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Torrential Rain in New York Metro Area Cause Thousands of Flight Delays

Torrential Rain in New York Metro Area Cause Thousands of Flight Delays

Fierce storms are hammering parts of the Northeast on Monday, after a weekend of heavy rain.
The inclement weather is the latest in a series of storms to drench the region.
As of noon EDT on Monday, almost 300 departing flights had been canceled at New York’s three major airports, John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty, while over 450 flights experienced delays, according to data from FlightStats, a company that tracks …

Lobby Bar: Horse Manure, Underage Workers, Rogue Engineers, and ‘I’ll Take German Sex Toys for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – Fantastically Phantasmagorical
Duff your hat. Drivers and passengers alike were puzzled by new legislation in the Big Apple requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to wear caps. “It’s a return to civility, just like we had in the horse-and-buggy era,” said the city’s oldest resident, Mabel Clarence, who at 128, has a clear recollection of the transition from horse-drawn Hansom cabs to early electric- and gasoline-powered taxicabs in New …

New LaGuardia Central Terminal to Get FAO Schwarz Toy Store

New LaGuardia Central Terminal to Get FAO Schwarz Toy Store

When LaGuardia Airport’s new Central Terminal opens to passengers, it will have the world’s first in-airport FAO Schwarz toy store in addition to a variety of other shops and restaurants.
FAO Schwarz was founded in 1852 by Frederick August Otto Schwarz and is the oldest toy store in the United States.  The company has changed hands multiple times in the past half century.
The new store is being developed by the Hudson …

New York City Enacts Cap on Uber and Lyft Drivers

New York City Enacts Cap on Uber and Lyft Drivers

New York City will place a one-year cap on new vehicle licenses for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. The measure was approved by the New York City Council on Wednesday.
The Big Apple will become the first city in the United States to take such a step, which will go into effect once signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The legislation also provides for a minimum pay rate for drivers …

Amtrak Provides Details of Next Generation Acela Express Trains

Amtrak Provides Details of Next Generation Acela Express Trains

Amtrak unveiled the interiors of its new Acela Express fleet on Wednesday.
The new interiors will feature leather seating, integrated in-seat lighting and electrical outlets as well as USB ports.  Each seat will have a tray table with both a large and small table option.
The trains will be capable of traveling at 160 mph (258 km/h) and will have 30% greater capacity for passengers.
The upgrade is being made possible with the …

United Airlines to Connect Washington, D.C. with Tel Aviv Next Year

United Airlines to Connect Washington, D.C. with Tel Aviv Next Year

United Airlines announced plans to offer thrice-weekly non-stop service between Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv next year.
The new flight, subject to government approval, will be the carrier’s fourth to Israel. The start of service is scheduled for May 22, 2019.
Flights will depart Washington Dulles International Airport on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 10:30 p.m. and arrive at Ben Gurion Airport at 4:30 p.m. the following day.  Return flights will leave …

Review: Using Amazon Prime Now for Whole Foods Delivery in New York City

Amazon is finally making good on its promise to consumers for its $14 billion takeover of Whole Foods Market with the launch of delivery through its Prime Now service.
Delivery from Whole Foods via Prime Now is available in 24 cities and deliveries will arrive within an hour, albeit for an extra fee, while deliveries within a two-hour window are available at no charge provided the customer hits the $35 minimum.
The …