Theater Review: ‘Evita’ at New York City Center

by Jonathan Spira

Very few countries find themselves so captivated and enthralled by an individual the way Argentina is to Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, a woman whose life (she was born 100 years ago) is the stuff of which legends – and musicals – are made.
As the wife of Juan Perón, the Argentine Army general who was elected president of the country three times, Eva, known by the diminutive Evita, became one …

How to Say ‘Help!’ and Other Important Phrases in 10 Languages

by Anna Breuer

In an emergency, it’s important to know what to say when traveling.aa
Every time a traveler gets on a plane, flight attendants review the safety features of the aircraft in the pre-flight briefing, no matter how many times the passengers may have heard this before.
Once you arrive at your destination, however, you are on your own.
Here’s a quick guide on how to say “help” and other key phrases in a representative …

What’s Doing in New York City

by Anna Breuer

Visitors to New York City quickly find out that the nickname “The City that Never Sleeps” is well earned.
There’s no shortage of magnificent architecture, breathtaking views, and much history, not to mention people – at any hour of the day. Indeed, the city is home to 8.5 million people and covers 305 square miles (490.8 square kilometers).
Manhattan is the city’s most densely populated borough and is the city’s historical birthplace. It’s also …

It’s Time to Put Winter Tires on Your Car

by Paul Riegler

In many European countries, the advent of late fall or winter is a signal for drivers to switch to winter tires on their vehicles, where it’s understood to be as important as setting the clock to Winter Time.
Indeed, having winter tires on your vehicle is required by law starting in November in Germany, yet it’s a forgotten practice in most parts of the United States because so many vehicles come …

Monday is Veterans Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Jesse Sokolow

Monday is Veterans Day in the United States, a holiday that honors military veterans.  The holiday coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other countries, both marking the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918, as an armistice ending all hostilities went into effect at the11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  Armistice Day was observed in the United States …

Mauerfall: The Berlin Wall Fell 30 Years Ago

by Jonathan Spira

On November 9, 1989, a somewhat comical slipup toppled the Berlin Wall when Günter Schabowski, the newly minted spokesman of the East German Politbüro, as a footnote to a press conference, added a statement concerning plans to lift travel restrictions between East and West.  When an Italian reporter asked when the change would come into effect, Schabowski assumed it would be the same day and replied, “Das tritt nach meiner Kenntnis …

ANA Throws a Party for its New First- and Business-Class Suites

by Paul Riegler

All Nippon Airways transported hundreds of guests to Japan at an event in New York City to celebrate the introduction of new first- and business-class suites on its Boeing 777-300ER jets that operate on flights to and from New York.
The ANA Experience: Japan Elevated event took place at the 70,000-square-foot (6,500-square-meter) Pier 36 on South Street near the Seaport. Guests were able to sample the delicious cuisine of different cities …