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Celebrites as Tourist Attractions: Jackie Chan, Britney Spears, and More

Celebrites as Tourist Attractions: Jackie Chan, Britney Spears, and More Sep 19th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Flickr, Donna Grayson Millions of tourists visit Los Angeles every year in hopes of spotting a celebrity, but rarely see anything more than gated homes and unemployed actors in character costumes on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some enterprising celebrities are finding ways to become tourist attractions in their own right, with live performances and theme parks for fans to see their favorites (or...

Travel Back Thursday: Broadway, From Broome Street

Travel Back Thursday: Broadway, From Broome Street Aug 29th, 2013 at 6:00PM: J. Paul Getty Museum Thursdays mark a new rendition of our Photo of the Day on Gadling. We'll be traveling back in time to feature interesting memories of years past. We're reaching far back in the archives this week. Countless people have walked down, driven on, or worked near Broadway in New York City. Ever stop to think what Broadway looked like, over 150 years ago? Now you don't have to. Enjoy...

YouTube Sensation: Real Actors Read Yelp

Sep 8th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Possibly, I've been living under a rock, but I just discovered the hilarious YouTube series "Real Actors Read Yelp," the brainchild of Gotta Kid to Feed Productions. Broadway thespians and television bit players provide heart-wrenching (and sometimes downright terrifying) enactments of real reviews from across the country. There's everything from the Times Square Olive Garden ("The...

Enjoy a free Broadway show in a retro New York diner

Enjoy a free Broadway show in a retro New York diner Dec 18th, 2011 at 12:00PM: When visiting New York, a must on most peoples' lists is to buy tickets to a Broadway show. If you want entertainment that's a little more affordable, stop into Ellen's Stardust Diner. The eatery is a themed diner that takes you back to the 1950's, with waitresses in poodle skirts and waiters in retro bowling shirts serving classic fare like meatloaf, burger platters, macaroni and cheese,...

Biking the car-less streets of New York City after Hurricane Irene

Biking the car-less streets of New York City after Hurricane Irene Aug 28th, 2011 at 1:30PM: I've suddenly found myself stuck in New York City after my 3-day Rome trip canceled. Watching the news last night, it looked like Manhattan would be without power and struggling even to survive the 'storm of a lifetime' on Saturday. Instead, after Hurricane Irene passed through the city earlier this morning there was an erie calm. As I woke up, I wondered if we were in the eye of the storm. ...

A visit to Wall Street the day after the crash [PHOTOS]

A visit to Wall Street the day after the crash [PHOTOS] Aug 9th, 2011 at 3:00PM: On a normal day, the small sidewalk on Wall Street between Broadway and Broad Street is crammed with tourists. People in suits cram hurriedly between them to get to their desks. Of course, there's the occasional television truck or nut holding a sign. When the market turns, however, the vibe in that part of town changes quickly. The tourists remain, but they're pushed around by the increase in...

Bronx Zoo cobra on the loose takes Manhattan...and Twitter

Bronx Zoo cobra on the loose takes Manhattan...and Twitter Mar 29th, 2011 at 11:00AM: On Friday, an adolescent Egyptian cobra escaped from New York's Bronx Zoo. The reptile house closed immediately after her escape, and zookeepers are saying she could take weeks to come out of hiding. While we can't vouch for the authenticity of the snake taking Manhattan, you can follow her adventures on Twitter, where @bronxzooscobra has been chronicling the travels of the errant snake with over...

Staybridge Suites Times Square giving one guest a spot on Broadway

Staybridge Suites Times Square giving one guest a spot on Broadway May 14th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Admit it, you've always wanted to see your name in lights. Well, you just might get the chance to live out your Broadway dreams, thanks to Staybridge Suites. Staybridge Suites Times Square, New York City, is hosting a "Big Broadway Break" contest that invites wanna-be stars to express their talent for a chance at getting their name in lights. Aspiring Broadway stars simply need to submit a...

Valentine's Day at The Pierre

Valentine's Day at The Pierre Jan 21st, 2010 at 1:00PM: Nothing beats Valentine's Day in Manhattan. You have an endless supply of amazing restaurants at your fingertips, Broadway is never far and at night, the city takes on new vibrancy. To anchor your Valentine's Day experience, the hotel must be nothing short of perfect. So, kick around a stay at The Pierre this time around. Located on the southeast corner of Central Park, this year's package for the...

Times Square becomes shooting gallery

Times Square becomes shooting gallery Dec 12th, 2009 at 10:00AM: If you were leaving the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan on Thursday morning,what you saw was not a movie. A plainclothes police officer shot a 25-year-old man; the shot was fatal. But, before going down, the Bronx resident, who was not identified, fired first with a semiautomatic Mac-10. The gunfight broke out over whether the gunman was a scammer, writing tourists' names on CDs and using that to...

Six steps to a Broadway night you'll always remember

Six steps to a Broadway night you'll always remember Nov 8th, 2009 at 12:00PM: There are so many choices available, it can be almost impossible to construct a perfect dinner-and-a-show night. Whether you live in Manhattan or are in town for the first time, it's too easy to make a wrong turn, pick an unsatisfying restaurant or wind up chasing from one venue to the next. A single wrong turn can send you into a scramble, putting what should be the evening of your life at...

Six ways to enjoy Madison Square Park

Six ways to enjoy Madison Square Park Oct 20th, 2009 at 12:30PM: Manhattan has a lot of great parks – but a handful tends to hog all the attention. Central Park is what it is; there's just now way to compare it to anything else. Bryant Park has live performances and exhibitions (not to mention a starring role in Fashion Week) and is only a block from Times Square. And, there are others that would come to mind before you work your way down the list to one...

NYC duo gets tapped for Orlando smile assignment

NYC duo gets tapped for Orlando smile assignment Aug 6th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Orlando has spoken! A pair of New Yorkers rose above hundreds of applicants to become Orlando's Smile Ambassadors. For 67 days, they will experience more than 100 attractions offered ... which includes a hell of a lot more than just a dance with the Mouse. Alligators will be involved, for example. Along the way, they'll blog and their experiences, giving the rest of the world an "in the trenches"...

Photo of the Day (5.29.09)

Photo of the Day (5.29.09) May 29th, 2009 at 7:00PM: Flickr user ultraclay! submitted this ultra-chaotic shot from New York City's Theater District, where thousands of tourists flock (sometimes all at once) to see the best that Broadway has to offer. The feeling of total sensory-overload in this photo captures exactly what every first-time visitor to New York experiences. Want your pics considered for Gadling's Photo of the Day? Submit your...

Times Square becomes a pedestrian zone

Times Square becomes a pedestrian zone May 27th, 2009 at 4:30PM: New York City's famous Times Square became free of cars this Monday. This is the latest in two decades of radical changes to what used to be a dirty, dangerous, but uniquely vibrant part of one of the world's greatest cities. City officials have blocked traffic from 42nd to 47th Streets at Times Square and between 33rd and 35th Streets at Herald Square in a much-anticipated move we first reported...

Mezz vs. orchestra: It's the people around you

Mezz vs. orchestra: It's the people around you Mar 25th, 2009 at 9:00AM: I settled into my seat at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in Manhattan on Saturday well in advance of the curtain's rise. My wife and I were eager to see "God of Carnage," which had received great reviews and featured a high-profile cast. For a change, we had seats in the mezzanine section – rather than our usual preference for orchestra. It wasn't a big deal, and we were prepared to accept...

Times Square turning pedestrian

Times Square turning pedestrian Feb 27th, 2009 at 12:00PM: If Times Square experiences traffic jams now, just wait 'til late May when the streets around the Square will be bumper-to-bumper and the sidewalks along Broadway will be filled with -- not cars -- but feet, and (not to mention) a lot of construction. I know, it may be the hardest thing to imagine, but starting this Memorial Day through the end of the year, the streets surrounding New York City's...

Galley Gossip: Boeing Boeing grounded

Galley Gossip:  Boeing Boeing grounded Jan 6th, 2009 at 1:30PM: January 4, 2009 was a very sad day on Broadway in New York City. While it is said that all good things must come to an end, does that really have to include the critically acclaimed Broadway show, Boeing Boeing? I mean this was one trip I didn't want to end. Ever! But when the doors finally closed and the lights went to black, I was there (along with a full house) to say Buh-bye to an era of...

Cockpit Chronicles: Caracas and New York

Cockpit Chronicles: Caracas and New York Apr 24th, 2008 at 11:00AM: Being the only pilot on reserve, I figured I'd be getting a call to fly over the weekend. Sure enough, Camille called on Thursday to tell me I'd be departing at 6:30 the next morning. It was a new sequence that I hadn't flown yet. They took away our Panama City and Caracas trip and replaced it with a Caracas and New York layovers. While I wasn't really itching to fly to Caracas again, the idea of...

You Too Can Be On Broadway!

You Too Can Be On Broadway! Mar 2nd, 2007 at 11:32AM: Earlier this week I wrote about Broadway's surprising focus on plays for the upcoming season -- but there's one musical that is a must-see for every tourist with stars in their eyes. For $31.50 you can buy a ticket at the new rock musical, Spring Awakening, that puts you in the middle of the action -- on stage with the performers. According to Jo Piazza of the New York Daily News, who recently...

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