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film set clapper

New York City is a great city for film buffs. Many legendary motion pictures were shot here, plus there are a slew of film festivals that celebrate the industry in grand style. These festivals give film lovers a chance to see an array of interesting movies, often before they are released and in the presence […]

Fall is a particularly beautiful time of the year: trees explode in shades of red and gold, complimented by crisp air and amicable weather. Though it’s possible to catch sight of some of the autumn splendor from within New York City, fall is best enjoyed outside city limits, whether hiking, apple picking, or biking through […]

If you can’t get to Europe this summer, c/o The Maidstone is the next best thing. The East Hampton hideaway invites guests to get a taste of Sweden with its new A Swedish Experience package, offering a traditional ‘fika’ (coffee and pastry) upon arrival, a three-course candlelit Swedish dinner with a glass of Rekorderlig Cider, and […]

Hampton Jitney, Seastreak and the Bridgeport Port Jefferson Steamboat Company have just launched the Sea Jitney, a high-speed ferry offering wifi, a full bar, high-backed seating and easy access between East 35th Street in Manhattan and Long Island locations such as Southampton, Sag Harbor and East Hampton. A one way three-hour ride from Manhattan to Southampton […]

Mark Twain house

While visiting the home of a famous dead artist may not be high on your list of reasons to get out of town, these six day trips are sure to inspire a cultural excursion—and maybe even a next chapter or new painting. If you have a weekend, plan a getaway to Robert Frost’s Stone House […]

Romance the Rails

Towards the end of 2014—our seventh year of reporting on car-free trips around the outer boroughs and beyond New York City—my co-founder Vince and I pedaled across the George Washington Bridge for probably the 17th time since discovering cyclists could do such a thing. Only this last time, we were in for a rewarding surprise […]

A broad online search for a spring weekend getaway offering easily accessible peace and quiet opened up a world of unexpected accommodations recently. After fathoming the flurry of options—through Hotel Tonight,, and the MTA’s getaway packages—I chose to embark on a new kind of local adventure. Skip the predictable, impersonal hotel experience on your next […]

oM on an all women bike ride

For years, whether traveling or training, I’ve always found myself biking with men; my husband, father, brother-in-law and godfather all ride. I’ll admit it’s a thrill to feel like one of the guys—tackling a crazy climb together, their mental and physical toughness rubbing off on my two wheels—but there is something even greater, I learned […]

Bike Rentals at The Maidstone

While the tides are shifting in favor of a more bike-friendly society, New Yorkers who love to ride on two wheels still face many obstacles, from a lack of bike racks on buses to too few protected bike lanes. This spring and summer, escape the confining city streets and set out for the vast (and […]