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Cross-Dressing Man Scales Newark Airport Fence, Hangs Out for a While

December 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

Roughly a year ago some poor soul got lost jet skiing in Jamaica Bay, and ended up shivering wet outside the fence at JFK. He proceeded to scale the airport's 8-foot fence, make his way across 2 runways, and enter Terminal 3. Good for him - how else was he expected to get warm - but bad for the Port Authority. The organization is ostensibly responsible for security at the airport, which presumably includes not letting a random guy in a neon yellow life jacket wander around runways and terminals undetected for hours at a time.

This year, there have been no life jacket-wearing New Yorkers embarrassing the Port Authority by effortlessly defeating one of their airport's security system. Instead it's a cross-dressing Jersey City resident. Airport security you guys; gosh we just don't know.

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Slip Back in Time (and the Backseat) This Week at the Drive-In Theater in Queens

October 14, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Movie fans nostalgic for the good ol' days are gathering in New York City this month for the Empire Drive-In. The temporary outdoor movie theater replicates the drive-in movie experience of the mid-twentieth century, complete with junked cars for the audience to sit in.

The theater, which was designed by artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark, will be at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park through October 20, 2013.

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Lace 'Em Up! The Rink at Rockefeller Center Opens Today in New York City

Where: Rockefeller Center, New York , United States
October 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

We know, we know, it's not even Halloween yet, but doesn't today's opening of the Rink at the Rock just scream that Christmas is right around the corner? We've admitted in the past that it might be a tourist trap, yet that still doesn't stop the feelings from flowing when it comes to the charm of Rockefeller Center during the holidays.

Since this is no cheap novelty -- general admission adult skate prices start at $27 with an additional $12 for rentals -- you might consider making a day of it and picking up a SkySkate pass that allows you to go for a skate (with rentals included) and also visit the observation deck at the top of the Rock for $40. Tickets are available now, but only redeemable between January 8th and March 31st. Really want to get into the spirit? Fans of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular can combo orchestra seats to the show with a VIP skate pass for $100 during the month of November.

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How to Get Last Minute Tickets to the New Yorker Festival

October 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

The New Yorker Festival is known for selling out quickly but there is still a chance to get tickets to this weekend's hottest events.

Some of the most anticipated panels, including An Evening with Funny or Die, Buried Alive with Aziz Ansari, Without a Script featuring Christopher Guest, and a conversation with Ethan Hawke, are sold out. But, a number of tickets for each event will be available tomorrow, October 4, from noon to 4 p.m. at SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St, NYC. There will also be a few tickets available at the door for most events on a first come, first served basis.

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Five Pumpkin Festivals to Help You Enjoy October

October 2, 2013 at 6:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Autumn is finally here, so grab one of those pumpkin spice latte beverages and make your way to one of the many fall festivals. This month we’re focusing on those events dedicated to all things pumpkin, so here are five picks for pumpkin festivals doing their thing this month:

Circleville Pumpkin Show – Circleville, Ohio

Between October 16 and October 19th, one Ohio town turns into all things pumpkin. There’s a Miss Pumpkin Show that crowns a new gourd-geous—couldn’t resist, sorry—to reign over the annual festival. Farmers from around the state and region roll their pumpkins to the festival, as past winners have weighed in at well over 1,300 pounds. There’s a parade, live music, arts and crafts, and creatively arranged pumpkins and gourds all over downtown. Admission is free, but we’d bring spending cash for some of the attractions or for pumpkin this or that when you’re hungry.

Keene Pumpkin Festival – Keene, New Hampshire

We try to be fair and balanced in our assessment of this year’s pumpkin festivals, but the one in Keene, New Hampshire might just be the best thing going on this fall. They’ve got a food and craft court and a pumpkin road race, but what sets this festival apart are all the jack-o-lanterns. The town carved and brought in nearly 30,000 jack-o-lanterns last year, and they illuminate each and every one right around the town’s center. As you can imagine things look pretty darn awesome once the sun goes down, so bring your own pumpkin and head to New Hampshire on October 19th—just bring cash for parking.

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From New York to British Columbia, Celebrate Autumn with an Apple Festival

September 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Okay—so it’s finally happened, summer has faded into the distance and now it’s time for autumn. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing color, and it’s time to enjoy some seasonal selection—like apples. Here are a few festivals coming up the next couple of weekends dedicated to all things Macintosh, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith:

Cory Apple Festival – Cory, Indiana

They’ve been doing things here for over forty years, and this weekend is the 44th Annual Cory Apple Festival. Things begin on Friday and run through Sunday as fish frys, hog roasts, and chicken noodle dinners will ensure you’re well fed. Arts and craft vendors will be on hand, as well as plenty of antiques and other flea market finds. As for the apples, expect plenty of opportunities to enjoy some fresh fruit and pressed cider. Just be sure to stick around for the Redneck Riding Lawnmower Demolition Derby—hilarious. This certainly is a small town festival, as organizers are quick to point out that the town lacks an ATM, which means you better BYOCash.

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Seven Lesser-Known September 11 Memorials in the New York City Area

September 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today we remember the lives lost during the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

While crowds and ceremonies will likely restrict access to the 9/11 Memorial at the actual World Trade Center (which requires advance tickets anyway), there are a variety of other sculptures and remembrance parks within the area deserving of a little attention.

Here are seven other NY/NJ area September 11 memorials to visit year-round:

· Jersey City, NJ "Empty Sky" (above)
One of the newer memorials, it's also our personal favorite for the modern design and poignant placement just across the harbor from where the Twin Towers once stood. "Empty Sky," opened in 2011, sits in Liberty State Park and consists of two 30-foot-high rectangular towers, etched with the names of the 746 New Jersey-resident victims. The negative space between the monuments is oriented to highlight the area on the Manhattan skyline where the actual buildings once were.

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How to Get Tickets to the 2013 New York Comedy Festival

August 28, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

The New York Comedy Festival is one of the world's best fests and not only because it features today's best stand-up comics, but also because it brings them to NYC's best venues.

The highlights of this year's festival, which will run from November 6 to November 10, include a conversation between Larry David and David Steinberg at Town Hall, Kathy Griffin at Carnegie Hall, and an Evening with Bill Maher at the Beacon Theatre.

Tickets to most performances are still available and range in price from around $50 - $100. You can find links to the appropriate ticket vendors for each show (it varies based on venue) at nycomedyfestival.com/schedule.

[Photo: NY Comedy Festival]

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Take a Tour of 'Princesses: Long Island' Filming Locations

August 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

This Sunday, the final episode of the first season of Bravo’s Princesses: Long Island will air. Although the embarrasingly addictive show only had ten episodes, that was plenty of time to see a wide swath of Long Island.

Should you find yourself in Jewish Princess withdrawal while waiting to find out if the show gets renewed, perhaps you can check out one of these spots that you saw on the series?

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TSA Flat Out Denies Their Agents Search Your Parked Cars, Even Though...

July 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

What a tangled little story this is. It begins with a strange but seemingly confirmed story about how TSA agents are now searching valet-parked cars parked at airports.

We write "strange" because, well, that's a very new thing TSA would be doing. You'd think they would have told have told someone in advance. Yet it's also "seemingly confirmed" because a local news station in New York went to Greater Rochester International Airport, where the car searches occurred, and found a bunch of evidence.

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Niagara Falls Just Might Be Getting Its Groove Back

July 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven’t been to Niagara Falls, we’d highly recommend you up and go. It’s definitely worth a look, but we would hardly call it the coolest location or destination. However, that might be changing a little bit as an infusion of cash and some catchy advertising is looking to give Niagara Falls a cool new attitude.

As far as we know the falls themselves aren’t changing—ha—but the tourist areas and extras just might be. Specifically we’re talking about the region on the United States’ side of the border, as over in Canada they have their own issues.

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Uncle Sam Wants You to Travel for the Fourth of July

June 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Haven't yet made plans for USA's birthday celebrations next week? If your palms just got sweaty and you panicked a little bit, we've got you covered with our picks of the best ways to ring in the 237th year this fine country has been a republic.

Maybe you just convinced your boss to give you the long Fourth of July weekend off or maybe you simply need a getaway; whatever the reason, so long as you're looking to get your year's fill of fireworks, hot dogs and potato salad, these are the places for you:

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