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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions we get about NYC!


Combing through the ole e-mail inbox, we get a ton of questions from travelers, visitor and others just seeking something specific in a NYC experience that is inexpensive, unique, and a little bit off the beaten path. We thought that we would post some of those here!


What Times Do the Lights Go On at The Empire State Building?

Since The Big Adventure is often asking "Why is the Empire State Building this particular color tonight?” we’ve always found this handy: The official daily lighting schedule for the Empire State Building. You can preview the ESB color scheme for upcoming weeks and check out the lighting occasions over the course of the last year. Of course, the standard colors of white, white and more white make up the lighting pattern about half of the time. But the ESB can also accommodate blue, red, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple as well.

Want to take it a step further and become a "Lighting Partner" with your own private colors? The application is right there on the site. Who knows? Maybe you can have it the building lit in your favorite colors on your birthday. 

Where can I find The Best Guinness in NYC?

Who has the Best Pint of Guinness in New York City? Well, we've enjoyed enough of Ireland's best stout in enough bars to be smart enough not to get tangled up in this debate: There are too many great bars, great bartenders and just amazing locales in the city to coin on as "The Best." 

Is there gold in the New York City federal reserve?

Are you planning a heist? In fact, there is! More so than in Ft. Knox and almost anywhere else in the world!

You probably didn't know that the NYC's Fed Bank is one of 12 regional banks in the Federal Reserve system.  Mostly because that's not very interesting. You also probably didn't know that downtown New York City is home to the largest gold deposit in the world. The vaults at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York holds more than 200 billion dollars of gold most of being held for foreign countries. Well, you might have known that if you saw Die Hard III. 

The best part about it all is that you can actually visit the vaults where all of the gold is tightly guarded and kept safe. The Federal Reserve offers free tours daily of the bank.


What was the last movie to run at Radio City Music Hall?

Strange that multiple people asked this, but who are we to judge the knowledge that others seeks. The answer is Caravans starring Anthony Quinn in 1978. There have been some special exceptions since then, but it has be 35+ years since the venue was used as a part-time movie house. 


Your Adventures look like a lot of fun! Can you help me plan a day in NYC that is exciting, unique, inexpensive and custom for me and my crew?

Yes! We'd be happy to take our encyclopedic knowledge of NYC and help give you pointers and tips. We've spent years combing the streets and digging up countless gems. 

E-mail us at Info@NYCBigAdventure.com or send us a message on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheBigAdventure and we'll make it happen, Cap'n!  


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: