Ask a New York City Expert: Meet Kate Snyder, Travelocity’s New York City Market Manager
Editor’s Note: Periodically, we’ll be featuring a Q&A with our resident destination experts at Travelocity, the Travelocity market managers. Market managers are locals to their destination and experts on everything and anything related to tourism in their markets. Please welcome them to The Window Seat.
Kate Snyder is a Travelocity market manager for NYC and been with Travelocity for two years. She enjoys eating chocolate, reading and exploring her favorite city in the world, NYC. Her favorite part of the job is working with her close friend the Roaming Gnome! He’s taken her all over the world on fabulous adventures and traveling has given her the greatest experiences of her life (besides being a mom to an amazing baby boy).
TWS: If you had to pick just one thing that makes New York City special, what is it and why?
KS: There are millions of reasons to love NYC… but I think one of the most unique offerings as of late is the opportunity for same-sex couples to wed in the Big Apple. NYC has always prided itself on it’s openness and diversity and now many couples as well as their friends and family have the opportunity to celebrate their love and commitment to each other. Lots of hotels are offering same-sex wedding packages and extras, it’s a great time to say I DO in the Empire State!
TWS:For someone who is visiting NYC for the first time, what are the can’t-miss attractions / experiences and what could they skip if they have limited time?
KS:Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and stop in to Grimaldi’s Pizza for the best pizza in New York City!! The views from the Bridge are beautiful as is the bridge itself… and the pizza at Grimaldi’s is to die for… take an afternoon and explore lower Manhattan and taste what NYC is known for, their pizza!!
TWS: What’s the secret to getting a deal on New York hotels?
KS:Sometimes it’s hard to find a hotel “deal “ in NYC… the key to getting a deal in the Big Apple is flexibility. Either with dates or by taking a chance with Travelocity’s Top Secret hotels or Dashing Deals. If you are willing to brave the NYC cold, you can get a great deal in January, February or March. Hotels will offer some great deals with value add’s or “extra’s” – such as a room upgrade or free breakfast. You can also take a chance and book with Top Secret hotels where you can find some great discounts. It’s also a good thing to keep an eye out for a Dashing Deal for NYC which are featured on the home page of Travelocity. Normally, at least a 50 percent off discount is offered as well as an upgrade. Keep your eyes open and you can find a deal – just be flexible!!
TWS: What’s a secret the locals know but tourists don’t?
KS: Brooklyn is the BOMB!! Brooklyn is quite the hot spot for locals. Take a day and eat and drink your way through Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. These neighborhoods are rich with history, beautiful brownstones, celebrities, baked goods, cured meats, out of this world cocktails prepared by some of the best mixologists… you name it, you can find it in more in the BK.
TWS: What’s the most common misconception about New York City?
KS:The biggest misconception of NYC is that it is an expensive place to visit. There are plenty of things to do in the city that won’t cost you a dime. Visit the Brooklyn Brewery, Central Park’s Conservancy Garden, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Grand Central Terminal, the High Line, Macy’s Flower Show, the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Union Square (where you can also participate in a “Crossroads Walking Tour” of the city). The list goes on and on. NYC is the place to be… and it can be free.
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