Blast Off With the ‘Intrepid Space & Science Festival’ This Weekend!

 

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The Intrepid Space & Science Festival is under way and it’s time to plan your weekend so it’s ‘out of this world’! This festival is on its third year and the celebration just keeps on growing. It is the 45th anniversary of the moon landing so you can expect some extra special events throughout the festival.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Who wanted to be an astronaut when they were growing up? The truth of the matter is we aren’t all that lucky so how about meeting one instead? At 11:00 am and throughout the day you could meet Mario Runco, Jr., Ellen Baker, Joe Edwards (Commander, USN, Retired) and Karol Bobko (Colonel, USAF, Retired). After you get yourself some super-cool autographs, head over to the Space Shuttle Pavilion where you can watch a demonstration of what happens to the human body when exposed to the vacuum of space.

Friday night brings a special event on the Intrepid at 7:30 pm. Astronomy Night will feature local astronomers helping you guide high-powered telescopes then a special screening of CNN’s The Sixties. Space is limited for these night time events so make sure you RSVP.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday has events throughout the day but one of the highlights is a 12:30 pm Tour Guide Talk about the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11. Learn about how NASA got through the tragedy of Apollo 1 to reaching their goal of landing a man on the moon. If you’re not signed up for the space-themed Operation Slumber you need to give them a call immediately (1-646-381-5010)! This is a once in a lifetime experience as you enjoy a night of activities and a sleepover under the Enterprise.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunday closes out the final day of the Space & Science Festival with a great inside look at Sally Ride. This Tour Guide Talk will celebrate her legacy she left for young people interested in science and technology. Finish your afternoon off and build a scale model of the Solar System with one of their Tour Guides.

 For all events and information head blast off to the official festival page.

Sleep In A Museum Under A 94-Foot Whale!

Spending the night in an empty museum under a giant blue whale and a T. Rex just a few floors above you? Sign us up! The American Museum of Natural History has always offered this for kids but now the adults are getting their turn.

AMNH Sleepover for Kids

About once a month the museum opens their doors after dark for kids 6-13 years old. The night consist of everything a 10 year old could dream of. After exploring the Age of the Dinosaurs you’ll head over to encounter some of the museums live animals. After exploring the museum with a small group of fellow campers you’ll get to sleep under the 94-foot-long blue wall or under a herd of African zebras.

Price is $145 per person includes an evening snack, light breakfast, cot and the experience of a lifetime.

AMNH Sleepover for Adults

Now onto the greatest news ever! Just this week the American Museum of Natural History announced their very first sleepover for grown-ups. August 1st a limited amount of guests will be able to enjoy a night of sophistication and exploration in the closed museum. If you thought this would just be the basics, think again. After you’re greeted with a champagne reception and jazz music, you’ll be served a three-course dinner. Spend the rest of the evening roaming the empty halls and view special presentations of certain exhibits. Bring your sleeping bag as you lay your head under the big blue whale! This first class experience will cost you $375 a person and we could basically guarantee it will be worth every dime.

 

Diamond Ruff Screening With the Harlem Book Fair Thursday

 

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Next Thursday, July 10, Diamond Ruff will be screening at a red carpet event at the National Black Theatre in partnership with the Harlem Book Fair, and you’re invited!

Come on out to see the film about redemption, forgiveness, the power of the human spirit and second chances. Starring Fredro Starr as Diamond and Felicia Pearson as KK, the event screening will begin at 6 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the show when executive producer Joe Young along with the cast and special guest celebrities for a post-film panel. The discussion will be open to a Q&A for the audience!

Shoot on up to Harlem next Thursday to catch the red carpet event, and don’t forget to check out the trailer below:

You can purchase tickets to the event online now.

Theatre Thursday: The Nederlander

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The Nederlander Theatre – 208 W 41st Street

The Nederlander wasn’t always called that, it had several different names including the Nation, the Billy Rose and the Trafalgar up until 1980 when James and Joseph Nederlander bought the theatre and named it their namesake.  In May of the next year, the theatre had one of its most distinguished shows to date, Lena Horne in Lena Horn: The Lady and Her Music.

Over the next few years the Nederlander housed many shows including Raggedy Ann in 1986 and Our Country’s Good in 1989. On April 29, 1996 the show that called the Nederlander its home for 12 years opened, Rent. Rent was a rock opera that dealt with strong subject matters and this theatre couldn’t be more perfect. The Nederlander at the time sat away from the rest of the big Broadway shows, creating this grungy off-beat area for what would soon be the hottest ticket in town.

On September 8, 2008 the cast of Rent closed the curtain one more time and the Nederlander started looking for another play to call them home. They started to vamp up the appearance of the theatre around this time with plush seats and carved wood panels to make way for Guys and Dolls.

After a few plays opening and closing their doors at the theatre, Newsies found their home there in 2012. Originally only opening for limited engagement, that spark that found its way between the Nederlander and Rent was now lit up again five years later.

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Not your average Broadway theatre but much more.

Rent took the Nederlander stage for 12 years.

Today, Newsies called the Nederlander their home.

All Hail the Cabs: NYC Taxis 101

After you get to know the city on your City Sights double decker tour, you might feel comfortable enough to take a good ol’ New York City taxi cab! Here are some tips as you try and hail your taxi:

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The taxis aren’t stopping for me and my arm is starting to cramp!

You’re on 6th Avenue and there are tons of taxi cabs driving by but no one is stopping. Well, not every taxi is on duty or may have passengers already. There is an easy way to distinguish when your arm should be up and when it shouldn’t to prevent further cramping. On top of each cab is a mix of numbers and letters, if these numbers are lit up, then throw your hands up like you just don’t care, and if they are not, well put your hands in your pockets and play it cool until the next cab rolls along.

 

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My taxi driver doesn’t know where 230-41 West 24th Street is!

Know the cross streets you need to be dropped off at because an exact address isn’t always going to do. This will save you cab fare as well as a long tour across 24th street until you get to your destination. Your cab driver will appreciate the 10 second you took to plug the address into your iPhone and give him an address he can more easily maneuver to. To 24th Street and 9th Avenue we go!

 

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Most offices let our around 5pm during the work week – get off the streets, off the road, just hide.

Most impossible time to get a cab? Around 5:00 pm on a weekday, not only because those big buildings are full of people being let out of work but this is also around the time that cab shifts change. Not only will it take you about 20 minutes to get a cab (if you’re lucky) but be prepared to empty your wallet on cab fare because of gridlock traffic. Leave an hour before or after this time to make sure you can get where you are going. Same goes for when it’s raining, good luck to you and may the force be on your side.

 

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When a black car pulls next to you and tells you to get in.

This is not a secret spy mission that you have been selected to be a recruit, this is a car-for-hire, also known as “gypsy cabs”. The thing about “gypsy cabs” is half of them are legitimate, the other half aren’t and it’s not always the easiest to tell which it is. There are no credit cards accepted and the fare can basically be whatever they want it to be. It’s easier to just stay away from these but if you do find yourself in a situation where there is no other choice but to risk your life and get into one, make sure you agree on the fare before you get in.

Happy hailing!

Spa Week 2014

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It all starts with a peaceful mind and a relaxed body, turns out this is just the week to make sure you have both of those checked off your list! Now until April 27th it’s not just Spa Week in New York City, but all over the United States. New York City spas are offering treatments starting at just $50 at some of NYC’s top spas. You can find out all the details here: http://www.spaweek.com

Fun fact: The term “spa” comes from the name of a town! There is a town in Belgium called Spa where Romans revived the ideas of medicinal bathing. Latter that year Dr. Timothy Bright started using the term as a generic reference to the practice and it just stuck!

Un italiano all’estero: An Italian Abroad, Part III

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Lorenzo will be joining our team for the next few months, this is the first time he is in New York City and will be periodically checking in with us on his experience here in the States.

When you look what happens along the main avenues of Manhattan, certainly there are three things that remain imprinted in your mind: the neon billboards, huge buildings, and the buses that constantly populate the main areas of New York. So – after visiting Midtown – I decided it was time to discover Downtown. I bought a ticket for the City Sightseeing New York double decker bus, and headed down! The tour lasted around two and a half hours, but you can see a lot of beautiful things and different districts, allowing you to better plan your future activities centered around what attracted you the most! The tour starts with the sight of Times Square and continue to Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, Chelsea district and West Village. After that began the discovery of the most well-known districts of Downtown, Soho and the Financial District (for people like me that love economics), continuing into China Town and Little Italy, ending at the United Nations’ building. Amazing!

Always keep the camera in your hands because once you make it home and see the pictures again, you’ll want to start planning immediately the next days!

So it has been for me, waiting for see again those places lit by the moon.

 

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Quando osservi cosa ti gira intorno mentre cammini per le vie principali di Manhattan, sicuramente sono tre le cose che rimangono più impresse: i numerosi cartelloni pubblicitari, gli enormi edifici e i bus turistici che popolano costantemente tutte le zone principali di New York.

Così – dopo aver visitato Midtown – ho deciso che era il momento di farsi un tour per Downtown! Ho acquistato un biglietto per il bus City Sightseeing New York e sono partito! Il tour é durato circa 2 ore e mezzo, ma si riescono a vedere un sacco di cose belle, un sacco di quartieri diversi, così da poter pianificare al meglio i futuri spostamenti nei posti che più ci hanno colpito!

Si inizia con Times Square per continuare con Madison Square Garden, Empire State Building, Chelsea e il West Village. Comincia adesso la vera scoperta dei quartieri più noti e caratteristici di Downtown passando per Soho, fino al Financial District (per chi come me é appassionato di economia) per poi continuare visitando China Town e Little Italy, fino alla sede generale delle Nazioni Unite.

Tenete sempre in mano la macchina fotografica perché quando tornerete a casa e riguarderete tutti i posti che avete visitato, comincerete sicuramente a pianificare le prossime uscite.

Così é stato per me, in attesa di vederli nuovamente illuminati dalla luna.