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Live music is back this week at JFK thanks to JetBlue, but this time the music at Terminal 5 will be celebrating the holiday. As always you’ll need to be traveling to get access to the free concert, but you might also want to remember to wear a little bit of green.
Irish recording artist Julie Feeney is hitting the T5 stage live this Thursday—that’s St. Patrick’s Day—in the in the middle of the airport terminal. Aer Lingus and the tourism board of Ireland are partnering with JetBlue to bring passengers this week’s concert, so maybe they’ll even be passing out a few travel coupons or even some prizes like airfare to Dublin—maybe, just maybe?
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Sorry Sarah McLachlan but there’s a new lady taking center stage in T5 at JFK next week. JetBlue’s concert series continues with Taylor Swift on Wednesday, October 27. She’s going to be in New York anyway for an appearance on Today and Letterman, so why not swing by and say hello to the traveling masses before jetting off to somewhere else on her media tour?
The only catch to this totally free concert is that you’ll need to be flying on JetBlue that day in order to see the show. So if you are flying out next week, you might want to get to the airport a little early.
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Last week we revealed Delta’s plans for JFK with mixed emotions. We were a little sad to hear about the scheduled departure of Terminal 3, aka Pan Am’s Worldport, to the big airport terminal in the sky, but we were also excited that we don’t need to use an umbrella inside the terminal—yes, it’s that bad.
The 2010 US Open is right around the corner—we’re talking about tennis not golf—which means the summer is coming to an end. It’s kind of like the grand finale of the summer sports season, and just like every other year, the best in tennis are set to hit the courts between August 30 and September 12 in Queens.
Both the men and women will be looking to score a grand slam victory including the best of the best like Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Roger Federer, and Andy Roddick. So get your camera and autograph book ready before you head out to the courts.
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New York’s LaGuardia airport isn’t really known as a fine dining locationheck, there are three Au Bon Pains in one Terminalbut Delta is trying to change that image by pumping their main terminal with a little bit of cash. The airline wants to improve the eats, and they hope to do so by adding around 13 new options by this time next year.
OTG Management is in charge of the new restaurant concepts, and they’re teaming up with some of the city’s top chefs and restaurateurs to bring in something a little better than fried foodstuffs. Riad Nasr, Michael Lomonaco, and Dominick DeMarco are just some of the chefs that will work to better the food options.
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If you have a flight out of JetBlue’s T5 at JFK this Thursday, then you’re seriously in luck. The airline is putting on a free live concert within the terminal, and the concert will feature Sarah McLachlan as she kicks off her tour.
This week’s concert will be part of the Live from T5 concert series and will take place in the Marketplace at T5. It’s totally free, but there is one catch; it’s for ticketed JetBlue flyers only as it will be after the security checkpoint. However, for those following JetBlue on Facebook there might just be a way to win access to the concert without a ticket for a flight.
Everyone knows that New York City was baking in the summer sun earlier this week, and with the end of summer still far away there’s plenty of time to see triple digit temperatures again. One way to beat the heat is to head out of town, and if you’re doing so with the help of JetBlue, there’s now a great way to cool down at Terminal 5 at JFK.
Ben and Jerry's has installed one of their scoop shops to the terminal, and passengers will now be able to overindulge on Chubby Hubby and Cherry Garcia before heading out of the city. Just make sure to not overdo it, as we want you to leave room in case you're tempted to take those new JetBlue snack boxes for a test drive.
People crowd places like New York City's American Museum of Natural History to give the kids some scientific edu-tainment. But if you're looking to change it up, check out the underrated New York Hall of Science in Queens.
Although its name sounds kinda boring, NYSCI is New York City's only hands-on science and technology center with more than 450 hands-on exhibits that explore biology, chemistry and physics.
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We knew we'd encounter the holiday travel rush from our West Coast-to-East Coast flight last night, especially at our final destination, LaGuardia. But it ended up being the least eventful leg of our trip—because of an almost four-hour delay for our connecting flight in Chicago's O'Hare.
O'Hare is known for its frequent takeoff tardiness, but this time the culprit was the small storms in Chicago and East Coast, which delayed flights to New York and D.C., among other places. We saw at least one cancellation, but most flights were just delayed several hours.
Of the five boroughs of New York City, Manhattan is obviously the most visited, most well-known, but whether or not tourists realize it, they actually set foot in another borough first. This is Queens, otherwise recognized as the home of both LaGuardia and JFK airports, but it's a whole area simply packed with unique neighborhoods and small, family businesses, all the things that visitors expect from Manhattan but no longer find.
We focus in particular on the Astoria section of Queens, between the East River and LaGuardia, a neighborhood thatlike the typical idea of NYflourishes with immigrant populations ranging from Greek to Arab and everything in between. In addition, it's ever so slowly becoming the new Brooklyn, as more Midtown professionals and creatives make their homes here after being priced out of both Manhattan and Brooklyn. Indeed we find ourselves coming here more and more often, in quest of the best Greek souvlaki and views of the city.
Join us in Astoria, after the jump.
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Hopping off a flight and returning to New York's LaGuardia Airport yesterday evening, we looked out of the terminal at a pinkening sky, enhanced by the high-wattage lights of both the Mets' Citi Field and the US Open's Arthur Ashe stadium.
We've shown you the same view before, but reversed: LaGuardia as seen from Citi Field. This time however, we have a few extra visitors: the moon, and the Goodyear Blimp. There's no doubt that LaGuardia greets its arrivals with some of the best scenery of the NY-area airports. Or would you rather watch the sun set behind Newark?
Bonus points: can you spot the plane on final approach, just about to head over the stadium?
· Watch For Fly Balls And Landing Planes At NY's Citi Field [Jaunted]
· Travel Snapshots [Jaunted]
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We love airplanes, you love airplanes, so let's go look at airplanes! In our Prime Plane Spotting series, we'll let you in on all the best spots to whip out your cameras and binoculars for a piece of the aviation action.
Finally, there is a huge benefit to being cheap and buying only the highest, nosebleedingest seats at a Mets game at Citi Field: it means you're that much closer to the airplanes landing at neighboring LaGuardia. We had the opportunity to take in both a Saturday evening and a Sunday afternoon game at the new stadium recently, and we spent just as much time watching the action in the skies as the action on the field.
Even for those who aren't baseball fans, it's a great way to get out on a sunny day, enjoy a hot dog, and point your binoculars to the clouds for some excellent plane spotting. Even without binoculars it's great, but they help in identifying planes with minimal livery.