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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The 213 NYC No Pants Subway Ride Returns

The 2013 No Pants Subway Ride in New York City. You have to smile just a touch when saying it. Ah, it is back once again. Like clockwork in early January of each year, those wacky folks at Improv Everywhere are hosting The 12thAnnual No Pants Subway Ride in NYC this Sunday, January 13th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Groups will be gathering in in Astoria, Downtown Manhattan, Uptown Manhattan, Flushing, and two locations in Brooklyn. 

Details can be found right here and if you're interested in a photo gallery of past no pants subway ride that can be found here.The premise is simple: Groups of people gather on random Subway platforms to ride the NYC Subway sans pantaloons. The participants (in theory) do not behave as if they know each other or as if anything is wrong. Aside from the lack of pants, everyone wears otherwise regular winter clothing.
The event is completely free, you can RSVP on Facebook and they raising the ante be selling official T-shirtsthis year. Hey, there is even an after party at Bar 13that afternoon.
Be forewarned: it is not a small, subtle event. So far, over 4,500 people have signed up on Facebook to join. That's a lot of people missing pants. 

Bottom line, if your goal is to make some new friends and walkaway with some memorable visions and good stories, this just might be the event for you. Although, where you keep your Metrocard without any pants  is your business.



We've written in more detail about this event - feel free to check out our former posts here.  Stay warm!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Tickets on sale this morning (1/7) for NYC's Broadway Week!

Broadway Week returns with 2-for-1 Tickets to popular shows

The always-in-gear NYC tourist board is trying to kick those infamous January Great White Way Blahs (or the JGWWB as its known) with 2-for-1 tickets deals on 19 Broadway plays and musical starting Tuesday, January 22 through Thursday February 7th. Sure, that’s more like three weeks, but we won’t complain. 

The initiative was started a few years back as a way to beet the post-holiday slump in tickets sales and combat general city-wide winter-doldrums. It has become a wonderful way to get inexpensive tickets for some amazing shows. There are surprisingly few restrictions and an impressive variety of high quality shows from legendary long-running musicals (like Phantom of the Opera) to popular new comers  (like Newsies).

So, why are we telling you about this so far in advance? Because tickets for this discount go on sale this morning at 10:30 AM and the most popular shows nad dates will fill up fast! More info and links can be found here!
Worth pointing out that this is part of a universal tourist partnership by the city and the theaters rather than an offering from the usual suspicious and concerning off-market ticket agencies. This is all part of Mayor Mike's hard push to create a NYC Tourism Machine that is a never-ending, gear-grinding beast.  
List of Broadway shows included in Broadway Week’s 2-for-1 Ticket Promotion
Annie 
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Chicago The Musical
Once
The Heiress
The Other Place
Jersey Boys
The Phantom of The Opera
The Lion King
Picnic
Mamma Mia Rock of Ages
Mary Poppins
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Newsies
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
Memphis
Wicked

Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Answers to our New York City Trivia Stumpers

As promised, here are the answers to the 10 NYC Trivia stumpers that we posed the other day. How well did you do? We have even more questions up our sleeve we may post down the road.

 
1) Which section of New York would be the Fourth Largest City in America - after Chicago, Los Angeles, and the rest of NYC – if it stood on its own as an independent city? Brooklyn

2) In 2009 and again in 2011, an odor drifting over from the Frutarom flavor factoryin North Bergen, New Jersey, made parts of New York City smell like what? Maple Syrup

3) Who played the very last concert at Shea Stadium? Billy Joel
 
4)  In the last five years, two professional New York City based sports teams have won National Championships. Who were they? The New York Giants (Twice) and The Yankees 
 
 
5) Who was “Client 9” better known as? Former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer
 
6) In 1626, people from WHICH country purchased Manhattan Island from the Lenape Native Americans for 60 guilders (about $500 in today's currency)? Dutch/ The Netherlands

7) According to NYC eccentric Jimmy McMillan what is “too damn high”? The Rent!
 
8) Which actor made a bizarre appearance on David Letterman in 2009 that later turned out to be a hoax as part of his film “I’m Still Here”? Joaquin Phoenix

9) Which NYC annual event attracts around 2.5 million spectators & over 40 million television viewers each year? Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

10) What is Blue Ivy Carter’s claim to fame? Beyonce and Jay Z's Kid

Saturday, December 22, 2012

New York City Trivia Stumpers

How well do YOU know New York City? Test your intellectual might with these NYC Big Adventure puzzlers.

While we prep for an epic return to more regular Big Adventuring early next year, we thought that we would toss out an early Holiday Gift to all with some of our favorite Big Apple trivia questions!

These ten particular questions were used on our 2012 "Big Adventure's Greatest Hits" Adventure. Many of them showcase some of the finer moments from the last 18 months in New York City. How many can YOU get right? We'll post the answers on Tuesday, Christmas Day.

 
1) Which section of New York would be the Fourth Largest City in America - after Chicago, Los Angeles, and the rest of NYC – if it stood on its own as an independent city?

2) In 2009 and again in 2011, an odor drifting over from the Frutarom flavor factory in North Bergen, New Jersey, made parts of New York City smell like what?

3) Who played the very last concert at Shea Stadium?

4)  In the last five years, two professional New York City based sports teams have won National Championships. Who were they?
 
5) Who was “Client 9” better known as?

6) In 1626, people from WHICH country purchased Manhattan Island from the Lenape Native Americans for 60 guilders (about $500 in today's currency)?

7) According to NYC eccentric Jimmy McMillan what is “too damn high”?

8) Which actor made a bizarre appearance on David Letterman in 2009 that later turned out to be a hoax as part of his film “I’m Still Here”?

9) Which NYC annual event attracts around 2.5 million spectators & over 40 million television viewers each year?

10) What is Blue Ivy Carter’s claim to fame?

Have we whet your appetite for even more scintillating trivia? Lucky for you, NYC is the home of a boatload of weekly bar trivia events. Three ongoing incredibly well done groups that the Big Adventure recommends are:


















Monday, December 17, 2012

The NYC Big Adventure is Back!

We're back, baby! 


After a nice, long sabbatical following our most recent event, The New York Big Adventure is jumping back into the thick of things! We're gearing up to provide daily  information on events in and around the Big Apple that are inexpensive, off-track, social and 100% unique to New York City.  We started this voyage with humble roots over five years ago with our First Big Adventure and have only seen things grow since then. In a lot of ways , we feel like The Big Adventure is just getting warmed up!

True, our time away was a bit longer than intended (although we have a good excuse!), but now we're armed to the teeth with info and events we want to share from the Battery to Ozone Park and all points in between.

In early 2013, the NYC Big Adventure Blog will be receiving a much needed makeover from bow to stern. In the meantime, you can receive our daily updates by visiting our Facebook Page here! 

So, salutations once again! We can't wait to get back to celebrating every nook and cranny of a city that's truly like none other...

Friday, June 29, 2012

Big Adventure NYC Tomorrow!


We're just one day from our Greatest Hits Big Adventure! Whether this is your 1st or 4th Adventure in the last year, it should be a great day.

Along with all of the sensational stops, We're preparing some Big Adventure Survival Kits and other surprises to hand out throughout the day. As well as our Connect Four board for an epic showdown of another Connect Four Tournament. Plus, we'll have some trivia covering the last several years of Adventuring in NYC with questions such as "Captain Sully Sullenberg is best remembered for doing WHAT?"

Hoping you'll join us for at least part of our Greatest Hits' NYC Big Adventure tomorrow! Starting promptly at 12:30 and continuing late into the evening. Air Conditioning at every stop. Promise

Planning on joining us for The NYC Big Adventure this Saturday? Make sure you buy/bring your Metrocard! We'll be making best friends with the F and L lines as we transverse the city from stop to stop. A little bit of walking and a fair amount of Subway Riding.  As a special treat, we tried to arrange for the MTA to let us take turns driving the trains and serving as the conductor, but strangely they didn't seem very open to that idea.

Let us know if you have any questions and we'll see YOU tomorrow! If you're lucky, you'll end up drinking out of one of these at Otto's Shrunken Head. Tomorrow brings another whirlwind day exploring one of the most exciting, interesting city on the planet.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Complete itinerary for The NYC Big Adventure’s Greatest Hits


The Complete itinerary for The NYC Big Adventure’s Greatest Hits on Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Sweet Khaki Molacki! We’re less than a week away from this Saturday’s NYC Big Adventure’s Greatest Hits this coming Saturday, June 30th!  We’ve stretched this out long enough and are now ready to do a grand reveal of the big, big, big day. Below find the entire itinerary for our day. As the purveyors of the Big Adventure, we’ve always taken pride in never repeating any stops or locations on a single adventure in over five years. This weekend, we’re flipping the script and taking a stroll down memory lane with visits to our favoritelocations. We will be spending the day exploring la crème de la crème of places in New York City that are inexpensive, social and unique to the city.

We’ll be visiting a German restaurant in the West Village, the most under-rated Museum in the city, the best Hot Dog joint in the five boroughs, one of the friendliest bars in NYC and more. We’ll also be (of course) brining back some trivia, competitive games and even some quality giveaways.

We encourage you to pass this information along to anyone who might want to enjoy our Greatest Hits track by track. As per usual, feel free to join for only part of our Big Adventure or from beginning to end for a day we promise will be unique, affordable, social, and distinctly NYC. Whether you might be attending your first or your umpteenth Big Adventure, we think you’re in for a good time! Developing info (and a chance to RSVP) always at facebook.com/TheBigAdventure

Lederhosen12:30 PM- 39 Grove Street  New York, NY 10014 - -(212) 206-7691- From “The International NYC Big Adventure-  We’ll be starting the day with German Cuisine and Beer that’s a fine mixture of shtick and authenticity. You’ll be enjoying the giant Bavarian Pretzel while smirking at the giant mural that looks like it is right out of the Sound of Music.  Tons of lunch specials being offered including a Bavarian Breakfast Special that sounds nothing like breakfast.

Blind TigerBlindTiger 2:00 PM- 281 Bleecker Street  - (212) 462-4682 -  From “The NYC Big Film Adventure” – We’ll saunter just a couple blocks down the street to visit one of NYC’s most beloved Brew Houses – the incomparable Blind Tiger. Friendly vibe, knowledgeable bar tenders and a beer selection that is among the best in the city.

NY Transit MuseumNewYork Transit Museum3:30 PM- 130 Livingston Street  Brooklyn-    - (718) 694-1600-  From “The 24-Hour NYC Big Adventure” $7- Per our post earlier, this is the most underrated and amazing museum in New York City. Visiting is a must for anyone who deals with the daily commute on Public Transit. The small admission fee for the largest transit museum in the world is well worth it to explore retired subway cars dating back 100 years and more – all housed in an underground, decommissioned Subway Station from 1936.

Crif DogsCrif Dogs – 6:00 PM -113 St. Mark’s Place (between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) - From “The Letter C NYC Big Adventure” - You may be used to having hot dogs over the campfire or at a ball game, but these are like no other hot dogs you’ve had before.  Billed as “NYC's Number 1 Weiner", Crif Dogs come wrapped in bacon, covered in avocado, or even smothered in mayo and sliced pickles. No matter what, these tasty dogs are definitely something you’ll remember from your trip to the city. Side bonus: we will stare at people as they attempt to get into somewhat secret bar PDT via a phone booth in the wall of Crif (really).

Flight 151 Bar- 7:30 PM–18th Street and 8th Avenue (Chelsea) - (212) 229-1868  -  Also From “The Film NYC Big Adventure” To revel in the glory of “Up In The Air” - -A bar with an aviation theme is perfect for people who want to go to the airport but don’t want to fly. Wha? We’ve had some memorable times in this place and they check off on all the key ingredients needed for a Big Adventure: cheap drink prices, popcorn at the bar, invitations to draw on bar napkins and, best of all, flight announcements in the bathroom. Seriously. This also is the perfect place for some notorious Big Adventure Trivia

Otto's Shrunken HeadOtto’s Shrunken Head-  11:00 PM—538 E 14th St (also between Avenues A & B) -212-228-2240- From “The Coney Island Big Adventure” A Trip back on the L train to the East Village will deliver us at Otto’s Shrunken Head.  Otto’s is a world class Tiki Bar with great, cheap drinks. We’ve set up some fantastic drink specials just for the Big Adventure. If the Photo Booth and impressively strong specialty drinks like the Volcano Blast aren’t reason enough to visit this pharmacy turned bar, the rockabilly band playing in the back will be.

The Donut PubThe Donut Pub – Late Night- 203 W 14th St at 7th Avenue –(212) 929-0126- From “The Big Adventure OnIce Few things are better than a late night donut that meets the pastry trifecta: freshly made, perfectly warm and smothered in the most delicious Icing this side of the North Pole. We’ll cap off our night at this small 24 hour eatery with Boston Cream, Glazed and Chocolate iced treats.

And maybe, just maybe, if there is a crew adventurous enough and awake enough, we might try to end the night with a Sunrise Ride on the Staten Island Ferry.

 We hope that you’ll join us this Saturday! We’ll be Tweeting throughout the day as well. If you do plan on coming, let us know via e-mail or the Facebook Event Page  so we can plan accordingly. See you on Saturday, June 30th!

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