Marriott East Side, Once One of the City’s Tallest Hotels, Won’t Be Reopening

by Kurt Stolz

The storied Marriott East Side hotel, which first opened its doors to guests in as the Shelton Towers in 1924, won’t be reopening and the location, at 525 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, may not necessarily remain a hotel in the future.
The property closed temporarily in March along with hundreds of others amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Romanesque Revival structure was designed by Arthur Loomis Harmon and the hotel’s …

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

by Jonathan Spira

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 …

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

by Paul Riegler

It’s October, fall and Oktoberfest are in the air, and it’s time to see how up-to-date you are with travel, aviation, and coronavirus 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 asking how a German café in Schwerin gets its guests to social distance (the …

Trump’s Coronavirus Test – What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It?

by Anna Breuer

[Editor’s note: The question, “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” was famously asked out loud by Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee during the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973 when questioning former White House counsel John Dean, who had systematically linked President Nixon to a pattern of corruption and obstruction of justice in the course of his testimony.]
President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on …

Two Events Helped Spread the Coronavirus Across the U.S. Government

by Anna Breuer

Despite the death of Trump aide Herman Cain, who downplayed the necessity of wearing masks and died of the coronavirus at the age of 74 in July, the president and top officials meticulously avoided wearing face masks.  Cain was present at Trump’s Tulsa rally in June without a mask and that event was blamed for a spike in virus cases in the area.
Now another event is being blamed for creating …

‘Schadenfreude’ Searches in Merriam-Webster Dictionary Up 30,500% Following Trump Covid-19 Disclosure

by Paul Riegler

Following the announcement by President Trump that he and the first lady tested positive for the coronavirus, the Merriam-Webster dictionary said that the word “Schadenfreude” was the “top lookup” by a substantial margin.
Schadenfreude, a German loanword that came into English in the mid-19th century, means the experience of pleasure or or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles and failures of another.
The word is a portmanteau of …

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

by Jonathan Spira
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 …