weak hurricane [now tropical storm] irene in nyc: flooding and power issues, and fun...

From midtown Manhattan, it seems that the worst is over. The power is still on and there is little damage on the streets. At...

kennedy space center and the space shuttle atlantis

The John F. Kennedy Space Center is the NASA facility supporting Launch Complex 39 , originally built for the Saturn V, the largest and...

tampa’s ybor city: from cigar capital to social hot spot

My travels in Tampa led me to the much talked about Ybor City Historic District. Here, the main street of Seventh Avenue is reminiscent...

puerto rico’s fort san felipe del morro [video]

Old San Juan’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort known as San Felipe del Morro, was named in honor of King Phillip II and...

do not travel to mexico – so sayeth the state of texas

In the last few months two travel warnings have been issued by the Texas chief of public safety, warning students traveling on spring break...

the u.s. state department issues a worldwide travel alert

The United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs yesterday warned U.S. citizens worldwide about possible retaliation attacks against U.S. citizens and U.S....

the streets of old san juan, puerto rico

Old San Juan , Puerto Rico is an easily accessible travel destination that will transport you to a time when Spain was a dominant...

in new york city, dumbo is not an animated elephant

If you are out and about in New York City and want to get some of the most spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge...

my strange connection to the triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911

Today marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which occurred on March 25, 1911.  On that day 146 garment workers...

the heidelberg project: detroit’s ghetto guggenheim

Driving through one of Detroit's most deteriorated neighborhoods, one comes upon Heidelberg Street, and a controversial artistic enclave known as "The Heidelberg Project," sometimes...

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