gets you into all the hard to get into places when visiting NYC gets you into all the hard to get into places when visiting NYC

nydc_logo_2_1Visiting New York is made simple by they break everything out into simple categories. Then they run up the daily 5 things to do which are like the highlights of the day.  The best part of is that they have special connections to places like 9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM which they guaranteed admission. I recently used to purchase tickets to the 911 museum. I have lived downtown for many years and have watched the progression of the Freedom tower. From first hearing about a blue print on the news to seeing the steeple actually go up has been quite impressive.

I decided to go to the museum during the winter holidays and knowing that this may be a busy time wanted to purchase my tickets in advance. The website allowed me to select the date and time I needed and I chose to have tickets mailed my way.
When I arrived (suggested 1/2 hour before your time) I was completely blown away at the amount of people in lines and waiting outside. Luckily there were plenty of attendants on hand and I was directed to my time slot. I was once again, so thrilled I had bought my tickets from in advance.
10429239_10152560690094607_4649839687082143168_n After waiting a short time outside, we were admitted inside where everyone must go through security and a airport scanner for obvious reasons. This entire process was very quick and soon I was on my way to view the museum.
Headphones were available for purchase if you did not have your own (which I did) and it is recommended you download the 911 app on your phone before you go.
I really have no words to describe the museum space that would do any justice. It is something one must see for themselves. The  memorabilia, wall of the fallen, and even actual firetruck inside were so moving to see… many people were brought to tears. Often times we hear a number of the victims such as 2000 perished.. but to see their faces on a wall and hear about their life from loved ones was such a special tribute.
I highly suggest going to the 911 museum for all New Yorkers and tourists who are visiting. also provided me this great tip guide how to visit the September 11 Museum in 30 Minutes, One Hour and Two Hours

  • If you have 30 minutes: Upon arrival, skip the introductory video shown in the theater on the ground floor. You will want to go straight to the third floor, to the September 11, 2001 exhibit which is marked by a distinct glass entryway and revolving doors.  Here you will view news clips from around the world, timelines of events, and …
  • If you have one hour: Upon arrival, descend one floor below to the museum entrance – with an hour you’ll have enough time to move through most of the museum space. Do not miss the North and South Tower galleries, which offer a comprehensive look of the day, how it played out in each tower, and the aftermath. The Memorial Exhibition is another important space to experience, where…
  • If you have two hours: With this amount of time, you can catch just about everything – the North and South Tower galleries, the Memorial exhibit and the Rebirth at Ground Zero film.  After walking through the September 11, 2001 exhibit, which you most likely will move through quickly, you’ll land in Foundation Hall, which is a good place to sit and compose your thoughts before moving onto…

(click the above link to see the full tips). I would highly recommend for all your tourism needs when planning a trip to the big apple

Experience the Famous New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square with Spectacular, Live Commercial-Free Webcast

Experience the Famous New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square with Spectacular, Live Commercial-Free Webcast

1510490_10151908385091298_915868401_nTimes Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square, announced today that revelers across the globe will again be able to experience the excitement of the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration via a six-hour, live commercial-free webcast. The sixth annual webcast will cover the action and festivities in Times Square, beginning with the Ball Raising at 6 p.m. EST, plus live musical performances, hourly countdowns, behind-the-scenes stories, and star-studded interviews as anticipation builds towards the midnight countdown and the famous Ball Drop. Last year’s worldwide webcast was watched by more than 1.5 million unique viewers representing nearly 200 countries.

The Times Square New Year’s Eve webcast, enabled by Ustream, will feature musical performances by popular rock group O.A.R. who will perform several hit songs including “Peace” from their new album and deliver the traditional performance of “Imagine” moments beforemidnight. O.A.R. will be joined on the webcast by alt-rock group American Authors performing two of their hit songs “Believer” and “Best Day of My Life.” Univision will present musical performances by Alejandra Guzmán and Jencarlos Canela; and the USO Show Troupe will perform a Military Salute medley to honor our Armed Forces.

National television and radio personality Allison Hagendorf (Host on The CW, VH1, Fuse TV, SiriusXM) returns to host the live, commercial-free webcast for the third year. She will be joined by Maggie Rulli, Andrea Boehlke and Jeremy Hassell, who return from the 2013 New Year’s Eve webcast. Rulli and Hagendorf will kick-off the six-hour celebration at 6 p.m. EST and welcome the nearly one million revelers attending the celebration in Times Square as well as introduce the star of the show, the Times Square Ball. At the top of each hour, Hagendorf will be joined by a television network host or other celebrity who will talk about his or her New Year’s Eve experience and Confetti Wish for the New Year and then lead the revelers in an hourly countdown. Throughout the night, Hagendorf will keep the revelers informed about the musical performances and other exciting entertainment in Times Square. Rulli will provide exclusive interviews and backstage access while Boehlke and Hassell will get the fun personal stories from the revelers arriving from around the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

Whether celebrating at home or out on the town, the worldwide online audience will be able to watch and participate in the global celebration with other viewers around the world. The custom-designed embeddable video provides viewers with a full Times Square New Year’s Eve experience.  This LIVE webcast video experience is available for digital media outlets, bloggers, social media editors, webmasters, and Facebook users to embed as a source of fun and entertaining content on their own sites customized for their communities and networks.


The Times Square 2015 Webcast will begin at 6 p.m. EST on December 31, 2014 and end at 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2015 EST. The show will be streamed live on multiple websites, including,, and

Carnival for a Cure hosted by Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Sunday March 10th in NYC

Carnival for a Cure hosted by Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Sunday March 10th in NYC

CARNIVAL LOGOEnjoy an afternoon of Carnival games, tasty treats, music and fun for everyone!

Sunday, March 10, 2013
1:00 PM — 4:00 PM* 
(*Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 AM — don’t forget to change your clocks – as we “spring forward” toward a cure!)

The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

Adult ticket:$100
Child ticket:$75
If you wish to attend the event after that time, tickets will be available at the door on Sunday, beginning at 1pm.

The Eighth Annual Carnival for a Cure will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in the Chelsea section of Manhattan; the site of last year’s Carnival.  The Carnival will feature lively entertainment, delicious food, games and sports for tots, tweens, and teens, and super prizes; all to benefit the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute.  

This year, we’re pleased to welcome back Chris Wragge, CBS News Anchor, who will lend his talent as our emcee.  With other special guests to be announced!


Godspell returns to Broadway in this modern revival – Discount Code & Ticket Giveaway

Godspell returns to Broadway in this modern revival – Discount Code & Ticket Giveaway

Long before Wicked was on broadway there was Godspell by Stephen Schwartz.  Its a very interesting take on a what I would have imagined being a very slow and drama filled play… it was rather up beat and popcorn-y.  I will say being not so religious myself this was a little much for me in that area but it still held my attention and I could totally see many people really enjoying this show.

There was a large interweave of comedy which really helped keep me interested in the show. It also helped that Jesus is played by Hunter Parrish, from TV’s “Weeds” (one of my favorite shows on TV) creates a group of followers out of disaffected, isolated youths gabbing on their cellphones. Pokes at Facebook, “Purple Rain,” Lindsay Lohan, childhood obesity, death of Khadafy, and Donald Trump kept me chuckling between the little bit of heavy parts.

I think this would be great for any teenager who wants a relevant connection to the content, this certainly isnt the play I’m taking anyone under the age of ten too. They really wont get the subject matter and will be ready to bolt the moment the first few scenes/acts are over.

This would be a good date night show since its located right off the northern end of times square. Just make sure you’re both cool with the religious aspects.  The great thing about the theatre is there isnt a bad seat since its done as theatre in the round.


$79.50 / $89.50 (Sat Eves)  Certain black out dates apply  Valid through 12/23/11

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. November 16th, 2011.
1 lucky winner will get a two ticket voucher to see the show… Tell us who you would take to see the show and please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email).
You get 1 extra entry for tweeting about this contest (you can do this daily). Must contain the following information:  @bwaygodspell @dadarocks — and you must also leave comment on this blog with the link to your tweet.
Example: I want to win tickets to see @BwayGodspell  thanks to @dadarocks & @mamadramaNY –
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You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!
Disclaimer: Thanks to Godspell for this prize. Please note this is limited to the USA. My tickets were provided by mamadrama for review.




Blogworld comes to New York City Discount of 20% off conference pass 50% off expo pass

Blogworld comes to New York City Discount of 20% off conference pass 50% off expo pass

Last year I flew out to vegas for one of the best social media conferences I’ve attended – it wasnt strickly focused on twitter but it was blogging, new media, twitter, and every other online topic you can think of… After leaving vegas I was left with the feeling of that being a one time conference – due to distance and cost of travel.   A few weeks later I heard rumors of them making moves towards a NYC blogworld… and so it became Blogworld New Media Expo NYC.

I cant wait… The line up this year of speakers is a whos whos of the social media world.  It might be hard to top last year’s keynote speaker Mr. Scott Stratten – UnMarketing gave a presentantion that just rocked!  So its finally here….  BlogWorld & New Media Expo is right around the corner, May 24-26, taking place at the Javits Center in New York City. This is the world’s largest blogging and social media conference, and it’s known worldwide for presenting internet luminaries and entrepreneurs, the most popular and knowledgeable bloggers, podcasters and social media marketing thought leaders. This year’s event will feature great educational content, so new media content creators and businesses of all kinds will learn the best tips, technologies and methods for growing their brands, audiences and businesses online.

In addition to learning new ways to hone and promote content and brands online, this is THE place to network, look for business opportunities, collaborators, and of course find important resources in the New Media Expo—like new media news and entertainment networks and social communities!

Here’s some overview info about the Conference:

Why Attend?…Check this out:

The Interactive Conference schedule already has more than 40 sessions listed, and that’s less than half of what will be confirmed and shared in the next two weeks!

By the way, since some of you are new to the event and haven’t attended previously, the BlogWorld folks would like to say “Thanks for joining us!” by extending a discount to friends of DaDa Rocks. They’ve provided a discount code for 20% OFF any pass. And…if you have friends, staff or colleagues who would like to attend, you can share it so they can join you and you can all save money on your registrations. And who doesn’t like to save money?

The Discount Code is: DADA20
Register online at

That Discount Code is good for 20% Off any pass all the way up through the event.

Maybe you just want to hit up just the expo thats ok, I’ve got you covered for a 50% discount

The Discount Code is: DADA50


  • Access to exhibit hall on Wednesday & Thursday
  • Access to Keynote Sessions on Wednesday & Thursday
  • Access to Tuesday Networking Reception on Exhibit Floor


MORE GOOD STUFF!…New this year for BlogWorld, the New York event is co-located with the BEA – (Book Expo America) show and together they offer hundreds of exhibitors to visit and network with, all FREE with your conference pass. And…any BlogWorld conference pass holder gets access to the BEA Big Ideas conference too! Pretty great value!