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Three Ways Google Maps Will Help You Navigate Your Summer Travels

Google Maps will take you much further from just point A to point B this summer. LaToya Drake shows you how to let your smartphone be your guide with three new tools to help navigate your next vacation. 1.Keep track of your favorite places and share them with friends through Lists. 2. Take the stress out of finding your family on a crowded beach, or friends at a summertime BBQ in the park, through easy-to-use Location Sharing.   3. Parking Difficulty icons will clue you in on whether parking will be hard to find wherever you go, and to...

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NYC Subway Staycation: Take the “Q” To Coney Island

Ever since the Second Avenue Subway extension of the “Q’-train opened on January 1, 2017, I have been anxious to take it all the way to the end. Coney Island. You see, I live very close to the 96th Street station, and waited…er, suffered through 11 years of construction, and can’t be happier about the presence of  this subterranean chariot within minutes from my apartment. Everyone I know in the neighborhood calls it a life-changer…and yes, I agree wholeheartedly. Just recently, I took it to all the way… to Coney Island and back… Here’s a little video of my...

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Volcano Bay Water Park Is Now Open At Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando held a media event recently to introduce its new water theme park, just in time for the 2017 summer season. Right out of the chute, visitors had to wait hours to experience some of the most popular slides, despite the much promoted wearable reservations wristband.  Hopefully the kinks will be worked out of the new Tapu Tapu technology very...

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SS United States Conservancy Sails Into Political Seas To Save Iconic Oceanliner

The campaign to save a beloved oceanliner, the SS United States, just took on a political overtone. With little success, the SSUS Conservancy has been trying for years to revive “America’s Flagship” as a floating attraction or shoring her up to sail again. Last year, Crystal Cruises came this close to saving the 1950’s era ship, that is rusting away, unceremoniously docked across from an IKEA in Philadelphia. Crystal abandoned its plans to put her back into seagoing service after a feasibility study determined the effort would be too much of a stretch. So, now, the Conservancy is asking...

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