On September 22, 2010, an NYPD helicopter crashed in Jamaica Bay. The six officers onboard had been patrolling the sky because President Obama was in town for a meeting at the United Nations. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS New York that the pilot "heard a loud bang and then lost altitude r ... More >>
Following the weekend's scary yet ultimately uplifting news of another plane crashing into the Hudson without killing anyone, we revisited the infamous Flight 1549 crash. Maryann Bruce, a passenger on the plane that Captain "Sully" Sullenberger successfully ditched in the river back in 2009, told ... More >>
It's the week of our "Best of NYC" issue, for which I wrote a featured nightlife interview, plus plenty of items, including best door person, nicest drag queen, and best after-theater hangout. But let me add one: The Best Celeb To Follow On Twitter is...
I used to only worry about simple things like turbulence, engine failure, terrorism, a bird flying into the engine, or the plane dropping 30,000 feet. But nowadays you gotta worry about the crew! They're all loonies!
Airplane food is usually pretty bland and gross, but is that the fault of airlines or our taste buds?
I hate flying even when it's smooth -- the combination of terror and tedium really wears me down. But when it ain't smooth, my nerves jangle so loud they drown out Alec Baldwin playing games on his cell phone in the next row. While I inhale a whip-it to relax, let me tell you my five worst flights ... More >>
There were a few inevitable things that happened after Alec Baldwin got kicked off an American Airlines flight for playing Words with Friends. First, he angrily tweeted about it. Then came the ultimate in celebrity introspection, the deletion of his Twitter account followed by a Huffington P ... More >>
Millions of people lost power and at least three deaths were reported as a result of yesterday's snowstorm along the east coast. States in the Northeast were hit the hardest and CNN reports parts of New Jersey were buried in as much as 15.5 inches of snow. Airline cancellations stranded passe ... More >>
The Bereseker Residents present The Lapsburgh Layover
Last week, much ado was made over University of New Mexico football player Deshon Marman, 20, who was kicked off a US Airways flight for wearing saggy pajama pants and booked on suspicion of trespassing, battery and resisting arrest (he has not been charged). Now there's a photo circulating ... More >>
American Jews, Israelis and anyone with religious paraphernalia may be kept off Delta flights traveling to Saudi Arabia from the United States under the rules of a new Delta SkyTeam partnership, USA Today reports. Delta's deal with Saudi Arabian Airlines, announced in January, requires the Am ... More >>
An Icelandic volcano called Grimsvotn (so much easier to say than that other Icelandic volcano) about 120 miles east of Reykjavik has been erupting since Saturday, with ash now approaching Scotland and Ireland, where Barack Obama and co. are visiting. This means they'll leave Ireland tonight, ... More >>
Jason Maloney (NY Post/Alex Rud) Jason Maloney, the 24-year-old pilot who landed his small plane in Queens on Monday night, sounds like a pain in the ass. Today, the New York Times reports that Maloney chose to land his single-engine Piper Warrior on Rockaway Beach because he really likes ... More >>
Room for improvement.David Burke is no longer content to keep his empire bound to this earthly realm: starting this month, the chef will be designing in-flight meals for Lufthansa
This baby seems okay with it. [via frohrn/flickr ]Say you're a flight attendant. Say there's a kid, and his dad, and they're on your plane playing a fun little game of peek-a-boo. And so you try to help out, putting the kid in the overhead compartment, because that's what you do, put things i ... More >>
This is pretty cool: some passengers flying out of Orlando got to watch the space shuttle Discovery's last launch from mid-air. And apparently drinks were on the house, unless that flight attendant is just kidding, which would be douchey. [via Mashable] [@_rosiegray]
The iPad is an increasingly popular tool restaurants employ as as part of their point-of-sale systems. [Nation's Restaurant News] Kroger has recalled several brands of pet food in 19 states, because of possible aflatoxin contamination, which can cause sluggishness and diarrhea. [Bloomberg] ... More >>
Why are Mexicanairlines so fearless?
Surely by now you've heard about the Moscow-bound Delta flight that blew an engine upon takeoff last night and then circled JFK for an hour dumping fuel until they could make a safe emergency landing. Close call. Even closer: National treasure Leonardo DiCaprio was one of the 200 people on bo ... More >>
Cathy BossiWe could probably start an entire blog about the recent wave of outrageous airport security stories as the holidays approach. For those keeping score at home, we have so far: mood-setting freedom fighter John Tyner, the "Atom Bomb" tattoo guy, the screaming 3-year-old, soldiers wit ... More >>
"Hello, my name is so-and-so, and I will be seeing you naked today." While the TSA gives a slightly different diatribe prior to performing a full-body scan in airports that now span New York City, their aesthetic is the same: they will be managing a powerful X-ray machine and yes, the ... More >>
In a groundbreaking new report [pdf], the U.S. Department of Transportation's Inspector General has discovered that flight delays at John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Airports remain terrible and make New Yorkers -- and, indirectly, people throughout the rest of the country (yes, we're t ... More >>
New Workout PlanThe much-discussed full-body airport security scanners are indeed coming to New York City. Officials took the opportunity to announce the implementation on a summer Friday afternoon, possibly hoping no one will notice. Oh, but they'll notice all right -- they'll notice when th ... More >>
Remember that movie Joe Versus the Volcano? It wasn't very good, but it featured a young(er) Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan before her lips got all Howard-the-Duck, and it was about a guy who thinks he's dying and offers to jump into a live volcano to appease the volcano gods. And even though that mo ... More >>
Things get a little dullish at the boites sometimes, so on Tuesday night, at an East Village place called Urge, I was thrilled to spot a guy sitting at the bar with his butt crack brazenly sticking out like a business card.
Jude and Sienna keep their distance on Broadway
A Yemeni airliner with 142 passengers and 11 crew crashed into the Indian Ocean near its destination, the island nation of Comoros, early this morning. Rescuers have retrieved alive a 5-year-old boy from the site, but so far none of the others have been saved, though some bodies have been recovered. ... More >>
Stage works from all of the Americas
This weekend the New York Post called for a goose holocaust to prevent another jetliner from being brought down by birds in the engines as US Airways Flight 1549 was last week. We knew politicians couldn't be too far behind so absurd a curve, and sure enough, today state senators Eric Adams and Hir ... More >>
photo allegedly sent by rescued passenger via twitter If what we're hearing in preliminary reports is true, the pilot of a US Airways flight that left La Guardia bound for Charlotte this afternoon found himself in a terrifying situation: the plane ran smack into a flock of geese, which apparently ... More >>
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