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.
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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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.
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is about 18 miles from Times Square and it takes about an hour on the AirTrain.
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is technically in New Jersey, but it is just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. It is about 16 miles away and you can get into the city in about an hour on the AirTrain.
- LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is also close by at just 10 miles away. But, it is going through major construction at the moment so flight delays are more common.
- Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) is another option but it is furthest away from the city, so we don’t recommend it unless the flight is really cheap or you have other plans closer to the airport.
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.
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 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.
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.
Here are a few articles and podcasts where you can hear more from Leslie:
- 7 On Your Side: Cures for holiday spending hangover (ABC News Interview)
- 155 | FI for Single Parents with Leslie Tayne (podcast interview)
- Debt Relief and Taxes: How Your Return May be Impacted
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Stay tuned for our next episode
Listen to the next episode when Kali Roberge of BeyondYourHammock.com shares her favorite tips for Boston, Massachusetts. We talk about walking the Freedom Trail, where to find the best lobster rolls, and eating pizza at Regina’s in the North End. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.