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Soccer Game at New-To-Me Yankee Stadium

Posted on 02 June 2016 by Leslie Lello

TravelBetterPodcasts.com at Yankee Stadium, New York City

TravelBetterPodcasts.com at Yankee Stadium, New York City

When my friend said he had an extra ticket to an NYCFC soccer game at Yankee Stadium, I was elated. Not only have I not seen my friend for a couple years, but I haven’t been anywhere near the South Bronx since the old Yankee Stadium was in use.

I debated trying to get a tour of the new stadium, but then I learned from thwir website that I will actually get to see more things if I go when it is not baseball season.

So instead, I got to the South Bronx  just early enough to meet my friend at a nearby bar called The Dugout before the game.

The video below is from our walk leaving the stadium.

https://youtu.be/POdhdDNhFMY

A quick note about transportation to Yankee Stadium

If you’re coming from New Jersey and you’re not driving to the stadium, it can be rather challenging to get to Yankee Stadium in an easy way. What I discovered on this outing was that I could  get home from the stasium by takung Metro-North from Yankee Stadium to Grand Central in Midtown Manhattan and then it is an easy walk to Port Authority or Penn Station.

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TBP 0025 Holiday Season in New York City 2013

Posted on 16 November 2013 by Leslie Lello

holidays in New York CIty 2013

The Holiday Season In New York City! Even when I was living in Los Angeles, I was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV and looking forward to visiting the decorated windows on 5th Avenue when I came home for the holidays.

Here is my overview and advice about celebrating New York during the holidays. There are TONS of holiday related things to do… just be sure to wear a comfortable pair of shoes and dress warmly!

For more advice and details, check out this week’s podcast TBP 0025!

PODCAST NOTES FOR TBP 0025 “Holiday Season in New York City 2013”

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – The kickoff of the holiday season in New York City!
It’s on NOVEMBER 28, 2013, Starting at 9am.

The parade Begins on 77th and Central Park West. The route is south on Central Park West until 57th Street, then continue south on 6th ave to Herald Square. I never knew this but the route is 2.5 miles. Seems shorter than that to me.

To view the parade (and get a good spot) get there early, wear VERY WARM clothes and comfortable shoes, and try to get near a public restroom or a coffee shop so that you can use the bathroom. Bring snacks and beverages (but not too many beverages). 😉

Here are more tips for attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
http://gonyc.about.com/od/tipsforvisitingnyc/tp/thanksgiving-parade-tips.htm
http://gonyc.about.com/od/thanksgiving/tp/2011-Macys-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade.htm

If you can’t deal with the crowds, go to the Balloon Inflation in Central Park(79th and Columbus) on November 27th.
http://gonyc.about.com/od/thanksgiving/p/Macys-Thanksgiving-Parade-Balloon-Inflation.htm


Windows on 5th Avenue:

http://gonyc.about.com/od/christmassights/tp/holiday_windows.htm
http://gonyc.about.com/od/christmassights/tp/christmaswindow.htm
http://gonyc.about.com/od/christmassights/l/bl_xmaswindows.htm (This is the link for the map of the Window Display Walking Tour)

Rockefeller Center – tree and ice skating – go late at night!
The Christmas Tree lighting will be on December 4, 2013 – ceremony 7-9pm
http://www.rockefellercenter.com/events/2013/11/01/2013-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting/

Ice Skating alternative – Wollman’s Rink in Central Park at 63rd street. They’re calling it Trump Rink now. You can pre-book to avoid lines or getting shut out.
http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/iceskating/5
http://www.wollmanskatingrink.com/

FAO Schwartz
Not on the windows walking tour, but always fun to visit at xmas, whether you are an adult or a kid.
http://www.fao.com/home/index.jsp

Bryant Park is a park behind the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue has ice skating, shopping (more than 125 outdoor shops) and the restaurant Celsius during the holiday season.
http://bryantpark.org/things-to-do/wintervillage.html

The Party and Ball Drop in Times Square finishes the season. Expect insanely crowded public transportation. Bring games and other things to do. Just like the parade – think bathroom breaks, dress warmth, food, water, comfortable shoes.
FYI, the ball is made out of Waterford Crystal (which is why it sparkles so nicely).
http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/nye-schedule/index.aspx#.UoZJsY0Z0tI
http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/index.aspx#.UoZJs40Z0tI
http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/index.aspx#.UoZKm40Z0tI
http://www.wikihow.com/Attend-the-New-Year%27s-Celebrations-in-Times-Square

This is the best page to read if you are deciding to go to Time Square on New Year’s Eve: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/nye-faq/index.aspx#9

If you don’t want to hang out in Time Square on NYE, but want to get a close up look at the ball, you can go to the Time Square Visitor’s Center.

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TBP 0009 New York City – Travel Less Expensive

Posted on 28 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

chelsea market New York City Travel

This week I went into New York City (or “the city” is all you need to say if you’re coming from Northern New Jersey) to sell some of my vinyl records at Chelsea Market. I decided to walk the High Line (see link below for more info) and ended up meeting a German tourist who was in town to explore the city for a week.

After we talked for a bit, he lamented that he only had a week to experience New York.  He said that one week was not enough, but that the time that he had was a lot compared to his friends, who usually only schedule three days for exploring New York because it is so expensive.

As someone who grew up in New York, I know that it can be outrageously expensive, but there are ways to prepare for your trip that will allow you to get the most out of your money and still see everything (including Museums and monuments) and have a great time.

That’s what this week’s podcast is about! Below are the podcast notes to help you find more in depth information on the things that I mention, and if I can answer any additional questions for you, please let me know!

Happy Travels!

Leslie Lello

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PODCAST NOTES FOR TBP 0009 New York City – Make Your Trip Less Expensive

GIMME SHELTER:

HI Hostel in Harlem/Upper West Side:
http://hinewyork.org/contact/

Hostel (Chelsea):
http://www.chelseahostel.com/

Couchsurfing:
www.couchsurfing.com

Airbnb:
https://www.airbnb.com/

Home Away:
www.homeaway.com

EAT CHEAP:

I didn’t mention this in the podcast, but my favorite cheap (but yummy) meals in the city are at Dojos on 4th street, and for breakfast I have always loved the pushcarts that make egg sandwiches (if I can find one).  Also, check out MenuPages to find an inexpensive restaurant in the neighborhood.  You can also use Yelp and Where.
http://www.dojorestaurant.com/
http://www.menupages.com
www.Yelp.com
Where app on iTunes and Android

Food trucks are different than pushcarts, and often more expensive, but here is the link to find food trucks which is trendy right now:  http://nyctruckfood.com/

GET INFORMATION ABOUT ACTIVITIES THAT FIT YOUR BUDGET:

New York Press:
http://nypress.com/

Village Voice:
http://www.villagevoice.com/

Time Out New York:
http://www.timeout.com/newyork

Website with Information about Free Stuff to do in New York:
http://www.nycgo.com/free?cid=em_et__

New York Podcast that I refer to in my podcast: The Bowery Boys
http://theboweryboys.blogspot.com/
I couldn’t find a link to the podcast on their website so you should just do a search in iTunes if you want to find them.

OTHER THINGS I MENTIONED ABOUT NEW YORK IN THE PODCAST:

New York City High Line:
http://www.thehighline.org/

Cathedral of St. John the Divine:
www.stjohndivine.org/

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