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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.)
Attention New Yorkers: If you're in need of a new camera bag, laptop sleeve, messenger bag, weekender duffel or even a wheeled carry-on from a company that makes good products, listen up!
Today through July 21, bring beer over to Crumpler's Soho store and trade it for a new bag or laptop sleeve. No money required (except to buy the beer).
Don't just grab whatever's in your fridge, however; Crumpler has specific demands for each type of bag, and all because they're trying to stock up on booze before throwing a huge party (which you're then invited to attend). Check out the beer to bags equations. For example, 2 24-pack cases of Sixpoint get your a sweet messenger. We love the 3 24-pack cases of Cooper's deal to trade for the wheeled duffel carry-on. Two cases of Brooklyn Lager equal a backpack!
Buy some beer, get a bag, and drink the beer too. Not a bad deal for carving a little time out of your day, if we do say so ourselves.
Note: participants must be 21+
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UPDATE July 18: With one more day to go in the promotion, JetBlue ended it early citing website server errors as a result of everyone trying to grab those promo codes. As a consolation prize, they're offering 25% off any domestic flight from JFK/LGA/EWR by entering the promo code 2HOT2HANDLE for flights between 09/13 & 10/31. Book by July 19 at 4pm.
UPDATE 12:30pm: the temperature just hit 90 and the promo code today is "HOTSEATS," for flights leaving July 17 or 18 and returning July 22 or 23. We searched from JFK to Aruba and the promo worked, slashing a $520+ fare to a total of $148. That's practically paying just the taxes!
90% off airfare. Is this a dream? Nope, but it the latest promotion from JetBlue, designed to get New Yorkers sweating through these sweltering summer days some relief...by hopping last-minute flights.
The deal is called #HotSeatsNYC, and it begins today at noon EST on the dot. JetBlue will release a limited number of promo codes to take 90% off airfare on roundtrip flights departing from JFK, LGA or EWR airports on selected dates.
It's not just today, either; every day the temperatures in Central Park hit 90 degrees or above by noon (monitored by The Weather Channel), JetBlue will pull the trigger on another round of #HotSeatsNYC promo codes. Watch the temp rise and snag all the deals right on their HotSeats website.
Maybe it's not your first time to New York City. Maybe you're sick of the sweaty scene at Central Park. Maybe heading off to the end of the subway line in another borough sounds cool. Whatever the reason, you've just got to check out these six semi-secret city parks in the Big Apple.
Note that these six are not just some we're listing off because we've been once or twice; all of them we frequent on the regular, after having had our fill of Bryant Park, Central Park, Battery Park and the other usual suspects. We're not even sure it's wise to spread the word since there's the chance you could end up sitting on our favorite bench, but that's a chance we'll happily take if it means you'll stray from the beaten tourist path every so often.
Our 6 secret NYC parks are:
So there's this thing. It happens twice a year in New York City, on the little chunk of land out in the harbor you need a special ferry to reach. It's the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, and it's coming up this weekend.
From 11am to 5pm on Governor's Island for both Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16 (and again, August 17-18), Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra will play tunes from the 1920s and 30s while the publicmany in full '20-'30s period outfitsdance, check out the 1920s autos on display, drink a few prohibition-era cocktails and socialize in the sun.
Saturday just sold out, but tickets for Sunday and the August dates are still available online for $30 and possibly at the door, for $35.
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No plans for a Friday night in New York City? Have we got a recommendation for you.
2013 marks the 5th annual outdoor summer movie series at the USS Intrepid, where films are screened right on the open deck of the aircraft carrier for FREE. Basic admission to the Intrepid typically costs $24, and at least with the free screening you'll have the privilege of walking around the flight deck for nothing out-of-pocket.
This season sees six films on the docket, all with a central hero figure. Yes, you can chillax with a sub sandwich on the flight deck of the ship, right next to a slew of military fighter jets and helicopters, while watching Maverick pull aerial stunts in "Top Gun."
The 2013 screening schedule:
A restaurant week dessert at Ai Fiori
The moment is now: the dates for the Summer 2013 New York City Restaurant Week have been 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 as the city goes for nearly a full Restaurant Month: July 22 - August 16.
Reservations aren't open yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early to set up your short list. Check out our Top 5 restaurant picks from Restaurant Week 2012. And, 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 (we always do at least a few meals on our own, because it's awesome). These were Ai Fiori, The Modern, Park Avenue Summer, The Russian Tea Room and L'Ecole.
Reservations open July 8! Don't worry; the second that the restaurant list becomes available, we'll be on it like gold leaf on a dark chocolate torte.
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On May 24, Delta debuts the massive extension of Terminal 4 at New York-JFK International Airport to travelers. No need to wait that long to peek at brand-spanking-new space and its staggeringly massive 24,000-square-foot SkyClub (with first ever SkyDeck!), however; last night the airline opened a pop-up space in Soho to show off ahead of time.
The spotcalled "Delta T4 Xperience," or "T4X" for shortwill be open to the public Tuesday thru Sunday from 11am to 3pm, from now until May 22. The first level boasts exhibits to virtually "tour" the new terminal, plus a vending machine churning out Delta-branded freebies (a mirror, luggage tag, passport holder or cold drink cup). Head up to the second story for some Nespresso caffeination and a preview of the highly anticipated SkyDeck.
Now, for the really good part:
In October, we took a sidelong glance at Peek, a new-ish travel experience site focused on fun, unique activities that help travelers really get to know a place. San Francisco, San Diego, California Wine Country and Hawaii were the first destinations to be unveiled, but this week the menu is expanding to include New York, Miami and Orlando.
Being pretty active New Yorkers ourselves, we thought we'd size up some of the options Peek is offering for visitors to the Big Apple—among them, a Brooklyn Brewery tour, red carpet tickets to the TriBeCa Film Festival, and a package deal on New York's still-thriving interactive theater show, Sleep No More.
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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 2013.
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. Here's even more pertinent details to convince you to run: