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For those that haven’t ordered Super Bowl tickets from Costco—not a problem—there’s plenty of other stuff to do in the weeks and days leading up to this year’s big game in the New York City area. The game is technically taking place over in New Jersey at the shared home of the Giants and Jets, but Manhattan is where many of the pregame festivities are set to do their thing.
The biggest attraction outside of the game has to be Super Bowl Boulevard, as the National Football League is setting up a whole bunch of flair across roughly 14 blocks of New York City real estate. It starts up on January 29 and runs through February 1, taking over parts of Broadway between 34th and 47th streets. Entry will be free to plenty of the events and attractions, but if you want to take a ride down the oversized—as in 60-feet—toboggan run, it’s going to cost you $5.
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We’re headed into the second weekend of the NFL playoff season, and we’ve already had our share of fake cheese products, fried this and that, and plenty of nachos. Despite our love for watching the games at home or with friends there’s something special—and expensive—about being there in person, so that’s why we’re here to help you check out this year’s big game in February.
The Super Bowl is scheduled to do its thing in the rain, snow, sleet, or whatever else, as this year things are taking place outdoors at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Obviously tickets have long been sold out, but there are certain chances to get to this big event as long as you have the funding.
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The start of a new year means a zeroing-out of frequent flier qualifying miles and hotel loyalty program balances. Thus, there's no better time to plan for 12 more months of travel. To help with some inspiration, we're sharing the places and events we're most excited about for 2014.
More new months in the year means more chances to party at the buzziest events or simply witness a historical occurrence. Keep this list handy as you map out your itineraries for this year:
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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.
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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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.
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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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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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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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.
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.
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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?