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NYC’s New Park Concept: Underground

First there was the High Line, an elevated park that brought new life to a rusty, unused-for-decades elevated subway rail on Manhattan’s west side. Well now there’s an idea floating around that would turn the whole concept upside down, literally. A subterranean park created from the long-abandoned Williamsburg Trolley Terminal, on Delancey Street in NYC’s Lower East Side. The station hasn’t been in service, or even used, since 1948.

The brain child of Dan Barasch and James Ramsey, this park—the Lowline—would be the first of its kind, and one of the very few green spaces on the LES. The first reaction people have, aside from fascination, is the more rational, “But how the heck are you gonna get plants to grow underground, away from the rays of the sun.”

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Tech Thursday: Amazon Debuts Kindle Paperwhite

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Watch out NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, you’re no longer the only e-reader with a light-up display in town. Last week, Amazon announced the upcoming release of the next stage in the Kindle series: Kindle Paperwhite.

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American Airlines to Allow iPads in the Cockpit

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In an effort to save money on fuel costs, American Airlines requested, and subsequently received, permission from the FAA, to allow its pilots to replace their often bulky kitbag (a 35-pound paper-based reference manual pilots tote around with them at all times) with iPads. The iPads would be loaded with all the documentation the kitbags contain, but take up far less space and, at about 1.5 pounds, make their loads much lighter. AA said that this reduction in weight will save the airline as much as $1.2 million, based on current fuel prices.

Let’s just hope that the pilot doesn’t forget to charge it before takeoff…or get too distracted by a game of Angry Birds.

2010-hs-josh-pramisjpgJoshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

Photo: Pixellover RM 8 / Alamy

Tech Thursday: T+L Launches Tripeze App

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Exciting news! Here at T+L, we’ve been busy working on creating a new iPhone app, and finally our hard work has paid off. Today, the app, called Travel + Leisure Tripeze, debuted in the iTunes store. And we couldn’t be happier to share it with all of you avid travelers.

The app was designed to map your treks so that you can a: keep a record of them so you can remember exactly where you went, and b: share the trips with your friends, with you acting as a virtual tour guide of sorts. Not only that, but if you’re looking for inspiration while you’re on the go, we’ve included more than 200 trip itineraries around the world (all with photos), with another 500 coming soon.

Now the work to build the Android counterpart begins. Stay tuned…

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Joshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

Tweet-Up: Fall Fashion Tips

If you share a love for fashion and travel, join us tomorrow for a live tweet-up with T+L’s fashion director Mimi Lombardo. She’ll be teaming up with a panel of experts to help you best plan for a fashionable fall getaway. We’ll talk trends, packing tips, shopping destinations, and more! We hope you’ll join us!

The Panel: @KateBetts@RealSimple, @RedLightPR, @Refinery29, + @UrbanDaddy

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter any time from 2–3 p.m. ET and be sure to follow the chat hosts: @TravlandLeisure and @MimiLombardo
2. Use the hashtag #TL_Chat to follow.
3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to http://tweetchat.com/room/tl_chat
4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own answers to our questions! Or ask your own questions! Take advantage of this special access to this fab panel and get some expert travel advice.

We hope to "see" you there!

Tweet-Up: Adventure Travel Tips

Craving a little thrill in your life? Not sure where to start or what to look for? Then join us tomorrow for a live tweet-up—hosted by Nikki Goldstein, editorial assistant and adventure traveler—and we’ll help get you squared away! We’ve gathered a large panel—the biggest we’ve ever had!—and they’re all eager to help you get your adventure on. We’ll talk packing tips, family adventure, booking on a budget, and more!

The panel includes:

Agatha Capacchione, MFA Marketing & Public Relations, @MissyFarrenPR
Brad Moss, ROW Adventures, @ROWAdventures
Carol Mueller, Travel Guard, @TravelGuard
Chris Doyle, Adventure Travel Trade Association, @AdventureTweets
Dan Austin, Austin-Lehman Adventures, @AustinLehman
Kathy Stewart, Butterfield & Robinson, @ButterfieldTrav
Laura Allen, Century Travel, @CenturyTvl
Mary Rose McKinnon, L.L. Bean, @LLBeanHuntFish
Richard Wiese, Born to Explore, @Born2ExploreTV

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter any time from 2–3 p.m. ET and be sure to follow the chat hosts: @TravlandLeisure and @nikkigoldstein
2. Use the hashtag #TL_Chat to follow.
3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to http://tweetchat.com/room/tl_chat
4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own answers to our questions! Or ask your own questions! Take advantage of this special access to this fab panel and get some expert travel advice.

We hope to "see" you there!

Tech Thursday: Medium, a New Content-Sharing Site

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Being the social media editor for Travel + Leisure, I like to think I’m pretty plugged in. I’m on Twitter, Pinterest, Foodspotting, Foursquare, and, of course, Facebook—sorry, the last one’s a friends-only profile. But yesterday, yet another social platform was announced, and I’m interested to see where it will go. (Admittedly, the owners of the site aren’t exactly sure of it either, but it could very well end up being, at least in part, a great home for travel-inspiring words and images.)

Medium is the name, and so far, it appears to be a little bit Tumblr and a little bit Blogger. How are the posts curated? Unlike Facebook, the posts are divvied up into a series of themed “collections,” the idea being that everything within that section sticks to the theme. Once the site fully launches—right now it’s just the creators that are able to post—anyone can contribute. And it seems to be, so far, that the contribution can be anything: photos, links, essays, videos. The idea is to post things that are compelling, because other users will be able to vote for the posts that they like. The more votes, the higher up your post will surface in that collection.

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Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar Launches New Store

The Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar is still weeks away—so there’s plenty of time to buy those tickets! But for those who just can’t wait to get a taste of the world, you’re in luck. We just opened the online T+L Global Bazaar Store, powered by L-atitude. Stocked with tons of accessories from around the world, it’s a dreamy shopping experience for any seasoned traveler.

What can you expect to find in the store? Items similar to those that you’ll find at the actually event next month—from one-of-a-kind woven pillows to Turkish and Indian jewelry to Mexican beach bags. So pop on in, browse around, and bring a little piece of the world into your home. Happy shopping!

The Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar takes place September 28–30, in NYC's Lexington Armory. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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Joshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

Tech Thursday: Road Trip Stopovers Made Easy

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One of my biggest regrets is having never done an epic U.S. road trip when I was in college. Of course, there’s still plenty of time for me to pack up and hit the road, whether it’s a cross-country trek, a tour of the northeast…whatever I feel like, really. But, now that everyone I know is busy with full-time jobs, the trouble is finding a partner-in-crime who can also get away for an extended period of time.

While finding a friend to tag along on my hypothetical road trip may be tricky, I have found a companion that will most definitely be at my side when that day finally comes. Roadtrippers is a relatively new site that cuts down the research time for road trip stopovers because, one of the most important parts of a road trip. Why? Because let’s face it: a road trip is not just about getting from Point A to Point B…it’s about all the sites and sights in between.

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Tech Thursday: App for New Music Recommendations

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I have a problem. When I find a song I really enjoy, I listen to it to death. I’m not even slightly exaggerating. Sometimes I’ll play it two or three times on a single 30-minute commute home. For serious. And then, of course, after a bit of time passes, I inevitably get bored with it and need to give it a rest until it feels like new again. As a result—and my friends can attest—I regularly post, both to my Facebook and Twitter accounts, pleading for my friends to send me new music suggestions.

So I was excited to hear about a new free app called MusicBunk (Android; iOS) Basically, it’s a simple way to get music recommendations from your friends, but without having to bother them. (Or have them send you a bunch of songs you already have.) Not to mention, if you're on the road, you might just not have the time to sit around and wait for responses. So it's a perfect way to time manage while traveling, without having to give up on that desire for new tunes.

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