The Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Curated By Usher, With Performances By Mariah Carey & Tim McGraw

The 37th Annual Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular curated by Usher, with performances by Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Selena Gomez.

The show starts at 8pm EST and will first have the artists performances and after that, the greatest fireworks display in America. More that 40,000 fireworks will light up the sky, synchronized to a 25-minute, hand-picked score. You won’t want to miss this.

The fireworks show can be seen from any are with an unobstructed view of the sky above the Hudson River. There are four badges  positioned in the Hudson River between 24th street and 42nd street. For the best spots, head to the 12th avenue below 59th street at the following access points along  11th avenue.

Access points:

24th Street    26th Street    27th Street

29th Street    33rd Street    34th Street

40th Street    42nd Street    44th Street

50th Street    52nd Street    54th Street

56th Street    57th Street

Macy’s says you won’t want to miss the lights show during the last 5 minutes of the fireworks finale if you’re near the Empire State Building.

Parking will not be available in the area, so it is recommended to leave your cars at home. NYC transit will run increased Subway service before, and after the fireworks. Bus service near the fireworks will be rerouted, with extra trips available after the event.

Use public transportation and buy round-trip fare with MetroCard to avoid long lines after the fireworks. visit mta.info to plan your trip.

Noe I. for Windows of the World

 

MTV’s 2012 VMAs Highlights

So, One Direction had the most screen time, winning three Moon Mans and performed ‘One Thing’ in the show. They won for best new artist, best pop video and the ‘most shareworthy’ video.

Rihanna opened the show performing a mash up of ‘Cockiness’ and ‘We Found Love’. She also lost to Nicki Minaj, but took home the biggest honor later in the show, winning video of the year for ‘We Found Love’.

Lovely Taylor Swift was left out of the moon mans handouts, but she closed the show dancing and singing her new smash hit single ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and ended it with a dive into the crowd.

Singer Frank Ocean made the most subtle performance of the night with his song ‘Thinking About You’

Pink made an aerial acrobatic performance while Green Day set a record for the most VMA performances.

Chris Brown wore a dress suit and won the best male video award for ‘Turn Up The Music’. Drake, who had a bar fight with Brown earlier this year, got his moon man for best hip hop video ‘HYER’.

Twilight Cast (minus Kristen Stewart) introduced a 90-second clip from the upcoming movie ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Who was your favorite? Here the complete list of winners:

Best pop video

“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Best male video

“Turn Up the Music,” Chris Brown

Best rock video

“Paradise,” Coldplay

Best hip-hop video

“HYFR,” Drake feat. Lil Wayne

Best female video

“Starships,” Nicki Minaj

Best new artist

“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Video of the Year

“We Found Love,” Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

Best video with a message

“Skyscraper,” Demi Lovato

Best electronic dance music video

“Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris

Most share-worthy video

“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Best choreography

“Turn Up the Music,” Chris Brown

Best editing

“Countdown,” Beyonce

Best visual effects

“First of the Year (Equinox),” Skrillex

Best cinematography

“Bad Girls,” M.I.A.

Best art direction

“Wide Awake,” Katy Perry

Best direction

“Bad Girls,” M.I.A.

Noe I. for Windows of the World

Today’s Best Pictures; The Enterprise makes Intrepid landing; Waves in Australia & More

The space shuttle Enterprise is lifted by a crane onto the USS Intrepid, June 6, 2012, in New York City. Upon the Intrepid, the space shuttle will be on display for viewing by the general public. NASA’s space shuttle program came to an end in August, 2011, after 30 years of service.

Sightseers brave treacherous conditions at Bronte Beach on Wednesday in Sydney, Australia. Wind speeds of up to 127km/h were recorded last night as Sydney was lashed by wild weather caused by the arrival of a low pressure system. A high tide and a large swell is heightening the risk of sand erosion at local beaches on the New South Wales coast.

This combo picture made on Wednesday shows living statues depecting an Apache Indian, a sand man, Elvis Presley, a matador, the invisible man, the newspaper man, a bronze sweeper and Charlie Chaplin near the Puerta del Sol square. Since the beginning of the economic crisis in Spain, the number of living statues has increased in Madrid. Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the industrialised world, with 24.44 percent of the workforce idle, according to the national statistics office Ine.

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America’s best burger cities of 2012

How much should you pay for a great hamburger?

“The best ones fall between $10 and $20,” says burger enthusiast Keith Flanagan, who is also an account executive at a New York City public relations firm. “Anything less should make a foodie question the quality, and anything more should make a foodie question the restaurant’s hubris.”

Once the ultimate cheap comfort food, the burger is increasingly becoming a gourmet indulgence — often prepared with grass-fed, Kobe-style beef, topped with shaved truffles, or rendered quirky through toppings such as fried duck eggs. So where to go to sample the best burgers? Providence, R.I., according to Travel + Leisure readers, who voted in the annual America’s Favorite Cities survey to rank cities on features that delight travelers, among them, irresistible foods like pizza and burgers.

To be fair, the survey’s list of 35 major metropolitan areas didn’t include some smaller towns that were key in the burger’s evolution, such as New Haven, Conn., home of the legendary Louis’ Lunch, or Wichita, Kan., where White Castle sold the first burger that resembles what Americans eat today.

Other cities in the top 20, however, have their own claim on hamburger history. The Los Angeles area launched the first McDonald’s and the In-N-Out Burger, both in the 1940s. Minneapolis-St. Paul, meanwhile, is famous for the Juicy Lucy, a burger with the cheese cooked inside the patty.

While some cities keep it simple (Dick’s Drive-In in Seattle serves an old-school $1.50 burger), others like Philadelphia’s Hickory Lane American Bistro aim higher. “It’s not just a sandwich anymore, it’s become an entrée,” says owner and executive chef Matt Zagorski, whose burger ($14) blends filet mignon, short ribs and brisket.

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The Nation’s Best And Worst Airports

The major American airport that delivers the most seamless experience isn’t on any coast. It wins over fliers with shopping and dining options, the ease of check-in and security, and the friendliness typical of its city hub.

So breathe a sigh of relief if you’ve booked a flight through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport; Travel + Leisure readers have crowned it America’s best airport.

In our first-ever airport survey, we asked readers to rate America’s 22 major airports in seven categories: flight delays; design; amenities; food and drink; check-in and security; service; and transportation and location. The best-scoring airports have tackled these issues head-on, refurbishing terminals and adding amenities that make the worst airports look evermore outdated by comparison.

Case in point: Travel + Leisure readers affirmed that if you’re looking to avoid the worst flying experiences in the United States, bypass airports in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, which are hobbled by outdated infrastructure, overcrowding, chronic delays and demoralized staff.

You’d also be wise to time your flight as early in the day as possible and seek out alternate airports or regional airports when possible. Baltimore (BWI), for instance, ranked much higher than Washington Dulles airport, with Travel + Leisure readers considering it the best airport for on-time departures. Another highly rated airport, Charlotte (CLT), got high marks for everything from Wi-Fi access to its convenient location.

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The Hunger Games Is The Third Best Opening Of All Time

Making history, Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” opened to an astounding $155 million at the domestic box office, the third-best debut of all time and the best for any film opening outside of summer.

“Hunger Games” — the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young-adult novel starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth — also reeled in the biggest opening for a nonsequel.

“It was the perfect storm. Having the first film in a franchise to be so gigantic is amaing. We had a great book, and a great director in Gary Ross,” said Lionsgate president of marketing Tim Palen, whose team is credited with a savvy campaign.

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