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Taxi E-Hailing Test Gets Green Light in NYC

Taxi E-Hailing Test Gets Green Light in NYC Oct 30th, 2013 at 3:52PM: Christoph SahleA taxi in NYC. The ability to hail a taxi from your smartphone is probably in the immediate future for New Yorkers. NYC has been testing e-hailing so passengers can more easily retrieve a taxi. The city recently received the green light from an appeals court to keep moving forward. A pre-arranged ride has been traditionally prohibited for NYC yellow taxis. When the city began...

Airbnb Users In NYC Spend More Money When Traveling Than Others

Oct 24th, 2013 at 12:22PM: Airbnb has been the subject of a recent spate of legal fire in New York City. The New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, subpoenaed the guest-hosting company recently for data on its 15,000 NYC users. Airbnb refused to meet those demands in an attempt to protect its users' private information. According to Airbnb's CEO Brain Chesky via the NY Post, tourists who stay in NYC through...

5Pointz Destruction Delayed Due To VARA Law

5Pointz Destruction Delayed Due To VARA Law Oct 23rd, 2013 at 2:45PM: I didn't try to veil my opinion in my recent post about 5Pointz closing. I am one of the many who are disappointed in the decision to tear down the graffiti-covered building in favor of a new luxury condo. But before we all continue to mourn the giant art installation of a warehouse, it appears as though the lawyer for 5Pointz, Jeannine Chanes, may have found a loophole. According to ANIMAL,...

5 Lesser-Known Things To See In Brooklyn

5 Lesser-Known Things To See In Brooklyn Oct 11th, 2013 at 4:00PM: The buzz about Brooklyn has been building for years and while newbies to the borough keep moving in and exploring, some lesser-known things to see in Brooklyn remain just that. Iconic Brooklyn is wonderful –- Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island and the like. But these lesser-known Brooklyn destinations are certainly worth the trek. 1. Green-Wood Cemetery, in Greenwood Heights,...

Travel Back Thursday: Subway Advertisements

Travel Back Thursday: Subway Advertisements Oct 10th, 2013 at 6:00PM: istolethetv, Flickr By now, some of you might have figured out my slight fascination with the history of public transportation systems. I highlighted the Washington, D.C. Metro's opening day last month, and decided to scrounge up a photo from the New York Subway system to carry the theme forward. This shot is one of a few old advertisements found on the New York Subway from decades ago. We'd...

5Pointz Will Officially Be Destroyed And Replaced With Luxury Condo

5Pointz Will Officially Be Destroyed And Replaced With Luxury Condo Oct 10th, 2013 at 3:00PM: It was more than two years ago that I wrote about the possibility of 5Pointz, an artistic hub of a warehouse owned by the Wolkoff family, being demolished. I called the article 5Pointz Is Coming Down And It's A Shame and I ranted about the pure audacity and soullessness of anyone who would rather see condos in its place. All of that vitriol has been revived in me today upon learning that the...

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day?

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day? Sep 24th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Flickr, Kim Smith Whether you are traveling in the U.S. or having a staycation this Saturday, be sure to include some culture. September 28 is Museum Day Live! (aka Free Museum Day), when museums all over the country open their doors without charging admission. The annual event is inspired by the Smithsonian museums, which offer free admission every day. You'll have to register and download...

New York Highways Get Texting Zones For Safety

Sep 24th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Taking a road trip and want to send a text with your ETA? In New York, you'll have to wait until you see signs for the next "texting zone." Part of an initiative to crack down on distracted driving, New York has designated more than 90 rest stops and parking areas along state highways as safe places to stop and send text messages. Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled 300 signs with the message "It...

Hotel Security Guard Starts Hotel Fires in Order to Sleep on the Job

Hotel Security Guard Starts Hotel Fires in Order to Sleep on the Job Sep 23rd, 2013 at 12:31PM: Why did a hotel security officer set hotel fires? It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, except, unfortunately for everyone involved, this was no joke. When you hear about a former employee of two hotels starting his own hotel fires, you might assume he or she did so because of job dissatisfaction or revenge. But in the case of Mariano Barbosa, Jr., the suspect simply wanted to make his...

Homeless Tour Guides Offer Visitors New Perspective In Barcelona

Homeless Tour Guides Offer Visitors New Perspective In Barcelona Sep 18th, 2013 at 4:30PM: kygp, Flickr Students, the elderly, history buffs and tour operators -- these are the kinds of people who typically guide visitors on sightseeing expeditions around their city. But Barcelona is proving tour guides really do come from all walks of life, thanks to a new program that puts homeless people in charge of leading tourists. The Spanish city says it's aiming to improve the lives of the...

Where To Watch Football In New York: A Bar For (Almost) Every NFL Team

Where To Watch Football In New York: A Bar For (Almost) Every NFL Team Sep 5th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Jess Moss, AOL If you're visiting New York this fall (and you should, it's the best time to go), and you like football, there's an important thing to keep in mind. Jets and Giants fans may seem to run the show, but many -- if not most -- people in this city hail from somewhere else. And they've brought their football allegiances with them. New York has a bar for almost every pro football team's...

10 NYC Happy Hours Where You Can Eat For Free

Aug 9th, 2013 at 5:00PM: NYC happy hours that provide food for free were an essential survival tool for me when I was younger and in college in New York. Notoriously an expensive city, New York isn't without its budget secrets. Happy hours that will feed you for free are among those secrets. Whether you're visiting or living in New York, if you're trying to make a little bit of money stretch while still having a good...

Baby On Board: Babies Born In Train Stations

Baby On Board: Babies Born In Train Stations Aug 8th, 2013 at 1:35PM: MTA Police Department Last week, the hashtag #MetroBaby was trending after a Washington, D.C. woman gave birth to a baby boy on a Metro platform. Despite many humorous suggestions for the baby's name (my favorites: Stan Clear and Doris Closing), Amir Mason was born a few weeks early and delivered safely. Yesterday, New York got its own Metro Baby when police helped deliver a baby boy in Penn...

Politicians Will Do Just About Anything To Promote Tourism

Politicians Will Do Just About Anything To Promote Tourism Jul 23rd, 2013 at 5:00PM: Why would New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a 71-year-old with a net worth of at least $27 billion, agree to compete in a whitewater-rafting race against the governor of New York? Andrew Cuomo and Bloomberg haven't always seen eye-to-eye but tourism promotion can make for strange bedfellows. The pair found themselves squaring off in six-man rafts in a race down the Indian River on Monday in...

Rare View Of Empire State Building Endangered

Rare View Of Empire State Building Endangered Jul 22nd, 2013 at 5:37PM: I had only been talking to Brooklyn's Richard Kessler for a minute or two before he began telling me about his personal passion project: protecting a rare view of the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Mirador. The view of the iconic building from the edge of Prospect Park, a view many New Yorkers or travelers aren't even aware of, is framed by the Grand Army Plaza arch. If you stand at the...

Video: New York Dogs And Their Thoughts

Jul 9th, 2013 at 12:00PM: New York dogs are one of my favorite things about New York, seriously. Sure, plenty of other New York things come before the dogs of New York for me, but the dogs do make the list. And even though I love dogs of all nationalities, so to speak, New Yorker dogs are especially ... diverse. Much like New Yorker humans, the dogs of this city are often pampered, neurotic, resourceful and/or...

Macy's New York City July Fourth Fireworks In Time-Lapse (VIDEO)

Jul 8th, 2013 at 9:00AM: The folks over at ANIMAL know how to churn out good, art-centric content without fail and with this video of Macy's New York City Fireworks 2013, they've done it again. I accidentally missed the fireworks show myself while disoriented at a house party on Staten Island, unsure of which direction would take me to the view of the show from the water, and I attempted to make up for the mishap by...

New York City Installs Pedestrian Maps (Finally)

New York City Installs Pedestrian Maps (Finally) Jul 1st, 2013 at 4:00PM: Courtesy Pengagram New York is introducing wayfinding map kiosks throughout the city, a godsend for anyone who has ever emerged from a subway exit disoriented (don't be ashamed, that's pretty much everyone who has set foot in the city). The maps are not only helpful, but also match the graphic language established in the 1960s for the subway system, as Michael Bierut from design team Pentagram...

'Dirty Dancing' Hotel In Ruins

'Dirty Dancing' Hotel In Ruins Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Will Ellis, When the Housemans put Baby in a corner, at least it was a sanitary and safe space. Now the corners at Kellerman's aren't even fit for a lowlife like Robbie Gould. Grossinger's Catskills Resort, a once-bucolic family playground in New York said to have inspired the setting in "Dirty Dancing," sits in a state of crumbled, rotted emptiness, according to the Daily Mail...

The Death Of Room Service?

The Death Of Room Service? Jun 4th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Will Merydith, Flickr I've always felt that one of the great luxuries of staying in a hotel has nothing to do with how premium the furnishings are or how fancy the décor is. No, what really makes a hotel indulgent is the fact that I don't have to do things myself. The bed needs to be made in the morning? Not my problem! Towels need replacing? Good thing fresh ones are just a phone call...

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