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How To Use The Subway In NYC: Your Guide To The New York Subway System

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Using The NYC Subway System

 At first glance, the New York City subway system may seem overwhelming with so many different lines, stops, and trains. It can easily be intimidating, and if you’re a tourist, you might feel the need to ask others for help. But inside the subway, friendly New Yorkers can seem a bit preoccupied - they move fast from one place to the next, tend to not make eye contact and generally try to just get through their daily commute. So as a tourist, it may seem difficult to get assistance from those that are in the middle of their usual commute. But remember, it never hurts to ask. Most modern day straphangers are actually quite willing to help point you in the right direction – just be sure to “stand clear of the closing doors!” Looking for other ways to figure out how to get where you’re going? Here are some tips to help you navigate the subway system, straight from a New Yorker.

Going To Be In NYC July 4th? Make It A Day To Remember!

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Tips & Tricks For Spending Independence Day In New York City

The 4th of July is a true American holiday. It commemorates the United States’ freedom and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Today, Independence Day is all about celebrating American specialties: hot dogs, BBQ, picnics, baseball, parades, and of course, the best tradition of all – 4th of July fireworks. Celebrating the 4th of July in New York City however, is an entirely different experience.

The Best Restaurants In NYC

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Staff Picks: Where To Eat In New York City

In The Big Apple, we know you have an endless selection of delectable dining. Whether you’re in Washington Heights, the Lower East Side, Bushwick, or Forest Hills, you’re bound to find a mouth-watering eatery around every corner. To help guide you through this labyrinth of lusciousness, especially if it’s your first time in NYC, our staff has compiled a list of our favorite restaurants around town. We’d even go as far as to say they’re some of the best restaurants in NYC. But don’t just take our word for it - check them out for yourself!

Happy Hour Cruises NYC Style

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Taking Back Thursday: New York Loves Happy Hour

After a long and hectic workweek, by Thursday we’d all do pretty much anything for a break. So why wait until Friday to celebrate the weekend? New York’s idea of happy hour has become a fun and trendy way to unwind after a busy day at work. We’re all pretty familiar with the concept, but where did it come from?

The History of NYC Neighborhoods: Names & Meanings


What’s in a Name? The History of NYC’s Neighborhood Nicknames

In the constantly changing “City That Never Sleeps” New York City’s five boroughs are filled with rich culture and history around every corner. And inside of each borough itself are famous neighborhoods with even more famous monikers. Manhattan’s streets and avenues are usually easy to manage with its grid-like organization. It’s a known concept that once you can navigate the older, twisting streets of Downtown Manhattan without a map, then you’ve truly become a New Yorker.


What to wear in NYC this spring break

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Spring has sprung here in New York City, but Mother Nature sure has been fickle recently. This can make wardrobe selection practically impossible for spring break. Especially if you've never been to NYC!  We've ditched the gloves and scarves, but the rest is still in closet limbo. With temperatures that can not only swing day-to-day, but also fluctuate dramatically in the same day; packing can be a big guessing game. So, if you're over stuffing your suitcase in a clothes-strewn frenzy, don't panic. We've got you covered. Here are your packing essentials:

FEARnet shares Circle Line's most famous ghost story

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Today, FEARnet - popular TV, video and web destination for horror programming - told our most famous ghost story to the web: the abandoned Circle Line V ship that washed up in the Ohio River. We just wanted to give a bit more background color on their spooky findings:


Reserved Ticketing Offers Guests More Flexibility at Circle Line

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If you've ever taken a Circle Line cruise, or even seen Pier 83 in the summertime, you know we can get pretty busy! Our box office swarms with bustling travelers and view-hungry locals. This can lead to long lines at the box office. Currently, we offer our guests the ability to buy open vouchers online, which allows them to pick a cruise, but leave the time and date wide open. When they arrive, they must swap their voucher for a boarding pass. Starting today, we are proud to announce a whole new way to board - reserved ticketing. (Don't worry, we're still hanging on to the current method too - offering every kind of traveler the option to pick what best suits their suitcase. The only question you have to ask yourself is: what kind of traveler are you?

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Happy Valentine's Day to all of the romantics out there! Speaking of which, we've been holding a love story contest for about a month now and chose our winners today! We had entries from far and wide and a lot of top contenders! The contest, Love at One Hundred & First Sight (or #Loveat101st) simply asked lovebirds around the world to send us a picture at any one of the 101 sights you can see from our Full Island Cruise. You did not have to be on a sightseeing cruise in order to participate. A cute shot at the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty worked just fine.

Lighting of the Ships and Boat Parade a Sparkling Success

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This past Monday Circle Line Sightseeing, along with sister company World Yacht Dinner Cruises, launched our first annual Holidays on the Hudson: Lighting of the Ships and Boat Parade. We are beyond pleased at the way the first-ever event turned out. Kicked off by a one-of-a-kind Rudolph the Red Nose Tugboat, followed by a harmonious quartet of professional carolers, a special appearance by the man in red himself and a decadent display of lights - we'd say the event had everything needed for making spirits bright. Oh, and hot cocoa too!

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