Theater Ticket BargainsTheater tickets for Broadway and off-Broadway shows are sold at a discount on performance day at three TKTS booths. The Times Square booth, in Midtown Manhattan, is at Broadway and 47th Street. Ticket purchase hours are 3-8 for Wed.-Sat. and Mon. evening performances and 2-8 for Tues. evening shows; Sun. 3 p.m. until 30 minutes before the latest curtain time being sold; and 10-2 for Wed., Thurs. and Sat. matinee tickets. For Sun. matinee and evening tickets purchase hours are 11-3.
In Lower Manhattan tickets can be purchased at the South Street Seaport booth, on Front Street, Mon.-Sat. 11-6 for evening performances and 11-4 for Sun. evening shows (closed Sun. in winter). Matinee tickets must be purchased a day in advance.
In downtown Brooklyn tickets are sold at 1 MetroTech Center on the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue Promenade. For same-day evening and next day matinee performances, tickets can be purchased Tues.-Sat. 11-3 and 3:30-6. A $4.50 surcharge is added to the ticket price. Cash, travelers checks and major credit cards are accepted. Caution: Lines form early, so work this into your list of things to do today. For more information phone (212) 912-9770.
Free coupons for a 30 to 50 percent discount off the box-office purchase price of tickets for some shows are available at many newsstands, coffee shops and drugstores, and from the NYC & Company Visitor Information Center (see Fast Facts). The coupons are seldom valid on weekends.
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
The sales tax in New York City is 8.875 percent. The tax on hotel rooms is 14.75 percent plus $2 per room, per day occupancy fee. Car rental tax is 19.875 percent.
Use local precinct phone number.
Mount Sinai Brooklyn, (718) 252-3000; Elmhurst Hospital Center, in Flushing, (718) 334-4000; Mount Sinai Medical Center, (212) 241-6500; New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, (212) 746-5454.
151 W. 34th St. New York, NY 10001. Phone:(212)484-1200 or (800)692-8474
The New York City area has three airports.
Hertz, 310 E. 48th St., offers discounts to AAA members; phone (800) 654-3080. All major car rental agencies have offices in New York City and at each airport.
Grand Central Terminal supports Metro-North commuter trains. Penn Station supports Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and PATH trains.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal, Eighth to Ninth avenues between W. 40th and 42nd streets, is the main terminal for the city; phone (800) 221-9903.
Yellow medallion taxis are the only vehicles authorized to pick up street hails. Taxi fares begin at $2.50, then increase 50c each additional fifth of a mile, or 50c for each 60 seconds waiting in traffic. Surcharges apply during certain hours. See Getting Around, Taxis.
A $2.75 (or $3 for a SingleRide ticket) subway fare buys you an unlimited-mileage ride as long as you do not get off. Bus fare is $2.75; exact change (no bills) is required. See Getting Around, Public Transportation.