Articles in Journeys

What’s Doing in New York City in the Fall

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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 …

What to Wear This Summer

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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


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 …

Theodore Bikel, Captain von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’ and Tevye in ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Dies at 91

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Theodore Bikel, one of the most versatile actors of stage and screen, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 91.  Mr. Bikel played Captain von Trapp in the original Broadway production of “The Sound of Music” and appeared more times as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” than any other actor.
Mr. Bikel was born in Vienna and attended the Amerlinggymnasium along with my father, Fred Spira, until …

Penn Plates Food Festival – Restaurant Review

Arancini Bros. offered various types of fried balls

Sushi burrito? Fried risotto balls? Ice cream cookie sandwich? All these eclectic and delicious food options can be found at New York City’s Penn Plates Food Festival pop-up market, located at One Penn Plaza, adjacent to the Hotel Pennsylvania. Penn Plates will be open through November 15 of this year.
The market includes 14 establishments, and my dining companion, FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira, and I sampled dishes at six of …

Lobby Bar – July 17: The Transcontinental Aqueduct, Music to your Earplugs, and Citrus Drama


Lobby Bar – An Off-the-Wall Summary of FBT News and Views 
Lime disease. Paul Riegler discusses the final stages on the American Airlines and US Airways merger.  Despite the long-fought battle, when confronted with the ever-important question of how it will slice its limes, American and US Airways couldn’t handle the pressure and decided to dissolve both companies.
Empty pocketed. Jesse Sokolow wants to make sure you travel safely this summer, and …

Photo Essay: The Ballpark Experience

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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 …