North by Northwest, one of my favorite movies, was on television recently. Which got me thinking about the United Nations General Assembly Building, a magnificent international style classic just seven year old when the movie was released in 1959. Which got me thinking about the Millenium UN Plaza, the once-gleaming, twin-towered hotel designed by architect Kevin Roche and planted across the street from the United Nations in 1976. Read more
In fact, they’re third highest in the world – just behind Moscow (priciest for the ninth year) and Lagos. So says the newly released hotel survey from Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), which compared rates for 55 international cities. The New York average is $341.59 a night, up 4 percent from 2011. That uptick reflects confidence in the financial sector, a good thing until you have to swipe your credit card. Read more
Abraham Lincoln or James Bond? That seemed the big question hotel guests pondered when choosing in-room movies last month. (Denzel Washington and Liam Neeson were also deep in the mix.) To find out if Oscar contenders trumped blockbusters for the top spots, read on. Read more
The ads! The Harbaugh family! Beyonce! (We love her non-lipsynched rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Superbowl press conference.) There’s even a football game. (We’re from Northern California, so Go Forty-Niners!)
Where do you want to be when the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco Forty-Niners clash on Sunday? Read more
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