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Mark Your iCal for NYC's 'Manhattanhenge' Phenomenon

May 23, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are two times every year when one can take the the most spectacular photos of the Manhattan skyline, dramatic and backlit. It's called Manhattanhenge, a portmanteau made from the combination of Manhattan + Stonehenge, the latter also a place famous for solstice action. The first of those times occurs next week, over a span of three evenings, May 28-30. Clear out those memory cards and charge up your camera!

During Manhattanhenge, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a canyon of searing lights down every midtown street. Photographers who wish to capture this phenomenon typically stake out the west end of of wide 42nd Street, and even head over the East River to Long Island City to capture the whole of the skyline.

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Fleet Week Returns to NYC with Ship Tours and Aerial Displays

May 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anchors aweigh! After budget cuts necessitated that Fleet Week NYC go on hold for 2013, the week-long event is returning for 2014. Starting tomorrow (May 21) through May 27, New York's waterfront and tourist centers will be crawling with the Navy, Coast Guard and Marines as their ships welcome the public.

Fleet Week is a chance for New York City to recognize the contributions of the US military around Memorial Day, and also to appreciate the city's advantageous location on a beautiful harbor. Events include fighter jet flyovers and other aerial displays, ship tours, live music performances, special days at the city's ballparks and, of course, hoards of sailors in their dress whites carousing on their best behavior around town.

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By Sea or By Air: Comparing the Costs of Transatlantic Travel Today

May 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM | by | Comments (2)

In one day, approximately 8,100 travelers fly one-way between New York and London. The journey from one airport to the other, with the stretch of the Atlantic Ocean between, takes 7 hours, during which time the luckiest passengers will manage to squeeze in a nap between tiny meals. In one year, that's nearly 3 million winging their way, one-way, through the clouds between continents.

In one week, 2,620 travelers sail between New York and London onboard Cunard's ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2. In 2014, as she celebrates her 10th Anniversary, she'll transport 23,580 via 9 westbound transatlantic crossings full of black tie evenings, three lavish meals daily, proper afternoon teas, splashes in pools, Canyon Ranch spa treatments, lectures by notable personalities, walks around deck in the sea breeze, and stargazing nightcaps on balconies before tucking into bed.

That's 3 million in the sky versus 23,500 on the seas, and you can double those totals to approximate roundtrip travel. Crossing the Atlantic by ship is indeed a niche option these days, and it's a rarefied experience in more ways than one. Still, it is first and foremost a mode of transportation—the QM2 is a real ocean liner, not a cruise ship, after all—and the small self-selecting group to chose an ocean liner over an airplane are actually getting the deal of their lives.

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One Piece of Advice When Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge

May 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

With the weather in the low 70s in New York City last weekend, this travel writer had an excellent idea: Stroll the streets of midtown and make my way downtown to the Brooklyn Bridge, cross over, and spend an afternoon checking out DUMBO and the up and coming Red Hook neighborhood. It was a great idea…if only a thousand other people had not thought of it.

As you can see from the photo below, the bridge was absolutely stacked, a pack of penguins waddling in unison. Bikers screamed and yelled for walkers to clear the bike lane, and logjams occurred as people stopped to take photos of the Manhattan skyline they were leaving behind. I could feel the impatience growing in people all around me at times, especially the aforementioned bikers and the other local runners and commuters. My patience was tested, too, as I weaved in and out of the crowd in an attempt to be on time to meet my friends on the other side in Brooklyn.

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How to Follow Along with the Queen Mary 2's 10th Anniversary Voyage

May 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's more than one way to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Although flights between New York and London fly nearly hourly, a far more rarified experience is to travel between continents via ocean liner. It's hardly a thing of the past; Cunard's three ships regularly feature transatlantic itineraries of seven days at sea. In fact, we're aboard one at this very moment.

Today is especially important, as the voyage begins what is...
... The 10th Anniversary transatlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2
... A rare rendezvous in Southampton for all three Cunard ships: Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth. This is a grand send-off to the QM2 on her anniversary, complete with a 10-minute fireworks departure (one minute for each year of service so far), and an early preview of the excitement for next year, which will mark the 175th for Cunard Line.
... A royal visit. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will preside at the anniversary ceremony onboard the QM2. You may know him better as Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who herself christened the ship in 2004.
... The lead-up for another big event, next week. On May 16, when the QM2 arrives into New York Harbour, she will turn around and leave again, back across the ocean for Southampton, completing a round-trip anniversary. New Yorkers can watch her leave in the evening of May 16. Best views can be had from the Staten Island Ferry or Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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'Girls' is Transporting the University of Iowa to Brooklyn

May 8, 2014 at 1:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hannah Horvath has never been one to let rejection hold her down, and neither does the Girls' actress who plays her.

After the University of Iowa turned down a request made by Lena Dunham and company to shoot their HBO series on campus, they decided to bring Iowa to their home base of Brooklyn.

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Win a 'Spider-Man 2' Trip and See NYC Through the Eyes of Peter Parker

May 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

As The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters this weekend, Belkin is giving away a trip for two to New York, where the movie was filmed last year.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the first Spidey movie to be shot entirely in locations across New York, including Time Square and Chinatown.

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Here's What Could Be Replacing the Horse and Carriage Rides of NYC's Central Park

April 21, 2014 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s a new sheriff mayor in town, and he doesn’t really see the charm and nostalgia of the horse drawn carriages doing their thing in and around New York City’s central park. Mayor Bill de Blasio has only been in office for a few months, but he’s made it clear that he wants the horses to head elsewhere for a variety of reasons. We won’t agree or disagree with his thoughts and opinions, but we will let you know of an alternative—old timey horseless carriages.

The New York International Auto Show is busy doing its thing, and as part of the show The Creative Workshop showed off a prototype of what it calls a Horseless eCarriage. There’s oversized wheels, room for up to eight tourists, a lot of shiny brass, and a really big battery—as the whole thing is electric.

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How to Get Last-Minute Tickets to the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

April 15, 2014 at 3:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tomorrow the Tribeca Film Festival opens with a new mix of foreign films, documentaries, big budget movies, filmmaker talks, and indies including the Nas doc Time Is Illmatic and Begin Again starring Keira Knightly.

With only a few hours left until the start of the fest, tickets are running out quickly. Luckily, the festival has put together a daily list of screenings with limited tickets left to help fans navigate the packed schedule.

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Know Your Bagels: The Difference Between New York City and Montreal-Style

April 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

In this week's Street Food Friday, we took a look at the mouth-watering smoked-meat sandwiches that are a staple of Montreal. It's a hell of a lunch or dinner, but let's not forget about breakfast. Like New York City, Montreal is big on its bagels, and the debate rages on about who bakes the better product.

NYC bagels are made from malt and salt, boiled in regular water, and then baked in a standard oven. Montreal bagels contain malt but sugar instead of salt, and are boiled in honey-water before being cooked in a wood-fired oven. As you can see from the photo, the bagels coming out of Montreal are significantly smaller in size. Advocates of Montreal-style say they like the thin stature and sweet taste, and believe the wood-fire oven gives the exterior a crisp crust. Those in camp NYC prefer salt to sugar in their bagel batter.

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Register Now to Actually Run on JFK Airport's Longest Runway

March 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

[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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Fill Up for a Road Trip Out of New York with $1.98 Gas (Today Only!)

February 24, 2014 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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