General Conference Information

NEW YORK IS YOURS - WHAT TO DO IN NYC

 

New York City is inspiring. The five boroughs of America’s largest city are home to some of the world's most renowned, cherished landmarks and experiences. From Times Square and Central Park to Greenwich Village and Harlem, the island of Manhattan packs more legendary icons into one compact place than any other place on Earth; and that's to say nothing of the City's four other boroughs—The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island—each of which contains its own all-star roster of must-see destinations.

TOP 10 PLACES TO GO IN NYC

 

  • Empire State Building
  • Times Square - Walking Tours
  • Central Park - Walking, Bike, and Movie Tours
  • New York City Museums
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Yankee Stadium - Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Broadway -  Ticket Discounts
  • Wall St. - Walking Tours
  • National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center
  • Brooklyn Bridge - Walking and Bike Tours

For more information on New York City, please visit the official guide at http://www.nycgo.com/

SIGHTSEEING IN NEW YORK SIMPLIFIED:  1 Pass to 80+ World-Class Destinations

 

The magnitude of things to see and do in New York can be overwhelming in choice and in price; however, The New York Pass is the solution to both of those issues. With the Pass in your hands, you have all of the Big Apple’s best offerings built into your budget. From Top of the Rock to The Museum of Modern Art to tours of Radio City and NBC Studios, the savings and bonuses will make your trip more time-effective, cost-effective, and enjoyable! Follow this New York Pass link to view how it works, the attractions included, FAQ's and once on the page to purchase use the Buy Now button in red on the upper right corner. CONFERENCE ATTENDEES RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT!

AREA DINING AND LOCAL GUIDE

Get the latest information on events, attractions, and create your own experience during your visit to New York City, visit:  http://www.nycgo.com/dining/

This map gives you a few dinner ideas near the conference venue in Midtown.

TV SHOW TAPINGS

Attending the tapings of popular television shows filmed in New York City is fun and free. The wait for tickets is often long, so it’s best to write in for tickets as far in advance as possible. Still, many shows have standby options if you’re willing to wait in line. Click here for the addresses and schedules of TV shows—and your chance to say hi to people back home on national television.

TIPPING

 

  • Hotel doorman: $1 for hailing a cab
  • Porters and bellhops: $1–$2 per bag
  • Maids: $1–$2 per day of your visit, or as much as $5 per day
  • Waitstaff and bartenders: 15–20 percent of total bill
  • Taxi drivers: 15–20 percent of total fare
  • Tips for other service personnel, such as theater ushers, tour guides and coat-check staff, are always appreciated.

It’s worth noting that if you’re having drinks at a bar, bartenders typically expect a $1 tip for every drink they serve you. Later on, when the bar gets crowded, you’ll be glad that the bartender remembers you!

CLIMATE

 

New York City weather can vary from day to day, and even hour to hour, but a guide to the seasons can help you plan your wardrobe. Spring in New York City brings budding flowers, light winds and rain, with the season's temperatures ranging from cool to very warm. Summer is characterized by bright, sunny, hot days and later sunsets, sometimes accompanied by cool breezes in areas near the water. June weather in New York City is pleasant, making it a good month to visit throughout the year. Expect temperatures between 64-74 degrees Fahrenheit with an occasional rain or shower.  Dress comfortably to travel and relax.

TIME ZONE

New York City is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (Greenwich Mean Time minus four hours during daylight saving time, from March through November, and minus five hours the rest of the year). Check here for the current date and time in NYC.

WHAT TO WEAR

This year's conference attire is business casual.  This includes slacks, polo-type shirts, blazers, or sweaters for gentlemen; slacks, skirts, polo-type shirts or blouses, blazers or sweaters, and comfortable shoes for ladies.  Suits, ties, nine-to-five dresses and high heels are strongly discouraged.