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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Caption This 11

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An ape with a cell phone, people laying down at the World Trade Center, and a couple falling out of love… just some of the funny pictures that you wrote the comedy for!  Now, Jersey Joe crowns the winners with the funniest lines in the latest round of Caption This!

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Name: Caption This

What: online Twitter and Facebook game on @JerseyJoe50’s feed



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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] One World Observatory

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Jersey Joe checks out the observation deck, One World Observatory on top of One World Trade Center in New York City.

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What: One World Observatory

Where: top of One World Trade Center

Location: New York City

Purpose: observation deck, tourist attraction

Floors: 100-102


This is a great tourist attraction in New York City.  I never got to visit the original World Trade Center before it was destroyed, but I’m glad this is open to once again allow visitors a chance to experience the view.

There are a couple of things to remember… first, expect airport style security.  They check everything going in.  It is exactly the same security as you would expect at the airport.  The only difference — you are not required to take off your shoes, but everything else is the same. Hats, jackets, belts… they are all coming off!

Secondly, if you want to visit the bar or restaurant, you must purchase an observatory ticket.  There is no way around this.  So, don’t expect to just ride an elevator for a view just to go to the bar — you’re paying for the full experience.

The World Trade Center area is still a construction site.  As of this post, there are still massive areas of construction and the main transportation hub for the PATH and subways is still not complete.  Expect to find many temporary walkways and partially opened entrances at this time.


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe LIVE] Ride the Ferry to New York City

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Jersey Joe and his friend Jen, ride the ferry from New Jersey to New York City and chat with viewers live in this special rebroadcast.

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What: New York Waterways ferry

Where: Paulus Hook, Jersey City, New Jersey to World Financial Center, New York Citu

Cost: $4 per passenger, weekend fare


It’s not every city that offers mass transit in the form of a ferry.  For a different view of New York City, I recommend taking a ferry.  It especially works well on a nice Spring or Summer day.  The ride on the water gives passengers a unique view of New York City and the city skyline.  The best part is, tickets can be booked at the terminal or via smartphone app that saves a massive amount of time.  If you’re looking for a truly locals experience to the city… give a ferry ride a try!

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Year 5 Round Up

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Jersey Joe updates some for the great fun we had during the fourth year of KICKING BACK WITH JERSEY JOE.

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Name: Kicking Back with Jersey Joe


What: weekly blog on


Time: new editions post Thursday at Noon Eastern / 9am Pacific




Thanks again for all your support and for checking out my blog.  I love how we get to chat like this each week.  As always, feel free to comment below each post or reach out to me on twitter @jerseyjoe5

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Elevator Races

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Jersey Joe and his friend Simon embark on an elevator race at the World Trade Center PATH train station.  Place your bets — who do you think will win?

After being destroyed in the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, the World Trade Center PATH station reopened offering train service between New York City and Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey on November 23, 2003.  The second station was only to serve as a temporary station, utilizing the same design footprint and style as the original station.

Plans were quickly drawn up for a spectacular new station, that will serve as a tourist attraction and showplace of Lower Manhattan.  The new transit hub, currently under construction, will once again connect PATH trains with New York City subway trains, without commuters ever having to go upstairs into the elements.  Part of this new transit hub will include shops, restaurants, bars, news stands, and more for the thousands of commuters that will use this station on a daily basis.

The entire project is expected to open in 2015, but for now two small parts are open.  Those being a walkway that connects the PATH trains to Brookfield Place and ferries and Track 1, which serves commuters arriving and bound for Hoboken, New Jersey.  While work continues, all trains will often use this single track.

THE 411

What: World Trade Center Transportation Hub

Purpose: to connect PATH trains with New York City subway

Location: New York City

Open: PATH Track 1 trains from Hoboken to New York City

Open Since: 2014

Link to more information:


It’s not often that you find two glass elevators like this back to back, where you can have a race!

What is open of the station, so far, is really spectacular, but WAY over budget.  I just hope that somehow, all of this money flying out of my pocket to ride the PATH and support this station’s reconstruction, will be worth it in the end.

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Burger King Tries to Invent a Healthier French Fry & Goes to War

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BK satisfries 3Can you take the classic deep fried, golden brown French fry and make it even healthier?  Burger King thinks so with what they are calling “Satisfries.”  I find out exactly how much healthier they are and if you should make the switch.


Burger King, opened their first restaurant known as Insta-Burger King in Jacksonville, Florida back in 1953.  After the first concept failed, a year later the restaurant was re-launched as simply Burger King focusing on fast food hamburgers, fries, sodas, and milkshakes.


Many people now simply refer to it as BK for short.


French fries have been a fast food meal staple since the launch of the drive thru restaurant concept in the 1950’s.  Before that, they can be traced all the way back to Belgium in the 17th century, where they were often deep fried alongside fish as a meal for the poor.


French fries eventually made their way to the Americas and were even served at a White House dinner by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802.


Generally regarded as not the healthiest of meal options, the thin sliced potatoes are deep fried in oil or fat, until crisp and a golden brown.  They are then generally seasoned with salt and served with ketchup.  (Yes, I know some people love gravy, cheese, mayonnaise, etc.)


Burger King has decided they want to offer a healthier French fry and have created a version that they advertise as 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories than McDonald’s fries.


BK introduced the Satisfries on September 24th as part of a end of the year marketing push with a big media blitz.  The restaurant sent hot samples to many TV shows and food critics.   They also gave away free samples at restaurants.



My friend Max, along with several others who seem to be concerned about my terrible eating, gave me the suggestion to give them a try.  For those who’ve read this blog for years, know that I am generally open to trying a new fast food item.


The Burger King restaurant located next to the World Trade Center construction site in New York City.

The two level Burger King restaurant located next to the World Trade Center construction site in New York City.

On a recent commute home from work, I stopped by the Burger King restaurant located directly next to the World Trade Center construction site in New York City.  4 World Trade Center now towers high above the two story restaurant.


I went inside a little before 7pm and there were hardly any customers.  I was greeted by two BK employees arguing in the back, while others watched and laughed.  The whole place had an extremely unprofessional feel, but I was promptly greeted at the cash register.


I placed an order for a sandwich and a side of medium Satisfries.  She did the usual, try to get me to buy the value meal speech, but I didn’t want to handle a drink on the train.  I placed my order, paid and then waited… and waited… and waited… and waited.


The idea of being a fast food restaurant, means serving up fast food.  While they had an entire bin of regular fries ready to go, they had to special make the Satisfries.  It took about 7 minutes and multiple times yelling at the back to get my order complete.


An order of Burger King Satisfries

An order of Burger King Satisfries.

The first thing I noticed is that these fries are crinkle cut, as opposed to the straight slim cuts of BK’s regular fries.  BK did this on purpose, so employees are quickly able to distinguish between the two.


I took a bite and they are quite good, but nothing special.  The taste honestly reminds me of opening a bag of frozen Ore-Ida fries from the freezer section of my local grocery store.  To me, there is really no difference is taste or shape.


The cost for my medium order of Satisfries was $2.89, while a medium order of regular Burger King fries was $2.59 according to the price posted on the menu board.  That’s a 30 cent markup for health.


And now the health breakdown:

BK satisfries breakdown


Judging by information provided on both restaurants’ websites, the Satisfries are much healthier than the regular BK fries and it does appear they are 30% healthier than McDonald’s as advertised.  It’s up to you if the extra time and cost are worth it.


Burger King BBQ Rib Sandwich, their take on the McDonald's McRib.

Burger King BBQ Rib Sandwich, their take on the McDonald’s McRib.

The Big King, Burger King's take on the McDonald's Big Mac.

The Big King, Burger King’s take on the McDonald’s Big Mac.












And Burger King is not done yet.  They’re in the process of dropping a bomb in the fast food war against McDonald’s by adding the new Big King and BBQ Rib sandwiches to their menu.  They are BK’s version of the popular Big Mac and McRib sandwiches.  BK has already scored a victory in the harsh New York City market, by getting their items in the hands of hungry customers, first.  MYC is still patiently waiting for the McRib, while BK is already offering theirs for a $1 bargain.

BK satisfries 2

THE 411


Name: Satisfries


What: healthier French fries served at Burger King restaurants


Cost: $2.59 for medium order in NYC




Skip these.  They may be a little healthier, but they’re really no different from frozen fries you can buy in the grocery store.  They are also not worth the wait.  This is fast food, after all.  And if you are a health nut, you’re most likely skipping the fast food fries, anyhow.

And for some fun, flip over the wrapper for the BBQ Rib Sandwich and you’ll find a surprise!  BK restaurants in Wisconsin and Illinois are also serving a Bratwurst Sandwich, which consists of 2 Johnsonville Brats, mustard, onions, and pickle on a long roll for football season.  It is currently not a nationwide promotion.

Inverse side of the BBQ Rib Sandwich wrapper which could also be used for the Bratwurst sandwich.

Inverse side of the BBQ Rib Sandwich wrapper which could also be used for the Bratwurst sandwich.