The Tuscany Hotel in New York City

The Tuscany Hotel

These days all the major hotel chains are getting so big and dominant that it’s starting to affect my purchasing decisions—and I’m probably not the only one. And that’s a huge mistake. I admit I often have to remind myself that it’s okay to stay at a hotel that I don’t have a loyalty program […]

5 Reasons to Stay at The Carlton Hotel NYC

The Carlton Hotel lobby

There are so many hotels to choose from when you travel to New York City that trying to decide on which one fits the bill can be a real hit-or-miss situation. The Carlton Hotel NYC proved to be a hit for our three-night stay for reasons that include both the obvious and the unexpected. 1. […]

10 Reasons to Stay at the Dream Downtown in New York City

Dream Downtown room

I was recently in New York City and while there, I decided to check out a hotel that was new to me. I’d surprisingly never heard of the Dream Downtown (there’s also a location in midtown) until their PR department contacted me and invited me to come check it out. And so I did. I brought my […]

Johnny Jet’s Top Five New York City Travel Tips

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I once did an interview for Boingo.com (I use their wireless internet access plan all over the world) about my top five tips on traveling in the Big Apple and since I was just there I thought I would update them. 1. Pack light Pack light so you can take public transportation. When I land […]

How New York City Taxi Drivers Are Ripping Off Riders

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I like to think of myself as a generous tipper as I usually give waiters and taxi drivers 20% if they provide decent service. But I don’t like it when restaurants automatically add generous tips. I really despise the new New York City taxi tip options when you pay by credit card. See the image […]

7 reasons to stay at Hotel Chandler in New York City

Hotel Chandler NYC bed

Although I’ve been to New York more times than any other city in the world, I still don’t have a good grasp on the city’s hotel scene. That’s because for many years, my family had a studio apartment on the Upper East Side and I stayed there the majority of the time. Unfortunately, we sold […]

Travel Video of the Week: Empire State Building’s first-ever Christmas light show

Empire State Building light show

This Christmas season, New York City is really in the holiday spirit! For the first time ever, New Yorkers and holiday visitors have been given the gift of a Christmas light show on the iconic Empire State Building—not once but five different times. Beginning on Friday, December 20 and closing with the grand finale today—Christmas […]

Cheers to Emily at Measure Lounge at Langham Place, Fifth Avenue

Cheers to Emily

On September 28, the travel industry lost a dear friend, Emily Easter (1978-2013). Emily worked for Hawkins International Public Relations and I met her while on a Seabourn cruise in Turkey and she was a wonderful person, someone I was proud to call a friend. I am devastated by the loss of Emily – she was young, […]