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While loyal United flyers may still be reeling from the airline's recent announcement that they'd be completely withdrawing from New York's JFK Airportmoving their "p.s." all-business-class transcontinental flights over to their Newark hubanother airline has quickly stepped up to fill the hole.
This morning, JetBlue stated that they'd be increasing their number of daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK to both Los Angeles-LAX and San Francisco-SFO, beginning October 25. That same date is, conveniently, the day United is scheduled to pull their six daily JFK flights to LAX and seven to SFO. And it's not just like JetBlue is throwing some extra flights onto the schedule; the boost will be exclusively Airbus A321s with JetBlue's premium "Mint" class onboard. Have a look around.
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Manhattan serves the elites: those money-eyed Wall St. execs and celebrity penthouse dwellers. The Bronx has — well, the Yankees. Brooklyn features those oddball creative kids eating artisanal doughnuts in brick-walled cafes-barbershop-dog parlors. And Queens? Queens has everybody else.
For most visitors, a stop in that last borough is usually no longer than a quick jaunt through JFK or LaGuardia; they might be rushing out the moment they arrive. But what Queens lacks in sexiness, it makes up for with affordability and its status as the city’s most culturally diverse neighborhood. (The notion of Manhattan as a melting pot ended when rent exceeded $2,500/month and the LES chose kitty cafes and clubs named “Fat Baby” over Jewish bakeries and Russian borscht kitchens.)
Today many of NYC’s immigrants reside in Queens, making the borough, which would already be the fourth-largest city in the US if it seceded from NYC, the most ethnically diverse urban area in the entire world. Here over 138 languages are spoken by immigrants from over 100 countries. When you get that many cultures together, well, you get a delicious stew a-brewing, making Queens arguably one of the best places to eat and drink — especially on a budget — in the entire country.
The Mamava Lactation Suite, which debuted May 6, gives nursing moms a comfy, private place to nurse or pump. The 4 X 8-foot pods comfortably fit a woman traveling with a breast pump and luggage — and of course, a baby. The suite has fold-down tables, electrical outlets and cushy seats.
LaGuardia also debuted one Mamava lactation suite while Newark’s Liberty introduced two. Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport has had one since March, and according to USA Today, plans are in the works to bring the suites to Houston and Atlanta as well. The message on the suite at JFK explains the concept perfectly:
Hello Mamas! The Mamava Suite provides a solution for nursing mother’s on-the-go –- because necessity is the mother of invention! This private, peaceful, practical room is perfect for women who need to pump or breastfeed. Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere in T5, but please feel free to use this lactation suite if you need a place to pump or a quieter place to nurse your baby.The suite provides the same message in Spanish on the other side.
Kudos to all the partners involved with these suites – instead of contributing to boob-gates (poorly handled public breastfeeding incidents) they are offering solutions. The suites will be in place through October and might be extended, presumably based on usage and feedback.
[Photo: Seventh Generation]
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We assume that you've already read our coverage of last werk's runway-skidding Delta flight at LaGuardia Airport, unless you're likely to fly into LGA some time in the near future, in which case we hope you avoided that post (we love clicks as much as the next travel news site, but those are some genuinely hair-raising images; we're more than willing to sacrifice a couple pageviews for your mental well-being).
But at least one humorous moment did come out of the near-disaster.
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If you're next trip involves landing at LaGuardia Airport, we suggest you look away now.
A Delta passenger plane originating in Atlanta (Flight 1086) skidded off the runway at LGA this morning. But the plane didn't just go off to the side of the runway a little. Instead it rammed into a seawall fence, leaving its nose hovering above the choppy sea. Eeep.
The good news is that there are no fatalities. The AP reports that all 125 passengers (including Giants tight end Larry Donnell) and five crew members evacuated on inflated safety chutes. Six people are reported to be injured, but not seriously, and the plane lost a wing but otherwise, everyone is good.
And as is the norm these days, many passengers have been posting on social media about the shaking landing. Here's a video posted during the evacuation, in which you can see people shuffling on their butts down the chutes:
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This past weekend, a nine-foot statue of Edward Snowden was on display at Union Square Park in New York City as part of the Art in Odd Places festival. The statue got a lot of reaction on social media, but also went unrecognized by many people on the street.
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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This week it really is all fun and games in Brooklyn as the borough's very own comedy fest kicks off.
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival is taking place at multiple venues, including Brooklyn Brewery, The Knitting Factory, Baby's All Right, Glasslands, and The Rock Shop, and will feature dozens of comics from the world of sketch, standup, improv, and more through Aug. 24.
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The main aspect that makes the Red Hook neighborhood so interesting is that no one discovers it by accident. Located at the far southwest corner of Brooklyn, it is completely inaccessible via public transportation, meaning that no one passes through and no one gets there any other way than car, bike, or on foot.
And because it is about a 30-minute walk from the Brooklyn Bridge Park, you won’t see many tourists finding their way to this developing neighborhood. And as the irony goes in the realm of travel, a lack of tourists is exactly what makes an area so appealing for tourists. We spent an afternoon exploring Red Hook this past weekend, and here’s an overview of what you can expect:
According to the calendar we’re just days away from the start of the summer season, and that means it’s time to turn our attention towards some great warm weather destinations. So get out on the water, wave goodbye to the mainland, and set you watch to island time.
What’s Fishers Island?
Looking at the map you might guess that it’s part of Connecticut, but Fishers Island belongs to New York as it does its thing on the eastern end of Long Island Sound. The island is about nine miles long and just a mile across, and is a great escape for those in and around the region.
How To Get There
The Fishers Island Ferry will be more than happy to take you a few miles offshore, as the operation does its thing to and from New London, Connecticut. Peak rates just started, so you can expect to shell out $25 per person, round-trip. If you need to bring your car it’s a good idea to get reservation well in advance, and it will set you back at least $51. Things run a few times each and every day, but just be sure to catch the last ferry of the weekend—it heads back at 7pm on Sunday.
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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In yesterday's roundup of a few lakes to check out this summer, this writer left out Keuka Lake in Hammondsport, Upstate New York. I did that on purpose, because I wanted to go beyond a paragraph in explaining how much I love it up there.
Up there. You can hear the Manhattanites saying it, can't you? The small town of under 1,000 people sits at the south end of the Y-shaped Keuka Lake, about 20 miles in length and the place to be during the summer months. The wineries look down over it from the sloping hillsides, but as a resident told me, if you’re not on the water, you’re not experiencing Hammondsport.