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'Tis the season for New York City to unearth its transportation gems in the name of holiday fun, as the Big Apple again runs their special annual historic subway trains and city buses.
The subway train is the main attraction, and though it's technically called the "Nostalgia Shoppers' Special Train," you'll hear it referred to as the "vintage train" much more often. Clanking down the rails between Queens and the East Village, the train is an amalgam of rolling stock from the 1930s through 1950s.
A ride on the train costs the same as every other MTA ride—$2.25—and passengers are allowed to hop on/off at any stop just as if it were a normal subway train; the big difference is that the vintage train quickly turns into a party!
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Tourists who head up to the viewing level of Chicago's Willis Tower (née Sears Tower) today are in for a shock. The 1,451-foot building is no longer the tallest building in the United States. That distinction was wrested away from Chicago by New York City's One World Trade Center, standing tall at 1,776 feet.
The decision is a controversial one, as the final height total depended on whether or not the 408-foot spire atop the WTC building would count. This morning, however, those with the final say on these mattersthe Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)determined that it did, and deliberations by a panel of architects ended in New York's favor.
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Christmas is more than two months away, but the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City is already selling out.
The annual pageant is on the holiday must list for thousands of nostalgic New Yorkers and families from around the world, and the Rockettes know how to cater to their audience. The 90-minute extravaganza will once again feature beautiful women, wooden soldiers, a living nativity scene, and Santa Claus.
The Rockettes are scheduled to perform four times a day from Nov. 8 through Dec. 30 (we're exhausted just thinking about it!). So, even though some of the more popular weekend performances are sold out, there are still plenty of opportunities to catch the show before it ends.
You know we love us some vintage stuff, and that’s especially the case on days like Throwback Thursday. This week we’re bringing you some ideas for your holiday shopping list—thanks in advance for thinking of us—as there’s a whole bunch of travel posters up for sale.
Imagine yourself sailing the Atlantic during the 1930s, visiting India aboard the train, or just making your way to San Francisco during the World’s Fair. Well, all these memories can soon be hanging right in your living room, as Swann Galleries is getting ready to host its Rare and Important Travel Posters auction. Let’s just say you’re going to need to make a few runs to the ATM beforehand.
Things are scheduled to run this Friday, October 18, and there’s over 200 items up for sale. Potential bidders—and dreamers like us—are welcome to peruse things online, and you might even be able to stop by their galleries in New York City before the auction begins. Some items are expected to attract bids between $700 and $1000; however, there are few gems with estimates upwards of $20,000 or $30,000.
Even Madonna can't get away with texting in a movie theater.
During the NYFF premiere of 12 Years A Slave, the superstar enraged those sitting around her as she spent more time looking at her cell phone than the big screen. When a fellow moviegoer asked her politely to put her phone away, Madonna snapped back saying, "It’s for business...enslaver!"
Movie fans nostalgic for the good ol' days are gathering in New York City this month for the Empire Drive-In. The temporary outdoor movie theater replicates the drive-in movie experience of the mid-twentieth century, complete with junked cars for the audience to sit in.
The theater, which was designed by artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark, will be at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park through October 20, 2013.
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We know, we know, it's not even Halloween yet, but doesn't today's opening of the Rink at the Rock just scream that Christmas is right around the corner? We've admitted in the past that it might be a tourist trap, yet that still doesn't stop the feelings from flowing when it comes to the charm of Rockefeller Center during the holidays.
Since this is no cheap novelty -- general admission adult skate prices start at $27 with an additional $12 for rentals -- you might consider making a day of it and picking up a SkySkate pass that allows you to go for a skate (with rentals included) and also visit the observation deck at the top of the Rock for $40. Tickets are available now, but only redeemable between January 8th and March 31st. Really want to get into the spirit? Fans of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular can combo orchestra seats to the show with a VIP skate pass for $100 during the month of November.
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There are no other buildings that show the romance of travel like the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport. The Saarinen-designed terminal was completed in 1962 and closed in 2001 following TWA’s financial deterioration. Countless starry-eyed travelers were lucky enough to pass through the doors and check-in to their flights under the vaulted ceiling while it was operational.
The rare opportunity to visit inside the structure this last weekend was thanks to the openhousenewyork festival. Plans are in the works to convert the terminal to a hotel and convention center, so this might have been your last chance to see it filled with people as it was meant to be.
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SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!
The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for this one day: Sunday, October 13. And it may be the last time to view the building in as close to Saarinen's original plans as possible, since rumors of hotel development are approaching fact.
The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. Last year was only the second instance of the TWA Flight Center welcoming hoards of the curious and, even better, access was (and still will be) free!
Tickets for the live tapings of Saturday Night Live are notoriously hard to get.
Usually, there are only three ways to get a seat in the SNL audience: Enter the August lottery and actually get picked, Spend hours waiting in the standby line, or Be lucky enough to know someone who can pull some strings for you.
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There is about to be a zombie invasion in New York City.
Just in time for the Sunday's season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead Escape is headed to NYC on Saturday, Oct. 12.
For this one-night only experience, The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will be transformed into a post-apocalyptic obstacle course that "survivors" will navigate while "walkers" chase them. The event was become a staple at San Diego Comic-Con but this is the first time the haunted house/cardio workout has been held in New York.
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These days airlines and airports are doing everything they can to bring the outside inside when it comes to things offered up in the terminals and concourses. JetBlue is often leading the way with stuff like this as they’re the ones who have been running their own concert series at their home at New York’s JFK, and now they’re starting something else pretty darn neat.