New York City Travel Guide
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.
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When it comes to eating at the airport this might just be some of the best news we’ve heard all year, as New York-JFK is getting ready to add a whole bunch of restaurants and dining establishments. We’re sure they’re all pretty darn tasty in their own way, and we welcome them all to the terminal; however, there’s one brand that we just can’t wait to see arrive—Shake Shack.
It’s all part of a $28 million development deal, as 16 new restaurants are heading to Terminal 4 over at JFK Airport. That terminal of the airport mostly operates the international flights, so a nice burger and fries will be a warm welcome to those returning from aboard or those visiting the nifty fifty for the very first time. Everything will be completed by the end of the year, and the first phase of the restaurants should arrive as soon as this May.
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Much has been made lately of the newest tech-y addition to airport arrivals halls, those hologram helpers, but up until this weekend we hadn't seen one for ourselves. The entire machine, a sizeable thing, can be found at the transportation help centers, where you may go to ask a question about taxi fares or how to get a bus versus a taxi.
Hologram girl's purpose is to answer the most basic of questions so you no longer have to wait to speak with a human. Except she's not exactly a hologram. A hologram projects an image into open space, a la Princess Leia's "help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" message beamed out of R2-D2 in Star Wars. Instead, airport hologram girl is a projection onto a person-shaped piece of plexi, which stands a respectable distance out into the baggage claim area as if she is indeed able to help and answer questions.
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It's been an entire year since the demolition of the old I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 at New York's JFK Airport. Not only was it the former "Sundrome" home of the now-defunct National Airlines, but it served as the first real home of JetBlue; it was their training wheels terminal before building Terminal 5, if you will.
The building may be gone but Terminal 6 lives on...as what's soon to be an extension of JetBlue's massive T5. Just this morning the airline's head honchos broke out the shiny silver shovels with Port Authority officials to break ground on "T5i," an annex specifically for JetBlue's international flights.
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We knew that New York City had their eyes on a new design and model for their ubiquitous taxis, but now it looks like the plan is finally considered official.
Last week, the Taxi and Limousine commission approved the Nissan NV200 as the city’s new go to mode of transportation. It’s not going to be an instant upgrade for drivers and passengers, as the plan is to phase in around 13,000 of the new vehicles as older cabs are up for repair, replacement, and retirement.
We’re just about a week away from the start of the professional football season and, with or without the referees (they’re using replacement officials for now), the NFL is ready for this year’s first week of kickoffs. Of course the television networks are eager for you to tune in as well, but for true football fans there’s nothing like celebrating the season by being there in person.
For those who call the greater New York area home this won’t be too difficult to accomplish, as this year’s opening game is set to have the Dallas Cowboys face off against the New York Giants over at MetLife Stadium over in beautiful East Rutherford, New Jersey. The party is set to start about an hour before the game begins as the NFL attempts to throw their own tailgating party—minus the beverages in red cups. They’ve shelled out the cash to ensure everyone has a good time, and that includes bringing in Mariah Carey and No Doubt for a couple of live performances.
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The bar at Red Rooster
Yesterday we made the happy announcement that reservations are open for NYC's Winter Restaurant Week. Now, we're going to come through on our promise to let you in on our top picks.
Without further ado, our 5 top picks for New York Restaurant Week Winter 2012:
· Red Rooster, Harlem
3-course lunch for $24.07
If you can get yourself up to Harlem for a midday meal, then this is our highest recommendation. Not only is Red Rooster the current talk of the town, but it's actually worthy of the hype. It's soul food with a Swedish touch, on account of (Top Chef Masters winner) Chef Marcus Samuelsson's mixed African-Scandi background. We just hit up Red Rooster ourselves for their Sunday Gospel Brunch and ummm yeah. We'll be back real soon. Do not miss the Cornbread, Mac & Greens (omg) and Fried Yard Bird.
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The Ratatouille L'Ecole burger during NYFW last year
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. This is the 20th anniversary of the event, and the eating takes place for longer this time around, lasting from January 16 - February 10 (weekdays only).
Get over to OpenTable quickly to snap up the best and newest tables, among them Boulud Sud and Maialino, 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.
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With a movie version currently in theaters, a Tony Award-winning play on Broadway, a novel on the best-sellers list and a past SNL parody, War Horse has completely invaded pop culture. But, it has also offered an opportunity to find travel inspiration in all of its various incarnations.
While War Horse (the movie) was filmed at several locations throughout the U.K., including Devon where it is set, none of the movie's locations is more picturesque than the village of Castle Combe in Chippenham. The small village was shut down last fall while Steven Spielberg filmed scenes for the movie outside the Cotswold homes that line its streets.