Want Something Different To Do While In NYC? How About The Museum of Sex?

Yup, The Museum of Sex. And yup, it’s a real place, with an address on 5th Ave in Manhattan. Now, I won’t sink to the childish depths of saying their exhibits will arouse your attention or you can really learn the ins and outs of this unusual museum or that they mount very explicit exhibits…mainly because others already have (by the way, those three are from Huffington Post. Because of course they are). But if was willing to sink to those depths, you know I would have. Or I would have at least said how exciting the museum is. 😉

Anyway, back to a serious note, here’s more about it…

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Exhibition Starring Mickey Mouse Set To Open Just In Time For His 90th Birthday

Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me?
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You totally just sang that in your head, didn’t you? 😉

It’s hard to believe that the world’s most favorite animated mouse is about to turn 90 years old soon. Virtually all of the Disney theme parks around the world are doing something to celebrate, be it special merchandise and food/beverages, parade floats,  commemorative park tickets, special decorations and what’s being called The World’s Biggest Mouse Party. It sounds like a BLAST!

But what if you can’t make it to a Disney park in the not-too-distant future? Well, how about New York City? Mickey: The True Original Exposition is going to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s NINETY years of influence on art and pop culture and tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit, which will held on the lower west side of Manhattan, and tickets are on sale right now!

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Understanding Hotel Taxes, Resort Fees & Deposits For Incidentals

When you find a hotel rate, especially in the United States, you will rarely, if ever pay just that amount. Just like when you purchase an item in the U.S., unless it says that tax is included, chances are good that you’ll have to pay tax on top of the advertised price; that’s just how we charge for things in the U.S. The same goes for hotels. Unless an advertised price explicitly says that taxes & fees are included, you can bet that something(s) is/are going to be added on to make your final price. And in recent years, some hotels have added on something sneaky called a “resort fee,” too. Plus you often have to put down a deposit for incidentals. But let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start):

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This Airport Lounge Is Closing At The End Of August

John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport will be losing an airport lounge at the end of the August, just one week from now. The last day of operations for the Airspace Lounge in Terminal 5  will be August 31, 2018. T5 is the main terminal for JetBlue at JFK airport and it also had flights by Aer Lingus and Hawaiian Airlines.

Airspace Lounges are affiliated with the American Express Global Lounge Collection. That means AMEX Platinum card holders, along with their spouse and children (or two guests), can get in for free. All guests also receive a $10 voucher to use for food or drinks inside the lounge.

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The Airspace Lounge at JFK was never considered a world class facility. However, it did have tables, chairs, snacks, drinks, WiFi and most importantly to some travelers, shower facilities. Since entrance was free for AMEX Platinum guests, the lounge could reportedly get quite crowded at times. Still, in most cases, lounge access is better than no lounge access.

JFK Terminal 5 is one of the nicer domestic terminals around. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and do some shopping, but should you really do that at the airport? There’s also a rooftop terrace at T5 that’s free to access.

There’s no notice about the closure on the Airspace Lounge website. I verified the closure date by attempting to buy a ticket on their website and the last day I could do so was for August 31st.

There’s no news from JFK airport or JetBlue about what this space is going to become but I think it’s unlikely it’ll become another lounge. Aer Lingus already has a lounge at T5 for their passengers and Terminal 5 is a pleasant enough place to wait for their regular, cost conscious passengers.

Losing a lounge that I possibly could use is a downer. It’s even more a shame because I like flying with JetBlue. They’re currently my favorite US airline. This lounge closure alone will not change my opinion of JetBlue and I’d still rather fly out of JFK with no lounge than fly from Newark Airport (even if I get to use the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge while I’m there).

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When Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade Rode Up NYC’s 5th Avenue

Following in the footsteps of their very successful screenings of “Pocahontas” in Central Park in 1995, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame in New Orleans in 1996, on June 14, 1997, the Walt Disney Company, well-known for orchestrating large-scale special events both in and outside theme parks, took on the streets of New York City by bringing its world famous Main Street Electrical Parade to the Big Apple for a one-night-only ride up 5th Avenue. Part of a “Hercules World Premiere Weekend in New York,” the 3-day weekend of events that included a mini-amusement park at Chelsea Piers, it was all a promotion for its upcoming 35th full-length animated feature, “Hercules.” This all came on the heels of the Walt Disney Company doing their part to “clean up” the Times Square area with its purchase and renovation of the historic New Amsterdam Theater for its upcoming theatrical releases (the New Amsterdam had officially re-opened just 2-1/2 months earlier).

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The Hercules logo was painted all up 5th Avenue

Both the New York Times and Variety reported about the “herculean” event (do you see what I did there?) the day before it happened. Some fun facts included:
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