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Coming in May: UFO Fests in Oregon and New York State

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/17/2018, 12:00 AM

The search for signs of intelligent life in the universe hasn't turned up much so far. Even here on earth intelligent life can seem awfully hard to come by.  But judging from the many UFO festivals held across the country each year, there are evidently still plenty of those who believe the truth is out there.  Among this spring's crop of events dedicated to alien abductions, government cover-ups...

In New York City, Rapidly Shifting Hotel Prices, Shorter Dining Hours, and More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/12/2018, 5:30 PM

Every year at this time, I update the book Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City. This involves spreadsheets of pricing, hours, and more, meaning that I’m easily able to graph the trends that shape visits to Gotham. Here’s what I’m seeing for 2018 and into 2019: Good news/bad news on hotel rates: To track hotel pricing, I use several hotel booking engines, and I test dates for the slowest travel da...

National Comedy Museum Opening This Summer in New York State

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2018, 12:15 AM

Baseball players have Cooperstown. Rock stars have their own hall of fame in Cleveland. Even androids, when they're not dreaming of electric sheep, can visualize themselves getting inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh. But what about the age-old, joy-bringing art of comedy? Why isn't there a national museum celebrating history's most important producers of yuks?  Come August, you w...

Legoland Coming to New York (Assembly Required)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/30/2018, 2:00 AM

A new Legoland theme park is being built, plastic brick by plastic brick, in the town of Goshen, New York, located about a two-hour drive north of New York City.  Expected to open in 2020, the resort will feature themed lands, rides, and shows inspired by the beloved interlocking toy blocks, the company's boxy, humanoid characters, and the popular series of animated Lego movies. The New York pro...

Beware of Fake Monks in NYC

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/27/2016, 12:30 PM

There's something you should be on your guard about if you're visiting New York City this summer: fake monks. According to the city's Buddhist leaders, men in orange robes claiming to be Buddhist monks are approaching tourists at popular attractions like the High Line elevated park and Times Square. Handing out shiny medallions and offering greetings of peace, the men ask for donations to help ...

New York Passes Anti-Airbnb Bill

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/21/2016, 12:00 PM

New York State has approved a bill that would ban users on sites like Airbnb from posting listings for short-term rentals lasting fewer than 30 days. Violators could be fined up to $7,500. Having passed in New York's house and senate, the bill now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Supporters of the legislation—including landlords, housing regulators, and the hotel industry—say that Airbnb and sit...

Cyber Monday Travel Savings: A (Growing) List

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/29/2015, 3:30 PM

Apparently tryptophan, the sleep-causing amino acid in turkey, also inspires wild bouts of shopping. How else to explain the mad rush after the holidays to empty Best Buy and Target? Now, travel marketers are trying to get in on the action, pleading the (worthy) case that adventures are a much better gift than any sweater or cellphone case. A slew of them will be putting forward "Cyber Mon...

Cyber Monday Travel Savings: A (Growing) List

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/29/2015, 3:30 PM

Apparently tryptophan, the sleep-causing amino acid in turkey, also inspires wild bouts of shopping. How else to explain the mad rush after the holidays to empty Best Buy and Target? Now, travel marketers are trying to get in on the action, pleading the (worthy) case that adventures are a much better gift than any sweater or cellphone case. A slew of them will be putting forward "Cyber Mon...

Cyber Monday Travel Savings: A (Growing) List

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/29/2015, 3:30 PM

Apparently tryptophan, the sleep-causing amino acid in turkey, also inspires wild bouts of shopping. How else to explain the mad rush after the holidays to empty Best Buy and Target? Now, travel marketers are trying to get in on the action, pleading the (worthy) case that adventures are a much better gift than any sweater or cellphone case. A slew of them will be putting forward "Cyber Mon...

Driver Licences From Four U.S. States May No Longer Be Accepted As I.D. at Airports in 2016

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/14/2015, 11:45 PM

And those states are: New York, New Hampshire, Louisiana, and Minnesota. In December of 2014, the first phase of the Real ID Act from Congress and the Department of Homeland Security went into effect. It's mandate was to standardize government-issued IDs across the United States, specifically for the purpose of allowing people entry to Federal facilities. The states would have until 2...

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