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August Concerts for a Hot Summer Night Around Town

Grab your crew, pile into a limo, and head for a night of music magic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ever since the completion of Barclays Center this year, the music has been rocking at this new and amazing arena.  Sold out shows continue to bring the most amazing performances to thrill the audience of 19,000 that fill the arena. August promises even more unparalleled entertainment with Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, and the MTV Video Music Awards.

All Barclays Center shows offer special VIP packages for special perks and access.  Don’t miss out on the magic.

Justin Bieber August 2 7pm
Justin Bieber’s sold out BELIEVE world tour added more shows to his headlining tour of North America.  Fans looking to share in the fever can see him Bieber at Barclays Center Brooklyn on August 2.  A dollar from every ticket will be donated to the Pencils of Promise charity building schools around the world for needy kids

Beyoncé August 3-5 8pm
Beyoncé brings the first wave of her new, ambitious show, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, to Barclays for 3 shows in August running Saturday the 3rd through Monday the 5th. Beyoncé’s last tour ranked $1 on Billboard’s Hot Tour Chart and this one promises to even bigger and more ambitions than anything she’s done.

MTV Video Music Awards August 25
The MTV Video Music Awards will broadcast LIVE from Barclays Center for the first time on Sunday, August 25. This is the first time a major annual awards show will be hosted in Brooklyn and the world will be watching.  This is a chance to share the excitement with all the top musical performers of 2013 and to celebrate everything great in music today.

Rackets or Bats?  August in Flushing Meadows

The 2013 US Open begins August 26 in Billie Jean King Stadium and runs through September 9.  At the beginning and end of the Open, the Mets will be playing home games in their stadium around the corner.  If you’re planning on enjoying your day, don’t bookend your enjoyment with the frustration of dealing with impossible traffic and worse parking.  Make you day by hiring a car and driver to handle the stress and confusion, while you enjoy the ride as well as the sports with your friends.  Hiring a car, limo, or van that can serve any size group you bring can be surprisingly cost-effective.  Make the right call so that everyone scores some fun.
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Surviving the Summer Heat in NYC

Daniel restaurant in NYCSummer in New York City can be unbearable.  It’s hot and it’s humid and you feel like you’re cooking in a steamer whenever you’re out on the street.  Part of this is geography. Most Northeast cities suffer muggy, “dog days” in summer.  They share not only humidity but frequent severe thunderstorms that pelt the streets with water yet never seem to take the humid blanket of air with them when they pass.  At those times, you’re not only hot and humid, but you’re weighted down with dripping raincoats, rain hats, and umbrellas.

Then there’s something called the “urban heat island effect” which just is a fancy phrase for what you’d expect to happen if you covered green grass and trees with asphalt, concrete, and brick.  These not only collect more heat, they save it and continue baking like a brick oven after the sun goes down.

Finally, add the press of other humans, all trying to radiate away their own body heat, and you’ve got a pretty uncomfortable set of conditions. A day that the thermometer says is a hot-but-pleasant 85 degrees feels like it’s well over 100. The heat and humidity can take the spring out of your step and make your brain feel like a bowl of yesterday’s oatmeal.

Since the invention of air conditioning has made life much more pleasant, we can mostly ignore the weather when making plans for business or pleasure.  Yet folks who wouldn’t dream of staying in a hotel or renting a car without A/C travel to places like New York without really picturing themselves getting from place to place.  Since you’re not likely to drive yourself around the NYC, you’ll need transportation.  Most people figure they will just take a cab when they need one, not thinking that if the weather takes a miserable turn, everybody will suddenly be wanting a cab, even folks who usually walk or at least hoof it to the subway. In a sudden squall or during a brutal heat wave, cabs are hard to come by. Standing on the sidewalk at those times makes New York seem more like Purgatory than a mecca for business, culture and travel.

And when you finally do get a cab, it's A/C may not be working.The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission has regulations requiring yellow cabs to be able to provide air-conditioning, but, according to the New York Times, that depends “more on luck than any rules.”

If you have to move around in the city all day on business or shopping, consider hiring a car and driver to make your goings and comings seamless with the rest of your air-conditioned life.  There’s no reason to suffer and all sorts of reasons why going from point A to point B should be relaxing and revitalizing instead of exhausting.  The same goes for a night out, where if anything the temperature and humidity go up even as the sun goes down thanks to the urban heat island effect.

If you value saving, think of saving yourself from fatigue, from sweat, from uncertainty, and from overheated discomfort.  Hire a car and driver to transform your New York City business and travel into one smooth ride.

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The Temptation to Text

Everybody knows you shouldn’t text and drive. Most people have enough willpower to resist … most of the time. But the more your social or business life revolves around your mobile device, the more likely it becomes that you have texted while driving.  Even if you are hyper-conscientious and have great willpower, you’ve probably slipped out your cell at least once telling yourself you’ll be safe if you’re extra careful because this is IMPORTANT.

Some people feel proud because they can think of many times they’ve resisted the urge to text while driving. However, each time you resist on any given day, you make the next time harder, not easier. Behavioral studies show this all the time, whether it’s with a diet that starts out good in the morning only to crumble late at night, or drinking, or even doing a series of tasks around the house.  Each act of “being good” draws a bit from your willpower and at some point in the day, if you’re depleted, you stumble and fall.

So if you have a busy day and are driving around while at the same time trying to coordinate activities, whether it’s a business deal or a wedding party, you’ll come to a point where you feel you just HAVE to take care of this one text. Even if you never text while driving normally, if you’re human, you’ll rationalize it and do it.  Now, if there’s an accident and the insurance company pulls up your text records, being human, being depleted, won’t count for anything.  Just because you don’t text 364 days out of 365 will not matter one bit.

If you can foresee a problematic day for texting, don’t risk it. Hire a car or limo and driver. Give yourself the freedom to focus on your business without worrying about the traffic.  Let yourself enjoy the big day, be it a wedding, a graduation, or a family reunion by being free to safely keep everyone in touch and coordinated without need to split attention to the road. Let the driver drive while you handle what you need to do.
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Shuttle Vs. Hired Car - Don’t waste your time

If you’re flying out of town and usually book a shuttle to the airport, take a minute to consider hiring a private car instead to drive you there and back. On the surface, an airport shuttle is much cheaper, coming in at about 1/3 the cost of private car and driver airport transportation.  If you’re traveling with someone else, the price of the shuttle doubles but the hired car remains the same.  Now it’s only a difference of 1/3 the cost.

That’s where the time factor comes in.  Your time.  A shuttle has to coordinate the pickups or dropoffs of up to 11 people at as many as 11 different addresses.  The arrival time at the airport depends on the earliest departure among the passengers. Sometimes you spend hours of extra time in the van driving around and you might have another extra hour to kill in the terminal.

Taking a shuttle can double your travel time wit all the tedium of waiting and the circulation-killing sitting around.  You arrive twice as tired at your destination as you would have if you had gotten quickly and efficiently to and from the airport in on a schedule set to maximize your time.

A shuttle is not only longer, it is not a place you can conduct business or, if you are traveling with others, enjoy relaxed and open conversation.  The social contract means you must make your impact on others small.  You can lose yourself in your email, but you can’t talk to a client.  Joking around with your friends might interfere with another person’s desire for quiet.  Or you might be the one wanting some quiet while your fellow passengers continue their vacation party all the way from the terminal to their door.

When you consider your time, your comfort, and your energy, it becomes clear that the best transportation to or from the airport is in a hired car that picks you up at your door and takes you directly to your terminal with a minimum of time and a maximum of ease.  Next time you fly in or out of Greater NYC, book a car and driver with Luxor Limousines and see what a difference it makes in the quality of your whole trip.
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Create a Personalized Limo Tour for VIP Sightseeing in NY

If you are traveling to New York, a fantastic way to see the city is to hire a car and driver for a day or half-day of personalized sightseeing.  Instead of a homogenized group tour of the sights, you can set your own itinerary and timetable.  And if you decide you want to spend more time in a place, or if you get a quick been-there-done-that feeling and are ready to leave, your driver will be ready when you are.

One popular option is to take in the whole city and get a feel for all the different neighborhoods with their distinctive atmosphere. New York is so big and has so many marvelous neighborhoods to explore.  If you do that early on in your vacation, you’ll have a much clearer idea of where to go to maximize the fun of your visit.

In your own hired car or limo, you will can cover the whole island of Manhattan and get a feel for midtown, uptown, and downtown like a New Yorker.  Marvel at the throngs along Times Square and Broadway, or catch the vibrant hum cultural of the Village and Soho. Go up to Columbus Circle, drive through Central Park. Get a street-side view of the gritty Garment District. In the south, there’s Little Italy and Chinatown.  And you won’t want to miss the Financial District and Wall Street.

Or make it a day to see the sights in VIP style.  So many iconic places are packed together in 33 square miles. The Empire State Building. Rockefeller Center. Times Square.  Central Park.  Fifth Avenue. Grand Central Station. The Statue of Liberty. Ground Zero. The Brooklyn Bridge. All these are places you’ve seen hundreds of times in movies and on television, but a flat screen can’t compare to the real deal.   A hired car or limo means you see it all without stress or hassle.

You can hire a car that is the perfect size and style for your party. You pay for the whole car and driver, not by the passenger as you would on a tour.  Whether you’re coming as a two-some or a ten-some, you can share every moment in personalized comfort with refreshments on hand if you want them and climate controlled for the preference of your party.  In the little things as well as the big, you come first, and that is what being a VIP is all about.
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Girls’ Night Out in NYC

Grab your gals, slink into your sexiest clothes, and pile into your stretch limo for a fun and fantastic night on the town.  Laugh as only female friends can laugh.  With your friends, you can own the night.  Check out these hot spots with your BFFs or just cruise the night in your own moveable party.  Here are a few places to check out for dinner, dancing and late-night refueling.

Beauty & Essex
Lower East Side
With free champagne in the Ladies Room downstairs, how can you go wrong?  The pawn shop exterior opens into a real scene. Plus the food is getting rave reviews across the board. Whatever you do, save room for the to-die-for desserts.

Midtown East
Lips promotes itself as the ultimate drag dining experience, and if you can stand being around guys more fabulous-looking than you are, then by all means go and let it all hang.  The servers are in drag and there’s a show to entertain you with lots of energy and fun. You go girl!

Katwalk is the perfect GNO choice every night of the week, but on Wednesdays, you can enjoy free appetizers for parties of 8 ladies or more on Sex & the City Night. Wash those down with the $6 Carrie Cosmos, Miranda Martinis, or $3 Mr. Big Shots.

Environmentally friendly total excess, Greenhouse is the place to party guilt-free. Pony up to the recycled glass bar for an organic grain vodka and dance to wind-powered rhythms on bamboo floors (no trees died). Never did so much sin feel so much like virtue.

Pommes Frites
East Village
If you want a pit stop for some late night eats, go to Pommes Frites for some amazing fries - fresh, fat, crispy and with sauces to douse them in.  Go ahead and try the poutine, which is French for gravy. Once you go gravy, you never go back.
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Your Graduation Party on Wheels: Rent a Limo or Party Van for the Best Last High School Bash

Prom season is winding down and suddenly graduation is right around the corner. After 12 years, you are looking at a new horizon for yourself. Your friends are too. Prom may have taken all your time and thoughts about partying but think about graduation. There’s still one more chance to gather with all your friends before you head off in different directions.

Graduation is a true turning point in your life. Friends may be forever, but this is the last time you will feel the bonds that comes from you all seeing each other every day at school. Your parents and families will be there for the event, but what about after? Consider renting a party bus for a night of celebration with all your friends. A party bus is like a private nightclub on wheels.

A Stretch Hummer holds 18 people and costs $175 an hour - that’s less than $10/hr. a person for a night on the town with your posse. The seats face each other with the windows behind you, so it really does feel like a private lounge. Tinted windows, leather seats, hardwood floors and a fiber-optic ceiling make it party central on wheels. The sound system is top of the line, with multiple subwoofers and amps to surround you with your favorite beats. There are 3, yes 3 separate bars, so you are never far from a cool drink for your hot time on the town.

Or, if you want to have a real blow-out with everybody in your class, you can rent a 40-passenger party bus with the same party flow with the music, the light show, and the fun. You can cruise the city, stop at all your favorite spots around town for a last dance before the rest of your life takes over.
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Now’s the Time to Reserve Your Limo for Prom

Now is the time to rent your limo for prom.  Don’t wait.  Why?  Prom season is one of the busiest times in times for limo companies.  It’s a lifetime memory event for everybody at the same time.  All those other people want every single thing to be the absolute best just like you do.  Unfortunately the only ones who get everything the way they want it are the ones who plan early. As the day gets closer, companies with late model limos in top condition will be completely booked.

What can happen if you wait?  Well, spring is already a high-demand time that exceeds the supply of quality vehicles.  The longer you wait, the more you’ll pay. You can for sure expect to pay a hefty premium if you are making a desperate last-minute search, and that’s if you can even find a limo at all.  And last minute doesn’t mean the week of prom.  By the end of May, you’re going to be sweating if you still don’t have your ride reserved.

The secret to a great prom limo rental means doing three things as you comparison shop.

ONE:  Only go with a legitimate company that has all the licenses and insurance.  An accident in a gypsy car can mean you are injured with no insurance to cover you.  Or your vehicle could be stopped and impounded by the cops.  Or you could plunk down a deposit only to have a no-show since there’s no contract and no official regulatory office to guarantee it.

TWO:  Make sure the company has a fleet of cars that you can inspect. This lets you see and choose your actual ride. A company that rents its vehicles as needed from a supplier will not be able to 100% guarantee a certain ride on your prom night.  The company they rent from will be booked like crazy, and one late return can spell disaster up and down the chain.  A company like Luxor with its own full fleet has enough vehicles to do a bit of juggling and keep everyone happy.

THREE:  Negotiate from reality.  Limos don’t rent for just one hour. You have to pay while the limo waits for you at the event. If you want a very high-demand vehicle, then you might have to make a longer booking.  Decide what you want ahead of time: the lowest price or the hottest vehicle. If you try to get both, you won’t get either.
Luxor Limousines, one of the premier limo and car service companies in Greater New York, owns and maintains its own fleet of cars, limousines, and stretch limousines.  Our drivers are professionals who understand the importance of promptness, courtesy, and quality service. Call us 24/7 or use our online reservation tool to request a bid and reserve your prom limo today.
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5 World-Class Tourist Attractions in Manhattan

According to Travel and Leisure magazine, a full 5 of the top 50 tourist attractions in the world are in New York City.  These world-ranked locations draw people to experience for themselves iconic places that have an almost mythical power over the imagination. And if you want to “see the sights” in just a day, consider hiring a car and driver to ferry you around the city, minimizing the fatigue and maximizing the pleasure of a day in the Big Apple.

Times Square ranks as the number one tourist attraction in the world with over 39 million visitors a year among the 300,000 people passing through every day. At the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, the “Crossroads of the World” has been a vibrant symbol of the American Melting Pot.  It got its name “Times Square” when the New York Times newspaper moved there in 1904. The annual New Year’s Eve ball drop began in 1907 from the Times Building and has become one of the most famous new year events in the world, with a million spectators crowding the square and over a billion people watching worldwide.

Central Park sits at the center of Manhattan and with over 38 million visitors a year, is the second most popular tourist attraction in the world. The park borders Fifth Avenue between 59th and 110th Streets, a stretch that includes the Metropolitan and Guggenheim museums. The park has trails for walking and riding, grassy meadows and lakes, two ice-skating rinks (one of which becomes a swimming pool in summer), and a host of attractions such as the Central Park Zoo, Shakespeare in the Park festivals at the Delacorte Theater, a marionette theater and a historic carousel.

Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan is the largest train station in the world.  It serves both commuters and long-distance travelers, contains restaurants and shops on multiple levels. It is the number six most-visited tourist attraction with over 21 million visitors a year.  People come to see the architecture of the Grand Concourse with its recently restored astronomical ceiling, and the Min Concourse with its restaurants, exhibitions, and annual Christmas Market.

The South Street Seaport, where Fulton Street meets the East River, is an official historic district next to the NY Financial District and draws over 9 million visitors a year.  It has some of the oldest architecture in  downtown Manhattan, is the home of the famous Fulton Fish Market, and with the renovated commercial buildings and sailing ships, feels a bit like a step into the past.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located on the grounds of NYC’s Central Park, has over 2 million works in its permanent collection and admits over 5 million visitors annually. Admission to the Met is pay-what-you-wish with a $25 admission “recommended.” (The Museum is currently facing a lawsuit about duping visitors into thinking the fee is required.)  The museum not only houses works of art, but musical instruments, costumes, and antique weapons from around the world.
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Rihanna Diamonds Tour Comes to Brooklyn

Pop superstar Rihanna is doing two shows at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn on May 4 & 5 at 8pm.  Rihanna has been breaking records with one hit after another.  When Stay hit number one she became the first singer ever to have 10 pop songs top the Billboard charts. The twenty-five year old singer just got back from Hawaii where she posted party pictures including a shot with Chris Brown popping a bottle of champagne to start the party.

Not a bad idea for your Rihanna night out, with your own limo ride to the concert and home.  While the driver keeps his eye on the road, you can start on the champagne and dance your way to the show. If you opt for the Barclays VIP package, you get the added bonus of premium seats, an onsite VIP host, and a party on site before the show.  And after the concert ends, you can keep your own party going all the way home again.
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