Watch the sunset: Manhattanhenge is tonight and tomorrow
If you’re exhausted from Memorial Day weekend and plan on skipping work and sleeping in, make sure you wake up before sunset because today is the first night of Manhattanhenge. It’s the annual event where the setting sun is perfectly aligned with Manhattan’s cross streets. This means you can watch awesome sunsets from virtually any street in Midtown, with exceptional views at 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd or 57th streets. (Here’s a video of last year’s event if you’re not sure what we’re talking about.) For best results you’ll want to get as far on the east side as possible.
Sunset tonight is at 8:19p.m. If you miss tonight’s event, theres a half-sunset tomorrow night.
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Go outside today: Memorial Day weather to be great
Fleet Week 2012 starts wednesday
The following sentence is good for anyone that likes big boats or men and women in uniform: Fleet Week pulls into harbor in Wednesday. An annual rite of summer, Fleet Week is when dozens of Navy and Coast Guard ships pull into New York to celebrate Memorial Day
and drink our alcohol. If you’re in the boat-lover camp, most ships will be open for public tours. If you’re in the sailor/officer-lover camp, well, just head to a bar.
The excitement begins Wednesday morning with the parade of ships, in which dozens of ships will sail up the Hudson. Check out the Fleet Week website for full details.
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And here’s a guy peeing in a phone booth outside of a restaurant
Not quite sure improper penis behavior seems to be following me, but here’s a guy that decided to use a phone booth as a urinal. Quite disgusting, yes, but even worse when you realize that the peeing in question took place outside of a restaurant Union Square in broad daylight. I’m now going to remain in my apartment for the rest of this month. I think it’s better this way.
Heads up, A train riders: this jerk face masturbated in front of me on the subway
Ugh, the jerk in the photo above just pulled out his penis in front of me on the subway. I’d hoped to go my entire life without becoming a participant in such an unwanted encounter, but rather than sulk about it, I’m posting the jerk face’s photo online so that everyone can learn that he’s a flasher. (And maybe, just maybe, he can get caught.)
Here’s how it went down: I was on the A train at the Inwood-207 Street subway station at around 11 p.m. Saturday night. Inwood is an A line terminal, so I was sitting on the train waiting for it depart when the dude above stumbled into the car, almost rubbed up against me and took a seat to my left. I ignored him and turned my attention back to my iPhone.
Maybe a minute later a woman sitting a few seats down from me got up screaming “He’s playing with himself” and storming out. When I looked at the dude, his arms were folded over his crotch. He stayed for maybe 30 more seconds before he got up and walked out of the car. As he passed by me, I saw his fly was open and, lo and behold, there was his penis.
After a woman nearby said “Did you see that? Someone should report him!” I decided to follow my own advice, so I got up and followed the dude as he walked into another car and sat down across from two women. A few seconds later he started to pull out his penis again. That’s when I walked up to him, said “Smile, pervert” and snapped the above photos of him. (In hindsight I probably shouldn’t have said anything, it gave him the chance to cover his crotch with his arms again, hence the penis-less pics above.)
Photos in hand, I went to speak to the station employees. A tall burly employee asked me to show him where the jerk face was, but by the time we got back to the car he was gone. The women sitting across from him said he ran to the back of the train, but we searched the entire train and he wasn’t here. He must’ve fled the station.
But, I guess all is not lost. The jerk’s picture is now up on the internet, and hopefully this will make A train riders a bit more vigilant as they ride. So hey, if you see this dude anywhere: do us all a favor and call the police.
Summer Movies on the Intrepid return May 25
We always look to the Intrepid to mark the start of the summer outdoor movie season, so we’re particularly pleased to see that the Sea, Air and Space Museum is back for another year with their Summer Movies on the Intrepid series.
(Quick explainer for those that don’t know: the Intrepid is a big aircraft carrier that was turned into a museum on 42nd street and the West Side Highway. It’s where the space shuttle Enterprise will end up in July. And every year they have a movie series where you can sit out on the flight deck and watch a film under the stars surrounded by airplanes. It’s pretty awesome.)
This year’s movie series kicks off on Friday, May 25 with, as usual, Top Gun. Here’s full schedule:
May 25: Top Gun
July 13: Spiderman (the 2002 Tobey Maguire version)
July 20: Star Trek (the 2009 JJ Abrams version)
July 27: The Muppets (the 2011 Jason Segel/Amy Adams version. God there are a lot of remakes.)
August 3: Jurassic Park
August 17: The Goonies
Admission, as always, is free. Check out the Intrepid’s website for more info.
image via listentoreason
Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour is back
Traditional happy hour may or may not be under attack from Mayor Bloomberg, but thankfully there’s one happy hour that remains unchallenged: Starbuck’s frappuccino happy hour. From now until May 13 stop in to any Starbucks between 3pm and 5pm and get a delicious iced beverage with a made-up name for half-off. Just try not to get sloppy; we don’t want anyone coming after this happy hour.
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Tomorrow is Häagen-Dazs free cone day
Tomorrow is a good day for anyone that likes ice cream, as it’s free cone day at Häagen-Dazs. Stop in Tuesday afternoon between 4pm and 8pm and you can get a cone of your favorite flavor absolutely free. And really, this is going at virtually every Häagen-Dazs location around the city. Aren’t free things awesome?
Fastrack shuts down A/C/E lines this week, here’s what’s going down
Another week, another round of Fastrack service disruptions. This week the 8th avenue A/C/E lines are the target of the shutdowns. It’s a little less confusing than previous weeks, as only thing you have to know is that there’s no service on any of the lines between 59th-Street Columbus Circle and Jay Street MetroTech. Here’s the full blow by blow:
- A trains will be running on the D and F lines between Columbus Circle and Jay Street.
- E trains won’t run between 7th Ave/53rd Street and the World Trade Center, instead it’ll be diverted to the F line and terminate at 2nd Ave.
- C trains, like the A, won’t run between Columbus Circle and Jay Street. C train service into Manhattan will run until 9:30pm. Service out of Manhattan will run until 10. After that, you’re schlepping on the D/F line.
And that’s it! Like we said, not super confusing.
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Shed a tear: Cash Cab has been canceled
There goes your dream of an enjoyable taxi ride. Vulture reports that Cash Cab, the quiz show that took place inside of a taxicab, has been canceled. Cash Cab made us laugh, cry and wonder why taxi riders were so stupid for over seven years and 200 episodes. There is a time sliver of hope though, as Gawker reports that Lion Television, Cash Cab’s producer, is allowed to show the show to other channels.
If you’ve somehow never ever seen an episode of Cash Cab, here’s a clip:
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