by Jonathan Spira

Writing a hotel review during a global pandemic is fraught with peril.  While I felt completely confident in my selection, I wouldn’t wish to cause someone to abandon all coronavirus safeguards and dive back into travel unnecessarily or with reckless abandon.  Then again, I also believe that the overwhelming majority of the magazine’s readers would not do this, so here goes.
The brand new Lloyd, Stamford is a new luxury boutique …

March News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

by Jesse Sokolow

Find out how up-to-date you are with travel and aviation news from the past month. Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question about where face masks were not mandated under President Biden’s new executive order (the answer was Restaurants) had the highest share of correct answers, with 94%, …

Restaurant Review: Black Forest Brooklyn – ‘Your Greenhouse is Ready’

by Jonathan Spira

As the thermometer began to hover closer to the freezing mark, restaurateurs in New York City became understandably anxious as, at the time, indoor dining was not an option under then-current pandemic rules.  The more creative among them built yurts, bubbles, cabins, sheds, and even greenhouses.
Out of the various choices, a greenhouse, which comes with an aluminum frame and clear, hard polycarbonate windows, is perhaps the most durable and stable …

Great Moments in Travel History – March 2021

by Jesse Sokolow

The month of March one year ago is when the travel industry began to reel from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as major hotel chains shut down thousands of properties, banks closed an equal number of branches, airlines reduced schedules by up to 50%, and telecommuting became the way many people went to work.  Broadway theaters closed on March 12, and cultural institutions across the globe closed shortly thereafter.
March …

25 Years After Deadly Explosion, Wreckage of TWA Flight 800 to Be Destroyed

by Kurt Stolz

TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747 en route from New York City to Paris, exploded in midair and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Long Island on the night of July 17, 1996.
At precisely 8:31 p.m. local time, an explosion that was ultimately determined to have been caused by a spark from fuel gauge wiring inside the center wing fuel tank of the 747 that in …

Review and Test Drive: Apple CarPlay’s Cool New Dual-Display Support in the VW Atlas Cross Sport

by Jonathan Spira

Apple first introduced its CarPlay infotainment system seven years ago at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show. If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone and six years later, it became available in almost every new vehicle sold.
At the time of its introduction, CarPlay only had access to the vehicle’s central information display, or CID, typically …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

by Jonathan Spira

The Cadillac XT6 is the largest vehicle in the automaker’s XT series, which offers three crossovers that include the smaller XT5 and XT4.   The only vehicle Cadillac offers that is larger than the XT6 is the Escalade.
Introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the seven-seater went on sale as a 2020 model later that year.  It is the third of three vehicles announced by Cadillac in …

Photo Essay: New York Botanical Garden ‘Spotlight on Orchids’

by Paul Riegler

The pandemic has meant many changes for New York’s cultural institutions, among them the New York Botanical Garden.
Each year, the garden presents a highly regarded orchid exhibition but, amidst the pandemic-induced restrictions currently in effect in the New York area and the terrible toll that the coronavirus has taken, it is presenting a more limited exhibition – ‘Spotlight on Orchids’ – in the Enid Haupt Conservatory, an Italian Renaissance building …