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Small Town Travel: New York State's Keuka Lake May Have the Country's Best Lake Culture

April 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

In yesterday's roundup of a few lakes to check out this summer, this writer left out Keuka Lake in Hammondsport, Upstate New York. I did that on purpose, because I wanted to go beyond a paragraph in explaining how much I love it up there.

Up there. You can hear the Manhattanites saying it, can't you? The small town of under 1,000 people sits at the south end of the Y-shaped Keuka Lake, about 20 miles in length and the place to be during the summer months. The wineries look down over it from the sloping hillsides, but as a resident told me, if you’re not on the water, you’re not experiencing Hammondsport.

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New York City Beer Week Kicks Off This Friday

February 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

With the 2014 New York City Beer Week set to kick off this Friday, the cure for the cold weather is just around the corner in the form of craft beer.

You can still get tickets to the opening ceremony in Grand Central Terminal ($75) as well as a number of beer-paired dinners next week, but as we learned at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last fall, the best part of these festivals typically takes place outside of the main events in the form of tap takeovers and happy hours. Not only are they cheaper, but they tend to be more social in that it feels like a bar scene instead of a convention.

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Beyonce and Jay Z Don't Need a Rental Car to Road Trip to the Hamptons

August 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anyone who's ever tried to make it out to the Hamptons and back during the summer knows traffic can turn the Long Island Expressway into a parking lot.

But, that didn't stop Beyonce from chauffeuring her husband Jay Z, daughter Blue Ivy, and two friends back to New York from their Hamptons home yesterday.

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How to Volunteer at the New York Film Festival This Fall

August 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Toronto International Film Festival usually dominates fall movie news but the New York Film Festival is right around the corner too, and they are looking for volunteers.

NYFF will kick off with the world premiere of Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks as the captain who gave himself up to Somali pirates in exchange for the safety of his crew, and Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which was shot in NYC last year.

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Will You Survive the First Bear Grylls Survival Academy?

July 11, 2013 at 6:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bear Grylls is bringing his extreme survival skills to the real world.

The Man vs. Wild star has just announced the launch of the first Bear Grylls Survival Academy in the United States. The camp will offer outdoor enthusiasts the chance to learn Bear's infamous survival techniques on a course designed by Bear and taught by his team of experts. By the end, participants will put their new skills - including fire lighting, emergency shelter building, knife skills, foraging for grubs and rodents, remote medical trauma, and extreme weather survival - to the ultimate test.

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JetBlue Has Free Flights and Teddy Bears for New Yorkers Tomorrow

Where: Various Locations [map], New York, New York, United States
February 6, 2013 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

JetBlue will give away more Vermont Teddy Bears and free flights tomorrow when it launches its own version of the Amazing Race in New York City.

Tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, JetBlue will provide clues via Twitter (@jetblue) on the hour every hour that represent the 10 most romantic locations in the city, including places in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Each spot will be marked with a four-and-half foot tall Big Hunka Love Bear from Vermont Teddy Bear (trust us, you can't miss it). The first person to show up at each location and correctly use the secret code word that’s Tweeted along with the clue will win the bear and two roundtrip flights to any JetBlue destination.

So, in theory, you could have up to ten roundtrip tickets for two in your hand by the end of the day tomorrow if you're really good, although having the locations spread out across the city pretty much prevents that. Still, snagging even one pair of tickets would make one hell of a gift for your Valentine (or instantly make you one of the more eligible bachelors/bachelorettes in the city). You can feel good about your fortune as well: Each winner will also receive a pair of roundtrip tickets to donate to a charity of their choice.

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Hudson Valley's New Hotness, Thanks to the Film 'Hyde Park On Hudson'

December 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend, Bill Murray returns to the big screen as FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson. The film shines a light on the relationship Roosevelt had with a distant cousin, Daisy, who lived near his Hudson Valley, NY estate, and the historical visit made by the British monarchs George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the estate before the dawn of World War II.

Producers weren't granted approval to film at Springwood, so the film was shot at similar location in the U.K., but Hyde Park is hoping is that all of the references to Hudson Valley attractions in the film, like Beacon and the Wilderstein House, are enough to attract visitors.

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How to Get Tickets to This Week's NYC Food Film Festival

October 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

The 6th Annual NYC Food Film Festival kicks off tomorrow with mouth-watering films, feasts, and fêtes.

The fest, which will be held at The New York Distilling Company in Brooklyn, AMC Village 7 Theatres in Manhattan, and IndieScreen in Brooklyn, brings together famous chefs, delicious food, and movie screenings, where the audience get to taste what they see on screen.

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How to Get Tickets to DOC NYC, New York's Documentary Film Festival

October 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

DOC NYC, New York City's Documentary Festival, is back for a third year on Nov. 8 - 15, 2012. The festival, which will be held at Greenwich Village’s IFC Center and the School of Visual Arts Theatre in Chelsea, aims to celebrate documentary film as a "cultural phenomenon" and "encourages its new directions."

Among this year's highlights are the U.S. premiere of Artifact, which follow the band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they fight a lawsuit with their record label Virgin/EMI, Venus and Serena, which looks into the lives of the Williams sisters during the most intimidating year of their careers, and The Central Park Five, about the five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongfully charged with raping a white female jogger in Central Park in 1989. In all, 115 films will be included in the week long fest.

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'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' Returns to NYC on November 3

October 8, 2012 at 2:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

J.K. Rowling might have moved on from Harry Potter, but that doesn't mean her fans have to.

Next month Harry Potter: The Exhibition, is returning to Discovery Times Square in NYC with lots of cool new updates.

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It's Not Too Late: Last-Minute NY Comic Con Passes Still Available

September 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year's New York Comic Con left some fans disappointed after they spent the weekend fighting through crowds and waiting in endless lines, but this year the con might be able to redeem itself.

NYCC has recently announced a pretty impressive schedule filled with panels (including The Walking Dead, Carrie, Robot Chicken, and the upcoming ABC series 666 Park Avenue), an opening night concert with Ben Folds Five, dinner with Marvel writer Jonathan Hickman, Sci-Fi Speed Dating, and lots of other fun stuff.

Online 3-Day and 4-Day NYCC passes are sold out but there still some available at local comic retailers in the tri-state area, like Midtown Comics and Forbidden Planet in New York City. You can find a full list of ticket retailers at newyorkcomiccon.com but you better hurry, these tickets are sure to be gone soon too!

[Photo: OLV]

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It's Not Too Late to Get Tickets to The New Yorker Festival

September 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tickets for this year's New Yorker Festival went on sale Friday and, surprisingly, there are still plenty available for more than a dozen events.

The New Yorker Festival will take place Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th and will feature talks with Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, Lena Dunham, Viola Davis, Sarah Silverman, Patti Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Ben Stiller, and other notable voices.

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