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Great Moments in Travel History – September 2015

The 747 is the world's most recognizable aircraft

Chicago’s Palmer House hotel opened its doors on September 26, 1871, a mere 13 days before the Great Chicago Fire.  The structure did not survive the blaze and had to be rebuilt.  It reopened in 1875.
John Jacob Astor IV’s St. Regis hotel in New York City opened on September 4, 1904. The property is known for its iconic King Cole Bar, the centerpiece of which is Maxfield Parrish’s “Old King …

Lobby Bar – August 28: Sushi Teleportation, Unconventional Driving Methods, Recording your Dreams, and Art Deco Swimming Pools


Lobby Bar –A Slightly Burnt Summary of FBT News and Views
Cleansing water. Jesse Sokolow checks into the very Art Deco Wyndham New Yorker in New York City. There is no pool or spa on the property, but the hotel thoughtfully sectioned off part of the Hudson River using lavishly ornamented bold geometric shapes.  Guests may now swim in the historic site of the Miracle on the Hudson and pay respects …

Cagen, East Village, New York – Restaurant Review

Chef Tomita at Cagen

Bad news for the U.S. and Japanese airlines that offer flights from New York to Tokyo: It’s no longer necessary to fly halfway across the globe to enjoy the best sushi Tokyo has to offer.  All a diner has to do is visit Cagen, which opened two summers ago in the East Village.
Chef and owner Toshio Tomita, who spent 16 years working for Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu restaurant fame, has …

Lobby Bar – August 21: Futuristic Tacos, Skyping with Washed Up Celebrities, and Sky Chairs for Sale


Lobby Bar – A Summary of FBT News and Views, Inspired by Richard Simmons
Sandy resiDue. Jonathan Spira checks into the Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada, Florida. Right on the beach, guests have the option to swim to their rooms, although the hotel charges a cleaning fee of $1 per grain of sand found in the room after checkout.
Taco of time. Remember the 1994 taco crisis in New York City? Of …

Tacoway Beach, The Rockaways, New York – Restaurant Review


Unbeknownst to most New Yorkers, a major taco crisis in the city was averted recently when Andrew Field, formerly a partner in the recently shuttered Rockaway Tacos, decided to open his own establishment on the premises of the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Beach 87th Street.
With the new name and location come multiple improvements.  There are far more seats at Tacoway Beach (Rockaway Taco had a few benches but that …

Lobby Bar – August 14: Multiplayer Autos, Nudity in Traffic, and Urban 747 Parking

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Lobby Bar – A Metaphysical Summary of FBT News and Views
Team driving. Join Paul Riegler behind the wheel of the 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0T quattro. The “quattro” refers to the number of sets of steering wheels, brakes, and accelerator pedals. In what Audi calls the first collaborative driving experience, each passenger in the car can perform corrective maneuvers with his own controls. The driver, however, is the only one …

How to Hail a Taxi Overseas

A hackney carriage in London

In New York, taxis are yellow; in London, they are black.  Getting one is a different story: it’s not like the movies when you step off the curb, raise your arm or whistle, and a taxicab screeches to a halt directly in front of you.
Taxis are ubiquitous in most major cities but language barriers and local customs (such as unscrupulous drivers overcharging passengers) make some travelers wary of using them.