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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.)
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.