Articles in Journeys

Broadway Theaters Set Record for Sales and Attendance


The 2014-15 Broadway season that just ended was the highest grossing in history and broke a record for attendance.
The Broadway League, the trade association that represents Broadway theater owners and operators as well as show producers, said that sales of tickets at the 40 Broadway theaters had totaled a record $1.365 billion and that over 13 million people had attended shows. Attendance rose 13.3% over the past two years, the …

Lobby Bar – May 22: Royal Flushes, Cuddle Service, and Crowd-Powered Aircraft


Lobby Bar – A Tantalizingly Untrue Summary of FBT News and Views 
Royal spoons. Jonathan Spira checks into the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, where Club Level guests are treated like royalty. These elite members receive complimentary pressing of two garments each day, free Wi-Fi access in the lounge, and a cuddle buddy for those cold New Orleans nights.
Time killer. Paul Riegler pokes around Flushing Meadows Park, which once played host to …

Photo Essay: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park


The home of both the 1939/1940 and 1964/1965 New York World’s Fairs, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, often referred to merely as Flushing Meadows Park, was created on top of a former dumping ground, one which F. Scott Fitzgerald called a “valley of ashes” in The Great Gatsby.
Each of the two New York World’s Fairs held here covered the 1,216 acres (492 hectares) of the park. Over 44 million people attended the …

Lobby Bar – May 15: The Hundred-Mile Shot-put, Derriere Templates, and Bring Your Own Airline


Lobby Bar – An Every-Day-is-April-Fools Summary of FBT News and Views 
Human catapult. Don’t miss our guide on what’s doing in the city of New Orleans.  It’s a common misconception that the city’s airport is named after the famed jazz singer; in fact, a man named Louis, with a pair of impossibly strong arms, stands outside the transportation hub and hurls travelers to their destinations.
All powerful ‘D. Join us for a …

What’s Doing in New Orleans

Saint Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square

Jazz, Mardi Gras, Creole and Cajun cuisine, the French Quarter. These were the images I conjured up before visiting the city of New Orleans, but it turned out that I was only scratching the surface.
The city, in French La Nouvelle-Orléans, is the largest city in the state of Louisiana and a major port city, with a population of almost 350,000 people.
Named for the Duke of Orleans, who reigned as Regent …

Lobby Bar – May 8: Emotional Cars, Kinetic Denim, Broadway Broads, and We’re Hiring


Lobby Bar – An Unbelievable Summary of FBT News and Views 
Bittersweet symphony. Join The Diesel Driver for a farewell voyage to Philadelphia with the BMW 535d. It was a bittersweet drive; the driver shed a few tears, and the 535d even leaked a few droplets of diesel in an effort to convey emotion.
Discovery café. Jesse Sokolow explores Hollywood and West Hollywood, finding all of the best things to do in …

What’s Doing on Broadway


Broadway is not only the oldest north-south thoroughfare in New York City (it dates back to the first New Amsterdam settlement) but it is also the heart of the theater industry. Close to Broadway and Times Square in midtown Manhattan is the Theater District – also known as the Great White Way, a nickname given to it by the New York Evening Telegram in reference to the millions of lights …