Teleprompter Rental NYC
New York’s Premier Teleprompter Rental Service
Jocelyn at – 646-617-6535
We have the following prompter gear available delivered and operated by an experienced professional.
Click any tab below to get prices and detailed information on all rental options:
- Presidential Prompter
- Confidence Monitor
- Battery-powered, High Bright Daylight Standard and Presidential Prompters
Standard Teleprompter Rental
Price: $745 for 10 Hour Day with professional operator.
Our professional “through-the-lens” teleprompters include AutoCue, Telescript or Prompter People units. Our prompters can sit on the tripod with your camera, or be set up on a separate tripod placed in front of your camera (freestanding). This unit allows the talent to look right into the lens and read copy.
The average set up time is about twenty minutes. We suggest providing your operator with a script in Word format before the shoot, however, operators are able to load scripts and/or make minor edits on set.
Prompters are delivered at no charge within the city, but there is a mileage charge of .56 cents per mile, plus any tolls outside NYC.
Price: $945 – 10 Hour Day with Operator
The Interrotron Mark III consists of a director’s unit (camera, lens, tripod, hood, mirror, mounting plate, professional monitor) and a talent unit (hood, sliding 15mm double gold plate mounting system, professional monitor). Together, these units enable both the director and the talent to have a face to face conversation, whilst looking directly into the camera. This is ideal for inexperienced talent who are intimidated by looking into a camera lens for an extended period of time. The interrotron gives the talent someone to look at, producing a more natural manner of communication.
The Interrotron Mark II includes a camera, lens and talent unit. Although the talent will be able to view the director, the director will not be able to view talent and must divert his/her attention to a camera that feeds the image to the talent unit.
To find out more about the Interrotron, click here.
Price: $250/Day; $750/3 Day Week
Please call Bill at 917.414.5489 or Jocelyn 646-617-6535 for details on extended rental packages.
Available for in office pickup or shipping.
The EyeDirect, like the Interrotron Mark III, allows both talent and director to see each other all while achieving the effect that the talent is looking into the camera. This unit is ideal for stationary/fixed camera set ups only.
The unit comes in a custom fitted Pelican case and is prepared ready to ship. The total package weighs 30 lbs and is just larger than a carry on bag.
To learn more about the the EyeDirect, click here.
Presidential Teleprompter Rental (aka Speech Prompter)
Price: $945 – 10 Hours with operator.
The Presidential Teleprompter consists of two glass panels that are placed on either side of a lectern. The speaker looks to the glass panels to read text, but the audience sees right through the glass, making it appear, from their point of view, as if there is no text on the glass that would obstruct their view. This unit can commonly be found at conferences, award shows, presidential speeches (hence the name) and graduations.
We are regularly called to the United Nations to prompt for visiting heads of state. We have also prompted for A List celebrities and politicians including Beyoncé, Oprah, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton.
We recommend allowing our operator into the venue several hours before the start of the event so that he/she can work directly with talent to adjust prompter positioning and script fonts to their comfort.
We also offer the Rise and Fall Robotic Presidential Teleprompter. This is a unit is particularly useful for live events with multiple speakers reading off of a prompter. People come in different shapes and sizes, and oftentimes, the ideal height of a presidential stand is different across the board. Having a stage hand run out on to the stage to adjust the height of each panel between speakers is not only unattractive, but also dangerous as there is a possibility of glass breaking and shattering. With the robotic prompter, the operator to remotely adjust the height of each panel between each speaker, allowing for a seamless transition between speakers.
This unit is available in New York but can be driven or shipped to other cities. For example, our robotic prompter has served Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Nantucket, Newark, Atlantic City, Hartford, Westchester and The Hamptons.
Price: $745 – 10 Hour Day
It comes with operator and 2x 19″ Monitors or 1x 32″/36″ Monitor.
Additional monitors and sizes are available.
Please call 917.414.5489 to discuss multiple monitor rentals or unique setups.
Confidence Monitors are an alternative to Presidential Prompters and give speakers/presenters the freedom to walk around the stage without losing access to copy. Musicians and singers often use several of them (referred to as “Rock ‘n Roll Monitors”) placed at the edge of the stage and angled up (out of audience sight) so the talent can see the lyrics.
The Confidence Monitor typically has three configurations: onstage, offstage or at the back of the house.
Check out the Confidence Monitor page for more information as well as images of the units.
iPad Teleprompter Rental/EyePrompt Rental
Price: $95/Day without iPad; $120/Day with iPad (Stand not included)
Available for in office pickup of shipping.
The iPad Teleprompter is a great tool for small shoots with extensive travel and/or tight budgets. It can easily fit inside a laptop case and sets up in less than two minutes. It sits on a small light stand or low C-stand (typical 750 stud) not included.
It is important to note that most iPad softwares do not allow for live script scroll adjustment, so talent must follow along with the iPad, rather than going at their own natural pace. iPad software that does allow adjustments (via Bluetooth) often lag by a few seconds.
To get more info on this prompter, please click here.
Battery-powered, High Bright Daylight Standard and Presidential Prompters
We can now prompt anywhere without worrying about the lack of AC power or not being able to read the text because of bright sunlight. Both “through-the-lens” teleprompters and presidential teleprompters have options of high bright monitors. These monitors make it easier to read text in bright sunlight. We also have battery operated options since many outdoor shoots do not have access to power.
Naturally, you must take every precaution not to allow sunlight to fall directly onto the monitor(s). Think of your TV image when window light falls directly on the screen. It’s best to shield the monitors as much as possible.
We Proudly Serve:
- Staten Island
- Long Island
- Princeton, NJ
- Newark, NJ
- Jersey City, NJ
- Atlantic City, NJ
Daylight Teleprompter NYC
- High Bright Monitor
Presidential Teleprompter Rental
Our “Speech Teleprompter” or simply “Speech Prompter” consists of two glass panels mounted on thin metal risers placed on either side of the podium. The audience sees through the glass but the speaker sees his/her copy as it scrolls.
You may have seen politicians using this and other teleprompters on TV. In fact, every president since Eisenhower has used this device.
We have used our units with First Lady Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Beyonce, Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, various heads of state at the United Nations, Fortune 50 Executives and literally hundreds of A-list celebrities.
The text is projected on the two glass plates suspended at eye level (see image above). The audience can see right through the glass but the speaker sees the text scrolling on the other side. It is then easy for the speaker to keep perfect eye contact with the audience while never missing a line of the speech.
This presidential unit is great for speakers standing at a podium. But when the speaker needs to roam about the stage area, a confidence monitor is often used (see below):
$1295 – Rise and Fall “Robotic”
Delivered with Professional Operator
This is functionally similar to the unit above but has glass panels which can be raised or lowered from a remote control unit out of view.
At live functions, where more than one speaker will use the device, it is impractical to have an assistant scurry out onto the stage to readjust the height of the two panels in the middle of a performance. With the Platinum System, the operator sets the right height for each speaker in advance and then with the push of a button, the two panels slide up or down to adjust for the perfect eye-line for everyone.
This saves the uncomfortable, unprofessional pause while a stagehand rushes out to readjust the height of the two glass panels.
Meet some of our New York staff.
Teleprompter Speech Coaching
In New York and Hollywood, we have several professional Speech Coaches who are trained in teleprompter operation. They are skilled actor/trainers who will help you to prepare for and deliver an effective presentation before either a standard through-the-lens camera mounted Teleprompter or a Presidential style Prompter aka Speech Prompter.
Our coach can go to your place of business or meet you at our studio with the prompter and camera (to record comments and your progress) and give you one-on-one training.
You (or your talent) will learn to read the prompter naturally and be able to confidently give a relaxed, persuasive and compelling performance or delivery.
Daria Schabad is a classically trained actress who will help you deliver a relaxed, effective speech with the use of a teleprompter. She is New York based. An operator can bring a teleprompter to your place of business or provide personal prompter training at our office or studio.
Michael Gonzalez is one of our senior prompter and interrotron specialists. He is also a speech coach, and acts as a producer and director for the commercial and music video division at American Movie Company.
Michael primarily operates in New York City, but can travel to shoots outside of the city.
As a seasoned prompter operator, he has worked with and instructed Former President Bill Clinton, A-list celebrities like Oprah and multiple CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies. Those I just named didn’t need much help, but some credit for their flawless and confident, speeches must go to Michael. He is at ease with everyone. Michael is a true Renaissance man. He’s been a working actor for over ten years, a proud member Sag-Aftra. We believe this is yet another reason he has such keen insight into the film business and is able to make everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Production Office Coordinator and Teleprompter Operator
Start spreading the news. I, Nora (on the left) am working in the Big Apple and couldn’t be more over the moon. I am in love with my life. I have a charming studio in the West Village that I pay through the nose for but it’s worth every penny. I am living in New York City!
I moved here from the west coast about three years ago. I wasn’t sure I would like living in the city coming from such temperate year-round weather. It had been so long since I’d experienced an actual season change that I almost forgot what it felt and looked like.
New York in autumn is my favorite place to be. It’s like my happy place. There is something fresh and colorful in the air. The entire city is the most magical park I know and, I dare say, I will not apologize to Disney for that. I love the sea of people from all over the globe with such eclectic tastes appreciating what nature has to offer.
I work for a film company whose main office is in Tribeca. It offers a wide variety of services here in Manhattan and across the country. My main job is to coordinate the rental of teleprompters and other related devices. I have also shadowed professional operators and can now say that I am proficient enough to go out on my own when the need arises. It’s one of those cool jobs that people are always asking me how I came to get.
I’ve always been interested in film. I not only like to watch films I love to study them. I like to dissect its parts before I see its sum, as it were. I love film history and have an insatiable desire to know about the director, actors etc. Everything is intentional in filmmaking, and I’ve always wanted to be a part of that world. Something intentional.
I studied journalism in college. By the time I graduated, however, I had a longing for something different. I found that working behind the scenes in film was the perfect fit.
I’ve been a production assistant that is to say I’ve done everything from proofreading scripts, lighting etc. Eventually I found my home at this NYC based company where I can operate become involved in all aspects of the film business. Recently I was present at a shoot involving a prominent person using a Presidential Teleprompter. It was the perfect blend of politics and precision. I may sound a bit zany but I actually feel like I am a part of that event. I influence what the actor or speaker is saying and how they are saying it. I am responsible for identifying their rhythm and establishing comfort. It’s cerebral and yet oddly intimate in a way. It keeps me actively engaged.
People ask me if doing this kind of work makes me want to ever work in front of the camera. My answer is always no. I’m a big believer in knowing what one’s strong suit is. I know mine and strive to achieve that point of perfection. Acting wouldn’t fulfill me and I lack the patience to accept the unknown from day to day. My personality type requires concreteness. Plus, in a town like this a lot can be said for having a steady job with a steady paycheck. I have met the most interesting people doing this work.
It’s helped me embrace my differences and highlight my individuality. There are a lot of creative, deep thinking, misunderstood artists out there. I know because I am one of them. This work anchors me and that, my friends, is why I am so over the moon!
Two Cameras Through The Same Prompter Hood
Often camera operators want to shoot with two cameras through the same hood. This is to ensure the talent is looking into the lens for both the wide shot and close-up. Our producers Mike and Laura have come up with an ingenious solution: mount both cameras on an adjustable bar fitted onto the tripod. Then attach each camera to a sliding mounting plate. Push the plate as close together as possible. And done.
Teleprompting at Town Hall – “Double Standards” Event
Never have I been in such alignment with others in my profession, as I was in a theater full of powerful women (and men) on Sunday, November 12th at Town Hall. The event was Double Standards, hosted by comedic powerhouse Rosie O’Donnell.
She was joined on stage by stars from Broadway, and others from the Music and Comedy fields. Among them: Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Lauren Bell Bundy, Ana Gasteyer, Cady Huffman, Jessie Meuller and many more!
It was a unique gathering, a one-night-only Big Band Jazz Duet Benefit Concert benefitting women’s rights, health, and empowerment. 100 % of proceeds benefit the ACLU, National Breast Cancer Coalition and Planned Parenthood.
The benefit took place in the beautiful and historic Town Hall, a venue located in Midtown Manhattan, which boasts a rich and colorful history of stellar performances spanning more than 90 years.
It has deep roots in the suffragist era as it fought for the 19th amendment and remains both a symbol of victory that it sought and a beacon of hope illuminating a better tomorrow.
And the people kept coming! It was a full house.
I had the honor of meeting Rosie O’Donnell many years ago when she portrayed Betty Rizzo in the Broadway production of Grease. She blew me away then and she blew me away at this benefit. The poise and dedication of the messages conveyed by a packed room of brilliant women with the highest of intentions, was beyond soul riveting. I was so moved by the stories, voices, and determined strength of heart that it brought me to tears numerous times. I felt emotionally and spiritually charged by a brigade of oneness for women, by women.
Our company had four teleprompter operators working this event. Three out of the four were female, yet all four of us left having a deeper bond from the gift of that shared experience. There is something truly amazing, almost indescribable about the energy of like-minded people gathered for the greater good, especially at such a pivotal time for our country.
I don’t want to overstate it, but there was a divinity in the very breathing of the air and an anchored connection that wove us all together. That’s the kind of power that changes people, transforms people. I know it changed me.
Yes, this is a prompt! Give it some thought.
The use of a teleprompter should be a secret between talent and operator. The speaker’s delivery should seem natural. The discerning viewer might see a contraption feet away from the orator… what they shouldn’t see is the effort and clumsiness.
Rule #1: If the audience can tell you’re reading from a teleprompter, something is very, VERY wrong.
Rehearsal time scheduled in advance to run-through the script is advisable to insure the delivery will be the best it can be. At this point the speed of the scroll can be adjusted and it is at rehearsal that you might uncover other problems and find solutions.
Did you ever notice a reader’s eyes darting left to right, line by line as he/she reads the script? Much like a car crash or Niagara Falls, it takes on a fascination of its own. Those uncontrolled pupils hypnotize. The worst that can happen? You’re distracted and forget the content! This too can be avoided.
Rule #2: Teleprompting is a dance, and the talent leads.
When working as a teleprompter operator I tell the speaker this on our first meeting. He/she sets the pace. The operator matches their speed. Font size may need to be altered. They can relax and feel assured that they are in charge. They are free from worrying about this and can concentrate on their actual performance.
Keep an eye out for new rules!
Further tips to make your Teleprompter experience a memorable one are coming!
Additional suggestions re effective use of a teleprompter. If possible, allow time for the operator and talent to work together before the shoot. The operator must take cues form the talent as to speed, pausing and even type size. Remember the operator follows the talent, not the other way around. We suggest you show this video along with the Ten Top Teleprompter Tips (on the homepage) to your talent prior to the shoot.
Standard Teleprompter Rental
Through-the-lens prompter (aka Autocue)
$745 – Ten Hour Day
Delivered with a professional, experienced operator.
Bill Milling: 917-414-5489
Jocelyn Savoie: 646-617-6535
How a teleprompter works and how to get the best out of using one.
While we have both large and small teleprompters, our primary rental unit is the Autocue Professional Series 12″ pictured above.
It’s an extremely versatile and reliable machine designed for demanding “real world” broadcast studio and location shoots.
The copy is clear and easily readable in bright sunlight. To do this, a monitor must produce a minimum of 1000 Nits (Nits is the industry’s brightness standard). Our precision machines feature an outstanding 1600 Nits!
Our Gold Plate MSP 12″ mounts the prompter to a tripod using our totally adjustable “Gold Plate System.” It easily slides on a 15mm rail system with two sliding plates, one for the camera body and one for the lens.
This enables the camera body to move forward and backward to fit an Alexa, Red, F3 or any size camera (DV or ENG), even a small “prosumer model.”
The rear of the Gold Plate rig holds one or more counterweights for use in balancing very lightweight cameras.
If you are outside or away from AC power, our professional units can be powered from a battery pack (12v), which we can supply. This makes the unit perfect for use in even the most difficult daylight, or location broadcast situation.
Our machines include a lightweight hood for easy transport to the set. It easily adjusts up or down to allow placing the lens to shoot through the exact center of the glass, with no need to adjust the camera.
Our rental service provides you with a critical, free service upgrade. We call it “Platinum Prompter Plan.” In a word, “redundancy”. I’m using the word as it is used in engineering; the inclusion of extra components that are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components: a high degree of redundancy is built into the machinery installation.
Redundancy is the only reliable antidote to Murphy’s law, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.
Your shoot is always “mission critical”. To clarify: This popular term is defined as: an activity, device, service or system whose failure or disruption will cause a failure in business operations.
We use the highest quality Gold Plate Professional units from Autocue. Unlikely though it may be, it’s still possible for something to go wrong!
Connectors and cables may fail, so we always carry duplicates.
The laptop could freeze. We bring along another laptop. In fact, it turns out to be a big bonus. Consider the advantage. You or your client can be modifying the script while the operator uses the other laptop to prompt. Then, as the edit is finished, our operator can quickly switch to the second laptop. Yes, we need an additional software license, but that’s part of what it takes to be a professional company.
Why is it important to rent a professional machine?
There are many different brands of prompters one can buy or rent. It is even possible to build a DIY teleprompter from scratch or even prompt from an iPad or an iPhone.
So, why not do just that?
Do it yourself prompters can be acceptable, if you build them for one particular model camera. Too many things can go wrong. Why risk embarrassment and alienating your client?
You need a professional teleprompter operated by a trained, experienced operator.
About the iPad prompter:
This is a great tool with which to practice. However, for use on a professional set it’s simply not a good idea. It may save you some money, but the Bluetooth controls are not precise and do not scroll the copy perfectly. The likelihood is that talent may lose his/her place in the script during the shoot.
Retakes and utter frustration are often the result.
In addition, the screen is quite small so reading it from a distance can be a real challenge.
Another question: Why not rent from an individual owner/operator who gives the lowest price? Several issues come to mind.
An owner/operator may not have the backup gear or a replacement operator at the last minute. There is no guarantee that their service is really on a professional level. They may not be able to keep pace with the talent. There is too much room for error. Don’t take that chance.
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When you need to shoot outdoors in bright sunlight you may need a battery-powered high bright prompter. We have monitors rated at 1000 or more NITS (the unit used to measure screen brightness in monitors). And we can power these units with batteries.
Now let’s take a break from all the serious stuff!
Meet Snowball and neighbors.
Snowball, the resident dog at our Manhattan office. He specializes in maintaining staff morale. He is great company and loves to fetch and stand guard. He’s made friends with Bruno and Balthazar (they don’t always get along).
We are usually very serious… at times we allow for a bit of levity. We are all dog lovers!
We strongly suggest you check this out!
John Hawthorne has compiled a fantastic list!
15 Absolutely Amazing Attractions To See In New York City
POSTED ON SEP 7, 2017
15 Absolutely Amazing Attractions To See In New York City
If you’re relatively new to New York City, it can be difficult to know what to see. There are so many things to do, so many foods to eat, so many sites to take in. The city is enormous, sprawling, gorgeous, bustling, and gritty. It features every type of person in every season of life and truly is a snapshot of America.
During your early visits, you may want to start with some of the more popular attractions. This can give you an overall feel of the city before you move on to the more obscure locations.
We’re going to start with the popular destinations and then reveal some that are more off the beaten path.
#1 – The Statue of Liberty
If you’re headed to the Big Apple, you definitely want to check out the Statue of Liberty, whose official name is Liberty Enlightening the World. Dedicated on October 28, 1886, this gift from France is an American icon, along with the Grand Canyon, the St. Louis Arch, and the McDonald’s value meal.
Standing 305 feet tall from the ground to the top, it is the equivalent height of a 22-story building. She is the symbol of freedom, an imposing and inspiring scene and offers a gorgeous view of the harbor and lower Manhattan. If you want to see the statue up close, you’ll need to hop on a public ferry to Liberty Island. If you want to view it from shore, head on over to Battery Park or Red Hook, Brooklyn.
If you’re going during peak tourist season, make sure to pre-purchase timed entrance tickets. It may not be as popular as Hamilton, but it will certainly sell out. Additionally, don’t be sucked in by scalpers claiming to be “official representatives”. They’ll sell you higher priced tickets and often work for companies who simply sell harbor cruises, which never dock at the Statue or on Ellis Island.
The most recognizable phrase associated with the Statue is “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This comes from the Emma Lazarus sonnet, New Colossus, which was written for a fundraiser auction to raise money for the pedestal which the Statue still sits upon today. After Lazarus’ death, the poem’s text was placed on a plaque and mounted inside the Statue’s pedestal.
#2 – The Empire State Building
The scene of countless movie shots, including the iconic King Kong scenes, the Empire State Building is a NYC icon. The 102 story building was the tallest building in the city until the World Trade Center tower was erected, and still has the original airship mooring mast at the top (the sharp point).
There are two observatories atop the building: a climate controlled deck on the 86th floor and a lesser-known one on the 102nd floor. At a staggering 1,250 feet in the air, visitors can see as far as 80 miles on a clear day, looking into Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
The lines to go up can be immense, especially during the height of tourist season. Consider visiting first thing in the morning or after 10:00 pm when lines tend to be shorter, or purchasing the VIP Express tickets to skip the lines and go straight to the top. They are good for a year, so even if you can’t use them you can always come back.
The Empire State Building Observatory opens at 8:00 AM and the last elevator up is at 1:15 AM.
#3 – Central Park
Ahh, Central Park. This 843-acre park is the Manhattan’s backyard allowing residents and visitors to relax, exercise and enjoy nature. It’s home to joggers, lovers, and ultimate frisbee connoisseurs. Central Park is the location of the epic foot chase in Home Alone 2, and a fantastic place to get a hot dog on a summer day.
While many people think of NYC as a concrete maze, Central Park adds a splash of beauty to the city. Containing the famed Strawberry Fields (of the Beatles song), the Central Park Zoo, waterfalls, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, horse trails and free Shakespeare in the Park productions, it is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
There are numerous ways to take in the Park. Of course, there’s always strolling on your own. However, consider renting a bike, taking a carriage ride or get a real sense of the Park and its history with a pedicab tour.
#4 – Broadway
The bright lights. The flashy costumes, the stories that come to life that only live theatre can make happen. For decades, Broadway has been the heart of theater in the United States, home to some of the most iconic shows in history, such as Wicked and The Lion King. It really is a must-see for any NYC visitor.
If time allows, consider seeing one of these popular shows:
- Hello, Dolly!
- Come From Away
- Dear Evan Hansen
- Book of Mormon
Some shows sell out well in advance, so it’s a good idea to purchase tickets early to secure seating in your preferred section and avoid paying inflated prices for tickets sold by third parties. Make sure you take this into account when planning out your trip. If you’re open to which show you want to see, purchase discounted same day tickets at TKTS!
#5 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”)
If you’re an art lover, make sure you take time to visit the Met. Founded in 1870, this mecca of culture contains over 2 million pieces of art, including arms and armor, Egyptian art, photographs, musical instruments, and just about anything else you can imagine. On Friday and Saturday evenings the Met stays open until 9:00 PM. The Great Hall Balcony Café & Bar serves cocktails and appetizers with waiter service while you sit and enjoy live musical performances.
If you’re more specialized in your tastes and prefer the art and architecture of medieval Europe, check out The Cloisters, which is located in Northern Manhattan. For modern and contemporary art lovers, visit the Met Breuer, one of the city’s newest museums!
The Met is actually free to enter. You’ll probably be asked to pay $25, but technically the policy is “pay what you want”. In addition, with admission to one Met museum, you also receive same day admission to the other two Met museums! So, if you happen to be short on cash, The Met is actually a great option. Yes, you may feel like a bit of a cheapskate not paying anything, but the choice is yours.
#6 – Rockefeller Center
If you’ve seen the show 30 Rock, you’re at least somewhat familiar with Rockefeller Center. This large shopping and entertainment center is the home to NBC-TV and the location of dozens of iconic television shows.
With over 100 shops and restaurants, the history, art and architecture of this complex include 19 buildings and can be a day’s outing. At the center of the complex stands 30 Rockefeller Plaza, originally called the RCA Building from 1933 – 1988, then the GE Building from 1988 to 2015 and is currently known as the Comcast building. At 70 stories high, the building offers splendid views of midtown Manhattan as well as the city skyline. The Top of the Rock Observation Deck, located on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors, is the perfect place to survey the city and have the Empire State Building in your photo.
During Christmas, a massive tree stands out front, shining like a beacon into the night. The skating rink, which is extremely popular in the winter, attracts thousands of visitors, offering spills and thrills to all.
Be sure to buy your ticket for the Top of the Rock Observation Deck in advance in case it’s sold out. If you need to change plans, the tickets come with a flexible voucher redemption policy. After visiting Top of the Rock, explore the Rockefeller Center campus and discover the magnificent murals by José Maria Sert, the Spanish artist who replaced the original murals painted by Diego Rivera. Riveria had been commissioned by the Rockefellers to paint the murals. However, when the Rockefellers saw that Rivera had painted an image of Lenin as the main focal point, they demanded that he paint over it. When he refused, they destroyed the mural. Sert’s murals depict American Progress and look terrific after a three-year restoration process to remove years of dirt and varnish.
Top of the Rock is open from 8:00 AM – Midnight. The last ticket is sold at 11:00 PM and the last elevator goes up at 11:15 PM.
#7 One World Observatory
Visit New York City’s newest observation deck, located on the 100-102nd floors of One World Trade, the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center Complex in Lower Manhattan. One World Trade is the tallest building in the western hemisphere and the sixth-tallest in the world. See the geographic history of Lower Manhattan unfold on floor to ceiling LED screens during the 60-second elevator ride to the top.
Enjoy skyline views and stay for lunch with options including casual café fare to a small seated fine dining restaurant One Dine. Both the café and One Dine are only accessible with admission to the observation deck.
Skip the lines and enjoy ultimate flexibility with Priority Anytime Admission, which allows you to visit any day and time you want! Hours of operation change seasonally, so be sure to check the website when planning your trip. During the peak summer season, One World is open until 10:00 PM with the last ticket sold at 9:15 PM.
#8 9/11 Memorial
Open daily, the 9/11 Memorial is a beautiful plaza with two enormous reflecting pools set in the footprints of the Twin Towers. The names of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the 2001 and 1993 terror attacks are inscribed in bronze around the pools.
The design for the memorial was selected from over 5,200 submissions, representing 63 nations. While there may not seem to be an order to the name placement, memorial designer Michael Arad explains that the placement reflects where victims were, their affiliations (e.g., companies or groups attending a conference together), and their personal relationships.
The Memorial is a place of reflection and contemplation as the final resting place of those people that lost their lives. Taking “selfies” is discouraged. There are no rest rooms at the Memorial.
#9 – Fifth Avenue
Itching to do some shopping and feel like a celebrity? Fifth Avenue is your ticket. Some of the most iconic retailers have their flagship stores on this street, including Bergdorf-Goodman, Tiffany, Cartier, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Apple Store, Microsoft, and Versace.
Even if you’re not shopping, you can still enjoy a stroll down the street, taking in the glamour and perhaps spotting a celebrity or two.
If you’ve always wondered about what goes into the magnificent window displays, take a walking tour to learn the history of some of America’s most renowned brands and what goes into developing creative and eye-catching displays.
#10 – The Brooklyn Bridge
The first bridge to be made of steel wire, the Brooklyn Bridge spans the East River connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn. Engineer John Roebling designed the bridge in detail starting in 1855, but never got to see his dream completed. When surveying the scene for the bridge in 1869, his foot was crushed by a ferry and he died of tetanus three weeks later.
His son, Washington, took over the project and worked to make his father’s dream a reality. He also was unable to see the dream fulfilled due to contracting caisson’s disease, which hindered his ability to see, write, and even walk. The grand structure was finally completed in 1883 under the direction of Washington’s wife, Emily Roebling.
Featuring two imposing stone towers which carry four cables across the East River, the bridge is an American icon, inspiring artists for the last two hundred years.
Learn the secrets of the bridge and take amazing photos of the skyline as you walk across this impressive structure.
#11 – Times Square
No visit to NYC is complete without a stop in Times Square. First called Longacre Square, Albert Ochs, the publisher of the The New York Times, moved the newspaper’s headquarters to a new skyscraper on 42nd Street in1904. The square was renamed Times Square in honor of the newspaper. The transformation of Times Square from adult entertainment to family entertainment started with the renovations of the New Amsterdam Theater by the Disney Corporation in 1997. Today, Times Square is quintessential New York, full of flashing signs, street vendors, tourists, large stores and the heart of the Theater District.
Full of shopping, theaters, restaurants, entertainers, and billboards galore, Times Square is a must see tourist attraction in the heart of the city.
#12 – Governor’s Island
Now it’s time to move off the beaten path. Have you heard of Governor’s Island? Probably not. It’s a small (172 acres) island approximately a half mile off the southern tip of Manhattan. The island increased in size with landfill from the excavation of the New York subway system.
This little gem of a spot used to be a fort and military outpost but is now open to the public (since 2006). It’s accessible by a short ferry ride from Brooklyn’s pier 6 or Lower Manhattan ferry terminals. The complex was the location of The United States Coast Guard base until 1998, ending it’s 212-year history as a military installation. Castle Williams and Fort Jay were built to protect the harbor in the early 1800’s. By 1850, Fort Williams was used as a prison. Today, the complex offers 93 acres of public park space with spacious green lawns, a gorgeous bike path around the island and New York’s longest outdoor slide.
Bring your own bike on the ferry and cycle around the island. This truly is a little gem of quiet and isolation away from the intense bustle of downtown NYC.
If you want to eat, bring money for the food truck vendors. Alternatively, you can bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy it on one of the green spaces. It’s a perfect place to take a date or for a family outing. Additionally, you may want to plan on going to the Figment art festival if you’re an art fan. Governors Island is a 10-minute ferry ride from Manhattan and open from May 1 – October 31, Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
#13 – Elevated Acre
Elevated Acre is exactly what it sounds like: a gorgeous acre of green space on an elevated level suspended between Lower Manhattan’s skyscrapers. This hidden spot is perfect for taking in the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Governor’s island. With a cup of coffee, a book, and a blanket, it’s the ideal location for some peaceful relaxation. Additionally, the Acre has a seven-tiered amphitheater which shows movies during the summer months.
On weekdays, this spot can get very crowded over the lunch hour. If you’re just wanting to kick back and relax, consider visiting at another time.
#14 – Roosevelt Island
Once you’ve visited Governor’s Island, check out Roosevelt Island. This sweet little space in the East River is located between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the long, narrow stretch of land runs two miles, but only has a maximum width of 800 feet, meaning you can easily walk back and forth across the island.
The island had many names before its current name was given. It was called Minnehanonck by the Lenape Indians, Varkens Eylandt (Hog Island) by the Dutch and Blackwell’s Island during the colonial era.
A Smallpox Hospital designed by James Renwick opened in 1856. Remnants of that building remain. While known as Blackwell’s Island, it was used principally for hospitals, from 1921 to 1971. It was renamed Roosevelt Island in 1971 after Franklin D. Roosevelt. Born in NYC, Roosevelt was New York’s Governor and four term U.S. President.
Visit the Four Freedom’s Park and memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. Designed in 1974 by the famous architect Louis Kahn, the memorial was his last design before he died. The memorial was finally completed under the direction of architect Gina Pollard in 2011. This $53 million masterpiece is an architectural marvel of engineering. The huge granite blocks weighed more than the Queensboro Bridge could accommodate so they needed to be brought from New Jersey by boat.
North Point Lighthouse is worth visiting. Built in 1872 by the City to help light a nearby insane asylum, it provides a unique vantage point to view the East River looking north.
Today, the island is the home of the new Cornell Tech, the world’s large passive solar building. It’s a joint venture between Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University.
The best way to get to the island is with the Roosevelt Island Tramway using a MetroCard, which you may recognize from the Spiderman movie. While riding the tram, you can take in the beautiful views of Manhattan’s East Side.
#15 – Sylvan Terrace & The Morris-Jumel Mansion
If you’re a history lover, you absolutely must check out Sylvan Terrace and the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Featuring one of the few remaining cobblestone streets in the city, Sylvan Terrace is like stepping back in time. Built around the middle of the 1700’s, you’ll see twenty three-story wooden rowhouses. At the end of the street is the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest private home in Manhattan. It was built in 1765 as a summer villa by colonel Roger Morris and his wife, Mary Phillipse. The building was the headquarters for George Washington during the Revolutionary War and he guided the American victory over the British at The Battle of Harlem Heights. Stephen Jumel purchased the home and married Eliza Bowen. When she became a widow, she married Aaron Burr. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote part of his hit musical Hamilton at the site in Aaron Burr’s bedroom. Today, the home functions as a historical museum. The mansion costs $10 for admission on Tuesday-Sunday and takes you back to a different era, when New York City was not the steel jungle it is today.
If you’re familiar with the show Boardwalk Empire, you may recognize the street from one of the first few episodes. If you’re friends are fans, grab a selfie to make them jealous.
It’s hard to beat New York City for popular tourist attractions. The city truly does have something for everyone, from food to theater to Lady Liberty herself. With careful planning and a few days in the city, you can take in some of the best attractions and get a fair sampling of what the city has to offer.
Author Tom Wolfe said, “One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”
Give the city a few minutes, or a few years, and you’ll feel like you belong too.
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