Mr. 305 ‘Escapes’ To NYC With New Ship For The 212 Crowd

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Escape will be homeporting in the Big Apple in Spring 2018, and to celebrate, Norwegian Escape’s Godfather and international music star, Pitbull, made a special appearance at PHD Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown. Guests were able to “walk the plank” in a virtual reality segment of the largest ropes course at sea and pose for sharable photos with the ship’s celebrity Godfather “Mr. Worldwide.” The afternoon was topped off with a performance from For the Record: The Brat Pack, one of Norwegian Escape’s award-winning Broadway-style shows. Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart and...

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The Making Of A Maestro, From Castelfranco To Carnegie Hall

This segment is about global music figure who shares roots in the same small Italian village as Val. The piece takes an intimate look at the backstory of Sir Antonio Pappano, the conductor of both the Royal Opera in London and Rome’s symphony orchestra. The report is a visually stunning and highly personal tale about the universality of music, the immigrant work ethic and the pull of our roots, which inspires one to do both great and small things....

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NYC Subway Staycation: Take the “Q” To Coney Island

Ever since the Second Avenue Subway extension of the “Q’-train opened on January 1, 2017, I have been anxious to take it all the way to the end. Coney Island. You see, I live very close to the 96th Street station, and waited…er, suffered through 11 years of construction, and can’t be happier about the presence of  this subterranean chariot within minutes from my apartment. Everyone I know in the neighborhood calls it a life-changer…and yes, I agree wholeheartedly. Just recently, I took it to all the way… to Coney Island and back… Here’s a little video of my...

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Volcano Bay Water Park Is Now Open At Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando held a media event recently to introduce its new water theme park, just in time for the 2017 summer season. Right out of the chute, visitors had to wait hours to experience some of the most popular slides, despite the much promoted wearable reservations wristband.  Hopefully the kinks will be worked out of the new Tapu Tapu technology very...

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SS United States Conservancy Sails Into Political Seas To Save Iconic Oceanliner

The campaign to save a beloved oceanliner, the SS United States, just took on a political overtone. With little success, the SSUS Conservancy has been trying for years to revive “America’s Flagship” as a floating attraction or shoring her up to sail again. Last year, Crystal Cruises came this close to saving the 1950’s era ship, that is rusting away, unceremoniously docked across from an IKEA in Philadelphia. Crystal abandoned its plans to put her back into seagoing service after a feasibility study determined the effort would be too much of a stretch. So, now, the Conservancy is asking...

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