I’m really excited to interview Leslie Tayne of the Tayne Law Group about New York City, New York. Leslie’s tips for the best things to do in New York City are awesome because she is a true New Yorker that knows everything about the city.

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Leslie and The Helmsley Building

New York City, New York

New York City is the city that never sleeps. And many famous songs have been written about the Big Apple, including several iconic songs by Frank Sintra. NYC is known for so many incredible tourist attractions, like Times Square, Broadway shows, Madison Square Garden, the 9/11 Museum, and the Statue of Liberty. There are five boroughs within New York City and you could spend more than a week exploring each one. Check out our episode on Brooklyn featuring Michael W.

Leslie says that September is her favorite time of year to visit because it offers consistent, perfect temperatures. Even though it can get cold, Thanksgiving and Christmas are also great because of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and all of the holiday decorations. Times Square is packed on New Year’s Eve, but Leslie says that all New Yorkers know to avoid that part of the city on that day. During your visit, check out a pizza tour to sample some of the best pizza that New York has to offer.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out NYC GO, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. When you visit, buy the New York CityPASS. It will save you 44% on the top six New York City attractions, including the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock Observation Deck, ferry access to the Statue of Liberty, and the 9/11 Museum.

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Leslie watching Hamilton

Getting around New York City

There are several airports that serve the New York City area. The airport that best suits you is based on which airline you are flying. Leslie tends to fly through JFK and Newark the most.

Leslie says that you should not rent a car when visiting New York City. NYC drivers can be quite aggressive and intimidating. Plus, parking is difficult to find and is incredibly expensive.

Public transportation is great and there are taxis everywhere. Uber and Lyft are also excellent ways to get around. Part of the beauty of visiting New York is walking around the city and exploring.

For quick trips or a bike ride around Central Park, look into Citi Bikes. They are an affordable bike-sharing service with hundreds of locations around the New York City area.

If you need to rent a car for business outside of the city, click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

If you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

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Leslie in Central Park at the lake

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Leslie Tayne about New York City, New York. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in New York City, New York
  • Green dots = best things to do in New York City, New York
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in New York City, New York

Who is Leslie Tayne?

Leslie Tayne is the founder of the Tayne Law Group, a debt solutions law firm with four offices in the New York City area. She has almost 20 years of experience in the practice of consumer and business financial debt-related services. Leslie is highly accomplished in negotiation and settlements. Leslie goes head-to-head with large national banks, credit unions, collection agencies on a regular basis to fight for her clients’ rights. If you (or anyone you know) need her services, Leslie offers a free debt relief consultation. Visit her site and provide your contact information to schedule your appointment.

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Here are a few articles and podcasts where you can hear more from Leslie:

You can connect with Leslie at her website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Leslie’s book Life & Debt: a fresh approach to achieving financial wellness is also available on Amazon.

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Stay tuned for our next episode

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