This summer, more vacationers are choosing to stay closer to home, especially as fuel prices continue to rise and the cost of airfare rises. New survey data from vacation rental company Vacasa shows that about 74% of visitors plan to travel to the United States and 63% of Americans plan to go on a summer vacation. Nearly half of American travelers plan to go somewhere on July 4e 31% on Memorial Day weekend and 25% on Labor Day. According to Google’s Summer Travel Report, the best places to beat the heat are New York, Orlando and Las Vegas.
Here are two cool experiences in New York, a very stylish and practical sun hat to protect you outside, and a great new restaurant to try in the Big Apple.
RiseNY: The newest funniest activity is RiseNY, a one-of-a-kind attraction in the heart of New York City (160 West 45th Street) that combines NYC-focused museum exhibit galleries with the kind of soaring ride you’ll never find than in a theme park.
Strapped into their seats, visitors experience the ultimate sensation of flying and soaring above New York City, 30 feet in the air. RiseNY is the city’s first-ever flight simulation ride with full-motion seats that dive, spin, and soar, while wind, mist, and scents enhance the experience. Visitors travel through time through different eras in New York City, starting with a simulated subway ride that comes to life and transforms into a fully immersive theater with visual and special effects.
The first exhibit is “Manhatta”, the original name of Manhattan, attributed to the Lenape translation of “island of many hills”. The story continues with the colony of New Amsterdam (later New York City), whose Dutch settlers were attracted to beaver pelts (and that is why the beaver appeared on flags and seals of the city for centuries). Visitors learn about New York’s rise as a commercial capital of commerce and finance, with one of the first checks signed by Alexander Hamilton.
In the 1900s, the first office buildings with an elevator – a mere ten stories – sprung up in lower Manhattan. By the end of the century, the city had 12 towers of 20 stories or more. Elisha Otis’ elevator with a brake made the construction of skyscrapers possible, raising the status of NYC to a vertical metropolis. Today, NYC has the most supertalls of any city in the world. The southern boundary of Central Park South and West 57e St has so many posh tall buildings that it is known as Billionaire’s Row.
The radio, thanks to the inventor Nikola Tesla, became a reality at the beginning of the 20e Century, and in 1922, the waves exploded with more than 500 radio stations. Television was next with a six-minute sketch on October 5, 1951, with Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) and his wife, Alice (Audrey Meadows). The sketch aired on television in 1955 and “The Honeymooners” became a sitcom. There is a replica of the Ed Sullivan stage showing the appearance of the Beatles. The musical exhibit includes the guitar that Bruce Springsteen wrote about Born to run. The costume exhibit includes Ziegfeld’s costume for Barbara Streisand in funny girl in 1968, and more recent costumes include those of The Lion King, Hamilton, Aladdin, and more. There are also film clips from current Broadway productions.
The centerpiece of RiseNY is the breathtaking 46-seat ride in a state-of-the-art flying theater, allowing visitors of all ages a unique, bird’s eye view of the Big Apple. Lifted into the air, guests are suspended with their feet dangling as they glide over the skyline and iconic New York landmarks inside a 180-degree, 40-foot projection dome with 8K aerial footage. Full-motion seats dip, spin, and rise, while wind, mist, and scents enhance the experience. The experience is not to be missed. For tickets and hours of operation, visit RiseNY.
Tinggly’s Unique Gift Experiences: If you’re looking for more adventure, consider giving a loved one (or yourself) Tinggly, a global and sustainable experience gifting company that hopes to help people give more meaningful gifts.
Tinggly conducted a survey in which 90% of people said they would rather have a travel experience than material goods, whether it’s a hotel package in Europe or a cutting-edge helicopter ride. the breath above New York. Tinggly is the world’s first and only global experience gift company where the buyer, the gift recipient and the actual experience can be booked anywhere. So let your fingers wander and find something super cool to do with Tinggly in New York.
Elegant sun protection: Because the summer sun sizzles directly from the concrete canyon onto the boardwalk, it’s important to wear a hat to stay cool and protect your skin. The Wallaroo collection for women, men and children offers a great collection of hats. Most of them are packable, so your hat will be packable, packable, and packable. Whether you choose a fedora, cowboy, beanie, or explorer type, these hats provide UPF 50+ sun protection and much-needed shade. Wallaroo creates functional, fashionable, comfortable and easy to wear hats. And, they donate 1% of their profits to skin cancer research, education, and prevention in the United States, so you’re helping a good cause.
Forget the heat and eat: New York City offers nearly 24,000 restaurants to choose from. One of the newest and coolest is La Grande Boucherie, an authentic French steakhouse/brasserie located at 145 West 53rd Street, right in the heart of downtown. But this restaurant offers much more than steak (although Executive Chef Hector loves his dry-aged steaks).
Built in the Belle Epoque tradition, the 5,500 square foot dining room, bar, mezzanine and 6,000 square foot covered outdoor plaza (which runs the full length of the 53 blockrd at 54e Street), looks like a traditional Parisian alley. Chef Hector (originally from Miami) offers classic and modern French entrees such as foie gras and snails, followed by specialties such as an endless variety of steaks, whole suckling pig, duck and the new spring dish , striped bass covered with delicious vegetable coulis.
La Grande Boucherie serves Vin de France by the glass or bottle ($64 to $900 for a Chevalier Montrachet) as well as seasonal cocktails, French liqueurs and cordials. And the perfect way to end a perfect day in New York? A chocolate tart described by chef Hector, “imagine a fancy Rolo candy”. Apart from his pie, a delicacy of caramel and chocolate is a thousand times better. Enjoy your lunch!