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Even Hotels New York – Times Square South Opens in Manhattan

Even Hotels New York – Times Square South Opens in Manhattan

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of a new Even Hotels property. Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Even Hotels New York – Times Square South is the third Even Hotels property to open. The first two are in Norwalk, Connecticut and Rockville, Maryland.
InterContinental’s new Even brand incorporates many wellness, healthy living, and fitness elements into the design of its hotels. The New York City property has a 1,200-square-foot (111-square-meter) athletic …

Lobby Bar – September 25: Papamania, iSmash Phones, and Pastafarian Planes


Lobby Bar –A Summary of FBT News and Views, Written by Monkeys
P is for Pope. You better watch out, you better not cry – the pope is coming to town. Papa’s visit to New York City is expected to shut down the east half of the island as well as many first-day iPhone deliveries, putting the pope at a ranking just a hair less catastrophic than Hurricane Sandy.
Mall rats. Join Jesse …

Photo Essay: New York’s New 34th Street-Hudson Yards Subway Station


New York City’s first new subway station in a quarter century – officially the 34 St-Hudson Yards terminus of the IRT Flushing Line which carries the No. 7 train – opened to the public on Sunday. The station, which is expected to attract roughly 32,000 riders on a weekday, is on Manhattan’s West Side at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, not far from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
The striking …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2015

The 747 is the world's most recognizable aircraft

Chicago’s Palmer House hotel opened its doors on September 26, 1871, a mere 13 days before the Great Chicago Fire.  The structure did not survive the blaze and had to be rebuilt.  It reopened in 1875.
John Jacob Astor IV’s St. Regis hotel in New York City opened on September 4, 1904. The property is known for its iconic King Cole Bar, the centerpiece of which is Maxfield Parrish’s “Old King …

Dream Midtown, New York – Hotel Review


Sleep and dreams. The two are inexorably intertwined (just ask Freud). As a result, the idea of staying at a hotel that emphasized “dreams” in its name was very appealing.
Walking into the Dream Hotel NYC at the corner of West 55th Street and Broadway, eager for some rest and a respite from the high energy of Midtown Manhattan, I immediately found that the descriptive “dream” name was well deserved.
The dark …

Cagen, East Village, New York – Restaurant Review

Chef Tomita at Cagen

Bad news for the U.S. and Japanese airlines that offer flights from New York to Tokyo: It’s no longer necessary to fly halfway across the globe to enjoy the best sushi Tokyo has to offer.  All a diner has to do is visit Cagen, which opened two summers ago in the East Village.
Chef and owner Toshio Tomita, who spent 16 years working for Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu restaurant fame, has …

Wyndham New Yorker, New York City – Hotel Review

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The stylish New Yorker, known for its distinctive red “New Yorker” sign atop the building, is a part of the city’s rich history. From its opening on January 2, 1930, the hotel was one of the city’s most fashionable, not to mention the largest with 2,500 rooms, a trend that continued through the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to the elegant ballrooms and five restaurants, the Art Deco hotel housed …