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HBO is gearing up for the season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones with a new interactive exhibition, opening today in midtown Manhattan.
The exhibit includes costumes and weapons from the show, as well as an interactive archery experience.
For tourists and locals traveling below the streets of New York City, there’s a new way to get around the massive subway system. The traditional subway map is getting an upgrade, and that means they’ll finally replace some of those printed ones that have long been missing information due to too many people running their fingers along popular routes.
Digital maps have already invaded some subway stops, like Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station and the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center stop over in Brooklyn, but now the the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is planning to hook up stops with at least 77 more touchscreen "On the Go!" panels.
The Fung Wah bus, which offered famously cheap (and unsafe) fares between New York and Boston, is no more. The company was shut down by the government after refusing to hand over its safety records. Now that MegaBus and BoltBus can get you between East Coast cities for about the same amount of cash while also offering free wireless, it's hard to feel nostalgic about the Fung Wah. But this New Yorker video from Marc Philippe Eskenazi sure does tug at the ol' heartstrings.
Confession: We were more Lucky Star Bus people...that is, before MegaBus entered the scene.
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"It really isn't smelly!"
That's the assertion given by KLM to press and passengers on Friday, as the first-ever series of biofuel-powered intercontinental flights was inaugurated.
All is normal inside the aircraft, and indeed passengers may have no idea they are flying on a history-making jet, unless they see the proud "we fly on biofuels" statement painted on the side. Outside, two fueling trucks pump the plane's tanks full of a mix of regular kerosene and biofuel manufactured from used cooking oil. According to the AP, the process to make this magic fuel goes a little something like this: "the waste oil from frying up crawfish, cracklins and other Cajun specialties is refined at a Louisiana plant, then trucked to JFK." Sounds simple, huh?
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Confession: I used to be afraid of flying. I would fly, so it wasn't enough of an all-consuming fear to keep me off airplanes, but I would get terribly nervous during takeoff though climb, and especially during turbulence. This is not abnormal as many, many people suffer from varying degrees of a fear of flying. I conquered my fear by flying more, and more, and more, and eventually I learned to love and even look forward to being in the air.
British Airways offers coursestitled "Flying with Confidence"to overcome fears like this, and though they typically take place in the UK, they'll be mounting a special course in New York City this April. Virgin Atlantic offers a similar course, but we're afraid their iPhone app is the closest to the USA it's getting.
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Hot breakfast sandwiches. Free WiFi. A power outlet for each comfy chair. A slick bar stocking all the good stuff for complimentary cocktails. Cheese plates. Private restrooms with showers. Macbooks.
Hello, this is airport heaven.
Though it kinda sounds like we've been describing an ultra-premium airline lounge for elite flyers at some exotic international airport, all this is in fact coming to a new lounge within Terminal 5 at New York-JFK, aka the home of JetBlue. It's to be called Airspace, and travelers will find it come May 2013 after security, near Gate 24.
Wizard World, which hosts Comic-Cons in cities around the country including Portland, Nashville, Chicago, and Austin, has announced a return to NYC with the "New York City Experience."
Wizard World will bring together celebrities, comic creators, sports stars, and exhibitors for the 2013 Wizard World New York City Experience on the weekend of June 28-30, 2013.
JetBlue will give away more Vermont Teddy Bears and free flights tomorrow when it launches its own version of the Amazing Race in New York City.
Tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, JetBlue will provide clues via Twitter (@jetblue) on the hour every hour that represent the 10 most romantic locations in the city, including places in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Each spot will be marked with a four-and-half foot tall Big Hunka Love Bear from Vermont Teddy Bear (trust us, you can't miss it). The first person to show up at each location and correctly use the secret code word that’s Tweeted along with the clue will win the bear and two roundtrip flights to any JetBlue destination.
So, in theory, you could have up to ten roundtrip tickets for two in your hand by the end of the day tomorrow if you're really good, although having the locations spread out across the city pretty much prevents that. Still, snagging even one pair of tickets would make one hell of a gift for your Valentine (or instantly make you one of the more eligible bachelors/bachelorettes in the city). You can feel good about your fortune as well: Each winner will also receive a pair of roundtrip tickets to donate to a charity of their choice.
"There's not a better looking centenarian in the world." - NYC Mayor Bloomberg
He's not speaking of someone, but something as New York City's Grand Central Station turned the big 100 today, February 1. There was much celebration in the main hall, with musical performances and speeches, but businesses within the station got in on the fun by offering some specials at 1913 prices (15 cent NY cheesecake slices at the Oyster Bar!).
We toasted the old dame last night, from the Cipriani Dolci balcony, but it's not a proper Jaunted well-wishing until we roll out the travel facts.
13 Grand Central Station facts (because it opened February 1, 1913):
The NYC Craft Beer Festival Spring Seasonals returns to the Lexington Armory on March 30th, 213 with more than 100 American craft beers which will be paired with gourmet food samplings. Tickets are now on sale for the next installment of this NYC Craft Beer Festival series.
The Connoisseur Ticket Package, which includes extra advance hour of tastings, access to the Connoisseur's Lounge, ultra rare beer tastings in the Connoisseur's Lounge, a souvenir tasting glass, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, access to seminars, and more, are available more for $100 (early bird special). Once those tickets are sold, the advance ticket prices will go up to $125 or $135 at the door.
Forks up! Reservations are open and restaurants are seating and serving for the semiannual NYC Restaurant Week, aka one of our favorite (and super highly recommended) city food events. NY Restaurant Week has happened now more than 21 times, so asking for the cheaper Restaurant Week menu isn't anything be ashamed ofin fact, sometimes it's all the restaurant is offering. The discount dining takes place from January 14 - February 8 (weekdays and Sunday).
Though we've enjoyed an unseasonably warm 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 most major world cities with subway transportation.
The 2013 ride, the 12th annual, will go down on Sunday, January 13. As veterans of the NYC No Pants ride, we can vouch for it and say that it's all in good fun, though it's getting a little big (literally) for its britches; so many people now do the Ride that you could be sharing a subway car with no one else but no-pantsers. Sure, it's awkward at firstyou remove your pants on the subway, silently, mid-ridebut that's part of the deal.