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Restaurant Review: Katz’s Delicatessen, New York City

Entering Katz’s Delicatessen is akin to entering a living museum. The New York landmark, which opened in 1888 across the street and moved to its present location in the 1920s, is the purveyor of the definitive pastrami sandwich in the city, perhaps the best in the land.
Dangling signs encourage you to “senda salami to your boy in the Army,” perhaps because you would eat the corned beef or brisket sandwich …

Hilton Bogota Coferias in Colombia

Hilton Bogota Coferias in Colombia

Hilton announced the opening of a new hotel in Bogotá.
The Hilton Bogota Coferias is a 410-key property with in the Coferias complex, a mixed-use commercial, social, and cultural development. It overlooks Monserrate, a hill that dominates the city’s center and rises to 10,341’ (3,152 m) above sea level. At the very top there is a 17th century church.
The hotel’s design is said to be inspired by the city’s “natural elements …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition

The latest Lincoln to shed its MK moniker is the MKX, which henceforth is to be referred to as the Lincoln Nautilus.
Although technically a mid-life refresh of the second generation MKX, the Nautilus has a completely new look, having adopted the design language of the new Continental and Navigator, including the elegant rectangular grille with a large Lincoln star emblem.
It’s important to note that the former MKX, despite the not-so-glamorous …

‘Potentially Historic’ Winter Storm Forecast for Central U.S., Expect Significant Flight Delays and Cancellations

‘Potentially Historic’ Winter Storm Forecast for Central U.S., Expect Significant Flight Delays and Cancellations

The calendar may say spring but for parts of the United States, the weather outside looks like winter.
A major winter storm is heading to the Midwest and set to arrive Wednesday. The National Weather Service warns it could be a “potentially historic storm.”
Forecasters said that the storm will be whiteout conditions, heavy rain, and powerful winds to many locations.
The National Weather Service has posted blizzard warnings for the northern Plains …

Hotel Review: Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

The Millennium Hilton New York Downtown is one of the taller hotels in New York City and, perhaps appropriately enough, is located adjacent to One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States and in the Western Hemisphere.
When planning the hotel in the early 1990s, developer and New York Post owner Peter Kalikow chose to spell the hotel’s name with one “n” to make the name more distinctive, …

30 Airlines That No Longer Exist from Pan Am and TWA to Wow Air and Hooters

In the past year or so, several airlines have gone out of business although none of them was a major player on the world’s airline stage. Wow Air, which ceased operations two weeks ago, and Primera, which shut down last October, had offered fares reminiscent of what People Express offered in the 1980s, namely $99 fares to Europe. Clearly that wasn’t and isn’t a sustainable business model.
But those carriers were …

Restaurant Review: La Goulue, New York City

When the classic French restaurant La Goulue closed just short of a decade ago, forced out by its landlord, Jean Denoyer, who had created the Upper East Side eatery, was forced to put the brasserie into cold storage, only to emerge ten years later.
Indeed, I recalled reading in the papers back then of various rumors it would close and close it finally did.
La Goulue, which means “the glutton,” was also …