It’s easy to overlook New York’s main attractions when you pass them five times a week. But why not take time off and act like a tourist for a day? (Without taking up the whole sidewalk, of course.) New York CityPASS includes discounted admission to six major draws, including the Empire State Building Observatory, the Top of the Rock, and the Guggenheim Museum (www.citypass.com/new-york).
If you’re looking to take the kids around town, why not do it with Where’s Waldo? Creators of the cartoon character partnered with NYC & Company (New York’s official tourism center) to have Waldo act as the city’s “ambassador,” highlighting family-friendly summer destinations — like the Friedsam Memorial Carousel in Central Park and 14 different beaches — on their Web site (www.nycgo.com/waldo).
International tennis superstars gather in Flushing for the U.S. Open — the last Grand Slam tournament this year — from August 26 to September 9. Watch pros like Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova battle for the championship, and enjoy some tasty grub at the arena’s three restaurants (www.usopen.org).
The best stories come from transfers in the town of Southeast on the Metro-North Harlem line. One time, I saw a group of teen girls who had come from Wassaic try to go to Grand Central. When it came time for their transfer, instead of going to New York, they acciden- tally got on a train going back to Wassaic. So, they freaked out about missing their party. Maybe the railroad needs to have compasses at their stations to help confused passengers.
— Lora Pelton via hvmag.com
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