Tomorrow is New Year’s Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Jesse Sokolow

Tomorrow, Wednesday, is New Year’s Day around the world, the first day of the new year on both the Gregorian as well as the Julian calendars.
In ancient Rome, the day was dedicated to Janus, the god of beginnings and time, for whom the month of January is named.
New Year’s Day is the most celebrated public holiday in the world.  It is frequently observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight.  …

Here Are 2019’s Top Plays and Musicals On and Off Broadway

by Anna Breuer

This was an especially difficult year to select the best plays and musicals of the year, simply because there were so many good ones.
Here are our theater co-critics’ picks for the six best musicals and plays on the Great White Way, in alphabetical order, with excerpts from their reviews.

BEETLEJUICE
Winter Garden Theater
There’s a second phantom on Broadway now.  The new musical, based on the 1988 Tim Burton film, haunts and delights …

The Decade’s Biggest Travel News Stories

by Paul Riegler

Frequent Business Traveler and The Travelist reporters produced over 20,000 news stories and features in the 2010s, fulfilling our mission to be the most trusted source in travel journalism.
Whether you agree that the decade will end in a matter of days or has one more year to go, here are ten stories that nonetheless had a significant impact on travel during the past ten years.

 
ERUPTION OF EYJAFJALLOKÖKULL – APRIL 2010
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‘Password’ and ‘123456’ Once Again Top Annual Most Popular Password List (So Please Change Yours)

by Paul Riegler

Choosing a new password is as easy as “123456,” at least for some, or perhaps as easy as “passw0rd” for others.
Password management company SplashData released its annual list of commonly used passwords and the company’s findings reveal that computer users not only continue to ignore exhortations from security experts but also ignore the significant publicity that the annual list generates.
The two top passwords on the list are the same as …

The Strange Tradition of ‘Dinner for One’ and New Year’s Eve

by Paul Riegler

Ten years ago, we wrote a feature story about an obscure 18-minute televised skit called “Dinner for One.”  Recorded in 1963 in English by the Norddeutscher Rundfunk and featuring British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden, it was relegated to the dustbin of obscurity until it was broadcast on December 31, 1972 as filler.  It has been a New Year’s Eve tradition in Germany and Austria ever since.
More than half …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus LS and LS Hybrid

by Jonathan Spira

Now in its fifth generation, the current LS made its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and claims a heritage that goes back to 1989, when Lexus first entered the U.S. market.
While the first four generations of the LS were V8 powered and predominantly rear-wheel drive, the automaker offered all-wheel drive, hybrid, and long-wheelbase options. However, the fifth generation is available only with six cylinders …

These Major Airlines Ceased Operations in 2019

by Anna Breuer

2019 was a bad year for airlines. Multiple airline shutdowns made the headlines as hundreds of thousands of passengers were left stranded.  The marquee names included Wow Air, Jet Airways, and Thomas Cook, the latter a 138-year-old concern, as well as 20 minor players.
While the issues that caused these airlines to cease operations varied greatly, they can largely be put under the rubric of poor management, lower demand, and changing tastes.
As …