New York City for Kids

American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA
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Hey kiddies, next week is, of course, Thanksgiving, and the children have off from school.  Don’t be a turkey and miss out on all the fun. For ideas, check out my Travel Channel article in which you’ll find info about cool kid-friendly museums, as well as hip places to eat (Dylan’s Candy Bar) and parks to play (Bryant Park) Goggle it up!

How to Snag Broadway Tickets for Less

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Theater lover or not, taking in a Broadway show is one of life’s pleasures.  And, one of life’s most expensive pleasures. But there are opportunities for snagging Broadway tickets that don’t cost a fortune.  Of course TKTS is one of those opportunities.  School Theatre Ticket Program is another.  My recent Travel Channel article shares other applause-worthy tips for seeing your favorite dramas and musicals on the Great White Way.

NYC on a Budget

Museum of Modern Art. New York City.
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Hello savvy savers! Everyone’s trying to cut back these days and, while many people think NYC is off limits because of expensive restaurants and museums, they would be wrong. There are tons of ways to get more bang for your buck, including lots of freebie options. For instance, you can “pay as you wish” at several museums, including The Museum of Natural History. And, get  this, the Museum of Modern Art is free on Friday nights. For restaurant discounts, hit up NYC & Company’s site ( or, visit them at their Seventh Avenue location. Another freebie: ice skating in Bryant Park. Yep, it’s free! Crave more ideas? Read my recent Travel Channel article Fun in the City for less buckaroos!

Best Hot Chocolate in NYC

The tree has arrived at Rock Center and the spirit of the holiday season is in the air.

As promised in my last blog in which I wrote about self-guided walks to see the dazzliest Christmas window displays in town, here are hotsy spots to warm up with a steamy cup of insanely delicious cocoa. Sip and savor,  weary walkers.

Maison du Chocolat at Rockefeller Center

Max Brenner: Chocolate by the Bald Guy at Bryant Park

Lily O’Brien’s across the street from Bryant Park

Serendiity3 by Bloomies

Dazzling Holiday Window Displays in NYC

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New York is magical during the holidays. The spirit is cheerful and the shops are wrapped in ribbons and lights, decked out mid-November through New Years.

Drape yourself in your coziest coat, slip into your warmest boots, grab a hot cocoa and  bag of hot chestnuts from one of the many street vendors and hit the pavement to see the spectacular window displays.

Begin at the Macy’s window displays (Herald Square and Broadway between 34th and 35th streets).

Walk east along 34th Street to Fifth Avenue, then north on Fifth Avenue to the Lord and Taylor windows (38th and 5th Avenue).

Continue north up Fifth Avenue, past the New York Public Library, to the Saks Fifth Avenue windows (Fifth Avenue at 49th Street). Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, right next door, then admire the glistening, larger-than-life Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center across the street.

Still continue walking north up Fifth Avenue to Bergdorf Goodman’s windows at (Fifth Avenue at 58th Street).

Walk one block east to Madison Avenue and then three blocks north to the windows at Barney’s (600 Madison Avenue).

If you want to keep going, why not hit Bloomie’s–walk two blocks south to 59th Street and then a couple of avenues east to Third Avenue.

Now, it’ time to warm up your tootsies with a steamy cup of cocoa. My next blog will fill you in on where to snag the best cup in town!

Walk This Way

Awesome day for a NYC stroll my dear walkers. Here is a link to an article I recently wrote for Travel Channel about the City’s best walking paths. Carry on!