New York

Is It Now Safe to Come Out of Our Bunkers?

As someone who grew up with family members who were immunosuppressed as a result of having had kidney transplants, avoiding infection was somewhat second nature to me. As soon as I saw the coronavirus take hold in the New York area (it was the highly publicized case of the Broadway usher’s infection that made things crystal clear, given that I, in pre-corona days, would go to between one and four Broadway and …

Why Indoor Dining is So Risky in the Age of Coronavirus

Over the past several days, we’ve seen state officials focus on one aspect of the reopening more so than any other that is causing the number of new coronavirus cases to spike: Indoor dining.
Restaurants face great challenges when they try to reopen their dining rooms. Ventilation systems can create complex patterns of airflow and keep viruses aloft.  As a result, simply spacing tables six feet apart, in line with current …

Photo Essay: Inside LaGuardia Airport’s Posh New Central Terminal

LaGuardia Airport, until recently New York’s much maligned aerodrome that was famously maligned by former Vice President Joe Biden as being “third world,” as he targeted the airport’s aging infrastructure, is no more.  All hail the new LaGuardia Airport, or at least its central arrivals and departures terminal, designated as Terminal B.
Built as part of an $8 billion overhaul, the soaring, light- and art-filled building, which may be the most …

Restaurant Review: Cagen – New York’s Best Sushi as Takeout Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

Four and a half years ago, I ventured to the East Village to try what I understood to be the one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city, Cagen.  In it, I found chef and owner Toshio Tomita, who spent 16 years working for Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu restaurant fame.
Perhaps I had been misinformed as I left believing Chef Tomita had built an establishment that vied with the best …

Review: Metropolitan Opera Virtual ‘At-Home Gala,’ Live from the Stars Living Rooms

In opera, glitches are typically along the lines of what happened in Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” in the early 1900s, when the boat drawn by a swan moved offstage without him, and he said, audible to the audience, “Wann fährt der nächste Schwan?” or “What time does the next swan leave?”
Back then, opera was performed in grand opera houses.  Today, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, great opera is performed from the homes …

Photo Essay: A Surreal Look at New York City in the Age of the Coronavirus

Over the past few weeks, FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira has been photographically documenting New York City.
Most streets are deserted and cultural landmarks have gone dark. Indeed, since mid-March, there has been a 90% decline in subway ridership, a 20% drop in the crime rate, a 60% decrease in traffic at the city’s busiest tunnels and bridges, and a 30% drop in air pollution, according to reports from the National …

TWA Hotel at JFK Debuts Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

TWA Hotel at JFK Debuts Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

The TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport announced the opening of an outdoor ice skating rink.
The rink is located next to the hotel’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation, known as the “Connie,” which is used as a cocktail lounge.  The hotel itself is centered around the TWA Flight Center, designed by Eero Saarinen.
Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12.
Saarinen’s gull-winged terminal opened its doors to passengers …