Festival travel: New York City hosts the Governors Ball, with cheap flights from Philadelphia

Festival travel: New York City hosts the Governors Ball, with cheap flights from Philadelphia
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By Hoodline - Published on May 23, 2019.

Looking for the right time to visit New York City, but hoping to skip the typical Big Apple tourist scene in favor of a more local experience? The Governors Ball Music Festival is right around the corner, and might have exactly what you're looking for.

Started by local music lovers eight years ago, it features 60-plus artists of all genres, plus a selection of the best eats in town, street artists from around the city, interactive games and activities, and more. What better way to experience the music, art and culture at the heart of NYC?

Fortunately, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive flights between Philadelphia and New York City on travel site Skyscanner.

Here’s a list of flights, hotels, restaurants and local attractions in New York City to round out your trip. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest New York City flights

The cheapest flights between Philadelphia and New York City are if you leave on May 30 and return from New York on June 3. Spirit Airlines currently has tickets for $236, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had later in May. If you fly out of Philadelphia on May 31 and return from New York City on June 2, Spirit Airlines can get you there and back for $250 roundtrip.

Top New York City accommodations

Regarding where to stay, here are a couple of New York City’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Standard, High Line (848 Washington St.)

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If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The Standard, High Line. The hotel has a 4.4-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $275.  

All 338 rooms have ground-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views. It is within close proximity to the west side highway, Javits Center, SoHo and the Financial District. 

The Dream Downtown (355 W. 16th St.)

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There's also the 4.5-star rated The Dream Downtown, which has rooms for $204/night.

Situated between the thriving Meatpacking District and Chelsea, The Dream Downtown is the latest addition to the Vikram Chatwal Hotel portfolio. This luxury property features 315 loft-inspired rooms and a rooftop lounge with city views. 

Featured New York City food and drink

Don't miss New York City's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

Levain Bakery (167 W. 74th St.)

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First things first: where to satisfy your sweet tooth. For a popular option, check out Levain Bakery, which has an average of 4.8 stars out of 42 reviews on Skyscanner.

The bakery boasts a steady stream of community regulars and tourists loyal to its diverse assortment of freshly baked products. 

"The chocolate chip walnut cookie is amazing!" wrote visitor Sandy.

Red Rooster (310 Lenox Ave.)

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If you're looking for a local favorite restaurant pick, head to the Red Rooster, with 4.5 stars from 56 reviews.

The Red Rooster is part of the vibrant Harlem community. The menu reflects the roots of American cuisine while celebrating local farmers and artisanal food makers. The Red Rooster features a takeout market, bar and restaurant.  

The Meatball Shop (84 Stanton St.)

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Also worth considering is The Meatball Shop, with 4.6 stars from 49 reviews.

"These are the best meatballs I have ever had," wrote ABelle. 

Featured New York City attractions

New York City is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are two popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park (334 Furman St.)

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First up is The Brooklyn Bridge Park. It checks in with 4.6 stars from 469 reviews.

Located in the heart of New York City, The Brooklyn Bridge Park is a great place for tourists and residents to visit. This park is located beside the Brooklyn Bridge, considered one of the portals into the city and although the park itself is simple, it also offers an amazing view of the entire city. 

The Statue of Liberty 

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Finally, consider checking out The Statue of Liberty. It has 4.9 stars from 410 reviews.

A symbol of the country's possibilities, The Statue of Liberty National Monument includes nearby Ellis Island, where many European immigrants started on their journey of becoming Americans.  

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