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Lobby Bar – March 18: Mandatory Happiness, Hotels of Cards, and Obama on the Subway

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Lobby Bar – An Alliterative Allusion of FBT News and Views, Perpetually in Neutral
Fun-sized. Jonathan Spira heads to the Village Voice Choice Eats tasting event and has eight recommendations for good grub in NYC. Everything in the event was sample-sized – from the miniature éclairs to the bites of babka – including the napkins and silverware. After dinner, clown cars arrived to ferry guests home.
Tracing game. Which airline currently operates …

Tesla Dramatically Expands Number of Charging Stations in Manhattan

Tesla Dramatically Expands Number of Charging Stations in Manhattan

Tesla Motors is in the process of deploying additional charging stations in Manhattan, a move that will make the ratio of charging stations to gas stations more than 2 to 1.
By the end of March, Tesla’s network of charging stations will number 105 in Manhattan. By contrast, there are fewer than 40 gas stations in the borough, a 33% decrease from 2004.
Most of the Tesla charging stations will be free …

Weekend Nor’easter Could Snarl Travel on East Coast

Weekend Nor’easter Could Snarl Travel on East Coast

Winter may not be over yet for parts of the East Coast, as a late nor’easter could impact much of the region come Monday.
Areas including New York City and Hartford, Connecticut could see as much as a foot of snow through Monday if the storm continues its course. However, depending on cold air movements and jetstreams, snowfall may be minimal.
As it stands now though, cities as far south as Washington, …

8 Best New York City Restaurants from the 2016 Village Voice Choices Eats Tasting Event

Fish tacos from Belle Reve

In a city such as New York, with thousands of restaurants, many within walking distance from wherever one may happen to be, it’s difficult to make up one’s mind and pick a place to eat.  Did I want southern? Or fish tacos? Or perhaps something I didn’t even know existed?
That was my dilemma on a warm Friday evening in March but I was lucky enough to have been invited to …

Looming NJ Transit Strike to Impact Flyers and Commuters

Looming NJ Transit Strike to Impact Flyers and Commuters

A massive rail strike is slated to go into effect this Sunday at 12:01 a.m., shortly before Daylight Saving Time takes effect.
Negotiations resumed late Friday morning between NJ Transit and its rail worker unions. Workers are seeking a 2.6% salary increase and more cost-effective health care benefits with a lower employee contribution.
Neither side has issued a statement but NJ Transit special counsel told reporters Friday morning that “today’s the day” …

Restaurant Review: Burnside Biscuit, Astoria Queens, for a Southern Accent

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Many associate the Astoria section of Queens in New York with Greek food and restaurants but the truth is that the neighborhood is brimming with dining establishments offering such diverse fare as Czech cuisine, seafood, and sushi.
Hidden among the cafes, diners, burger joints, and Greek restaurants are several southern restaurants including Burnside Biscuit, which, in Yankee territory, is named after Civil War General Ambrose Burnside (he served on the Union …

Delta to Offer In-Flight Dining Options from New York’s Union Square Café on Trans-Atlantic Flights

Delta to Offer In-Flight Dining Options from New York’s Union Square Café on Trans-Atlantic Flights

Delta Air Lines announced that it has partnered with the Union Square Café to offer several of the restaurant’s dishes onboard select flights beginning March 1.
Passengers flying in Delta One cabin on trans-Atlantic routes will be able to enjoy creations from Union Square Café executive chef Carmen Ouagliata such as beef short rib stracotta and Gulf Shrimp and polenta.
Other dining options will include Union Square Café’s classic roasted chicken breast …