Christmas in NYC


As soon as New York’s Thanksgiving celebrations come to a conclusion, preparation for Christmas begins in earnest. The City That Never Sleeps is a wondrous paradise during the Christmas season,  shedding its frequently tough exterior in place of a lights and decorations. Discover this festive wonderland during your stay with thesqua.re this Christmas.

The official start of New York’s holiday celebrations is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. This year, the parade will run on the 23rd November and will be the parade’s 90th birthday. Head out onto the streets of central New York to witness balloons, floats and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Although there are several famous tree lighting centres across New York, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting is the most famous by far. On the 29th November at 20:55 precisely, NBC’s Today hosts will light the iconic tree that sits outside the Rockefeller Centre. Adorned with over 50,000 LED lights, the event is broadcast live on television, but it is no replacement for seeing it in person.

Bryant Park Winter Village

Bryant Park Winter Village

One of the most anticipated openings of the New York calendar, Bryant Park Winter Village runs from 28th October to the 4th March, getting increasingly busier over the Christmas period. With a 17,000 square foot ice skating rink, 150 kiosks, food vendors and mulled wine distributors, Bryant Park Winter Village is located outside the Bank of America.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky’s famous Christmas ballet has become synonymous with yuletide goodwill. Artistic director George Balanchine created a New York City infused version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, which has been performed every Christmas at the Lincoln Centre since 1954. With shows running from November 28th through January 3rd, the closest subway station is the 1 train at 66th Street. There are performances most days, with two a day during most of December.

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets Chelsea

New York hosts several Christmas markets, where you can purchase handmade gifts, decorations and festive treats. A unique way of doing your Christmas shopping, the markets are incredibly popular on weekday evenings. Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Artists and Fleas at Chelsea Market and Grand Central Holiday Fair in addition to the Bryant Park Winter Village are some of the most popular, but New York is a city that rewards exploration and that is the same with Festive markets.

Take a Picture with Santa

Take a Picture with Santa

What is Christmas without a picture of Santa Claus? When in New York, Santa isn’t camera shy and is more than willing to pose for pictures with children and adults. Macy’s Santaland, Winter Wonderland and Bloomingdale’s are Santa’s favourite spots, so be sure to visit him there.

A Guide to the Best Museums in New York


New York: an iconic city defined by its contributions to the arts and American history. Although the city doesn’t possess such an extensive history as Paris or London, New York has undoubtedly shaped world culture. Experience New York’s culture by visiting the city’s variety of museums when you stay in the Big Apple with thesqua.re.

Metropolitan Art Museum

Metropolitan Art Museum

Known simply as The Met by locals, the Metropolitan Museum is perhaps the most famous in New York City. Located on the eastern side of Central Park, the Metropolitan Art Museum collections feature Greek, African, Egyptian, Byzantine and Roman galleries in addition collections from both the modern European and American masters. Furthermore, the Metropolitan Art Museum  has a roof garden with stunning views of Central Park and the New York City skyline. Entry is free, but most visitors make a nominal donation.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Located on the west side of Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History features historical artefacts from the natural world. When you walk into the museum you are greeted by a full-size blue whale suspended in space. But the excitement doesn’t end there: the museum contains artefacts from the Galapagos, South America and countless other exotic locations. Unsurprisingly, at the weekend, the museum becomes incredibly busy. Admission is free, but visitors typically donate a small fee.

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

Known as MoMA, this architecturally daring museum- designed by Yoshio Taniguchi- features one of the most influential exhibitions of modern art in the world. Pollock, Warhol, Picasso, Matisse, Magritte, Cezanne and Van Goch are on display in the museum. In addition to the displays of modern art, MoMA features live performance art throughout the week. During 16:00-20:00 on Friday, entrance is free.

The Cloisters

The Cloisters NYC

Situated in a 1930s built cloisters overlooking the Hudson in Manhattan, The Cloisters features the Met Museum of Art’s Medieval extensive collection. Including statues, tapestries, stained glass and metalwork, The Cloisters are designed to resemble the abbeys of medieval Europe. During the summer months, take the horticultural tour of the herb gardens and sample some exquisite American cuisine at the New Leaf Restaurant. Entrance is free, but the suggested admission is $25.

Frick Collection

Frick Collection

An intimate museum containing works from the European masters, many locals consider the Frick Collection to be the best in New York City. Comparatively quiet in contrast to the larger museums in the city, the Frick Collection was the former home of notorious industrialist Henry Clay Frick. Located in the Upper East Side, many of the paintings have remained unmoved since Frick was alive.

Comparing the places of New York – Tourists vs. Locals, who prefers what


New York, one of the major cosmopolitan cities in the world, attracts 50 million foreign and American tourists every year. The city is best known for its lush green parks, skyscrapers, art museums and historical sites. During your visit to the city, you will never have enough time to see them all. New York tourist attractions are endless including Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park and Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name a few. These are the tourist attractions that both locals and tourists adore equally. Plan to visit the city any time of the year and you will be floored with endless choice of things to see and do here.

New York

There are many programs followed in the city to attract tourists and help them to live like a local but in case of New York, it has been found that tourists still prefer to live like tourists. It has been quite predictable in New York that tourists love to stay near major attraction in the city whereas locals avoid areas around such attractions. Midtown and Lower Manhattan are the major destinations or neighborhoods where tourists prefer to stay.

Over the years, tourism industry of New York has increased. It has been found that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center and Battery Park were some of the most visited attractions by tourists in the recent years. All these attractions are also frequented by locals but the number of locals are just a fraction of total visitors in the city. Take for example -The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which witnessed around 6.3 million tourists last year in 2015. According to the data around 26 percent of the visitors were locals and residents while the rest belonged to the tri-state area and other American and international visitors. City parks in New York were amongst the most visited attractions by locals as these areas serves as the chief public transportation crossroads like Madison Square Park and Union Square Park in Manhattan.

Rockefeller Center New York

If we talk about restaurants, most restaurants and eating joints that are popular amongst locals are well-known New York City restaurants chains that are located in the area around midtown Manhattan. Most destinations that are on high rankings represent New Yorkers’ commuting destinations and lunch hotspots. Although New York City residents visit the major tour. But there are many similar restaurants and tourist attractions that are visited by both tourists and locals. Locals who are employed in Midtown find it difficult to avoid the Times Square zone and Central Park for their morning walks and jogs. Both locals and tourists cannot afford to miss the chance of trying a delicious burger or milk shake at the Shake Shack located in Madison Square Park.

Here is the list

Attractions and eating joints that are frequented by both tourists and locals equally are:

  • Central Park
  • Times Square
  • Bryant Park
  • Urban Space Vanderbilt
  • Shake Shack

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Attractions mostly visited by tourists

  • Rockefeller Centre
  • National September 11 Memorial & Museum
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Battery Park
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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Places Visited by NYC Locals

  • Manhattan Bridge
  • Prospect Park
  • Columbus Circle
  • Union Square Park
  • Madison Square Park

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Numerous tourists prefer to stay in crowded city centers while seasoned travelers avoid the rush and prefer to choose the destination away from the touristy grid. Tourist attractions that have title for a particular reason, are amongst the top drivers why people travel and want to know more about a particular place.