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One of New York's Best Free Events Will Return in October

July 22, 2015 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

This is an early warning to mark off your iCal for the weekend of October 17-18, and book your tickets to be in New York City.

These are the just-announced 2015 dates for one of the best free events of the year in the Big Apple: openhousenewyork (OHNY). For one weekend every year, some of the city's most private places fling open their doors to complimentary tours for the public. A few tours do have a small fee, but they'll be worth it. Some popular locations in the past have included Kickstarter's headquarters in Brooklyn, the World's Fair Hall of Science in Queens, some private apartments that have gone "off the grid" despite being in the middle of Manhattan and, of course, the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport.

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Hit the Mountains, Take A Ride On The First Railbikes In the U.S.

July 14, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

This summer there's a way to get even farther off the beaten path in New York's Adirondack Mountains.

For the first time since the 1980s, visitors to the ADK Park will be able to explore the region between Saranac Lake and Lake Clear via newly restored railroad tracks. But, this isn't just another touristy train ride, they'll also be able to tour the area on the only Railbikes in the U.S.

Rail Explorers USA is currently offering daily tours on 12 Railbikes that can accommodate either two or four riders for the six-mile journey. The rail is an easy ride, with flat terrain, making it suitable for just about anyone.

The 120 minute tours start at the train station in Downtown Saranac Lake, with returning rides from Charlie’s Inn at Lake Clear four times a day. Two seat Railbike tours are $50, while the four seaters are $100.

To book a tour, visit railexplorers.rezdy.com.

[Photo: saranaclake.com]

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JetBlue is Testing a 'Dedicated Check-in' Area For Mint and Mosaic Passengers at JFK

July 2, 2015 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

JetBlue made headlines this week with its new checked baggage fee (we can still hear the internet groaning about this) but the airline is also offering a new way to check in for your flight at JFK.

The day before our flight from JFK to LAX, we received an email from JetBlue saying we were eligible for a "dedicated check-in experience” on the arrivals level of Terminal 5, separate from the usual check-in spots. This type of "private" check-in is usually only seen for first class or business class on international airlines. So to have it here on a domestic flight sounded intriguing.

But there was a catch—we had to be traveling to LAX or SFO on JetBlue Mint or we had to be a Mosaic member. Fortunately, we were flying Mint so we qualified for the new check-in.

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More Mint for JFK as JetBlue Picks Up What United's Dropping

June 18, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

While loyal United flyers may still be reeling from the airline's recent announcement that they'd be completely withdrawing from New York's JFK Airport—moving their "p.s." all-business-class transcontinental flights over to their Newark hub—another airline has quickly stepped up to fill the hole.

This morning, JetBlue stated that they'd be increasing their number of daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK to both Los Angeles-LAX and San Francisco-SFO, beginning October 25. That same date is, conveniently, the day United is scheduled to pull their six daily JFK flights to LAX and seven to SFO. And it's not just like JetBlue is throwing some extra flights onto the schedule; the boost will be exclusively Airbus A321s with JetBlue's premium "Mint" class onboard. Have a look around.

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Snap the Skyline: It's Manhattanhenge Weekend in NYC

May 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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Just in case you happened to be around 42nd Street in New York City last evening and noticed crowds of pedestrians with their smartphones held high, seemingly looking off into the horizon, and wondered what was going on...it's Manhattanhenge!

Two weekends every year, during the summer, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a straight beam of sunset through the urban canyons of the streets. 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.

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How To Get Last Minute Tickets To The Governors Ball

May 29, 2015 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

After being hailed the best festival of 2014, The Governors Ball is returning to Randall’s Island Park in NYC on June 5th-7th with a line-up that includes Friday headliners Drake, Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Chromeo and The Decemberists.

On Saturday, DeadMau5, Björk, Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, and Flume will take the stage with The Black Keys and Lana Del Rey closing things out on Sunday.

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A Must-Eat When in NYC: Bocadillo de Erizos at Toro

Where: 85 10th Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
April 29, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

We know, we know. Sea urchin is an acquired taste for many. Okay, a lot of people. In fact the marine animal’s gonads, it’s oft been called foie gras or butter of the sea. (Mmm...butter.)

At Toro in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, co-chef/owner Ken Oringer serves the silky roe pressed with pickled mustard seeds between two slices of miso-buttered bread. For first-timers, the Bocadillo de Erizos (a bocadillo is a type of Spanish sandwich) strikes the perfect balance of oozy, briny sweetness and crisp bread. Luscious and salty, it’s straight up essence of the sea.

Two bites into our bocadillo and we were ready for another. It’s that delicious. And of all the things we ate during a recent NYC trip, it’s the number one dish we think about. As in, we will never look at a glass of rosé the same way without this ridiculously tasty pairing.

Even if you’re sea urchin squeamish, there’s a really good chance the Bocadillo de Erizos ($13) will sway you. So go to Toro, give it a try and tell us what you think.

[Photo: Toro/Facebook]

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3 'Louie' Themed Date Nights You Can Go On Right Now In NYC

April 17, 2015 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Louie's fifth season has just debuted on FX, bringing more of the comedian's dark humor, and favorite New York hangouts, to the small screen. In honor of Louie C.K.'s return, here's a look at three Louie-style date nights to some of the most memorable restaurants and comedy clubs ever featured on the show. Hopefully, you'll have more luck in love than Louie did.

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How to Get Tickets to the One World Trade Center Observatory

April 7, 2015 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Add May 29 to your iCal. That's the date the One World Trade Center's observatory opens to the public, for 100th-story views from the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

Entry won't be cheap, at $32 for adults 13-64 and $26 for children 6-12 (children under 5 are free), but it is significantly more affordable than tickets for the Burj Khalifa's Observatory, which run $55 for adults during peak visitation hours.

The very first batch of tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 8, at 10am EST. Of course complimentary admission is extended to family members of those killed on 9/11, and to the rescue and recovery workers who worked at the site in the months following the tragedy.

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Opening Day at Coney Island's Cyclone Didn't Go as Planned

March 30, 2015 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even though the temperature where you call home might not be supporting the concept, spring has finally arrived across the top half of the globe. That means more time outdoors, more sunshine, and most importantly theme parks and roller coasters opening their turnstiles for the first time in months.

Over in New York some of the rides and attractions at Coney Island starting doing their thing for the first time in 2015; however, apparently there are still quite a few kinks to still work out. On Sunday the famous Cyclone got stuck at the top during its opening day, and riders had to climb down the lift hill to get back to the ground.

The roller coaster is celebrating year 88 of doing its thing, and we’re hopeful that this opening day mishap is only a hiccup in Luna Park’s—and the coaster’s—summer season. All in all there were 24 riders that were forced to take a different way down, and thankfully no one was injured. So a good story for those involved albeit a scary one in the moment!

[Photo of a better day: Todd Crusham]

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Shut The Door. Have a Seat. Mad Men Dining Week Begins On March 23 in NYC

March 12, 2015 at 2:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

With Mad Man's final season about to debut, AMC and NYC & Company are partnering for Mad Men Dining Week. Throughout the promotion, fans and foodies will be able to dine in the city's best restaurants, at Mad Men-era prices.

From March 23 to 29, more than 30 NYC restaurants will participate in the special lunchtime promotion, including the 21 Club, Barbetta, Delmonico's, and the El Parador Café.

For just $19.69 (excluding gratuities and taxes), diners can choose from a two-course prix-fixe menu of an appetizer and entrée or an entrée and dessert, or get two drinks.

Each menu has been created specifically for the promotion and promises to offer a "rare glimpse into New York City's culinary world as it was almost a half-century ago."

Reservations for Mad Men Dining Week can be made now at nycgo.com/madmendiningweek.

[Photo: Mad Men Dining Week]

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Just The Tip: Delta Plane Skids Off Snowy Runway at LaGuardia, Gets Real Close to the Water

March 5, 2015 at 1:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're next trip involves landing at LaGuardia Airport, we suggest you look away now.

A Delta passenger plane originating in Atlanta (Flight 1086) skidded off the runway at LGA this morning. But the plane didn't just go off to the side of the runway a little. Instead it rammed into a seawall fence, leaving its nose hovering above the choppy sea. Eeep.

The good news is that there are no fatalities. The AP reports that all 125 passengers (including Giants tight end Larry Donnell) and five crew members evacuated on inflated safety chutes. Six people are reported to be injured, but not seriously, and the plane lost a wing but otherwise, everyone is good.

And as is the norm these days, many passengers have been posting on social media about the shaking landing. Here's a video posted during the evacuation, in which you can see people shuffling on their butts down the chutes:

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