Great Moments in History – December 2018

by Jesse Sokolow

December, the 12th and final month of the year, was the tenth month of the Roman calendar, deriving its name from decem, which is “ten” in Latin.
The Anglo-Saxons called both December and January – the entire winter solstice period – “Ġēolamōnaþ,” the Yule month. Indeed, many Yuletide customs observed by the historical Germanic people have made their way into today’s Christmas celebrations.
December hosts a number of holidays in addition to …

Lobby Bar – November 30: What I Did For Love, Melt Shop, and ‘I’ll Take Prepubescent Airplanes for $200, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: I Will Send a Fully Armed Battalion to Remind You of My Love
Global Warming.Icelandair abandoned its bid to acquire low-cost carrier Wow Air after discovering that the resultant combination would cause too much ice to melt.  Market research showed that no one wanted to fly Landair, it turned out.
Remember we made an arrangement when you went away.  The United States and the United Kingdom reached an agreement on …

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

by Jonathan Spira

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 …

Restaurant Review: Taverna Kyclades, Astoria, New York

by Paul Riegler

It happened all of a sudden: the words “the octopus,” followed by an invitation to dinner at Taverna Kyclades, a Greek restaurant in the Astoria neighborhood in New York City, at a time when, for several days, I had been thinking about Greek food.
I would be the advance party, more due to chance, to secure a table because waits of 45 minutes or more were common, my host told me. …

Hotel Review: Hilton Munich Airport, Germany

by Jonathan Spira

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 …

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Jesse Sokolow

Tomorrow, Thursday, is Thanksgiving in the United States, a national day of giving thanks for the harvest and the preceding year.
George Washington, at the urging of Congress, issued a proclamation on October 3, 1789 that designated Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks, noting that “both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the People of the United States, a Day of …

Thanksgiving 2018 Weather: Cold in the Northeast, Snow and Rain in the West

by Anna Breuer

As millions prepare to travel over the river and through the woods to various destinations that could, of course, include grandmother’s house, many will face oppressive weather and the resultant delays that accompany it.
The busiest air travel days are expected to be Sunday, November 25 and the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 21. For those driving, expect company on the roads as some 48 million people are expected to drive …