<![CDATA[NBC New York - The Scene]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usWed, 18 Jul 2018 23:45:41 -0400Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:45:41 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Best Hats at San Diego's Famed Del Mar Opening Day]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:54:45 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Del+Mar+Opening+Day+Hats+19-WEBCROP.jpg For the past 24 years, Del Mar's Opening Day has been all about the hats. Each year, hundreds of race track guests come to showcase their fanciest, most creative toppers. Here's a look at the hats that caught our eye this year at the seaside track in San Diego's North County.

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<![CDATA[Happy Birthday, Disneyland: Photos From Opening Day]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:34:51 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/222*120/disneyland-opening-1955.jpg On July 17, 1955, Southern California unveiled the Happiest Place on Earth with the opening of Disneyland Park in Anaheim. The iconic theme park at 1313 Disneyland Drive, a sprawling area covered with orange groves, was a dream come true and a design come to life for Walt Disney.

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<![CDATA[Amazon Prime Day Brings Deals, But Also an Outage]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:50:55 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/amazonGettyImages-938685102.jpg

Amazon Prime Day 2018 started on July 16 at 3 p.m. ET, although an outage brought error messages to some shoppers.

Today.com has done a round-up of good deals and will keep updating this page as new top deals come in.

Some early deals on Monday were Echo Dots for $30 (normally $50) and a Toshiba 50-inch 4K HD Smart LED TV for $290 (normally $400).

Click here for more recommendations from Today.

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<![CDATA[2 NYC Fried Chicken Spots Land Among 10 Best in U.S.: Report]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:13:50 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*160/piesthighs.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Beach Tips: How to Hide Your Money, Keys]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:33:53 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Protecting_Your_Belongings_This_Summer.jpg

Lower Gwynedd Township Police Officer Beth Sanborn gives some tips on how you can protect your belongings during a trip to the beach or lake. Bottles with false bottoms are a quick and easy place to conceal important items.

<![CDATA[15 NYC, NJ Family Restaurants Land on List of America's Best]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:33:10 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/buttermilkchannel1.jpg Let's be honest. Whether it's your own frenzied children or the ones sitting next to you, dining out family-style can be a challenge. But it doesn't have to be.

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<![CDATA[Drake Wowed by Lollipop Magic Trick]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:27:15 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_DRAKE_MAGIC_TRICK_1-153143235797300002.jpg

Magician Julius Dein shocked Drake with a trick involving a lollipop and a superhero. Take a look and see if you are as surprised as the rapper.

<![CDATA[Fortnite Season 5 Arrives: What You Should Know]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:14:59 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-954188922.jpg

After weeks of hype and bringing items from the online game into the real world, Season 5 of Fortnite has arrived.

For those who haven’t yet joined the craze, Fortnite is a game available on consoles, PC and mobile where 100 players drop from a flying school bus, collect guns and resources to fight and build structures (hence the "fort") and fight to be the last player standing.

Thousands of Fortnite gameplays can be found on YouTube or the popular livestreaming website Twitch.tv, which is owned by Amazon.

This time, the popular multi-player "battle royale" game has upgraded its map, added new cosmetic skins and items in the new update.

In Season 4, players watched a rocket launch into the sky while they were battling to eliminate 99 other players in the game. That rocket exploded and appeared to have caused a worm hole, bringing items from other eras like a viking ship, an ATV and even a Moai statue.

Players can still enjoy the game for free and they're able to purchase V-Bucks to get access to Season 5 Battle Pass. The pass cost 950 V-Bucks which is around $10.

Some gamers might opt to spending more to earn a higher tier because a Battle Pass will start you off at level 1. Players will gain more access to over 100 new items as they level up and complete challenges.

If you're wondering why your children can't seem to stop playing this game, challenges are different every season and every week. They vary from simple things like killing five opponents with a pistol to opening loot chests at different locations in the map. (Here are some tips for beginners.

The game gives different rewards for each challenge completed. This season, players can even unlock an exclusive outfit by completing special challenges.

One of the biggest changes in Season 5 is the addition of "toys." Players can conjure up a golf ball and a beach ball to actually play at the new "points of interest" in the arena.

Fortnite has gotten rid of older points of interest, where players would land and collect firearms and other items that will help them win the game, to keep the game fresh for veteran players.

The game made $233 million in March, CNBC reported, and its popularity doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.

Fortnite has millions of players. Many are children younger than 16, and they can be seen as easy targets for hackers and scammers. Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, has been warning players to be aware of scams around free or discounted V-Bucks. 

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<![CDATA['Fortnite' Unveils Newest Season]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:15:35 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fortnites.jpg

"Fortniters" rejoice! Season 5 of the hot video game "Fortnite" has been unveiled. It's called "World's Collide."

<![CDATA[NYC's Least and Most Affordable Nabes for Renters Revealed]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:30:52 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/battery+park+city1.jpg

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<![CDATA[88-Year-Old Grandma Gets the Bicycle She Never Had]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:45:52 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fuscopicthumb.jpg Eugene Fusco's 88-year-old grandmother always talked about never having a bicycle. When his 6-year-old son started riding a bike, Fusco's wife Sarah says he realized how much it would mean to give his grandmother the chance she never had.

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<![CDATA[12 Stunning New York Places You Probably Didn't Know Existed]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:19:33 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/eternal+flame.jpg Think you know New York? How many of these spots have you visited?

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<![CDATA[Chick-Fil-A Giving Away Free Food Tuesday — With a Catch]]> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:17:46 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chick-fil-a6.jpg

Chick-Fil-A is giving away free food Tuesday, there's just one small catch — you have to wear a cow costume.

To celebrate Cow Appreciation Day, the chicken retailer is giving away free entrees to anyone who turns up at the store wearing something that gives a nod to the bovine-kind.

Chick-Fil-A suggests people dress "udderly crazy," but also say you can wear "any sort of cow apparel" to get the special offer.

That appears to mean if you wear any sort of cow-related item — ears, cow-print tee, hat or scarf — you can get your pick of a free entree at any outlet between opening and 7 p.m.

The fast food chain has put together a gallery of inspiration here. 

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<![CDATA[NJ Spot Serves America's Best Hot Dog (NYC Has #2): Report]]> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:37:29 -0400 here.]]> here.]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dannys+drive+in+foodfc+insta.jpg The best hot dog in America can be found in New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[10 Exceptional Deals for NYC's Summer Restaurant Week]]> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 08:05:27 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/buttermilk+channel.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[2 of Nation's Best Water Parks Are in NY and NJ, Report Says]]> Fri, 06 Jul 2018 12:35:58 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hurricane+harbor1.jpg Baby, it's hot outside. After a blistering stretch of smothering humidity and temps in the 90s, people across the tri-state just want to get (and stay) in the water. Good thing we've got some of the nation's best water parks, according to a new report.

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<![CDATA[You Can Now Go Glamping on Governors Island for $700 a Night]]> Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:54:04 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/glamping.jpg

Just imagine it, a luxurious room on an island, with chef-prepared meals and a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.

Hotel? Not exactly.

It's actually a campground of high-end tents on Governors Island, the latest outpost for glamping, or glamorous camping. Rates that can run more than $700 provide such creature comforts as full beds, high thread-count sheets, bathrooms, plush towels, electrical outlets, barbecue grills and an on-site restaurant offering prime cuts of meat.

There isn't a leaky tent, musty sleeping bag or can of baked beans in sight.

"We've tried to create an experience where people can put all those concerns aside and connect to the place that they're in, the people that they're with and themselves," said Peter Mack, CEO and founder of Collective Retreats, which has developed similar camps in Colorado, Montana and Texas.

Visitors staying in the 27 smaller journey tents share bathroom facilities; those staying in the 10 larger summit tents have their own private, en suite bathrooms, spa robes and even a campfire s'mores kit.

The location, Governors Island, is a 172-acre plot of land that sits just off the southern tip Manhattan, with stunning views of the city's Financial District, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Formerly used by the Army and Coast Guard, a portion of it is now home to a national monument overseen by the National Park Service, while the majority was transferred over to the city and state for the benefit and use of the public.

It's accessible only by ferry and currently open to the public for six months of the year, which means visitors to Collective Governors Island have specific windows both to plan their stays as well as how they get to and from their tents during a visit. At night, once the ferries have stopped running, people staying there have to remain within the campgrounds, but in the mornings they have the run of the island to themselves until the boats start operating again.

The goal is to turn the island into a year-round destination, said Michael Samuelian, president and CEO of The Trust for Governors Island, the organization that oversees its redevelopment. To that end, the site hosts events including musical performances and art exhibits.

Collective Retreat's pitch for a luxury camping ground on a portion of the island made perfect sense, he said. Putting up tents and communal bathrooms requires less infrastructure than building a full-scale hotel, which is on the ultimate goal list. But it allows the trust to start having overnight visitors and figure out the transportation and other needs to make it a full-time, year-round destination.

"It's absolutely worth it because big-picture, this is the direction we need to go," Samuelian said.

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<![CDATA[Senior Dog Gets a Second Chance Thanks to Clear the Shelters]]> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:59:16 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/070418gingerCTS.jpg

Jill Karnicki was watching local news on a Saturday morning when she first learned about Ginger, a 14-year-old shepherd mix. Each week, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brings an adoptable pet to a local TV station to highlight as the “Pet of the Week.” The group brought Ginger with the hope of finding the older pet a home.

Karnicki already cared for two other dogs and had only been tempted to look for a shelter pet once before, but Ginger’s age struck her.

“I was like ‘there should not be a 14-year-old living in a shelter,’” Karnicki said. “That’s not a way to end a dog’s life.”

After watching the segment, Karnicki waited five hours before making a trip to the shelter, providing other viewers with the chance to adopt Ginger. With Ginger still available, Karnicki arrived at the Houston facility and immediately took note of the dog’s loving personality.

Within five minutes, Karnicki decided she wouldn’t leave without Ginger, who was the first dog at the facility to be adopted during last summer’s Clear The Shelters event.

“She instantly fit right into my doggy life,” Karnicki said. “I’ve usually had smaller dogs. She’s a bigger dog. It’s fun to love on her and wrestle with her.”

Ginger’s previous owner dropped her off at the shelter because the family had too many animals, Houston SPCA spokeswoman Julie Kuenstle told NBC. She remained at the facility for 51 days before Karnicki adopted her.

Ginger didn’t have trouble adjusting to life with Karnicki’s two 10-year-old coton de tulears. The three dogs hover around Karnicki when they take trips to the dog park and enjoy excursions in Galveston, Texas, where they roam the beach. Karnicki purchased the dogs life jackets, but none of the three like to swim, she said.

Growing up, Karnicki and her family were often asked to care for stray dogs that others found but had never adopted a shelter pet. She was pleased with the process and admired the fact that all of Ginger’s medical needs were tended to before she left the shelter.

“She’s really got a lot of pep and energy,” Karnicki said. “She’s mellow, she’s loving and she’s happy to be where she is.”

Kuenstle said Ginger was overlooked several times because of her age. Instead, shelter visitors leaned toward adopting puppies. However, senior dogs could be ideal because they’re often already trained and still have energy and a desire to play, Kuenstle said.

“[Older dogs] have a lot of life and love to give in many cases,” Kuenstle said. “There’s a preconceived notion that a senior dog is an old dog and doesn’t want to play or engage and that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

After Ginger was adopted, a picture of Karnicki and the newest member of her family was displayed on the broadcast the following week, celebrating the uncommon adoption of an older pet.

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<![CDATA[NY, CT Spots in Top 10 Cities Where $100K Earners Feel Broke]]> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 08:33:42 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/briefcase+money.jpg

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<![CDATA[Pets and Car Safety: How to Choose the Right Restraints ]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:31:22 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CPS+and+Subaru+Crash+Testing+%281%29.jpg

Fastening your seatbelt when you get in the car is a no-brainer for humans. But pets can't buckle up on their own, and should always travel in a safe crate or carrier.

During a crash, or if you slam on the brakes, pets can act as projectiles if they are not properly secured. And they can also distract drivers from keeping their eyes on the road.

The market is full of pet restraining products, everything from harnesses to carriers, however many labeled "crash tested" are based only on manufacturers' claims.

"No performance standards or test protocols currently exist in the U.S. for pet crates or carriers, and while many pet safety product manufacturers claim to test their products, they can’t be substantiated without uniform test standards and protocols," said Lindsey Wolko, CEO and founder of the nonprofit watchdog Center for Pet Safety. 

The CPS — along with Subaru of America — rigorously tested carriers and crates to find which devices keep four-legged travel companions safest in the event of a crash.  The 2015 study used specially-designed crash-test dummy dogs, which had a size and weight similar to that of real dogs. They tested crate connections and structural integrity.

CPS found Gunner Kennels G1 (starting at $349) to be the top performing crate and the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock (starting at $150) to be the top performing carrier. In 2018, the nonprofit watchdog found in a separate test that the Gen7Pets Gen7 Commuter carrier was also crash-tested safe.

The study also found the Sleepypod Clickit Utility Sport or Terrain safety harness (starting at $68) was best for securing four-legged friends. In 2017, CPS crash-tested and added the ZuGoPet the Rocketeer Pack ($132) to the list.

CPS said the Gunner Kennels crate withstood the most significant force generated in the crash study and the two leading carriers fully contained test dogs.

But most crates failed completely. CPS noted 25 of the 29 products tested in the 2015 study failed in one way or another. 

The Consumer Products Safety Commission told NBC News, based on its mandate from Congress, the agency doesn't have jurisdiction over these products because pet products are not defined as "consumer products."

Wolko hopes to establish federal standards with data found through their studies.

Subaru recommends pet owners choose a crate or carrier appropriately sized for their dog - usually about six inches longer than the dog’s body. Owners should secure crates using strength-rated cargo area anchor straps, not elastic or rubber bungee cords.

"We at Subaru recognize the importance of keeping the entire family safe on the road, including our beloved pets,” said Subaru spokesman Michael McHale in a press release.

Traveling safely with pets takes some extra planning, but in the end it's worth it.

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<![CDATA[How to Watch Macy's Fireworks Show Live Wherever You Are]]> Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:09:19 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks+macy.jpg

The 42nd annual Macy's 4th of July fireworks show over the East River promises to be another spectacular display, with seven barges launching tens of thousands of shells into the air during a two-hour special broadcast on NBC.

Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin and Keith Urban join the star-studded roster for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular special on NBC, airing Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET with an hour-long encore presentation to follow. Akbar Gbajabiamila and Matt Iseman are the hosts for this year's event.   

You can livestream the show on NBCNewYork.com on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link. (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/live). You can also watch the coverage on our free app -- download it from iTunes here or from Google Play here. All you need is your TV service provider’s username and password.

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<![CDATA[Bud Light Offering to Give Calif. Free Beer if Mexico Beats Brazil]]> Thu, 28 Jun 2018 20:38:15 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BudLight+bucket.jpg

Bud Light has promised to give away free beer to everyone in the state of California if Mexico beats Brazil Monday.

The company announce earlier this month that if Mexico broke the "curse of the fifth" and advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals, it would help soccer fans celebrate with free beer.

Since the 1994 World Cup, Mexico has not been able to advance past the Round of 16 in the tournament — a defeat Mexican soccer fans have called the "curse of the fifth game."

But after Mexico moved on from the Group stage despite a 3-0 loss to Sweden but thanks to South Korea's surprise 2-0 triumph over Germany, Bud Light reiterated the promise on Twitter:

"South Koreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeea, this is for you, carnales! #MEXSWE," Bud Light tweeted.

In a statement, Bud Light on Thursday said it will release full details of the deal "should El Tri prevail, but for now we do not want to jinx them."

As for why California was chosen, according to the statement: "California is awesome and we know that El Tri has a huge fan base there. In fact, during the last World Cup, Californians issued twice as many social posts about Team Mexico than any other state." 

Earlier this year, Bud Light's parent company Anheuser-Busch, wagered a bet to provide the City of Philadelphia with free beer if the Eagles won the Super Bowl. They company handed out the free beer at the Eagles victory parade. 

El Tri takes on the Seleção Monday, July 2 at 7 a.m. PT.

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<![CDATA[Tonight: Bright Saturn Appearing Below Colorful Full Moon]]> Wed, 27 Jun 2018 15:05:33 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-694682580.jpg

Strawberry moon or not, there's a reason to look up in the sky tonight. 

Stargazers will be able to see both Saturn and the moon on full display on Wednesday. The ringed planet will appear directly below a full moon at its brightest and closest point to Earth. June's full moon, appearing at its lowest point in the sky, has been pictured in the past giving off a light orange, yellow hue.

But there is some disagreement over what tonight's moon is called, according to NASA planetary expert Gordon Johnston. 

The Maine Farmer's Almanac first published names of the full moons in the 1930s, naming them after what Native American tribes in the eastern U.S. had called them throughout the year.

June’s full moon is usually called the Strawberry Moon, but Johnston said it is “unclear” if the names were meant to be tied to European calendar months. There will be 13 full moons in 2018 instead of one for every month, which happens about every two or three years. 

Johnston said it's more likely the Strawberry Moon is supposed to occur when strawberries are ripe, signaling their harvest.

Despite many reports teasing this month's Strawberry Moon, his NASA blog post touted the Strawberry Moon for May's full moon. 

“Where I live in Virginia, the strawberries in my backyard were ripe around the time of the last full moon and are long past now,” Johnston said.

So what we’ll see tonight above Saturn? The first full moon of summer—known by the Algonquin tribe as the Buck Moon, Johnston said.

“Early summer is normally when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur,” Johnston wrote in a new blog post this week.

Either way, the full moon will appear at its lowest in the sky this week, which happens every year around the time of the summer solstice. Johnston said light from the moon shines through more air, giving it "more of a reddish color."

“This is especially true for the far northern latitudes of Europe," Johnston said.

The moon will be an even deeper red, ruddy-brown color during next month's "blood moon" on July 27, which will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, space.com reported.

According to NASA, sky watchers can see Wednesday's two celestial events at their closest to each other around 11 p.m. EDT.

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<![CDATA[America's Worst Ocean Beach Town to Live Is in NY: Survey]]> Wed, 27 Jun 2018 11:53:35 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sand+beach.jpg

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<![CDATA[7 Top Hamptons Beaches Ranked by Convenience in New Report]]> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 09:34:37 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ditch+plains.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[This NY Spot Is 2018's Coolest Small Town in America: Study]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:38:55 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/beacon3.jpg Budget Travel has unveiled its 2018 list of the 10 coolest small towns in America, and one spot in New York claims top honors.

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<![CDATA[20 Tri-State Area Burgers Land on New List of America's Best]]> Mon, 02 Jul 2018 07:26:35 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/230*120/brindle.jpg Burgers may not be as iconic as hot dogs in New York City, but that doesn't mean the Big Apple doesn't have plenty of delicious burgers to go around.]]> <![CDATA[10 Fourth of July Events You Won't Regret Going to in NY, NJ]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:27:47 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/macys+fireworks+show+cropped+7.jpg The Fourth of July may be an important national holiday but it is also a day filled with stress. People want to have the best plans and see the best fireworks. Look no further, these are 10 of the most exciting things to do for the Fourth in New York and New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[Best Spots to Watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in NY, NJ]]> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 14:39:37 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Macys+4th+of+July+Show.jpeg

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<![CDATA[America's Favorite Pizza Spots for 2018 Revealed]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:42:05 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/shakey2.jpg Pizza is an American staple. And there's no shame in eating copious amounts from all sorts of different places (even in the same day).

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<![CDATA['I've Never Seen That!': Pooch Up for Adoption Says 'Hello']]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:59:23 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/maricopa+dog.jpg

An animal care center in Arizona says all of its dogs up for adoption are special, but Drew is particularly unique. This adorable bandanna-wearing pooch actually says hello (or that's what it sounds like). As one woman is heard saying in the video, "Oh my goodness, a dog that says hello, I've never seen that." (Credit: Maricopa County Animal Care & Control)

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<![CDATA['Huge Cat Alert': 29-Pound Feline Finds Forever Home After Rescue]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:49:14 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chubbs-phs-062018.jpg

A 29-pound cat who became an internet sensation after being rescued from the streets of Southern California has found a forever home.

The stray Himalayan mix was found last week wandering the streets of Altadena and taken to the Pasadena Humane Society by a good Samaritan. The shelter said the 10-year-old cat, which they named Chubbs, was extremely matted and took several hours to groom, "Today" reported.

After the shelter put out a "huge cat alert" on its social media pages announcing Chubbs was in need of a good home, the Pasadena Humane Society said it received several claims from different people alleging the now-social media star was their cat.

The organization had planned on holding an adoption event Sunday, but delayed it to vett the claims. After determining the ownership claims were false, Chubbs was put up for adoption on Wednesday. 

"He was adopted right away," said shelter spokeswoman Jaime Holeman. "Surprisingly, the family that adopted him were the only ones ready to adopt." 

Though the line to adopt the famous kitty wasn't long, Holeman said there were plenty of Chubbs fans gathered outside the shelter showing their support. 

"One person made a sign that said 'We Love Chubbs' and then gave it to the family who adopted him," said Holeman. 

Yvette Viola and her husband, Ruben Viola, was the lucky couple who adopted Chubbs. 

The Violas lost their cat, Mooshu, of 14 years earlier this year and were grief-stricken. Since Mooshu's death, Yvette never found a cat that made her want to adopt — until she laid eyes on Chubbs. 

"It was really hard for us. I didn't want to adopt a cat at all," Yvette said. "But then this guy came on TV and my girlfriend from high school sent me the link and said, 'I found your cat.'" 

Yvette was ready to adopt last week and filled out an application Thursday, but had to wait a few extra days until the adorable kitty could officially be put on the market. 

"I was so nervous someone was going to come by and claim him," Yvette said. "I thought I was going to adopt a kitten, but I saw this guy and immediately fell in love." 

Chubbs was placed on a weight loss program before being adopted and his new family plans to continue his diet. They also said Chubbs will be microchiped to ensure he does not become a stray again. 

Photo Credit: Pasadena Humane Society]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Family Helps Terminally Ill Dog Complete Bucket List]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:48:53 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/odin-diptych.jpg When their beloved family dog Odin was diagnosed with bone cancer and given only a few months to live, Bobby Jo and Jeff Ledford were determined to make his last days special by checking off every item on his bucket list.

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<![CDATA[10 Off the Radar NJ Joints for Incredible (and Cheap) Eats]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:11:23 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jays2.jpg Finding delicious food for all taste buds in New Jersey has never been a problem. But finding that for cheap can be a bit more of a challenge.

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<![CDATA[Closet in NYC or Mansion in Ohio? What $200K Buys Across US]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:47:33 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pexels+cash.jpg

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<![CDATA[4 NY Restaurants Land Among 30 Best in Entire World]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:31:12 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/odette+thumb.jpg There are a lot of global restaurant rankings, but the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018 awards is one of the most prestigious.

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<![CDATA[These Are the Top 10 Day Trips From New York City]]> Fri, 06 Jul 2018 09:04:35 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fire+island.jpg It's that time of year again. New Yorkers are looking to get out of New York City -- at least for the weekend. Looking for some ideas?

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<![CDATA[Rapper Juelz Santana Must Take Mom on Tour: Judge]]> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 23:14:34 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Rapper_Juelz_Santana_to_Surrender_to_Police__Reports.jpg

Rapper Juelz Santana can go on tour while he's facing weapons charges, providing he's monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet ... and mom.

A federal judge on Friday modified the bail conditions for Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, to allow him to play the first five shows of his upcoming 15-city nationwide tour.

Among the conditions: that Santana's mother accompanies him on the trips, that he drives instead of flies and that they don't travel with other members of the tour.

In court Friday, Santana told the judge that his mother, who wasn't in attendance, had consented to join him on the tour.

Santana will be back in court next month for a review of "how things went" and to discuss whether he can play other shows, U.S. District Judge Michael Hammer said.

"I view it as a reasonable and productive exercise of his time to work and provide for his family," Hammer said. Prosecutors had opposed changing the bail conditions.

Santana has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Authorities say Newark Liberty International Airport security on March 9 found a loaded .38-caliber handgun and non-prescribed oxycodone pills in a carry-on bag containing Santana's identification. He has been free on $500,000 bail and living with his mother and brother.

"I just want to say thank you to the judge," he said as he left the courtroom.

The shows in question are in Hampton, New Hampshire; Norfolk, Virginia; Baltimore, and Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina.

"We're pleased he'll be able to work and he'll be able to demonstrate to the court his continued responsibility as a performer and as a person under pre-trial supervision," Santana's attorney, Brian Neary, said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Desiree Latzer argued Friday that Santana had been en route to a show when he was arrested and that he could easily carry a gun with him in a car. She also noted that other performers on the tour have prior weapons arrests and that the electronic ankle bracelet can monitor where Santana is but not what he's doing.

"It's a very long leash," she said.

Citing prior domestic violence issues, Hammer delayed ruling on Santana's motion to be allowed to return his home in Totowa, New Jersey, with his girlfriend and children. Santana pleaded guilty to making a terroristic threat to commit a crime of violence in 2011 after an incident during which he also was charged with violating a restraining order.

A trial date hasn't been set.

<![CDATA[24 Must-Experience Adventures for Couples, Per Conde Nast]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:16:18 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/222*120/trevel+thumb.jpg Looking for a different type of trip to take with your special someone? Here are more than a few ideas.

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<![CDATA[Rival Restaurants, Analysts React to IHOP Name Change]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:46:53 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/061118ihobcorrect.jpg

The International House of Pancakes, commonly referred to as IHOP, created a social media frenzy last week, when it announced intentions to change its name to “IHOb.” But customers had to wait until Monday to find out what the “b” represented.

In a news release, the company said the “b” stands for “burgers,” and the name change is part of a rebranding campaign to promote the restaurant’s new line of Ultimate Steakburgers. The restaurant changed its Twitter handle to “@IHOb” and opened an IHOb restaurant in Hollywood, California. It also debuted a new commercial.

However, while the new hamburgers will remain on the menu, the “IHOb” campaign will end later this summer, a restaurant spokeswoman said in an email to NBC.

“This tongue-in-cheek name change is specifically tied to the campaign launch and is meant to show that we’re just as serious about our burgers as we are about our pancakes,” the spokeswoman said. “But, we’ll always be IHOP, and we’ll always have pancakes … now people can just get pancakes with their burger.”

Several national burger joints responded to the name change on Twitter, with White Castle remarking it plans to change its name to Pancake Castle. Whataburger wrote that it would never change its name to Whatapancake, and Red Robin joked it’s “as serious about pancakes as @IHOb is about burgers.”

Wendy’s said it’s “not really afraid of the burgers from a place that decided pancakes were too hard,” and Moon Pie revealed its intention to keep its name. Burger King changed its Twitter name to Pancake King. 

Three industry experts questioned the temporary name change, noting that it adds additional competition. Industry analyst Michael Lieberman said the brief change “seems like an ineffective strategy.”

Carly Fink, the Principal Head of Strategy and Research for marketing firm Provoke Insights, characterized the decision as risky. Restaurant Consultant Aaron Allen said the change is one that will “go down in the international house of branding blunders.”

Still, the company is excited about the newest menu additions.

“Everyone knows that IHOP makes world-famous pancakes so we felt like the best way to convince them that we are as serious about our new line of Ultimate Steakburgers as we are about our pancakes, was to change our name to IHOb,” said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer for IHOb restaurants, in a news release.

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<![CDATA['B-Hold' the New Name of Restaurant Formerly Known as IHOP]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:35:06 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ihob.jpg

It wasn't bacon, breakfast or butternut squash, but lettuce tell you what the b stands for in the name of the restaurant formerly known as the International House of Pancakes, or IHOP.

It's burgers.

IHOP revealed last week that it was changing its name to IHOb, but didn't give up what the b stands for. 

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On Monday morning, the restaurant revealed that it will henceforth be known as the International House of Burgers.

The name change comes as the restaurant chain debuts a line of seven "Ultimate Steakburgers."

"We're always going to have pancakes on the menu, we're always going to be IHOP, but America loves burgers, and America loves IHOP, and we thought this was a fantastic combination to bring America’s burgers to an iconic brand like IHOP," said IHOb President Darren Rebelez on "Fox & Friends," Fox News reported.

Other fast food chains like White Castle and Wendy's took to Twitter to mock the newly burger-focused company for flip-flopping on flipping pancakes and burgers.

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<![CDATA[10 Top Beach Vacations in America for Families on a Budget]]> Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:49:36 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/myrtle1.jpg

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<![CDATA[Taco Bell Dishing Out Free Tacos Thanks to Warriors' Game 3 Win]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:38:33 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/DoritosLocosTaco.JPG

Free taco alert!

Thanks to the Golden State Warriors' victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night, Taco Bell is dishing out free Doritos Locos Tacos at participating locations across the United States on June 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

The free giveaway comes as part of the food chain's "Steal a Game, Steal a Taco" promotion. The Warriors "stole" Game 3 by rallying to defeat the Cavaliers away from home in Cleveland.

The promotion stipulates that Doritos Locos Tacos lovers will only be allowed to chow down on one free taco next Wednesday, according to the chain.

The tacos will be handed out to interested folks in all 50 states and the District of Columbia while supplies last, according to Taco Bell.

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<![CDATA[13 Must-Visit NYC Pools for Summer 2018 (Oh, the Views!)]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:38:17 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dumbo+pool+thumb.jpg

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<![CDATA[How Much Does It Take to Get Married in America? Yikes]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 10:14:24 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pexels+wedding.jpg It's no secret that weddings are expensive -- but if you look at the averages based on how many months of rent you'd need to hit the money mark you may want to stick your head back under the covers.

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<![CDATA[Southwest's Latest Flash Sale Has Great NYC Flights for $99]]> Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:11:11 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Southwest+New+Plane-10-01-2017-16.30.36_2017-10-01-19-15-36.jpg

Summer travelers, rejoice! Southwest Airlines has launched its latest flash sale, offering one-way tickets from the New York area to vacation spots like Orlando, Nashville and Austin for under (well under, in some cases) $100.

The sale, which runs only through Thursday, covers domestic travel from Aug. 21 through Dec. 13. Tickets are nonrefundable, blackout dates apply and some seats and markets are limited. That said, if you've got some flexibility, you can book a great weekend getaway for super cheap. 

From Newark Airport, offers include one-way tickets to Austin, Texas, Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis and Chicago starting at $79. From LaGuardia, offers include one-way tickets to Atlanta, Nashville, St. Louis and Tampa starting at $99, as well as one-ways to Denver starting at $129 and a one-way to Milwaukee starting at $79. 

If you're flying out of Long Island (Islip), offers include a one-way ticket to West Palm Beach starting at $99, and a one-way to Baltimore starting at $49. 

See the full list of deals and the fine print here.

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<![CDATA[8 Places in NYC to Watch Free Outdoor Movies This Summer]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 22:22:22 -0400 Azul on the Rooftop
June 4: West Side Story
June 11: TBD (based on NBA final)
June 18: Rocky
June 25: The Big Lebowski, in honor of its 20th anniversary
July 2: Wonder Woman
July 9: Goodfellas
July 16: The Warriors
July 30: Grease, in honor of its 40th anniversary
August 6: Black Panther
August 13: Pulp Fiction
August 20: Mean Girls
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Azul on the Rooftop
June 4: West Side Story
June 11: TBD (based on NBA final)
June 18: Rocky
June 25: The Big Lebowski, in honor of its 20th anniversary
July 2: Wonder Woman
July 9: Goodfellas
July 16: The Warriors
July 30: Grease, in honor of its 40th anniversary
August 6: Black Panther
August 13: Pulp Fiction
August 20: Mean Girls
Movies are every Monday and start at sunset. Click Here.]]>