Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Inaugural Flight – Washington, D.C. – London, England

by Jonathan Spira

LONDON AND NEW YORK — Virgin Atlantic Airways, in October of 2014, was the first European airline to take delivery of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. That aircraft, Birthday Girl, is what I am flying in right now en route from London to Washington, D.C. The airline’s second 787-9, Dream Girl, was the airline’s launch vehicle from Washington, D.C. to London Heathrow on January 8, which marked my third flight on …

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Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York – Hotel Review

by Jesse Sokolow

The Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the rise of the Great Camps, built for wealthy families in the Adirondacks, an area of New York State about a five hour drive North of New York City. Most of the camps consisted of luxurious log cabins, influenced by the British Arts and Crafts and American Craftsman movements, and many were modeled after Swiss chalets. The Sagamore …

‘Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of ’93 20-Year Reunion’ – Review

by Jonathan Spira
Robin (Lindsey Austen) AND 
Joey (Jordan Tierney) during the reunion party

Richard Brown, who has taught film in New York City for the past 40 years, speaks of “getting on the ride” when it comes to an audience making a connection to characters in a movie. In the best of cases the viewers get on the ride early on; but all too often they never get on the ride.
The concept of getting on the ride is applicable to plays as well …

US Airways First Class Flight 749 New York-Charlotte – Review

by Jonathan Spira

On the Tuesday just before the Christmas holiday, with a severe winter storm forecast for the Northeastern United States, and the holiday travel season already in full swing, I ignored my best instincts and traveled when everyone else is traveling.
This flight would be my first on US Airways, an airline now owned by American Airlines Group following the American-US merger in 2013, and an airline that will soon become a …

First Transcontinental Phone Call Took Place 100 Years Ago Today

by Paul Riegler
Bell System Western Electric Model 302 dial telephone, ca. 1936

The first transcontinental phone call took place one hundred years ago today, on January 25, 1915.
The historic call was placed by three parties, Alexander Graham Bell in New York, Theodore Vail, the president of AT&T in Jekyll Island, Georgia, and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in the White House, to Bell’s assistant Thomas Watson in San Francisco.
In the call, Bell repeated into the phone his famous sentence, “Mr. Watson, come here, …

‘Film Chinois’ at the Beckett Theatre – Review

by Jonathan Spira
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Is it a floor wax or a dessert topping?  Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s Film Chinois, a play with elements of the film noir genre, does beg that question at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row.  The play has many of the elements of the genre – shadowy scenes, silhouetted figures, a black-and-white-ish visual style, and of course, femmes fatales – but how well does this translate to the stage?
The setting? Beijing, …

Lobby Bar – January 23: The Secret to Good Music, 2,400-Pound Bug Zappers, and Why Superheroes Can’t Keep Secrets

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Thoughtfully Fabricated Summary of FBT News and Views
Doc’s dreams come true.  Find out what travel plans our readers have in store for 2015 in our annual Business Travel Outlook Report.  An alarming percentage of respondents say they will nix air travel in favor of hover boards as soon as the technology reaches commercial status.
Choco–migration.  It’s time to go shopping at the most chic boutique around – …

FBT Survey: Business Travel Set to Increase in 2015

by Paul Riegler

Business travelers report they will be on the road more often in 2015 than last year, according to a new Frequent Business Traveler research report.
Almost half of business travelers surveyed said they plan on taking more trips in 2015 as compared to 2014, while a similar number said they anticipate taking more trips in 2015 than they did two years ago in 2013. The number of travelers who say they …