Ending long process.
After winter storm hits Northeast.
There might be a lot of people spending Thanksgiving alone. More than 200 flights were canceled and 5,000 more delayed on Tuesday—the day before the busiest travel day of the year—as a nasty winter storm headed toward the Northeast. Charlotte Douglas International, Chicago’s O’Hare International, Denver International, and Cleveland Hopkins International had the most delays and cancellations, according to Flightstat.com. But things could get messier as the storm moves even closer to the Northeast, home to the nation’s busiest airports. The nasty storm is already being blamed for 11 deaths as it made its way across the country this week.
It’s the day before Turkey Day—or even the holiday itself—and you’re in airport hell and famished. Step away from the Cinnabon! From sushi at JFK to wine at Dulles, where to really eat.
You’re tired. You’re hungry. And you just want to get home and celebrate Thanksgiving with your family.
But if you’re among the 3.1 million travelers taking to the sky this holiday, you might be grounded in the East Coast’s busiest airports, thanks to a deadly storm that’s already torn through several Southern states.
Before you fall into despair, know that just because you’re stuck at the airport doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to feast on Cinnabons for Thanksgiving. Some airports these days are downright fancy, and restaurateurs have capitalized on travelers weary of overpriced and inedible fare.
So if you’re lucky enough to be delayed in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, or Charlotte, N.C., know that your options for a great Thanksgiving meal reach further than a slice at Sbarro. The Daily Beast has rounded up the best these airport eateries have to offer.
New Orleans may be a foodie haven, but it doesn’t get much better than this humble sandwich. During an annual festival, chefs get creative to celebrate it.
On a street corner in New Orleans, three men in their late 20s—all wearing some variation of blue—look at each other without talking. A mass of people rush by them, but as with thousands of other people on Oak Street, the men just chew, savoring every bite. A musician in the brass band Bone Tones plays his trumpet in one hand and holds an Abita beer in the other as his group starts a second line down the street. They march past a local art shop selling the official poster of the 2013 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, a drawing of an alligator sandwich in a nod to the fried alligator po-boys being sold this year.
Away from the commotion, Reyne Beatmann, 60, from nearby Mandeville isn’t worried about the crowd, just the stain on her coat. Her second po-boy of the day was to blame.
“The marinade’s juice was dripping down my coat,” says Beatmann. “And I don’t care. I’m going to clean it when I get home. It was so good.”
Here’s how to find out find out if you’re eligible to skip the security line at the airport to save time and hassle during Thanksgiving travel.
For the more than 25 million Americans who are planning to board a plane over the Thanksgiving weekend, holiday travel can pose a logistical nightmare. Bumper-to-bumper traffic, overworked airport staff, and winding security lines make holiday travel long and frustrating.
The TSA security lines in the main terminal are crowded with vacation travelers on June 16, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. Located 25 miles from downtown, Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the United States. (George Rose/Getty)
That’s why the Transportation Security Administration introduced “PreCheck” last year. The program allows travelers to breeze through security without having to remove their jackets, shoes, belts, or laptops. It aims to let low-risk passengers shave off travel time, while allowing the TSA to focus on real security risks. These all-clear fliers are filtered through special lines for expediency.
But how does one make it into this VIP list?
Talked about for years, a high speed rail service for the Northeast may be on its way at last, with the Federal Railroad Administration expected to approve an overhaul of the tracks.
It may seem improbable, but the odds that faster trains are coming to the Northeast Corridor have jumped recently. That’s because beginning in 2015, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is expected to finally permit modern European designs on tracks throughout the country, running side by side with heavy freight, at all times of day. This decision could cut the weight of U.S. passenger trains in half, meaning trains can go faster, accelerate more quickly, cause less wear on tracks, and get passengers to their destination in less time.
How much time? The decision by the FRA to finally shelve regulatory requirements from the 1920s means that lighter replacement train sets for the Acela could cut the trip from Boston to New York by 30 minutes (the trains can maneuver the curvy tracks of New England at higher speeds) and the faster acceleration and braking could shave 5 to 10 minutes off the trip from New York to Washington.
That doesn’t seem like a lot of time savings, particularly on the New York to Washington run, but for a small investment, you could shave off a lot more minutes.
For example, if you combine the purchase of the new lighter Acela train sets with some of the incremental improvements that Amtrak has proposed in its 2012 “Vision for the Northeast Corridor” report, passengers on trains could get from Boston to New York City in 2 hours and 51 minutes (versus 3 hours and 30 minutes currently) and travel between New York City and Washington in a mere 2 hours and 22 minutes (2 hours and 50 minutes now). And for the first time, the Acela will actually be able to reach speeds of 160 mph both north and south of New York, which was what it was supposed to do back when it was built in the 1990s.
Before Napa was even a glimmer in anyone’s eye, the first great American wine was made on the banks of the Ohio River by a land speculator in 1842. The story of how he inadvertently made a Champagne-style wine that even wowed Europe and inspired a poem by Longfellow.
America’s first great wine is one you’ve probably never heard of. The Pilgrims did not produce it. Despite his dreams of flourishing vineyards at Monticello and his belief that America could produce wines “doubtless as good” as Europe, Thomas Jefferson did not create it either. American’s first great wine was a pink sparkling libation made from a hybrid grape called Catawba, grown in the Ohio River Valley outside of Cincinnati. The visionary behind it, Nicholas Longworth was convinced Catawba would become the greatest grape in America, possibly the world.
Longworth was born in 1783 to Loyalist parents in Newark, New Jersey. After the Revolutionary War, his family lost their land holdings and slipped into poverty. Longworth worked hard at odd jobs, passed the bar exam, moved to Cincinnati, and began practicing law. His wealth, however, came from land speculation. Longworth amassed a fortune through real estate investments—his first holdings came from a client who was unable to pay him in cash and offered a plot of land instead. Land value skyrocketed; at one point, Longworth’s wealth is said to have represented a significant percent of the GDP of the United States.
According to Paul Lukacs in his excellent book American Vintage, Longworth began experimenting with grape growing as early as 1813, but he did not devote himself seriously to it until 1820. He had plenty of land on which to plant grapes, and his natural interest in horticulture led him to plant as many vine varieties as he could find. By the time Longworth began producing wine, hundreds of people had brought European vine cuttings (from the esteemed vitis vinifera species) to America in hopes of seeing them grow. (Thomas Jefferson had done this repeatedly with cuttings from the world’s most famed vineyards, only to see the vines whither because of the then-unknown phylloxera root louse that attacks vitis vinifera vines.)
Virgin Galactic takes digital currency.
Great news for those saving up for a trip to space—you can now pay for your ride with Bitcoin. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced Friday that Virgin Galactic, his commercial space company, will accept the digital currency for rides out of Earth’s orbit. A ride on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will cost aspiring astronauts $250,000—that’s about 322.5 Bitcoins. Branson and his family will take the first flight, an event that will be televised live on the Today show.
How could an airline crew land a giant plane at the wrong (and way too tiny) air field? It may not be as crazy—or uncommon—as you may think.
Millions of Americans watched on Wednesday as a Boeing 747 struggled after landing at the wrong airport in Kansas. The 747 “Dreamlifter,” a specialty freighter designed and operated by Boeing to carry fuselage sections of its smaller 787 model, had intended to arrive at McConnell Air Force Base. Instead it touched down at the much smaller James Jabara Airport, about eight miles away.
Onlookers watch a Boeing 747 "Dreamlifter" as it sits on a runway Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, the day after it mistakenly landed at Col. James Jabara Airport in Wichita, Kan. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
This is one of those incidents that leaves the public, to say nothing of airline pilots like me, shaking our heads. How could a crew possibly land at the incorrect field?
It isn’t the first time such a thing has happened. Back in 2004, a Northwest Airlines flight en route from Minneapolis to Rapid City, South Dakota, landed accidentally at Ellsworth Air Force Base, six miles from its intended destination. That same year, a US Airways Express flight headed to State College, Pennsylvania, ended up in nearby Philipsburg instead. In 1995, a DC-10 touched down in Brussels instead of Frankfurt.
From the fountain of youth to a real treasure hunt, the famous illusionist has created a magical paradise at his 11-island property, which you can experience for just $37,500 a night.
Fancy a magic-imbued tropical getaway?
A wind sock and wooden dock marks the spot of the airport on the private island of David Copperfield on February 2007 in Musha Cay, Bahamas. (Marc Serota/Getty)
David Copperfield—the man who made the Statue of Liberty disappear and escaped from Alcatraz—has an even bigger secret up his sleeve: a wild, magical mini-archipelago in the Bahamas, replete with a fountain of youth, a secret underground city, and a treasure hunt bearing pirate booty. And it can all be yours for an exorbitant fee.
In 2006, the famed magician bought the 100-acre island of Musha Cay and its surrounding chain for $50 million, and with $40 million and five years of remodeling, made it into what he’s dubbed “the most magical vacation destination in the world.” Copperfield found the island after apparently drawing crisscrossing lines between Easter Island and Stonehenge, and the Pyramid of Giza and the Pyramid of the Sun in the Yucatan, and determining the exact spot at which the two intersected. The main resort island is actually one of 11 islands, all owned by the illusionist, in what’s been named Copperfield Bay. The others boast names like Forbidden Island, Enchanted Island, Secret Cay, and Imagine Island—incorporating 40 secluded beaches in all.
The Ace Hotel New York set a new standard for hotel design and innovation. The principals of design firm Roman and Williams discuss their collaboration with the late hotelier.
Though many are mourning the untimely death of Ace Hotel chain founder Alex Calderwood last week at age 47, two interior designers are suffering his passing as a nearly familial loss.
The pair—Robin Standefer, 49, and Stephen Alesch, 48, principals of the New York City-based design firm Roman and Williams—collaborated with Calderwood to create the much buzzed about Ace Hotel New York that opened in 2009, crystallizing vintage-cozy design trends that were emerging on the west coast and in Brooklyn. Plaid-clad 20-somethings flocked to the Ace’s dark, pubby lobby and its wood-paneled restaurant, the Breslin, with its snout-to-tail menu. It was just the right level of egalitarian comfort and locavorism that a post-crash populace needed.
“We were like family,” Standefer said of the designers’ three-and-a-half year working relationship with Calderwood. “We found comfort together creatively and had a lot of common values—imperfection, experience, the story. Like a band, we played better together. Stephen and I are married, so we have a close companion to make things with. Alex was like that.”
The trio haunted east coast flea markets, sourcing knickknacks that would adorn the lobby and guest rooms. On a rainy day at the Brimfield, Massachusetts, antiques fair in 2007, they discovered the massive American flag that hangs above the lobby bar.
The chances that you not only are in a commercial plane crash, but also are the single person to survive are a virtual impossibility. Yet this is the reality for 14 people living today.
Behind the swelling, bruises, and swaddling of head bandages, George Lamson, Jr. grinned widely. “I feel…just great,” he told reporters who swarmed his hospital bedside, press conferences, and talk show appearances. It was 1985, and Lamson, just 17 at the time, had survived a flight from Reno to Minneapolis that killed all 70 other passengers, including his father. When the pilot announced the plane was going down, he drew his legs up in front of his face, kicked through the wall as it hit the ground, and was thrown across the fiery ruins into the highway. He thought, he said later, that he had died and gone to heaven.
A scene from the documentary "Sole Survivior." (Yellow Wing Productions)
Today, he is one of only 14 people who are the lone survivors of the commercial plane crashes they endured. It’s an unimaginable—and almost statistically impossible—prospect: that you, singularly, survived a horrific accident by some miraculous means, while everyone else was killed. In these one-in-a-million cases, the survivors tend to be young and nimble, but mostly it’s just pure chance. In a new documentary called Sole Survivor, which aired at the DOC NYC festival on Friday, four of those miraculous stories are told by director Ky Dickens. The stories made international headlines at the time of the crashes, but have since faded from the spotlight. In addition to Lamson, there’s 14-year-old Bahia Bakari who, in 2009, clung to floating debris in the Indian Ocean for nine hours before being saved; Cecelia Cichan, who was just four years old in 1987 when she survived a crash that killed her mother, father, and brother en route to Arizona; and Jim Polehinke, first officer of a bungled take-off in 2006 that left him paralyzed and wracked with survivor’s guilt. “I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy,” he says.
Now a father himself, Lamson is a wiser, more somber version of that 17-year-old, living not far from the crash site in Reno and working as a dealer at a casino. He’s on a mission to reach out and connect with the other 13 like him—to form a community for those who only have a handful of people in the world who can relate to their traumatizing experiences. He’s curious, he says, to find out how the others have healed, and wants to offer an understanding hand. So he began writing letters and emails. “I’m reaching out to say I am here for you,” he writes to young Bakari, who lives in Paris.
The influential hotelier was found dead on Thursday afternoon in his newest venture, London’s Ace Hotel.
There was no indication of anything untoward at the newest outpost of the Ace Hotel, in London, today. No casual visitor would have guessed that the group’s maverick founder, Alex Calderwood, was found dead in one of his artfully retrofitted bedrooms on Thursday afternoon. He was 47.
The music was the usual upbeat mix of dubstep reggae, bluegrass and vintage British punk, and a string quartet performed with commendable irony in the overpriced Hoi Polloi restaurant - where a small and unremarkable burger with chips would set a customer back £15 (about $24). The be-whiskered and expensively dressed 30-and-40-somethings who can afford the extravagant prices were clustered around their Apple laptops in the bar and lobby area, the central feature of which is a long, low communal table with library-style light shades running down its middle. The black and white photo booth machine had a steady stream of laughing customers. There was no palpable sense of doom hanging heavy in the wake of the chain’s visionary founder’s death.
Alex Calderwood, owner of the Ace Hotel, sit at the hotel lobby bar in New York on January 3, 2011. (Deidre Schoo/The New York Times, via Redux)
But behind the game faces, the staff had, however, clearly been rattled by the events of recent days, which came to a dramatic head when an ambulance, preceded by a paramedic on a bike, arrived at the hotel at 2:30pm on Thursday afternoon, shortly after the body of Calderwood was discovered.
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