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Museum Month: The Tenement Museum In New York's Lower East Side

Museum Month: The Tenement Museum In New York's Lower East Side May 16th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Often, the sights that are just around the corner are the ones that you somehow never get around to exploring. You say that you'll go one day, but there's never a real rush. You tell yourself that it will always be there. For me, that sight is the Tenement Museum, located in the heart of New York City's Lower East Side, a block and a half from the apartment I've called home for the past...

The Art Newspaper reveals most popular exhibitions and museums of 2011

The Art Newspaper reveals most popular exhibitions and museums of 2011 Mar 24th, 2012 at 11:00AM: The folks over at the Art Newspaper have just released some interesting stats about the art world of 2011. Collecting a huge amount of data from hundreds of museums and galleries, they've discovered some important trends. First off, the big shows are getting bigger. The top ten most popular art shows back in 1996, the first year they gathered figures, averaged 3,000 visitors a day. Last...

Andaz Wall Street wants to help you with your taxes

Andaz Wall Street wants to help you with your taxes Mar 22nd, 2012 at 4:00PM: Someone on Wall Street wants to help you. No, really. The Andaz Wall Street has announced that it wants to help its guests with their taxes - free of charge. From April 8 through the 15, Andaz guests, many of whom are time-pressed business travelers, will be able to take advantage of the services of Mr. Marc Albaum, who will live at the New York City hotel as its Accountant in Residence. The...

Whiskey and chocolate: the next big food pairing?

Whiskey and chocolate: the next big food pairing? Mar 22nd, 2012 at 12:00PM: Whiskey and chocolate are two of my favorite things -- but together? I was suspicious. That is, until I attended a pairing event at Union Square Wines here in New York City, hosted by Pacari Chocolate and Compass Box Whisky. Somehow, the flavors came together perfectly, and not just because of my whiskey buzz and sugar high (though those were there too). The tasting consisted of five pairings,...

10 New York City budget hotels

10 New York City budget hotels Mar 21st, 2012 at 3:00PM: Knowing where to stay in New York City isn't necessarily easy, especially if you're looking for NYC budget hotels. Unless you have disposable income or know someone with a couch or spare room (gasp), accommodations in New York can get pretty pricey if you don't know how to hunt for the best deal. Luckily, globalgrasshopper.com put together a list that should help you navigate the best of budget...

A hot date at NYC's Russian & Turkish Baths

A hot date at NYC's Russian & Turkish Baths Mar 16th, 2012 at 11:00AM: "So what are you doing tonight, Jimmy?" As I listen to the question, I gasp for air. Steam clouds my eyes as sweat drips down my face. The smell of eucalyptus hangs heavy in the air. "My wife, she thinks I'm gonna bring her flowers or take her out for sushi," Jimmy says, his voice thick with the swagger of a New York City accent. "She thinks I'm gonna do one. I'm gonna do...

New York City bike share program coming in Summer 2012

New York City bike share program coming in Summer 2012 Feb 9th, 2012 at 4:00PM: At last, an urban bike share program is coming to New York City, and planners are involving city residents through community workshops, bike demos, and an online map system for suggesting station locations. Organized by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and Alta Bicycle Share, the program will be funded by private sponsorship and user fees. Though a fee schedule has not...

6 ways to crash New York Fashion Week

6 ways to crash New York Fashion Week Feb 8th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Twice a year, Manhattan's streets are flooded with high heels, red lips, and designer clothing as the world's fashion community descends upon the city for New York Fashion Week. The week-long event, officially called Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (nod to sponsors), runs from February 9 to 16 and will feature presentations by some of the world's most famous fashion designers of their...

Metropolitan Museum of Art to reopen American Wing after $100 million remodel

Metropolitan Museum of Art to reopen American Wing after $100 million remodel Jan 14th, 2012 at 9:00AM: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is famous for its impressive collection of American art, including iconic images such as Emanuel Leutze's 1851 painting Washington Crossing the Delaware. Now that collection has a larger, better designed home thanks to a $100 million renovation. The New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts open Jan. 16 and total 30,000 square...

Video of the day: New York City 1938

Jan 11th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Today's Video of The Day takes us all the back to the year 1938, when New York City was 'The Wonder City'. Watch this video through to the end and take note of all the changes you see. Not only is New York City very different these days than it was back then (even more people, even more speeding cars), but, naturally, the people of New York are different these days, too. But the differences,...

Video of the Day: Driving a NYC Subway

Nov 21st, 2011 at 8:30PM: It's always been a dream of mine to shadow a NYC subway conductor for a day. Sure, you could ride the subway all day, but imagine spending a shift with a subway conductor train operator and seeing the tunnels from that perspective. Well, this video might just be the closest we can get to that experience. Now, if only the subway actually moved that quickly...and never got stuck for 20 minutes...

The Way: Martin Sheen treks the Camino de Santiago

The Way: Martin Sheen treks the Camino de Santiago Oct 7th, 2011 at 1:30PM: I'm often skeptical when Hollywood forays into the realm of 'travel films'. Don't get me wrong; there have been some wonderful movies in recent years that capture the true essence of the world of travel & the beauty of venturing on a grand journey: Lost in Translation, Into the Wild, L'Auberge Espagnole, Before Sunrise, Up in the Air, and The Beach (did you really think I wouldn't mention...

Remembering 9/11 ten years later: Where you can pay respect

Remembering 9/11 ten years later: Where you can pay respect Sep 7th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Everyone remembers what he or she was doing on September 11, 2001. From the moment American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center (8:46 a.m. EDT) to the horrific realization that the United States was under attack, every person has a story to share, whether of what they were doing on that fateful day to memories of personal survival or tragic loss. Ten years...

Marriott developing tallest hotel in NYC

Marriott developing tallest hotel in NYC Aug 15th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Marriott's newest planned hotel will be a new fixture in the New York City skyline for more reasons than one. According to a deal signed last week, the new hotel venture will combine the Courtyard and Residence Inn brands to form a single 752 foot tall hotel, the tallest of its kind (without office or residential space) in New York. The hotel will also have retail and restaurant space with a...

The top creepiest statues in New York City

The top creepiest statues in New York City Aug 10th, 2011 at 12:00PM: There are countless statues in New York City, each one put into place for a different reason. Many of these statues have been there for decades, often gifts and peace offerings from other countries. The Statue of Liberty, for example, was a peace offering from France, officially dedicated in the year 1886. Lady Liberty represents the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas. While the word 'creepy'...

Video: SNAP featuring Brooklyn

Jun 10th, 2011 at 1:00PM: SNAP from andrea gise on Vimeo. Agise & dancers is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based dance company headed up by a talented lady, Andrea Gise. Gise is a dancer/choreographer who has been releasing videos of her work lately. Agise & Dancers recently released an amazing video, titled SNAP. The video work for SNAP was done by Philip Knowlton. Why am I telling you about this video? Because...

Gadling's 2011 NYC summit / NoFF happy hour recap

Gadling's 2011 NYC summit / NoFF happy hour recap May 22nd, 2011 at 5:00PM: One week ago, the nefarious crew here at Gadling assembled from all parts of the globe to gather in the Big Apple for our annual team summit. Led by Gadling's steadfast Editor-in-Chief & tequila pusher, Mr. Grant Martin, the team took to the bustling streets of NYC for a weekend of strategizing, socializing, pool sharking, and vital face time. The highlights of the weekend (from what...

Review: Chinatown Chow Down iPhone app

Review: Chinatown Chow Down iPhone app May 19th, 2011 at 11:30AM: One of the best things about living in New York City is that you can experience the foods from all over the world without ever leaving town. And one of our favorite ways to do that is by heading to Chinatown. There's one problem with selecting a place to eat in Chinatown, however: how do you choose from the hundreds of restaurants? It's easy to be paralyzed by choice as you see block after block...

6-course mobile gourmet meal served aboard NYC subway car

May 9th, 2011 at 12:30PM: Pop-up shops, hotels, and restaurants are all the rage, and dining cars are standard on most long-distance trains but what do you call a pop-up restaurant on a subway car? Earlier this month, a 6-course mobile gourmet meal was served on board a New York City subway car by supper club A Razor, A Shiny Knife with participation from "culinary collective" and Gadling favorite Studiofeast. Diners...

Travelocity's "roaming gnome" hosts Earth Day scavenger hunt in NYC

Travelocity's Apr 15th, 2011 at 3:30PM: Celebrate Earth Day with one of Gadling's favorite trip booking sites, Travelocity. Their mascot, the Roaming Gnome, is hosting a virtual and real week-long scavenger hunt, where Facebook fans and Twitter followers have a chance to win prizes, while finding the "greenest" hotspots from uptown to downtown Manhattan. Starting April 18, the mascot (@roaminggnome) will host four scavenger hunts...

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