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Now that the weather is starting to get warmer everyone is getting in on the fun—even the airlines. Southwest Airlines loves to spend time outdoors during the spring and summer, and once again they’re prepping their mini-chain of Southwest Porches for the season.
In New York City, you'll find the Porch in midtown over at Bryant Park, and it’s a quick walk from Grand Central if you’re arriving into the city on the train. They’ve got plenty of drinks on tap (including their own beer), a few bits and bites from which to choose, and even some fire pits for when the weather is less than ideal. Free board games, trivia on Tuesdays, and plenty of adirondack chairs round out the scene. They've been doing their thing here for a few years now, so at this point the place is just part of the neighborhood.
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If you’re looking to move your Chinatown bus travel from one carrier to another—then we’ve got good news—as it looks like another low cost bus line is hitting the market. They’re calling it YO! and it looks like that things have been running now for a few months. So if you’re looking for an affordable way to get from here to there, it just might be worth taking them for a spin.
YO!—that name and stylization is already getting annoying—is apparently an offering from both Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Line, as they’re joining forces to bring the bus to one and all. According to them the new bus name comes from the pronunciation of a Chinese word that means “to protect,” so maybe they’ll be focused on safety as well as just speed, cost, and convenience.
On Tuesday night Stephen Colbert made a very special announcement on "The Colbert Report". No, he isn't running for office again, but he is hosting a music festival aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City!
"The only thing bigger than the festival itself is this year's venue," Colbert said during the announcement. "You may know her from her work capturing the Marshall Islands during WWII. She displaces 41,434 tons. Ladies and gentleman, the mother#$%#&$# U.S. Intrepid!"
At this point we all know that Alec Baldwin isn’t really besties with flight attendants due to his love with Words With Friends, and if you didn’t know that, his latest Capital One commercial reminds us about no games on the runway. Of course we’d love to utilize our electronic do-dads as much as possible, but we’re definitely going to pay attention for the need to turn them off now more than ever. That’s because it looks like ignoring the flight attendants might just get you something a little bit worse than a stern warning.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey—they’re in charge of the city’s airports—are sick and tired of dealing with passengers refusing to turn off their cell phones. So what they’re going to do is send those offenders from the airport directly to court. Nothing is official just yet, but it sounds like they’re exploring the idea of suing the worst offending passengers. Last year airport police had to respond to over 400 different cases of passengers behaving badly on the runway, and it sounds like they’re sick and tired of the delays.
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Brussels Airlines recently announced some major network upgrades and in-flight products and took to social media to brag about their new toys to all their followers. With dramatic unveilings on Twitter and instagram and the final product look on Facebook, the carrier created quite a buzz for their newest seats.
In the front of the plane, the Belgian carrier is launching lie-flat sky beds for intercontinental service with all of the bells and whistles we expect in business class. Super roomy seats with loads of work space is what premium passengers can expect with the addition of a pneumatic setting that allows passengers to pick a 'hard' or 'soft' seat.
Don't worry, there is some fun for economy too! By reducing the profile of their seats, Brussels boasts just about 33 inches of leg room and further recline.
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Last week we just scratched the surface about what Delta has planned for New York’s LaGuardia Airport, but this week all the juicy details have been released for new cities and new flights. Overall it looks like Delta is really building up LGA as sort of a new domestic hub, as they’ve got flights heading out of the Big Apple to here, there, and everywhere.
Some of the flights were part of a trade off with US Airways, so a few routes are staying the same—they’re just getting new planes, pilots, and flight attendants to fly back and forth. In total there’s like 100 new daily flights to 30 different cities, and it’s all happening from LGA.
Meanwhile, Delta is hard at work on the other side of Queens at JFK, building new stuff and updating terminals, but with all these new flights and new cities we hope that the bulldozers and hardhats take a hop on the Van Wyck Expressway when they’re done.
If you were wondering why the Empire State Building was lit up in green and red last night, it wasn't just because they were in the spirit of the season, they were actually providing the backdrop for a pre-taped performance by Jessie J that will air on NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly.
Carson will be filming performances for the upcoming special all week in New York City and you can be a part of the audience! Tonight they will taping two performances by The Roots with Jimmy Fallon and Tony Bennett, both of which will air on NBC on New Year's Eve.
It’s been ten years in the making, but yesterday the 9/11 Memorial in New York City opened to families of the victims affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Starting today, the place is open to anyone and everyone, so you’re free to pay your respects. However, you are going to need a ticket, but don’t worry—they’re free.
Timed admission passes are available online, but as you can imagine, they're being booked up quickly. As of this morning, there are a few options for later this month, but you’re going to need to cut of work early—or extend that lunch break—as they’re smack dab in the middle of the afternoon. The online reservation system is pretty slick, as you can pick specific times and dates with little to no hassle—again, assuming availability. Things were a little buggy at times, but we’re just thinking it’s because we’re only one of like a million people trying to access the site.
Who needs Oprah when we have Anderson Cooper?
Anderson's new gig, the aptly titled Anderson, is a one-hour syndicated daytime talk show that has already started filming in New York City. And it looks like the CNN-anchor-turned-talk-show-host is eager to fill seats in his new studio in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Allen Room, because he's made it pretty easy to get tickets.
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It's officially summer, so to kick off the season, we decided to take a look at the hot cultural offerings popping up in the warm-weather months. Whether you want to catch some dance, theater or art, we'll give you the lowdown on the things you need to do this summer, other than work on your tan.
Check out our top three big summer cultural events after the jump.
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Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
The best thing about summer is that you can do everything outdoors, and that includes watch movies. Seeing a flick under the stars while huddled on a blanket is a favorite summer pastime, especially since the screenings are usually free. Pack your picnic baskets and pop a squat at one of these outdoor film festivals.
Check out the top five alfresco film festivals after the jump.
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Okay, we are sick and tired of all the "Body Worlds" exhibits already. We're ready for a decent museum exhibit that's not full of corpses. Luckily, a number of museums are getting ready to unveil some new spring exhibitions that hopefully will put "Body Worlds" to rest.
Check out three must-visit spring exhibits after the jump.