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Tips for visiting New York

Been to New York 20 years ago.  A lively city, so much energy.  I really want to visit it again.

Recently, I came across an article talking about some tips while in New York.  Keep a record here for my next trip.


  • How to avoid leftover money on the MetroCard?
    • You can top up the card with precisely the amount you need.  Just bypass the standard amount option on the payment screen.
  • How to get Saturday Night Live tickets:
    • Every August, you can submit your request for Saturday Night Live Tickets via email.  Make sure that you include your name, phone number, email address and mailing address in the body of the email.
    • Stand-by tickets are distributed at 7 a.m. on the morning of the taping under the NBC Studios marquee on the 50th St. side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
  • How to get Cronut
    • Read this article which explain how to order online, two-week in advance!
  • Go to Top of the Rock (30 Rockefeller Plaza), not the Empire State for the better view of Central Park.
  • Stargaze for free
    • The Amateur Astronomers Association hosts free observing events frequently.  See here for details.
  • Score the free ticket to Shakespeare in the Park
  • How to get cheap Broadway tickets?
    • TKTS Booth is the trick. People is saying 5pm is the best time to visit these booths, especially the one in Times Square. 

Cannot wait for my next trip there!

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