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It's that time of the year again! That's rightthe semiannual New York Fashion Week is nearly half over, but is still very much wreaking havoc on the Big Apple. During this period, New York's most talked-about restaurants and clubs have RSVP lists overflowing with the DYKWIA ("do you know who I am")-types, and even a few of the city's most touristed locations become fashion victims.
Let's take a look at those now, so that you can either avoid or stalk the fashion folk this week:
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This weekend brought even more news on the fate of JFK Airport's TWA Flight Center or, as we may soon call it, The Standard, Flight Center.
The NY Post' s Page Six reports that hotelier Andre Balazs has more to celebrate than just the 5th anniversary of his Standard Hotel in NYC's Meatpacking District, as his plans to develop the Terminal 5 Flight Center into a 150-room hotel and convention center move forward.
The final proposal hasn't yet been approved by the Port Authority and, as we recently reported, they aren't having the easiest time agreeing that Balazs' design plans are the right ones for the space. Thus, this is the ideal time for Balazs to leak details in a bid to gain more publicity and garner excitement over the possible "Standard, Flight Center," while its neighbor, the old Terminal 3 Pan Am Worldport, is reduced to rubble (sharing a fate with the I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 Sundrome, demolished just two years ago).
It's a busy week for the Hollywood set with the Toronto Film Festival, New York Fashion Week, and the Venice Film Festival all underway. Somehow celebs are still making their way out to Queens to take in a few tennis matches during the U.S. Open.
This year's event seems to be especially popular with famous couples, some A-listers and some B and C-listers, all of whom are flocking to the center court and Moet & Chandon Suite for date nights.
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October can't come soon enough, as we've just confirmed that the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Sunday, October 13.
The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. The weekend is October 12-13 and although the full schedule won't be released until early October, it's nice to know if the TWA Terminal is a part of the fun since many people actually travel in for the pleasure of roaming and photographing this icon of modern architecture.
New York has plenty of world class museums where you can see everything from fossils to modern art. But the city's most delightfully odd museum honor goes to Museum, a closet-sized collection of everything from kids' bulletproof Disney character backpacks to weird flavors of potato chips from around the world.
Museum is located in an alley in TriBeCa. When it's open, a nattily-dressed young man sits out in front of the museum letting three or four people in at a time. (If you're trying to envision how small this place is, think Jemaine's "studio apartment" in that episode of Flight of the Conchords that was actually a broom closet and where only one person could dance at a time.)
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New York City is hot and hopping, all thanks to the US Open Tennis Championships from August 26 - September 9. On a good day, some 60,000 ticketed spectators will file through the gates to watch the likes of Serena and Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal, 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.
We were there last night, and managed to walk all over to figure out exactly how to beat the crowds for the best possible US Open experience:
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This is just the Amuse-bouche
On any given day, there are 9-10 British Airways planes zooming up into the skies from New York's JFK Airport. Touch down may be London's Heathrow Airport, but the 7+ hours in-flight time is absolutely a destination in itself. This is especially true for First Class guests who opt to open the menu for a meal, rather than just close their eyes for a sleep.
The focus for British Airways' First Class cuisine is, to quote BA's Manager of Food & Beverage Design, Chef Gwendal Hamon, "lovely ingredients with good provenance, simply prepared." Catering is by Do & Co, who employ over 500 people just at their JFK facility, with the aim to provide the best quality foods for the best possible taste at altitude and, in this case, especially for those in the best seats on the plane.
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The days of fretting over whether taxicabs take credit cards are practically over--as most taxis in major cities and at major airports have long ago installed credit card machines, freeing you up from having to take out cash at the ATM when you land. Except at Newark International Airport taking a taxi into Manhattan and paying by credit card is still a hassle.
For starters, there is an additional $5 charge to all points in the state of New York (except Staten Island.) Second, the taxi stand makes you pre-pay for your ride at one of these machines. You then give the slip to your driver, with your desired destination and he will process the full payment at the end. That does not include tolls (which are about $10 and up) and tips (whatever you feel is appropriate.)
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It may have only been earlier this month that we divulged the 2014 dates for Manhattanhengeevenings when the sunset perfectly aligns with the city's street grid and makes for awesome photosbut it turns out other cities can get in on the action.
Using a new tool from CartoDB, Gothamist just realized that even cities like Chicago and Toronto experience their own version of "Manhattanhenge," and in fact many other cities around the world as well. It's pretty simple really, as "...any city with a grid, or even any east west road (such as I-80 which goes across the country) may have a sunglare moment at sunrise/sunset." Apparently Montreal had a particularly lovely Manhattanhenge (Montrealhenge?) on July 12.
With the premiere of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes right around the corner, the show's cast and crew will be in New York City next week to celebrate and say goodbye.
On Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m., the show's cast, including Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte and Bob Odenkirk, along with the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, will talk with New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff for NYT's TimesTalks. Though tickets to the event sold out in a matter of minutes, fans can still try for stand-by tickets before the talk, or watch it online.
As far as we’re concerned it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping list, and if you’re looking to get something for us—thanks in advance—we have a great idea. It looks like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over in New York City is thinking about adding some sponsorship deals to their subway stations. So if you’ve got a little extra cash, we certainly would appreciate our very own Jaunted subway stop.
Basically advertisers can throw in some cash, and they can name a stop after a company. It sounds like nothing is happening immediately, so don’t expect Times Square presented by American Express anytime soon. However, the public transportation people have outlined some rules and regulations, and they are meeting to chat about the possibility of adding some ads to boost their revenue.
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[Update 07/23] The runways at LGA are open again and flights are progressing normally as possibly, although keep an eye out for the plane if you're flying in, as it's still sitting where the nose collapsed.
[Update 7:30pm] Southwest has issued an updated statement regarding the incident. View it on their site (if the site is down, view screenshot). It reports there are five minor passengers and three flight attendants with injuries currently being treated. All passengers are safely in the terminal.
[Update 7:00pm] Flights departing for LaGuardia this evening will be held at their origin until 8pm at the earliest. Double-check the status of your flights and those for anyone you're due to pick up from LGA.
Around 5:45pm EST this evening, a Southwest Air Boeing 737 landed at New York's LaGuardia Airport and suffered a landing gear failure at the nose. The plane tipped forward, and the crew and passengers evacuated via the emergency slides. There were 150 people total onboard.
There was no fire or explosion.
The jet is tail number N753SW, operating as Southwest flight 345, originating in Nashville, TN. The individual plane was first delivered from Boeing to Southwest on June 10, 1999, which makes it just over 14 years old.