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Rethinking the Cinema: Will Theatergoers Have a Bijou to Return to After the Pandemic?

As theaters slowly begin to reopen in the United States (theaters in much of New York State got the green light to reopen with limited capacity on Saturday), a larger question looms: will moviegoers return to the Bijou?
The film “Tenet” – the first Hollywood tent-pole to open in theaters as pandemic shutdowns in some areas were being lifted – was intended to kick off a motion-picture revival. Instead, it alone …

Review: ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ on Amazon Prime Video

At the age of 15, Heidi Schreck was a relentless debater and high school student in Wenatchee, Washington, participating and triumphing in the American Legion Oratorical Contests.  A quarter of a century later, her memories of these experiences formed the basis of a play that, in December 2018, I called “the best civics class ever.” 
I first saw “What the Constitution Means to Me” at the New York Theatre Workshop …

Review: Final British Airways 747 Flight – London to New York on the Upper Deck

Heading to Heathrow Airport on a rainy evening in March, I had little idea that the flight I would board would not only be my last for many months, but that it would also be my last flight on a British Airways 747.  Perhaps more significantly, it would also be one of the final 747 passenger flights operated by the airline.
While I grew up flying on countless Pan Am 747s …

First Look: The New American Express Centurion Lounge at JFK

American Express opened what it calls its “flagship” Centurion Lounge on Friday in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and my initial impressions confirm that flagship is indeed the correct term.
At 15,000-square-foot (1,394-square-meter), the lounge is the largest operated by the company and it is spread over two levels.
After clearing security, instead of going down the escalator to the lower level, where most of the terminal’s airline lounges …

Review and Test Drive: The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is On Fire

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is a supercar for all seasons, one that can be driven top up or top down, regardless of the weather.  It brings this range of performance to the under $100,000 class with excellent comfort and head turning design.
Need one say more?
Indeed, let there be no doubt: the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is hot, so hot we had to enlist …

German Reunification 30 Years Later: The Story of How East German Citizens Were Freed from Tyranny

German Reunification 30 Years Later: The Story of How East German Citizens Were Freed from Tyranny

Thirty years ago on this day, West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years as a divided country and united to become a single nation.
The occasion, the New York Times, reported, was marked with “pealing bells, national hymns, and the jubilant blare of good old German oompah-pahs.”
German reunification, or Deutsche Wiedervereinigung, marked the point in time at which the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, or not-so-aptly named German Democratic Republic, colloquially known …

When Packaging Fights Back: It’s Not Just ‘Wrap Rage,’ It’s Also Not Eco-Friendly

Several years ago, Amazon began telling its suppliers that it wants them to use consumer-friendly packaging for their products that is also more earth friendly.
Not all of them are apparently listening.
As Amazon continues to expand its footprint across the globe, it ships many products with wasteful packaging and plastic that won’t decompose in a landfill.  It’s not only the products: Amazon ships numerous half empty boxes that end up in …