New York Travel Guide
The schedule for the 2013 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, scheduled to take place October 17- 20, has been announced and will include appearances by celebrity chefs Anne Burrell, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and Emeril Lagasse.
The festival, presented by Food & Wine, will benefit Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. This year, several festival events will take place at the Hudson Hotel, including wine and pairing seminars, while Pier 94 will be the new home of the festival’s signature Southern Wine & Spirits of New York Trade Tasting, and Pier 92 will host the fest’s Blue Moon Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray and the Tacos & Tequila hosted by Bobby Flay.
Gwyneth Paltrow is adding Travel Guide Writer to her lengthy resume. Paltrow has just released a series of apps, The Goop City Guides, for New York City, Los Angeles, London, and (coming soon) Paris.
"I have always dreamed of finding a city guide that would be just right for me, like a trusted friend whose opinion you knew you could count on," Gwyneth recently wrote on her Goop lifestyle blog.
Movie Set Travel / Jaunted On Location / Anchorman 2 / New York City / Will Ferrell / Celeb Travel / → All Tags
Just last week the cast and crew of Anchorman 2 turned downtown Atlanta in NYC, circa 1977, but this weekend they'll be taking over the real thing.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues will help New York City stay classy tomorrow, Saturday, May 17, as they film scenes throughout Manhattan. Anchorman 2, or Teaching Manheim (the movie's code name) is scheduled to bring a little bit of 70s style to the area around the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park, before shooting scenes at Rockefeller Center.
Stretch your legs and limber up as reservations for the soon-to-reopen State of Liberty once again become available. The reopening won't happen until July 4, and it will be the first time the public is allowed back up in Lady Liberty's head and even in her environs since Hurricane Sandy flooded Liberty Island in late October.
Reserve the tickets and boat trip over to the island directly on StatueCruises.com. If you opt to make the trip from Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan, a roundtrip ride and access to the monument will cost $17 per person. Go all the way with a visit to the crown, and it's $20.
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It's not too often that New York finds itself envious of Los Angeles, but in the case of VIP airport check-in lanes, LAX has it good. That is, had it good, since New York-JFK just opened an American Airlines Flagship Check-in on May 1.
If you're wondering where it is celebrities and other First Class flyers disappear to after the paparazzi have chased from the curbs at airports, it's lanes like this. The Flagship Check-in is a private zone for First Class and ultra-elite flyers, dedicated to the pre-security tasks of checking in, choosing seats, last-minute itinerary changes, and checking luggage with as little of the usual airport fracas as possible.
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All logos should be made of mini cupcakes
On May 24, Delta debuts the massive extension of Terminal 4 at New York-JFK International Airport to travelers. No need to wait that long to peek at brand-spanking-new space and its staggeringly massive 24,000-square-foot SkyClub (with first ever SkyDeck!), however; last night the airline opened a pop-up space in Soho to show off ahead of time.
The spotcalled "Delta T4 Xperience," or "T4X" for shortwill be open to the public Tuesday thru Sunday from 11am to 3pm, from now until May 22. The first level boasts exhibits to virtually "tour" the new terminal, plus a vending machine churning out Delta-branded freebies (a mirror, luggage tag, passport holder or cold drink cup). Head up to the second story for some Nespresso caffeination and a preview of the highly anticipated SkyDeck.
Now, for the really good part:
The new enclosure, in progress
It opened to the public on July 19, 2012. It closed only a few months after, in late October, when Hurricane Sandy swept through New York City and, well, huffed and puffed and blew its house down. We're speaking of the Space Shuttle Enterprise on the Intrepid aircraft carrier, of course, and the latest image showing progress on the reconstruction of the exhibit hints at exciting things to come.
Compare the construction of the new structure (above) to the old tent-like one (below). First observation? It's not a tent! Hallelujah, break out the champagne because now the exhibit may actually have a chance of surviving the next huge storm to hit NYC (knock on wood). Secondly, we notice increased space. Perhaps the single staircase to view the nose of the shuttle (through scratched plexi glass, mind you) will mercifully be replaced by an actual viewing platform? And perhaps it won't all feel like some temproary, low-budget exhibition, which is definitely is not.
Throwback Thursday / New York City / JFK / Airports / Hotels / Holiday Inn / Retro Travel / → All Tags
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Are you sitting down? No? You might want to, because we're about to do something crazy. We're going to wax nostalgic for the good ol' days of airport hotels, specifically the Holiday Inns of the 1960s.
Sure, Holiday Inn still exists and they've even gussied up their image and amenities in the last decade especially to appeal to modern travelers, both business and leisure, but there was something special about the midcentury playfulness of the 1960s Holiday Inn that makes us yearn to even spend just one night in a JFK Airport hotel. Shocking!
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Let's race! Running shoes? Check. Healthy breakfast? Check. Warm-up stretches? Check. A runway course at New York's busiest international airport? CHECK.
This past Sunday, April 14, nearly 1,000 runners and aviation enthusiasts resisted hitting the "Snooze" button and got their butts to JFK Airport for the 41st Annual JFK Runway Run. The 5K course actually closes a major runway to air traffic, while the rerouted aircraft continue landing and taking off like normal on other runways. No earplugs needed, but most runners had a camera in hand.
Registration was $25 in advance and $30 onsite. We were lazy and showed up at 7am for the 9am race to ensure we secured a last-minute spot. Come to find out that our worry was all for naught; anyone who showed up and paid was welcome to race.
The 963 participants were runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels, and even those in wheelchairs were welcome to have a pusher. We watched as one little girl, who couldn't have been older than 8, spent her time walking the runway and taking iPhone photos of planes. Very cute. Meanwhile, the serious runners were probably well into their lunches; the fastest times were just over 20 minutes while the slowest (ours) was 1 hour and 20 minutes. Yes, we proudly finished 963rd on account of all the aircraft distractions.
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Trouble really does follow Lindsay Lohan everywhere, including the line at airport security.
According to TMZ, Lindsay was pulled aside at New York-JFK airport yesterday for a "very thorough, very hands-on security pat-down."
The Great Gatsby doesn't hit theaters until May 10, but marketing for the movie is already in full swing with new posters, trailers, and promotional material being released on a near daily basis.
Now, publishing company Simon and Schuster has joined in on the fun with a sweepstakes that will send one lucky winner to the movie's New York City premiere.
In October, we took a sidelong glance at Peek, a new-ish travel experience site focused on fun, unique activities that help travelers really get to know a place. San Francisco, San Diego, California Wine Country and Hawaii were the first destinations to be unveiled, but this week the menu is expanding to include New York, Miami and Orlando.
Being pretty active New Yorkers ourselves, we thought we'd size up some of the options Peek is offering for visitors to the Big Apple—among them, a Brooklyn Brewery tour, red carpet tickets to the TriBeCa Film Festival, and a package deal on New York's still-thriving interactive theater show, Sleep No More.