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the ludlow new york city summer hotel deal

The Ludlow

It’s not every day that you find a hotel discount in New York City during the summer. Though Big Apple residents are on vacation, it’s peak tourist season. That’s why we’re so thrilled to see prices drop by nearly 55 percent this July and August at one chic hotel in the city.

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One World Trade Center Observation Deck, NYC

One World Observatory

More than 10 years in the making, the observation deck on the top three floors of the One World Trade Center — on the 100th to 103rd floors, 1,200 feet above Manhattan — is set to open on May 29. You can buy your tickets right now, ahead of the opening. Here’s what you need to know:

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The Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Condado Plaza Hilton, San Juan

If you like double travel points (and who doesn’t?) there’s a new promotion running through May 31 that allows you to earn double points through a Hilton Hhonors program called Double Your Hhonors. You’ll earn double Hilton Hhonors points, or double miles or points through Hilton’s travel partners, which include Delta, American Airlines, and United.

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Cabaret the Musical on broadway nyc

Cabaret the Musical

This post is sponsored by NewYork.com.

Planning a visit to the Big Apple? You’ve picked the perfect time to visit. After a long winter, things are kicking back into high gear all over the city. And for those who are looking for a single, easy way to organize the trip, NewYork.com is a one-stop shop where travelers can book a number of tours, shows, hotels, cruises, and more. If you’re already in the city or in the know? Score high on NewYork.com’s series of four New York IQ quizzes, running now through April 3, and be entered to win up to $2,000 worth of gift certificates good for any tickets and services on their site.

From the hottest restaurants to the best in Broadway, here are 10 great reasons for you to book a ticket to NYC right now.

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NBreakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

Anchor’s up as you depart from New York’s Hudson River aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest addition: the Norwegian Breakaway. This 18-deck cruise ship towers high enough to make a lasting imprint on the city’s skyline, as it stands the largest ever to homeport in New York City. We recently sailed on the Breakaway to find out what floats and what sinks among the 25-plus restaurants, five multi-story slides, fireworks show, and more.

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Blount Cruises - Small Ship Adventures - 620

Blount Small Ship Adventures

Like to cruise without the crowds? Vacationing with a smaller cruise company may be right up your alley. And Blount Small Ship Adventures — now offering up to 40 percent off on three itineraries booked by February 27 —  is giving travelers the chance to get a taste for less.

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the Wolcott Hotel new york nyc

If you missed Wolcott Hotel’s fantastic $110 per night sale in honor of its birthday last year, don’t fret. The historic property is celebrating again this year with a $111 special, just for readers of ShermansTravel.

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Gotham Air Helicopter Over JFK

Gotham Air

Traveling to JFK can take less time than waiting in line for your morning cup of coffee. Seriously.

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The Rachael Ray Show Live in NYC

Courtesy of The Rachael Ray Show 

One of New York City’s best in-the-know entertainment offerings won’t cost you even a cent. For your next trip, why not be part of the audience for one of your favorite daytime TV shows? Many popular programs are filmed in NYC and welcome studio audiences for free. As an audience member, you’ll get an eye-opening glimpse at what goes on beyond the cameras. Plus, you can see some of your favorite shows, as well as some A-list stars. This is a great way to spend a budget-friendly morning in New York, and if you’re lucky, you may even walk away with some swag. Come prepared to laugh, and look your best – after all, you’re going to be on national TV.

And if you’re looking for even more ideas for attending free live tapings in both New York and Los Angeles, check out our previous list.

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deals at new york hilton midtown hotel in nyc

New York Hilton Midtown

With New York City’s Broadway Week underway, it’s a perfect time to visit the Big Apple. The biannual promotion, which ends on February 5, offers two-for-one tickets to some of the Great White Way’s most popular productions, like Aladdin, The Lion King, Matilda, and Jersey Boys. And if you need somewhere to lay your head after a night of fun, The New York Hilton Midtown might be just the ticket.

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By Jordi Lippe for Yahoo! Travel

Forget the Taxi! Take a $99 Helicopter to the Airport Instead

What if you could get to the airport in the time it takes to eat a bagel? (Photo: Gotham Air)

Whether you live in New York City or are just visiting, you easily have to add another couple of hours onto your travel time to get to or from the airport. Unlike other metropolitan areas that seem to get their transportation down to 30 minutes in and out of the city center, Manhattan has been struggling.

Enter Gotham Air. Starting February 9 this new luxury service plans to cut travel time from two hours to six minutes by offering helicopter flights to JFK and Newark Liberty Airports. “This changes everything about travel,” said Gotham Air CEO Tim Hayes.

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Field Museum

Flickr / Jessica

Can’t wait for the Jurassic Park sequel, “Jurassic World,” to hit theaters in June? Have your own prehistoric adventure at one of these fun-packed dinosaur destinations.

The Field Museum, Chicago
Home to “Sue,” the largest, best-preserved, and most complete Tyrannosaurs rex ever found, The Field Museum is a must see for budding paleontologists and adventurers. After you’ve gawked at Sue’s 42-foot long frame and 58 dagger-like teeth, explore the museum’s dinosaur collection, part of the Evolving Planet exhibit. $31 adult, $25 students, $21 children 3-11.

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unique souvenirs - best museum gift shops

Clockwise from left: Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Modern Art, Musical Instrument Museum, Dali Museum, Musical Instrument Museum

Most vacations aren’t complete without a little shopping, whether for yourself or for friends and family back home, right?

A survey conducted by the U.S. Travel Association revealed 63 percent of travelers said their vacation wasn’t complete without including some shopping. For a one-stop shop experience, whether you’re looking for a gift for a loved one or a memento of your trip, museum gift shops hold the key. There you’ll find handcrafted, high-quality souvenirs, in a wide range of prices. We’ve gathered some suggestions from a few great museums. (Some items you can even order online without leaving home, but what fun is that?)

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Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas

Laura Motta

Every cruise ship has its quirks. Royal Caribbean’s newest — and third-largest — vessel, the Quantum of the Seas, is no different. Here are a few tips and tricks that we learned onboard that will help you sail smoothly.

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The Evelyn, A Triumph Hotel_ Executive Suite

The Evelyn, A Triumph Hotel

From refined Midtown luxury to chic downtown style, Triumph Hotels — which debuted just in February 2014 — is a collection of six boutique Manhattan hotels, with one more joining by the end of the year. Currently,  The Iroquois New York, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan, The Evelyn, and The Washington Jefferson each offer a distinct take on the city experience, with its own history, architecture and design, services, and notable locations. Here, six more reasons to stay at one of these affordable luxurious hotels in New York City.

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