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New York City to Add 250 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes

New York City to Add 250 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes

Riding a bicycle in New York City will become safer for visitors and residents alike after a $1.7 billion plan was approved to expand the number of protected bike lanes, meaning a barrier separates the lane from vehicular traffic.
The move comes as the city experienced the highest death toll in two decades for cyclists: so far in 2019, 25 bicyclists have died in accidents on city streets.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg first …

Conrad New York Midtown Opens Offering In-Room Concerts by Classical Musicians

Conrad New York Midtown Opens Offering In-Room Concerts by Classical Musicians

Hilton announced the reflagging of The London NYC as the Conrad New York Midtown.
The property is the brand’s second in New York City and is located on West 54th Street.
The 54-floor, 562-key all-suite hotel underwent a complete renovation in its transformation to a Conrad. The result, the hotelier said, is that guestrooms more resemble metropolitan pied-a-terres with a “residential” feel as opposed to a typical New York City hotel room.  …

Short Stay: The Windsor Boutique Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina

After a number of stays in umpteen-story hotels whose upper rooms poke into the clouds, it can be a refreshing change of pace to check into a smaller property with only 14 rooms. Shortly following a stay in a 1,000+ room skyscraper, I found myself in the lobby of a different kind of property: the Windsor Boutique Hotel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. And everything about my stay would prove …

United Airlines Moves to Create a Cleaner Future with $40 Million Sustainable Fuel Investment Fund

United Airlines Moves to Create a Cleaner Future with $40 Million Sustainable Fuel Investment Fund

United Airlines announced it plans to create and fund what it termed a new investment vehicle that will focus sustainable aviation fuel innovations.
The Chicago-based airline, which is the only U.S. airline that uses sustainable fuel on a regular basis, said it invest $40 million in the new fund, which will support the development of such fuel types as well as other decarbonization technologies.
“We aspire to be the airline leading the …

How to Practice Safe Computing Using Public Wi-Fi and Avoid ‘Evil Twins’

In travel – as in real life – not everything is as it appears.  The free Wi-Fi hotspot you just logged into in the hotel lobby to read your e-mail, conduct your banking, or read the news wasn’t necessarily a nice amenity provided by the hotel.  In fact, it might have been operated by the well-dressed gentleman sitting beside the potted palm.
While you caught up on social media and e-mail, …

Don’t Be a Smartphone Zombie!

A new term is creeping into the urban vernacular.  Smartphone zombies – pedestrians who are engaged far more with their smartphones than with their surroundings – are cropping up everywhere.
While the term was not yet in use, the phenomenon was noted by FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira in his book “Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous to Your Organization,” referring to “distracted walking” as one of multiple issues caused …

Kimpton Hotel Arras Opens Its Doors to Guests in Asheville

Kimpton Hotel Arras Opens Its Doors to Guests in Asheville

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of the Kimpton Hotel Arras in Asheville, North Carolina.  The new hotel is located in the former Northwestern Bank Building – now known as the Arras – that was constructed in 1965 and is now a mixed-use complex.
The building, which resembled a vertical brown shoe box, was stripped to its core – 18 levels of poured concrete and reinforced pillars – even though it …