Travel and Tourism Sector

  • Film

    May 28, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    The Nostrand Avenue Shop Bicycle Roots Is by Crown Heights Residents, for Crown Heights Residents

    Crown Heights is changing. There is no mistaking the churn of gentrification in this central Brooklyn neighborhood as it moves eastward on Eastern Parkway. But it's too easy to write off all the new brunch places and sleek bars as yet more signs that something in Crown Heights has been irrevocably l ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Marriott Marquis 'Sweetheart Deal' With Giuliani-Era City Hall Is the Gift That Keeps On Taking, Comptroller John Liu Says

    City Comptroller John Liu says Mayor Bloomberg should reopen a sweetheart deal struck in 1998 by the Giuliani administration with the Marriott hotels corporation that, he claims, will end up costing the city $345 million. "This is one of worst deals since Manhattan was sold for $24," Liu said. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Carnival Reverses Their Ban On Drag Customers

    Yesterday, I wrote about how Carnival advised patrons who'd paid for a "Drag Stars at Sea" cruise, which will feature drag performers, that they are not to dress in drag or they will be kicked off the boat with no refund! The reason? They don't want to upset the children!!!! After some backlash ov ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Parks Go Corporate With Planters Grove. Could Doritos Playground Be Next?

    New York City has to take what it can get when it comes to green spaces, and the most recent addition to the city is no exception. Planters Grove, a park at the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D that opened yesterday, is no exception. This green space, however, is a bit different than, say, Central ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Bronx Beep to Yanks: Pave Parking Lot, Put Up Hotel Paradise

    Diaz' Facebook profile pic: Only 602 saves short of Mo.​With the new ballfields intended to replace those bulldozed five years ago to make way for Yankee Stadium: The Next Generation finally nearing completion — look, you can even see them now on Google Maps! — it's time to finally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Sarah Palin Screwed Basketball Star, Did Coke and Pot, And Cheated On Todd

    ​ It seems the idiocy-spewing family-values robot is human after all. According to The Enquirer, a tell-all book about Palin that will come out next week says she once scored with future hoops star Glen Rice (less than a year later, she was pregnant and eloped with Todd). She did coke off a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    New York Is Dirty, But Not the Dirtiest

    ​According to a ranking of America's dirtiest cities by Travel and Leisure magazine (thank you, Travel and Leisure), New York City is not at the very top of dirtiness in terms of cities that are dirty -- that honor goes to New Orleans. But fear not, New Yorkers, we're still in the top 10. We'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Hopstop: Now Helping You Count Calories, Ride Your Bike

    ​Hooray for Hopstop, the go-to spot for finding out how to get to wherever you want to go in the New York City area, and elsewhere, too. Just the other day we were calculating how to get to a wedding in Brooklyn (thank you, God, for weddings in Brooklyn) and all of a sudden, after which trains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    New York City Is Decent for People Watching, Says Travel Magazine

    ​When you think of places to people-watch, you probably think...hmm, New York City! Right? Partly because maybe you live here, or have at least visited; partly because New York really does have the best people-watching. Travel and Leisure has now rated the best U.S.A. cities for people-watchin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Cruise Ships in Brooklyn to Get 'Giant Electrical Outlet' to Plug Into

    ​We've come a long way, people. At one point we thought the world was flat! Now cruise ships docking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will get to plug into a giant electrical outlet instead of spreading their diesel fumes into Red Hook. It's taken two years of "plug negotiations" (not the offic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Help Make New York City Rude Again

    Lady Gaga, rude New Yorker​Since mid-February a spirited campaign has quietly been brewing to return New York City to its former glory. See, Travel and Leisure magazine had the nerve to place NYC at second place on their rudest cities in America list, behind Los Angeles. In response, someone s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2011

    Only 30 Percent of Americans Have Passports: Why It Matters

    Fanny packs, khakis, baseball caps: the American tourist.​According to a new report from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, only 30 percent of Americans currently have a valid passport. And in 2009, the number of trips outside the U.S. fell by three percent. Compare our stats to tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    The Internet Is Killing Hotel Porn

    ​It's the end of an era! (For some.) And so, we bid a fond adieu to pay-per-view porn in Marriott Hotels, which will be getting rid of access to adult movies in new hotels, with an eventual move to rid their tawdry sheen from the entire chain. This is not, however, due to some newfound family ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Bicycle Habitat Is Now the 'Official' Birdbath Bakery Bike Shop

    Tony the Misfit/Flickr​ Along with fruit tarts, quinoa cookies, and hippie sandwiches, Maury Rubin spends a lot of time thinking about two-wheeled transportation. When he opened the first branch of Birdbath in 2005, he began offering a 50 percent discount to anyone who traveled to the bakery b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Are Bedbugs Scaring Tourists Away From NYC?

    ​Tourists afraid of bedbugs? The Associated Press thinks so! Today's national wire carries a terrifying (and mostly anecdotal) piece about how bedbugs -- this year's trendiest New York annoyance/epidemic/infestation -- are threatening the city's "$30 billion tourism industry."

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Hell's Kitchen Ex-Homeless Shelter Blossoms Into Gay Hotel Extravaganza

    ​Just when you think New York has everything, an idea morphs into reality that makes people wonder, "What the hell took so long?" This, my friends, is the definition of one of those ideas. At 510 West 42nd Street, appropriately sandwiched between Chelsea and the Theater District, a hotel calle ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 16, 2010


    See what's new in Canadian cinema

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Had Enough of Julia Yet? Then Take a Julia-cation

    ​If you think the Julia Child wave has crested, think again. Now, you can take your Julia show on the road with a Julia Child-themed tour of Paris and Provence. New York-based culinary travel company Tour de Forks is touting a seven-night trip, complete with excursions to Le Cordon Bleu, led b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Oh, Canada. More Food Obamamania

    A very earnest pastryMaybe you all have heard of the Canadian snack known as BeaverTails, but I had not before a press release from the Ottawa Tourism Board pinged into my inbox. Apparently, the BeaverTail is a fried whole wheat dough stretched into the shape of a beaver's tail ("one of Canada's nat ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 14, 2009


    Baz Luhrmann couldn’t script this stuff

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Sheraton Turns Sheep Meadow Into Office

    To celebrate its new Link@Sheraton "technology lounge" feature (presumably more spectacular than the business centers currently offered in many hotels), Sheraton is holding a "Global Out of the Office Day" in Central Park's Sheep Meadow today. About 600 employees of parent group Starwood Hotels & Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    Cruise Ships and the Art of Piracy

    The Times today notes that cruise lines are bolstering their revenue with on-ship art auctions that tend to take advantage of passengers who don’t really understand what they’re buying. Jori Finkel’s fine piece goes into detail about some accusations against Park West Gallery, a company that m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Heath Ledger Knew How to Flirt With the Gays!

    According to a very weird New York Times T magazine blog post by hotelier Jeff Klein, when an "old queen" event planner of the "gay persuasion" thought Heath had just checked him out in the lobby, Heath—having overheard the guy say that to Klein—made a point of playfully winking at him, mainly t ... More >>

  • News

    August 26, 2003

    Jesus Saves . . . Israel's Land

    Evangelicals Pray for Middle East Piece

  • News

    August 15, 2000

    Surfing Up Democracy

    Blue Dog Dems—and Their Corporate Sponsors—Hear It From the Beach

  • News

    December 1, 1998

    Billionaire Boys Club

    The Scoundrels among the NBA owners