Best NYC Information Sources
NYC Insider picks the top New York City Sites we use every day – these should cover everything you need to plan your trip, where to go, what to do and how to get there. Most of these New York City sites are bookmarked on my own computer.
Personally, I don’t know a single New Yorker who uses the larger travel-based sites, or any other global site for daily NYC happenings or recommendations. After you use our NYC Vacation Guide, these should be all you need.
New York City Sites – What to Do
NYCGO – official NYC Tourism site, lots of deals and offers
Time Out New York (TONY) – weekly magazine with current happenings. Tons of great free and bargain choices.
New York Magazine – weekly magazine, famous for their “Best of New York” lists
NYC All Top – great collection of NYC News, presented well, easy to read
Vinny from Brooklyn – Consider Vinny your very own Brooklyn Insider. Vinny, much like NYC Insider, was born and raised here and loves New York City, but especially Brooklyn! Check out Vinny’s favorite places, pizza, bargains, Museums, shopping and so much more.
NYC b l u e: – This page gives you the essential links, compactly organized, to help you explore the cyberspace of New York City, USA. All on a single page, you’ll find links to the major Web sites relating to activities, events, attractions, sports, government, media, schools, commerce, and guides.
Loving-Long-Island.com – Written by my friend, Bill, see Long Island like you’ve never seen it before, as Bill has experienced it with family and friends. No nonsense, just honest reviews and pictures of the best things to do on Long Island.
City Search – reviews and opinions on everything by locals. Lots of top 10 lists.
NYC Insider Blog – get the NYC Insider Scoop on what’s going on in a “New York Minute.” Get the feed while you’re on vacation so you don’t miss a thing!
Ask a New Yorker – anything and everything you need to know from people who live, work and play in New York City
New York State Search – New York State Search Engine and Directory
Once you’re here in New York City, bypass your hotel lobby tourist information and head straight to any newstand or deli to pick up current issues of Time Out New York, New York Magazine and if possible, the Friday New York Times Newspaper. These are the NYC Bibles of what’s going right now – sales, museum exhibits, free events, restaurant openings, tours, activities, etc.
New York City Sites – Getting Around
HopStop – map subway, bus and walking routes between addresses. While you’re walking around, you can text any two addresses to “HSTOP (47867)” and they’ll text you back directions. Or you can dowload their iPhone or PDA applications before you visit.
New York City Sites – Where to Eat
Open Table – free online restaurant reservations. Choose by neighborhood and cuisine, read reviews, interactive map.
City Search – reviews and opinions on everything by locals. Lots of top 10 lists. (if you are really a Foodie, also see ChowHound)
MenuPages – online menus for almost every NY restaurant, check the food and prices before you go, then make your reservation at Open Table.
ChowHound – a discussion board with all true “foodies,” people really passionate about eating and drinking, especially in NYC.
New York City Sites – Buy Tickets
Review of all ticket sites here
Broadway.com – tons of Broadway reviews and show details.
BroadwayBox – listing of all online Broadway discount codes available, http://www.broadwaybox.com/
TicketMaster – sports, Broadway, concerts
Telecharge – Broadway
StubHub – especially sports (Yankees official partner), concerts and Broadway. Great for hard-to-get or sold out tickets or seats.
Craigslist New York – http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/tix/
New York City Sites – Discounts
GoldStar Events is one of the sweetest secrets in New York City. You can sometimes get half price broadway tickets or half price or less tickets to every possible event – Sports, Tours, Sightseeing, Events, Broadway, Concerts, Sunset Cruises and other unique things. This is where all the venues sell their extra tickets at a huge discount. It’s free to be a member, you just have to sign up.
Gilt Group – Join free and get access to many of our secret NYC Sample Sales from anywhere.
TheaterMania – best for Broadway and Off-Broadway specials, but most of the real deals come via their daily email, www.theatermania.com
Groupon – daily deal on something in Manhattan. Recent Groupons include large discounts off shows, sailing NYC, bike rentals and tours, walking tours, pizza tours..every day a new one.