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Suckers Can Now Take a $340 Private Helicopter Ride to Brunch at JFK’s TWA Hotel

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Plus, the James Beard Foundation has changed the awards up — and more intel

An infinity pool overlooking a JFK runway
TWA Hotel’s rooftop pool
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Definitely don’t do this

New Yorkers can now take a private helicopter ride to have brunch at JFK’s TWA Hotel. A cool $340 per person buys pre-take-off drinks, the chopper ride, brunch at the rooftop pool, pool access, and a ride back to the Blade hub on the West Side Highway. Suckers can book here for Sundays through November 3.

The rooftop at the TWA Hotel has turned into a haven for aviation fiends. The pool even had to impose new rules forcing people who were there just to watch planes take off and land to actually buy things. So if anyone buys this new Blade offer, it looks like Sundays will be a heady combo of plane geeks and brunching basics.

In other news

— A related coffee shop has opened next door to Williamsburg wine bar the Four Horsemen called Daymoves.

— The James Beard Foundation announced some regional changes to its award system, which will now group New York City with the entire state of New York. Previously, NYC had been its own category and NY state was part of the Northeast region.

— A group called The Accademia Italiana della Cucina rates Italian restaurants in NYC for their “authenticity” of Italian cuisine on a scale of five to nine. No restaurants have reached nine, but some with an eight rating include Il Gattopardo in Midtown West, 10 Corso Como in the Seaport District, and Osteria 57 in Greenwich Village.

— The third-annual bubble tea festival is set to return to Chelsea on Saturday, September 21, with a bubble tea ball pit, bubble tea souvenirs, and, of course, tons of bubble tea to drink.

— Today, in celebrities eating in NYC: A$AP Rocky stops by Bar Schimmi in Williamsburg; Rihanna parties at Up & Down.

— Thousands of oysters have been released into NYC waterways to help clean them up.

— Definite mensch status:

TWA Hotel

, Queens, NY 11430 (212) 806-9000

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