New York Pass

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  • 36 W 44th St # 711

    New York, NY 10036

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The New York Pass is a misleading disappointment but not a scam. I just went to NYC from May 14 to May 22 in 2010, and here was my experience:

Empire State Building: I had to wait in line to OBTAIN the tickets and was told I wouldn??t have to wait in line AFTER I got my ticket. At the ticket counter after obtaining my ticket, I asked the lady what line I would get to skip using the New York Pass, and she said there was no line to skip, and that many ??passes? talk about skipping lines, but it??s not allowed.

Skyride at the Empire State Building: This is the biggest tourist trap. I would never have done this unless the New York Pass said it was free. I did, and I regretted it greatly. It was a waste of an hour. It??s one of those things where you sit in a ride and it tilts back and forth while you watch a TV screen that pretends you??re on a ride. Kevin Bacon narrates, and it??s full of advertisements by other tourist attractions. This was not a scam, obviously, but I felt scammed by being lured into this trap just because it was ??free,? or already paid for using my Pass.

Broadway show: They have you go through Applause to get your discount. They quoted me a price of $110 for mezzanine seats at the show Race without me mentioning the pass, which means the ticket would have cost $99 with the 10% discount. A local told me about TKTS, and I was able to get a ticket 3 rows from the front for $65. TKTS only offers same-day tickets, by the way, but this puts the Pass??s ??discount? into perspective.

Macy's visitor center discount: I did receive an 11% discount coupon, but I asked how this was better than what any visitor can get. The lady said the Pass makes it so I don??t have to show ID to get the discount coupon. Yes, anyone can get this coupon by going to the visitor center and showing out-of-state ID.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Admission to this museum is free, and they only recommend a price to enter. See their website here:
www.metmuseum . org/visit/general_information/#admission

Museum of Natural History: The same thing goes for this museum: see website below
ev12.evenue . net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?linkID=amnh-tm&invNum=1295&type=SE,CT,MI&groupCode=10ADM&mm=5&yyyy=2010&dd=28

Tenement Museum: They said they stopped accepting the New York Pass one year ago and gave me the student rate.

In conclusion, the Pass does seem to work where they say it will work. I had quick access to the Museum of Sex and the Circle Line Tour, but there were no lines there in the first place. At the Empire State Building, the skipping line promise was completely false, and I was pissed the whole time I was waiting in all these lines. The ticket line, the elevator line up, the elevator line down, etc. It??s true that you get ??discounts? with the pass, but it??s misleading to say that when payment is optional or when other places are offering much cheaper deals in town. I could have scheduled to go to more attractions and gotten more use out of the Pass, but after feeling scammed and misled, I decided to avoid the tourist attractions and just enjoy the city in its own glory.

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★★☆☆☆

The New York Pass is a misleading disappointment but not a scam. I just went to NYC from May 14 to May 22 in 2010, and here was my experience:

Empire State Building: I had to wait in line to OBTAIN the tickets and was told I wouldn??t have to wait in line AFTER I got my ticket. At the ticket counter after obtaining my ticket, I asked the lady what line I would get to skip using the New York Pass, and she said there was no line to skip, and that many ??passes? talk about skipping lines, but it??s not allowed.

Skyride at the Empire State Building: This is the biggest tourist trap. I would never have done this unless the New York Pass said it was free. I did, and I regretted it greatly. It was a waste of an hour. It??s one of those things where you sit in a ride and it tilts back and forth while you watch a TV screen that pretends you??re on a ride. Kevin Bacon narrates, and it??s full of advertisements by other tourist attractions. This was not a scam, obviously, but I felt scammed by being lured into this trap just because it was ??free,? or already paid for using my Pass.

Broadway show: They have you go through Applause to get your discount. They quoted me a price of $110 for mezzanine seats at the show Race without me mentioning the pass, which means the ticket would have cost $99 with the 10% discount. A local told me about TKTS, and I was able to get a ticket 3 rows from the front for $65. TKTS only offers same-day tickets, by the way, but this puts the Pass??s ??discount? into perspective.

Macy's visitor center discount: I did receive an 11% discount coupon, but I asked how this was better than what any visitor can get. The lady said the Pass makes it so I don??t have to show ID to get the discount coupon. Yes, anyone can get this coupon by going to the visitor center and showing out-of-state ID.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Admission to this museum is free, and they only recommend a price to enter. See their website here:
www.metmuseum . org/visit/general_information/#admission

Museum of Natural History: The same thing goes for this museum: see website below
ev12.evenue . net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?linkID=amnh-tm&invNum=1295&type=SE,CT,MI&groupCode=10ADM&mm=5&yyyy=2010&dd=28

Tenement Museum: They said they stopped accepting the New York Pass one year ago and gave me the student rate.

In conclusion, the Pass does seem to work where they say it will work. I had quick access to the Museum of Sex and the Circle Line Tour, but there were no lines there in the first place. At the Empire State Building, the skipping line promise was completely false, and I was pissed the whole time I was waiting in all these lines. The ticket line, the elevator line up, the elevator line down, etc. It??s true that you get ??discounts? with the pass, but it??s misleading to say that when payment is optional or when other places are offering much cheaper deals in town. I could have scheduled to go to more attractions and gotten more use out of the Pass, but after feeling scammed and misled, I decided to avoid the tourist attractions and just enjoy the city in its own glory.

Pros: not paying for tickets

Cons: waiting in lines, feeling misled

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This pass is not as useful as it claim. though it has a free entry to attractions.. Still we may endup in ticket lines to get a ticket for entry. but we will not pay for that. Saves money but not the time. Should allow to bypass the ticket lane.
and a 1 day pass is waste of time....without proper planning (don't visit empire state first or in middle do it in last)

City pass (NY) has less attractions but can bypass the ticket lines saves huge time in ticket line in empire state bldg

They should make it a ticketless entry with this pass.

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★★★☆☆

This pass is not as useful as it claim. though it has a free entry to attractions.. Still we may endup in ticket lines to get a ticket for entry. but we will not pay for that. Saves money but not the time. Should allow to bypass the ticket lane.
and a 1 day pass is waste of time....without proper planning (don't visit empire state first or in middle do it in last)

City pass (NY) has less attractions but can bypass the ticket lines saves huge time in ticket line in empire state bldg

They should make it a ticketless entry with this pass.

Pros: Saves Money

Cons: Takes most of your vacation time, Maps are not good

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NOT A FAST TRACK TICKET AS REPRESENTED for the empire State Building and IMAX helicopter ride - all told we spent 4 hours and ran out of time - while others who purchased priorty tickets from the ESB directly went on ahead. We stood in EVERY line that walk-up customer would stand in.. BEWARE AND AVOID - next time we recommend buying a priorty pass from the ESB directly.

It did save us time and it cost us MORE money.

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★☆☆☆☆

NOT A FAST TRACK TICKET AS REPRESENTED for the empire State Building and IMAX helicopter ride - all told we spent 4 hours and ran out of time - while others who purchased priorty tickets from the ESB directly went on ahead. We stood in EVERY line that walk-up customer would stand in.. BEWARE AND AVOID - next time we recommend buying a priorty pass from the ESB directly.

It did save us time and it cost us MORE money.

Pros: None identified

Cons: Price and service - L O N G lines at Empire State

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I did to get the New York pass and it did help me but.... If you decide to go to the Empire State Building at night here's what to do. Get there early. I arrived at dark--about 8pm. The NYP will make it possible for you to not have to buy a ticket but it cannot get you out of waiting in a l-o-n-g line. I waited over 2 hours. My advice. Go to the IMAX movie first. The movie closes at 10pm so you could possible miss it. Also, stop at the 86th floor. You can go outside and take some amazing pictures. If, like me, you decide to go to the 102nd floor be aware that you will not be outside so your pictures will have to be taken through glass. It is also $15.00 extra to go to the 102nd floor. The same can be said for the Statue of Liberty. You will bypass the long ticket line by going into the museam building but you will be in a long line to get on the boat.. it does move reasonable quick. Remember to buy your tickets for entrance to the statue before you reach the island or you cannot go in. For al museums and such the NYP is fantastic. Remember the NYP saves you from ticket lines but cannot save from waiting in the lines to the great New York attractions. I paid $113.00 for my NYP and if i went again i would buy it again. Have fun!!

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★★★★☆

I did to get the New York pass and it did help me but.... If you decide to go to the Empire State Building at night here's what to do. Get there early. I arrived at dark--about 8pm. The NYP will make it possible for you to not have to buy a ticket but it cannot get you out of waiting in a l-o-n-g line. I waited over 2 hours. My advice. Go to the IMAX movie first. The movie closes at 10pm so you could possible miss it. Also, stop at the 86th floor. You can go outside and take some amazing pictures. If, like me, you decide to go to the 102nd floor be aware that you will not be outside so your pictures will have to be taken through glass. It is also $15.00 extra to go to the 102nd floor. The same can be said for the Statue of Liberty. You will bypass the long ticket line by going into the museam building but you will be in a long line to get on the boat.. it does move reasonable quick. Remember to buy your tickets for entrance to the statue before you reach the island or you cannot go in. For al museums and such the NYP is fantastic. Remember the NYP saves you from ticket lines but cannot save from waiting in the lines to the great New York attractions. I paid $113.00 for my NYP and if i went again i would buy it again. Have fun!!

Pros: No paying for tickets

Cons: Waiting in long ticket lines

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Members of my family came to visit me from Florida and they wanted to see everything in New York in one weekend. I bought 2-day New York Passes for all of us, and we went everywhere, the Intrepid, Madame Tussaud's, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Bronx Zoo and many others. Even though I live here, I had never been to any of these places either, so this was perfect. Plus, I would have spent a million dollars if I payed all the admission prices seperately. The pass comes with a book that tells about all the places you can get into.

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★★★★★

Members of my family came to visit me from Florida and they wanted to see everything in New York in one weekend. I bought 2-day New York Passes for all of us, and we went everywhere, the Intrepid, Madame Tussaud's, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Bronx Zoo and many others. Even though I live here, I had never been to any of these places either, so this was perfect. Plus, I would have spent a million dollars if I payed all the admission prices seperately. The pass comes with a book that tells about all the places you can get into.

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What a neat idea. We used the heck out of these passes, and really got some bang for our buck! Would like to see more line-skipping attractionsw added, but all in all, the pass really deivered. Guidebook was better than some I've seen in stores - bonus.

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★★★★★

What a neat idea. We used the heck out of these passes, and really got some bang for our buck! Would like to see more line-skipping attractionsw added, but all in all, the pass really deivered. Guidebook was better than some I've seen in stores - bonus.

Pros: one flat price, easy to use, good guide book

 

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