This Summer's Stupid Food Fad Has Arrived

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/04/2018, 12:00 AM

Following in the tradition not only of gimmicky dishes made with absurdly expensive ingredients (which is how we ended up with monstrosities like the $1,000 omelet and the $25,000 taco) but also in the tradition of gimmicky dishes made for Instagram rather than taste buds (looking at you, rainbow bagels), a restaurant chain in New York City is now serving 24-karat gold chicken wings.   ...

In Development: A Supersonic Jet That Zips Between London and NYC in About Three Hours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/16/2017, 4:00 AM

Supersonic commercial air travel between London and New York—which has been on pause ever since the demise of Concorde in 2003—could resume in the not too distant future. Billionaire Richard Branson of Virgin Group has partnered with a startup called Boom Technology to develop a passenger jet that travels at more than double the speed of sound.  That means you could cross the pond in o...

Non-New Yorkers Could Soon Have to Pay to Visit the Met

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/02/2017, 4:00 AM

Admission at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has been free since it was established in 1870—though a "suggested" entrance fee has been, well, suggested since the early 1970s (the current recommendation is $25 for adults). Soon, however, an entrance fee could become mandatory for a large chunk of the museum's visitors: those who aren't residents of New York City. For about a ...

U.S. Airports with the Best and Worst On-Time Performance in 2016

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/03/2017, 5:00 AM

The numbers are in and it turns out airports in the New York City area had the worst on-time performance in the nation last year. Believe us: We're just as shocked as you are. According to a report from the Global Gateway Alliance analyzing data from the top 29 airports, LaGuardia came in last place for arrivals while Newark brought up the rear in departures. Nearly one third of flights sh...

Faulting Trump Slump, New York Now Expects Fewer Tourists This Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/01/2017, 5:00 AM

An estimated 300,000 fewer international visitors than initially expected will travel to New York this year, according to NYC & Company, the city's official tourism marketing organization. The revised forecast, updated from a previous report in October 2016, takes into account "changing attitudes about travel and access to the U.S.," NYC & Company said in a statement, following "the rec...

NYC Airbnb Hosts Fined for Illegal Rentals

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/09/2017, 5:00 AM

Two New York City Airbnb hosts have been slapped with fines for listing illegal short-term rentals—making them the city's first individuals punished under a law signed last fall by New York Governer Andrew Cuomo.   That measure made it illegal to rent a residence for fewer than 30 days. For violating the law, Tatiana Cames and Hank Freid now owe the city a combined $17,000. It's worth ...

$7 Billion Renovation Planned for NYC's JFK Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/06/2017, 5:00 AM

New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport is getting a makeover.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans for a $7 billion renovation of the facility, which served 60 million passengers in 2016.   A big part of the project involves making the airport's various pieces better connected. Under the proposal, newer terminals would be expanded and older ones would be r...

Huge New Sculpture Planned for New York City

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2016, 4:00 AM

Rendering for "Vessel," a monumental sculpture planned for New York City (image: designboom/Twitter) Yesterday the plans were unveiled for a new 150-foot, $150-million sculpture that will stand amid a cluster of skyscrapers being built near the Hudson River in Manhattan.    Designed by British artist Thomas Heatherwick and dubbed "Vessel," the concrete and steel structure looks so...

Sleep in a Decommissioned NYC Taxicab for Only $39 Per Night

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/13/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo: FreeImages/Caroline Keyzor) Last week we told you about a hotel room in a converted double-decker bus from London.  Now the New York Times has found an Airbnb listing for a stay in a decommissioned New York City yellow cab.  Parked in the waterfront community of Long Island City in Queens, the taxi boasts excellent views of the Manhattan skyline and, at only $39 per ni...

Nightmare Traffic at LaGuardia Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Traffic around the entrances and exits to LaGuardia Airport was a nightmare yesterday, resulting in major delays and in some cases missed flights.  The source of the trouble: the airport's ongoing, $5.3 billion renovation project, which has required lane closures for new construction, leading in turn to the sort of traffic snarls that could impel frustrated travelers to abandon their cars ...

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