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by Jesse Sokolow

The only thing certain in life, to borrow from Benjamin Franklin, is life, death, and – for travelers – TSA checkpoints.
Over the past couple of years, the TSA has been implementing numerous changes aimed at improving the airport screening process for passengers, such as expanding the PreCheck trusted traveler program to international flights and airlines, as well as to more airports within the United States.  However, even with these changes, …

Lobby Bar – August 28: Sushi Teleportation, Unconventional Driving Methods, Recording your Dreams, and Art Deco Swimming Pools

by Jesse Sokolow
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Lobby Bar –A Slightly Burnt Summary of FBT News and Views
Cleansing water. Jesse Sokolow checks into the very Art Deco Wyndham New Yorker in New York City. There is no pool or spa on the property, but the hotel thoughtfully sectioned off part of the Hudson River using lavishly ornamented bold geometric shapes.  Guests may now swim in the historic site of the Miracle on the Hudson and pay respects …

Dream Midtown, New York – Hotel Review

by Jesse Sokolow
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Sleep and dreams. The two are inexorably intertwined (just ask Freud). As a result, the idea of staying at a hotel that emphasized “dreams” in its name was very appealing.
Walking into the Dream Hotel NYC at the corner of West 55th Street and Broadway, eager for some rest and a respite from the high energy of Midtown Manhattan, I immediately found that the descriptive “dream” name was well deserved.
The dark …

2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible – Review and Road Test

by Jonathan Spira
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What may be our final droptop this season arrived in early August: a Ruby Red Metallic 2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible.
The completely redesigned 2015 Mustang bears the traditional Mustang profile, albeit with a lower roofline, wider stance, and tri-bar taillights that evoke the original ’64 model much more closely than prior models.
It’s important to remember that Ford singlehandedly created the pony car class with the introduction of the Mustang in …

4 Apple Watch Tricks You Didn’t Know About

by Paul Riegler
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Unlike the original or even the most recent iPhone, where I got up to speed in a matter of hours, having an Apple Watch is a continual learning experience.
Given its almost button free design and myriad functions, along with a processor that has more horsepower than a mainframe just a decade ago, many features remain hidden and generally unknown.
Here are some tricks that even those who have had the watch …

Cagen, East Village, New York – Restaurant Review

by Jonathan Spira
Chef Tomita at Cagen

Bad news for the U.S. and Japanese airlines that offer flights from New York to Tokyo: It’s no longer necessary to fly halfway across the globe to enjoy the best sushi Tokyo has to offer.  All a diner has to do is visit Cagen, which opened two summers ago in the East Village.
Chef and owner Toshio Tomita, who spent 16 years working for Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu restaurant fame, has …

Wyndham New Yorker, New York City – Hotel Review

by Jesse Sokolow
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The stylish New Yorker, known for its distinctive red “New Yorker” sign atop the building, is a part of the city’s rich history. From its opening on January 2, 1930, the hotel was one of the city’s most fashionable, not to mention the largest with 2,500 rooms, a trend that continued through the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to the elegant ballrooms and five restaurants, the Art Deco hotel housed …

Lobby Bar – August 21: Futuristic Tacos, Skyping with Washed Up Celebrities, and Sky Chairs for Sale

by Jeremy Del Nero
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Lobby Bar – A Summary of FBT News and Views, Inspired by Richard Simmons
Sandy resiDue. Jonathan Spira checks into the Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada, Florida. Right on the beach, guests have the option to swim to their rooms, although the hotel charges a cleaning fee of $1 per grain of sand found in the room after checkout.
Taco of time. Remember the 1994 taco crisis in New York City? Of …