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While the political and pop culture world is fixated on the latest Donald Trump sound bite or Gawker-related gaffe, travel nerds have their own big news story to sink their teeth into — and it comes courtesy of our sibling publication, Conde Naste Traveler, and Jaunted contributing editor Cynthia Drescher.
Yesterday New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that LaGuardia Airport (LGA) will be on the receiving end of a $4 billion makeover. (Cue the meme of Dr. Evil pointing his pinkie finger at his lip. "Four beeeeeeelion dollars.") Cuomo was joined for the announcement by VP Joe Biden, who famously sneered at LGA last year, and as Drescher reports the duo laid out an interesting and inspiring vision for the future: including a "single, structurally unified main terminal" to replace the "current, fragmented layout," increased taxiway space, ferry terminal AirTran rail extension, "enhanced road configuration to reduce traffic congestion," an airport hotel and the creation of a cell phone lot, among other plans.
Head here to check out the full story, but tell us in the comments: Now that we're going to see some big bucks committed to improving the experience at LGA, what are your recs? What would you like to see prorated as part of the makeover?
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The only hard part of eating out is hemming and hawing over the menu. We're so indecisive! What do we want: Lark or Lo-Fi? Should we turn the contrast up or down? Frame or no frame?
Oh, sorry. We were talking about our Instagram menu. Deciding what to eat is tough too, though.
Prepare to make some hard choices, NYC residents and tourists, because yesterday the city kicked off NYC Restaurant Week, which sees eateries across the city offering special three-course lunch ($25) and dinner ($38) menus through August 14. (For all the details and the full list of restaurants, head here.) Launched in 1992, it's the longest-running restaurant promo of its kind (pretty much every other major city has launched a similar Restaurant Week concept since) — but 2015 is special, because this is the biggest NYC Restaurant Week ever. A record-setting 368 restaurants are participating; yes, you could dine somewhere different every night for the next year and still not hit all the spots on board. So how to decide what to squeeze in to the next few weeks? (Pro-tip: Throw a Zagat guide in the air. Point at the page that lands open. Repeat.)
And because NYC Restaurant Week is recognizing the modern social media-driven world in which we live, they're also running an Instagram contest: Snap a photo of your experience at a participating restaurant (like you weren't planning to anyway!), hashtag it as #NYCRestaurantWeek, and cross your ketchup-covered fingers — because judges will chose four winners each week for four weeks to receive $250 or more in restaurant gift cards.
Because we prefer our food porn like we want our table water: Heavily filtered, please.
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Cue the “Weekend Update” music, because we have some breaking news to report: “Saturday Night Live” is about to open a museum-style exhibition, and it’s going to rock your (Wayne’s) world.
Opening on May 30 at New York City's Premier Exhibition 5th Avenue — a fancy new state-of-the-art events space — and coinciding with the iconic TV series’ 40th anniversary, “Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition” basically sounds like a mini-Smithsonian dedicated to all things related to the show. And honestly, SNL kind of deserves that. The show is basically an American institution at this point. We forgive the lackluster seasons because every week, it plugs our finger into a socket of kinetic NYC energy. (“Saturday Night Live” might be the most successful accidental tourism campaign, like, ever.) And even the lame episodes become entertaining as reruns, when they take on the air of nostalgia – like televised yearbooks reminding us of the news events, pop culture chatter, and god-awful hairstyles of bygone eras.
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With Mad Man's final season about to debut, AMC and NYC & Company are partnering for Mad Men Dining Week. Throughout the promotion, fans and foodies will be able to dine in the city's best restaurants, at Mad Men-era prices.
From March 23 to 29, more than 30 NYC restaurants will participate in the special lunchtime promotion, including the 21 Club, Barbetta, Delmonico's, and the El Parador Café.
For just $19.69 (excluding gratuities and taxes), diners can choose from a two-course prix-fixe menu of an appetizer and entrée or an entrée and dessert, or get two drinks.
Each menu has been created specifically for the promotion and promises to offer a "rare glimpse into New York City's culinary world as it was almost a half-century ago."
Reservations for Mad Men Dining Week can be made now at nycgo.com/madmendiningweek.
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Last weekend, to celebrate the return of Comedy Central's Broad City, the Lyft App gave fans in NYC a ride in their spiffy new Broad City RV (pictured above). For those who missed out, we have the next best thing.
Here are 5 Broad City filming locations you can visit anytime, without Bevers, Abbi's roommate's boyfriend, screwing it up for you.
Abbi is employed as a Cleaner at NYC's trendy "Soulstice" (seriously, it's the title on her t-shirt) but if you were planning on getting a membership, you're out-of-luck since the gym doesn't actually exist. You can check out the next best thing though, Chalk Gyms in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the Soulstice scenes are filmed. Get ready to Slide and Glide, mothaf*ckers!
Sidewalk Food Tours is recently launched a Mad Men Tour that brings fans to New York's advertising landmarks as well as some of SC&P's favorite bars.
Mad Men is filmed in L.A. but many of the bars, hotels, and offices referenced on the show were, and in most cases still are, NYC landmarks.
One of this week's most coveted tickets is for Stand Up For Heroes, a rock concert/stand up comedy show to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Stand Up aims to bring together leaders from business, entertainment, government, and philanthropy to raise funds to help injured service members and their families. The night's line-up includes Bill Cosby, Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters. But, the real stars of the event will be the service members who will be in attendance.
With the premiere of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes right around the corner, the show's cast and crew will be in New York City next week to celebrate and say goodbye.
On Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m., the show's cast, including Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte and Bob Odenkirk, along with the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, will talk with New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff for NYT's TimesTalks. Though tickets to the event sold out in a matter of minutes, fans can still try for stand-by tickets before the talk, or watch it online.
The schedule for the 2013 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, scheduled to take place October 17- 20, has been announced and will include appearances by celebrity chefs Anne Burrell, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and Emeril Lagasse.
The festival, presented by Food & Wine, will benefit Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. This year, several festival events will take place at the Hudson Hotel, including wine and pairing seminars, while Pier 94 will be the new home of the festival’s signature Southern Wine & Spirits of New York Trade Tasting, and Pier 92 will host the fest’s Blue Moon Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray and the Tacos & Tequila hosted by Bobby Flay.
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in less than a month but it's still not to late to sign up as a volunteer.
The fest will take place April 17 - 28, 2013 at various venues around NYC, and they always need plenty of volunteers, or crew members as they call them, to keep things running smoothly.
With headliners like Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, and Guns & Roses, the 2013 Governors Ball Music Festival really does have something for everyone.
The three day music festival will be held over a three days this summer, June 7-9, 2013, on Randall's Island in New York City.
Spider-Man might be a fixture in New York City, the city Peter Parker calls home but, surprisingly, not one Spider-Man movie was entirely shot in New York...until now.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the first in the history of the franchise to be filmed entirely in New York City and New York State.