Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Summer 2014 NYC Restaurant Week: Top 5 Seafood Restaurants

NYC Restaurant Week just kicked off on July 21 and will continue for a few more weeks until August 15. Of course the best part about this is some of the highest profile (and equally high priced) restaurants are now affordable. During that time, aspiring foodies can visit over 300 restaurants in the city for as little as $25. Seafood is among the priciest menu items, but during Restaurant Week, you can enjoy the best in the city for a great price. Want the best deal? Check out these hot spots for your seafood cravings!

  1. Atlantic Grill at Lincoln Center – Located in Upper West Manhattan, Atlantic Grill is one of the top-rated seafood restaurants in New York. For Restaurant Week, they’ve included a good variety of wines, appetizers, entrees, and desserts for a prix-fixe lunch and dinner menu. You can’t really go wrong with a restaurant that offers market-fresh seafood and an urban, relaxing atmosphere. 49 W. 64thStreet (64th & Broadway)
  2. Harlow – Marble oyster bar? Stained glass windows? Prime location? Why, that’d be Harlow. This restaurant gives its customers a twist on the classics, to include smoked salmon and a raw bar with fresh seafood. Be sure to catch this Restaurant Week deal! 109 E. 56th Street
  3. Lure Fishbar The interior of this restaurant resembles a luxury yacht, with dimly lit corridors and comfy booths. You can enjoy $1 oysters (happy hour), fresh lobster rolls and much more during Restaurant Week. Voted one of the best locations for groups, grab a few friends and take advantage of the deals! They are offering both lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus. 142 Mercer Street (Mercer/Prince)
  4. Esca – Chef Mario Batali created this gem in collaboration with Chef Dave Pasternack in 2000, and the rest is history. Offering a “less is more” take on seafood, visitors can expect high quality dining and service, as well as the best menu of Italian wine. 402 W. 43rd Street
  5. Estiatorio Milos – This Mediterranean seafood must-have focuses on the simplicity of great quality dishes. They import the best produce, honey, and of course seafood. Try their whole Greek snapper, with olive oil and lemon. If you’re feeling adventurous, get the Shrimp Saganaki with cous cous. 125 W. 55th Street

Great part about all these savings? You can really impress your date by taking an affordable private car service from anywhere in Manhattan. Try these great eats during Restaurant Week and let us know about your dining experience!

Top Travel Reads

Top Travel Reads

Books are great sidekicks. Whether on the morning commute to work, family vacation, or business traveling, books are there to keep your company.  Here are the best reads for traveling—you’ll be glad you brought these books along!

Best Book for a Plane Ride: Blood Men, Paul Cleave

This thriller is a sure way to make the time pass quickly on any flight. Blood Men is a page-turner, based in its author’s home of New Zealand.  The man character is forced to deal with the tragedy of his current life and his unspoken past in this gripping tale of a modern day vigilante. Find out what happens when things go from bad to worse. (Spoiler: Paul Cleave is a mastermind at weaving together small details. Check out his other novels to see the overlap in stories.)

Best Book for a Car Ride: Bossypants, Tina Fey

If you’re riding shotgun on a road trip, grab a copy of Tina Fey’s autobiography. Perhaps one of the funniest people of her time, Ms. Fey gives readers an account of her childhood, family life, and career. She doesn’t shy away from addressing her critics and you’ll be sure to get a kick out of her chapters dedicated to photo shoots and her college years. This is a book worthy of being read aloud to a car full of anxious people.

Best Book for a Morning Train CommuteTuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

If your morning commute to work is pretty lengthy, take Tuesdays with Morrie along for the ride. Take some important life lessons from this memoir dedicated to Morrie, who’s dying of ALS. Instead of a sad story, readers get a humbling account of a man whose love for life and teaching surpasses his current deteriorating state. “Humbling” is what you need when you’re on a crowded train at 8AM.

Best Book for Vacation: The Alchemist¸Paulo Coelho

Read this brilliant book on uncovering the treasures of ourselves through the journey of a young Andulasianboy named Santiago. He treks through the Egyptian desert and meets many people along the oasis. It’s easy to get lost in his journey, and discover a few things about yourself during this book. This is the ultimate laying-out-on-the-beach book.

Need more recommendations? Talk to your fellow travelers during your share-ride from the airport. Word of mouth is the best way to find some great reads to make your travel time fly by.   

Harlem Week 2014

Harlem Week 2014

The importance of preserving and appreciating a melting pot of cultures is illuminated during Harlem Week 2014. What began as a one day event has turned into a month long of activities, with opportunities for all to get involved.  Since 1974, the mission has been to empower and unite the people of New York with art, culture, and entertainment. The way that the community united inspired the people of this city. This idea thrived tremendously, and now brings 2 million people from New York and all over the world. This community has a unique flavor which is showcased through all the free events offered. Below is a timeline of favorite events that’ll impact you in more ways than one.

  •  July 27 — “A Great Day in Harlem” is the event to kick off the 100+ events scheduled from late July through August. Attendees can enjoy an Outdoor Festival, Picnic, and Fashion Fusion Showcase. This family oriented event also has arts and crafts with additional exhibitions to look at. You can end the day with “A Concert under the Stars” starting at 6:00 pm.
  • August 7 — For a more informative and engaging activity, this day debuts “NYC Economic Development Day.” Included in the schedule are International Business and Health Conferences, a Career and Jobs fair, and an annual business award luncheon. This is meant to showcase Harlem’s economic development with prestigious speakers to inspire the younger generation. Registration is required for this event.
  • August 16 — This marks the “Summer in the City” Event that is definitely kid friendly with the first event being the NYC Children’s Festival. Children ranging from 5 to 12 years are able to enjoy storytelling, performances from dancers with all different styles, and face painting. “Harlem Honey Bears” is focused primarily on senior citizens. Along with the entire family they can enjoy swimming and exercising demonstrations.
  • August 17 — Known as the actual “Harlem Day,” you can find a plethora of activities for all interests involved. The Upper Manhattan Auto Show is an exhibition with vintage and unique vehicles throughout the area. “The Village within Our Village” offers information about health care services with free health testing provided on sight.
  • August 23 — A 5K Run & Peace Walk is held through the historic streets of Harlem. The purpose behind these marathons is to combat gun violence, bullying and domestic violence.  With this comes the encouragement of wide unity and peace within all communities.
TOP 5 MUST-GO-TO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS

Top 5 Must-Go-To Summer Music Festivals

Summertime means vacations, weddings, and of course – music festivals. If New York is famous for one thing, it is the city’s popular music attractions. The beloved city is almost always on at least one leg of some of the world’s biggest artists’ tours, and is home to some of the best music concert series and festivals!

If all of the affordable tickets to the bigger music venues like Madison Square Garden, MetLife Stadium, Barclay’s Center, Radio City Music Hall or the Music Hall of Williamsburg are sold out, there are always other viable options.

Here’s a guide to this summer’s hottest (free) music events—they’re even appropriate for the little ones.                                                 

  1. AFROPUNK Originally a cult film that debuted in 2003, the AFROPUNK movement has gained traction as one of the “most multicultural festivals in the US”. In 2005, the first annual AFROPUNK Festival premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Today, the festival hosts some of the biggest up and coming artists, and this year boasts more than a few big names. With D’Angelo headlining, west coast native, SZA and British soul singer, Lianne La Havas, this year’s turnout is expected to be the best! There’s plenty of time to prepare for this music festival that begins on August 23rd.
  2. 4Knots Festival The 4th Annual Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival will be hosted at the South Street Seaport on July 12th. The Village Voice has long been a staple provider of free music events, and continues its legacy with this year’s 4Knots Festival. For those into new bands and emerging artists, here is the place to discover them. This year, the two-stage festival will host Dinosaur Jr., Mac Demarco, Those Darlins, Nude Beach and more. From 1PM to 8PM, the family can enjoy music in the historic Seaport district, and all for FREE! For more information on the 4Knots Festival, visit microapp.villagevoice.com/4knots/2014
  3. Good Morning America Concert Series Not necessarily a “festival”, this family-friendly concert series is a perfect addition to the summer. “Fun in the Sun” is jam-packed with the hottest artists all summer long and will tickle anyone’s music fancy. The series kicked off in May and will continue on every Friday morning through the end of August. So no worries if you missed Demi Lovato, Paramore, and Jennifer Lopez…there’s plenty of time to see Keith Urban (July 11th), Zedd (July 18th), Kings of Leon (July 25th) and more! All concerts are held at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park from 7AM to 9AM and are free and open to the public. Because there is always a huge turnout, get there early to claim a spot!
  4. Central Park SummerStage Founded in 1986, the SummerStage Festival is another New York favorite. This year, spectators and music enthusiasts can catch over 100 live performances by more than 300 performers in five different boroughs! That’s right— this festival has numerous locations, although the majority of shows will take place at Central Park.  Until September, there will be both free and benefit shows. Visit TimeOut New York for a complete list of performances.
  5. Celebrate Brooklyn! The 36th season of Celebrate Brooklyn! is here and bigger than ever! The festival was launched in 1979 to facilitate the growth of the performing arts scene and restore Prospect Park. Since its inception, Celebrate Brooklyn! has become one of New York’s most anticipated cultural events. The festival celebrates music, film, dance, spoken word, and theater, and offers a well-rounded lineup guaranteed to satisfy all ages. This year, Janelle Monáe jumpstarted the festival with an undeniably memorable opening, and there’s plenty more where she came from. For the complete star-studded lineup, check out BRIC. If you can’t get enough of Brookyln during the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival, check out the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. The first event kicks off on July 9th, and headlines some of the most influential hip hop artists including Raekwon and Jay Electronica. The festival also hosts a Family Day on July 12th from 12PM to 3PM that will feature performances, workshops and activities designed for everyone!

With so much going on in the city this summer, it’s smart to begin planning itineraries and preparing for the big crowds. Remember to check event websites for information about parking and traveling tips. Be sure to contact GO Airlink for convenient and reliable transportation to the hottest summer music events!

Fourth of July Spectacular in NYC

4th of July Spectacular in New York City

Residents in Brooklyn, Queens, and East Manhattan will be able to enjoy the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular this year as announced by Mayor de Blasio and Macy’s executives.
Some 40,000 pyrotechnics will be set off from various locations on East River to include barges near the Manhattan Bridge and atop Brooklyn Bridge.
The fireworks show was moved to the Hudson River in 2009 to celebrate its 400th anniversary and remained there until 2013.
Protesters and city officials in East New York have demanded the move back to the East River. Many argue that the Hudson River location excluded many New Yorkers from the festivities and left outer boroughs as an “afterthought”.
Travel time and accessibility were a few concerns for many residents including Brooklynite, Mayor de Blasio, who has been an advocate for the relocation of the fireworks spectacular.
“We think this is something that will really benefit a lot of people in this city, particularly folks who don’t have the opportunity to go to the kind of entertainment that costs a lot of money,” said de Blasio.
Because the Brooklyn Bridge will house fireworks for the 26 minute show, New Yorkers and visitors should expect lots of traffic during the temporary closing of the bridge. Officials note that the closing will not last all day or night, but travelers will need to plan ahead for delays.
According to data collected by Travelocity, New York has topped the list of most popular destinations for the Fourth of July. It is predicted that this year’s celebration will draw in more than 3 million spectators, which means that viewing locations may be crowded and travel plans may get compromised.
Here is a personal guide to a successful (and safe) July 4th!
Tips
  • Allow Enough Travel Time – This is the most important step for July 4thplans. The city is home to densely populated areas and high volume traffic. If driving, be sure that parking arrangements have been made and a clear route is mapped out. The Brooklyn Bridge will be closed for a few hours also, so plan with this in mind.
  • Sunscreen – July 4th goers will be headed out to midday barbecues, pre-parties, and viewing locations early to secure spots. This means that everyone will be at the mercy of the blazing summer sun. Don’t forget to apply and reapply sunscreen as needed.
  • Stay Hydrated – Keep water on hand for the day. Pay special attention if traveling with small children or the elderly, as they are more susceptible to heat related illnesses.
  • Travel Light – Try to carry just the essentials. Because the city will be more busy than usual, items are bound to get lost or stolen in the bustle.
Not interested in fireworks?
There are other events in the city to enjoy during Independence Day!
  • Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest – The annual eating contest is hosted on Coney Island, and will include preshow entertainment by local artists.
  • Independence Day Festival in Queens Village – Located along Sanford Avenue between Main Street and Union Street, there will be lots of food and entertainment!
  • Taylor Rich and Cover Collectives 4th of July BBQ – There will be musical talent from all 50 states and endless barbecue during this Independence Day celebration in the Bronx.
Viewing Locations
For those who will be working during the Fourth of July festivities or opt to avoid the masses, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will be televised live on NBC.
  • Manhattan access points: Montgomery and South Streets; Brooklyn Bridge (St. James Place and Wagner Place); Broad Street; Old Slip at Water Street
  • Brooklyn access points: Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6); Brooklyn Bridge Promenade
One last note: If drinking alcohol this Fourth of July, remember not to drink and drive. Be smart and use GO Airlink NYC to get you home safely!