Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bryant Park HBO Film Festival

HBO Bryant Park Film Festival

One of NYC’s staple summer events is the showing of free movies in Bryant Park. Coming up on its 19th year, HBO Bryant Park Film Festival hosts a variety of showings that range from comedy, drama, sing-a-longs, and longtime classics. This reoccurring Monday night activity is a great way to alleviate stress from the work day and enjoy the relaxation of watching a movie. If that’s not enough, the views around you are a major plus, allowing you to gaze upon stunning sights like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower Manhattan skyline as your backdrop. The films start at sundown, but most people will be at the lawn once it opens at 5 pm. Feel free to bring blankets, snacks, and a large crowd. Here’s the movie schedule accompanied with their summaries for the rest of the summer.

July 21: National Lampoon’s Vacation

When a sympathetic father just wants the opportunity to bond with his family, it seems as though nothing can go right. Their road trip from Chicago to California’s Walley World amusement park is full of adventures, surprises and unexpected mishaps. Starring Randy Quaid, John Candy, Anthony Michael Hall, and Eugene Levy, directed by Harold Ramis, and written by John Hughes. (1983) 98 min. (Warner Bros.) R Rated

July 28: Key Largo

Watch the empowering story of a WWII vet forced to undertake Edward G. Robinson and his gang to honor his deceased best friend. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor. Directed by John Huston. (1948) 101 min. (Warner Bros.) R Rated

August 4: The Karate Kid

After being ostracized and bullied, a jersey kid is taught discipline and self-defense thanks to his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. Starring Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, and Elisabeth Shue. Directed by John G. Avildsen. (1984) 126 min. (Columbia Pictures) PG Rated

August 11: Lover Come Back

Two rival employees at competing advertising agencies based on Madison Ave go head to head in this romantic comedy. They’ll stop at nothing, even if it means stooping to the lowest of levels. Starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Directed by Delbert Mann. (1961) 107 min. (Universal Pictures) PG-13

August 18: The Shining

A man, a wife, and his son become the caretakers of an off-season, isolated resort where the son, Danny, see’s horrifying visions of the hotel’s past. His father Jack becomes an unstable writer and slips into the dark realms of insanity. The only thing that can save this family is the telepathic gift of “The Shining.” Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. (1980) 146 min. (Warner Bros) R Rated

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Top 4 Travel Apps

Top 4 Travel Apps

A day of traveling serves as a realm of opportunity for spontaneous stresses and quick decisions. This alone could drive someone crazy, but tack on an unexpected 3 hour layover in one of the NYC airports and now you’re just being messed with. Yet the age of smartphones has allowed us to become traveling connoisseurs, combating the all too familiar sound of a crying baby, and even satisfying your hunger with legitimate grub. Here are a few travel apps that will alleviate that airport anxiety.

  1. Free Wi-Fi FinderLet’s face it, nobody likes overpriced data fees. With this app, you can instantly find free Wi-Fi Internet hotspots that can easily be connected to. Within a five minute walk you may to find ten separate hotspots. Go ahead and chat it up while you’ve got some time to kill JFK Airport.
  2. TripCase: This app is key for travelers. Serving as a step by step guide for your trip, TripCase allows you to organize specific trips, keep track of delays or cancellations, and stay in line with the gate matched for your flight. No more stressing out over when you’re boarding, and even worse, if you’re boarding.
  3. WazeThis intricate app has an overriding mission to join forces and combat traffic. Not only are you alerted when there is traffic, but also when you are approaching police, accidents, and road hazards. The beauty of this is the community behind it, with millions of drivers working together towards a common goal; an easier commute on all ends.
  4. GateGuru: Now answer me this, is that Cinnabon worth the 730 calories? Airport food has always gotten a bad rep, rightfully so. Let’s face it, you’re on the go, so a Johnny Rocket’s pick up is the way to, right? Wrong. GateGuru allows you to access lists of airport restaurants in LaGuardia, JFK and Newark that have received positive reviews from frequent travelers. This healthier option makes that 3 hour layover a bit less heavy, both mentally and physically.

And of course, there’s no better way to end your trip then with a share ride shuttle service that gladly accommodates you when you need that accommodation most. Go Airlink NYC offers transportation to and from Manhattan 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So man out the first half of that travel day, we’ll take care of the rest for you.

Ditch the iron. Roll clothes to save more space and avoid wrinkling. Folding with tissue paper works too.

25 Travel Tips for a Relaxing Travelling Experience

Vacation is in a week and you’re ready to hop on the next plane out. You already have every day of the itinerary planned, found a pet sitter, and have a countdown on your cell phone. With all this excitement, the last things you want to worry about are wrinkled clothes, tangled chords, and forgetting your charger at home. Packing can be stressful and can take away from the travelling experience. Here are some handy tips that will have you spending less time ironing your clothes and more time adventuring on your trip.

  1. Ditch the iron. Roll clothes to save more space and avoid wrinkling. Folding with tissue paper works too.
  2. Packing shoes can make other belongings in your luggage dirty. Put them in a shower cap to cover the soles.
  3. Stuff socks in your shoes to free up some space.
  4. Put a dryer sheet in your suitcase to keep your luggage fresh-smelling. Your fellow travellers will thank you.
  5. Keep your shirt collars stiff by placing a rolled up belt inside them.
  6. Store jewelry in a pill case to serve as an organized container while preventing theft.
  7. Ah, the phone charger. The most important, yet most easily lost device. No worries—if you forget the wall plug, most flat-screen hotel TV’s have a USB slot in the back. If you forget the entire charger, hotels often have extra chargers that past guests have left.
  8. Keep loose chargers and chords in glasses cases.
  9. Put products in plastic bags or cover them with saran wrap under the cap. Speaking from experience, nothing can ruin a trip more than having foundation explode and stain your clothes.
  10. Scan important documents such as your passport or ID and e-mail them to yourself in case of emergency.
  11. Travelling is expensive enough; you don’t need sky-high data usage fees to add to the expense. Screenshot maps and directions to use later when you don’t have access to the internet so you don’t waste valuable data.
  12. To get Wi-Fi, Foursquare often offers passwords for a variety of locations.
  13. Putting your phone on airplane mode saves battery, so you won’t be that guy setting up camp by an outlet to charge your phone.
  14. Keep your bobby pins in a Tic-Tac container to tame your plane ride bed-head.
  15. If you’re cheap like me, order free samples of products online. Free and convenient, who wouldn’t want that?
  16. Pack your flat-iron in a potholder for when you’re getting ready in a rush and would rather not burn a hole through your suitcase.
  17. Pay online ahead of time if you know your baggage weighs more than 50 pounds. You’ll spend less time in that never ending line at the airport.
  18. Label your luggage as fragile, even if it’s not. Staff will be more likely to handle it with care. A little white lie is better than having your belongings damaged.
  19. If you’re travelling overseas, convert currency through ATM’s for the cheapest fares. You can also check on your bank’s website for ATM fees in different countries. For example, Bank of America offers free withdrawals at certain foreign banks.
  20. For cheaper airfare, book flights around 7 weeks in advance, and on Tuesday afternoons when airlines are competing with each other’s lowest deals. Check out the cheapest fares on Kayak.com.
  21. Bring snacks for the plane ride because we all know that a complimentary bag of peanuts just doesn’t cut it.
  22. Get plenty of rest the day before you depart to avoid jetlag.
  23. Instead of watching outdated blockbusters the airline offers, bring a good book. Take a look at our Top Travel Reads for some riveting reads that will make your plane ride fly by.