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Anna Rahmanan

Anna Rahmanan

Anna Rahmanan is the news editor at Time Out New York and she has been with Time Out since 2016.

Born and raised in Milano, Italy, Anna’s travel bug has taken her all around the world. Read more of her work at https://www.annabenyehuda.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @AnnaRahmanan or on Instagram at @AnnaBYRahmanan.

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The best road trips in the U.S. for epic drives

The best road trips in the U.S. for epic drives

The great American road trip is a tradition celebrated across books, movies and popular culture—nothing feels quite as freeing as setting off on the open road (windows or top down for the full, thrilling cliché). Seeing this expansive country by automobile is a true privilege that takes you through all types of terrains, delivering landscapes and waterfront views that will take your breath away and make you wonder—is this real life? You’d be amazed at how different one country can be as you explore coast by coast, traveling north, south, east and west. The question at hand then becomes, where are you going? There are some obvious choices, like the iconic Route 66 and the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, both incredible in their own right. But you’ll also find lesser-known favorites in our guide to the best road trips in the U.S., including mountainside parkways and tunneled highways. These road trips will cover plenty of ground, checking off boxes on your bucket list of adventures.

The best sample sales in NYC this week

The best sample sales in NYC this week

New year, new you—and it all starts with a revamped closet. Don't get anxious, though: turn to the best sample sales in NYC to buy some very good finds that won't break your wallet.  Every week, the city’s fashionistas flock to top-notch sample sales to grab beautiful frocks at a fraction of their original price, plus accessories, outerwear, shoes, home finds and more—why not take a page out of their book to work on a brand-new wardrobe?

The best outdoor art in NYC this spring

The best outdoor art in NYC this spring

New York City is full of free outdoor art that you don't even have to go to a museum to see. Sculptures, murals and photographs can be found in its parks, sidewalks and on its buildings! Locations such as the High Line, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens and other NYC locales all have a wide variety of pieces awaiting you, from massive sculptures to eye-popping murals and graffiti. Best of all, it costs you nothing to pay a visit. Below, find the best outdoor art in NYC to stroll by on a spring day. RECOMMENDED: The best art shows and exhibits in NYC

Your guide to legal weed in NYC: what marijuana legalization actually means

Your guide to legal weed in NYC: what marijuana legalization actually means

New York is a green city. Back in March of 2021, then-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law that effectively legalized marijuana in the state. It was a long time coming: lawmakers had been trying to pass the guidelines since back in 2018 but conversations would stall on the topic of tax revenue from sales. Finally, in 2021, the stage budget proposal included the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (more on that later).  RECOMMENDED: Weed 101: Everything to know about cannabis in NYC Fast-forward nearly two years and the legalization of recreational cannabis began to actually take effect and all previous marijuana-related criminal records in the state of New York were given the current legality of the substance. New York State legalized the sale of cannabis for adult recreational use in 2022. That year, thousands of New Yorkers applied for their Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CUARD) license and (at the time of publication) over 40 of them went on to open licensed dispensaries, including 16 of them right here in New York City in 2023. There are a lot of questions to be answered: Can weed also be grown at home? Where can New Yorkers buy the stuff and will they be stopped if carrying it around? Can anyone sell marijuana now? Below, check out our extensive guide to marijuana legalization in New York state. Recommended: What to expect in NYC now that weed is legal What’s legal right now in New York? To put it simply, in New York state, folks who are

35 best '90s TV shows and where to stream them now

35 best '90s TV shows and where to stream them now

Television is widely thought to have entered its golden age in the early 2000s, but the road there was paved by the previous decade. In many ways, the ’90s completely changed the idea of what the medium could accomplish. It’s where Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld reinvented the sitcom. It’s where David Lynch actually got a spot in primetime. And it’s where HBO set up the revolution of the coming millennium by introducing a crime drama for the ages.  If you weren’t around back then – or ‘didn’t even own a TV’, as Gen X liked to brag – it’s a good time to catch up. The ’90s are everywhere again, in fashion, music and all over streaming platforms. Here are 35 can’t-miss suggestions, along with where to find them. Recommended: 💻 The 40 best Netflix original series to binge🎮 The best 50 ‘90s movies🎶 The 50 best ‘90s songs

The best Super Bowl halftime shows, ranked

The best Super Bowl halftime shows, ranked

The year's most-watched musical performance wasn't at the Grammys; it was the Super Bowl halftime show. 2024 marked the second year Apple Music took the reins of the country's largest musical spectacle, bringing us 13 full minutes of Usher. The halftime show is a long-standing tradition that's featured some of the country's biggest stars, from Madonna to Prince to Lady Gaga. Every year, it brings us a thrilling performance filled with fireworks, splashy entrances, special guests and plenty of surprises to keep you glued to your TV set. It's also what gets many non-sports fans to tune into the big game.  But despite the many hits over the decades, we've also seen our share of halftime show misses. Below, we look back at the Super Bowl halftime shows that got us dancing, singing and discussing at the office the next day.  RECOMMENDED: How to watch the Super Bowl halftime show

The 10 best sandwiches in NYC

The 10 best sandwiches in NYC

Sandwiches are among the world’s most inspirational foods. It would be a Sisyphean task to even begin to enumerate all possible combinations here. They are there at some of life’s happiest moments. Picnics in the park. Half-imaginary tea parties. The big game. When people talk about “sad desk lunches,” they are usually talking about salads. If you’re ever feeling blasé, find motivation in the myriad possibilities of the sandwich. If you can dream it, a sandwich can be it. Unless it’s a hotdog.   RECOMMENDED: The 25 most spectacular sandwiches in the world

NYC events in February 2024

NYC events in February 2024

In the winter doldrums of February in NYC, after a money-sucking December and a resolution-filled January, it’s time to double down and really enjoy the winter with the best NYC events in February. Our event calendar includes some of the best things to do in winter as well as some epic Valentine’s Day events. This month is also a good excuse to take advantage of our winter getaways list, so plan your escape from the city and keep your fingers crossed for a little bit of snow to add to the winter wonderland aesthetic. RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar

Meet your licensed weed dealers

Meet your licensed weed dealers

Happy cannaversary, New York! We declared 2023 the year of weed and it really was. Over the last 12 months, Time Out New York has followed the wafts of smoke with coverage of NYC’s first-ever licensed recreational cannabis dispensary at Housing Works Cannabis Co. and its incredible revenue stream; its first luxury cannabis and cultural store; Brooklyn’s first woman-owned dispensary; and others including one with a Dior-clad staff and another travel-themed shop that comedian Amy Sedaris budtendered at. We also covered the opening of a THC museum, which could only make sense in a city that consumes the most cannabis in the world. It’s a brave new world and NYC’s licensed dispensary owners, some of whom were previously incarcerated on marijuana charges, are pioneers. They’re leading the city and the state’s foray into the sale of legalized recreational cannabis—an industry that has never been regulated here before. RECOMMENDED: Weed 101: Everything to know about cannabis in NYC New York State legalized the sale of cannabis for adult recreational use in 2022. That year, thousands of New Yorkers applied for their Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CUARD) license and 47 of them went on to open licensed dispensaries, including 16 of them right here in New York City in 2023. More than 3.5 million units of tested cannabis products were sold across the state’s licensed dispensaries bringing in about $150 million in retail sales and nearly $16.3 million in state revenue, accordin

The best exhibits, art shows, and festivals coming to NYC this spring

The best exhibits, art shows, and festivals coming to NYC this spring

New York City’s arts and culture scene is heating up as spring approaches with several powerhouse exhibitions, plus a few smaller but also impressive shows. We’ve rounded up more than a dozen museum exhibits, gallery presentations, and festivals to bookmark for your spring planning (and a few to check off before winter ends). Expect feminist comedy, meditative music, and jaw-dropping art.  From the always-important, oft-controversial Whitney Biennial to a Harlem Renaissance exhibit to a wonderland-themed floral exhibit, there's so much to look forward to this spring.

Revealed: Time Out New York’s 2023 Best of the City award winners

Revealed: Time Out New York’s 2023 Best of the City award winners

2023 was a banner year for New York City. We saw the return of Century 21, the opening of the American Museum of Natural History’s cavernous Gilder Center, the addition of the Wu Tsai Theater at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, a smorgasbord of Sondheim on Broadway and Off, the celebration of 50 years of hip-hop, delicious menus added to the city’s food scene and much more. NYC was buzzing from the moment the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2023. But as experts in how New York City has fun, Time Out New York editors are unveiling its top picks in the food and drink sphere, the world of theater, art and culture circles and more. So while you’re figuring out your New Year’s Eve plans and looking back at all you experienced this year in NYC, let us help you celebrate the best of what New Yorkers took part in this year.

Beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli shares his favorite holiday traditions in NYC

Beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli shares his favorite holiday traditions in NYC

“In the Big Apple, I feel at home,” says Andrea Bocelli, the decorated Italian tenor who is arguably the face of opera across the world. “Frequenting New York City for more than 20 years, I have had many opportunities to explore its beauty—to the extent that I know it better than many Italian cities.” This month, the 65-year-old comes back to town to perform his fall tour at Madison Square Garden, where he’ll sing classic hits alongside tracks from last year’s A Family Christmas—his first album recorded with son Matteo and daughter Virginia.  Ahead of his shows on December 13 and 14 (you can still buy tickets for them here), Bocelli spoke with us about his favorite holiday traditions, his go-to Italian restaurants in NYC and more. On his pre-show routine "I have a routine that I follow beyond any concert commitment I may have and that is a daily vocal exercise. As I get close to a concert date, I try not to overexert my vocal cords, observing silence for a few hours. In all honestly, it's a bit difficult to isolate yourself in New York City but I'm more than happy to make an exception and partially sacrifice my routine." On playing for an American audience over a European one “Despite having the good fortune of always being well-received in the arenas and theaters of the world, I prefer the American public. Even more so as we near the Christmas festivities. The audience always contributes concretely to the quality of one’s performance: the U.S. audience is generous, it partic

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'Ugly Beauties' by Curry J. Hackett

'Ugly Beauties' by Curry J. Hackett

A new public art installation by artist Curry J. Hackett has just taken over The Plaza at 300 Ashland in Brooklyn, and it's as futuristic as art gets these days: the piece, dubbed Ugly Beauties, features panoramic, AI-generated images of Black folks among various native weeds. According to an official press release, the work, on display through May 2, highlights a “metaphorical connection between society’s perception of these species and its treatment of Black people.” Upon approaching the structure, the viewer will immediately notice the juxtaposition of the various elements depicted, prompting all to think of our perception of what is beautiful and what is part of society at large. “Ugly Beauties expands on Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s commitment to activating itsshared spaces with art installations that enliven the public realm and capture the spirit of theneighborhood,” said Regina Myer, President of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, in a statement. “With residents, shoppers, workers, diners, and other visitors rushing around the neighborhood, we hope this piece will impart a moment of reflection and help Brooklynites to realize the beauty all around them. ”

Astra Lumina

Astra Lumina

There is something simultaneously spooky and romantic about walking through the Queens Botanical Garden after sunset—especially while participating in this year's Astra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk Amongst the Stars. A total of nine different installations are set up throughout the trail, each one capturing your attention in different ways, all embracing the power of light as their medium of choice. If it's an out-of-the-ordinary Christmas-adjacent light experience that you’re after, look no further than Astra Lumina.

Sky Skate

Sky Skate

If it's an eclectic kind of skating activity that you're after this holiday season, look no further: Sky Skate, the highest skating rink in the city, is officially back at the Edge in Hudson Yards starting November 15 through January 14, 2024.  Make no mistake: although the rink is set up in the indoor portion of the famous sky deck, you're still 1,131 feet in the air, on the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards. That is all to say: perhaps opt for something a bit different if you're scared of heights?  But if you do decide to partake in the seasonal activity (tickets are available for 30-minute slots right here), make sure to also peruse through the site's other offerings, including City Climb, the highest external skyscraper climb in the world that challenges guests to scale the outside of a 1,200-foot building then lean out from the outdoor platform at the top of structure, according to an official press release.  We are, indeed, shivering with fear.

Zookeeping for Grownups at the Central Park Zoo

Zookeeping for Grownups at the Central Park Zoo

Always wanted to be a zookeeper? Now you can. The Central Park Zoo is currently offering exclusive early access to those interested in getting hands-on with animal caretaking activities. The first and only adult event of the season will allow you to pretend to actually work on site, interact with the animals before fellow humans start exploring the grounds for the day and just feel cool all around. The program is taking place on Saturday, October 14 from 8:30am to 10:30am but additional dates will open up in December and January as well.  Member tickets cost $80 while regular ones go for $96. You can snag a pass right here.

The Infatuation’s EEEEEATSCON New York

The Infatuation’s EEEEEATSCON New York

Talk about a cultural extravaganza: on October 7 and 8, Infatuation is hosting its annual EEEEEATSCON New York food festival, which is actually much more than a traditional celebration of all things gastronomic. In fact, in addition to grabbing treats from some of the nation's most renowned purveyors (Burns Original BBQ from Houston! Tacos Los Cholos from Los Angeles! Caracas Baery from Miami! Panzerotti Bites from New York!), attendees will get to listen in on conversations with some very prominent figures. This year's roster includes New Yorker par excellence Sarah Jessica Parker, The Kid Mero and more. You'll get to devour delectable food while listening to some inspiring talks at Forest Hills Stadium: sounds just like the perfect weekend. Grab your tickets for the festival right here.

Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters

Watch the Harlem Globetrotters show off their b-ballin’ skills at the New York stop of their just-announced 2024 world tour. You’ll be mesmerized as the basketball wizards shoot from midcourt, spin balls on their fingers and go head-to-head for two epic games, which are bound to keep you on the edge of your seat. Make sure to stick around until the very end to snag an autograph, photo and high-five session from your favorite players, plus you can add a legendary Marques Haynes bobblehead to your collection. Snag tickets to the February 18 game against the Washington Generals right here.

The Art of the Score

The Art of the Score

The 10th season of the New York Philharmonic's "Art of the Score" series kicks off this week with West Side Story.  As has been the case since its inception in 2013, the program features the legendary orchestra performing scores live alongside film screenings.  This year, for the first time ever, five of the six featured movies will be New York premieres, with soundtracks being performed live for the very first time in town. Those presentations include Black Panther (December 20-23), Vertigo (January 23-26, 2024) and Metropolis (February 6, 2024), among others. We are, however, particularly excited to listen to the May 17-19, 2024's presentation of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Although the orchestra has performed the film's score in the past, there's just something about the music that tickles all of our senses.  Buy tickets to the various events and learn more about them right here. 

Barbie Dreamhouse Pop-Up Truck

Barbie Dreamhouse Pop-Up Truck

It's still Barbie's world and we're all just living in it. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of, according to a press release, "Barbie moving into her very first Dreamhouse," a Barbie Truck Dreamhouse is scheduled to roam through the streets of New York throughout September, offering visitors branded merch that will reignite your love for all things pink. Expect to see the truck at the Shops at Skyview at the main mall entrance on College Point Boulevard in Flushing, Queens, between 10am and 7pm on September 16. Folks in Staten Island will be treated to the experience the week after, on September 23 between 10am and 7pm at the Staten Island Mall near Barnes & Noble.  Merchandise for purchase will include branded totes, blankets, T-shirts, mugs, bottles, coasters, pouches, hats, necklaces and much more.  Although we might be all Barbie-d out following the success of this past summer’s Greta Gerwig movie about the doll, it’s important we give credit where it’s due. In fact, according to the myth, Barbie bought her very first Dreamhouse back in 1962, "before women in the United States could open their own bank accounts and when only 0.1% of young women were independent homeowners," according to a press release. Celebrations are clearly in order.

[at] The Intersection

[at] The Intersection

Next month, iconic music hall The Apollo will host its first ever arts and ideas festival, dubbed [at] The Intersection. The three-day event will kick off on October 6 and it is curated by writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, who will be joined by the likes of Kerry Washington, Jelani Cobb, Barry Jenkins, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and more across a variety of panels focusing on different themes. The festival will also feature curated music performances and networking opportunities. Snag passes for the much-anticipated event right here.

Rosh Hashana pop-up tours

Rosh Hashana pop-up tours

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, is happening this upcoming weekend and to celebrate the occasion, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting three pop-up tours led by Dr. Riva Arnold, an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University, who will speak about two astounding Hebrew manuscripts from the Italian Renaissance.  Specifically, the expert is going to guide visitors through the Rothschild Mahzor and the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides. Fun fact: both texts have actually been on display at the museum since March and the staff has been turning each manuscript’s pages every three months. At the moment, according to an official press release, the Rothschild Mahzor is open to a page pertaining to Rosh Hashana. How cool! The tours, which are free to attend with museum admission, will take place on September 14, 15 and 18 between 1pm and 2:30pm. Read more about them right here.

PEN America’s 18th annual World Voices Festival

PEN America’s 18th annual World Voices Festival

Kicking off on May 10 through May 13 with a slew of events held concurrently in New York and Los Angeles, PEN America's 18th annual World Voices Festival will feature a ton of literary happenings sure to delight folks of all backgrounds. This year, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the award-winning author of Between the World and Me, will deliver the prestigious keynote, the annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture. Expect him to address topics related to book censorship in schools, among others. "America has long been haunted by men who considered 'freedom of speech' a right reserved for a certain class," Coates said in an official statement. "Indeed, this current effort to drive uncomfortable literature from the public square is as old as the slave codes, as old as the gag laws. And just as old are those who understand that true free speech cannot be divorced from freedom itself." Confirmed attendees include Roxane Gay, John Irving, Sarah Polley, Imani Perry, Min Jin Lee and Ottessa Moshfegh, among plenty of others. Find tickets on sale right here and a list of events, which will be held all over downtown New York, over here. Some of them will be free to attend!

Summer Jam

Summer Jam

It's been 20 years since the iconic Hot 97 Summer Jam music festival took place in New York—but the celebration is now back and better than ever, with a stellar lineup of acts scheduled to take over UBS Arena in Elmont on Long Island on June 4. Cardi B will headline the festivities, which will also feature the likes of GloRilla, Ice Spice, Coi Leray, Fivio Foreign, French Montana, Lil TJay and more. Hip-hop group The LOX will also be present to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. It's clearly a big year for the genre! Tickets for the exciting event will go on sale on April 8 at 10am right here so make sure to set up a calendar reminder!

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No Doubt at Coachella 2024: Everything you need to know

No Doubt at Coachella 2024: Everything you need to know

Although ’90s punk band No Doubt has been given an “and…” credit on the poster for this year’s Coachella, the group’s reunion performance on Saturday night on the main stage is for all practical purposes a headlining set—and has already become one of the most talked-about acts of the year. That may be for a variety of reasons: No Doubt has not performed together since 2015 and, since then, Gwen Stefani, the band’s frontwoman, has become even more famous following multiple stints as a coach on The Voice. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming performance so far. When is No Doubt at Coachella 2024? The members of No Doubt—singer Stefani, guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal and drummer Adrian Young—will take to the festival’s Coachella Stage during the first weekend, on Saturday, April 13, and presumably during the second weekend on Saturday, as well (April 20). What time will the band come on stage? No Doubt is scheduled to perform at 9:25pm on Saturday night, the last act on the main stage before headliner Tyler, the Creator.  Any news on the setlist? No Doubt is keeping its Coachella setlist under wraps and, given that the band has not performed together since 2015’s KAABOO Festival in Del Mar, it would be a little hard to predict what songs Stefani will be belting out on stage.  That being said, we imagine (and hope!) that the group will play fan favorites including “Just a Girl,” “Sunday Morning,” “Don’t Speak,” “Hey Baby,” “Hella Good” and, of course, “Spiderweb

How to compost, recycle and get rid of anything in NYC

How to compost, recycle and get rid of anything in NYC

In a city of 8.5 million, New York City sure has a ton of trash. Actually, it has tons of trash every year. According to the Mayor’s office, NYC produces more than 14 million tons of trash annually. You see it on the sidewalks waiting to be picked up in mountains of faux mint-scented garbage bags or flattened and scattered like coffee cups, cigarette butts and paper plates from dollar slice* spots, trampled on by thousands of feet. Sometimes it’s worn-out furniture with questionable stains or possible bed bugs sitting at the curb. Whether we like it or not, garbage is so much a part of NYC living. It’s just part of the makeup of the city like pigeons or mystery puddles. It’s so prevalent that some artists have even used it to create sculptures! Recently though, the filth hit a new level. NYC was tagged as the second dirtiest city behind Rome, Italy in last year’s Time Out Index—a poll of 27,000 city-dwellers from Melbourne to Madrid, Chicago to Copenhagen and Tel Aviv to Tokyo. The last year was full of headlines marking the numerous ways the city’s leaders are attacking the trash problem head-on, from a new garbage bin program and a newly reinstated Alternate Side Parking schedule for sweeping to a new bill that would require city agencies to identify where they could place public restrooms in each of NYC’s zip codes to help cut down on public urination and the like. One of the biggest pushes this year has been the introduction of curbside compost pick-up. It’s clear that NY

What's the deal with the swarm of cicadas coming to Chicago?

What's the deal with the swarm of cicadas coming to Chicago?

We've survived the solar eclipse and now it's time to turn our attention to the next natural event that's bound to keep us up at night: An explosion of cicadas that are predicted to hit the majority of Illinois this summer.  First things first: Cicadas are insects that emerge every year and usually feed on sap. Although they don't really bite or sting humans, they may sometimes mistake a person's arm for food and try to feed. Perhaps most commonly known is the fact that cicadas (male ones, to be precise) produce loud calls that we usually hear clearly on summer nights. Although cicadas are seen across the state each summer, this year's emergence has been declared a "once in a lifetime" occurrence involving two different broods of the species that will emerge at the same time. This sort of thing has not happened since 1803.  Rejoice at the billions of cicadas that will call Illinois their home next season! When are the cicadas emerging in Chicago? According to experts, cicadas hide underground and come up for air when the temperature reaches about 64 degrees. The city just issued an official advisory, warning residents that they might start seeing the pests as early as the end of this month and as late as early June. The cicadas will likely hang out for a month or so.  Where are the cicadas going to be? According to NBC, the Northern Illinois Brood will "be the most prominent in the Chicago area for the upcoming emergency." The Great Southern Brood, on the other hand, will lik

Here is how those famous wax figures are made at Madame Tussauds

Here is how those famous wax figures are made at Madame Tussauds

Since its opening in Times Square back in 2000, Madame Tussauds has become part and parcel of the character of the city. Sure, the famous wax museum is a tourist magnet, but New Yorkers have also come to appreciate the art form, welcoming new celebrity clay figures joining the roster of 200-or-so sculptures always on display at the museum. In a way, Madame Tussauds is our own mini-Hollywood. A mere walk through the giant space at 234 West 42nd Street by Seventh Avenue is sure to catch you off guard: the wax figures are, to put it simply, life-like, almost identical to their human counterparts. You'll be excused by the masses when walking into one of the main museum rooms and kicking off a conversation with Matthew McConaughey, who will obviously not answer any of your prompts given his wax form. RECOMMENDED: Pretend I’m a Tourist: I ‘met’ Wendy Williams, Lady Gaga and Audrey Hepburn Photograph: Courtesy of Madame Tussauds Clearly works of art, the statues take about 10 months to produce, from start to finish, and given the lack of boundaries around them, there’s a need for constant attention and repairs—a process that itself requires the work of extremely diligent artists that spend their days in a studio hidden behind the glitz and glamour of the museum.  For the first time ever, Madame Tussauds is offering museum-goers the chance to take a peek at the process: the museum will start leading behind-the-scenes tours twice a day on Mondays through Fridays, starting April 15.

This cherished Asian food court in Queens is opening a Manhattan location

This cherished Asian food court in Queens is opening a Manhattan location

It has been four years since Chinese expatriates craving familiar flavors and New Yorkers looking to expand their culinary tastes have been able to indulge in Taiwanese sponge cakes, dumplings and Sichuan skewers at Golden Mall in Flushing, Queens. The destination, which opened in 1990 and is considered by many to be the pioneer of the modern food hall, closed for four years to carry forward a $2 million renovation project. Not only did the space officially reopen in July last year, but the owners are gearing up to launch a second Golden Mall, this one in Manhattan’s Financial District sometime this summer.  According to the New York Times, “out of a seven-floor, 32,000-square-foot space, a mix of full-service restaurants and food court stands will offer pan-Asian dishes.” The Cheng family, who has owned Golden Mall since the year 2000, is clearly banking on the popularity of Asian dishes throughout the city and, if the original iteration of the food hall is of any indication, New Yorkers should prepare to meet and obsess over a slew of novel characters that will likely come to define the local gastronomic scene: KungFu Kitchen, Xi'an Famous Foods and Lanzhou Handmade Noodles, now major culinary players in New York, all started off at the original Golden Mall. "Gone is the no-frills environment of the early 2000s," reports CBS when describing the renovated Queens space, which now features a ton of seating and "neon-lighted accents." Although it might look slightly different,

See renderings of the first-ever NYC soccer stadium being built in NYC

See renderings of the first-ever NYC soccer stadium being built in NYC

UPDATE: April 12, 2024 It's official: New York has approved the construction of a new $800 million stadium for New York City FC in Queens. City Council members overwhelmingly approved of the new plan, which also includes the building of the largest local public housing project since the 1970s, during a session this week.  Photograph: New York City FC This is a massively important new endeavor for a vast number of reasons: it will be the first new major league sports arena to be built in the NYC since 2012 and the only one dedicated to soccer; it will give a home to the local soccer team, who currently plays both at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium; and it will also boast adjacent activations, including retail space, 2,500 affordable housing unites and a school.  --- This is really exciting: Major League Soccer club New York City Football Club has just unveiled new renderings of the much-anticipated new, and first!, soccer stadium set to open in Willets Point in Queens—and it's looking phenomenal. Part of larger $780 million project, the arena, which is right next to the home of the New York Mets, Citi Field, is expected to break ground this fall, be completed in time for the 2027 MLS season and boast a capacity of 25,000 spectators.  Photograph: New York City FC The new images were released earlier this week alongside a clip that highlights what seems to be the new structure's main draw: an astounding main entrance that will function as an immersive experience of its own. 

See renderings of the soon-to-be revamped East Harlem waterfront

See renderings of the soon-to-be revamped East Harlem waterfront

It's about time: Streetsblog reports that, after years of complaints by locals and obvious sub-par conditions, the city is getting ready to reconstruct 20 blocks of bike and pedestrian paths along the Harlem River in East Harlem. Expect a new pier to be erected between the FDR Drive and the Harlem River and a revamped esplanade alongside of it.  Rendering: Courtesy of the New York City Economic Development Corporation According to the outlet, the $294 million project, funded mostly by former Mayor Bill de Blasio three years ago, will kick off construction in mid 2025 and hopefully wrap up in 2027.  According to the plans, officials will build a new promenade for the Bobby Wagner Walk between East 94th Street and East 107th Street and then again between East 117th Street and East 124th Street. In addition to that, expect the pier at 107th Street, which is currently closed, to be replaced.  Rendering: Courtesy of the New York City Economic Development Corporation The waterfront path will be raised to account for sea-level rise and it will also now boast separate spaces for bike riders and pedestrians in certain areas. When completed, the revamped pier will burst out onto the river and feature a section with tables, chairs and umbrellas next to artwork by Jerome Haferd, an architect and artist that lives and works in the area. Among other details, the project includes the building of a new outdoor fitness destination by 104th Street and a garden "at the northern end at the R

Super popular Persian restaurant Sofreh just opened a bakery

Super popular Persian restaurant Sofreh just opened a bakery

Back in 2021, Sofreh Cafe opened in Bushwick to much fanfare. Given the success of Sofreh, the Persian restaurant that kick-started an years-long revamping of the cuisine within New York's restaurant culture, critics and locals were pretty surprised to learn about the shuttering of the cafe just a few months after its debut. Fast-forward a few years and the latest iteration of Sofreh Cafe has just opened at 216 Flatbush Avenue by Bergen Street, right across the street from its parent eatery, Sofreh.  This time around, Sofreh Cafe is the brainchild of Nasim Alikhani alone, the owner of Sofreh. Back in 2021, when the first concept debuted, Alikhani collaborated with Ali Saboor, the owner of another Persian restaurant, Eyval, now still operating (and very much popular) in Bushwick. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Explore Park Slope, Brooklyn 🌿 (@parkslopeliving) According to Eater, "running both the Bushwick restaurant and bakery proved to be too much for him and Saboor isn't involved with the new [destination]."  At the new Sofreh Cafe, all the treats served—from sweet to savory and everything in-between—are Alikhani's own recipes, executed with the help of Shuna Lydon, the former pastry chef at Peels, the "cool-kids diner" on the Bowery that closed in 2014.  Soft-open since mid-March, the bakery is now in operation from Tuesdays to Fridays at 9am to 4pm and from 9am to 5pm on the weekends.  The treats on offer are the epitome of Persian desser

サンフランシスコとロサンゼルスを結ぶ新しい夜行列車が登場

サンフランシスコとロサンゼルスを結ぶ新しい夜行列車が登場

プロジェクトはまだ初期段階にあるが、近い将来、サンフランシスコとロサンゼルスを結ぶ豪華な夜行列車が登場することになりそうだ。 ニューポートビーチを拠点とする輸送スタートアップ企業のドリームスター・ラインズ社は、大手貨物会社のユニオン・パシフィック鉄道と覚書を締結。同社の線路を使って、ドリームスター・ラインズがカリフォルニア州のセントラルコースト区間を運行できるようになった。 ドリームスター・ラインズの最高経営責任者(CEO)であるジョシュア・ドミニクは、ロサンゼルスのテレビ局KTLAに対し、次のようにコメントした。 「ユニオン・パシフィック鉄道との提携は、我が社にとって、そしてアメリカにおける私鉄旅行の未来にとって、重要なマイルストーンとなります。このサービスを開始することで、我々は豪華で環境に優しい旅行の選択肢を提供するだけでなく、アメリカにおける夜行列車旅行の豊かな伝統を活性化させることになるのです」 これまで発表されている情報によると、ドリームスター・ラインズが走らせるのは最新の設備が整った車両。横になれるベッドのある個室、シャワー、高速インターネットアクセス、飲食サービスなど提供するという。 KTLAでは、チケット購入者が列車に自分の車を持ち込めるようにする「自動車輸送オプション」についての話もあると報じているが、 それがどのように機能するかについては、ドリームスター・ラインズから明言がなかったと付け加えている。 サンフランシスコとロサンゼルスをつなぐ約756キロメートルの大部分はユニオン・パシフィック鉄道が所有しているが、一部の利用について、さらにカルトレインとメトロリンクとの合意が必要になるという。 全てが計画通りに進み、タイムリーに適切な契約が結ばれれば、早ければ2025年夏にサービスが開始される見込みだ。 サンフランシスコのニュースサイトであるSFGateによると、同地があるベイエリアとロサンゼルスを結ぶ最後の夜行列車が運行を終了したのは、1983年。今は、陸路の交通機関としては、列車とバスの組み合わせか、ロサンゼルスから(サンフランシスコの少し南の)オークランドまで11時間半かかるアムトラックがある。 そうした2都市間を結ぶ列車の現状を考えると、新しい夜行列車の運行は明らかに大きな進展だ。  関連記事 『A luxe overnight train from L.A. to San Francisco may soon become a reality(原文)』 『世界の豪華列車10選』 『東京、走らない列車レストラン5選』 『オーストラリアのスターシェフが腕を振るうポップアップレストランが西新宿にオープン』 『Yelpが2024年版「アメリカのベストレストラン100」を発表』 『アメリカで最も平和に暮らせる場所は?』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら  

You can take scuba diving classes at this iconic Downtown L.A. hotel this summer

You can take scuba diving classes at this iconic Downtown L.A. hotel this summer

As summer approaches, our seasonal roster of things to do expands to include some much-needed water activities—including at one particular Downtown L.A. hotel that’s miles from the ocean. “Traditional” summer activities include beach days, beautiful hikes and bike rides but if you’re looking for something a bit more creative, you might want to consider scuba diving classes at Hotel Figueroa, where master diver and scuba expert Beth Beltramo will lead a Tuesday evening course specifically tailored to beginners.  From May 21 through September 24, folks who sign up for the $199 course will learn basic skills, like how to become weightless, the proper use of gear and other basic skills and safety rules, according to the course description. Photograph: Eco Dive Center Participating groups are capped at eight people and the lessons take place at the hotel’s own pool. Tickets, which can be booked right here, include all necessary equipment—except for your bathing suit, of course. After what is sure to be an intense work out, consider indulging your hunger pang at Bar Magnolia, the hotel’s lobby restaurant offering small plates and expertly crafted cocktails all night long. Given the fact that plenty of travelers pass through or originate from L.A. before boarding a flight to the tropics—from Fiji to Hawaii and more—it only makes sense for local businesses to invest in the sort of educational courses that will allow residents to enjoy their time abroad (or even locally along the Ca

You can now call a cab in Chicago on your Uber app

You can now call a cab in Chicago on your Uber app

Chicagoans scheduling a ride on their Uber apps today may actually get picked up by a taxi. The ride-sharing company has announced that, in an effort to help cab drivers out financially and also offer users a vaster array of transportation options, it will now allow taxi drivers to accept Uber trip referrals.  Folks opting for a taxi will pay the UberX rate for the ride and will be able to see the exact pricing before booking a trip.  Users will get to tip and rate their journeys on the app also, just as they would on a regular Uber ride. According to the giant transportation company, nearly all of Chicago's 2,800 licensed cab owners make use of the Arro and Curb Mobility technology needed for them to accept Uber rides.  This isn't the first time that the two transit options have joined forces. In fact, similar programs have already launched across southern California, in San Francisco and in New York City. ABC 7 reports that, "on average, taxi drivers who provided Uber trips earned 30.5% more than those who did not."  Another Uber update has got people talking as well: the company has just rolled out a new in-app emergency button that lets riders call 911 within seconds if they don't feel safe in the car. "The app will prompt the rider's estimated location and vehicle information, including model and license plate number," reports ABC 7. Getting around town has just gotten even easier.

NYC is finally getting new parking meters

NYC is finally getting new parking meters

Did you know that NYC’s parking meters print around 2,500 miles worth of receipts each year? That’s roughly the distance between New York City and Los Angeles! Clearly, the system is in dire need of an upgrade. Those changes are finally coming: New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez just unveiled new meters that will be installed all over town.  Featuring a paperless, pay-by-plate technology, the setup will completely eliminate those little receipts that drivers are used to putting on their cars' dashboards. Users will be able to simply input their license plate number on the ParkNYC app or pay at the kiosk and then walk away.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by NYC DOT (@nyc_dot) Officers will no longer have to look inside an automobile to check when the spot expires but just access the information swiftly on their handheld devices. The new system will be more efficient all around—NYPD traffic enforcement agents will be able to access real-time parking data as well.  New York drivers, welcome to the future. “Incorporating evolving, smart technology into New York City’s parking management system will enhance drivers’ experiences,” said NYPD Commissioner Edward A. Caban in a statement. “This will be achieved by maximizing space availability and increasing turnover. Importantly, it will facilitate the important work of our dedicated traffic enforcement agents and support our city’s overall public safety mission.” The