Tag archives for New York

The Christmas Lights of Dyker Heights

A year ago, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. Now he’s back stateside and sharing his tips on traveling with kids. If you ask the average New Yorker what their plans are for the holidays, my guess is most will…

Lake Placid With Kids

Last year, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. Now he’s writing a column that focuses on traveling with kids. When asked for travel advice, I usually recommend people try to visit a place during its “shoulder season” to take advantage…

You Are What You Eataly

New Yorkers can stock up on the freshest of the fresh from olive oil to oysters at Eataly, the expansive new slow-food Italian marketplace located just across the street from Madison Square Park. Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, and Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti have come together to create a world of Italian cuisine…

New York Beyond the Big Apple

For many years, my exposure to the state of New York was limited to the view from inside an air-conditioned car heading north from Ohio to my summer camp in Maine. My family’s annual drive through the Empire State became somewhat of a joke over time, as my brother and I held contests to see…

Tucked in treetops in the heart of Swedish Lapland is the new Treehotel, which offers chic, eco-friendly treehouses for grownups. Each house has different design — one is covered in mirrors while another is designed to resemble a nest; upcoming tree homes will be designed to look like Legos and a UFO. All are heated…

Forget the chessboard – this summer, people throughout Europe from Barcelona to Berlin are picking up their paddles for street-side table tennis. Cities across England, and in London in particular, are beginning to install Ping-Pong tables in public places in order to build up excitement for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Ping-Pong Parlour, a…

If you live in New York City or will be visiting this week, you have a final few days to get thyself to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to see the retrospective exhibition of works by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. The exhibition, titled Henri Cartier‐Bresson: The Modern Century, includes an astonishing number of prints…

He’s Just Walkin’

Over 80 days ago in Rockaway Beach, New York, Matt Green, a 30-year-old Virginia native, put one foot in front of the other, and he hasn’t stopped since. Now in North Dakota, he’s on his second pair of boots and still going strong on his way to Rockaway Beach, Oregon. He says he isn’t doing…

New York’s Street Pianos

I loved New York City’s cow parade when I first saw it in the summer of 2000, and enjoyed watching other cities follow suit, introducing their own public art “parades” of animals or objects scattered about, livening up the streetscape. But after several iterations, I have to admit that they also were starting to feel…

Earlier this month, Kampgrounds of America’s Herkimer Diamond campground in upstate New York became the first KOA to feature a 100% off-the-power-grid camping lodge. The Solar 1 lodge, which KOA says is the first campsite of its kind, is topped with a recycled metal roof, landscaped with pulverized glass, and operates on solar power. (When…

Great Bike-Friendly Cities

Exploring North American cities by bike is only getting easier, thanks to the creation of more bike lanes, commuter-friendly policies, and a number of open street programs being introduced across the country. In the March issue of Traveler, writer David Swanson spotlights some of these steps taken in several cities. Boston’s hired a former Olympic…

A Hudson Valley Feast

Traveler contributing editor Margaret Loftus eats her way through the bounty in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley is known for many things–Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home, the Vanderbilt Mansion, lots of wineries–but my husband and I recently went there to check out the food scene I’d heard so much about. This fertile swath of…

For many tourists, especially first-timers, it’s the theaters, boutiques, restaurants, and museums of New York that are the city’s main draw. But if you also want to cover a bit more ground outdoors, John Rambow offers a few unusual, nature-oriented tours that will do the trick. Best of all, they’re all free. For the Birds:…

In film, oftentimes a city becomes more than just the backdrop, but a character itself. Perfect example: New York, I Love You set to hit theaters this October. Following the same pattern of Paris, je t’aime, New York, I Love You is a string of short films each painting a portrait of life and love…

A Crowning Achievement

A few lucky people had the chance to climb the 354 steps to the top of Lady Liberty’s crown this Fourth of July for the first time since it was closed to the public after September 11, 2001. The coveted tickets went up for sale on June 13th, and tickets for the holiday weekend sold…

The Talk of Saratoga

Contributing Editor Andrew Nelson gathers the gossip from his recent trip to Saratoga Springs, New York. Longtime patrons will warn you, traversing the Saratoga Springs Farmers’ Market is not for the fainthearted. At 8:30 a.m., a half hour before opening, parking is already scarce along High Rock Ave. where the market is held every Wednesday…

I spotted this NY Daily News story on ColdMud, an aggregator site I love that scours the Web for interesting food news. (Researcher note: “Cold Mud” is diner slang for chocolate ice cream). Tired of cooking only for their own sometimes unappreciative families, eight Italian grandmas are taking turns in the kitchen of Enoteca Maria…

Walk on Waves!

Yes, you heard me correctly: Only an hour outside of New York City, you can strut your stuff among sea swells. OK, I should clarify one thing: The sea swells I mentioned are exactly like the ones you would find in the middle of the ocean, except for the fact that they are made out…

Fuhgeddaboudit, city lovers! Meg Nesterov (of the Notorious MEG blog) tells us why this New York borough deserves to be in the spotlight. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. And if you’re still…

Dine Baby Dine

We at Intelligent Travel love Restaurant Week. The concept: Dine on a fixed-price, three-course lunch or dinner to sample a variety of cuisines at a fraction of the cost. Some restaurants let you select items from their full menu, others offer limited menu choices (check the website to see full menus) or specially prepared menus.…

With money tight but gas cheap and time off in excess, my husband and I plotted our post-Christmas road trip. We lounged for two days with the folks in Fogelsville, PA, then darted east to Brooklyn. After a night out at Redd’s Tavern in Williamsburg with a schoolmate, we journeyed to Chavella’s in Prospect Heights…

The Talk of Washington County

The article in our current issue about Washington County, New York, aka “The Place Nobody Knows,” was apparently the “talk of the Cambridge market last Sunday,” according to more than a few local residents who emailed us this week. Here’s a sample of what, exactly, they’ve been talking about. “There is much more to Washington…

If you’re looking to see London on the cheap, look no further than the Brooklyn Bridge (above). Now through June 15, Paul St. George’s 37-foot-long (11-meter) Telectroscope allows curious New Yorkers and Londoners to see each other across the pond. Legend has it, a long tunnel stretches from North America to the U.K., allowing onlookers…

Tour Guide: Hip-Hop History

The musical history of New York is vast and varied, but perhaps one of the most fascinating facets is hip-hop, which emerged from the Bronx in the 1970s. The mix of beats and spoken word evolved from West African and Jamaican rhythms to become the international juggernaut that it is today, but its humble beginnings…

By: Ashley Thompson What do Charleston, S.C., San Diego, and New York have in common? They are all cities with these new-fangled things called jogging tours. Ladies and gentlemen, a new and improved way of sightseeing: City Running Tours. They’re more time-efficient than leisurely walking tours, and they’re a heck of a lot more eco-friendly…