Review: Jimmy at the James, SoHo – A Bar That’s Worthy of the View

by Jonathan Spira

When you take the elevator up to Jimmy, the informally named rooftop bar at the James New York Soho hotel, and the doors open, you only get a glimpse of what you are in for. Once in the bar area, however, you start to realize that you’ve never seen New York this way in the wintertime. The city sparkles.
Walk out to the pool without wearing a winter coat – it …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2019

by Jesse Sokolow

Although many believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, scholars believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, given that January is the start of the year and hence an opening to new things.
The month of January was created around 450 B.C.E. when the original ten-month Roman calendar was replaced by a 12-month calendar with January at the start.
January is …

What You Read in 2018: The Most Popular Features, Reviews, and News Stories of the Year

by Anna Breuer

As the year 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look at some of the most popular news stories and features of the year.
The big news over the past year was the opening of the first new terminal at the renovated LaGuardia Airport, the integration of flight attendant groups at both United Airlines (which had merged with Continental Airlines in 2010) and American Airlines (which merged with US Airways …

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

by Jesse Sokolow

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 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.  …

Lobby Bar – December 28: Coach Class, The Archies, and ‘I’ll Take the Icelandic Alphabet for $100, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: To Be Consumed with Half a Glass of Egg Nog
Aliens have finally arrived.  A gigantic plume of smoke colored by a blinking blue light hovering over New York City caused anxiety for residents, until it was revealed that it was just Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ arrival in his spacecraft.
Self-Loading Freight.  In a move filled with a remarkable amount of common sense, federal air marshals will be seated further …

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

by Jonathan Spira

The tradition of reviewing “Dinner for One” goes back almost a decade here at Frequent Business Traveler and, just like the tradition of watching “Dinner for One” on Silvester or New Year’s Eve, came about by accident.
Indeed, in Germany and Austria as well as other parts of Europe, before going out to celebrate the New Year, watching “Dinner for One” is de rigueur, just as it has become for the …

5 Apple Watch Tips and Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know About

by Paul Riegler

The newest Apple Watch has a surprising number of features in what is a tiny package, so many that one can use the device for months and barely scratch the surface of its capabilities.
First released in April 2015, the Apple Watch was updated multiple times without changing its form factor until the fifth generation Series 4 device, which was released in September 2018 with a 30% larger display and additional …