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Filmmaker Wes Anderson Designed a Real Train Car You Can Ride In

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/12/2021, 3:00 PM

Film director Wes Anderson (pictured above) has redesigned a real-life, luxury train carriage and, honestly, what took him so long?  It's an environment—small, self-contained, elegant, and old-timey—that seems especially suited to Anderson's distinctive aesthetic. That's probably why the moviemaker has created several train compartments for the big screen, most notably in 2007's The Darjeeling ...

PHOTOS: The World's Most Impressive New Skyscrapers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2021, 11:00 AM

A stunning addition to the already iconic harborside skyline of Sydney, Australia, has been named the world's best new skyscraper.  The 890-foot-tall One Barangaroo tower (pictured above) earned the top spot in the annual Emporis Skyscraper Award ranking of tall buildings with exceptional "aesthetic and functional design." According to a press release, winners were selected by an internation...

The "Into the Wild" Bus Finally Goes on Display at a Museum

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/08/2021, 6:00 PM

For one day in June 2020, hikers in backcountry Alaska could glimpse a truly fanciful sight: a rusting, 1950s Fairbanks City Transit System bus flying over the treetops. In 1992, the nonfunctioning and long-abandoned vehicle had been the site of the starvation death of young hiker Chris McCandless, who sought refuge in it after being trapped in the area by a wild river. By 2020, local offici...

New York City Puts Hotels, Shows, and Museums on Sale for October

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/05/2021, 11:30 PM

Fall is normally New York City's most busy and expensive season, with hundreds of thousands of travelers descending on the city for business meetings, Broadway show weekends, the Halloween parade, the New York City Marathon, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, pre-Christmas shopping, and much more. But, as we all know, nothing is normal anymore. Which is why the city's official tourism departme...

TSA Lowers PreCheck Renewal Fee (but Here's How to Get It for Free)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2021, 3:00 PM

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has decided it's time to lower the charge passengers pay to renew PreCheck memberships. TSA PreCheck is one of the federal government's Trusted Traveler Programs, which pre-clear passengers for speedier processing at security checkpoints at both ends of journeys. The TSA began accepting applications for 5-year memberships in PreCheck in 2013...

Major Museum Dedicated to Native Americans Opens in Oklahoma City

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/29/2021, 12:00 AM

A total of 39 Tribal Nations are based in what is now known as Oklahoma. Only a handful are indigenous to the state—the rest were forcibly removed from other parts of the United States starting in the 19th century.  A new, $175-million, 175,000-square-foot museum opened this month in Oklahoma City to showcase the history, culture, art, and ongoing contributions of those Native groups in a gleam...

3 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 Poltergeist: “The Conjuring” House Is for Sale

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/27/2021, 9:15 PM

The 14-room farmhouse that inspired the hit horror movie The Conjuring can be yours for $1.2 million. Fair warning: You might have some spectral squatters to deal with.  A listing for the historic, 8.5-acre property in Burrillville, Rhode Island (about a 40-minute drive northwest of Providence), appeared last week on the website for Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty. In the 1...

“Silence of the Lambs” House Now Rentable for Skin-Crawling Overnight Stays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2021, 10:00 AM

Fictional serial killer Buffalo Bill is famously a pretty terrible host in The Silence of the Lambs. Nevertheless, the three-story, four-bedroom southwestern Pennsylvania home that served as the character's residence and grisly tailoring workshop in the creepy, Oscar-winning 1991 thriller is now taking overnight guests.  Recently purchased by Chris Rowan, who works as an art director and pro...

Pioneering Daredevils of Rock Climbing Are on Top at New Yosemite Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/24/2021, 10:00 AM

The sheer granite cliffs of California's Yosemite National Park are the "center of the rock-climbing universe," according to the nail-biting 2018 documentary Free Solo, which follows climber Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to summit the 3,000-foot-tall El Capitan without a rope.  Now Yosemite has its own museum dedicated to the sport.  The Yosemite Climbing Museum, which opened t...

Gorgeous Photo Book Celebrates 90 Years of Stars and Style at The Carlyle Hotel in NYC

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2021, 10:00 AM

The Carlyle in New York City is the sort of place where a princess, a pop star, and a titan of business might share an elevator.  And we're not exaggerating: Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, and Steve Jobs once did exactly that, as recounted in the 2018 documentary Always at The Carlyle. A long roster of past and present A-listers have named the Madison Avenue hotel one of their favorite Man...

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