Where the Riders are in New York in October
Fall is here and we’re heading into New York’s busiest time of year. However, you don’t have to wait for the holidays to start reaping a rider bonanza. Good business is where you find it, but where you look is critical. At INSHUR we look for ways to help you make more money – revealing where the crowds are is one of them. Many Uber drivers will be cruising for riders in all the same old places. But that’s way too competitive. Instead, we’ve found some busy spots that may get overlooked. Scoop up the riders that the others never see.
NYC Comic Con 2019
Event: The nation’s biggest Comic expo.
Where: Javits Convention Center on Eleventh Ave in Hells Kitchen.
When: Thursday 3rd to Sun 6th October.
Times: Thursday thru Sat: 10.00am – 7.00pm. Sun: 10.00am – 5.00pm.
NY Comic Con is America’s biggest mash up of comics, film, fantasy, games and role-playing. It features everything there is to know and love about our favorite comic stars. Last year saw 250,000 visitors attend the fest, many of them in elaborate fancy dress. Be on call to get tired Zeldas, Hulks,
Things, Spidermen, X-men and Wonder Women back to their hotel or secret lair.
Insider’s scoop: The hours above are just the main show. Talk panels run to 10.00pm. Be available for late-night superheroes and avoid the jams on 11th Ave, by picking up on West 34th St.
The New York Coffee Festival
Event: Coffee Expo, celebrating all things about the bean.
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion. 125 W 18th St, in Chelsea.
When: Friday 11th to Sun 13th October.
Times: Friday 11.00am to 6.00pm, Sat: 9.30am to 6.30pm. Sun: 9.30am to 4.30pm.
The New York Coffee Festival is back and bigger than ever. 12,000 visitors came to honor their cup of joe in 2018 and more are expected this year. With shows, demos, sales and contests, it appeals to anyone who loves hot java. Be on tap to perk your rider numbers and put some extra $$ in your pot.
Insider’s scoop: Friday is trade-day and strictly for those in the biz. Expect execs on expense accounts to order up plenty of Uber Black and Uber Select to go with their coffee.
BRIC Jazz Fest
Event: Week-long jazz festival.
Where: BRIC House, Fort Greene, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.
When: Sat 19th to Sat 26th October.
Times: Sat 19th, starts @ 3.00pm. Sun 20th @ 7.00pm. Mon 21st – Sat 26th @ 7.30pm. All days run ‘til late.
BRIC is one of NY’s largest cultural event organisers. Their Jazz Fest brings together bands, solo artists and world-famous names in an eight-day spectacular. The three-day marathon to end the event draws big crowds from across the whole metro area. At the end of a long night groovin’, they’ll need you to take them home.
Insider’s scoop: The main entrance to BRIC is on the corner of Fulton Street and Rockwell Place. It will be busy. Ask riders to meet you on Rockwell. Enter the road from the north side, off Dekalb Ave.
Yes, every Uber driver is aware of Halloween, but do they know where the best events for riders are? The build-up to Oct 31st is a big deal in New York. Here are some prime spots to pick up those who like their fun on the scary side.
Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch
Event: Old-style harvest festival and pumpkin patch for families.
Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
When: Sat 12th to Sun 13th October.
Times: 11.00am to 5.00pm.
Village Halloween Parade
Event: Huge Halloween march that draws up to 50,000 participants.
Where: The Parade runs up Sixth Ave from Spring St to 16th St in Manhattan.
When: Thursday 31st October. Times: 7.00pm – 10.30pm.
Insider’s Scoop: Sixth Ave will be packed with spectators between Bleeker and 14th Sts. Drop riders at the head (Spring to W Houston Sts) or tail (14th St to 16th St) of the Parade.
Boo at the Zoo
Event: Bronx Zoo adds a Halloween dimension to its usual animal attractions.
Where: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, NY10460.
When: Weekends from Sat, 28th Sept to Sun, 3rd Nov.
Times: Weekdays: 10.00am to 5.00pm. Weekends: 10.00am to 5.30pm.
Insider’s Scoop: Families arriving by bus use the park’s Bronx River or Asia Gate entrances. At the day’s end, some will have tired kids and need an Uber home. Expect to pick-up in these locations.
Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
Event: Pooches in action with their own Halloween parade.
Where: East River Park Amphitheatre along the FDR at Grand Street and East River Park.
When: Sat, 19th October.
Times: Noon to 3.00pm.
Find the riders that other Uber drivers miss.
Comic Con, 3 rd to 6th October.
New York Coffee Festival, 11th to 13th October
BRIC Jazz Fest, 19th to 26th October.
Halloween Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch 12th to 13th October.
Village Halloween Parade, 31st October.
Boo at the Bronx Zoo, 28th September to 3 rd November.
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, 19th October.
Maps and handy Tips in our Insider’s Scoop.
SOURCES and LINKS:
NY Comic Con info: https://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/About/NYCC-Fan-FAQs/
NY Comic Con location info: https://javitscenter.com/attend/getting-here/
NY Coffee Festival: https://www.newyorkcoffeefestival.com/VenueFAQ
BRIC Jazz fest info: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances#Oct2019
Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch info: https://queensbotanical.org/event/pumpkin-patch-2/2019-10-12/
Halloween Parade info: http://halloween-nyc.com/
Boo at the Zoo: https://bronxzoo.com/boo-at-the-zoo
Bronx Zoo map: https://bronxzoo.com/map
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade info: http://www.tompkinssquaredogrun.com/halloween/