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...'

Tourist Information Centers
Currency and Exchange Places
Some More Tips

  • 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)
      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:

      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!


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.

      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.

      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.

      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.