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Photo Essay: The Ballpark Experience

by Jonathan Spira

Baseball has unquestionably been the national summer pastime in the United States for close to two centuries, and the first professional game for which admission was charged took place in July 1858 at the Fashion Race Course in Corona, New York, less than a mile from the site of Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets since 2009.
Citi Field is an intimate ballpark built next to the site …

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Blue Mo-Fi Headphones – Review

by Jeremy Del Nero
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There may be a surfeit of headphones on the market, but there are still ways for new products to break through the clutter.  Blue Microphones has always been best associated with professional audio recording equipment, but the company’s Mo-Fi headphones should not be overlooked.  Take out your smartphone, please, because these headphones are something to text home about.
Included in the box with the Mo-Fi are a soft carrying case, 1.2-meter …

What’s Doing in New York City in the Fall

by Jesse Sokolow
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While the calendar may say July, autumn in New York City will soon be here. With the advent of autumn come new Broadway shows, museum exhibitions, and holiday activities, including the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will entice many visitors to the metropolis.
With markedly cooler weather, (the fall season’s unofficial start is the day after Labor Day), the city will be far more hospitable to outdoor adventures and simply …

The Serras Hotel, Barcelona, Spain – Review

by Henry Feintuch
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Barcelona, a magical city, is Spain’s second largest by population and the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia. It is the furthest northeastern section of the country just south of France and is the largest city on the Mediterranean Sea. The city has grown in recent years to become one of Europe’s cultural capitals with its broad assortment of restaurants, museums, architecturally resplendent buildings and a distinct and sophisticated …

American Airlines Strategy for 2015 and Beyond: The World’s Biggest Airline Prepares for Takeoff

by Paul Riegler
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American Airlines just completed a quarter in which it reported the “highest quarterly earnings that any commercial airline ever reported in a quarter.” The earnings, $1.9 billion, were the highest the airline itself ever had in a quarter in its entire history, not a total surprise given that American is now the world’s largest airline.
On a conference call on Friday, airline executives provided details on their plans for the remainder …

What to Wear This Summer

by Paul Riegler
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You might not be planning a water taxi ride in Los Cabos in a glass-bottom boat, but if you did, these clothes are exactly what you’d want to wear
Whether your travels this summer will take you to the Florida Keys, Majorca, Ibiza, or Hawaii, here’s a selection of good-looking shirts, shorts, and swim suits to pack on your trip.
Jetlag Cargo Shorts with Zipper Detail 
Look good this summer with cargo shorts …

Lobby Bar – July 24: Hay-Powered Cars, Miss Sophie Finds a Friend, and Painlessly Frying Balls

by Jeremy Del Nero
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Lobby Bar – A 100% Polyester Summary of FBT News and Views 
Sunny delight. Join Jeremy Dwyer–Lindgren around the world for some lovely photos of sunsets. The sunsets are quite nice, Jeremy, but there are airplanes photobombing nearly every picture!
When in Rome.  American Express’s new Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia has everything a traveler could want at an airport lounge, with minor exceptions.  Paul Riegler mistook the name to imply that he …

American Express Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport – Review

by Paul Riegler
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Following changes in its relationship with both American Airlines and, to a lesser extent, Delta Air Lines, American Express began to build its own airport lounges with the goal of accommodating its best customers.
Now open at select locations, the Centurion Lounges, provide complimentary admission to American Express Platinum and Centurion cardmembers, and rival some of the best first-class lounges in existence. (American Express cardmembers with other American Express cards may …