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An Insider’s Guide to Europe in December: Copenhagen, Dublin, and Vienna Offer Handmade Gifts and Mulled Wine Along with the Holiday Spirit

The secret may be out: the best month to visit Europe is … December! Not only is the weather still relatively moderate, shops are festively decorated and open late, Christmas markets are everywhere, and the holiday season does far more than the European Commission to unify the region.
Indeed, it’s one of my favorite months of the year to spend there.
The pleasure of Europe in winter is learning about each country’s …

Inside LaGuardia Airport’s Posh New Central Terminal Concourse, Now Open to Passengers

Attention New Yorkers and visitors: The city that never sleeps now has a brand new airport – or at least part of one.
The first concourse in the newly built replacement Central Terminal building at LaGuardia Airport opened on Saturday. I visited the new structure, also known as Terminal B, for the better part of the day, spoke with passengers, and met with airport officials who were on the ground spearheading …

Theater Review: ‘The Waverly Gallery’ at John Golden Theater

Gladys has a problem. Played with great poignancy and humor by the incomparable Elaine May in the Broadway production “The Waverly Gallery,” Gladys is a retired attorney cum social butterfly who, as a young housewife, moved to Germany with Herb, her husband; fled the National Socialist regime, returning to the States; built a successful law practice; had a family; bought a small apartment building in Greenwich Village; and opened a …

Hotel Review: Hilton Munich Airport, Germany

The night before my flight from Munich to London, in order to get an early start on things and because I love great airport hotels, I stayed at the Hilton Munich Airport which, the last time I stayed there, was the Kempinski Munich Airport.
I’ve always looked forward to my stays at the airport in the past. While they signify the end of visit to one of my favorite cities in …

Theater Review: ‘A Chorus Line’ at New York City Center

When “A Chorus Line” opened at the Shubert Theatre on July 25, 1975, it became an almost unprecedented box office and critical hit, receiving 12 Tony Award nominations and garnering nine.
The show, set on a bare stage of a Broadway theater and focusing on 17 chorus boys and girls in an all-day audition for a spot on the chorus line of an unspecified Broadway musical, was itself a “singular sensation” …

Review: ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost at Shake & Bake Theater

Many of Shakespeare’s works – “Julius Caesar” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” come to mind – are reinterpreted multiple times as the centuries march on. But when it comes to such reinterpretations, Shake & Bake’s new production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” takes the cake. Literally.
In the story that follows, King Ferdinand of Navarre (Darren Ritchie) and his two companions, Longaville (a mischievous Oge Agulué) and Berowne (Matthew Goodrich), attempt to …

Armistice Day After 100 Years: How a Trade War Over Pigs Led to ‘A War to End All Wars’

The Great War – also known as the First World War – ended at 5 a.m. on November 11, 1918 when an armistice with Germany was signed at Compiègne, a small city in northern France.
At 11 a.m. on November 11 – “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” – a ceasefire came into effect, ending “a war to end all wars.”
Prior to that, the collapse of …