5 Tips For A Great New York Holiday

by Samantha Palmer

This post has been written by guest blogger, Virgin Holidays & HIP Hotels

Whether you’re planning to visit New York to enjoy a Broadway performance, the spa life, the lively nightlife or the popular sights, the most important decision you’ll make concerns where you’ll stay. By choosing a boutique hotel, you will enjoy more sophisticated decorations, more space, ultimate comfort, excellent customer service and a prime location. There are five things you should know to make your holiday in New York as good as it can be.

1. Money
While your hotel clerk will likely be more than happy to exchange your pounds for dollars, you’ll get the best exchange rate by visiting a bank. Rest assured that your boutique hotel host wants you to have as much money available to spend on yourself as possible, so he or she will be happy to point you toward the nearest bank. While you’re travelling on buses and subways, be sure to keep your money in a money belt that fastens under your waistband. Avoid taking your money out on busy sidewalks.

2. Dining
If you’re travelling with friends, a partner or family members, you’ll find that New York’s dining venues often have high prices. Since you will likely want to try several different types of cuisine, it’s best to order several dishes and share them. Another way to get discounts on food is to ask your boutique hotel clerk for coupons or special discounts for nearby dining venues.

3. Entertainment
Few people leave New York City without a visit to Broadway, an orchestra performance, an opera or a ballet. If you want to see a live performance, ask your boutique hotel clerk for ideas. Since many boutique hotels partner with various performance venues, you may be able to enjoy an attractive discount on ticket prices. As a general rule, it’s best to attend performances in the day hours if you’re using public transportation. If you plan to travel across town late at night, hire a taxi.

4. Shopping
Your boutique hotel clerk will be able to tell you where the best nearby shopping locations are. New York City’s boutique hotels are usually located in close proximity to boutique shops and some major department stores. Since many hotels offer coupons, you may be able to obtain some coupons for spectacular discounts at nearby stores.

5. Sightseeing
You probably have a list of buildings or attractions you want to see while you’re in New York City. If you’re planning to visit any major attractions, ask your boutique hotel clerk for advice about where to get ticket discounts. While you are out sightseeing, be sure to keep your money in your money belt. Avoid bringing large totes or bags. As a general rule, it is easier and more sensible to travel light while touring the city.

If you choose to stay in one of New York City’s many fine boutique hotels, the employees will be able to provide you with plenty of helpful tips to make your stay memorable.

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OMG Jeans – Best Shop & Site in New York for Shopping Brand Casual Wear at 70% Off

by Samantha Palmer

This post has been written by guest blogger, OMG Jeans

OMG Jeans, is a premium jeans retail store in New York. With 10 locations in New York City, they have very lucrative shops for top brand jeans and casual jeans. For buying jeans, the shops in NYC have very good customer experience that makes jeans and casualwear buying simple, easy, and entertaining. Whatever your style may be, you should try out OMG outlets if you live in New York or visit New York as tourist.

With the launch of http://www.omgjeans.com discount jeans, designer sunglasses, designer underwear for men and many more casual wear were recently taken online. The site also offers a diverse selection of classic clothes that’ll never go out of style. Their online shop is heavily conected with social media that makes the social sharing and peer-based fashion decision making experience more pleasing.

Recently, OMG Jeans has announced brand new Customer Loyalty Program. Their VIP Club allows shoppers access to up to 70% Off on some of their favorite brands! You don’t need to live in NYC or be a member of the many outlets they have. You also can enter VIP Club through online purchases. With prices too low to publish to the web, simply sign in to your account on OMGJeans.com to access this special VIP Pricing. Sign up is FREE and takes 10 seconds.

Instead of their everyday low prices, users can the following stuffs at lowest prices found anywhere:

  • Ray Ban Sunglasses
  • Levi’s Jeans
  • NYC Shirts
  • Keds Sneakers
  • Car Shirts
  • Puma Bags
  • 2xist Underwear
  • DKNY Jeans
  • And many more casualwears

NYC casual wear and street style is a part of the OMG brand and identity. They carry clothes that represent the city and bring the street style and cool simplicity of New Yorkers to the web. Visit OMGJeans.com and create an account for saving up to 70% off with their Customer Loyalty Program!

Four Favourite Affordable Vintage Shops in NYC

by Naomi Young

This post has been written by a guest writer – Isabel Clift.

With New York City rocketing up the World’s Most Expensive Cities list; it’s heartening to think there are still some bargains to be had in the Big Apple. If you want your dollars to go further on the ultimate NY shopping trip, book yourself into a cheap New York hotel (yep, they still exist too) and hit the city’s best affordable vintage stores – your wardrobe will thank you, as well as your wallet.

1. Buffalo Exchange, 504 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn
Right in the heart of hipster paradise Williamsburg, Buffalo Exchange works like a swap-shop for ‘modern’ vintage – eager fashionistas line up down the street to sell bags of their best cast-offs to the store, which has a strict quality control policy: if it’s not in great condition, they ain’t buying it. This leads to bang on-trend stock at bargainous prices – I picked up a pair of floral shorts for $4 and a white pure wool jumper for $1 that I’ve worn time and time again: money well spent, I’d say!

2. Everything Goes Clothing, 140 Bay St, Staten Island
This is what I call A Find. Properly cheap prices starting around $10 a dress, pile-‘em-high racks of amazing garments and a genuinely friendly vibe, all waiting to be discovered if you just make the (free) ferry trip to NYC’s often-overlooked Staten Island. A short walk from the ferry terminal, this clothes store is part of a collective of second-hand emporiums under the Everything Goes banner – after stocking up on wardrobe bargains, go for a browse and a brownie at the Everything Goes Book Cafe or kit out your home at the Everything Goes Furniture & Gallery.

3. Black Bear Vintage & Handmade, 469 16th St (at Prospect Park West) Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
A kitschy design re-imagines Yellowstone National Park’s giftshop circa 1975, but the prices at this store near Prospect Park are for serious: pick up a top or skirt for as little as $6 and, if you rummage the racks for long enough, a whole outfit for under $50. Their speciality? ‘70s moodrings (for filling that nostalgia-shaped hole in your accessories collection). Now, that’s the ‘vintage’ in the shop name taken care of – but what of the ‘handmade’? This is where owner Julia’s homespun creations come in – choose from a selection appliqué pillows with dogs on them, or browse local sellers’ wares, which include soaps modelled on guinea pigs). Very cute indeed!

4. Amarcord, 223 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn
Bargains are relative when it comes to vintage – so if you want to buy just one special garment, splash your cash on a single designer piece in Williamsburg’s Amarcord rather than piling your purchases high at the cheaper equivalents. This clean-lined, beautifully turned-out store stocks old-season and vintage bits from Italian designers Versace, Cavalli, Valentino and Prada as well as judiciously-chosen non-designer labels. The Italian owners know their stuff – chances of finding that knock-out party or interview outfit are high with this one.

About the author: Isabel Clift is a London-based travel blogger for Hostel Bookers, which specialises in budget New York travel. She went to New York purely to shop, and shop she did. With gusto.