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The Week in Travel (4/26/2013)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

I'm too sexy for this country.

I’m too sexy for this country…

*The price of beauty is deportation.   Or so discovered Omar Borkan Al Gala (pictured above) and two other men, deported from Saudi Arabia for being… wait for it… wait for it… too handsome (via Asiantown.net).

*Time to expand your destination wedding options.  On Tuesday, France became the 14th country to allow same-sex marriage (Yahoo).  The next day, the Rhode Island Senate approved legislation to make the “Hope” state the 10th in the U.S., in addition to Washington D.C., to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples (via The Advocate).

*In other sweet news, earlier this month two men married in Africa’s first traditional gay wedding (via Daily Mail).

* In the Navy, yes, you can sail the seven seas, but apparently cannot afford to dock in New York City.  This year, Congress has sequestered the sailors.  Because of federal budget cuts, the Navy’s annual Fleet Week is cancelled (via AMNY).

*More than ever, support Boston with your travel dollars… here are ten reasons why (via PeterGreenberg.com).

*Go big or stay home!  Splurge at a hotel worthy of your holiday (via Conde Nast Traveler).

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The Week in Travel (3/22/2013)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

Snakes on a Plane

If he only had a knife…

*Your liquid soap, cologne and moisturizing lotion over 3.4 ounces will still not be allowed in your carry-on, but your knives, ski poles and toy bats can board the aircraft, effective April 25, 2013 (via CNN).

*Scraping the sky on Instagram from 2,716 feet (via Huffington Post).

*Rumor has it, “air rage” is on the rise (via CNN).

*Boys will be boys, and bears and beasts and stags and trees.  Photographer Charles Fréger captures men of Europe dressed in outfits wilder than the National Tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (via National Geographic).

*The same oil that fried up your lunch might be powering your next flight to Europe (via BBC).

*Curious about the sexual orientation of a building?  Tour the Gayest Buildings in America (via California Home & Design).

*A time-lapse film captures New York City in the fast lane (via Kickstarter):

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NYC Storm Recovery Update

As the recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy continue to evolve, here’s the latest news from NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York: 

Marathon Update:
The 2012 ING New York City Marathon has been cancelled. We would like to share the following statement from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg:

STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND NEW YORK ROAD RUNNERS ON NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

“The Marathon has been an integral part of New York City’s life for 40 years and is an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch. While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division. The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination. We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it. We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event – even one as meaningful as this – to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track. The New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead for participants.”

Airports:

  • JFK International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuardia Airport have all reopened. Check with individual carriers regarding specific flight confirmations.
  • Taxi service and express shuttle-bus service are available into the City. Shared shuttles and private transfer companies are operating on a case-by-case basis and many are experiencing delays due to volume.
  • AirTrain JFK has resumed limited service. Visitors can pick up AirTrain shuttle buses at the Howard Beach and Jamaica subway stations for transport to all airport terminals. Consult mta.info for current information regarding service between Manhattan and the Howard Beach and Jamaica stations.
  • AirTrain Newark has resumed service. Visitors can take AirTrain to/from NJ Transit’s Newark Liberty International Airport Station, which connects to the Northeast Corridor Line to New York Penn Station. Please note that NJ Transit’s Northeast Corridor Line is currently running on a special schedule.

Transportation:

  • Taxis and livery car services are operating throughout the City.
  • The public transportation system is slowly being restored within the City. There is limited subway service on several routes, supplemented by a bus shuttle between Downtown Brooklyn and Midtown. A modified map reflecting service changes can be found here. At this time, there is no subway service between 34th Street in Midtown and Downtown Brooklyn. Visit mta.info for information regarding specific subway lines.
  • Public bus service has resumed throughout the City and is running on a normal weekday schedule with delays.
  • Additional service is now available on both the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, although not all lines are running and trains may not be operating on a regular schedule.
  • Most major highways, bridges and tunnels into the City are open to traffic. The Hugh L. Carey (Brooklyn-Battery) and Queens Midtown Tunnels remain closed. The Holland Tunnel is currently open only for buses entering Manhattan in the mornings and leaving Manhattan in the afternoons.
  • NYC has ended the ban requiring High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) restrictions for vehicles entering Manhattan between 6am and midnight via bridges and tunnels. Vehicles will no longer be required to have at least three occupants.
  • The Staten Island Ferry service has resumed with half-hourly service in both directions. Regular service returns on Saturday, November 3.
  • East River Ferry Service has resumed.
  • Amtrak is now providing Acela Express and Northeast Regional modified service on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., via New York City. Before traveling to Boston South Station, New York Penn Station, Philadelphia 30th Street Station or other Amtrak locations, passengers should make reservations and/or use the eTicketing option with their computers and smartphones.

Hotels:

  • Before traveling, visitors are advised to re-confirm their hotel reservations directly with the property, regardless of location.
  • In Midtown Manhattan, most hotels are open and operating, with the exception of a few hotels near a construction incident on 57th Street, including Le Parker Meridien, West 57th Street Club by Hilton and Salisbury Hotel.
  • Power outages are widespread in Lower Manhattan, below 39th Street on the East Side and below 23rd Street on the West Side, affecting many neighborhoods and hotels in this area. Consolidated Edison has advised that power will be restored as soon as possible, but it could take several more days. The situation is improving frequently, however. Travelers holding a reservation for a hotel in this area are strongly advised to check with the hotel in advance of traveling.
  • Hotels in Brooklyn and Queens remain open, with the exception of the Wyndham Garden Long Island City/Manhattan View.

Cruise Ship Terminals:

  • NYCruise is coordinating with the US Coast Guard, and the cruise lines are working to return operations at the cruise terminal back to normal as quickly and safely as possible. Please continue to check the nycruise.com website and social media channels for updates on service, and make sure to contact your cruise line to confirm your itinerary before arriving for any cruise you may have scheduled.

Museums, Attractions and Broadway:

  • Many tourist attractions have resumed operations, including Broadway shows, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Empire State Building Observatory, Gray Line New York Sightseeing, Top of the Rock and some Circle Line Sightseeing cruises. Spirit of New York Cruises are expected to resume from Chelsea Piers on Saturday, November 3.
  • The majority of city parks are now open.
  • Some sites, particularly in Lower Manhattan, remain closed until further notice, including the 9/11 Memorial, South Street Seaport, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
  • For more information and continuing updates, visit facebook.com/nycgo or check individual websites.

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The Week in Travel (11/2/12)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

Sandy floods NYC

*It has been a rough week for the eastern coast of the United States.  Much of the region devastated by Hurricane/ Superstorm Sandy is still without power and is reaching an economic damage pricetag of $50 Billion.  (via USA Today)

*For those still trying to coordinate travel during the aftermath, every major U.S. airline is waving changing fees (via USA Today), and though the hotel situation in New York is grim, one website guides you through the options.  (via Hotel Chatter)

*In other news, the U.S. is electing its next president on Tuesday.  Take a politically inspired trip to get you in the spirit (via CNN), or escape the sound bites, talking heads and potential four years of horror–after voting, of course–by burying your head in warm sand.   (via CNN)

*Your vacation album will be the envy of all your Facebook friends after posting pictures from these top photography destinations.  (via Lonely Planet)

*Navigating a new city can be challenging, your iPhone can help.  (via AupairJobs.com)

*When it all just becomes too much to handle, escape to one of the “World’s Most Sensational Spas.”  (via Passport)

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The Week in Travel (10/19/12)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

*When the Skyfalls in the Thunderball will Dr. No employ his License to Kill on the Octopussy, or will his GoldenEye realize that The World is Not Enough?  Retrace the travels of James Bond, and explore the iconic locations of the 007 franchise.  (via CNN)

*Not to be eclipsed by Felix Baumgartner, the daredevil who free-falled 24 miles from space, Sarah Brightman, the “Angel of Music” known for creating the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, intends to be the first professional musician to sing from space.  (via Playbill.com)

*The days of carrying luggage may be behind us.  Literally, in fact, with the self-driving, robotic bag that follows you to your gate.  (via The Telegraph)

*Hola.  Bounjour.  Buon giorno.  Ohaiyou Gozaimasu.  Learn a foreign language in a new cool place.  (via CNN)

*New York City hotel rooms can be exorbitantly priced, yet the Frugal Traveler finds seven Manhattan rooms for around $150.  (via NY Times)

*You thought New York City’s High Line was a cool way to traverse a city?  Put on your swimsuit because two London architects have proposed revamping the city’s Regent’s Canal into a swimming commute lane.  (via Atlantic Cities)

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The Week in Travel (10/5/12)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

*One wants to pluck Big Bird while the other aims to saunter down Sesame Street for four more years.  If you live in the United States and have a pulse, you have probably compared the presidential candidates on many topics.  But where do Obama and Romney stand on travel issues?  (via USA Today)

*Staten Island is going round and round to be #1.  City officials announced that the world’s largest ferris wheel, bigger than the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer, will open in New York City’s dangling borough in 2015.  (via Travel Mole)

*Who wants to be a typical tourist?  It turns out, you do.  Here are ten “touristy” things every first-time visitor should do anyway.  (via Forbes)

*Some passengers will stop at nothing to get through airport security faster, including faking wheelchair needs.  (via NY Times)

*In homophobic news:  The Ukraine parliament voted to outlaw the “promotion of homosexuality” and Serbia banned the gay pride march for yet another year.  (via Reuters & USA Today)

*Hmmmm… what to do with the house where Adolf Hitler was born?  The Austrian town of Braunau struggles to find the answer.  (via The Telegraph)

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NYC Celebrates Furry octoBEARfeast

Photo: Dick Mitchell,  Model: Gio  Photo: Dick Mitchell,  Model: Gio

Before winter hibernation, New York City bears are having a ball, and you’re invited to flaunt your PETA-approved fur for a good cause.   For the first time, the city’s LGBT Community Center (commonly called “the Center”) is expanding their popular gay bear dance party, Fur Ball, into octoBEARfest:  “a week-long celebration of everything furry.”

The Fuzzy Wuzzy festivities kick off with sustenance.  On Monday, October 1, the boys will celebrate Bear-BQ at Bone Lick Park restaurant with $3 shots and drafts, $3.50 margaritas, and 35¢ wings.  Tuesday brings the Bears & Beers fundraising dinner, with unlimited food and drinks and optional VIP bourbon tasting, at 508 Gastrobrewery.

To help you find the perfect napping partner after all that food, the Center will host Bear Bating on Thursday, October 4, a speed-dating event for bears and their admirers; and then the big daddy event of the week, Fur Ball on Saturday, October 6.

Headlined by DJ Corey Craig,  Fur Ball’s estimated  900 guests will take over every floor of the Center, with two dance floors, go-go-bears, and an outdoor garden.  And more importantly, all proceeds benefit the Center, whose programs range from hosting arts and entertainment events, advocacy groups and family gatherings, to offering youth, recovery and wellness programs.

So let your hair down, wear your God-given fur out, and celebrate for a Grrrrrrreat cause.

Visit the Center’s octoBEARfest website for tickets and additional information.

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The Week in Travel (9/21/12)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

San Francisco  (Photo by Jeremy Brooks/Flickr)

*What’s the best place to wear skinny jeans, thick-rimmed glasses and a precisely-trimmed messy beard? Sorry Williamsburg, but the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles has been named “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhood.”  (via Forbes)

*Your mama taught you to look both ways before crossing the street.  Now, just in case you are too busy texting, New York City streets are going to remind you.  (via NY Daily News)

*What apps do you need to enhance your next trip?  Travel bloggers extraordinaire Carlos Melia and Matt Long break down the best travel apps to download.  (via dot 429  & Landlopers)

*Too many options can make traveling just as confusing as too few.  In New York City, where gay and lesbian visitors are welcomed at most hotels, start your search with one of  “The 51 Gayest Hotels in NYC.”  (via ManAboutWorld)

*To ban cock rings or not to ban cock rings–that is the San Francisco question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the Castro to suffer
The studs and straps of outrageous penile adornment
Or to make legislation against the naked troubles
And by opposing end them.  (via The Huffington Post)

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The Week in Travel (8/3/12)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

*Look truly refreshed after your next vacation.  No, like really refreshed.  Like, you-can’t-move-your-forehead refreshed.  The Four Seasons in Austin has partnered with Westlake Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, offering guests services such as Botox, chemical peels, and skin tightening. Next year, new options will include breast augmentation and liposuction. (via USA Today)

*These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do in New York City.  For now, NYC’s Bike-Sharing Program, which was supposed to launch this summer, has been delayed due to a software glitch.  No new official launch date has been announced.  (via New York Magazine)

*It’s easier than ever to stay toned during your travels.  New hotel programs lend you work-out videos, running shoes and pedometers, while airports offer walking paths and yoga studios.  (via New York Times)

*New York City is the theatrical top.  According to the World Cities Culture Report 2012, NYC hosted over 43,000 theatre shows and 6,000 dance performances to claim the #1 spot in each category.  London, Paris and Tokyo also ranked high in performance arts output.  (via The Stage)

*Extra cheese?  The owner of the “world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia”–who has a tattoo of himself holding a pizza slice on his back–is planning to open a pizza restaurant and museum in Philadelphia.  (via NPR)

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The Week in Travel (7/27/12)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

*Virgins are making headlines:  Australian Virgins are too sexy (via USA Today), American Virgins wear Banana Republic (via NY Times), and Atlantic Virgins are blushing. (via NY Times)

*Jesus, Mary and Joseph are replaced by Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey at the Damson Dene Hotel.  The peaceful retreat, located in the Lake District of England has swapped the Gideon Bible in each of its 40 bedrooms with the popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. (via Forbes)

*Marriage Equality Makes Money.  In the one year since New York became the sixth and most recent state to legalize gay marriage in the U.S., New York City has reaped $259 million of economic benefit and attracted 200,000 guests from outside of the city to attend same-sex wedding receptions. (via Bloomberg)

*Top Chefs pack their knives and open new restaurants in New York City. (via Next Magazine)

*These rooms will make a convert out of you.   Stay in a former monastery, jail or convent, recently crowned one of the world’s Top Ten Converted Hotels. (via Reuters)

*What would you do for a free vacation? (And by “free” I mean…) The online dating website, MissTravel.com, matches “Attractive Travelers” without money, and “Generous Travelers” willing to pay. (via USA Today)

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