‘SpongeBob,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Angels,’ ‘Carousel,’ ‘The Band’s Visit’ Lead 2018 Tony Nominations

by Anna Breuer

The 2018 Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday by Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee. A total of 30 Broadway shows were eligible this year, the smallest number in close to a decade.
Two new musicals, “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Mean Girls,” led the nominations with 12 each including Best Musical. Also nominated for Best Musical were “The Band’s Visit” with 11 nominations and “Frozen” with three.
Broadway revivals “Angels in America” and …

Great Moments in Travel History – May 2018

by Jesse Sokolow

“Tra la, it’s May, the lusty Month of May,” as the song from “Camelot” goes. May, the fifth month in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars is typically the epitome of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern. May Day, typically celebrated on May 1, is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival that celebrates the season. It is also a public holiday in many countries, in …

In 1899, Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Struck by an Electric Taxi

by Paul Riegler

Although much fuss was made five years ago when a test fleet of Nissan Leaf all-electric taxicabs hit New York City streets hailed as the first all-electric powered taxis, the facts are a little different. In 1899, almost 90% of the New York City taxi fleet was electric.
At the turn of the last century, electric vehicles had several advantages over gas- and steam-powered conveyances. The EVs of the period were …

Eurowings Launches New York-Düsseldorf Service

by Paul Riegler
Eurowings Launches New York-Düsseldorf Service

Eurowings announced on Saturday the start of its new non-stop service linking New York and Düsseldorf.
The new flight will operate six days a week except Tuesday, departing New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 10:30 p.m. and arriving the following day at Düsseldorf Airport at 11:55 a.m. Departures on Saturdays will be at 6:55 p.m. with an 8:20 a.m. arrival. Return flights depart Düsseldorf at 11:05 a.m. and arrive …

Review: ‘Mean Girls’ at August Wilson Theatre

by Blaise Buckley

Tina Fey’s breakout film “Mean Girls,” which every millennial has seen countless times, was something Fey always planned to turn into a Broadway musical and the day has arrived.  “Mean Girls,” the musical, opened on Broadway last week and, while it’s certain to bring a smile to even the unhappiest of people, it’s a messy clunker with what has to have the worst song I’ve ever seen performed on a Broadway …

Review: United Airlines’ New Polaris Lounge in San Francisco

by Jonathan Spira

United Airlines opened the doors of its new Polaris Lounge at San Francisco International Airport Wednesday as a preview of what’s to come when it opens to Polaris passengers on April 30. CEO Oscar Munoz welcomed invited guests with a Champagne toast to the new lounge.
The San Francisco Polaris Lounge is the airline’s second and the first of four slated to open in 2018. With a capacity of 440 people …

‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,’ and ‘My Fair Lady’ Lead 2018 Outer Critics Circle Nominations

by Anna Breuer

The 2018 Outer Critics Circle award nominations were announced Tuesday at the famed Oak Room in New York City’s Algonquin Hotel.
The award nominees were announced by Katrina Lenk, the award winning actress who originated the role of Dina in “The Band’s Visit,” and Jenn Colella, who earned the 2017 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Captain Beverly Bass in “Come From …