Restaurant Review: La Goulue, New York City

by Jonathan Spira

When the classic French restaurant La Goulue closed just short of a decade ago, forced out by its landlord, Jean Denoyer, who had created the Upper East Side eatery, was forced to put the brasserie into cold storage, only to emerge ten years later.
Indeed, I recalled reading in the papers back then of various rumors it would close and close it finally did.
La Goulue, which means “the glutton,” was also …

Vintage TWA Lockheed Constellation Lands in Times Square en Route to TWA Hotel at JFK

by Paul Riegler

A TWA aircraft that carried passengers in the late 1950s landed and spent the weekend in Times Square, en route to its final home at the new TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The 1958 Lockheed Constellation’s visit to Times Square was part of the filming of a documentary, “The Rebirth of the TWA Flight Center,” which is about the redevelopment of Eero Saarinen’s landmark terminal into a hotel. …

And The World’s Most Expensive Cities Are…

by Jesse Sokolow

If you think New York and San Francisco are expensive, try Singapore. Southeast Asia’s island city-state is no longer the world’s most expensive city. It’s been joined at the top of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey by Hong Kong and Paris in a tie for first place.
“For the first time three cities share the title of the world’s most expensive city,” the EIU said in a …

Frequent Business Traveler ‘Avenue Q’ Trivia Quiz Winner Announced

by Anna Breuer

A record number of entrants appear to qualify for a B.A. in English based on the results of our Avenue Q Trivia Quiz, which included nine multiple-choice questions and an essay question.
The winner, Daniel Smith from New York, was announced by Frequent Business Traveler at the evening performance of “Avenue Q” on March 21, World Puppetry Day, at New World Stages.  He is a senior at Wagner College and an …

Brexit: What Happens Next

by Paul Riegler

Now that European Union leaders have agreed to give the United Kingdom an extension on the March 29 deadline for it to leave the bloc in order to give the U.K. prime minister time to win Parliament’s backing for the deal she negotiated with Brussels, the question that arises is what comes next.
The news Thursday effectively averts the possibility of a so-called “hard” or no-deal Brexit that has been predicted …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Prius c LE

by Paul Riegler

The third member of the Prius family – and the most affordable – is the Prius c, although it’s also probably the one Prius you don’t want to have on your short list.
The “c” was completely redone in 2018. It’s based not on other Prii but on the much smaller Yaris., hence the Prius c’s SUV look. We looked at what was new in the Prius c six months ago …

Finland is the World’s Happiest Country (Again), U.S. is No. 19

by Jesse Sokolow

If you think you could be happier living somewhere else, consider a colder climate. That’s the message from the results of the 2019 World Happiness Report, which was released Wednesday in observance of World Happiness Day.
Finland took the number one spot for the second year running.  Three Nordic cousins – Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, followed. Others in the top ten include the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, and Austria. The United …