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Undiscovered New York: New Jersey dreamin'

Undiscovered New York: New Jersey dreamin' Apr 22nd, 2009 at 10:00AM: This week, Undiscovered New York is going to tell you about something outrageous. A topic controversial enough to flare the passions of locals and visitors alike. That's because we've decided to leave New York - we're actually crossing over to - dare I say it? - New Jersey. New Jersey is a place that has long aroused a strong reaction among New York and New Jersey residents alike. New Yorkers mock...

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...

March "lion" slams east coast

March Mar 2nd, 2009 at 5:30PM: From New Hampshire to the Carolinas, March came in, as the saying goes, like a lion. Snow, sleet and wind gusts reaching 30 mph have lead to for motor vehicle deaths, school closings and chaos at airports. More than 900 flights have been canceled at New York area airports (JFK, Newark and LaGuardia). Hundreds more at Logan International Airport in Boston never left the ground, where the airport...

Foreigner gambling in Atlantic City? Must bring passport

Foreigner gambling in Atlantic City? Must bring passport Mar 28th, 2008 at 1:30PM: A friend was telling me last night that her French boyfriend, who lives in New York, got kicked out of the Borgata, a casino in Atlantic City. He wasn't even gambling; he was just there with her. The reason? He didn't bring his passport and his French driver's license was not a sufficient form of ID. Only passports or IDs from the US are accepted. That is so stupid. It is so easy to get a New...

Iconic Sopranos Building Selling its Bricks

Iconic Sopranos Building Selling its Bricks Sep 25th, 2007 at 12:01PM: It's always sad when a huge tourist magnet and cultural landmark is leveled. It means that a small piece of history is gone forever. This, sadly, is the fate of Satriales Pork Store in Kearny, New Jersey. Fans of the hit show The Sopranos will recognize this iconic location as the hangout for some of the unsavory characters who populated the series. The phenomenal success of the HBO show has...

Band on the Run: The Defiant Nature of Rte 4, Fort Lee, NJ

Band on the Run: The Defiant Nature of Rte 4, Fort Lee, NJ Sep 19th, 2007 at 10:10PM: Ember Swift, Canadian musician and touring performer, will be keeping us up-to-date on what it's like to tour a band throughout North America. Having just arrived back from Beijing where she spent three months (check out her "Canadian in Beijing" series), she offers a musician's perspective on road life. Fort Lee, NJ seemed to have the closest and most reasonable hotel we could get that was...

Newark/JFK to Manhattan via Helicopter for $99

Newark/JFK to Manhattan via Helicopter for $99 Sep 13th, 2007 at 9:00AM: How much does it cost to take a cab from JFK or Newark to Manhattan these days? US Helicopter -- an "8-Minute Airport Shuttle" -- says it's a cool $60, but that seems pretty high. Regardless, the company is offering a helicopter ride from either JFK or Newark for only $99 one way, which seems pretty fair considering regular helicopter tours of Manhattan can cost almost $200 per person for less...

The Best U.S. Cities for Singles

The Best U.S. Cities for Singles Jul 11th, 2007 at 9:39AM: You may recognize this "Singles" map from the February 2007 issue of National Geographic. It ranks the number of single women versus the number of single men in metropolitan areas, and you may be surprised at some of the results. Girls, looking to travel to a bachelor-heavy area? The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metro area, for instance, has the highest population of single males, with...

The Simpsons Movie: Springfield Challenge

The Simpsons Movie: Springfield Challenge Jul 2nd, 2007 at 2:58PM: Since the exact location was never explicitly revealed in any episode of The Simpsons, fourteen Springfields across America are currently battling it out to decide which town should be the true home of Homer and family. Each of the fourteen Springfields in the running -- Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon,...

Talking Travel with Irina Reyn

Talking Travel with Irina Reyn Jun 13th, 2007 at 9:15AM: Now that the Sopranos is over, don't go forgetting about how much you love all that is good, bad, ugly and odd about New Jersey! Despite the beating it takes as marginal step-child of Manhattan, neighboring New Jersey has loads to offer visitors and residents alike. And a new anthology from Touchstone sets out to prove just that: Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the...

Makeda in New Brunswick, NJ

Makeda in New Brunswick, NJ Nov 27th, 2006 at 4:31AM: A friend of mine thought after a long holiday celebrating food and feasting for days would slow down my appetite and for a second I did too, until I walked into the Ethiopian spot she had been talking about on our ride from the airport to my hotel. The only thing is I hadn't eaten much during my travels my earlier that day, so by the time we made it to Makeda I felt like a lion who'd gone months...

La Fusta Restaurant

La Fusta Restaurant Nov 21st, 2006 at 10:38PM: Since I only went into to La Fusta to pick up my carry-out order I can only go into detail about the menu item I ordered two days in a row. (It was just that good!) If you're in search for a light yet filling dish and wanting to avoid pastas and steak for whatever reason try La Fusta's avocado & shrimp salad. One serving is good for either one or two people, but if you like it anywhere close...

Touring America's Northeast with HP

Touring America's Northeast with HP Nov 8th, 2006 at 9:41PM: Just wanted to give everyone here a quick update on my whereabouts since I haven't sat still all year. Over the next couple of months you can find me riding around parts of America's chilly north east as one half of Hewlett Packard's Color Works dynamic tour staff. I'll be hanging around the local Staples, Office Max, & Office Depot in places like Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire,...

Casinos to Close in Atlantic City?

Casinos to Close in Atlantic City? Jul 4th, 2006 at 11:41AM: Bad, bad news for tourists with upcoming vacation plans to New Jersey's famed Atlantic City. This news certainly isn't hot off the press, but it looks as if the NJ government is set to face a shut down if lawmakers don't enact a budget by 8 am Wednesday morning. If Atlantic City's 12 casinos were to close it would cost the state 2 million dollars a day in tax revenue. Ouch! The problem goes far...

Hidden Gems: Princeton, New Jersey, a photo essay

Hidden Gems: Princeton, New Jersey, a photo essay Mar 27th, 2006 at 6:01PM: Brad Hill, Princetonite, was my guide on a tour through his favorite Princeton, New Jersey haunts on a grey Friday in March. But first, I gazed in awe at the ivy-covered Ivy-ness of the University. It's beautiful, of course, but we were looking for gems, and hidden ones, at that. Brad's favorite spot (and mine, as well): Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon St., where the lattes are poured fast...

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