The Big Apple Tap Festival

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The term "Big Apple" was originally used in the 1920's and 30's
by jazz musicians as a way of saying: 'There are many apples on the tree,
but when you pick New York City, you pick the Big Apple...'

Emergency
Tourist Information Centers
Currency and Exchange Places
Some More Tips
Food





Emergency
  • Police, Fire & Medical Emergencies:
      Dial 911

  • Lost or stolen Credit Cards:
      Visa - call 1-800-336-8472
      Master Card - call 1-800-826-2181
      American Express - call 1-800-528-4800
      Discover - call 1-800-347-2683

    For Information on travel delays and NYC-specific information,
    call 311 inside the NYC limits, or text 311-692.




Tourist Information
  • The Official New York City Visitor Information Center
  • Online Performance Tickets:
  • Same Day Performance Tickets: (Half Price)
      TKTS
      Times Square, 46th St. and Broadway.
      Open Hours: Monday to Saturday - 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM,
      Sunday - 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM (for Matinee + Evening performance).
      Wednesday + Saturday - 10:00 AM 2:00 PM (for Matinee)
      Great for same day / half price tickets for Broadway and Off Broadway shows! Browse online at: https://www.tdf.org/nyc/7/TKTS-ticket-booths

      TKTS is walk-up ONLY. There are no online orders.


  • Jazz Clubs:




Currency and Exchange

There are plenty of Currency Exchange places around 42nd St. and all over the city. One is located at 122 E. 42nd St. They operate between 8:30 am and 9 pm.




Some More Tips
  • This is a huge city, so never leave your stuff unattended!
  • Temporary 'locker service' can be located at 357 West 37th St. between 8th and 9th Ave. For $2.50/hour you can safely leave your purchases while you go sightseeing.
  • Only carry what you really need - leave your valuables in the hotel safe or at home.
  • The standard tipping is 15 to 20% in restaurants and taxi cab rides. Restaurant meals are taxed at 8.875%, so the locals just leave double the tax as a tip.
  • If you think that the Prada you bought for $20 is real... think again!




Food

NYC is a place where great food of any kind can be found on nearly any corner. Here are a few favorites of ours if you're looking for a nice meal on the town.

  • In Midtown:
      Yum Yum Bangkok
      Authentic Thai cuisine. It's not all super spicy, we promise! Give the Seafood Karee a try, it's super yum!
      Address: 650 9th Ave. between 45th and 46th.
      http://YumYumBangkok.com

      Vynl
      American comfort food. Enjoy the music-themed atmosphere with an order of parmesan garlic parsley fries and Elvis's Revenge!
      Address: 746 9th Ave. between 50 and 51st.
      http://Vynl-NYC.com

      Carnegie Deli (Kosher Deli)
      Go on an empty stomach! Try the 'Woody Allen' or a hot pastrami sandwich! Leave room for a massive, fresh slice of cheesecake!
      Address: 854 7th Ave. on 55th.
      http://CarnegieDeli.com

      5 Napkin Burger
      Burgers and Sandwiches. Give the BBLT or Lamb Kofta a try.
      You'll love it!
      Address: 630 9th Ave between 44th and 45th.
      http://5napkinburger.com/locations/hells-kitchen/