What To Know About Travelling Around New York

When people think of their dream city, they’re often thinking of New York. It seems impossible not to be mesmerized by all the lights, and dazzle that comes with being in the big city. We want to have a great time in the city, and don’t want to worry about transportation. It can be very intimidating, having to drive on their streets, that’s why most of us don’t. Here are some better options for when you’re travelling around New York. Some of us will take the subway. This is a great option for most. Remember though, the subways are public, anyone can ride them, even convicted felons. It’s usually safe to ride, especially in the day time. Here are a few tips that will make the experience of riding in a subway car more pleasant.

subway_mainDon’t go in a subway car that isn’t littered with people. Most of the time, the crime that happens in the subway, is done in a car that’s almost empty. No ones going to commit a crime when they’re a bunch of people around, that’s just common sense.

Don’t ride the subway late at night. This is just asking for trouble. The muggers usually work under the cover of darkness, they also understand that the subway cars aren’t as heavy with people in the wee hours of the night, so that’s when they strike.

Travelling around New York in groups is another solution that will work to protect you. This is very important if you’re a woman, as muggers, and other bad guys will see you as an easy target. Let’s face it, the statistics agree, women are much more likely to be the target of sexual predators.

The subway isn’t the only way when you’re travelling around New York. You might also consider taking a cab. This is a more expensive option, but if you’d like privacy, or you’re nervous about the crime. It’s really the safest option. It can also be a lot more comfortable then sitting on a subway, especially when you aren’t used to them. Subways move fast, and seating isn’t always available. There’s room to stretch out in a cab though.

cabHiring a private driver is a more expensive option, but if you can afford it, it’s a great one. You won’t have to worry about the crime that comes with the subways, as well as not having to worry about flagging down a cab. It’s the right option for many people, but it’s also the most expensive one.

I hope you find a safe and comfortable way to get around everyone’s favorite city. There’s so much to see here, and you can’t see it all by walking. Although, walking is the main form of transportation for most people. It will only take you so far, if you really want to see the city, you need to choose from the list stated above. I know you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for when you pick the one that’s right for you.

What Good Places To Eat In NYC Offer You

NYC is often heralded as one of the top food capitals of the world. It’s easy to see why when you consider not only the sheer amount of people who live here, but the clashes of cultural palates that come together from all over the world. When you eat in NYC, you’re eating something you’ve never tried before. From pizza to kebabs, the good places to eat in NYC offer something to everyone. When you eat here, you’re eating an experience, and those experiences you get are…

A Trip Around The World

NYC-2Where do you want to eat today? China? Italy? Ethiopia? NYC is one of the biggest immigration destinations in America, and has been for hundreds of years. This is how you can go get a NYC style pizza on one side of the street and a completely authentic okonomiyaki on the other side. Cultures have been coexisting in NYC for so long that it’s impossible to go one block without seeing an eatery from somewhere else in the world. The best part of all? These are all authentic cafes and restaurants that offer the best in what a culture or country has to offer. You can even find entire neighborhoods centered around these flavors so you can find the perfect one for oyu. Some of our favorites include the Greek gyros and Korean kimchi shops.

Affordable And Filling

You’ve probably heard from other tourists that it’s expensive to eat in NYC. This couldn’t be further from the truth. As soon as you find the perfect eateries for you (and that will happen sooner than you expect) you will find yourself saving quite a bit of money. In fact, it can be cheaper to eat a filling diet outside of your home as opposed to cooking it yourself. Best of all, you get pretty big portions in NYC so you’re always full! So even if you’re paying a bit more than usual, rest assured that the meal will last you a very long time. This can be great for stocking up on leftovers in your hotel fridge. (Just be sure you have a way to heat them back up!)

A Different Experience Every Time

NYC-1Good places to eat in NYC offer you a new experience every time, even if you’re just visiting the same place over and over again. The people you meet, the foods you try, and even the music you listen to will be different every time. Honestly, you can’t get this sort of experience anywhere else in the world. If you want good places to eat in NYC, then you only need to go as far as your neighborhood bistro or food stall. You are sure to find something delicious, maybe nutritious, but definitely filling. The best part about being in NYC is getting to try out foods from all over the world. Indeed, we are truly a melting pot of flavors and experiences here. Come join us!

THE BEST IN LIVE JAZZ

BENNY REID
Friday, August 3
Alto sax player, keyboardist and vocalist, Benny Reid and his group are at The River Room this week. They’ll be playing the Kennedy Center in DC and then a tour of Japan. Some nights Benny swings with the Chico O’Farrill Big Band at Birdland.
ALEXIS COLE
Saturday, August 4
Winner of the 2007 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, Alexis Cole is young singer with great dynamic feeling and a pitch perfect dark contralto voice that creates an immediate feeling of intimacy. Performing at least 3 months each year in Tokyo, her recordings receive airplay on jazz radio stations worldwide.
CHARENEE WADE
Friday & Saturday, August 10 & 11
Brooklyn native and River Room favorite, Charenee Wade has performed at the Festival du Riou, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and the Ascona New Orleans Jazz Festival. She’s opened for Herbie Hancock, and sung at the Jazz Gallery and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Charenee appears regularly at The Zinc Bar and at other venues.
THE JONATHAN BATISTE BAND
FEATURING JENNIFER SANON
Friday & Saturday, August 17 & 18
Though still very young, these talented and appealing artists have an enviable list of accomplishments. Vocalist, Jennifer Sanon has won many awards and toured with Wynton Marsalis on whose next album she will be heard. New Orleans-born Jonathan Batiste started playing percussion at the age of 8 in the Batiste Brothers Band, switching to the piano at age 11. His first commercial as a singer was at age 9. Picked up the saxophone and bass in his spare time.
GREGORY PORTER AND SAM BARSH
Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25
Appearing frequently on Broadway, national television and around the world, Gregory is especially well-known for his renditions of the music and life of Nat King Cole. This week, he performs with keyboardist, composer, producer/songwriter, Sam Barsh.
CHARENEE WADE
Friday, August 31
Brooklyn native and River Room favorite, Charenee Wade has performed at the Festival du Riou, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and the Ascona New Orleans Jazz Festival. She’s opened for Herbie Hancock, and sung at the Jazz Gallery and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Charenee appears regularly at The Zinc Bar and at other venues.