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In Oaxaca, A Place For Friends

In Oaxaca, A Place For Friends Feb 26th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Sundays in Oaxaca are quiet. The stores are closed; the streets empty. There is buzz around the churches, as families mill in and out dressed in their Sunday best. Near the Zocalo, children play with oversized balloons, pushing them high into the sky. But otherwise, the city is silent. On a recent Sunday, I decided to embrace the calm and seek a quiet resting place where I could sit...

Photo Of The Day: B Train, New York City

Photo Of The Day: B Train, New York City Feb 17th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Routine experiences like commuting take on a new meaning when we travel. There's a thrill to taking the New York City Subway or the Paris Metro when it's not part of our everyday; a sense of the exotic in the midst of the mundane. Flickr user Mike GL captures just that in this shot of the B Train in New York City. He manages to get both the movement of the train and the still feeling of the...

Photo Of The Day: I Heart NY

Photo Of The Day: I Heart NY Feb 14th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Happy Valentine's Day! Can a place be your Valentine? This year, I'm in Istanbul, my second love, but my first will always be New York City. Still, I've never quite gotten the appeal of souvenir T-shirts that announce where you've been or what places you love most. There was a nice trend after September 11, 2001, of people wearing "I (Heart) NY More Than Ever," which made sense and contributed...

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta Feb 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Much ado about pork products is made on Gadling, with good reason. Even if you're sick to death of pork-centric eateries, and lardo this and sausage that, it's hard to deny the allure of the other white meat (I can't tell you how many vegetarians and vegans I know who still have a jones for bacon). For those of you wanting to attend the ultimate porkapalooza, get your tickets for Cochon 555, a...

Budget Guide 2013: Downtown Manhattan

Budget Guide 2013: Downtown Manhattan Feb 1st, 2013 at 10:00AM: There's always something new to discover in New York City, and if you've always stuck to the landmarks, skyscrapers and overpriced restaurants of midtown, now might be the time to venture south to the wilds of up-and-coming neighborhoods like Chinatown. Here, the buildings are shorter, the streets are narrower and the Starbucks are less ubiquitous. Chinatown is a gritty neighborhood, with...

The Best Places In The US To Celebrate Chinese New Year

The Best Places In The US To Celebrate Chinese New Year Jan 22nd, 2013 at 11:00AM: Chinese New Year – or Spring Festival as it's also known – is a Chinese celebration that marks the start of new life. Each year is associated with an animal from the Chinese zodiac and 2013 will welcome the year of the snake. New Year is the most important holiday in China (a lot like Christmas is in the West), and Chinese families celebrate by buying gifts, food and clothing....

Happy 100th: 15 Places To Celebrate Centennials In 2013

Happy 100th: 15 Places To Celebrate Centennials In 2013 Jan 18th, 2013 at 2:00PM: A new year isn't just the time to look ahead, it's also the time to look back and commemorate. 2013 marks plenty of centennials, from the birth of civil rights activists to metro lines. Here is your chance to not only explore new destinations, but also learn a little bit about the past with a list of places that all have something worth celebrating this year. If you're looking to help...

Free Tropical Ice Skating Party Brings A Slice Of Florida To Wintry NYC

Free Tropical Ice Skating Party Brings A Slice Of Florida To Wintry NYC Jan 12th, 2013 at 9:00AM: By now, most New Yorkers are over the thrill of winter's first snow and eager for a little sunshine. But if a tropical vacation isn't in the cards right now, head down to The Rink at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, January 16, where the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will be holding a free tropical ice skating party to celebrate its new "Hello...

Photo Of The Day: Harlem Sunrise

Photo Of The Day: Harlem Sunrise Jan 9th, 2013 at 5:00PM: It's not every day that you see an image of a beautiful sunrise from Manhattan's Harlem. Shadows from tall buildings and gray skies just get in the way too often. But when this glowing image popped up on a friend's Facebook feed recently, I wanted to share it. Nadine Hunter snapped this image on Monday. It's a simple image, but it encompasses some of the best moments that keep New Yorkers...

Table Tennis With The Crossword Champion

Table Tennis With The Crossword Champion Jan 8th, 2013 at 10:00AM: At six points into the game I'm absolutely crushing the ball with my racket. It's taking the entire mass of my body to return each shot, but somehow they keep coming back. Finally, three points later, the right ball falls at my backhand and an errant slice lumbers awkwardly across the net. "Good!" my opponent says, soothingly, meaning "finally!" and then he rockets the ball over my...

Video: Take A 5000-Photo, 3-Minute Road Trip Across The USA

Dec 2nd, 2012 at 8:00AM: One of the great travel experiences of all time is the good old-fashioned road trip. There really is nothing like hitting the road with friends with no particular schedule or agenda. The video below captures that feeling oh so well, using more than 5000 photos to sum up a cross-country journey in a little more than three minutes. The video, which is entitled "Roadtrip USA," was shot by Mike...

Photo Of The Day: Into The Light

Photo Of The Day: Into The Light Nov 29th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Are these people boarding a spaceship or just exiting the subway? The rays of light make an everyday scene look ethereal. Taken in New York City by Flickr user Skylar Grant (on a roll this week with yesterday's shot of the Williamsburg bridge) with an iPhone using Instagram, the photo uses the most of the app's technology, filling the square frame just perfectly, with a nice balance of color...

Photo Of The Day: Williamsburg Bridge

Photo Of The Day: Williamsburg Bridge Nov 27th, 2012 at 6:30PM: We often forget that Manhattan is an island. That is, until we remember the number of bridges crisscrossing the skyline to connect the New York City borough with the rest of America. Most people are familiar with the Brooklyn Bridge and the George Washington Bridge. But my personal favorite is the Williamsburg Bridge, which connects Manhattan's Lower East Side to Williamsburg in...

5 Hot New Holiday Markets In New York City

5 Hot New Holiday Markets In New York City Nov 27th, 2012 at 4:30PM: Come December, New York City becomes a veritable mecca of holiday shops, festivals and bazaars. Most tourists are familiar with the classic gift emporiums at Grand Central, Bryant Park and Union Square. But those markets tend to turn off the newer, younger, more independent brands with their hefty vendor fees and multi-week commitments. For a different scene, check out some of the city's...

Video Of The Day: Rickshaw Spider-Man

Nov 21st, 2012 at 6:00PM: I was wandering around the Lower East Side last Friday night when I heard screaming and saw New York's Rickshaw Spider-Man entertaining passengers and pedestrians alike at the street corner. I stood in awe and watched him, Shaun Emerson, as he glided up and down smooth and rough walls alike with abandon – and with his pedicab in tow. My husband took his own video, but this video shows...

Hotel News We Noted: November 17, 2012

Hotel News We Noted: November 17, 2012 Nov 17th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Happy weekend, hotel lovers. We've made it to the end of the last full week before holiday madness begins, and let us say, it's been a doozy. Stay tuned next week for a special "Hotel News We Noted" edition, full of Black Friday and Cyber Monday packages galore. Until then, here's your weekly dose of what's hot (and what's not) in the hotel world. As always, send us tips and newsy bits to this...

Over A Thousand Canceled Flights Due To Nor'easter

Over A Thousand Canceled Flights Due To Nor'easter Nov 7th, 2012 at 5:00PM: The meteorological ladies have it out for the Northeast. First there was Sandy, and now there's (winter storm) Athena. Planning on going there anytime soon? You might need to wait a little longer than you think. With Athena The Nor'easter on its way to the Atlantic states, parts of New England flights are being canceled left and right. Regulators obviously learned a lesson from last week's...

Notes on the Great Manhattan Blackout of 2012

Notes on the Great Manhattan Blackout of 2012 Nov 3rd, 2012 at 12:00PM: The machine has stopped. The night after the hurricane took a bite out of the Big Apple, I lay in my West Village apartment dangerously close to three tea lights trying to read. I couldn't concentrate on the book, though. The silence was too distracting. I could feel myself descending into my own personal darkness. Without electricity, hot water, heat, and cellphone service, the loneliness ran...

Video Of The Day: Time Lapse Of Superstorm Sandy Hitting New York City

Oct 30th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Richard Shepherd created this time lapse video of Superstorm Sandy hitting New York City by using images from the New York Times webcam, which has been positioned on the 51st floor of the Times building in midtown Manhattan since the start of the storm. The video shows the progression of Sandy from noon on October 29 until 9:30 a.m. on October 30. Keep your eye out for a shift at minute...

New York's LaGuardia Airport Flooded

New York's LaGuardia Airport Flooded Oct 30th, 2012 at 2:00PM: New Yorkers and residents along the Eastern Seaboard are just beginning to emerge today from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy - millions remain without power, thousands of flights have been cancelled and transportation throughout the region has been severely disrupted. If you need further evidence of what it looks like in New York here on the ground, just check out this shot posted this...

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