New York Travel Guide
About a month ago, we wondered aloud whether virtual reality could make waves in the travel industry, allowing us to be mentally transported to destinations around the globe without physically leaving our home cities. We thought it was more of a daydream at the time, but this morning we awoke to the news that Marriott has unveiled what it calls "The Teleporter," a virtual reality machine that allows people to "tour" select hotels in the States.
The Teleporter made its public debut today at the Marriott in New York. It will remain there for five days, then take off for the rest of its eight-city tour to its properties in Boston, DC, Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco.
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JetBlue's Terminal at JFK
Flights will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, departing New York at 9:00 a.m. and arriving on the island at 2:30 p.m. Return flights will depart Curaçao at 3:30 p.m. and arrive at 7:14 p.m.
California Chrome has two down and just one race to go to win the coveted Triple Crown, making the Belmont Stakes this year's hottest tickets in horse racing.
Adding to the interest was yesterday's vote giving Chrome the OK to use equine nasal strips (think giant Breathe Right strips for horses) at Belmont. This was a relief for the superstitious Chrome team given the horse has won six straight races wearing the strips, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and they believe it is the magic ingredient. If it is, this will be the first time a horse has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed won in 1978.
With the weather in the low 70s in New York City last weekend, this travel writer had an excellent idea: Stroll the streets of midtown and make my way downtown to the Brooklyn Bridge, cross over, and spend an afternoon checking out DUMBO and the up and coming Red Hook neighborhood. It was a great idea…if only a thousand other people had not thought of it.
As you can see from the photo below, the bridge was absolutely stacked, a pack of penguins waddling in unison. Bikers screamed and yelled for walkers to clear the bike lane, and logjams occurred as people stopped to take photos of the Manhattan skyline they were leaving behind. I could feel the impatience growing in people all around me at times, especially the aforementioned bikers and the other local runners and commuters. My patience was tested, too, as I weaved in and out of the crowd in an attempt to be on time to meet my friends on the other side in Brooklyn.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.