by Jonathan Spira

After three iterations of essentially the same watch, Apple introduced the Apple Watch Series 4, which features a completely new design with a slimmer body, a significantly larger display, a thinner case, sensors that can take ECG readings, and Fall Detection.
The Series 4 watch went on sale on September 21 and this review comes later than usual because Apple first provided it on that date. Since its arrival, however, I’ve …

Lobby Bar – October 19: Meet the Flintstones, Paging Dr. Emmet Brown, and ‘I’ll Take Fugitive Korean Air Executives for $200, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: Caveat Emptor Here and We Mean It
Cheech and Chong. Weed became legal in Canada on Wednesday. This happened in large part because the stoner-in-chief, Justin Trudeau, found out that Canada was, on a per capita basis, the sixth largest user of recreational marijuana. “Sixth? We’re only sixth?” he was heard to cry out upon assuming the office of prime minister.
“We’ll have a gay, old time.”  Virgin Atlantic is …

Review: ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ at the American Airlines Theatre

by Jonathan Spira

Sarah Bernhardt was a force of nature, one that perhaps even today’s celebrities with millions of Instagram followers could not begin to replicate.
What other actress had her own theater, in this case Theater Sarah Bernhardt, the former Théâtre des Nations or, after suffering the amputation of a leg late in life, was carried around in a palanquin decorated in the Louis VI style.
She was one of the first prominent actresses …

Here Comes Flu Season: 4 Tips for Staying Healthy

by Paul Riegler

Flu season is making its annual return in the northern hemisphere after a particularly bad season last year. It’s always worse for frequent travelers who are exposed to germs in small aluminum tubes hurtling through space as well as in restaurants and conference halls.
More than 80,000 people in the United States died of the flu during the 2017-2018 flu season, the highest number in well over a decade, according to …

How to Combat Jet Lag: 8 Trips for a Better Night’s Sleep When Traveling

by Anna Breuer

Tired of being tired when you should be wide awake or the opposite in a foreign land? Jet lag is not only a nuisance when on holiday but it’s a major impediment to getting things done when on a business trip.
Jet lag occurs when you quickly traverse multiple time zones, leaving your internal clock unable to adjust to the change. It causes sleeplessness, headaches, a loss of appetite, and mild …

Theater Review: ‘The True’ at Pershing Square Signature Center

by Jonathan Spira

Dorothea “Polly” Noonan died on November 14, 2003. She had retired in 1973 after nearly four decades of service to the New York State Senate and had also been a major force in the Democratic Party, having served on the National Democratic Committee and as vice-chair of the N.Y.S. Democratic Committee.
In “The True,” Edie Falco, star of “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie,” is galvanizing as Polly, in a story loosely …

Lobby Bar – October 12: Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Kodak Moments, and ‘I’ll take Elmer J. Fudd for $200, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: It’s Both a Floor Wax and a Dessert Topping
Lobby Bar gets serious. Before diving into this week’s news and features, our hearts go out to those impacted by the devastation that Hurricane Michael left in its wake, and we are keeping residents there in our prayers.
Things we can’t make up. Earlier this week, a Frontier flight was delayed by two hours because a passenger boarded with what she …

Volkswagen Rabbit GTI to Return for 2019

by Jonathan Spira

The first generation Volkswagen Golf was marketed as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States when it was introduced in 1974 to replace the Beetle. Wolfsburg introduced a second generation Golf in 1983 along with a sportier model called the GTI.
The GTI is turning 35 next year and Volkswagen is bringing back the Rabbit nameplate with a limited production run of the 2019 Volkswagen GTI Rabbit Edition.
{Editor’s note: GTI, incidentally, …