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Boro Hotel New York, Long Island City, New York City

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The Long Island City neighborhood of Queens has become much trendier in recent years, welcoming hip eateries along boutique hotels like Z NYC and the Paper Factory Hotel. Now there’s one more new kid on the block: Boro Hotel New York.

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1538 The Ludlow Hotel

The Ludlow Hotel

Nothing helps us get through the pre-weekend slump like delicious hotel eye candy. The latest to catch our attention: The newly unveiled penthouse at The Ludlow Hotel, a barely year-old urban chic property by star hotelier Sean MacPherson.

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yotel new york premium cabin with smart bed

Yotel

It was a late May weekend in New York City — which meant heavy flash rains and muddy streets. Having just gotten into the swing of spring, I was woefully underdressed on my way to Yotel on Tenth Avenue. Thank heavens, then, that I could get my keys straight from a kiosk when I arrived at the hotel. Who ever wants to slink up to a check-in receptionist when they’re dripping wet and completely disheveled?

That’s just one of the many ways that Yotel has carefully designed a “smart” hotel stay, considering the perspective and mindset of travelers today. The brand first made a name for itself with three sleek airport hotels in London and Amsterdam, and it opened its first in-city property off of New York City’s Times Square in 2011. With more hotels coming soon to cities like Brooklyn, San Francisco, Miami, and Dubai, we checked into the NYC location to get a sense of how exactly the Yotel’s savvy tech focus is enhancing the guest experience.

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beach in chatham, cape cod, ma

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Vacations are short, and weekends are even shorter. And when the beach beckons with its sun, sand, and relaxation, you don’t want to spend most of the time stuck on the road. Luckily, you can skip the traffic and get to these great, easy-to-access beaches much more easily by train. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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cantina rooftop nyc

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Ever go somewhere and have such a great time that you never want to leave? The concept of a hybrid venue has been taking hold — be it some place that’s a cafe by day and a bar by night or a restaurant that turns into a nightclub after-hours — so that revelers can indeed stay all day and all night. And of course New York, the city that never sleeps, has plenty of options. Here are just six that we love.

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Greenwich Village, New York City, NY - Christine Wei

Christine Wei

Greenwich Village is one of New York City’s most beloved neighborhoods for good reason. Not only is it the home to a slew of celebrities and other trendy Manhattanites — or the setting of the hit ’90s sitcom Friends – the boho-chic neighborhood is also where you’ll find a whole host of hip restaurants, chic boutiques, and lively music venues. Here’s how to sink your teeth into what locals call “The Village.”

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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

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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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