees plus the cost difference between both tickets. Is it ever possible to receive a full refund on your airline voucher? Unfortunately the answer is neither yes nor no, it’s “it depends.” There are a number of factors to consider. For example, if you miss your flight and would like to hop on the next one, you may be charged an additional fee if the cost of the new flight is more than the original. You’ll also be placed on the standby list. There’s no guarantee you’ll get to your final destination for the same price as your original ticket. According the U.S. Department of Transportation, every airline must hold or refund tickets within 24 hours, as long as the ticket was purchased seven or more days before your travel date. While not everyone’s plans change within that 24-hour window, this rule provides some relief if a mistake is made. In the event of a medical emergency or death in the family, airlines can be flexible with refunds or changing your travel dates. Depending on the airline, you may need to present medical bills, a doctor’s note or a death certificate. Otherwise, considering the recent negative press surrounding customer service and airlines, customers now have better leverage when it comes to getting a refund. At the end of the day, travel insurance may be your best option to ensure getting your money back...
4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan This September 2017

4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan This September 2017

Labor Day Weekend has come and gone but summer isn’t officially over yet. If you’re feeling unfulfilled about spending as much of your free time dedicated to summer-related activities, fear not as Downtown is still embracing the season. From music festivals to 5Ks, check out these four recommended events and activities for September. Seaport Music Festival (South Street Seaport, Pier 17, September 7 – 10; times vary) Over the past 15 years, the Seaport Music Festival has become a gateway for new bands to make their debut in none other than the center of the universe, New York City. In continuation of this tradition, the free, open-air concert series will host another batch of up-and-coming bands September 7th through the 10th. Check out their website for lineup details. Sunset Yoga (Wagner Park, Battery Park City; Wednesdays 6 – 7pm) Every Wednesday from 6 – 7pm, join fellow Lower Manhattan denizens for a free yoga class with breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn. Just remember to bring your own mat. Edible Tour of Eataly NYC Downtown (Eataly Downtown, September 21; 10:30 – 12:00pm) Eataly invites you to join them on a walking tour of their newest New York City location in Downtown. Learn about  Italian heritage, local Italian goods and even sample authentic bites along the way. Why travel to Italy when you can visit the next best thing at Eataly? Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk (Albany and Greenwich Street, September 24; 6 – 10am) Walk, run and honor the 343 FDNY firefighters, 71 law enforcement officers and thousands of civilians who lost their lives...
Labor Day in Lower Manhattan

Labor Day in Lower Manhattan

The end of summer is finally here. For those who didn’t make arrangements to get out of New York City for Labor Day Weekend, there are plenty of exciting things to do around town. Why stress over the traffic when you can stay where you are and enjoy Lower Manhattan? Best of all, many locals leave the area for the holiday so it tends to be a quiet weekend in the city. Here are four things to do in and around Lower Manhattan over the long weekend. Have a Picnic Battery Park is the perfect place to host a picnic. Grab your best lawn blanket, snacks, beverages and good company for an afternoon in the sun. With unmatched views of the Statue of Liberty, plus the Brooklyn and Jersey City skylines, there’s no better place for such an outing than along the water in Lower Manhattan. Head to Governors Island Don’t forget about Governors Island, just a quick ferry ride away from Lower Manhattan. In celebration of summer, the Island stays open to the public until 10pm on Fridays. Head over to watch the sunset and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors into the night. Also worth checking out is the NYC Unicycle Festival, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm. For other fun activities and things to do on the Island, check out our recent blog on visiting Governors Island. Museum Hop A majority of museums in NYC are open on Labor Day and may even host special events. Head over to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and take a ride up One World Trade for 360-degree...
5 Carry-On Essentials for Your Next Flight

5 Carry-On Essentials for Your Next Flight

Traveling can be stressful, and packing for a trip can be equally as stressful. You may have your itinerary laid out, hotels booked and flights purchased, but you’ve saved the most tedious step for last. While packing clothes, toiletries, shoes and work-related items is important, you may forget to fill your carry-on with crucial items you’ll want to have access to during your flight. In the face of long flights, layovers and potential delays, we suggest packing these five carry-on essentials to get you through your next trip safely and happily. Cellphone Charger Now that many airports and airplanes are outfitted with USB charging ports, make sure you have a charging cord handy in your carry-on and that it’s accessible to you during your flight. You may want to contact the airline or check their website ahead of time to see if your flight offers this amenity. If not, or you’re unsure, a portable power bank provides a foolproof backup. Headphones It’s no secret that airline-provided headphones are the worst. You can barely hear anything over the engine noise, and depending on the airline, you may incur a fee to use their one-time-only headphones. Even if you’re not planning on watching a movie or listening to music, noise-cancelling headphones will help you achieve some peace and quiet during the flight. ID/Passport This may be a no-brainer, but bringing your ID and/or passport is an absolute essential when flying. Make sure your form of identification is valid and not expired. If you’re traveling close to its expiration date, call your airline carrier to determine if it’s safe to travel. Also,...