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Road Trip with Your Grandma? 'Tammy' Makes It Look Like a Good Idea

July 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Think Fast for 30 Free Minutes of WiFi at New York City's Airports

July 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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NYC Announces Dates for Restaurant Week Summer 2014

June 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)


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.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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This New York Town is Home to the National Museum of Horse Racing

June 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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This Loophole Lets You Enjoy a Popular Hamptons Beach for Free

June 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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JFK's Terminal 5 Adds a Spa for Pre-Flight Relaxation

May 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Mark Your iCal for NYC's 'Manhattanhenge' Phenomenon

May 23, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Channel Your Inner Don Draper on a New 'Mad Men' Tour of NYC

May 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Fleet Week Returns to NYC with Ship Tours and Aerial Displays

May 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anchors aweigh! After budget cuts necessitated that Fleet Week NYC go on hold for 2013, the week-long event is returning for 2014. Starting tomorrow (May 21) through May 27, New York's waterfront and tourist centers will be crawling with the Navy, Coast Guard and Marines as their ships welcome the public.

Fleet Week is a chance for New York City to recognize the contributions of the US military around Memorial Day, and also to appreciate the city's advantageous location on a beautiful harbor. Events include fighter jet flyovers and other aerial displays, ship tours, live music performances, special days at the city's ballparks and, of course, hoards of sailors in their dress whites carousing on their best behavior around town.

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Neighborhoods to Know and Go: Brooklyn's Red Hook

Where: Red Hook [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States
May 20, 2014 at 11:40 AM | by | Comment (1)

The main aspect that makes the Red Hook neighborhood so interesting is that no one discovers it by accident. Located at the far southwest corner of Brooklyn, it is completely inaccessible via public transportation, meaning that no one passes through and no one gets there any other way than car, bike, or on foot.

And because it is about a 30-minute walk from the Brooklyn Bridge Park, you won’t see many tourists finding their way to this developing neighborhood. And as the irony goes in the realm of travel, a lack of tourists is exactly what makes an area so appealing for tourists. We spent an afternoon exploring Red Hook this past weekend, and here’s an overview of what you can expect:

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Lesser Known Islands of the USA: Fishers Island, NY

May 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

According to the calendar we’re just days away from the start of the summer season, and that means it’s time to turn our attention towards some great warm weather destinations. So get out on the water, wave goodbye to the mainland, and set you watch to island time.

What’s Fishers Island?

Looking at the map you might guess that it’s part of Connecticut, but Fishers Island belongs to New York as it does its thing on the eastern end of Long Island Sound. The island is about nine miles long and just a mile across, and is a great escape for those in and around the region.

How To Get There

The Fishers Island Ferry will be more than happy to take you a few miles offshore, as the operation does its thing to and from New London, Connecticut. Peak rates just started, so you can expect to shell out $25 per person, round-trip. If you need to bring your car it’s a good idea to get reservation well in advance, and it will set you back at least $51. Things run a few times each and every day, but just be sure to catch the last ferry of the weekend—it heads back at 7pm on Sunday.

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'Girls' is Transporting the University of Iowa to Brooklyn

May 8, 2014 at 1:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hannah Horvath has never been one to let rejection hold her down, and neither does the Girls' actress who plays her.

After the University of Iowa turned down a request made by Lena Dunham and company to shoot their HBO series on campus, they decided to bring Iowa to their home base of Brooklyn.

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