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Costume store develops angry flight attendant Steven Slater costume

Costume store develops angry flight attendant Steven Slater costume Oct 13th, 2010 at 3:00PM: I haven't put on a costume for Halloween in years, but I think that's going to change this year. I want to spend an evening as flight attendant hero irresponsible nut Steven Slater. In case you spent the summer living under a rock, Slater's the flight attendant who tangled with a passenger (you know, one of the people he was responsible for protecting), popped the emergency slide, grabbed some...

Four views of Shake Shack burgers in New York City

Four  views of Shake Shack burgers in New York City Sep 14th, 2010 at 2:00PM: The line always seems to be long in Madison Square Park. Shake Shack, known for its burgers as well, always draws a crowd, and it isn't unusual to spend an hour or more waiting to sink your teeth into its greasy delights. I've done it, and I know I'm not alone. Well, the stand's popularity has led to expansion, and there are now four locations across Manhattan, with a fifth in Queens at Citi...

Nutty flight attendant Slater leaves JetBlue, claims he wasn't fired

Sep 7th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy For JetBlue, at least, the Steven Slater saga appears to be finished. The flight attendant who couldn't handle his passenger safety cart-pushing responsibilities any longer resigned from JetBlue last week, according to his attorney. Initially, the delusional employee wanted his old job back. JetBlue has said that Slater...

U.S. Open: Chomp on a Hotdog

U.S. Open: Chomp on a Hotdog Sep 2nd, 2010 at 8:00AM: Hotdogs and sporting events belong together, so when I went to my first U.S. Open tennis match, I knew I'd have to see what the Arthur Ashe Stadium had to offer. Given a delay caused by matches earlier in the day, the Nadal/Gabashvili pairing started late, so I wasn't able to take my first bite until darkness had descended over Queens. I left my seat and ambled over to the concession as the...

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater tries to turn 15 minutes into 20

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater tries to turn 15 minutes into 20 Aug 19th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Okay, so you know by now that Steven Slater has hired a heavy-hitter publicist. The JetBlue flight attendant who grabbed some road beer before popping the emergency slide and driving for freedom in Queens clearly can't go back to his old job, so he's looking for some alternatives. There is talk of reality show action, but Howard Bragman, the big name representing Slater, notes that they have some...

Gaming hotels coming to New York City

Gaming hotels coming to New York City Aug 18th, 2010 at 1:00PM: New York might soon host a new type of high-roller. Kuala Lumpur-based Genting Malaysia Bhd is planning to invest $1.3 billion on a gaming facility at New York City's Aqueduct racetrack, located in Queens. According to Hotels Magazine, the proposed facility, called Resorts World New York, will house three proposed hotels. Genting currently operates and has ownership stakes in more than...

Steven Slater Video: Watch the nutty flight attendant ride to infamy

Aug 15th, 2010 at 8:00AM: The above video comes from NBC New York, which claims the exclusive on it. Seventeen seconds in, you can see the emergency slide pop out from the right side of the plane (which is actually on your left). It happens in the center of the screen, but you need to look carefully, because the view is partially obstructed. The slide pops out toward the front of the plane. At 26 seconds, you can see...

JetBlue memo: Steven Slater's slide "as dangerous as a gun"

Aug 14th, 2010 at 9:00AM: The Associated Press has unearthed an internal JetBlue memo, and it's pretty clear that the airline doesn't view disgruntled flight attendant Steven Slater as a hero. In fact, JetBlue's memo has characterized his actions as inexcusable. Loved because he left his job in grand fashion – despite the fact that "aviation is in his blood" and he wants the gig back – the emerging reality...

Delusional JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater wants his job back

Aug 13th, 2010 at 5:00PM: Who wants a job that drove him so nuts he went ballistic and jumped out the back door of a plane? Well, that would be Steven Slater, of course. The flight attendant now famous for popping the escape chute, grabbing a beer and going home from JFK airport in Queens – who has been thinking about this for the past two decades – wants his job back. And, that makes sense, since he isn't...

Layover alert: superb roti near JFK

Layover alert: superb roti near JFK Jul 17th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Got a longish layover at JFK? Have an hour to kill before showing up at the airport? Or simply want to get in the mood for the Southern Caribbean? Some of New York's best Caribbean-style roti is served at Atma's Roti Shop (127-07 Rockaway Boulevard, Queens, 718-641-1769) just minutes from JFK by car. Caribbean roti, for the uninitiated, is a spongy, filling wheat flatbread. It is usually...

Travel Q&A with author & cook Tamara Reynolds

Travel Q&A with author & cook Tamara Reynolds Jul 14th, 2010 at 2:30PM: Tamara Reynolds is a the co-founder (with Zora O'Neill) of The Sunday Night Dinner, an Astoria, Queens-based supper club. The Sunday Night Dinner, which continues to thrive, was well ahead of what has become a supper club trend. Out of the Sunday Night Dinner came a fabulous cookbook, Forking Fantastic, which Reynolds co-authored with O'Neill. Travel is key to Reynolds' imagination as a cook. She...

Undiscovered New York: Modern art in Long Island City

Undiscovered New York: Modern art in Long Island City Aug 12th, 2009 at 11:00AM: It's no secret New York is downright spoiled by a world-class modern art scene. Art lovers flock to great museums like MoMA, galleries in Chelsea and the famous annual Armory Show. With all this great creativity so close at hand, it's hard to believe that one of New York's best neighborhoods for modern art isn't in Manhattan - it actually lies just across the East River in Long Island City. Long...

Top U.S. ports of entry

Top U.S. ports of entry Aug 2nd, 2009 at 12:00PM: Eighty-six percent of international arrivals to the United States come through only 15 ports of entry, according to data from the Department of Transportation. This represents an increase of one percentage point over last year (measuring the first five months of 2008 to the first five months of 2009. The top three ports of entry are hardly surprising: New York (specifically JFK), Miami and Los...

Undiscovered New York: 10 unique NYC sights

Undiscovered New York: 10 unique NYC sights Jun 17th, 2009 at 1:00PM: It's been exactly 10 months since our very first feature here at Undiscovered New York. Given the occasion, it's the perfect time to look back at some of our "greatest hits." When we first started the Undiscovered New York series, our intention was to provide an insider's look at the hidden places, history and overlooked spots in this huge city, the very spots many visitors don't have a chance to...

Undiscovered New York: King of Corona Park

Undiscovered New York: King of Corona Park May 27th, 2009 at 1:00PM: It's good to be the king. All the world lies before your gaze, waiting to be discovered. You entertain visitors from far-away lands. Someone is ready with refreshments whenever you desire. Sounds good, doesn't it? Then we suggest on your next trip to New York, you stop in Queens, home to an area little-known to tourists called Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Corona Park is staring New York...

Passengers pay twice to avoid Colgan

Passengers pay twice to avoid Colgan May 18th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Small planes just don't resonate with some passengers. MaryBeth and Cy Christiansan of Queens paid the equivalent of an extra ticket each to skip a Colgan plane and fly on a jet. They indicated that the Colgan crash in Buffalo back in February wasn't far from their minds. So, for a bit of comfort, it was $150 well spent. A Colgan flight crashed in February, killing all 49 people on the plane and...

Angry rush to cockpit forces Delta flight to land in Boston, not Tel Aviv

Angry rush to cockpit forces Delta flight to land in Boston, not Tel Aviv Apr 25th, 2009 at 1:00PM: When a Delta Airlines flight left New York for Tel Aviv, the passengers didn't think they'd be stopping in Boston. After all, though it's on the way, it's a bit close to warrant needing to stretch your legs. An angry passenger rushing the cockpit, though, tends to make an emergency landing prudent. Late last night, Delta Flight 86 boasted 206 passengers – 205 of which were perfectly...

Delta passenger busts open exit door at JFK

Delta passenger busts open exit door at JFK Mar 31st, 2009 at 3:00PM: Every passenger stuck on the ground fantasizes about busting open the door and liberating people on the plane. For me, it usually involves the battle cry, "I GRANT YOU FREEDOM!!!" Of course, I'm no Robert McDonald. He acted on these urges during a delay at John F. Kennedy International Airport (yep, no surprise there). The Glasgow, Scotland resident was charged with reckless and endangerment and...

Spa Castle: Hot, Wet and Totally Relaxing

Spa Castle: Hot, Wet and Totally Relaxing Mar 24th, 2009 at 3:30PM: New York City can be a stressful place. The economy is in the tank, winter refuses to relinquish its grip on the weather and people are perpetually worried about their careers and families. How can New Yorkers (and visitors) relax while in the city that never sleeps? How about a complex with massage pools, saunas and sleep areas? If you're in New York City and in need of a respite from the manic...

Undiscovered New York: Exploring New York's Chinatown(s)

Undiscovered New York: Exploring New York's Chinatown(s) Jan 28th, 2009 at 11:00AM: Welcome to Undiscovered New York. Considering this past Monday was the traditional start of the Chinese New Year, now seems as good a time as any to celebrate one of New York City's most interesting and diverse neighborhoods: Chinatown. Upon moving to New York, my initial impression of Chinatown was an overwhelming feeling of the unfamiliar and mysterious. Everything about it seemed so at odds...

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