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What's longer than five 747s and yet can turn on a dime in NYC's Hudson River?
The Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship and the first to be branded a "smartship," is officially out on the ocean. Godmother Kristin Chenoweth christened her at Cape Liberty, New Jersey on November 14 and, with that crash of a massive bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne, she begins a year of sailings out of New York Harbor to the Bahamas and Caribbean.
We spent the weekend onboard the Quantum, pushing buttons and opening doors to discover her secrets and put the much boasted about technology to the test. But first, let's take a long look at the shipall 168,000 tonnes of funwith completely original photos:
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T5i's immigration and customs area sports the latest technology, like these automated passport processing kiosks
Next time you saunter through the market area at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at New York's JFK Airport and stand beneath the information halo wondering which way to go, you may notice there's a few more gates than usual. Go right or go straight ahead and it's all the same. Veer left, however, and you're heading for the spanking new international gate zone, dubbed T5i.
Yesterday marked the public opening of this, JetBlue's latest big project, and the first flights to arrive to the shiny new digs were JetBlue's non-stops up from Santo Domingo and Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Of course now it's open to all arriving JetBlue flights* from any of their nearly 25 international destinations from JFK.
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Boy this whole Ebola outbreak thing has been a real boon for travel journalism, eh? Nary a day goes by without an airport getting locked down because some nurse has a fever, or a plane getting emptied because some idiot makes a joke about feeling sick, or a state getting quarantined because some politician was psychologically scarred by watching Outbreak on a date in the '90s. We can't remember the last time there were so many stories about airports and airplanes and travel politics. It's really just a delight.
Seriously though, the only thing less fun than having Ebola is watching global commercial aviation try to scramble to deal with Ebola. People are not always very bright.
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It seems like only yesterday the steel girders began to rise, but in reality that was 2010 and now NYC is on the cusp of welcoming the first tenants to One World Trade.
While Condé Nast (our publisher, in full disclosure) spends this winter moving downtown and into the tallest skyscraper in the western hemisphere, the topmost floors will be putting the finishing touches on the One World Observatory.
Due to debut in spring 2015, the attraction spans three floors (100-102) and 125,000 square feet, and promises "unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters" after a zippy ride up in the elevators, or "Sky Pod" as One World Trade prefers to call them.
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A Brussels Airlines A330, like the one Spencer took on his BRU-JFK flight
"Freak out like it's Hurricane Sandy 2.0" - the Facebook status of a friend, after last night's news that a doctor in New York City had been diagnosed with Ebola.
Of course his status is tongue-in-cheek, but we won't be surprised to see a few face masks on subway straphangers this weekend, not to mention increased use of those teensy-weensy Purell bottle keychains.
Doctors Without Borders volunteer Craig Spencer flew Brussels Airlines for his travels to and from West Africa. Spencer returned from his trip to Guinea via Brussels, and arrived back in JFK on October 17 on Brussels Airlines flight 501.
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What is the "official" start of the holiday season? While Christmas craziness is full swing come Thanksgiving, the real "spirit of the season" begins when NYC says it does, namely with the opening of the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. You can thank all the live morning shows broadcast around the Big Apple for that influence.
TodayOctober 13is the rink's opening day for the 2014-2015 winter season, and the landmark celebrated the occasion with an on-ice performance by ice dancing Olympics gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White before allowing the general public to strap on skates.
A curious storefront in Soho has been delighting New Yorkers this week and last. We just spotted it, but Eater NY beat us to the spot, explaining that it's all just an ad campaign for a new bars app, Bartendr.
Hopefully that will lessen the shock at seeing the "coming soon" ads for Blackbox Bar, which calls itself "NYC's only bar for on-duty pilots," offering such perks as "free shuttle service to LaGuardia, Newark, JFK."
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Attention architecture, history, design, aviation, and photography buffs! The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Saturday, October 11, from 11am to 3:30pm.
The reason? The 12th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city over weekend of October 11-12.
Although OHNY began in 2002, the TWA Center has only been welcoming the OHNY public since 2011, and each year is typically considered the last chance to see it in this raw, restored state before developers re-purpose it. Recent plans, now shelved, involved turning it into a hotel, to be added to the property portfolio of hotelier Andre Balazs. His loss is our gain, and access will again be free on October 11.
Officially called the High Line at the Rail Yards, this third and final section of the monumentally popular elevated park on Manhattan's west side opened to the public last Sunday, September 21st. Picking up from where Phase Two (opened in 2011) ended at 30th St., this newest portion snakes around the rail yard towards the Hudson River, before descending to a wheelchair-friendly entrance at street level on 34th St.
Visible from certain parts is the West 30th Street Heliport, which makes it a wonderful spot to camp out and watch the tourist and corporate helicopters take off and land.
A notable addition to this section would be the children’s play area called Pershing Square Beams, constructed around existing beams then covered in soft rubber. Kids can climb through openings and even pop their heads up in the garden via a short tunnel.
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Labor Day means more than just the official end of summer and unofficial end of wearing white pants. With the start of September comes the countdown to what fashion insiders dub "Fashion Month," the series of fashion weeks which will introduce the trends and top designs for 2015.
As fashion weeks move to world capitals and new runways, they take with them the top editors, stylists, models, and fashion photographers to create a burst of creative energy and something of a "scene" in these cities. As such, fashion week can be the cooled time to visit these cities, so long as you're prepared to pay a premium for the best hotels and restaurants in which to be seen.
Mark them down, here are the dates to know for upcoming Fashion Weeks around the world:
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New York City is hot and hopping, all thanks to the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships from August 25 - September 8. On a good day, some 60,000 ticketed spectators will file through the gates to watch the likes of Serena and Venus Williams, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and more battle it out in what is the final of four Grand Slam tournaments in the year, following the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
The games go down in Queens, a quick subway train ride east from Manhattan and within spitting distance of LaGuardia Airport. The venue, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, contains 17 courts, all of which are active and open to spectators during the tournament.
The get the most out of the experience, have a look at the tips we're sharing from years of attending:
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Paris, London, Tokyo, Sydney...a list of world capitals may make for a respectable "places visited" list, but don't consider it complete without time spent on the open ocean. To be specific, we're talking about taking a transatlantic crossing, sailing between Southampton, UK and New York, NY.
We've already done the math to discover that going by Cunard's RMS Queen Mary 2 ocean liner is half the cost of flying Business Class, but now to face the biggest decision: eastbound or westbound?