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Photo Essay: A Tribute to US Airways

by Paul Riegler

US Airways, which began life as All American Aviation in 1937, is one of the country’s remaining legacy carriers.  It merged with American Airlines in 2013.
Today, US Airways continues to operate as a subsidiary of American Airlines Group, but the US Airways brand and livery will fade into history after the two airlines complete merging operations, something expected to occur by the end of 2015.
American has announced that it will …

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Lobby Bar – May 22: Royal Flushes, Cuddle Service, and Crowd-Powered Aircraft

by Jeremy Del Nero
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Lobby Bar – A Tantalizingly Untrue Summary of FBT News and Views 
Royal spoons. Jonathan Spira checks into the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, where Club Level guests are treated like royalty. These elite members receive complimentary pressing of two garments each day, free Wi-Fi access in the lounge, and a cuddle buddy for those cold New Orleans nights.
Time killer. Paul Riegler pokes around Flushing Meadows Park, which once played host to …

Photo Essay: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

by Paul Riegler
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The home of both the 1939/1940 and 1964/1965 New York World’s Fairs, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, often referred to merely as Flushing Meadows Park, was created on top of a former dumping ground, one which F. Scott Fitzgerald called a “valley of ashes” in The Great Gatsby.
Each of the two New York World’s Fairs held here covered the 1,216 acres (492 hectares) of the park. Over 44 million people attended the …

Short Stay: Ritz-Carlton, Maison Orleans, New Orleans – Hotel Review

by Jonathan Spira
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Is a Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans a contradiction in terms? In a city where quirkiness and outrageousness is a calling card, the calm, cool Ritz-Carlton stands out with panache.
Set in a beautifully restored 1913 Art Nouveau former Kress department store and the 1908 Beaux-Arts Maison Blanche, also a former department store, the hotel houses a vast art collection
My travel companion and I arrived by taxi at the hotel on a …

Lobby Bar – May 15: The Hundred-Mile Shot-put, Derriere Templates, and Bring Your Own Airline

by Jeremy Del Nero
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Lobby Bar – An Every-Day-is-April-Fools Summary of FBT News and Views 
Human catapult. Don’t miss our guide on what’s doing in the city of New Orleans.  It’s a common misconception that the city’s airport is named after the famed jazz singer; in fact, a man named Louis, with a pair of impossibly strong arms, stands outside the transportation hub and hurls travelers to their destinations.
All powerful ‘D. Join us for a …

What’s Doing in New Orleans

by Paul Riegler
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Jazz, Mardi Gras, Creole and Cajun cuisine, the French Quarter. These were the images I conjured up before visiting the city of New Orleans, but it turned out that I was only scratching the surface.
The city, in French La Nouvelle-Orléans, is the largest city in the state of Louisiana and a major port city, with a population of almost 350,000 people.
Named for the Duke of Orleans, who reigned as Regent …

American Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare-New York LaGuardia – Review

by Paul Riegler
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American Airlines has been making substantial investments in the interiors of its aircraft, from the first- and business-class seats in the new Boeing 777-300s used on many international routes to new first-class seats on its Boeing 737-800s.
Our first opportunity to test out the new seats came on a sunny Saturday afternoon, on a flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to LaGuardia Airport in New York City.
O’Hare was surprisingly quiet and …

Zipbuds Pro Mic – Review

by Jeremy Del Nero
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There are a number of problems with in-ear headphones, ranging from ear discomfort and quality issues to distracting microphonic noise and the tangled mess they can quickly become.  Earbuds usually fail to match the quality and comfort expected from over-the-ear headphones.  However, it isn’t practical to tote along bulky headphones, and in those instances, it’s important to have a reliable pair of earbuds to listen to music or take phone …