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New York City is hot and hopping, all thanks to the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships from August 25 - September 8. On a good day, some 60,000 ticketed spectators will file through the gates to watch the likes of Serena and Venus Williams, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and more battle it out in what is the final of four Grand Slam tournaments in the year, following the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
The games go down in Queens, a quick subway train ride east from Manhattan and within spitting distance of LaGuardia Airport. The venue, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, contains 17 courts, all of which are active and open to spectators during the tournament.
The get the most out of the experience, have a look at the tips we're sharing from years of attending:
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File this one under "wait and see," but there’s some evidence that a new theme park could be coming to the greater New York City area. It’s not another Six Flags or even a roller coaster kingdom, but something more interactive and imaginative. That's rightthe Hudson Valley may welcome its very own Legoland.
The plan is to utilize the site of the former Letchworth Village in Thiells within the town of Haverstraw. Recently the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council met to chat about stuff like economic development—ha—and the plans for the theme park received a positive reception.
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This week it really is all fun and games in Brooklyn as the borough's very own comedy fest kicks off.
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival is taking place at multiple venues, including Brooklyn Brewery, The Knitting Factory, Baby's All Right, Glasslands, and The Rock Shop, and will feature dozens of comics from the world of sketch, standup, improv, and more through Aug. 24.
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Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
It’s year two for Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, and he and the team are looking to improve on the past few losing seasons and give a little more for the fans to cheer about. Outside of the playing field there’s all kinds of news and rumors regarding the sale of the team, and one interested party even includes singer—and rock star—Jon Bon Jovi. So there’s that storyline as well. However, first and foremost is training camp and that’s well underway.
In Tammy Melissa McCarthy plays a woman who loses her job, finds her husband cheating on her and then, as if that weren't enough, she hits a deer and totals her car.
So what's a girl to do when she's down on her luck? Take a road trip with her Grandma Pearl to Niagara Falls of course! Now this is an idea we can get behind.
Here are few things you can do with your grandma in Niagara Falls this summer, too:
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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.
A restaurant week dessert at Ai Fiori
It's about that time of the year, as the dates for the Summer 2014 New York City Restaurant Week were just officially announced. Foodies, start your engines (and start looking into flights and hotels) to enjoy the $25 Lunch and $38 3-course Dinner menus at over 300 of the city's best restaurants. The dates are extra long this year, approaching more of a Restaurant Month than a Restaurant Week: July 21–August 15.
Reservations aren't open yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early to set up your short list. If you're curious about what to expect with a Restaurant Week meal, feel free to check out our photo galleries of our meals from the last couple seasons. These were Ai Fiori, The Modern, Park Avenue Summer, The Russian Tea Room and L'Ecole.
Reservations open July 9 at their official website. Don't worry; the second that the restaurant list becomes available, we'll be on it like gold leaf on a dark chocolate torte.
The best that horse racing has to offer is now over and done with until 2015, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get your fix elsewhere—and we’re not talking about off-track betting. In upstate New York there’s a museum dedicated to all things horse racing, and it might just be what you need to get through those moments of sadness and depression.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame does its thing in Saratoga Springs, New York, and right now it’s open to one and all most days of the week—they take Mondays and Tuesdays off until later this summer. The place does its best to share the fun and entertainment surrounding thoroughbred racing in the country, and they’ve got all kinds of goodies to do so. Memorabilia, art, books, videos, and other artifacts all do their thing to shape the story of the ponies in the United States.
With sweeping dunes and soft, white sand it's no surprise Coopers Beach has been rated the #1 beach in the U.S. but, of course, all of that beauty comes at a high price.
This Southampton, NY hangout is primarily used by locals, and that's how they like it. So, what's the best way to keep out the riffraff? The answer is to raise the prices.
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Travel with JetBlue is getting even better than it already is, as the carrier is bringing some new goodies to the traveling public over at their home at JFK’s Terminal 5. Last week the massage chairs and blow dryers were fired up for the first time, as Be Relax spa just opened.
Travelers can enjoy Swedish massages, hot-stone relaxation, and there’s even the opportunity to score a man-pedi as well. The place is even stocked with a hair salon and blow dry bar, so you’ll always be looking your best whether you’re flying to or through the airport.
There are two times every year when one can take the the most spectacular photos of the Manhattan skyline, dramatic and backlit. It's called Manhattanhenge, a portmanteau made from the combination of Manhattan + Stonehenge, the latter also a place famous for solstice action. The first of those times occurs next week, over a span of three evenings, May 28-30. Clear out those memory cards and charge up your camera!
During Manhattanhenge, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a canyon of searing lights down every midtown street. 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.
Sidewalk Food Tours is recently launched a Mad Men Tour that brings fans to New York's advertising landmarks as well as some of SC&P's favorite bars.
Mad Men is filmed in L.A. but many of the bars, hotels, and offices referenced on the show were, and in most cases still are, NYC landmarks.