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More Mint for JFK as JetBlue Picks Up What United's Dropping

June 18, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

While loyal United flyers may still be reeling from the airline's recent announcement that they'd be completely withdrawing from New York's JFK Airport—moving their "p.s." all-business-class transcontinental flights over to their Newark hub—another airline has quickly stepped up to fill the hole.

This morning, JetBlue stated that they'd be increasing their number of daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK to both Los Angeles-LAX and San Francisco-SFO, beginning October 25. That same date is, conveniently, the day United is scheduled to pull their six daily JFK flights to LAX and seven to SFO. And it's not just like JetBlue is throwing some extra flights onto the schedule; the boost will be exclusively Airbus A321s with JetBlue's premium "Mint" class onboard. Have a look around.

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Snap the Skyline: It's Manhattanhenge Weekend in NYC

May 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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Just in case you happened to be around 42nd Street in New York City last evening and noticed crowds of pedestrians with their smartphones held high, seemingly looking off into the horizon, and wondered what was going on...it's Manhattanhenge!

Two weekends every year, during the summer, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a straight beam of sunset through the urban canyons of the streets. Photographers who wish to capture this phenomenon typically stake out the west end of of wide 42nd Street, and even head over the East River to Long Island City to capture the whole of the skyline.

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How To Get Last Minute Tickets To The Governors Ball

May 29, 2015 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

After being hailed the best festival of 2014, The Governors Ball is returning to Randall’s Island Park in NYC on June 5th-7th with a line-up that includes Friday headliners Drake, Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Chromeo and The Decemberists.

On Saturday, DeadMau5, Björk, Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, and Flume will take the stage with The Black Keys and Lana Del Rey closing things out on Sunday.

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A Must-Eat When in NYC: Bocadillo de Erizos at Toro

Where: 85 10th Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
April 29, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

We know, we know. Sea urchin is an acquired taste for many. Okay, a lot of people. In fact the marine animal’s gonads, it’s oft been called foie gras or butter of the sea. (Mmm...butter.)

At Toro in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, co-chef/owner Ken Oringer serves the silky roe pressed with pickled mustard seeds between two slices of miso-buttered bread. For first-timers, the Bocadillo de Erizos (a bocadillo is a type of Spanish sandwich) strikes the perfect balance of oozy, briny sweetness and crisp bread. Luscious and salty, it’s straight up essence of the sea.

Two bites into our bocadillo and we were ready for another. It’s that delicious. And of all the things we ate during a recent NYC trip, it’s the number one dish we think about. As in, we will never look at a glass of rosé the same way without this ridiculously tasty pairing.

Even if you’re sea urchin squeamish, there’s a really good chance the Bocadillo de Erizos ($13) will sway you. So go to Toro, give it a try and tell us what you think.

[Photo: Toro/Facebook]

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3 'Louie' Themed Date Nights You Can Go On Right Now In NYC

April 17, 2015 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Louie's fifth season has just debuted on FX, bringing more of the comedian's dark humor, and favorite New York hangouts, to the small screen. In honor of Louie C.K.'s return, here's a look at three Louie-style date nights to some of the most memorable restaurants and comedy clubs ever featured on the show. Hopefully, you'll have more luck in love than Louie did.

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How to Get Tickets to the One World Trade Center Observatory

April 7, 2015 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Add May 29 to your iCal. That's the date the One World Trade Center's observatory opens to the public, for 100th-story views from the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

Entry won't be cheap, at $32 for adults 13-64 and $26 for children 6-12 (children under 5 are free), but it is significantly more affordable than tickets for the Burj Khalifa's Observatory, which run $55 for adults during peak visitation hours.

The very first batch of tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 8, at 10am EST. Of course complimentary admission is extended to family members of those killed on 9/11, and to the rescue and recovery workers who worked at the site in the months following the tragedy.

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Opening Day at Coney Island's Cyclone Didn't Go as Planned

March 30, 2015 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even though the temperature where you call home might not be supporting the concept, spring has finally arrived across the top half of the globe. That means more time outdoors, more sunshine, and most importantly theme parks and roller coasters opening their turnstiles for the first time in months.

Over in New York some of the rides and attractions at Coney Island starting doing their thing for the first time in 2015; however, apparently there are still quite a few kinks to still work out. On Sunday the famous Cyclone got stuck at the top during its opening day, and riders had to climb down the lift hill to get back to the ground.

The roller coaster is celebrating year 88 of doing its thing, and we’re hopeful that this opening day mishap is only a hiccup in Luna Park’s—and the coaster’s—summer season. All in all there were 24 riders that were forced to take a different way down, and thankfully no one was injured. So a good story for those involved albeit a scary one in the moment!

[Photo of a better day: Todd Crusham]

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Shut The Door. Have a Seat. Mad Men Dining Week Begins On March 23 in NYC

March 12, 2015 at 2:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

With Mad Man's final season about to debut, AMC and NYC & Company are partnering for Mad Men Dining Week. Throughout the promotion, fans and foodies will be able to dine in the city's best restaurants, at Mad Men-era prices.

From March 23 to 29, more than 30 NYC restaurants will participate in the special lunchtime promotion, including the 21 Club, Barbetta, Delmonico's, and the El Parador Café.

For just $19.69 (excluding gratuities and taxes), diners can choose from a two-course prix-fixe menu of an appetizer and entrée or an entrée and dessert, or get two drinks.

Each menu has been created specifically for the promotion and promises to offer a "rare glimpse into New York City's culinary world as it was almost a half-century ago."

Reservations for Mad Men Dining Week can be made now at nycgo.com/madmendiningweek.

[Photo: Mad Men Dining Week]

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Just The Tip: Delta Plane Skids Off Snowy Runway at LaGuardia, Gets Real Close to the Water

March 5, 2015 at 1:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're next trip involves landing at LaGuardia Airport, we suggest you look away now.

A Delta passenger plane originating in Atlanta (Flight 1086) skidded off the runway at LGA this morning. But the plane didn't just go off to the side of the runway a little. Instead it rammed into a seawall fence, leaving its nose hovering above the choppy sea. Eeep.

The good news is that there are no fatalities. The AP reports that all 125 passengers (including Giants tight end Larry Donnell) and five crew members evacuated on inflated safety chutes. Six people are reported to be injured, but not seriously, and the plane lost a wing but otherwise, everyone is good.

And as is the norm these days, many passengers have been posting on social media about the shaking landing. Here's a video posted during the evacuation, in which you can see people shuffling on their butts down the chutes:

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Reservations Open Today for NYC's Biggest Restaurant Week Yet

February 2, 2015 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Go and get 'em! Reservation booking has just opened up here for the semiannual NYC Restaurant Week, aka one of our favorite (and super highly recommended) city food events. NYC's Winter Restaurant Week(s) 2015 runs from February 16 to March 6.

Get over to OpenTable quickly to snap up the best and newest tables, lest you get stuck dining at some Theater District steakhouse that survives on tourists being loose with their money and not too particular about what's on their plate. The choices for winter 2015 are better than ever, with a record 340 participating eateries.

The official announcement gives a taste of what to expect:

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Fresh Off Flying The Pope Around, Philippine Airlines Announces Direct Flights to NYC

February 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

Divine intervention

After a rough couple years that saw Southeast Asia airlines cancel direct flights from the States, the region has been working hard to become more accessible for travelers from America. Now, the latest announcement from the Philippines is a slam dunk in that regard.

Beginning March 15, Philippine Airlines, recently known for flying the Pope, will begin a nonstop flight between New York (JFK) and Manila. It will be the first airline to offer direct flights between the two cities.

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5 'Broad City' Filming Locations You Can Visit Without Bevers Ruining It For You

January 27, 2015 at 1:22 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last weekend, to celebrate the return of Comedy Central's Broad City, the Lyft App gave fans in NYC a ride in their spiffy new Broad City RV (pictured above). For those who missed out, we have the next best thing.

Here are 5 Broad City filming locations you can visit anytime, without Bevers, Abbi's roommate's boyfriend, screwing it up for you.

1. Chalk Gym

Abbi is employed as a Cleaner at NYC's trendy "Soulstice" (seriously, it's the title on her t-shirt) but if you were planning on getting a membership, you're out-of-luck since the gym doesn't actually exist. You can check out the next best thing though, Chalk Gyms in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the Soulstice scenes are filmed. Get ready to Slide and Glide, mothaf*ckers!

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