Harlem Week August 2007

by NYJ Team

Harlem Week is a month long celebration of the diversity and culture of one of the world’s most famous neighborhoods – Harlem in New York City. In 1974, the idea of Harlem Day was created to pay tribute to the fascinating past and present of the neighborhood. A group of activists were intent on putting Harlem back on the map when it came to the cultural, religious and social development in the city. The one-day festivity soon gave way to Harlem Week – an event that slowly came to spread over the entire month of August each year. Today, this festival attracts over a million visitors who come to celebrate with locals.

This year’s Harlem Week will concentrate on the theme, ??Discover: Our Harlem??. Throughout the month of August, visitors can join in the festivities and pay tribute to Harlem-inspired cultural events. The first few days of Harlem Week will be taken up by the annual film festival that honors people of color who have contributed to the movie world. Every Thursday through Sunday, visitors can view ??The Tempest?? at the 3rd Annual Harlem Summer Shakespeare event.

Other exciting events include the New York City Children’s Festival that offers music, games, pony rides and petting zoos for the benefit of the neighborhood’s children. Senior citizens are also given their place of honor at the festival at the N.Y.C Senior Citizen’s Day in the middle of August. The ??Uptown Saturday Night?? event is something that should definitely not be missed – an outdoor cultural and arts festival to honor the village of Harlem – and that is free to the general public.

For a true experience of this wonderful, diverse New York location, the Harlem Week festival is definitely worth a visit in August! Check out NewYorkJourney.com for more on Harlem and the city’s history.

Click for the official site of Harlem Week.

August in New York City

by NYJ Team

While many local New Yorkers try to avoid staying in the city during the month of August because of the heat, the Big Apple can actually be quite an exciting place to be during the summer. True, August is usually hot and humid – with temperatures reaching average highs of 83 degrees Fahrenheit and average lows of 69 degrees Fahrenheit. However, August is usually cooler and drier than July and therefore slightly more pleasant.

A visit to New York in August calls for extra packing considerations. Tourists would be wise to take with closed (preferably water resistant) walking shoes, a light sweater (to keep warm in air-conditioned museums and other public places), as well as an umbrella and waterproof picnic blanket (for those wonderful free concerts in the park).

For visitors who want to see as much as they can of this exciting city during August but feel that walking tours in the heat are too much to handle, air-conditioned bus tours are a great way to see New York. As evening falls on the city, August is also a wonderful time to take in some free festivals, concerts and films in New York’s beautiful parks and other outdoor locations.

Exciting August events in the city include the Met Opera in the Parks event, the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park, the HBO Bryant Park Film Festival and – of course – baseball season!

As long as visitors remember to drink plenty of water in order to keep hydrated, the Big Apple in August can be a wonderful, exciting place and will definitely give a feeling of being true New Yorkers!

Yankee Stadium Tours

by NYJ Team

There are many opportunities to see Yankee Stadium; each different tour caters to every visitor’s different needs.

The Classic Tour is a 1 hour tour of the field, dugout and press boxes, clubhouse and Monument Park and can accommodate between 1 and 11 people.

The Champion Tour is the same as the Classic Tour, but also includes a short film on the history of the Yankees. This tour is available to 12-20 people.

The Champion Plus Tour includes all of the above, as well as a tour of the Club Level and Great Moments Room. This tour also includes a Yankees souvenir and is open to 12-50 people.

The Birthday Tour is a must for bigger parties, and avid Yankees fans. Besides for a complete tour, touring party members can also enjoy a party in the Hall of Fame suite, complete with bottled water, pizza and birthday cake. This tour requires a minimum of 12 people.

Bookings can take place over the Internet, via TicketFast and at the Advance Ticket Windows situated at Yankee Stadium. Ticket prices are discounted for minors and senior citizens and are all quite affordable. All tour operators are well versed in Yankees history and all questions are encouraged. The Yankee Stadium Tours are a must for anyone interested in one of sport’s most iconic structures.

Click for the official site of Yankee Stadium.