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We usually save our zoo travel posts for the summer, when people are more likely to take important zoo-attending steps like opening their doors, leaving their homes, and so on. It just seems like a more reliable way to align our content with things that might interest you, our readers.
But the Staten Island Zoo has been Facebooking up a storm this week - see here and here and here - with pictures and stories about their new baby Tamandua. They've even put up a video on Instagram, which we've embedded below. Those posts seem very, very, very popular, and so who are we to argue about what is and is not seasonally-appropriate content?
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Lemurs, as is well-known, are awesome. In their natural habitat of Madagascar they naturally form ecological kingdoms that feature all-night dance raves. This is a fact. You can look it up. In captivity they spend most of their time sunbathing and having cute lemur babies. Ergo this post, with as usual lots of grateful hat-tips to ZooBorns.
There are many different kinds of lemurs - not just the well-known ring-tailed variety - and it turns out that many of them are having babies across zoos and Centers in America. We've also embedded a couple of videos at the bottom for you. Happy Friday folks.
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Some peoplecontemporary economists, most historians, journalists on every inhabited continent, academic and professional political scientists, not a few government officials, etchave taken to suggesting that Britain is facing inexorable decline. Having once ruled the high seas and controlled an empire upon which the sun never set, the Brits have seemingly shifted their focus from having a navy to obsessing over "Jersey Shore" knockoffs.
Quite the opposite, says the tourism board officials at VisitBritain. Not only is 2012 going to be the best year ever, but the United Kingdom itself is simply great! To show you just how great the United Kingdom is, and also to "deliver long-term economic benefits from the unprecedented level of interest generated by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games," they've launched a tourism campaign called GREAT.
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Elizabeth Taylor's jewels, clothes, and art are crisscrossing the globe leading up to their auction at Christie's in December
Dear fellow foodies: we have good news and we have awesome news. The good news is that NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2011 has been extended until September 5. The awesome news is that the prices$24.07 for lunch and $35 for dinnerremain the same, the restaurants are still game all the way through Labor Day, and visitors to the city for the next couple weeks can enjoy the extension on the prix fixe meal deals.
Granted, Restaurant Week has become something more like Restaurant Month the last few times it's been offered, but you're not hearing any complaints from us. In fact, we kind of prefer these extra few weeks because the hype has died down, many diners have exceeded their Restaurant Week budgets already, and thus it's easier grabbing those primo reservations (especially when we're talking top lunches).
To take advantage of Restaurant Month, go here to see what restaurants are taking part in which meals, and even have a glance at the menus. Click through to book on OpenTable.com and check out our previous meal reviews here. We'll see you at the bar...
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If you're looking for further verification of our "wow, the Brits are kind of whiny about air travel aren't they" thesis from last week, you need search no further than the Twitter feed of the Economist's New York bureau chief Matthew Bishop. The largest city in the United States was functionally shut down to air travel for a day and what's the biggest new media travel story about JFK? How much Bishop complained when he got stuck on the tarmac for seven hours.
And while that would drive us insane too, you'd think that there would have been at least one prominent New Yorker who complained more than a random British guy, or someone from that Cathay Pacific flight that was stuck on the tarmac for ten hours. Apparently not.
More evidence: in order to placate the (barely) metaphorical mobs of pitchfork wielding Londoners, the British government is coming down hard on Heathrow and other airports. UK Transport Secretary Philip Hammond is threatening massive fines forand we're going to quote the Daily Mail directly, the better to give you a sense of the British mood"inflicting misery on passengers."
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We thought Midwest (not to mention UK) air traffic two weeks ago was a total mess, and that things couldn't get much worse. Turns out we called that putt a little too early. If you're reading this right now, you're not suffering power outages like the 60,000 people in Massachusetts or the 16,000 people in New York or the 2,300 people in Rhode Island or the 40,000 people in Canada. So congratulations on that we suppose.
You're also not reading this from a New York airport, since those have been shut since last night. JFK, EWR, and LGA aren't projected to reopen until 4pm EST today, at which point they will have been offline for about about 24 hours each. That shouldn't be a problem, since it's not like a lot of people live in that region or like this was a weekend where lots of people were vacationing.
Ditto for the wave of airport cancellations that hit all three DC airports, plus Boston, Charlotte, Philadelphia, etc etc. Amtrak between New York and Boston is also shut down, so if you were desperately hoping to get to Logan and take the train into New Yorkwhich you probably couldn't do anywaythat won't work either.
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The cute cast, catchy tunes and biting one-liners of Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) are making Glee a runaway hit. The show is about Will (Matthew Morrison), a Spanish teacher hoping to bring back the glory of the school's glee club as we follow the drama of the kids in his club and, of course, of his arch nemesis, Sue.
Fanatics of the new Fox comedy, or "Gleeks" as they are known, are finally going to get the chance to not only buy the first volume of music from the show, but also see the cast live at mall appearances in New York, New Jersey and California.
Where to get your Glee on, after the jump.
Another Labor Day, another annual National Buffalo Wing Festival. The Buffalo, NY event stretches back to 1992, when Wing King Drew Cerza was inspired to start it by Bill Murray's junk food addicted character in "Osmosis Jones." Over the years, it's grown from a small competitive eating spectacle to a full-blown convention--hosting over 400,000 total people, generating over $125,000 for New York charities, and even serving as the site of a wedding.
This year's gala promises to build on last year's gigantic festival, where more than 78,000 people consumed over 27 tons of wings.
Buffalo Wing Festival organizers are fond of describing the spectrum of sauces as stretching from the mild to the suicidal, with dozens upon dozens of stands serving their specialties. The "Official Wing Sauce of the National Buffalo Wing Festival," Frank's RedHot, will be given away from a booth at the festival. There are also a variety of eating contests, including one that involves bobbing for chicken wings in a vat of blue cheese.
Today in what's filming in the Hamptons, we find the new USA Series Royal Pains shooting on Snake Hollow Rd in Bridgehampton, NY. The show, about a recently laid off physician (Dr. Hank played by Mark Feuerstein) who, after spending a weekend in the Hamptons with his brother, becomes a concierge doctor to the wealthy,should provide a nice adult alternative to the teen drama of the Hamptons seen on Gossip Girl.
The Hamptons will play a large role in the series, which isn’t afraid to incorporate the community’s sometimes over-the-top, decadent way of life into its story lines. The show also touts Hamptons life on its website, which features a Travel Guide & Map of the Hamptons, a glossary of Hamptonese, and a Hamptons Insider Guide.
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I'm a huge fan of breakfast, but for some reason, brunch has never done it for me. It just seems like such a wishy-washy compromise between breakfast and lunch, where neither an omelet or a salad seems quite right, and the brief euphoria of the Bellini that's included in the prix fixe soon gives way to a sense of exhaustion that lasts the rest of the day. But maybe I'm just not doing it right. The New York Times has a pretty wild story today about the rise of brunch as an intense daytime party for New York's beautiful people. In other words, my problem isn't drinking that one Bellini, it's not drinking five more.
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Nothing washes down a hearty plate of eggs benedict better than a pitcher-full of free mimosas. If it were possible to make this a mantra, then the all-you-can-drink brunch at Nero in New York's Meatpacking District would have it covered with their recession-friendly brunch and lunch menus.
Located on one of the heavily-trafficked cobblestone corners of this area just south and west of Chelsea, Nero stands up to neighbors Hotel Gansevoort and Pastis with their offering of free-flowing cocktails through the late weekend mornings; $24.95 yields your choice of main course (like our favorites, the brioche french toast and portabello panino) and constant refills of champagne, bellinis, mimosas, Bloody Marys or screwdrivers. This is in direct competition to Pastis, the breakfast place across the intersection once immortalized in Sex and the City, but still overpriced and with a decidedly anti-free alcohol brunch cocktail policy.