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Statue Of Liberty To Reopen By July 4

Statue Of Liberty To Reopen By July 4 Mar 22nd, 2013 at 8:00AM: Earlier this week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Statue of Liberty will reopen to visitors this summer just in time to celebrate America's birthday. The iconic statue, and the island it sits on, suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy in October but is now on track to return to service by July 4, 2013. During the mega-storm that engulfed the East Coast last year,...

The Gastrointestinal Gamble: Eating A 'Dirty Water Dog' In New York

The Gastrointestinal Gamble: Eating A 'Dirty Water Dog' In New York Mar 21st, 2013 at 11:00AM: I was feeling adventurous. After all, it had been a whole month since I'd had food poisoning. On a recent trip to India I got the infamous "Delhi belly" – not once, but twice. And here I was sitting in my West Village apartment feeling the need to play Russian roulette with my stomach all of a sudden. And that's when I slipped on my sneakers and pointed myself toward Union Square. I was...

Video: NYC In Slow Motion

Mar 19th, 2013 at 3:00PM: New York City is famous for never sleeping. The people within NYC are famous for rushing around. What if we could slow the whole thing down? James Nares gives viewers a glimpse of what this would look like with a video of NYC in slow motion: STREET. In a city as dense as NYC, magical little moments occur every second on a corner somewhere. Nares attempted to capture some of these moments, to...

Travel Like A Boss: Le Parker Meridien's Burger Joint - Secret New York Food Spots Part I

Mar 18th, 2013 at 11:00AM: While it's really not the best kept secret in all of midtown Manhattan, The Burger Joint, tucked inside of the Parker Meridien is certainly a gastronomic underdog. About 10 years ago, this local favorite was essentially created from scratch, carved from a tiny nook toward the back of the reception area and modeled after a greasy spoon you would find somewhere in the Midwest. Replete with...

Hotel News We Noted: March 8, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: March 8, 2013 Mar 8th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Welcome to this week's edition of "Hotel News We Noted," where we round up the week's best, most interesting and just downright odd news of note in the hospitality world. Have a tip? Send us a note or leave a comment below. The hotel world has been buzzing this winter with new and planned openings, extreme amenities and packages galore. Here's our take on what you need to know this week: ...

New York Travel Festival Promises An Interactive Experience

New York Travel Festival Promises An Interactive Experience Mar 8th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Travel is an industry that's evolving rapidly and if you like to have your finger on the pulse, attending a travel show is a great way to get up to speed on the latest developments. The first ever New York Travel Festival is coming up next month, and it promises to shake up the traditional concept of a consumer travel show – here visitors are expected to really take part and interact with...

Museum Of Modern Art Opens Bill Brandt Photography Retrospective

Museum Of Modern Art Opens Bill Brandt Photography Retrospective Mar 6th, 2013 at 2:00PM: The Museum Of Modern Art in New York City has opened an important retrospective of the work of Bill Brandt, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. "Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light" covers the photographer's entire career in more than 150 images. While Brandt was born in Germany in 1904, he made England his home until his death in 1983. He's best known for his intriguing...

Can You Afford To Stay At A Celebrity-Owned Hotel?

Can You Afford To Stay At A Celebrity-Owned Hotel? Mar 4th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Tennis star Andy Murray, one of the U.K.'s most famous athletes and the reigning Olympic gold medalist, recently purchased the Cromlix House Hotel near his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland. Now closed for renovations, the country manor is expected to reopen in the spring, in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament. Perhaps more than any other sport, tennis requires its stars to become...

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...

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...

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...

Half Of Airbnb's New York Listings Are Illegal

Half Of Airbnb's New York Listings Are Illegal Jan 8th, 2013 at 5:00PM: The popular apartment rental site Airbnb is under fire again after skift.com revealed that thousands of Airbnb's listings for New York City are comprised of illegal residences. In June 2010, the state of New York passed a law that banned a certain type of short term rental – stays of less than 30 days where the owner of the property is absent – but search for a place to stay in the...

Photo Of The Day: New York Pizza

Photo Of The Day: New York Pizza Dec 30th, 2012 at 6:00PM: There's lots of good food to be had in New York City So much good food, in fact, that visitors must not forget to try one of NYC's cheapest (and tastiest) culinary offerings: the pizza slice. Today's photo, taken by Flickr user Mike GL, gives us a "behind the counter" look at your typical New York pizza joint. I liked the angle of the shot behind the glass, lending the shot a "slice of life"...

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...

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