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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.
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As Jimmy Fallon officially takes over The Tonight Show this week, Seth Meyers is also prepping for his new new gig as the host of Late Night. Here's how you can get tickets to Seth's new show live in New York City.
Right now, free tickets for Late Night with Seth Meyers are only available by calling 212-664-3056. You can call the hotline frequently to see what tickets are currently available and what days the show is taping. Tickets are booked about 4 -6 weeks in advance.
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With the 2014 New York City Beer Week set to kick off this Friday, the cure for the cold weather is just around the corner in the form of craft beer.
You can still get tickets to the opening ceremony in Grand Central Terminal ($75) as well as a number of beer-paired dinners next week, but as we learned at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last fall, the best part of these festivals typically takes place outside of the main events in the form of tap takeovers and happy hours. Not only are they cheaper, but they tend to be more social in that it feels like a bar scene instead of a convention.
As Jimmy Fallon takes over The Tonight Show next week there will be plenty of changes. It will be the first time the show is back in New York City since 1972, the show will once again have an announcer/sidekick (Steve Higgins) and the new Tonight Show will have a brand new ticketing system.
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This was a very rude thing to say, and Vice President Biden should absolutely apologize. Say what you will about Third World airports, at least most of them have people who are trying to build and grow things. Newark, on the other hand - well, Jaunted has been writing about how much that airport sucks for almost our entire existence. At one point last year United dropped a bunch of money to make it better, and they inevitably failed, on account of how it sucks.
It's not just LaGuardia either. All of New York's airports are awful. JFK has birds flying through the terminals, and so of course some of the seats and certain spots on the carpet get covered in - excuse the vulgarity - actual bird shit. At night the people to birds ratio approaches that of an aviary, and you've got birds picking at the trash. That can't be hygienic. Why won't somebody do something about that?
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In case you haven't flown to New York City lately, the metropolis' "big three" airports of JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are pretty hectic places, operating at capacity most hours of the day. Expansion isn't much of an option since, last time we checked, the Big Apple was pretty skint on available land. Thus, to find cheaper airfares and more flexibility, a traveler can look to airports further out, and perhaps even as far as the other side of New Jersey from Newark.
On Frontier's route map, Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) is touted as being an alternative to Newark Airport, and only "1 hour away." If it's an option for Newark, that means it could be yet another airport choice for travelers headed into or out of the NYC area as well.
Currently Frontier flies nonstop to 13 destinations from Trenton: Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville, Chicago-Midway, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. That's quite a lot of activity for an airport which, up until very recently, didn't even offer restrooms after security. One flyer even joked, in a Foursquare tip, that the tiny airport is "easy to miss, with that bush in the way."
Undaunted, we booked a flight to see for ourselves if Trenton is the new Newark....
It may be the boring bit of January right now, between the fun holidays and the meh ones, but International No Pants Subway Ride Day was this past weekend, but there are more than a few dates of whimsical excitement to add to your calendar for 2014:
International Pillow Fight Day: Saturday, April 5
Hundreds of people lob pillows at each other, all for fun, and the cops are aware and present at this (at least in New York City), so no putting "extras" in your pillowcase. Take a look at the details from 2013 to get an idea of what cities are participating, and where exactly the action will go down in those cities.
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.
Uploaded back in September, with ample time to tutor tourists arriving to New York City for the holidays, the 4-minute video is an instructional film for non-New Yorkers looking to enjoy a visit to the Big Apple. We only picked up on it this week after our buddy, Seth Miller aka Wandering Aramean, posted it and added his two cents as a native New Yorker: "We’re not rude and Times Square isn’t a great place to visit. There’s reasons for that and you should understand them, not just assume we’re all assholes."
While the video is meant to entertain, it's also completely serious on a "listen up" level. For real, stopping on the sidewalk to take a picture can result in worse than holding up those behind you for an extra second; sidewalk collisions do happen! While telling the story of how you broke your wrist outside Grand Central Terminal will likely be fun in the far, far future, the fact that it's your fault (and you may hurt others) isn't so great.
Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and even New Years may be over and, thus, the highest tourist holidays behind us, at least there's spring to look forward to. Watch this before hopping that plane to head to NYC for Central Park jogging and Fifth Avenue shopping.
[Video: Glove and Boots]
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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but New Year's celebrations can be so delightful! And since you've got a place to goTimes Squarelet's go, let's go, let's go! Okay now ignore that attempt at rewriting the song "Let It Snow" and pay attention, because we're about to give you the lowdown on crossing New Year's in Times Square off your bucket list.
Many people, as we've come to discover, just flock to Times Square all willy-nilly for the ball drop, mistakenly thinking they'll have things like tons of port-a-potties or food vendors. Not true. It's a rugged experience, and you've got to prepare for it and know the rules. Aside from no alcohol allowed, there are five major guidelines to having a great time at the ball drop and still getting a view of the action.
The Five Rules for Going to The New Year's Ball Drop in Times Square...
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New York's Empire State Building may have unveiled its new LED light show a few months ago around Halloween, but it's these winter holidays that are showing exactly what spectacle the building's new 16 million LED color combinations are capable of, following the upgrade.
Holiday-theme light shows started on December 20th and will continue to play every night through December 24, with the action starting at 7pm. Each show is 4-5 minutes long and entirely unique, including synchronized holiday music selections simultaneously broadcast on Clear Channel New York’s 106.7 Lite FM.