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In China, You Can Go to a Restaurant in a Retired Boeing 737

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2016, 4:00 AM

Lily Airways, a restaurant housed inside a retired Boeing 737 in Wuhan, China (photo: leo_lijie/Instagram) We recently told you about a dinner experience in Los Angeles that transports guests back to the golden age of air travel by serving them inside an old grounded Pan Am Airways craft, outfitted to look exactly as it did in 1973, right down to the perky stewardesses and ample legro...

Interactive Underwater Artwork Off Southern California Coast

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2016, 4:00 AM

Artist's rendering of an underwater sculpture by Doug Aitken (image: lebasseprojects/Instagram) As part of "Electric Earth," Doug Aitken's exhibit this fall at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the artist has built three enormous "Underwater Pavilions" off the coast of Southern California's Catalina Island. Made of mirror and stone, the kaleidoscopic structures are mo...

Huge New Sculpture Planned for New York City

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2016, 4:00 AM

Rendering for "Vessel," a monumental sculpture planned for New York City (image: designboom/Twitter) Yesterday the plans were unveiled for a new 150-foot, $150-million sculpture that will stand amid a cluster of skyscrapers being built near the Hudson River in Manhattan.    Designed by British artist Thomas Heatherwick and dubbed "Vessel," the concrete and steel structure looks so...

Sleep in a Decommissioned NYC Taxicab for Only $39 Per Night

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/13/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo: FreeImages/Caroline Keyzor) Last week we told you about a hotel room in a converted double-decker bus from London.  Now the New York Times has found an Airbnb listing for a stay in a decommissioned New York City yellow cab.  Parked in the waterfront community of Long Island City in Queens, the taxi boasts excellent views of the Manhattan skyline and, at only $39 per ni...

Should the Spanish Steps in Rome Have a Barrier Against Tourists?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/13/2016, 4:00 AM

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in front of the Spanish Steps in Roman Holiday (photo: Wikimedia Commons) Later this month, the Spanish Steps in Rome will reopen after a 1.5-million euro cleanup and restoration project financed by jewelry maker Bulgari. But if Paolo Bulgari, the chairman of the company his great-grandfather founded, had his way, the steps wouldn't reopen entirely....

The World's Busiest Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/13/2016, 4:00 AM

For the 18th year in a row, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was named the world's busiest airport in Airports Council International's annual report.  In 2015, more than 101 million passengers flew through Atlanta, an increase of 5.5% over the previous year. The report cited the location of Georgia's capital as a major contributing factor—80% of people in the U.S. live with...

Is the Trump Campaign Hurting Trump Hotels?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/12/2016, 4:00 AM

Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, DC (photo: thisisbossi/Flickr) In Washington, DC, a luxury hotel is set to open today in the Old Post Office Pavilion, following a $200 million renovation of the historic building, which was constructed in 1899.  But the idea of staying there might be a nonstarter for many travelers—and not just because the lowest rates are $950 per night.  The p...

New Apps Let You Turn Your Luggage Into a Courier Service

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/12/2016, 4:00 AM

Airline baggage fees have turned luggage space into a valuable commodity. And now there are apps to help you sell it.  A startup called Airmule and a new rival, Grabr, connect customers in need of a delivery service with users who have space to fill in their suitcases. With Grabr, you can search to see if anybody in the city you're flying to wants anything from the city you're flying from,...

Yosemite National Park Expands

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/12/2016, 4:00 AM

Ackerson Meadow (photo: yosemiteconservancy/Instagram) California's Yosemite National Park grew by 400 acres last week—the park's largest expansion in 70 years.  Thanks to a donation of land from private owners, Yosemite now includes Ackerson Meadow, a green expanse surrounded by pine trees and inhabited by wildlife including the endangered great grey owl.  Donors Robin and Na...

Disney World Now Finger-Scanning Preschoolers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/09/2016, 4:00 AM

As of last month, Disney World now requires kids ages 3 to 9 to have their fingerprints scanned before entering any of the Orlando resort's four theme parks. Guests older than that have been getting their digits scanned for some time, but now the Mouse wants to take a look at even the jelly-smeared fingers of the preschool set. Disney says the move is designed to prevent stolen and reu...

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