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Urban Camping: Pitch A Tent In Central Park

Urban Camping: Pitch A Tent In Central Park Jul 24th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Flickr, Sarah Ackerman High Manhattan hotel prices ruining your summer travel plans? If you'd like to try urban camping -- sleeping under the skyscrapers of New York City -- you can try your luck for a spot at one of the city's summer Family Camping sessions. The Urban Park Rangers lead programs in more than a dozen city parks in all five boroughs, including Manhattan's Central Park (August 24)...

Outdoor Rise Festival Brings Adventure To New York City

Outdoor Rise Festival Brings Adventure To New York City May 19th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Outdoor Rise Residents of New York City who are looking to put a little outdoor adventure into their lives will be pleased to learn of an upcoming event that aims to help them do just that. The first ever Outdoor Rise festival is scheduled to take place June 17-23 and will offer a full week of competitions, classes, lectures, films and more. Best off all, the event is scheduled to take place...

Big City Scavenger Hunt A Fun And Informative Quest

Big City Scavenger Hunt A Fun And Informative Quest Oct 7th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Remember scavenger hunts? The game where individuals or teams go out into the world to gather the items on predetermined list? Whoever gets them all first wins? Great. In a unique twist on the game, UrbanQuest is a scavenger hunt in a great city that ends at a restaurant where reservations have been made. Along the way, "Questers" learn their way around the city in a fun and challenging...

An Exclusive Look At The View From America's Tallest Hotel Building

An Exclusive Look At The View From America's Tallest Hotel Building Aug 22nd, 2012 at 11:00AM: Last year, Marriott International made waves with the announcement that its latest New York City property would be the tallest stand-alone hotel building in Manhattan. But now, about 17 months into construction, it has become clear that the new Nobutaka Ashihara-designed skyscraper will not just be the city's tallest hotel, but the tallest stand-alone hotel building in the entire United...

Cheesey Street Foods Of Latin America

Cheesey Street Foods Of Latin America Apr 27th, 2012 at 12:00PM: With the possible exception of Argentina, most people don't associate Central or South America with cheese. Like all of Latin America, these countries are a mix of indigenous cultures, colonizing forces, immigrant influences, and varied terroir, climatic extremes, and levels of industrialization. They possess some of the most biologically and geographically diverse habitats on earth. As a result,...

New York on a budget: Your free day in New York

New York on a budget: Your free day in New York Oct 18th, 2011 at 9:30AM: Visitors to New York often think that to experience the culture of the city they will have to pay a fortune. To disprove that theory, here is an itinerary that will allow you to enjoy a free afternoon (well, you might have to pay $2.25 for the subway). The walk begins in Rockefeller Center. Take the F, D, M, or B to to the 47th-50th St. Rockefeller Center stop, the N or the R to 49th St., the 1...

10 free things to do in New York

10 free things to do in New York Oct 9th, 2011 at 12:00PM: While New York can be an expensive place to live and visit, not everything costs an arm and a leg. In fact, some things in the city are completely free. Check out these classes, shows, parks, museums, and more at no charge. Visit Central Park Park borders include W. 110th, W.59th, Eighth Ave., and Fifth Ave. Central Park is like a city of its own, with 843 acres of gardens, restaurants,...

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. ...

Excavating Central Park's forgotten village

Excavating Central Park's forgotten village Jul 29th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Central Park is sometimes called the "lungs of New York City". Locals and visitors alike come here to enjoy a bit of fresh air and greenery. The park was approved in 1853 in order to leave a green patch in the rapidly expanding metropolis. The city government took the land between 59th and 106th Streets, between Fifth and Eighth Avenues, by eminent domain. About 1,600 residents were paid for their...

VIDEO: Take a stop-motion trip to 1983 New York City

Mar 23rd, 2011 at 10:30AM: In just under six minutes, you can take a (mostly) stop-motion trip to 1983 New York City in this short film called "N.Y.C. (No York City)" by Rick Liss with music by Laurie Anderson. The video follows a dizzying path through Manhattan, past familiar landmarks like the World Trade Center, the subway, and Central Park (check out the roller skaters!). While the clothes and cars may seem dated,...

Zahi Hawass tells New York City: fix Cleopatra's Needle or give it back

Zahi Hawass tells New York City: fix Cleopatra's Needle or give it back Jan 7th, 2011 at 8:30AM: The Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities has become famous in recent years for his regular television appearances and tireless campaign to preserve his nation's heritage. Dr. Zahi Hawass has gotten the Met to return stolen artifacts and severed ties with the Louvre until they coughed up some of their own ill-gotten gains. Now the fedora-wearing Egyptologist has a new...

NYC Marathon: Five Lessons Learned

NYC Marathon: Five Lessons Learned Nov 10th, 2010 at 3:00PM: The New York City marathon is a grand affair, with approximately 45,000 runners testing the limits of their minds and bodies across 26.2 grueling miles. The crowds, of course, dwarf the participants, turning the process of getting a look at the action into something of a sport itself. Everybody has a secret strategy, it seems, for getting a peek at the pained looks of determination that have come...

New York parks get free wifi and plenty of strings attached

New York parks get free wifi and plenty of strings attached Sep 16th, 2010 at 3:00PM: If you thought cable companies Time Warner and Cablevision had any goodwill in their corporate veins, give up. The two companies are sinking a modest $10 million into wifi networks for 32 New York City parks. In exchange, they get a decade-long renewal on their cable market access to the city. So, $10 million in trade for more than 8 million people, some of whom are just dying to sink money into...

New York City's Bloomberg proposes outdoor smoking ban

Sep 15th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Thought you were going to light up a cig on your next trip to Central Park? Think again! Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to get a new measure passed that would prohibit smoking – outdoor smoking – in parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian areas in New York City, according to the local Fox affiliate. Even the mayor hasn't always been convinced that he could pull this...

Wheelchair kid stranded by Air Canada after tweet-a-thon

Wheelchair kid stranded by Air Canada after tweet-a-thon Aug 5th, 2010 at 1:00PM: An eight-year-old kid suffering from muscular dystrophy had a simple dream: to race through Central Park in a tutu surrounded by a group of supporters. After a tweet-a-thon, anchored on the hashtag #TutusForTanner (the kid's name is Tanner) resulted in $25,000, he hopped a plane for New York. The trip ended with the discovery that his $15,000 wheelchair had been ruined during the flight. ...

Pianos being installed at NYC landmarks

Pianos being installed at NYC landmarks Jun 21st, 2010 at 4:30PM: Those who love to tickle the ivories will now be able to spread that love in a much more public way thanks to the "Play Me, I'm Yours" project. Sing for Hope has coordinated a public art project which is installing 60 pianos at New York City landmarks. Each instrument was decorated uniquely by local artists. The pianos are located in parks streets and public areas across the city and are open to...

What German McDonald's thinks of New York City

What German McDonald's thinks of New York City Apr 6th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Apparently Germans really like to visit New York City. How else to explain a new Big Apple-inspired menu of cupcakes, now appearing at McDonald's restaurants across Germany? According to food website Eater, the new German cupcake campaign features sweet desserts named after New York's "tourist hot-spots," including Chelsea, Central Park, SoHo and the East Village. The campaign appears to be a...

Top ten U.S. spots for photography

Top ten U.S. spots for photography Mar 23rd, 2010 at 4:00PM: As full-time traveling photographers, my husband and I have traveled all over the U.S. in search of the most beautiful cities and sites to photograph. From the vast open desert to towering urban skylines and raging river canyons, we've compiled the top 10 best places to visit for photographers. You'll find a few well-known favorites along with some unique photography hot spots where you'll...

New York diary: six sweet scenes

New York diary: six sweet scenes Mar 23rd, 2010 at 2:28PM: One of the things I love about travel is the fact that no matter how well I may think I know a place, I always find some new surprises when I re-visit there. Take my trip to New York earlier this month. I've been to New York a couple of dozen times over the past few years, but on this last trip, I discovered new delights each day. Here are six that stood out. For those of you who know New York...

Hidden Gem: New York's temporary art gallery

Hidden Gem: New York's temporary art gallery Mar 15th, 2010 at 1:30PM: I can't tell you how long the art gallery at 25 Central Park West will be there: even the organizers don't know. But, it's worth checking the group's website if you plan to pass through Manhattan in the next month (or longer, we hope) to make sure the project is still going on. There's always something amazing happening at this vacant retail space. I found the 25PW gallery by accident. I was...

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