If you are anything like us, you've let the days before Christmas slowly float away while you've procrastinated on gift-buying, and you find yourself now facing a looming deadline. You have a choice: Brave the crowds or get creative. We hate crowds, and deadlines bring out the best in us (hey, we're ... More >>
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From Riesling cruises to restaurant weeks (month)--not to mention the chance to try multiple kinds of barbecue--July has been a busy month if you're into food, and the action continues this weekend. With a pair of craft beer parties and a Peruvian Independence day celebration, there's plenty of acti ... More >>
The National Park Service describes the Statue of Liberty as "a universal symbol of freedom and democracy." What better place to implement powerful new surveillance systems complete with next-generation facial-recognition technology? Late last year, Police Product Insight, a trade journal for polic ... More >>
Knowing the Space Shuttle Enterprise was going to be arriving today in New York City, I was extremely pissed off to realize I had a doctor's appointment which would preclude me from actively viewing it, and I'd most likely be underground in the subway when it flew over the Hudson, guaranteeing I wou ... More >>
Leave your guns at home, Bill.For some reason, tourists are bringing knives, brass knuckles, collapsible batons, screwdrivers, pepper spray, blackjacks, and other "miscellaneous weapons" with them to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Daily News reports that thousands of weapons have been seize ... More >>
Because SoHo needed another enormous mural depicting a Southern California symbol. Hollister's latest addition to its display of murky brown mega-advertising is the California state flag, a natural fit for the space that used to have a DKNY mural with the Statue of Liberty.
Today is pretty much perfect, a day that reminds us how much we adore summer. Back in June we gave you 33 reasons to love the year's three hottest months, through all the sweat and toil and pain. It seems like barely a minute has passed and yet, here we are, practically mid-August! What the f ... More >>
MENY president Cathy Marino-Thomas hugs Lt. Dan ChoiBetween the "Rainbow Chuppa," the Avenue Q puppets, the scores of happy brides and grooms, and even a glitter bomb, the scene in Foley Square yesterday outside of Manhattan's Marriage Bureau felt like a carnival. It was a little disconcertin ... More >>
Our venerable mayor has an idea for an oh-so-precious date that seems to come right out of the HowAboutWe playbook (in fact, it does come from the HowAboutWe playbook!). How about we...sit on the Staten Island Ferry and gaze romantically out at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty? That's w ... More >>
On June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in the New York Harbor. It was a gift from the people of France, designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Because she is 151-feet tall, Lady Liberty was shipped to the United States in more than 200 pieces. Assembly was completed on October 18, 1 ... More >>
It was all god and country for an unidentified dude over the weekend who says the lord commanded that he swim in the New York Harbor even though it was freezing. A 29-year-old reportedly got down to his bathing suit at Liberty State Park and dove in, attempting the 3/4-mile trip to the Statue ... More >>
Sarah Palin's top-secret bus tour will include a stop in New York City tonight, where she'll visit her friend and fellow Republican/reality TV-star Donald Trump at his apartment in Trump Tower before heading out for dinner with the onetime possible rumored presidential contender. Ah, to be a ... More >>
Theres always a happy ending
Edison Peña, one of the 33 Chilean miners rescued last month after 69 days trapped underground, has now had the pleasure of being insulted by the New York Post, which today calls the man "nitpicky" on his tour of New York. The tabloid is upset by Peña's reaction to various New York City tou ... More >>
Keepaway's Mike Burakoff. All photos by Georgia Kral.The Music Slut began posting five years ago, and to celebrate, the localish pop blog invited some of its favorite bands to play to a captive audience on the Marco Polo Cruise boat Half Moon. And we must admit: cruising down the East ... More >>
Many of New York's public art spectacles are either temporary (the Gates, the Waterfalls) or permanent and established (the Wall Street Bull, the LOVE sculpture). Chicago, however, takes serious risks with its urban centerpieces. Take their latest offering: a human eyeball (well, not really h ... More >>
Yissel's chimichurris draw a crowdThe neighborhood of Sunset Park is so-called for the park of the same name, a green, hilly spot offering a community pool built in the 1930s and spectacular views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Until World War II, the area was mainly home to Easte ... More >>
KatrissaLiberty Landing MarinaNew Jersey will get a waterfront eating option this summer when Maritime Parc opens in June at Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park.
Mark Wells via flickr.comWoman's Day, the magazine my mother used to pick up at the supermarket and clip coupons from, has broken out of its staid mode for Halloween. Recently posted online were a gallery of amazing carved pumpkins, some of them actually frightening, like the one at the left ... More >>
ABC News has an interesting report on the procedure for tourists who wish to ascend to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, which was opened on July 4 by Homeland Security after an eight-year shutdown. Apparently prospective climbers are shot with air by "puffer-machines" to ruffle their cloth ... More >>
After announced previously, this 4th of July weekend America will reopen the crown of the Statue of Liberty to visitors. If you haven't reserved tickets already via the official website already (warning: there are others peddling tickets, either as scalpers or as scammers), forget it -- at this wri ... More >>
Has Pizza Hut changed its name to "The Hut"? Despite the chain using this shorter name on its signage and delivery boxes, it claims that the name has not officially changed. Apparently, "The Hut" is just a "simpler and easier" nickname for the "texting generation" to use. If they're going to go ther ... More >>
We didn't know Taxi Appreciation Day was a Thing -- we never see cards for it at the Hallmark store -- but it apparently is celebrated yearly on various days in various jurisdictions. For example, the Mayor of Toronto declared one on June 9, 2003; Syracuse had one by mayoral proclamation last June 1 ... More >>
For the first time in nearly eight years, the head of the Statue of Liberty will be open to the public starting July 4. Interior Secretary made the announcement on the Today Show this morning. "The economic times we're going through really call for hope and optimism," he said. "Nothing symbolizes ... More >>
If you were worried about the plane lazily circling the Statue of Liberty this morning, don't be: the Staten Island Advance reveals, albeit belatedly, that the military flight "taking photos" of the statue. "Reports indicate it may be Air Force One," they add, suggesting that the Obama may have got ... More >>
Our staff at Fork in the Road has been busy the last few weeks evaluating youtubes, seeking to find not the best and most uplifiting, but the very most annoying songs about food. Songs that make you grit your teeth, then make you laugh, turn your computer off, and take a walk outside in the sunshine ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. My Vision of the Destruction of America Atop Empire State Building Author: A. A. Allen Publisher: A. A. Al ... More >>
Along with surrendering to terrorists on Gitmo and promoting abortion, President Obama is looking at opening the crown of the Statue of Liberty to visitors. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited the Statue today and says that a study on reopening the popular tourist attraction will be completed i ... More >>
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