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CityPASS Home  »  City Traveler Blog  »  November 2012

November 2012

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Shines Bright in NYC

The 2012 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was the tree that almost wasn’t. Until recently, the approximately 80-year old Norway Spruce lived an unassuming life in the driveway of Joe Balku of Flanders, New Jersey. It was only by chance (and a missed turn) that the eagle-eyed team who, each year, choose the lucky twig to grace the Rockefeller Center space ended up spotting it on Balku’s property in the first place. read more »

New York City: Come For a Visit

I paid a mid-November visit to the bruised Big Apple and was surprised how quickly it had bounced back after the super storm, Hurricane Sandy, had battered the city just two weeks earlier. It must be that old-fashioned “can’t-keep-them-down” New York City spirit we often hear about because, by all signs, NYC was totally back in business and as bustling as ever. read more »

Toronto Staycation Essentials

For the next two weeks I am on a Toronto Staycation. I decided earlier this year that I was going to scale back and do some off the beaten track walking tours, discovering of new neighbourhoods in my hometown, and most of all, visit Toronto’s finest museums, galleries and attractions at cheap and cheerful pricing. read more »

Alcatraz Facts & Mysteries You May Not Know

One of the world's most notorious and best known prisons, over the years, Alcatraz housed some 1,545 of America's most ruthless criminals including Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the "Birdman of Alcatraz"), George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Bumpy Johnson, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Mickey Cohen, Arthur R. "Doc" Barker, James "Whitey" Bulger, and Alvin "Creepy" Karpis (who served more time at Alcatraz than any other inmate). read more »

Recapture a Childhood Thrill at Houston’s Jurassic Safari

When you were a kid, what’s the one thing that rocked your world most when you took a trip to the museum? I’d wager that most would say dinosaurs — remembering the thrill of seeing the sharp teeth, skeletons or models of fearsome carnivores such as the tyrannosaurus rex, velociraptor and dimetrodon.Now the Houston Museum of Natural Science, which is a Houston CityPASS attraction, has taken dinosaur viewing to a whole new level with its new, 36,000-square foot, $85 million Morian Hall of Paleontology, which opened last June. read more »

Surfers Mobilize for Post-Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

Humanitarian and former professional surfer Jon Rose is leading an effort to help rebuild post-Sandy devastation. As a first responder to the surf-community, Jon’s non-profit organization, Waves For Water, will lead a focused effort to remove storm debris and assist with other basic survival needs associated with the catastrophic storm. read more »

A Love Affair With San Francisco Cable Cars

I was born and bred in the Bay Area, which means I grew up ignoring San Francisco’s cable cars. I don’t even remember my first and only time on the trolley. Even though riding the carousel at Pier 39 is an indelible childhood memory, the cable car is not. That’s right: Pier 39 trumps the cable car for as long as I can remember. Ouch. read more »

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