A Grand Tour Of Harlem

When traveling to New York City, the obvious hot spots are Times Square, Grand Central, the Empire State Building, etc. With so much to see and do, it’s hard to see the whole city in one trip. That being said, there is one neighborhood that most people don’t make time for, but should. That neighborhood is Harlem. Luckily, a tour group called Free Tours by Foot offers a fabulous tour of the neighborhood. Home to a number of historically famous landmarks, Harlem has gone through several phases of gentrification and depression, as well. Originally a farming territory until the late 1800’s, Harlem was a separate colony from Manhattan, connected by Broadway. If you have ever actually explored the neighborhood, you know how hilly it is. Those hills were once cliffs that now serve as sidewalks, roads, and parks.

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Ringing in 2013 on the Cheap: Four Budget Tips for New Year’s Eve Travel

New Year’s Eve travel isn’t always kind to the wallet, especially when you have failed to plan well in advance. I find myself one of those last minute travelers, too preoccupied with the holidays in December to even consider where I’m going and how I’ll afford it on New Year’s Eve. Sadly I am not alone in my lack of planning. While some have ironed out the most glamorous destinations complete with a hotel and flight package for New Year’s Eve, the rest of must get our acts together and fast before the Mayan Calendar ends and 2013 hopefully begins. Here are a few last minute tips for the budget minded looking to travel this New Year’s Eve.

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Our Top 5 Favorite Pinball Venues in NYC

Pinball has a long, strange, history in New York City. Although it’s a pastime that many associate with a simpler era, the truth is that pinball used to be illegal in many major cities – and New York was no exception. In fact, many legislators such as Fiorello La Guardia (yep – that La Guardia) thought it was a mafia-run racket designed to rob schoolchildren of their lunch money. This is especially odd considering that brass knuckles would have been so much more effective.

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The Big Apple Gets a Chocolate Dip

The fall is a sweet, sweet time in New York City. This November, the New York Chocolate Show will take place at The Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, New York, NY) from Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11, 2012. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the festival, and promises to be bigger and better than ever. It takes place all over the world in cities including Paris, Bordeaux, Cannes, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Bahia, Bologne, Le Caire, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Zurich.

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New York Budget Savers

New York City is not often considered a budget destination. Between food costs, hotel room rates and airfare, the city that never sleeps also always seems to never stop the charges for travelers. If you are headed to New York City or just mulling over a future trip, here are a few spending cuts that can help free up some breathing room in your travel budget.

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