Black Friday at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Midnight Madness at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is just around the corner!  If you didn’t already know, the Friday after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday because of all of the incredible deals promoted by stores.  50% off big screen TVs, $1,000 off a new camera; who knows what is going to be the big thing this year.  The catch is, there is usually a limited supply so you have to get there early.

How early do you need to get to the outlets on Black Friday?  Well, the first stores are opening at 9 p.m. Thursday night and will stay open for the next 25 hours, so you should probably scarf down Thanksgiving dinner and head right over to Port Authority!

How do you get to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets?  Gray Line New York provides shuttle transportation to and from Woodbury Common Premium Outlets from Port Authority.  For Black Friday, Gray Line New York – Woodbury Common Premium Outlets shuttle buses will begin running from 7:45 Thursday evening.   More information.

What stores are located at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets?  There are over 220 different designer and brand name outlets to choose from when you go shopping on Black Friday.  These outlets include Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, and many more.

For Black Friday transportation from New York City to Woodbury Commons, visit Gray Line New York.

For more information on Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, visit their official website.

3 Pumpkin Flavored Treats Around New York City

If you haven’t noticed yet, we’re right in the heart of it.  It’s the time of year when we take normal products that we consume every day and add a nice little pumpkin kick to it because as the weather gets cooler, that’s just what you do.  It’s Pumpkin Season.  Let’s take a peek at some of the best places in New York City to eat yummy pumpkin treats:

Pumpkin Latte

To some people, September 22nd marks the first day of fall.  To others, the day Starbucks rolls out their pumpkin spice latte is the day that the leaves start changing in their minds.  This year, that day was September 4th (a little too early for my taste, but I won’t complain), and since then Starbucks’ across the city have been serving up the delicious drinks.

But if you want to try a fresh take on the beverage, Starbucks isn’t the answer.  AQ Kafé is.  This delectable drink can be found on Broadway just off Columbus Circle and is as good as it gets.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the convenience of the Starbucks version, but if I find myself in Midtown, I’m going to AQ Kafé.

Pumpkin Ale

If you’re a beer lover, than pumpkin season is likely one of your favorite times of year.  It marks the end of the light, breezy beers of summer and the beginning of the full flavored, dark, heavy beers of the colder months.  The pumpkin ale is one of the first beers in this transitional phase and offers a sweet yet spicy body for your palate.

One of the best pumpkin ales that you’ll find anywhere in NYC is Heartland Brewery’s version.  The Smiling Pumpkin Ale is a delicious addition to the pumpkin season festivities that will put a grin on your face.  You will be able to find this beer in any of Heartland’s locations around Manhattan.

Pumpkin Pie

I suppose pumpkin pie doesn’t necessarily fall into the same category as the previous two beverages.  It doesn’t have the same “let’s add pumpkin to our already tasty treat” feel to it, but pumpkin pie is such an important part of pumpkin season that I cannot leave it off the list.

Everyone in New York claims to have the best pumpkin pie in the city.  I truly cannot tell you where the best is, but I recently ate a delicious piece of pie from the Little Pie Company in Midtown West.  It is simple and to the point, but when it comes to pie I think it is more of a personal preference.  That is why I suggest you wait until November, grab those pumpkins that you’ve been using as Halloween decorations and make your own version.  Here are 20 different recipes for you to choose from to fit your tastes.

So, what pumpkin treats do you love during Pumpkin Season?  Where do you find them in NYC? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter now!

In a fall state of mind?  Check out this fall foliage brunch cruise and see New York City change before your eyes.

Spot the Bus: Air Supply!

Air Supply is the newest member of the Ride of Fame, and their inaugural IIi double-decker bus is riding around New York City every day.

This is the Air Supply ROF bus that you need to find!

If you see Air Supply’s bus driving around NYC, snap a picture of it and share it with us.  Post it on our facebook page or tag it on twitter with the hashtag #SpotTheBus and if you’re the first person to share the picture with us, you will win the autographed DVD below!

Photo must be taken on or after 10/19/2012. The winner must be the person who spotted the bus.  Submitting somebody else’s photo leaves you subject to disqualification.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC

UPDATE: Balloon inflation begins today at 3 p.m. on the Upper West Side between 77th Street and 81st Street on Central Park West.  All of the balloons will be inflated between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.

We are just one day away from the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade here in New York City. The parade will take place on November 22nd (Thanksgiving) at 9 a.m. and will run until noon.  You can watch the live broadcast of the parade on your local NBC affiliate.

Or, if you’re going to be in New York City for Thanksgiving weekend, you can take in the parade in person.  The parade traditionally has an interesting route through the streets, making multiple turns unlike some other NYC parades such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which travels on a straight line up 5th Avenue.  This year’s parade begins at the Museum of Natural History at 77th Street and Central Park West.  It will travel down to Columbus Circle where it will turn onto Central Park South for a couple of blocks.  Once it gets to 6th Avenue, the parade will turn downtown and head for 34th Street.  As is tradition, the parade will turn onto 34th Street and conclude at the entrance of the Macy’s flagship store.  Confused?  Here’s a map:

Parade Route

The Parade will include floats and performances and balloons of all of your favorite characters.  For more information on the parade, visit Macy’s official 2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade website.  If you’re not worried about Thanksgiving and want to know more about Black Friday in NYC, stay tuned because we will have all of the latest information on the best bargains and deals, including how to take in the night/morning/day at Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets.

Iamge Credit: Google Maps

Second Presidential Debate Puts Long Islanders Center Stage

Photo Credit – Flickr: thelittleone417

Tonight while many New Yorkers will be tuning into TBS with hopes that the slumping Yankees will somehow turn it around against Justin Verlander, many more will be taking in the second Presidential Debate.  Millions of people all over the world will be watching tonight as President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney take center stage right here in New York.  Just outside of NYC boarders on Long Island, tonight’s debate, on domestic and foreign policy, will be held at Hofstra University.

Tonight’s debate will last 90 minutes and be coordinated in a town hall format.  This means that, unlike the first round, there will not be a moderator who is in charge of asking the questions and pushing the debate along.  Instead, “undecided” Long Islanders will be asking the candidates the questions that they want answered.  This unique opportunity gives Long Islanders the chance for their voices to be heard by the man who is going to lead our great nation for the next four years, and the millions who will be watching.

This time, unlike the famous town hall style debate from 20 years ago, there will be more structure.  Roughly 80 audience members from long island with various socio-economical, racial and political backgrounds have been selected by the Gallup Organization to submit questions.  About 12 of those people will be allowed to ask the two candidates their question.

Hofstra University recognizes what a special opportunity this is to host the second Presidential Debate for the students and residents of Long Island.  In preparation for tonight’s debate, Hofstra reportedly spent $3 million in planning and enhanced security measures.

Tweet to Win! (Round 2)

Well, no one was able to claim the prize from Sunday night, so we’re putting it right back on the table. Ugly Betty: Season 3, autographed by co-star Vanessa Williams is our prize, and this is how you can win:

We want to hear from you.  Which of our four major tours is your favorite?  The Uptown Loop? Downtown Loop?  Brooklyn Loop?  Night Tour Loop?  Tweet to us which tour is your favorite, be sure to include why you love it the most and you will be entered to win!  It’s that easy!  At the end of the week, we’ll randomly draw a winner for the prize.  Click here to send your tweet!

To claim your prize, you must live in the continental United States or be able to pick up the box set in New York City.  Standard New York contest rules apply.

Are You a Top 10 Air Head?

Next Saturday, Air Supply is being inducted into the Ride of Fame in New York City, and 10 of their biggest fans will get to join them!  10 lucky VIPs will get behind the scenes access during the ribbon cutting ceremony, photo ops with Graham and Russell, autographs for your memorabilia and will join the band on its inaugural double decker bus ride to Times Square!

So are you the biggest Air Head?  Do you think you deserve the unparalleled access that comes with being a VIP?  Send in a photo with yourself in full fan mode to ROF@graylinenewyork.com and show us why you should be selected as an Air Supply VIP!  You may find yourself on top of the band’s new double decker bus with the music icons themselves.  One Ultimate Fan will also win a pair of tickets to Air Supply’s show later that night at BB King’s Blues Club in Times Square.

The Ride of Fame dedication ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2012.  To be eligible to win, you must be in New York City and able to ride the bus the day of the event.  The 10 VIPs will be announced on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

**UPDATE** Thank you to all of you who sent in pictures. We are privately contacting our winners today so go check your email!