In a Turning Point for the Pandemic, CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Gather Without Masks

by Anna Breuer

People who are fully vaccinated can start to resume some activities without donning face masks or practicing social distance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday, as it released long-awaited guidance on for inoculated individuals.
The center said that indoor gatherings with people who have all been fully vaccinated are now allowed, and that attendees do not need to wear masks.
Fully inoculated people are those who have received the …

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 …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus GX 460

by Jonathan Spira

The Lexus GX, first launched in 2002 and built on the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado platform, arrived at a time in the United States where there was no coronavirus pandemic and the biggest health concern was SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, an epidemic traced back to cave-dwelling horseshoe bats in Yunnan, China.
Life was simpler then.  The iPhone, Facebook, and Twitter had yet to be invented and, as a result, the …

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 …