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Celebrate the Sea Services during Fleet Week New York– May 20-26, 2015Mid

 The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transits the Hudson River during the Parade of Ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Danals/Released)

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transits the Hudson River during the Parade of Ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Danals/Released)

Fleet Week New York, now in its 27th year, is scheduled to take place May 20-26, 2015. The weeklong celebration is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services, and an unparalleled opportunity for the visitors from the Mid-Atlantic region to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. Fleet Week New York has been held nearly every year since 1984, and it is anticipated that nearly 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year.

In addition to public visitation of participating ships and military band concerts, there will be numerous exhibits and aviation demonstrations throughout the week showcasing the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our dedicated service members. Or, you can take a “Selfie With a Sailor” to send to all your friends.

Three U.S. Navy (USN) ships, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats, and two U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters will participate in the 2015 Fleet Week New York, beginning with the Parade of Ships, May 20.

Public visitation on USN ships and USCG cutters in Manhattan and Staten Island begins Thursday, May 21 and continues through Monday, May 25; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Public visitation on USNA Yard Patrol boats runs Thursday through Friday, May 22; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visitors are reminded that lines may be capped early so that the last people in line have an opportunity to complete their tours.

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and USCG cutter Spencer (WMEC 905) will be moored at Pier 92 in Manhattan; USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Stout (DDG 55), and USCG cutter Sturgeon Bay (WTGB 109), will be moored at The USS Sullivans Pier at the Staten Island Homeport; and the USNA Yard Patrol boats will be moored at Pier 86 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Spencer and the USNA Yard Patrol boats are scheduled to depart on Saturday, May 23.

 Sailors spell out the message "I Love New York," on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Aaron Glover (RELEASED)

Sailors spell out the message “I Love New York,” on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Aaron Glover (RELEASED)

Visitors should plan to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. All bags and/or camera cases will be searched prior to entering. Ships are considered an industrial environment and guests are encouraged to avoid open-toed sandals, high-heels, necklaces or other items that can get caught, as well as bags that are too heavy to carry comfortably. Sunscreen and/or sunglasses are advised.

There is no age requirement to tour USN, USNA and USCG ships during Fleet Week New York, however, adult visitors over the age of 18 are required to show a valid state or federal issued picture I.D. prior to touring. Additionally, tours may not be appropriate for small children or those with certain medical conditions. Strollers or baby carriages are permitted on the pier, but not allowed on the ships.

USN, USNA and USCG ships are not handicap accessible. The pier facilities in both Manhattan and Staten Island – including the exhibit, observation, refreshment, and restroom areas – are handicap accessible.

Photography is permitted aboard the ships during tours, however, photos of security personnel or procedures are prohibited.

Bottles, cans or containers of any type; banners, posters or signs of any type; mace, pepper spray, or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosive; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol spray cans; club weapons; and animals are not permitted. Smoking is also not permitted aboard any ship or anywhere near the piers. The USN, USNA, and USCG reserve the right to prohibit other items not listed above. 

Food will not be available on the ships, but visitors will be able to purchase bottled water and some food items at concession stands on the piers.

In addition to public visitation of participating ships, there will be numerous exhibits and aviation demonstrations throughout the week showing off the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our service members.

Events include:

Thursday, May 21st

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., Coney Island, New York – U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Coney Island for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 23rd

• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, New York – USN (10 a.m. – noon, including MH-60S helicopters) and USMC (noon – 2 p.m., including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft) will display aviation and operational equipment. USN EOD personnel will also be in attendance. After the air demo, USN and USMC helicopters will land and be available for display. U.S. Navy Band Northeast “Show Band” will perform. Event is free and open to the public.

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., Pier 92, Manhattan, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Manhattan for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 24th

• 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rye Playland, Rye, New York – Event will include a ceremony in honor of Memorial Day at 11:45 a.m. followed by a barbecue for veterans and their families. A USMC Aviation/Marine Air-Ground Task Force demo will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft. Event is free and open to the public.

• Noon – 12:30 p.m., USS The Sullivans Pier, Staten Island, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of Staten Island Homeport for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 25th

• 1:30 – 2 p.m., Pier 86, Manhattan, New York – USCG will conduct a Search and Rescue demo in the water off of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier for visitors to see. Event is free and open to the public.

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A U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team demonstrates how troops can be inserted into a remote area during a joint air and ground demonstration during Fleet Week New York (FWNY). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Magen Weatherwax/Released)

• 2 – 5 p.m., Glen Island Park, New Rochelle, New York – USMC Aviation/Marine Air-Ground Task Force demo including MV-22 Osprey, CH-46E Sea Knight, and AH-1W SuperCobra aircraft. The event will showcase airborne insertion and extraction of aircraft with combat equipped Marines. Event is free and open to the public.

• 11 a.m., Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Manhattan, New York – A missing man formation aerial salute comprised of FA-18 Super Hornets based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. will be performed in conjunction with the Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration at Pier 86.

• 1:10 p.m. Citi Field, Flushing, New York – Two FA-18 Super Hornets based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. will fly over the annual New York Mets/USO Military Appreciation Day at Citi Field, signifying the start of the game. The Mets will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Joint Service Color Guard will present colors, and a member of Navy Band Northeast will sing the national anthem.

In addition to showcasing the world’s largest maritime force, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) are scheduled to host a variety of music concerts featuring Navy Band Northeast and the USMC Band, May 18-25, in celebration of the 2015 Fleet Week New York.

Sailors assigned to the Navy Band Northeast perform for guests on Pier 92 during the parade of ships. US Navy photo taken by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen M. Votaw/Released)

Sailors assigned to the Navy Band Northeast perform for guests on Pier 92 during the parade of ships. US Navy photo taken by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen M. Votaw/Released)

Events include:

Monday, May 18th

• 4 – 5 p.m., Brooklyn Central Library, Brooklyn, New York – Navy Band Northeast “Pops Ensemble” will perform a public concert at the Brooklyn Central Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza. Comprised of 35 talented professional Navy musicians from across the country, the band performs a wide variety of musical styles, specializing in traditional concert band literature, popular standards, jazz and patriotic favorites. Event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 19th

• 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Bryant Park, Manhattan – Navy Band Northeast “Pops Ensemble” will perform. Comprised of 35 talented professional Navy musicians from across the country, the band performs a wide variety of musical styles, specializing in traditional concert band literature, popular standards, jazz and patriotic favorites. Event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 21st

• 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Bryant Park, Manhattan – USMC will host Marine Day in Bryant Park featuring boot camp style exercise session (6:30 a.m.), followed by USMC displays, demonstrations and a performance by the USMC Band. Event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 22nd

• 5 – 7:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” and the USMC Band will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: USCG Silent Drill Team – 5 – 5:30 p.m.; Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; USMC Band – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 23rd

• 10 a.m. – noon, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, New York – Navy Band Northeast “Brass Band” will perform. Event is free and open to the public.

• 5 – 6:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The USCG Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: USCG Silent Drill Team – 5 – 5:30 p.m.; Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 24th

• 1 – 2:30 p.m., Military Island, Times Square – Navy Band Northeast’s “Brass Band” will perform at Military Island in Times Square. The USCG Silent Drill Team will also perform. Line-up: Navy Band Northeast’s “Brass Band” – 1 – 2 p.m.; USCG Silent Drill Team – 2 – 2:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

• 1 – 5 p.m., Fleet Week New York Community Music Festival, Flagship Brewery, Staten Island, New York – Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” will perform from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Local bands will also perform. Event is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 25th

• 1:10 p.m. Citi Field, Flushing, New York –The Mets will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Joint Service Color Guard will present colors, and a member of Navy Band Northeast will sing the national anthem.

For up-to-date information on all Fleet Week events, visit the official Fleet Week New York website at http://www.fleetweeknewyork.com, “Like” FleetWeekNewYork on Facebook, or “Follow” @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter. Fleet Week New York photos can be viewed on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/fwnypao. Join the conversation on social media by using #FleetWeekNYC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda Fairstein’s Love Letter to Grand Central Terminal, New York

Great book for those planning a trip to NYC. It gives fascinating, behind the scene details about Grand Central Terminal. Evocative for armchair travelers.

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Approximately 750,000 people visit New York’s Grand Central Terminal (GCT) each day. Two-thirds of them race to catch trains, while the remainder, tourists, stroll through the historic Beaux-Arts landmark. GCT has been featured in hundreds of movies, TV shows, novels, music videos, photos, advertisements, and other media formats. As a result, the stately building has become the World’s sixth most visited tourist attraction and is recognized around the globe.

In her latest novel, Terminal City, best-selling author Linda Fairstein pays tribute to GCT, and has once again created a fast-paced police procedural featuring her popular protagonist, New York City DA Alexandra Cooper. I enjoy Fairstein’s novels because they have such a strong sense of place, that the location becomes an additional character.

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Built by and named for the New York Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger rail travel, GCT is the…

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Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Tarrytown, NY

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Like many avid readers, I love touring libraries and bookstores. I especially enjoy seeing another writer’s library. Browsing through their bookshelves makes me feel like I’m getting to know them, and understand how they think. One of my favorite libraries belonged to Washington Irving, in his Hudson River Valley home, “ Sunnyside .” It shares a lot of characteristics with other period libraries, floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled with leather bound volumes, a beautiful desk, and comfy chairs. What I really like though, is the banquet placed in the alcove, where Irving was known to take the occasional nap. That’s a writing technique I regularly practice.

In the pantheon of American literary lights, Washington Irving shines bright. He is the well-known and beloved author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other short stories. His characters are familiar to adults and schoolchildren everywhere, from Brom Bones…

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Winter Thrills for Olympic Wannabes

Image Courtesy of Lake Placid Bobsled Experience

Image Courtesy of Lake Placid Bobsled Experience

About this time of year, I’m always hit with a crazy combination of cabin fever and recklessness. I start looking for adventure activities that always makes my husband intone, “I think you need to make an informed decision about this event.” Inspired by the Sochi Olympics, I’ve found the perfect action venue to quench my thirst for winter thrills.

If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be a comet, the Lake Placid Bobsled Adventure is for you. Bobsled rides, with a professional driver and brakeman, begin at the half-mile point on the same track used by Olympic racers. According to their promo, “you’ll feel the rumble of the sled thundering down the track. You’ll speed through one turn, bank high on the next one and pick up speed on the straightaway. You’ll go faster than you’re allowed to drive a car through town. Then you’ll get to the bottom and want to do it again.”
Sounds excellent to me!

For your bravery, you will be rewarded
• Sliding from Start 4
• Bobsled lapel pin
• 4×6 commemorative team photo
• T-Shirt
• Membership in the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
• 20% off your second bobsled ride

Reservations are recommended but require at least 48 hour advance notice. If you do not have a reservation, tickets may be
purchased in person during ride sessions, although space can be limited. Track & weather conditions permitting.

Call 518-523-4436 (Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) or email.
2013 – 2014 Lake Placid Bobsled Experience Rates
Adult $85
Teen $80
Junior $75
Adult: Ages 20+ | Teen: Ages 13-19 | Junior: Ages 7-12
Combine with the Lake Placid Skeleton Experience on Saturdays and expanded hours during the Holiday periods for twice the thrill. Combo tickets are $125, combo rides must be taken same day.

General Information
Location: Olympic Sports Complex View Map
Wednesday – Friday 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Times may vary. Check calendar for availability.
Must be 48″ or taller to ride

http://www.whiteface.com/activities/bobsled-experience


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Ice Ice Baby!

Image courtesy of I LOVE NEW YORK

Image courtesy of I LOVE NEW YORK

The cold Mid Atlantic weather is making a lot of folks happy, including fans of Lake George ice fishing. Show off your ice fishing skills at the largest fishing tournament on Lake George. The Northern Lake George Ice Fishing Tournament, sponsored by The Hague Fish & Game Club will be held this weekend, February 22nd, 2014 – February 23rd, 2014. There are four categories: Lake Trout, Perch; Salmon and Northern Pike. And adults and juniors can angle for prizes and glory! For times, registration information and directions, contact:

Hague Fish & Game Club
Town Park 9060 Lake Shore Drive
Hague, NY 12836
518-543-6542
http://www.haguefishandgame.com