New York City Travel Guide
Cue the “Weekend Update” music, because we have some breaking news to report: “Saturday Night Live” is about to open a museum-style exhibition, and it’s going to rock your (Wayne’s) world.
Opening on May 30 at New York City's Premier Exhibition 5th Avenue — a fancy new state-of-the-art events space — and coinciding with the iconic TV series’ 40th anniversary, “Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition” basically sounds like a mini-Smithsonian dedicated to all things related to the show. And honestly, SNL kind of deserves that. The show is basically an American institution at this point. We forgive the lackluster seasons because every week, it plugs our finger into a socket of kinetic NYC energy. (“Saturday Night Live” might be the most successful accidental tourism campaign, like, ever.) And even the lame episodes become entertaining as reruns, when they take on the air of nostalgia – like televised yearbooks reminding us of the news events, pop culture chatter, and god-awful hairstyles of bygone eras.
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Okay—so it’s better than nothing, as we’re making some concourse connectivity progress when it comes to the technology offerings at airports in and around New York City.
JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are now flipping the switch on complimentary WiFi; however, just note that usage will be limited to 30 minutes. That’s plenty of time to check-in on social media, or to update the boss to let her know that you’ve come down with a cold and won’t be into the office—perhaps because you're actually on the way to a long weekend away.
The new deal is all part of a plan by those folks in charge of the airports—the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. They also oversee things a little bit up the Hudson River as well, so the WiFi will also be an option at Stewart International Airport.
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We’ve still got months and months to go before the start of the season, but this week brings a little NFL action to football fans across the globe. We’re only days away from the this and that surrounding the NFL draft, as the amateurs become professionals in front of a live audience at Radio City Music Hall in New York City this Thursday.
Most things involving the NFL cost an arm and a leg, but surprisingly getting access to this year’s draft can be yours free of charge. However, there’s a process to checking things out in person, and it will cost you a little bit of time.
Can we just say that it’s about time?
If you have ever had the pleasure of flying to or through New York’s LaGuardia Airport, you probably have a pretty strong opinion about the disrepair and dysfunction that can be found in and around it. Now it looks like someone is finally getting ready to do something about it, as the State of New York will be throwing money at the problem—like $3.6 billion worth.
The state’s governor—Andrew Cuomo—seems sick and tired of what the place looks like, and as part of the upgrades and improvements the airport will be scoring all kinds of new stuff. All the details are still forthcoming, so we’re not sure if it will be Starbucks or Sbarro making their appearance at the new LaGuardia. However, a new central terminal will be a big feature, and that will go nicely with new restaurants, shopping spots, and brand new parking garages. Free WiFi is also set to arrive, so that you can share your opinions of the new place on Instagram—your friends will probably need to see it to believe it.
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For those that haven’t ordered Super Bowl tickets from Costco—not a problem—there’s plenty of other stuff to do in the weeks and days leading up to this year’s big game in the New York City area. The game is technically taking place over in New Jersey at the shared home of the Giants and Jets, but Manhattan is where many of the pregame festivities are set to do their thing.
The biggest attraction outside of the game has to be Super Bowl Boulevard, as the National Football League is setting up a whole bunch of flair across roughly 14 blocks of New York City real estate. It starts up on January 29 and runs through February 1, taking over parts of Broadway between 34th and 47th streets. Entry will be free to plenty of the events and attractions, but if you want to take a ride down the oversized—as in 60-feet—toboggan run, it’s going to cost you $5.
Uploaded back in September, with ample time to tutor tourists arriving to New York City for the holidays, the 4-minute video is an instructional film for non-New Yorkers looking to enjoy a visit to the Big Apple. We only picked up on it this week after our buddy, Seth Miller aka Wandering Aramean, posted it and added his two cents as a native New Yorker: "We’re not rude and Times Square isn’t a great place to visit. There’s reasons for that and you should understand them, not just assume we’re all assholes."
While the video is meant to entertain, it's also completely serious on a "listen up" level. For real, stopping on the sidewalk to take a picture can result in worse than holding up those behind you for an extra second; sidewalk collisions do happen! While telling the story of how you broke your wrist outside Grand Central Terminal will likely be fun in the far, far future, the fact that it's your fault (and you may hurt others) isn't so great.
Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and even New Years may be over and, thus, the highest tourist holidays behind us, at least there's spring to look forward to. Watch this before hopping that plane to head to NYC for Central Park jogging and Fifth Avenue shopping.
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One of this week's most coveted tickets is for Stand Up For Heroes, a rock concert/stand up comedy show to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Stand Up aims to bring together leaders from business, entertainment, government, and philanthropy to raise funds to help injured service members and their families. The night's line-up includes Bill Cosby, Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters. But, the real stars of the event will be the service members who will be in attendance.
With the premiere of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes right around the corner, the show's cast and crew will be in New York City next week to celebrate and say goodbye.
On Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m., the show's cast, including Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte and Bob Odenkirk, along with the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, will talk with New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff for NYT's TimesTalks. Though tickets to the event sold out in a matter of minutes, fans can still try for stand-by tickets before the talk, or watch it online.
So there's this thing. It happens twice a year in New York City, on the little chunk of land out in the harbor you need a special ferry to reach. It's the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, and it's coming up this weekend.
From 11am to 5pm on Governor's Island for both Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16 (and again, August 17-18), Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra will play tunes from the 1920s and 30s while the publicmany in full '20-'30s period outfitsdance, check out the 1920s autos on display, drink a few prohibition-era cocktails and socialize in the sun.
Saturday just sold out, but tickets for Sunday and the August dates are still available online for $30 and possibly at the door, for $35.
"Where should we eat tonight?"
Avoid the usual weeping and gnashing of teeth that follows that question by whipping out your phone and grabbing an answer from the new Eater app. All the mapped restaurant recommendations and food news for 22 US cities is the work of the awesome folks at Eater.com' family of sites.
Even if you're not into the drama behind the creation of the "cronut" (a combo donut and croissant) or obsessed with Top Chef gossip, you'll want to download this app. Hey, who doesn't want to be "in the know" as to where the newest 11-seat omakase spot has opened? That's what we thought. And, by the way, it's totally free and available in both the iTunes & Google Play stores.
For tourists and locals traveling below the streets of New York City, there’s a new way to get around the massive subway system. The traditional subway map is getting an upgrade, and that means they’ll finally replace some of those printed ones that have long been missing information due to too many people running their fingers along popular routes.
Digital maps have already invaded some subway stops, like Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station and the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center stop over in Brooklyn, but now the the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is planning to hook up stops with at least 77 more touchscreen "On the Go!" panels.
The Fung Wah bus, which offered famously cheap (and unsafe) fares between New York and Boston, is no more. The company was shut down by the government after refusing to hand over its safety records. Now that MegaBus and BoltBus can get you between East Coast cities for about the same amount of cash while also offering free wireless, it's hard to feel nostalgic about the Fung Wah. But this New Yorker video from Marc Philippe Eskenazi sure does tug at the ol' heartstrings.
Confession: We were more Lucky Star Bus people...that is, before MegaBus entered the scene.