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While the political and pop culture world is fixated on the latest Donald Trump sound bite or Gawker-related gaffe, travel nerds have their own big news story to sink their teeth into — and it comes courtesy of our sibling publication, Conde Naste Traveler, and Jaunted contributing editor Cynthia Drescher.
Yesterday New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that LaGuardia Airport (LGA) will be on the receiving end of a $4 billion makeover. (Cue the meme of Dr. Evil pointing his pinkie finger at his lip. "Four beeeeeeelion dollars.") Cuomo was joined for the announcement by VP Joe Biden, who famously sneered at LGA last year, and as Drescher reports the duo laid out an interesting and inspiring vision for the future: including a "single, structurally unified main terminal" to replace the "current, fragmented layout," increased taxiway space, ferry terminal AirTran rail extension, "enhanced road configuration to reduce traffic congestion," an airport hotel and the creation of a cell phone lot, among other plans.
Head here to check out the full story, but tell us in the comments: Now that we're going to see some big bucks committed to improving the experience at LGA, what are your recs? What would you like to see prorated as part of the makeover?
[Image: NY.gov via cntraveler.com]
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This is an early warning to mark off your iCal for the weekend of October 17-18, and book your tickets to be in New York City.
These are the just-announced 2015 dates for one of the best free events of the year in the Big Apple: openhousenewyork (OHNY). For one weekend every year, some of the city's most private places fling open their doors to complimentary tours for the public. A few tours do have a small fee, but they'll be worth it. Some popular locations in the past have included Kickstarter's headquarters in Brooklyn, the World's Fair Hall of Science in Queens, some private apartments that have gone "off the grid" despite being in the middle of Manhattan and, of course, the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport.
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Real talk, New Yorkers: JetBlue has a better rooftop than you.
No offense, we love that patch of withered brown grass in Williamsburg that you call your own — and for only the annual price of a Mercedes, no less! But JetBlue just opened its T5 Rooftop — at the airline's JFK home, Terminal 5 — and we're sorry to say that it kind of upstages even your nifty new corn hole set. The rooftop area is now the only post-security outdoor space accessible to all travelers, and it's open from 6 AM to 10 PM daily during the summer. So when you're waiting for your flight and need a reprieve from recycled airport air and the sweet wafts of your fellow passengers' grab-and-go lunchmeat sandwiches, you can step out on to a wood roof deck with rare views of the Manhattan skyline (repeat that to yourself for emphasis), outdoor patio furniture, and plenty of green space boasting oak leaved hydrangeas, lilyturf, sweetsphire and other lovely plantings you won't recognize by name. (But, good to know, right?) There's also free Wi-Fi! Grab your laptop and soak up some rays, people.
It's basically a small park. It's dog-friendly (this is the first post-security dog walk area at JFK), and you'll even find "New York-centric" (as worded in a press release) food vendors: think street carts hawking Hebrew National hot dogs and Brooklyn's Blue Marble ice cream. And JetBlue "will host an ongoing Summer Friday series with DJ sets, acoustic performances, food and beverage samplings and other entertainment offerings" on the roof deck too.
You? You have a Foreman grill. And honestly, a plane ticket is probably less than your NYC rent.
Well done, JetBlue. We should, like, totally hang out more. [Applies SPF.]
[Photo by Paul Rivera]
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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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Just in case you happened to be around 42nd Street in New York City last evening and noticed crowds of pedestrians with their smartphones held high, seemingly looking off into the horizon, and wondered what was going on...it's Manhattanhenge!
Two weekends every year, during the summer, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a straight beam of sunset through the urban canyons of the streets. Photographers who wish to capture this phenomenon typically stake out the west end of of wide 42nd Street, and even head over the East River to Long Island City to capture the whole of the skyline.
Cue the “Weekend Update” music, because we have some breaking news to report: “Saturday Night Live” is about to open a museum-style exhibition, and it’s going to rock your (Wayne’s) world.
Opening on May 30 at New York City's Premier Exhibition 5th Avenue — a fancy new state-of-the-art events space — and coinciding with the iconic TV series’ 40th anniversary, “Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition” basically sounds like a mini-Smithsonian dedicated to all things related to the show. And honestly, SNL kind of deserves that. The show is basically an American institution at this point. We forgive the lackluster seasons because every week, it plugs our finger into a socket of kinetic NYC energy. (“Saturday Night Live” might be the most successful accidental tourism campaign, like, ever.) And even the lame episodes become entertaining as reruns, when they take on the air of nostalgia – like televised yearbooks reminding us of the news events, pop culture chatter, and god-awful hairstyles of bygone eras.
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Add May 29 to your iCal. That's the date the One World Trade Center's observatory opens to the public, for 100th-story views from the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
Entry won't be cheap, at $32 for adults 13-64 and $26 for children 6-12 (children under 5 are free), but it is significantly more affordable than tickets for the Burj Khalifa's Observatory, which run $55 for adults during peak visitation hours.
The very first batch of tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 8, at 10am EST. Of course complimentary admission is extended to family members of those killed on 9/11, and to the rescue and recovery workers who worked at the site in the months following the tragedy.
Spring in New York City is a beautiful thing. Flowers are blooming (at bodega florists), people walk hand-in-hand (on film shoots in the West Village), and the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold (in subway stations). Furthermore, spring is when Fleet Week fills the streets with smiling sailors in their dress whites, and New York Harbor with military ships of all shapes and sizes.
The dates for Fleet Week NYC 2015 were announced today, so mark your iCal for May 20-26. While you're at it, type in a few more Fleet Weeks as well; the gathering of Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines does happen in cities other than New York City, and during other times of the year than just late spring.
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You’re in First Class on Cathay Pacific. The flight is a 16-hour nonstop from New York to Hong Kong, and you’re looking forward to a little sleeping, a little working, and a little eating while watching that movie you’ve been meaning to catch. Then the flight attendant hands you a pair of soft pajamas and the in-flight meal menu, and it becomes quite clear that you’re going to enjoy this flight.
The cherry on top of the experience? 2015 is the year Cathay Pacific has dedicated to featuring unique First Class menus created by chefs from Mandarin Oriental hotel properties around the world. And, oh yes, there will be caviar.
What began as a special feature for just the London route in 2014 expands throughout 2015 to 5 more destinations. The lucky routes: Between Hong Kong and New York-JFK, Boston, San Francisco, Paris, London, and Tokyo-Haneda.
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Go and get 'em! Reservation booking has just opened up here for the semiannual NYC Restaurant Week, aka one of our favorite (and super highly recommended) city food events. NYC's Winter Restaurant Week(s) 2015 runs from February 16 to March 6.
Get over to OpenTable quickly to snap up the best and newest tables, lest you get stuck dining at some Theater District steakhouse that survives on tourists being loose with their money and not too particular about what's on their plate. The choices for winter 2015 are better than ever, with a record 340 participating eateries.
The official announcement gives a taste of what to expect:
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What's longer than five 747s and yet can turn on a dime in NYC's Hudson River?
The Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship and the first to be branded a "smartship," is officially out on the ocean. Godmother Kristin Chenoweth christened her at Cape Liberty, New Jersey on November 14 and, with that crash of a massive bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne, she begins a year of sailings out of New York Harbor to the Bahamas and Caribbean.
We spent the weekend onboard the Quantum, pushing buttons and opening doors to discover her secrets and put the much boasted about technology to the test. But first, let's take a long look at the shipall 168,000 tonnes of funwith completely original photos:
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T5i's immigration and customs area sports the latest technology, like these automated passport processing kiosks
Next time you saunter through the market area at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at New York's JFK Airport and stand beneath the information halo wondering which way to go, you may notice there's a few more gates than usual. Go right or go straight ahead and it's all the same. Veer left, however, and you're heading for the spanking new international gate zone, dubbed T5i.
Yesterday marked the public opening of this, JetBlue's latest big project, and the first flights to arrive to the shiny new digs were JetBlue's non-stops up from Santo Domingo and Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Of course now it's open to all arriving JetBlue flights* from any of their nearly 25 international destinations from JFK.