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4 Tips to Safely View and Enjoy Today’s Total Solar Eclipse

The first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in just under a century arrives late Monday in the United States and people in many parts of the world are preparing to view it. The last total eclipse was in February 1979, well before the advent of the Internet, so be prepared for an onslaught of images and eclipse-related information before and after the moon blots out the sun.
Here are four tips to help …

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, Washington – Review

As I approached the soaring windows of the Fairmont Olympic, one thought struck me: “I may not be dressed for this occasion.” Indeed, even with my neat, business-casual look, the grand lobby in the Italian Renaissance-style building, with its gilt metal and crystal chandeliers, oaken walls, and balconies was more opera house than hotel. I stopped to reflect on my attire: Did I bring my tux? This brief moment of …

Lobby Bar – August 19: Doctoring Your Passport, Let’s Get Postal, and Yabba Dabba Doo!

Lobby Bar – A Now Available as a Once-Weekly Dietary Supplement
Bikeway. Jonathan Spira heads back to catch another performance of “Spamilton,” this time at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. As its name implies, the theatre is one wheeled, and slowly makes its way down Broadway by collective force of the audience using bicycle pedals built into the seats in front of them. It makes for an amazing experience and the …

After Numerous False Starts, the New Penn Station Begins to Take Shape on Eighth Avenue

NEW YORK—The much ballyhooed $1.6 billion project of turning Manhattan’s James A. Farley Post Office Building into a reimagined Penn Station is about to begin, after a quarter century of planning, bold announcements, and false starts.
Soon to be known as Moynihan Station, the new train hall will include a skylighted atrium approximately the size of the Main Hall at Grand Central Terminal, a new Metropolitan Lounge for Acela passengers, shops, …

Review: ‘Spamilton’ at 47th Street Theatre

Unlike its not quite homophone, “Hamilton,” the spoof “Spamilton” doesn’t stand still. Not only did the show, which opened at the Triad in the Upper West Side last summer, recently move a block away from the Richard Rodgers Theater that “Hamilton” calls home, but it regularly updates its own material, making it fun to revisit.
Now at the 199-seat 47th Street Theatre, also known as the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, “Spamilton” …

Your Papers, Please! How to Renew Your Passport in 4 Hours Without Any Stress

Most countries require visitors to have a passport valid for at least six months following the date of entry, but renewing your passport when you travel multiple times a month, such as I do for work, can be tricky.
With four months remaining on my U.S. passport (like several others at FBT, I’m a dual citizen so I also have an EU passport, in my case from Germany), I decided it …

Restaurant Review: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Stamford, Connecticut

My journey to Stamford, Connecticut to have my U.S. passport renewed left me with approximately two to three hours to occupy me between the initial application process and the scheduled pick-up time at 2:30 p.m. Fortunately, as several of the helpful agents at the passport office pointed out, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que was just across the street.
What they didn’t tell me is that this may very well be one of the best …