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Lobby Bar – November 21: No Blood for Oil, Soothing Cleaning Appliances, and Packing Tips from a Wizard


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Harry Packer. Robert Waldner details eight tips for holiday travel packing. For a most successful trip, purchase one of Hermione’s handbags, which measures 12″ x 14″ x 6″ yet somehow manages twelve cubic feet of internal storage. The bag can be found in Diagon Alley’s West 4th Street location in New York City.
To the microscope! Jeremy Del Nero …

New York City to Get Free Public Wi-Fi

New York City to Get Free Public Wi-Fi

New York City announced that it plans to replace public payphones with Links, hubs that provide free public Wi-Fi Internet. The project, called LinkNYC, will generate an estimated more than $500 million in revenue for the city in the first 12 years.
The city plans to add 10,000 Links, which will offer gigabit speeds from a Wi-Fi network. Links will also provide free domestic phone calls, a charging station for phones, …

Delta First Class Flight 462 New York-Salt Lake City – Review


Sometimes everything will go just right. Reveille at 0 dark hundred, shower, finish packing, summon an Uber ride, make record time from home to JFK’s Terminal 4, and join the TSA PreCheck line. There was only a couple ahead of me but something was wrong with one of their tickets. Things slowed to a crawl. While waiting for a supervisor to resolve the issue, the agent checked my credentials and …

Lobby Bar – October 24: Talking with Strangers, Unhappy Campers, and Forsaken Bodies of Water


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Guys? It’s me, Bond. Jeremy Del Nero (that’s me!) dons a Moto 360 smartwatch in an attempt to become James Bond. While I can now shoot lasers out of my left wrist, I seem to be missing out on the hordes of women who should be throwing themselves at me.
Swapperoo. Paul Riegler goes on a Safari with Apple’s …

Park Hyatt New York Opens its Doors

Park Hyatt New York Opens its Doors

Hyatt announced that its new flagship property, the Park Hyatt New York, opened on Monday.
The hotel is located within walking distance of Central Park and across the street from Carnegie Hall on West 57th Street. Park Hyatt New York occupies the first 25 floors of the 90-story One57 skyscraper designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc and located in midtown Manhattan.
It has a total of 210 guest rooms, each 475 square …

Lobby Bar – July 25: Skyward Parties, Running the Globe, Homer’s Brain, and Welcome Back Kotter for $100


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Many will enter, few will win.  It’s official; the recipients of the GlobeRunner Awards were announced in New York City this week.  Mustbe18yearsoldtoparticipateentrydoesnotguaranteewinningsbatteriesnotincluded.
Turned up.  Jonathan Spira hops on a Virgin Atlantic jet from New York to London.  From the airline’s Clubhouse to the on-board bar Virgin seems to be cementing its reputation as a party airline.  …

Affinia 50, New York – Hotel Review


Playing the part of a tourist in my own town, I sauntered down 3rd Avenue with nothing but a thin backpack on my way to check in to the Affinia 50 in Midtown Manhattan.  The 22-story hotel is in good company, surrounded by towering office buildings and other luxury lodging establishments, including the  InterContinental New York Barclay on Lexington, the Waldorf Towers down the block, and a W Hotel just …