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Billionaire ‘Shark Tank’ Theatergoer Turned Away at ‘Hamilton’

Billionaire ‘Shark Tank’ Theatergoer Turned Away at ‘Hamilton’

“Do you know who I am?” is a phrase most frequent travelers associate with boorish travelers who are trying to bully their way into an upgrade at a hotel or on a flight, but use of the phrase is apparently not limited to diamond guests.
Venture capitalist and “Shark Tank” panelist Chris Sacca reportedly shouted that phrase over and over again after being denied entry to a performance of “Hamilton” last …

New York City Debuts First Wi-Fi Enabled Buses

New York City Debuts First Wi-Fi Enabled Buses

New Yorkers and visitors to the Big Apple suffering from nomophobia will no longer have to avoid the city’s buses. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority began rolling out its new blue-and-yellow Wi-Fi enabled buses on Tuesday.
While there are only 75 on the streets now, the city plans to deploy a total of 2,042 in total.
Each bus has 55 USB charging ports on board, as well as three LCD information displays …

InterContinental New York Barclay Reopens After Extensive Renovations

InterContinental New York Barclay Reopens After Extensive Renovations

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the reopening of the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel following a $180 million renovation.
The hotel, which was first opened in 1926, had artwork installed that recalls the time of the its opening, including antique maps and early 19th century Hudson River School landscapes. The property’s 704 guestrooms and suites were reenvisioned to be reminiscent of classic Park Avenue homes in Manhattan, and the Club InterContinental lounge …

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown to Open in Manhattan

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown to Open in Manhattan

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced that it will open a new property in New York City come fall. The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown will be located in Lower Manhattan, one block from the World Trade Center.
The hotel, which will open its doors to guests on October 17, will be located in a new, 82-story building that will be the tallest residential building in the area It will …

New York City Airports to TSA: Speed Up Security Lines or Be Replaced

New York City Airports to TSA: Speed Up Security Lines or Be Replaced

The agency responsible for the security of the nation’s airports is unlikely to win a popularity contest, especially if airport managers are polled.
Last week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the New York metro area’s three major airports, indicated it would replace the TSA with private contractors if the agency did not improve its “abysmal” performance.
The wait times at John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and …

ANA to Connect Tokyo Haneda with New York, Chicago

ANA to Connect Tokyo Haneda with New York, Chicago

All Nippon Airways said it will launch new non-stop service from both New York and Chicago to Tokyo Haneda Airport on October 30 this year.
Japan’s transport ministry awarded ANA four takeoff and landing slots, three of which are daytime slots, on April 26. The airline will use the slots for the new daytime flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare
Once the new flights begin, ANA will offer …

Hotel Owners Challenge Marriott-Starwood Merger

Hotel Owners Challenge Marriott-Starwood Merger

The owners of hotels in New York and Chicago are challenging Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in court.
Cityfront Hotel Associates Limited Partners, which owns the Sheraton Grand Chicago, and Dream Team Hotel Associates, which owns the Westin Times Square in Manhattan, went to court Tuesday saying that the planned merger would violate their exclusivity arrangements. The suit was filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan …