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Despite the fact that the calendar has shifted from August into September theme park season is still going strong for a few more weeks. However, many spots are already looking towards the future with a focus on new rides, attractions, and construction. One such place is Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, as they just announced plans to bring the world’s tallest drop ride to the park.
The new track will bring passengers way up into the sky, and then drop them quickly back towards the earth. In total, the coaster will rise 415' into the air, and the free-fall will accelerate riders to roughly 90 miles per hour—oof. The ride will be located right under the park’s Kingda Ka roller coaster and, to terrify further, both rides will launch their riders in the same direction.
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The days of fretting over whether taxicabs take credit cards are practically over--as most taxis in major cities and at major airports have long ago installed credit card machines, freeing you up from having to take out cash at the ATM when you land. Except at Newark International Airport taking a taxi into Manhattan and paying by credit card is still a hassle.
For starters, there is an additional $5 charge to all points in the state of New York (except Staten Island.) Second, the taxi stand makes you pre-pay for your ride at one of these machines. You then give the slip to your driver, with your desired destination and he will process the full payment at the end. That does not include tolls (which are about $10 and up) and tips (whatever you feel is appropriate.)
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Someone must be a little bit jealous of all the hard hats and bulldozers over on the other side of the New York City area, as United is now thinking about sprucing up its home at Newark Liberty International Airport. In case you missed it the New York City area is a pretty decent spot to battle for the wallets of the traveling public, and Delta has been putting in a lot of work to ensure that New York-JFK will look snazzy for years to come.
Now United is getting ready to do something similar over in New Jersey, as we guess they aren’t too cool with flyers heading to Queens in order to catch their flights. In total it looks like they’re planning to spend—or invest—a good chunk of change, as they’ll grab around $150 million out of the corporate piggy bank to get stuff done.
On Monday morning, the Atlantic City Alliance hosted a press conference announcing a brand new sculpture garden that will be going up in the Marina District. Located two and a half miles north of the main boardwalk (as in, the Boardwalk), the mile-long walkway has in fact existed for over a decade. The trouble is, no one really used it.
Launching this summer, AC Waterfront Sculpture Park plans to install 40 pieces of outdoor art along the walkway. 25 of those are scheduled to go up this summer, in early July, offering local and regional artists the chance to have their work seen by tens of thousands of tourists.
Though it can't really compete with the Boardwalk with a capital 'B,' the Marina District walkway is notable for two reasons: it winds along the bay, offering incredible waterfront views (see above), with plenty of greenery and public benches. And it connects three of the major casino hotels, Golden Nugget, Harrah's and Borgata. So even if you're not a fan of outdoor public art (shame on you), then you still have several practical reasons to be strolling down the new art walk this summer.
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Newark Mayor Cory Booker is a bit of a social media celebrity. In addition to running a difficult city, starting a campaign run for a 2014 Senate seat and lending his support to the state after Hurricane Sandy, he manages to keep up with his followers on Twitter. Spotted a pothole in Newark? Tweet him and he'll take care of it. Witnessed a crime? Call 911 first, but tweeting at Cory to follow-up seems to yield results. It's also pretty clear he loves his airport, Newark-Liberty International.
Last night, Mayor Booker tweeted that though the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey run EWR and he has no say on what goes down there, he does know where to get a good cupcake. We asked for details, and this morning he answered:
Terminal C: Crumbs. RT @jetsetcd: omg Newark Airport cupcakes! Where exactly?!— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 16, 2013
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When it comes to delicious and nutritious the airport usually isn’t the place to look for food; however, we realize that sometimes the terminal is your only option. The good news is that one group has kind of gone through the options available in the concourse, and they’ve ranked the best—and worst—options available at airports throughout the nifty fifty.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is the group behind the latest list, as they crunched the numbers—and menus—at some of the busiest airports in the land. They’ve been doing this since 2001, and since then the average scores have jumped a good 19 points or so. That’s good for the airport restaurants and good for our waistlines—it’s win-win.
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"Oh man, ugh whatever." - the typical feeling upon discovering your flight is departing from Newark-Liberty International Airport
It's true. Newark isn't exactly the most convenient airport, nor will it be winning any airport beauty pageants, but airlines have ways of turning your frown upside-down real quick. A grand example is the newly revamped, just-debuted-this-week Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Clubhouse.
At 5,000 square feet, it's half the size of their also recently reopened JFK Clubhouse, but that's partly due to the fact this one doesn't have the Cowshed Spa. Going for a downtown feel (JFK's aims for uptown style), it instead focuses around the architectural central bar (most popular cocktail? Mojito!) and chill-out lounge nooks (see the "Passion Pit" in our gallery below).
When you think theme parks, Disney or Universal Studios probably comes to mind, but that might change sooner rather than later if one company gets their way. Six Flags is sick and tired of playing second fiddle to some of the amusement park big boys, so they’re going big. Like, REAL BIG.
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey is a big hit with locals within the region, and is a pretty decent theme park option if you ask us. However, it’s about to grow to an international title to attract more international guests; if things go according to plan, it soon could hold the title of world’s largest theme park.
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If you’re aren’t familiar with Porter Airlines and their lounges, you just roll your suitcase—and yourself—right inside as lounge access is a complimentary amenity available to each and every passenger. No credit card, membership, or other paperwork needed to swing in for a drink, a comfortable seat, and a personal power outlet.
When driving up the New Jersey Turnpike towards the George Washington Bridge and Manhattan, you’ve probably noticed a whole lot of colorful buildings in the Meadowlands. Well it’s been scheduled to be several different things—including something known as Meadowlands Xanadu—but now it looks like part of its future identity will be a full blown theme park. DreamWorks is getting behind the oft delayed project, and if all finally goes according to plan the critters and characters from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda will be getting a new home in New Jersey.
Tentative plans include DreamWorks building some sort of indoor amusement park as part of the greater American Dream Meadowlands project. Rides, attractions, cartoon characters, and even some sort of water park will all be available to both tourists and locals alike. This will be in addition to the other stuff already scheduled to arrive, like an enclosed ski slope, one of those crazy bowling alleys, and an indoor sky diving option. Parents—let this serve as a warning to hide your ATM card upon arrival.
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There are very few things that'll make us consider flying out of Newark-Liberty International Airport versus JFK, but having a superior airline lounge experience would be one of them. After all, the few hours of pre-departure time can be the most critical for enjoying your flight and getting in the proper mood to fly long-haul.
Late last week, British Airways let us in to have a peek around their newly renovated Galleries lounge at EWR's Terminal B. This lounge, which is double the size of the old one, only reopened with the new furniture, new layout, new tech and new food and beverage options in late April, just in time to introduce it to flyers before the rush of Summer Olympics travel.
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Well, it was a good run and now the streak has been broken. Up until last week, the last time some guy walked the wrong way through security at Newark-Liberty Airport was January 2010. In that case, the airport was evacuated and all passengers re-screened just because some guy had gone too far to get a goodbye kiss.
This time around, it was a 64-old British man who made it past a "distracted" TSA agent and "do not enter" signs to wait at the gate for a family member's arriving flight. Airport personnel didn't even figure out he wasn't where he was supposed to be until a gate agent he had talked to realized he wasn't a departing passenger. Thanks, security cameras.