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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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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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Go and get 'em! Reservation booking has just opened up here for the semiannual NYC Restaurant Week, aka one of our favorite (and super highly recommended) city food events. NYC's Winter Restaurant Week(s) 2015 runs from February 16 to March 6.
Get over to OpenTable quickly to snap up the best and newest tables, lest you get stuck dining at some Theater District steakhouse that survives on tourists being loose with their money and not too particular about what's on their plate. The choices for winter 2015 are better than ever, with a record 340 participating eateries.
The official announcement gives a taste of what to expect:
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It seems like only yesterday the steel girders began to rise, but in reality that was 2010 and now NYC is on the cusp of welcoming the first tenants to One World Trade.
While Condé Nast (our publisher, in full disclosure) spends this winter moving downtown and into the tallest skyscraper in the western hemisphere, the topmost floors will be putting the finishing touches on the One World Observatory.
Due to debut in spring 2015, the attraction spans three floors (100-102) and 125,000 square feet, and promises "unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters" after a zippy ride up in the elevators, or "Sky Pod" as One World Trade prefers to call them.
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.
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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[Update: Your registration money goes to benefit the JFK Rotary Club, which donates to the Boy Scouts. Currently the Boy Scouts pursue a homophobic agenda, and we will not be running until this changes. Please consider this when deciding whether or not to run in 2014]
Have you ever wanted to walk on a major airport runway? Hopefully you never have to because of emergency circumstances (see an example of that here), but there is a legal (and safe) way to take a stroll one of New York-JFK's runways, and that's by registering for the JFK Runway Run 2014.
Okay, so its not so much a stroll as it is a full-fledged 5K race, but a portion of it does indeed include tramping on the longest runway at JFK, while aircraft are re-routed to land on a different runway during the race. Apparently the race has been around since the mid-1970s, which is pretty neat-o.
We did it ourselves in 2013. Why? Oh, just because it was, like, one of the coolest things we did all year (and we do some seriously cool stuff). See photos and read all about it.
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The price of gasoline is only going to keep going up, but, for at least a few more hours, New Yorkers can enjoy a break at the pump.
To promote the return of Dallas tonight on TNT, a Ewing Energies Flagship Station has popped up at 36th St and 10th Ave in New York City to offer gas for $1.98 a gallon, about half the current price of anywhere else in the city.
Though it's been a brutal winter so far, 'tis still the season for wacky urban stunts, from Santacon to Polar Bear Plunges, and one of the world's most rapidly spreading annual "flashmob"-type events is coming up this weekend.
We're talking about the No Pants Subway Ride, which Improv Everywhere began over a decade ago in New York, and which now has spread to include a whopping 59 cities, from Paris and Philadelphia to Beijing and Brisbane.
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New York. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps.
Everyone wants a piece of here, whether that means making a fortune on Wall Street or snapping a simple tourist photo in Times Square. Regardless, one of the coolest times to be in NYC happens every October with the openhousenewyork festival.
It's a weekendOctober 12-13 for 2013that comes closest to satisfying desires to experience every little bit of the city, as places both private and hidden briefly throw open their doors to the public.
It's that time of the year again! That's rightthe semiannual New York Fashion Week is nearly half over, but is still very much wreaking havoc on the Big Apple. During this period, New York's most talked-about restaurants and clubs have RSVP lists overflowing with the DYKWIA ("do you know who I am")-types, and even a few of the city's most touristed locations become fashion victims.
Let's take a look at those now, so that you can either avoid or stalk the fashion folk this week:
New York has plenty of world class museums where you can see everything from fossils to modern art. But the city's most delightfully odd museum honor goes to Museum, a closet-sized collection of everything from kids' bulletproof Disney character backpacks to weird flavors of potato chips from around the world.
Museum is located in an alley in TriBeCa. When it's open, a nattily-dressed young man sits out in front of the museum letting three or four people in at a time. (If you're trying to envision how small this place is, think Jemaine's "studio apartment" in that episode of Flight of the Conchords that was actually a broom closet and where only one person could dance at a time.)