Festival travel: New York City's Governors Ball is coming soon, a flight away from Cincinnati

Festival travel: New York City's Governors Ball is coming soon, a flight away from Cincinnati
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By Hoodline - Published on May 22, 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?

Whether you’re ready to book your trip now or just imagining what it might look like, take a look at these forthcoming flights between Cincinnati and New York City, which we pulled from travel site Skyscanner.

We've also included top-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions in New York City, to round out any visit. (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 Cincinnati and New York City are if you leave on May 31 and return from New York on June 4. Frontier Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $122.

If you fly out of Cincinnati on May 31 and return from New York City on June 3, Frontier Airlines can get you there and back for $147 roundtrip.

Top New York City accommodations

To plan your accommodations, here are some 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.

The hotel stands in the Meatpacking District overlooking the historic high line, the former elevated railroad that has been developed into New York’s new favorite public park. 

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.

It's situated between the thriving Meatpacking District and Chelsea.

Ace Hotel New York (20 W. 29th St.)

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If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, try Ace Hotel New York. The 4.3-star hotel has rooms for $84/night.  It's within walking distance of many popular destinations like Times Square, the Empire State Building, Macy's and the Broadway theaters. And it's close to the old Tin Pan Alley.

Top picks for dining and drinking

If you're looking for a popular spot to grab a bite, New York City has plenty of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a few from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.

Levain Bakery (167 W. 74th St.)

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First things first: dessert. For a popular option, check out Levain Bakery, which has an average of 4.8 stars out of 42 reviews on Skyscanner. The menu includes an inventive array of rustic breads and other creative takes on traditional baked goods and cookies.

The Meatball Shop (84 Stanton St.)

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One of New York City's most popular restaurants is The Meatball Shop, with 4.6 stars from 49 reviews.

"It was the best meatballs I have ever had," wrote reviewer ABelle.

Red Rooster (310 Lenox Ave.)

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Also worth considering is the Red Rooster.

"I am writing this at home after one of the most amazing meals I've ever had," wrote John349. "The attention to detail in every part of this dining experience really made it a standout."

Dominique Ansel Bakery (189 Spring St.)

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Finally, there's Dominique Ansel Bakery.

"A visit to New York meant that we had to visit the bakery that started the cronut craze," wrote Trina. "Their cronut flavors rotate monthly and they never feature the same flavor twice."

What to see and do in New York City

Not sure what to do in New York City, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park (334 Furman St.)

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First up is The Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Located in the heart of New York City, the park is located beside the Brooklyn bridge and offers an amazing view of the entire city. It is a great place for a tourist to stop and take a quick lunch break while absorbing the skyline of Manhattan. It is a highly recommended spot to watch the sun go down over the city.

"The walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, whether you're walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan or vice versa, is one of the most iconic walks New York City has to offer," wrote visitor Gary. 

The High Line Park 

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The High Line Park is another popular destination.

This re-purposing of the old railroad line running through the Meatpacking District of Manhattan has become an outdoor favorite for locals and tourists alike. With wood-planked floors and landscaping, the High Line is a great place to escape the craziness of the city and enjoy a few quiet moments.

"The most fun place I have found to walk in the city yet," wrote visitor Lars. "Starting in spring they offered great tours. Every time I go there are even more things blooming. The views are amazing and ever-changing. There is a lot of great art along the high line to enjoy and photo ops are endless."

The Statue of Liberty

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Finally, consider checking out The Statue of Liberty.

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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