Best of both Worlds… Affordable NJ/NY Lesson 101

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9/15/2011 by Vivian Colon- Director of Sales & Marketing

If you’re looking to visit NJ/NY area it doesn’t have to be extremely expensive. Whether you’re traveling for a weekend getaway, family trip, or even coming into the area with a group for a specific event. NYC is an expensive city but by staying in NJ just 4 to 6 miles from NY, you allow yourself to save and able to use that extra money on actually enjoying your trip.

Choosing a Hotel

NYC hotel rates normally range from $250 to $500 per night, where as NJ its 40-50% less. By choosing a hotel in NJ you allow yourself extra spending money. Rates do vary in both areas due to season, type of hotel, type of room, individual versus negotiated group stays, and major events in or near the area.

Normally December through February is slow peak seasons so rates are lower. March and April you will start to see an increase in rates as we move closer to peak seasons. This being said, you must first choose the month you are looking to travel to the area but also keep in mind that holidays and events will always affect hotel rates and the amount of per night increase.  For example; New Years Eve hotel rates will range from $500 to $ 2000 per night and in NJ 50-60% less than this.

What brings you into the area? Family weekend getaway or maybe a group tour…… Rates will differ according to the number of rooms you are looking to book so this may be an advantage to negotiate a lower rate. Hotels will not negotiate based on one or two rooms for a weekend getaway but they may choose to if your booking four rooms for 7 nights stay each. The bigger the group of rooms needed per night the better your chances are to negotiating affordable accommodations. Keep in mind that the room type does affect pricing. For Example; I need 5 rooms with one bed and 7 rooms with two beds. I may be quoted two separate rates according to the room type or a flat rate balancing out the different style rooms.

Not all hotels have the same amenities and can be compared to each other. If you are quoted a low rate at an Economy hotel the chances are you will not get the same rate at a Full service hotel. It is very important to outline what your specific amenity needs are. A hotel with a restaurant or a pool may not be something that you will utilize but maybe a hotel with a fitness room or shuttle to the train will be. Amenities do make a difference in rates that are offered so keep in mind you are paying for these whether you choose to utilize or not. Here is a list of different hotels by category;

  • Budget/ Economy hotels generally offer a hair dryer, alarm clock/radio, safe, and TV with premium channels. Increasingly, you’ll also get high-speed Internet (sometimes wireless), free local phone calls, modest exercise room, and perhaps a free newspaper. Many accept pets. This hotel style is typically a good choice for those who are rate conscious and just want a place to sleep. Normally rated as a 2 star hotel: Comfort Inn, Motel 6, Super 8, and Red Roof. Anything below a 2 star is a Hostel (Shared rooms, Shared Bathrooms down the hall. I would not recommend a hostel if traveling with children)
  • Apartment/Extended Stay style hotels are flexible types of accommodation; instead of the rigid format of a hotel room, an apartment style hotel usually offers a complete fully equipped kitchenette suite. The length of stay in these apartment hotels is varied with anywhere from a few days to months or even years. The people that stay in apartment hotels use them as a home away from home; therefore they are usually fitted with everything the average home would require. All suites offer full size refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, coffee pot, stovetop, all kitchen utensils, and some offer a welcome reception once or twice a week. Self service Laundry facility can usually be found for traveler’s convenience. Because hotel has a fully equipped kitchenette, no breakfast is served but some may have a mini-store to purchase breakfast items.  This hotel style is typically a good choice for those who are relocating into the area, working on projects for a few months, families or individuals looking to budget by saving on meal costs and travelers looking for affordable accommodations. Normally rated as a 2-2.5 star hotel: Candlewood Suites Hotel (IHG), Staybridge Suites (IHG), and Homewood Suites.
  • Limited Service hotels often add an iron and ironing board, upgraded linens, a larger workspace, a two-line speakerphone, a coffeemaker, a larger fitness center, a meeting room, wireless Internet in public spaces, and hot/Continental breakfast. This hotel style is typically a good choice for transient travelers who are also looking for a few added amenities but with an average price range. Normally rated Three star hotel: Best Western, Holiday Inn Express (IHG)
  • Full Service / Upscale hotels tend to cater to business clients, and amenities reflect that. They offer oversized work desks with enhanced lighting, ergonomic office chairs, two multiline phones, mini refrigerator, mini-bar, microwave, laundry and valet service, and a 24-hour food pantry, restaurants on site, pool, fitness area, Meeting or banquette space available. Some also feature an evening reception with food, snacks, and liquor. This hotel style is typically a good choice for travelers who want a variety of added amenities, not price conscious and large groups needing event space. Normally rated Three & Half to Four star hotel: Hilton, Marriott, Crowne Plaza (IHG), Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn (IHG)
  • Luxury hotels offer considerably more service, such as 24-hour room service, free shuttle transportation, bellhops, a shoe-shine stand, and a concierge desk. They’ll usually accommodate special requests, so you can have an extra pillow, plate of fruit, or beverage waiting when you arrive at your room. These hotels emphasize their cozy robes, fluffy beds, high-thread-count sheets and pillowcases, and down comforters. Some have marble bathrooms and large flat-screen TVs. Spas, saunas, commercial-quality fitness centers, conference rooms, banquet facilities, and full-service restaurants are common. This hotel style is typically a good choice for transient travelers who are looking to be catered to and are not concerned with pricing at all. Normally rated Five star hotel: Conrad (Hilton), W (Starwood), InterContinental (IHG), Ritz Carlton (Marriott)

Once you have a time frame and style of hotel in mind, you are ready to start your online booking or contact individual hotels if you are looking to do  group negotiating. Here is a list of NJ cities , conveniently located just a hop skip away from NYC Big Apple.

Secaucus

  • Located approximately 4 miles from NYC
  • Transportation available to NYC – Busses, Taxi, Secaucus Junction Train Station ( NECL is a 10 minute train ride to NY Penn Station)  For schedule and fare information, visit http://www.njtransit.com
  • Hotels : Budget/ Economy – Royal Motel
  • Hotels : Apartment/Extended Stay – Candlewood Suites
  • Hotels : Limited Service – Hampton Inn
  • Hotels : Full Service – Crowne Plaza
  • Hotels : Luxury – Embassy Suites

Jersey City

  • Located approximately 3 miles from NYC
  • Transportation available to NYC –Taxi, Path Station (WTC (World Trade Center)  Train & 33rd Train) For schedule and fare information, visit http://www.panynj.gov/path/
  • Hotels : Budget/ Economy – Econo Lodge
  • Hotels : Apartment/Extended Stay – Candlewood Suites
  • Hotels : Limited Service- Howard Johnson
  • Hotels : Full Service – Doubletree
  • Hotels : Luxury – Hyatt

Hoboken

  • Located approximately 3 miles from NYC
  • Transportation available to NYC –Taxi, Path Station (WTC (World Trade Center)  Train & 33rd Train) For schedule and fare information, visit http://www.panynj.gov/path/
  • Hotels : Luxury – W ( no other hotels)

Rutherford / Meadowlands Area

  • Located approximately 8 miles from NYC
  • Transportation available to NYC –Busses, Taxi, Light rail (Only available during events) For schedule and fare information, visit http://www.njtransit.com
  • Hotels : Budget/ Economy – Econo Lodge
  • Hotels : Apartment/Extended Stay – Residence Inn
  • Hotels : Limited Service – Fairfield Inn
  • Hotels : Full Service – Sheraton
  • Hotels : Luxury- Renaissance Hotel

Tip: Save 51% with a NY City Pass. It gives you admission to 6 must-see  NY attractions. Visit – http://www.citypass.com/new-york

 

Tip:  Also purchase a Metro Card to reduce subway / train costs. Metro cards can be purchased per- ride or unlimited according to number of days. Visit –  http://www.mta.info/metrocard/tourism/index.html

 Planning Itinerary

Planning your itinerary can be fun but when dealing with larger groups or families with different ages and likes it could be stressful trying to please everyone. Let’s start with defining your group or family in order to breakdown what Activities and Entertainment would be suitable. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself;

What is the age group?

What are likes and dislikes of group by age?

Will walking be a problem?

Are there any health issues to consider?

If you’re working with a family and the age groups are somewhat close to each other you may be able to choose common attractions. For groups such as student trip, educational activities may be more suitable versus International adult groups that are more interested in shopping and nightlife. Age has a lot to do with interests. For example; a small child may get bored with shopping. If the age group varies, make sure to add activities for all ages in your plans.

Health condition is very important to consider. If your group has any senior citizens or adults with special needs, walking all day may not be the best idea. Select non tedious activities and locations that are able to cater to them.  Also keep in mind food allergies when selecting Restaurants.

Activities and Entertainment in NJ

Secaucus

  • Harmon Cove Outlet Mall & Area- Andrew Marc /Anne Klein/Banister Shoe Studio/Bass/Bon Worth/Burlington Coat Factory/Calvin Klein/Carters Children’s Wear/Citi Casuals/Dana Buchman/Decor Art/Decor Home/Design Within Reach/DKNY/Door Store /East West Bridal/Eileen Fisher /Ellen Tracy /Escada /G. H. Bass Co. Store /Glory Souvenirs & Gifts /Group USA /Gucci /Gymboree /Harmon Cove Outlet Center Food Court /Italian Luxury Goods /Jones NY /Juicy Couture /Kasper A.S.L/Kenneth Cole Outlet Store /Kitchen Collections /L’eggs Hanes Bali Playtex Express Outlet /Lenox Factory Outlet /Linner Furniture Outlet /Marty’s Shoes /Motherhood Maternity /Nautica /Nine West /Pehnawa Designers /Perfume & Cosmetic Outlet /Perry Ellis /Pierre Deux /Prato /Reebok /Sarar Menswear /Style in Home /Sunglass Outlet /Syms /Tommy Hilfiger /Trillo’s Restaurant /Van Heusen /Vitamin World /Wine Outlet /Worth Designer Sportswear /Zena Shoes
  • Meadowlands Exposition Center – In addition to offering a professional staff of trade show specialists and facilities to match, the Meadowlands Exposition Center is conveniently located just minutes outside of New York City.The center offers 61,000 sq.ft. of exhibit space with five additional meeting rooms and a banquet capacity of 5,000. With Newark Liberty International Airport so close by and a variety of nationally acclaimed hotels right around the corner, MEC offers one of the most complete and convenient facility packages in the Northeast.  For event listing visit – http://mecexpo.com/
  • Harmon Meadow Plaza  Various Bars/Lounge/ Restaurants …ShowPlace Movie Theatres  /LA Fitness  Signature Club/Aadi Little Italy/ Tokyo Hibachi/ Asian Cuisine & Buffet/ Starbucks /Raymour & Flanigan / Dress Barn / Pier 1 Imports / Chili’s /Chipotle Mexican /Outback Steakhouse /Houlihan’s /Red Lobster/ Press Coffee Bar/ The Urban Plum /Nikko Sushi & Bento •/TCBY /Cheeseburger in Paradise /Café Four Fifty Five /Stefanos / Bazookas Sports Bar & Restaurant /Cosi  /Olive Garden/ Bonefish Grill /Super Walmart  / Sams Club  /Pet Smart with Banfield Vetanairy Hospital-Grooming-Pet Hotel/ AC Moore /Marshalls /Kohl’s/Sports Authority /TJ Maxx /Toys R Us & Babies R Us

Jersey City

  • Liberty State Park- Park with over 1,212 acres of greenery and access to our nation’s most valuable treasure, The Statue of Liberty. Board a ferry from Liberty State Park and explore the Statue of Liberty then find your ancestors at the Ellis Island Museum. Stop by the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ) before venturing on to the Liberty Science Center for an exceptional interactive learning experience. While you’re there, catch an IMAX movie on the Nation’s largest IMAX dome theater. Test your skills at Pole Position Raceway, and race the fastest indoor electric cars in the US. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/liberty.html
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island NJ Ferry- Although Ellis Island is federal property and has always been historically considered in New York, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1998 determined that part of the island was territory of New York while most of the island, which was added after 1834, is within the territory of Jersey City. Only a short ferry ride from the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum is Liberty State Park’s Historic Railroad Terminal. Historically the Terminal played an important role in ferrying people and it continues to do so today as one of the departure points for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Nearly two thirds of all the immigrants who came through Ellis Island then went on to the Terminal where they boarded trains and began their new lives here in America. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/liberty.html
  •  Liberty Science Center– Liberty Science Center is a New Jersey nonprofit corporation dedicated to offering exceptional science learning experiences onsite, offsite and online. Located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ, we engage learners of all ages in science excitement, provide professional development for teachers, and actively connect people of all backgrounds to pivotal science and society issues. Currently created a Performers Package for competitions/ tournaments . Many schools tend to find it difficult to obtain permits for outdoor events so Liberty Science Center does not require a permit making the process easier.  Please contact the event planner for details.     http://lsc.org/about-us/
  • Pole Position Raceway- Pole Position Raceway offers several racing options. The most-popular racing format is our Arrive & Drive program that allows customers to show up individually or in small groups and race in standard races. These races last approximately 10 minutes and drivers are separated into two categories. In addition to the adult karts (56″ minimum height required) we have kid’s karts for racers who are at least 48″ tall and can safely drive. http://www.polepositionraceway.com/new-york-jersey-city/
  • Exchange Place Various Bars/Lounge/ Restaurants- Exchange Place is Jersey City’s financial center and home to many Fortune 500 companies. It runs along the southern half of the waterfront, including Paulus Hook. Exchange Place was the first part of Jersey City to be redeveloped, and is built on the grounds of the former Jersey City Penn Station, ferry and shipping terminals. Now a bustling neighborhood, Exchange Place offers fabulous shops and fine dining. Stroll along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, taking in the Manhattan skyline. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Russian Art (MoCRA) Dine on haute cuisine, in one of Jersey City’s premier restaurants, without a NYC price tag. Walk the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. The waterfront pathway goes from Bayonne, past Liberty State Park and the Statue of Liberty all the way north into Hoboken, and is over 18.5 miles long.  Rent a bicycle to enjoy it all.
  • Little India Various Shopping/ Restaurants- Little India, which hosts tons of fabulous South Indian restaurants, exotic shops, as well as several Hindu temples.  Here you can experience one of the largest outdoor Navratri festivities in New Jersey. At the highest point in Jersey City, appreciate St. Aedan’s Church, completed at a cost of $1 million dollars in the depths of the Depression. A rare example of ecclesiastical design, St. Aedan’s combines the Byzantine style with contemporary features of Art Moderne and pure Art Deco pews.
  • Newport Mall- Newport Center Mall, Offering 3 levels of fine shopping in the heart of the Newport Hudson Waterfront Community in Jersey City. Complimentary to 4 strong department stores – JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Sears, the center features more than 130 specialty shops, including A/X Armani Exchange,  Aeropostale, Aldo Shoes & Accessories, The LOFT, American Eagle Outfitters, Brookstone, The Children’s Place, Coach, Express/Express Men, Fossil, Godiva Chocolatier, Le Chateau, Sephora, Swarovski Crystal and Sephora.Topped by an 11 screen cinema and a 1,000 seat Food Court with over 15 eateries on Level 3, Newport offers a menu of options for every visitors’ tastebuds. Newport Centre also features Tax Free Shopping on Apparel and 3 1/2% Sales Tax at participating mall stores.  http://www.newportnj.com/shops/newport-centre-mall

Hoboken

  • Various Hoboken Bars/Lounge/ Restaurants vibrant city; one that still embraces the past but has also evolved into a dynamic residential, cultural, commercial, educational and tourist destination. Drawing on its roots as the birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra, today Hoboken is home of TLC Network’s top rated “The Cake Boss,” as well as many community events, including cultural, music and ethnic festivals. Much abounds in the music and arts community, complimented by eclectic restaurants, night clubs, a world class hotel, diverse retail shopping, along with a spectacular waterfront with uncompromising views of Manhattan and New York Harbor.(3Forty Grill, Helmers Restaurant, Texas Arizona ( near Path Train to NYC ) , Lana Lounge , Bahama Mama , Bar None , West Five, ) For nightlife and restaurants visit http://www.hoboken-bar.net/index.php

Rutherford /Meadowlands Area 

  • New Meadowlands Stadium –MetLife Stadium- recently renamed. Recently won the bid to host 2014 Super Bowl. The nation’s preeminent sports and entertainment venue located in the midst of the country’s largest media market. Designed to not only be the home of New York Jets and New York Giants, but will also serve as the must stop location for all marquee events. Whether it’s internationally broadcast concerts, storied college football programs, international soccer, MetLife Stadium is the ideal venue for fans and talent alike. As a $1.6 billion piece of architectural history, MetLife Stadium will create the new standard of what a venue should look and feel like. Come be part of the 82,500 passionate fans who will immediately appreciate the ease of travel, modern technology, and unique amenities that the Stadium has to offer. Stadium tours available through IZOD. http://www.metlifestadium.com/3_your_stadium.php
  • Izod Center – Whether your group wants to see the biggest live acts or the most sought after family entertainment, you need only to look one place – the IZOD Center!The Group Sales Department is poised to find the perfect event for your group – and to make planning effortless. Such events  include Disney on Ice,  Circus , Concerts…   http://www.izodcenter.com/
  • Meadowlands Racetrack (will be adding gaming by 2013 ) This unique historical Racetrack  has a variety of dining options from casual concessions to upscale and group dining in Terraces and Pegasus Restaurants.  Often the most effective business meetings are those that take place in a social setting such as a sporting event.  The racetrack is no exception. Create strong alliances with clients and colleagues as you share your outside skills and interests at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   And as always, our gracious staff will do everything possible to help your event go smoothly. http://www.thebigm.com
  • Xanadu Mall ( renamed American Dream Meadowlands Mall will open 2013) Largest Shopping mall in America with indoor ski slope, ice skating rink, culinary shopping and classes, entertainment district with live concert theater, Discovery area which will include lego land , rooftop outdoor movie theater,   Ferris wheel, and a water park / amusement park-both under a climate-controlled-glass-and-steel dome ( this is a new addition may not be open by 2013)
  • Meadowlands Environmental Flying Gallery Center was formed to increase awareness and enjoyment of our vital ecosystem. New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Ramapo College of New Jersey entered into a partnership in 2003 to develop a comprehensive environmental education program for schools and the general public. Together, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the experienced team of educators from Ramapo College encourage the use of the environment as a classroom, increase awareness of the resources of the Meadowlands, and help communities recognize the critical issues that affect the Meadowlands District.The Meadowlands Environment Center has hands on educational programs for grades K-12. Our experienced team of educators will introduce your students to a variety of topics while satisfying the NJCCCS. Through inquiry learning  and cross-curricular activities, you and your students will experience the best of these unique wetlands.We also provide “life-long” learning programs for young children, families, adults, older adults and members of the community living with disabilities. June through September enjoy Bird watching and the butterfly festival.  http://moodle.rst2.edu/meadowlands/?page_id=692
  • Medieval Times –    Be swept away to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed. From ringside seats, discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with all the splendor and romance of 11th Century Spain. As you thrill to a rousing jousting tournament, marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry, Medieval Times serves a four-course meal fit for royalty.  Currently have several packages available for groups. Engagement Package , Student Package , and Corporate packages. http://www.medievaltimes.com/lyndhurst
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  • RiverKeeper – Eco-Cruises ,Paddling Center,River Cleanups,Bird-Walks,Indoor Presentations. Their mission.. provide representation for the natural living resources of the Hackensack River. This representation is manifested in the Hackensack environmental advocacy, education and conservation programs. The focus of Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc. is to protect and defend the environmental quality of the eco-system of the estuary, river and watershed and the quality of life for the people and other creatures that inhabit the Hackensack River watershed. Enjoy a boat ride , fishing, or even canoeing.  http://www.hackensackriverkeeper.org/mission.htm
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  • Other Local Bars/Lounge/ Restaurants –Whiskey Café http://www.whiskeycafe.com/ , Café Matisse http://cafematisse.com/ , Redd’s Restaurant & Bar http://www.reddsrestaurant.com/ ,  Dragonfly Bar & Grill http://dragonflynj.com/  , The Grasshopper http://www.grasshopperalso.com/ , Shannon Rose  http://www.theshannonrose.com/

Activities and Entertainment in NY

  • Yankee Stadium – Home of the NY Yankees Baseball Team http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/ballpark/index.jsp
  • Museum of Natural Historyhttp://www.amnh.org/
  • Metropolitan Museum of Arthttp://www.metmuseum.org/special/
  • Madison Square Garden – The World’s Most Famous Arena in the heart of New York City. http://www.thegarden.com/
  • Guggenheim Museum – many celebrated special exhibitions, its smaller galleries are devoted to the Guggenheim’s renowned collection, which ranges from Impressionism through contemporary art. http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/visit
  • Radio City Music Hall – Presents and promotes live entertainment events. Home of the Rockets  http://www.radiocity.com/
  • Times Square – Times Square is a dynamic retail, commercial, and residential environment, and stands as one of the most concentrated markets in New York City. The Times Square Alliance works to profile the district’s economic output and potential for further growth, tracking transit and pedestrian counts, tourism data, and retail openings and closings. New Year’s Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square, an estimated one million people in Times Square, millions nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world are united in bidding a collective farewell to the departing year, and expressing our joy and hope for the year ahead.
  • Broadway Shows – tickets http://ppc.broadway.com/
  • China Town– urban region containing a large population of Chinese people and/or a large number of Chinese businesses within a non-Chinese society. Area is known for knockoff purses and other such accessories. http://www.explorechinatown.com/
  • Little Italy – Walking beside the narrow, cobblestoned streets beneath the fire escapes of turn-of-the-century tenements, you’re tempted by the sights, sounds and smells of Italian cuisine and culture emanating from the restaurants surrounding you at every step. http://www.littleitalynyc.com/about.asp
  • Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex – is a 28-acre waterfront sports village located between 17th and 23rd Streets along Manhattan’s Hudson River. This $120 million, privately-financed project opened in 1955, transforming four historic, but long-neglected, piers into a major center for public recreation and waterfront access. Situated on Piers 59, 60 and 61 and in the headhouse that connects them, the Complex features various sports and entertainment venues. http://www.chelseapiers.com/about.htm
  • Rockefeller Center – views of Top of the Rock to a backstage pass at NBC Studios, every Tour at Rockefeller Center brings you inside and behind-the-scenes of some of the city’s most beloved treasures. Feel like discovering the sights on your own? Explore more and visit the seasonal highlights, outdoor gardens and historic buildings that give Rockefeller Center its diverse, dynamic flavor. Winters don’t miss- The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony attracts star-studded names and floods of eager faces, but you can admire those brilliant lights all season long. Lace your skates and swirl away at The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center  http://www.rockefellercenter.com/tour-and-explore/the-tree-at-rockefeller-center/
  • Central Park – http://www.centralparknyc.org/
  • Wall Trade Center – The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993  http://www.911memorial.org/about-memorial
  • Empire State Building –  beacon for international and domestic tourists alike, the Empire State Building offers unmatched views of New York and neighboring states from its world-famous 86th and 102nd floor observatories all year long. http://www.esbnyc.com/observatory.asp?gclid=CO3M6caenasCFc9n5QodHQxTkQ
  • Pulse Karaoke NY Lounge and Suites – New York’s premiere and most upscale karaoke venue.Located in the heart of Times Square, Pulse offers New Yorker’s a party lounge never seen before – including six private suites. Its ultra-modern, chic venue and state-of-the-art L.E.D. lighting system syncs with every song played in every room. http://www.pulsekaraoke.com/about/
  • Carnival  ( themed lounge)– “On the 5th floor above Bowlmor, Carnival’s a cavernous, adultified take on the traditional chaotic fairground, with big top tent-evoking strips of red/yellow/black fabric soaring over a dual-sided bar featuring giant spinning pinwheels; a spacious main room w/ wall-to-wall game booths; and a soundproof “Fun House” dance room (with candy colored bottle service booths and constantly changing LED floor tiles) accessed through the mouth of an enormous crazed clown…” http://carnivalnyc.com
  • Mars 2112 Themed Restaurant– The Mars 2112 restaurant is a space themed restaurant for the entire family located in the heart of the Times Square district at 51 Street and Broadway. Mars 2112 is a spectacular mingling of fantasy and reality, a 35,000-square-foot, bi-level, multi-dimensional, immersive environment that catapults travelers to a completely new world. http://www.mars2112.com/
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Prices Vary in NJ and NY but here is a quick breakdown of price ranking

LOW COST: Parks, RiverKeeper NJ , Wall Trade Center NY, Meadowlands Environmental Center NJ, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island NJ, Museums , Liberty Science Center NJ

MEDIUM COST: Pole Position Raceway NJ, Medieval Times Dinner & Show NJ, Rockefeller Center NY , Empire State Building , NJ Restaurants , NJ Bars/Lounges

HIGH COST:  NY Restaurants/Hotels/Bars/Lounges have High Cover Charge , Priced Drinks & rates, versus NJ

Tip:

Meadowlands Liberty Convention Bureau has organized a Super Bowl Packaging Committee in order to create Packages that we can implement starting 2012. These packages will be considered 4 Seasons in the Meadowlands . My committee has created the following;

Performers/Student Group Package

ECO Tour Package

Sports Package

Liberty Freedom Tour Package

Shopping Package ( in the works )

Pub Crawl ( in the works )

Food & Wine Tour ( in the works )

Tip;

Will be discussed in detail at the MDEST Super Bowl Gameplan Conference on 9/27/11 . To register for this event visit:  http://local.meadowlands.org/cwt/external/wcpages/wcevents/eventdetail.aspx?eventid=710

I hope this guide allows you a better understanding of the area and also allows you to plan and budget your future group or individual travels. We look forward to seeing you in the near future in NJ/NY Northeast area.

Stay Tune for Upcoming 2012 Event Schedule for NY / NJ

Vivian Colon
Director of Sales
Candlewood Suites Hotel
279 Secaucus Road
Secaucus, NJ 07094
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