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Test ‘n’ Fly: We Review Coronavirus Testing At LaGuardia Airport

Even though I have largely sequestered myself during the past nine months, consorting with almost no one outside the concierge at my residence who accepts my deliveries, I test regularly for the coronavirus because one just never knows.
While I haven’t flown since my final British Airways Boeing 747 flight in early March, I made a few overnight trips by car and also go hiking and biking regularly. 
Meanwhile, airports across the …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury AWD

Cadillac, the “Standard of the World” since 1908, is one of the oldest automakers and automotive brands in the world, second in the United States only to Buick.   For decades it was known for its sleek sedans and coupes such as the Sedan de Ville, the Fleetwood Brougham, and the Eldorado, but today, in addition to the current lineup of sedans, the luxury marque offers multiple SUVs including the Cadillac …

Restaurant Review: Friend of a Farmer Thanksgiving Dinner at Home

Perhaps not surprisingly, as fewer people planned to travel for Thanksgiving amidst the coronavirus pandemic, takeout and delivery options became a significant part of many people’s holiday meals.
Friend of a Farmer, which has grown in the course of a third of a century from a tiny rustic café to a two-story townhouse on Irving Place in Manhattan, is one of the city’s farm-to-table pioneers.
Started by Carrie Morabito in 1986, the …

‘Avenue Q’ Has an Important Message for the World: Covid is ‘Only for Now’

The cast of the award-winning Broadway show “Avenue Q” has a message for the world in a new video: Covid “is only for now.”
“Nothing lasts,” a line from the song “Only for Now” tells us, including the pandemic.
After calling out “sex” and “your hair” as the standard faux ad libs in the course of the song, the third original faux ad lib “George Bush” from 2003 has been updated multiple …

First Look: The New 2021 Lucid Air Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range

If anyone thinks that the race for the best electric vehicle has been won and that the King of the Hill title has been awarded to Tesla, the conclusion is premature, to say the least.
Lucid Motors unveiled the Air in a coronavirus-friendly online event earlier in the fall, and its Greenfield factory in Arizona is already manufacturing early prototypes.  Lucid took two a few of those on the road to …

Theater Review: ‘Temping’ is a Play for the Coronavirus Age

It was an eerily familiar feeling.  I left my house to go to the theater but this time I drove, bypassing public transit. I parked, walking past restaurants that had set up tables outdoors on the street, in some cases separated by acrylic panels.
Appropriately enough, I was going to see “Temping,” an immersive play for one.  I wasn’t surprised that I had the best seat in the house, not because I …

Take Me to the Four Seasons… No, Not That One!

When President Trump advertised that his lawyers’ news conference, held this past Monday, would be at the Four Seasons hotel in Philadelphia, few people flinched. After all, it was the Four Seasons and the president himself owned some fairly luxurious properties.
“Lawyers News Conference Four Seasons, Philadelphia. 11:00 a.m.,” President Trump said in a tweet Saturday morning.  No sooner had he sent the tweet than the hotel itself chimed in, saying it …