New York City Marathon | November 4th, 2007

by NYJ Team

The New York City Marathon is one of the country’s – if the not the world’s – greatest sporting events. The marathon traditionally draws over 90,000 runners from almost every country in the world, and is watched by an impressive two million people who line the streets of New York to witness this event. Around 40,000 eventually manage to cross the finish line. In addition, another 315 million viewers from around the globe watch the televised version. While the first New York Marathon was held in 1970 with only 127 participants, this event has grown to significant proportions and it is safe to say that most marathons organized today are based on the New York Marathon model. The New York City Marathon also provides a solution to disabled athletes through its official wheelchair division. Every year, more than 200 of the world’s top wheelchair-bound competitors vie for the honor of being declared the winner of this division and the event has become one of the most important in handicapped sports.   

This year’s marathon, due to take place on November 4th, promises to be bigger and better than ever before. As the traditional sponsor, ING has worked hard to create a sporting event that celebrates the uniqueness of the city and its facilities. The marathon covers the areas of New York’s five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island) and unites neighborhoods that are traditionally divided whether by ethnicity, color or religions. The route of the New York marathon runs through the streets of these neighborhoods and incorporates five spectacular New York bridges in its pathway. Runners finally land up at the famous Tavern on the Green in the ever-popular Central Park. It is not difficult to see why the New York City Marathon is considered the largest and most impressive marathons of all times.

Headquarter hotels include the Hilton New York and the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.

Click for the official site of the NYC Marathon.

November in New York City

by NYJ Team

As the holiday season fast approaches, a visit to New York City in November can be quite lovely. This is the time of the year when the foliage in city parks and woods, such as in
Central Park, peaks and nothing beats the breathtaking beauty of this fall spectacle. This is also a very busy time for city, in terms of sporting events, parades and festivities.

On the first Sunday of the month, the New York City Marathon takes place with literally thousands of participants and spectators enjoying the day. On the fourth Sunday of November, the much-awaited Thanksgiving Day Parade officially welcomes in the holiday season. Other exciting festivities include the New York Culinary Festival and the New York Comedy Festival, as well as the Rockefeller Tree Lighting. Because of all these events and the approaching holiday season, visitors need to take into account that prices for accommodation and flights are likely to be higher than usual. It is important to note that November 11, Veteran’s Day, is a federal holiday and many services will not run on that day.

This is the time that the winter season can be felt in the air, and it safe to say that the weather will be chilly overall. Average highs are around 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) and average lows hit a frosty 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius). The days, however, are still warm and can be used to enjoy popular New York walking tours and other site seeing trips. Visitors should pack comfortable, waterproof walking shoes for this very reason. While it does not snow in New York during November, visitors are still encouraged to pack warm, windproof jackets and sweaters, as the nights can be cold and late November may even call for hats and gloves. November is a lovely month to visit New York City!

Visit NewYorkJourney.com to make your hotel and travel arrangements.

New York’s Village Halloween Parade

by NYJ Team

What started off as a one-man Halloween costume stroll by a master mask and puppet maker through Greenwich Village 34 years ago, has turned into one of the nation’s biggest holiday parades – New York’s Village Halloween Parade. The event has since grown by enormous proportions and it is safe to say that in recent years, over two million people line up to watch the floats and magnificent costumers on display by the 50,000 participants who make up this parade. In addition, a further 4 million people watch the live coverage of the event on national television. The Halloween Parade is also the only major night parade in the United States.  

This year’s New York Village Halloween Parade will take place on Wednesday October 31st and visitors can line up along 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street to watch this marvelous event. The parade runs from 7 pm until around 10 pm. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than any of its predecessors. Hundreds of puppets, dancers, artists and innovative individuals with their own Halloween costumes will join no less than 53 bands from all walks of life and musical styles in one great parade along New York’s 6th Avenue.  

The theme of this year’s New York Village Halloween Parade is “Wings of Desire” and the official parade puppeteers have promised to produce fantastic creations to celebrate man’s desire to fly and his evolving journey during the process. Many participants will join the winged performance of this year’s parade and this promises to be a spectacular viewing experience for visitors. This year, find out what the author Neil Teplica was talking about when he said that New York City’s annual Village Halloween Parade is among the one hundred travel events one should experience before one dies. 

Click for the official site of New York’s Village Halloween Parade.