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...]

Where to Buy Souvenirs in NYC

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Did you know that nearly 40 million tourists from all over the nation and the world visit New York City each year? Sometimes called “the cultural center of the world,” NYC is perhaps the most iconic American city. Given the city’s importance and popularity, you’ll surely want something to remember your trip by (as it’s sure to be a visit you won’t want to forget!). For the best souvenirs, skip the generic gift shop items and instead stop in at one of these stores at the most popular and quintessential New York attractions. Metropolitan Museum of Art Whether or not you’re an art lover, The Met Store at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has unique and beautiful souvenirs for everyone. From post cards and framed prints to fine art jewelry and apparel, everything the Met Store has … [Read more...]

Top Bars for Tourists in NYC

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When you’re visiting New York City and seeing some of the best that the Big Apple has to offer with your New York Attractions Pass this summer, you might want to take a break from the heat and cool down with a refreshing drink. Not to worry. In addition to offering some of the top tourist attractions in the country, NYC is also home to plenty of local watering holes. For fans of traditional Irish bars, there’s Peter McManus Café in Chelsea. Peter McManus’ has been around for years and its courteous staff and friendly patrons make it a great spot to grab a quick pint. A little bit up the road and fairly close to the Empire State Building is Brother Jimmy’s BBQ. One of a few Brother Jimmy’s franchises in the city, the bar’s Midtown East location is an ideal place to chill … [Read more...]

Ripley’s Believe it or Not in NYC

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Ripley’s Believe it or Not NYC Odditorium is New York City’s must-see attraction in the Times Square District of Manhattan.  The Odditorium is a museum like nothing you’ve ever experienced!  Venture off the scenic New York streets and take in a world celebrating odd, weird, and outlandish attractions.  Ripley’s is a self-guided tour that’s guaranteed to shock and astound as you come face-to-face and interact with unusual relics and rare treasures from around the globe.  For over 40 years, Robert Ripley, who has been dubbed the real-life Indiana Jones, has traveled the world to collect for us the unbelievable, inexplicable, and the one-of-a-kind.  His vastly amusing finds are on display in the exhibits for everyone to see, hear and touch! Ripley’s Odditorium offers the … [Read more...]

Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2012

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New York City is one of the top destinations in the world for New Year’s Eve, boasting everything from the symbolic Ball Drop and over 2 tons of confetti to parties that take over entire museums well into the morning. Here’s a look at the different things to do in NewYork City this December 31st: Times Square & the Ball Drop Called the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, Times Square is historically a hot destination every December 31st. Nearly every New Year’s Eve since 1907, New York City has dropped a time ball down the flagpole atop One Times Square to inaugurate the New Year. This December 31st, Mayor Bloomberg has invited Lady Gaga to push the button that drops the Waterford Crystal ball. Approximately 1 million people will be in Manhattan’s Times Square this … [Read more...]

Give My Regards to Broadway — On Foot

The Great White Way is going pedestrian only -- or at least parts of it are. In an effort to eliminate traffic snarls caused by Broadway's diagonal bisection of midtown Manhattan's grid layout, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is shutting down key sections of the street and turning it into a pedestrian zone. The shut-down begins on Memorial Day and is planned to run through the end of 2009 -- and perhaps become permanent thereafter if all goes well. For the heavily congested Time Square area, this will be a blessing for visitors on foot. Navigating over-crowded Broadway sidewalks in Times Square between 42nd and 47th streets will soon be a much easier proposition. Similarly, Herald Square further South (the area around 34th Street) will also be reserved for pedestrians. The city is not … [Read more...]