Thursday, September 20, 2012

Free NYC: Get Tickets to The Late Show with David Letterman

Did you know that you can experience one of the best shows in New York City for free? The Late Show with host David Letterman gives out free tickets for those who submit a request (and answer a trivia question). Who would want to see Dave live at the Ed Sullivan Theater, along with celebrity guests who appear on the show? I've had the pleasure of going to two tapings, and it's something I will never forget.

Getting  Tickets Online:

Request Late Show with David Letterman tickets online. Those selected for tickets will receive a phone call and be asked to answer a  trivia question related to the show in order to receive up to two tickets.

Getting Tickets In-Person:

You can request tickets in person for shows in advance at the Ed Sullivan Theatre at 1697 Broadway (between 53rd & 54th Streets). Ticket requests will be accepted Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Getting Stand-by Tickets:

Call 212-247-6497 starting at 11 a.m. on the day of the show you would like to attend. You will be asked to answer a Late Show trivia question, and if you answer it correctly, you'll be asked to arrive at the theater approximately an hour before taping. Stand-by tickets do not guarantee admission to the show.

Trivia Questions Asked:

How would you like to know what trivia questions will be asked when you call in? Well here they are, but you need to find the answers yourself:

a.) What is the name of the red-headed announcer for the Late Show?

b.) What is the name of the female guitar player in the band?

c.) What is the name of the Deli located behind the Ed Sullivan Theater?





Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How to Hail a Taxi in NYC

For many New Yorkers taking a taxi is the preferred method of travel. You don't have to be stuck underground in the subway, and a taxi can drop you off directly in front of  your destination. For those of you who have never rented a taxi in the Big Apple, there are some rules to catching a ride. They are as follows:

1.) Understand that you cannot prearrange for a taxi to come and pick you up. So get out on that sidewalk.

2.) Know which taxis are available. All NYC taxis have lights atop the roof. When the middle light is lit, that means that the cab is available. If all the lights are lit, that means that the cab is off-duty. If none of the lights are lit, that means that the cab is occupied.

3.) To hail a taxi, stick your arm out while you step off the curb. Don't get discouraged if an available taxi picks you up. There are thousands of cabs in the city and you will get a ride. It doesnt hurt to flash some cash in your hand either. Cash is the only accepted form of payment for a taxi in NYC. 

4.) Know the rules. A taxi in NYC has a maximum occupancy of 4 passengers. Small children sitting on your lap don't count. 

5.) Give the driver a tip.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sunny Side Up: The Best in Breakfast

New York City is known just as much for it's food, as it is it's fashion and entertainment. So when you crawl out of bed and begin to prepare for a big day in the 'Big Apple', you better eat a big breakfast.

So where is the best breakfast in the city? It's certainly debatable, but I would have to say Shopsin's.

Why? Mac n’ cheese pancakes. Do I have to say anymore? With over 200 items on their menu, it might take you until dinner time to read through it. Don't come here expecting a traditional breakfast. Yum Yum.

Crash at The Jane

When you are in NYC you shouldn't be spending too much time in your hotel room. After all you have the world outside your window, and the last thing you should be doing is taking a nap. It's called 'the city that doesn't sleep' for a reason.

If you are looking for an affordable place to crash that is in a great location, then I would recommend checking out The Jane. With rooms starting at $99 per night, this place is a steal. The Jane is located in the West Village, right next to the trendy Meatpacking District and walking distance to Chelsea, Soho, and Union Square. There are tons of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and boutiques surrounding The Jane, and they are close to the A, C, and E trains at 14th Street.

Go to their website to find out more information:

NYC Museums: Pay What You Wish

New York is known for being an expensive city to live and play in. But what if I told you that you could visit some of New York's best museums and galleries, and pay-what-you-wish? It's True! Many of these museums will have 'Recommended' cost for admission, sometimes for as much as $25.00 per person. But don't worry about it, because you could give them a penny if you dare, and they will still smile and hand you a ticket.

Here is a list of museums that are FREE or pay-what-you-wish:

American Folk Art MuseumAmerican Museum of Natural History (pay what you wish)
Bronx Museum (pay what you wish)
Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAMcafé live events
Brooklyn Museum (pay what you wish)
The Cloisters (pay what you wish)
El Museo del Barrio (pay what you wish)
Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College 

Metropolitan Museum of Art (pay what you wish)
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Museum of American Illustration
Museum of Biblical Art (pay what you wish)
National Museum of the American Indian—Smithsonian Institution
New York City Police Museum (pay what you wish)
P.S.1 MoMA (pay what you wish)
Queens Museum of Art (pay what you wish)
SculptureCenter (pay what you wish)
Socrates Sculpture Park
Staten Island Museum (pay what you wish)
Studio Museum in Harlem (pay what you wish)
Waterfront Museum 

Free NYC - The Downtown Boathouse

Are you looking for something fun to in New York, but don't want to spend any money? Are you visiting, but don't want to spend your entire trip in Times Square or Central Park? Then I have the perfect place for you. The Downtown Boathouse!

The Downtown Boathouse offers free kayaking in the Hudson River for all who are interested. They also have weekly classes, seminars, trips, and other adventures out on Hudson's low tide.

I can tell you first hand that you will not experience a better view of the city than looking up at the entire western skyline of Manhattan.

Locations: Pier 40 Pier 90 and 72nd St.

For more information go to

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to The Blog Apple. Here I will be posting valuable information for those who are looking to visit or even live in NYC.

New York is the greatest city on earth, and I look forward to sharing with you all that it has to offer.