May the Fourth Be With You at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

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Science fiction fans have already had a lot to rejoice about this week with the announcement that "Star Wars: Episode VII" will feature original cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reprising their 1977 roles, but Star Wars fans who will be in New York over the weekend also have another reason to celebrate. Coming up on Sunday (5/4), the New YorkLightSaberAcademy’s seoncd-annual “May the Fourth Be With You” event will be taking place at Ripleys Believe it or Not! Times Square. On Sunday, “Jedi Masters” from the NYSLA will lead 20-minute training classes about light saber techniques from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that will teach students all the moves that Luke, Yoda and Darth Vader made popular in the famous films. All class members, regardless of skill level, … [Read more...]

New York Subway Tips for Tourists

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If you plan on visiting New York City in the near future, or really any time in general, preparing yourself to navigate the subway makes a lot of sense. To be sure, you can get around in NYC via cabs, buses or just by walking, but there’s certainly no better way to make your way through the Big Apple than via the subterranean straphanger express. The first thing you will want to do, in addition to picking up a New York Explorer Pass, is get a subway map. They are free and generally available at every subway station that has a booth with an MTA employee on duty, so don’t be bashful and ask away. That doesn’t mean that you need to whip out the map and familiarize yourself with it while waiting for the train – in fact definitely don’t do that – but just look it over when you … [Read more...]