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The New York Auto Show- A Treat for the Car Lover

New York Auto Show

By Rohan:

There are two kinds of people who attend the New York Auto Show. There are car experts who can tell you the make and model of a car from a simple description and there are people who don’t know the difference between a Ford Escort and a Ferrari Enzo. Luckily, the Jacob Javitz center in the heart of the Big Apple hosts a convention that suits both groups by providing a hands-on, interactive adventure through the automobile industry.

When you walk into the main convention hall, you are blown away by the sheer amount of “stuff” plastered everywhere. Giant car logos hang from the ceiling and shiny new models are scattered throughout the convention center. Each dealer usually has seven to eight cars on display and allow patrons to enter and take pictures inside their cars. This makes for a show that not only focuses on outer aesthetics, but also interior design. Hopping from car to car, I was surprised to see how different two identical looking cars are from the inside. Doing this for a few hours may seem boring, but the tremendous variety of cars you can find on the convention floors makes it feel more like an adventure and less like a chore to see everything.

The highlight of the event is definitely the Jeep Off-Road Challenge. This usually has a long line so we suggest that you hit this attraction first before you venture throughout the other exhibits. If you are under 18, a representative from Jeep will seat you in a Wrangler and take you on a simulated off road drive. The ride climaxes with a near vertical climb that the jeeps pull off with ease and a rapid descent back to earth. It feels like an off-road roller coaster and is definitely worth trying out. If you are over 18, you have the chance to try driving the jeep yourself!

Another must-see attraction at the convention is the vintage car exhibit. Contrary to popular belief, the New York Auto Show does not only house brand new cars! There are cars ranging from the first Model T to the new, shiny Camaros and Mustangs. As you walk through the Javitz center, pay attention for some of the “Hollywood” cars on display. When I went, the Dodge Charger from Fast Five was on display alongside the yellow Camaro used to portray Bumblebee in the Transformers movies. Relatives have told me in previous years, the famous Delorean from Back to the Future made an appearance.

Overall, the New York Auto Show is a splendid way to spend a day in the city. And with tickets at the door costing about ten bucks, what’s there to lose?

Check out the show’s website at http://www.autoshowny.com/ and make sure to catch the convention the next time it rolls into town!

Princeton Ghost Tour- Intriguing Paranormal History

By Siddhi:  (Updated September 22, 2014)

Who?  Anyone in or near Princeton, New Jersey who is up for for a ghost tour in a town rich with centuries of paranormal activity.

What? The Princeton Cemetery and Ghost Tour offered by the Princeton Tour Company (PTC) that takes you through hundreds of years of supernatural and occult occurrences at both the University and beyond. The experience simply cannot be characterized as a mere tour. It is an interactive exploration that throws you into the heart of an eerily fascinating series of ghost stories that have defined Princeton’s past and continue to shape its present.

How? The Princeton Tour Company offers this specific tour on most saturdays at 8:30 at night. You can either register online at the PTC website or go to the Princeton U-Store (located at 114-116 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08540) and purchase your tour passes at the check-out desk. Make sure you arrive at the store at least 15 minutes before the tour begins, as the groups sometimes tend to be crowded depending on the time of the year. The ghost tour costs $20 a person, and is most definitely worth the investment for the enlightening and hair-raising adventure that awaits you.

Why? We live five minutes outside of Princeton, and I have been in the area for almost my entire life. I find myself in Princeton at least once a week to grab coffee or lunch and just roam around one of my favorite and most beautiful places of all time. So whenever I looked at the Princeton Tour Company brochure, I shrugged it off, convinced that paying someone to show me a town I already knew inside out would be a waste of both time and money. And the entire concept of a ghost tour seemed a bit contrived and hokey. But when we found ourselves bored on a summer evening, we decided to head into Princeton and give the experience a shot. After all, there’s nothing we could lose from at least a nice walk through the town on a beautiful day. My expectations going into the tour were low. And those instincts were proven wrong at every level an hour and a half later. From gruesome stories of historic villains like Antoine Le Blanc who sailed into the new world and bludgeoned to death an entire family of farmers before he was skinned and turned into leather wallets to maneuvering around a maze of graves in the Princeton Cemetery, the tour never lost momentum. And what was even more appealing about it was the interactivity. We were taken to a lawn in the center of the University campus and given EMF meters that detect electromagnetic activity and Dowsing Rods that also sense unusual energies to try “communicating” with the paranormal ourselves. It was a tremendously entertaining and simultaneously unnerving exploration. Few tours in today’s commercially dominated scene provide an experience that actually has the potential to reframe the way we think about what we see. But the Princeton Ghost Tour was one that did, providing for a fabulous night in a town we thought we knew inside out but discovered after the tour we had only scraped the surface of.

If you find yourself in Princeton, this tour truly is a must-do.

Find out more about the ghost tour and other Princeton Tour Company offerings here: