Rediscover the Big Apple for Spring Break

Travelers wishing to avoid the crass behavior on many of the beaches in California and Florida over spring break are vacationing in the Big Apple. New York City was first referenced as the Big Apple in Edward S. Martin’s book, The Wayfarer, in 1909. In the early 1920’s, there were many race courses in and around New York City. The substantial reward for winning a race was called 'the apple'. A sports writer for the New York Morning Telegraph, John J. Fitzgerald, often referred to New York City as the Big Apple. New York City invites spring breakers to rediscover the Big Apple this year.

Travel: The first step to planning a trip to New York City over spring break for most vacationers is booking travel. Southern vacationers may fly out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport to New York’s LaGuardia Airport with some connecting flights, but should book travel early. Travelers on a budget in the Washington D.C. area might consider traveling to New York City by Megabus at a low fare. Train enthusiasts from Baltimore, Boston, New Haven, Philadelphia or Washington D.C. will enjoy traveling in comfort aboard Amtrak's Acela Express.

Hotel Accommodations: The second step for most travelers is to acquire hotel accommodations. Even though New York City is “The City that never Sleeps,” most vacationers will want to catch a few winks and take a hot shower. The Hilton Hotel in New York’s Fashion District offers a fitness center, multi-lingual staff, safety deposit box and a business center. The Lexington offers sophisticated accommodations in the heart of Manhattan’s Eastside. Vacationers preferring luxury and first class amenities may prefer to stay at the legendary Waldorf Astoria.

Cocktail Hour: Ella Lounge, located at 9 Avenue A in East Village, offers half price cocktails for an extended happy hour from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Spring breakers looking for a fun time should consider the Red Rooster, located at 310 Lenox Avenue, which offers four signature cocktails for $8 during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Nomad Restaurant, located at 1170 Broadway, offers elaborate cocktails served in a luxury atmosphere; however, drink prices reflect the ambiance.

Restaurants: Brownstone Bagel and Bread, located at 671 Union Street in Brooklyn, is the place to go for a delicious inexpensive breakfast or lunch. The crepe with bananas or strawberries for $4 is highly recommended for breakfast and the Waldorf Chicken Salad Bagel is a tasty lunch treat for $5.75. Buttermilk Channel, located at 524 Court Street in the Carroll Gardens area of Brooklyn, is a family friendly restaurant offering a kids menu. Chef Ryan Angulo is famous for his buttermilk fried chicken. Eleven Madison Park serves up a multi-course menu utilizing fresh locally grown produce prepared by Chef Daniel Humm at $225 per person. Reservations are recommended up to 28 days in advance.

Tours: Viator offers a Manhattan Harbor Cruise for less than $30 per person that includes the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Ellis Island and other famous New York City landmarks. The famous Grayline double-decker bus tours begin at $99 and includes unlimited hop-on hop-off privileges. The route of the bus tour encompasses Brooklyn, Downtown and Uptown. Admission tickets to your choice of two landmarks are included with the fare. Free Tours by Foot offers a free guided walking tour of New York City. Visitors simply tip the guide at the end of the tour.

*Photo courtesy of Flickr’s Creative Commons.



A traveler at heart, the writer enjoys traveling all over the south and hopes to one day expand his destinations.


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