ASE 2017: Destination NYC

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Affiliate Summit East is headed back to the Big Apple this summer for the performance marketing industry’s premier global event. The Clickbooth Team will be ready to assist you with all of your business needs, so make sure you stop by our booth or request a meeting in advance to make the most of your time.

To prepare for a successful weekend, add some relaxation into the mix by exploring the city. We’ve compiled a list of the best sightseeing spots, local activities, where to grab a bite to eat and spots to wind down at night. Keep reading for the inside scoop on all things New York.

See you in July!

Places to See

Statue of Liberty 

A copper statue featuring the Roman goddess Libertas is nestled in the New York harbor that was given as a gift from France to the United States. This American icon has successfully  served as a representation of freedom since its dedication in 1886.

Central Park

An urban park located in the heart of Manhattan that has been dubbed one of the most filmed locations in the world. Stroll through the park to unwind after a long day or catch a summer concert featuring upcoming talent.

Times Square

This bustling destination serves as the town square, but actually stretches from West 42nd to West 47th street. The streets are aligned with dozens of brightly lit billboards that house the world’s entertainment industry.

Things to Do

Travel Back in Time at the Grand Central Station

Whether you decide to take a tour of the history filled terminal or discover the wonders of the whispering gallery, there are plenty of items that serve as a testament to another era.

Discover NYC at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Get a chance to really see the city with this tour that takes you 70 floors above for a breathtaking view of the New York skyline. The only decision you’ll have to make is going during the day or night because both provide a different mesmerizing take on the city.

Explore the Chelsea Market

Settled in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan is where this unique market resides where you can easily spend a day visiting the dozens of specialty shops it offers.

Get some Comedic Relief

If you forgot to make plans for the evening and it’s starting to get late, there is always time to see a comedy show. Eastville Comedy Club has showings at 11 p.m. and the Comedy Cellar at 12:15 a.m. On any given night, you’re sure to be filled with a night of laughter.

Indulge in the Nightlife

Used to local bars closing at 2 a.m.? Bars in NYC are open until 4 a.m., leaving you plenty of time to take in the social scene! You can dance the night away or check out the rooftops for a different vibe.

See a Show

The theater district offers around 40 different theaters hosting Broadway classics you’ve had on your bucket list to see. Take a trip to other parts of the city for smaller productions that are just as elaborate as the real deal.

Places to Eat

Feeling like you want to switch it up with your usual eating habits? NYC is the best place to do it! With dozens of great eats in Brooklyn, East Village, Soho and the Lower East Side, you’ll have no trouble finding something new to suit your fancy.

Mission Chinese Food

Growing from their old location on Orchard Street into their current two-story Lower East Side location, Mission Chinese Food is equipped with more than just Chinese food. The restaurant has a pizza oven, a prime rib cart and classics like duck baked in clay. Bonus: You can get a lot of food here without breaking the bank.

Burger Joint

Leaving Midtown without experiencing the Burger Joint is seriously frowned upon but thankfully, there are three locations in the New York area where you can redeem yourself. The menu may only feature burgers and fries, but you’ll find you won’t need much more.

Rubirosa

Situated on Mulberry Street is where you can find one of the best pies in NYC. From ravioli to vodka pizza, Rubirosa provides an authentic Italian experience for all to enjoy. Don’t forget the rainbow cookies when you’re done.

Places to Drink

The ability to wind down after a long day is something NYC locals are quite familiar with. From local dives to speakeasies to timeless classics, the locations to quench your thirst are everywhere you turn. 

The Dead Rabbit

This Irish bar was recognized as the “best bar in the world” in 2015 and 2016 and while it may hide in the Financial District, it is definitely worth the trip. The second floor features a cocktail lounge with a long list of creative signature drinks and decor that gives you a nostalgic feel of old New York.

The Wayland

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city life to Alphabet City for a country-like atmosphere at The Wayland. Pair your kale cocktail with a cauliflower and eggs sandwich as you listen to live-music and relish on the simple things in life.

Angel’s Share

This cozy little speakeasy is located to the left of Village Yokocho through an unmarked door and allows you to choose from a variety of cocktails that include items like yuzu, plum or citrus. While the drinks are very creative and appear dessert-like, they definitely pack a punch that won’t disappoint you.

Things to Keep In Mind

Transportation

While you can certainly walk to most locations in NYC, it’s important to plan for transportation when walking isn’t an option. There are a variety of options to get across the city quickly! A few of our favorites include Uber, subways, buses, taxis, and cars.

Weather

The summer can get rather warm in the city, so be prepared for temperatures between mid 80’s to low 90’s. We suggest dressing light for the sunny days that summer is known for.

Tipping 

Tipping is expected and appreciated, but that doesn’t mean you have to go overboard. Here are some helpful tips on the amount you should tip according to the service.

Hotel doorman- $1

Bellhops- $1-2 per bag

Waitstaff- 15-20% of your total bill

Taxi Drivers- 15-20% of total fare

Kate Ritz

Author: Kate Ritz

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