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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:
"There's not a better looking centenarian in the world." - NYC Mayor Bloomberg
He's not speaking of someone, but something as New York City's Grand Central Station turned the big 100 today, February 1. There was much celebration in the main hall, with musical performances and speeches, but businesses within the station got in on the fun by offering some specials at 1913 prices (15 cent NY cheesecake slices at the Oyster Bar!).
We toasted the old dame last night, from the Cipriani Dolci balcony, but it's not a proper Jaunted well-wishing until we roll out the travel facts.
13 Grand Central Station facts (because it opened February 1, 1913):
The NYC Craft Beer Festival Spring Seasonals returns to the Lexington Armory on March 30th, 213 with more than 100 American craft beers which will be paired with gourmet food samplings. Tickets are now on sale for the next installment of this NYC Craft Beer Festival series.
The Connoisseur Ticket Package, which includes extra advance hour of tastings, access to the Connoisseur's Lounge, ultra rare beer tastings in the Connoisseur's Lounge, a souvenir tasting glass, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, access to seminars, and more, are available more for $100 (early bird special). Once those tickets are sold, the advance ticket prices will go up to $125 or $135 at the door.
Forks up! Reservations are open and restaurants are seating and serving for the semiannual NYC Restaurant Week, aka one of our favorite (and super highly recommended) city food events. NY Restaurant Week has happened now more than 21 times, so asking for the cheaper Restaurant Week menu isn't anything be ashamed ofin fact, sometimes it's all the restaurant is offering. The discount dining takes place from January 14 - February 8 (weekdays and Sunday).
Though we've enjoyed an unseasonably warm 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 most major world cities with subway transportation.
The 2013 ride, the 12th annual, will go down on Sunday, January 13. As veterans of the NYC No Pants ride, we can vouch for it and say that it's all in good fun, though it's getting a little big (literally) for its britches; so many people now do the Ride that you could be sharing a subway car with no one else but no-pantsers. Sure, it's awkward at firstyou remove your pants on the subway, silently, mid-ridebut that's part of the deal.
So you want to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Join the club, or rather the crowds as the Rock Center tree spectacle clogs the plaza and Fifth Avenue sidewalks starting November 28, when the official tree lighting ceremony goes down.
The 80-ft tall spruce is from Mount Olive, NJ and weathered the winds of Hurricane Sandy just fine. It was chopped down today and will head into Manhattan to be secured and decorated starting from November 14 (tomorrow!).
If you'll be in Manhattan on November 28 and want to soak up a bit of that Miracle on 34th Street-style, wholesome holiday spirit, here's the details you need to know:
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Sbarro. Starbucks. Cheeburger Cheeburger. These are the words we now associate with airport dining, if "dining" is even the word you can use for a $5 slice of reheated pepperoni pizza.
It wasn't always like this, of course; proof comes from this 1941 menu from New York-LaGuardia's Coffee Shop which, amongst yumminess like roast chicken with currant jelly and pear tarte bourdaloue (whatever that is), features a $1 steak dinner. For $1.25 you could even add an appetizer, salad and dessert.
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Most nights NYC's famous Webster Hall lives up to its one-time nickname of "the devil's playhouse," but next month they'll class things up with their first annual booze tasting event.
The venue's Beer and Whiskey Festival, called East Ville Des Folies, will kick off on Monday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. and include Trapeze and Circus acts, Burlesque dancers, a Speakeasy, and Swing Jazz Bands, along with 4 floors of Obscure Beers and Whiskeys to sample.
General admission tickets are $35, VIP tickets including a private tasting and gift bag are $45. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Third Street Music School Settlement.
Tickets can be purchased at Ticketweb.com.
It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like New York City’s newest memorial is finally ready for the masses. It may be decades overdue, but yesterday officials cracked the champagne bottle over the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, right in the middle of the East River.
Designed by Louis I. Kahn long before his death, the project was kind of in an off-again-on-again situation for many, many years. The finished park sits right at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island—of course—smack dab between Manhattan and Queens. In total the new memorial takes up a good chunk of real estate, as it’s about four acres surrounded with around 120 trees.
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With thousands of geeks invading New York City for New York Comic Con, there are plenty of other comic-themed events planned around town this weekend.
Here's a look at a few geeky festivities you don't need a NYCC badge to get into:
Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Sina Grace, Justin Jordan, and Tradd Moore are set to appear at Image Comics/Multiversity’s Party on Friday night at Houndstooth Pub.