by Jesse Sokolow

Although many believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, scholars believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, given that January is the start of the year and hence an opening to new things.
The month of January was created around 450 B.C.E. when the original ten-month Roman calendar was replaced by a 12-month calendar with January at the start.
January is …

Senators Get Crash Course in Combating ‘Distractions’ as Information Overload from Impeachment Sets In

by Jonathan Spira

The first day of the actual impeachment proceedings in the Senate chamber began on Wednesday with all 100 senators present observing not only the historic proceedings but also observing numerous rules that any ten-year-old might also be familiar with at dinnertime.
The rules in the Senate during the impeachment proceedings are simple: No mobile phones, no talking, no coffee, and substitutions in their seats by staffers. In other words, none of …

With New DOT Rules, Some Dogs May No Longer Fly for Free

by Jeremy Del Nero

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday it is clamping down on travelers’ emotional-support pigs and turkeys with new regulations that clearly define a service animal.
The change may bring an end to a trend that started around five years ago where travelers feigned mental-health disorders in order to bring their pets into the cabin with them for free.
Some even obtained certificates designating their pets as emotional-support animals and purchased “support …

Inside Tempo by Hilton: New Brand to Focus on Minimizing Disruptions to One’s Lifestyle Caused by Travel

by Anna Breuer

Once upon a time, someone created a hotel with a happening scene, cool lighting, and hip music, and called it a lifestyle hotel.  After that, every hotelier wanted to have a lifestyle hotel, even though no one knew exactly what it meant.
Now we may know.
Last week, Hilton introduced a new lifestyle brand, Tempo by Hilton.  Hilton announced it as “an elevated and approachable” lifestyle brand but a lifestyle brand nonetheless.  …

Review: ‘Sing Street’ at New York Theater Workshop

by Jonathan Spira

Sometimes it’s just a question of the right color shoes.  In 1980s Dublin, 16-year-old Conor Lawlor is stuck with brown ones.
Conor, performed brilliantly by Brenock O’Connor who portrayed Olly in “Game of Thrones” and Jon in the Northern Irish sitcom “Derry Girls,” was forced to transfer to a new school as part of his family’s austerity plan in “Sing Street,” a stage adaptation of the 2016 film of the same …

Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Paul Riegler

Today, Monday, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, a federal holiday.  King, a Christian minister and activist, was known for advancing civil rights through non-violent actions and civil disobedience in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.
King’s birthday is January 15, but the federal holiday celebrating the civil rights leader is observed on the third Monday of January each year.  The campaign …

Review: ‘The Investigation: Oratorio in 11 Cantos’ at the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene

by Jonathan Spira

Peter Weiss’ “The Investigation: Oratorio in 11 Cantos” was presented as a reading at the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City Thursday Evening in conjunction with Theater of War Productions.
The somewhat uneven reading included six of the original 11 cantos, the term German playwrights used for subdivisions, although only one canto – Canto 6 – was presented in its entirety. 
Published in 1964 …

A Guide to New York City’s Apple Pay-Friendly OMNY Fare System

by Jesse Sokolow

New York City’s transit system is the largest in North America and its metro system has the most stops in the world.  Now, using it has become a tap simpler.
OMNY, which is short for One Metro New York, features a contactless fare collection system similar to those in use in other major cities.  It supports contactless systems such as Apple Pay and Android Pay as well as the city’s MetroCard …