Historic waterfronts in many cities transitioned from gritty transportation hubs to dynamic tourist attractions in the latter part of the 20th century. These destinations display their obvious appeal in the summer — gulls squawking overhead, tantalizing food smells, cooling breezes — as the perfect antidote to a sweltering day in the city. But many urban waterfronts deserve a wintertime visit. Though an invigorating bite to the breeze can turn summer’s leisurely stroll into a brisk walk, the crowds thin to congenial proportions and the crisp air makes everything seem more sharply focused.
The best way to save money in Midtown is to spend more time downtown — advice many a New Yorker has foisted upon visiting friends. But I spend enough time in other people’s cities to know that certain zones get tagged as tourist traps for a reason: they have attractions worth seeing. Such is the case in the heart of Manhattan. read more »
The Pacific Science Center's Eames IMAX Theater is scheduled to re-open later this month after undergoing an extensive, months-long renovation to preserve its architectural heritage while introducing state-of-the-art technology to the theater. This article, originally published on the website of the Pacific Science Center, was written by Philip Cosand, a senior projectionist at the theater who clearly enjoys his job. Here, he shares some history of the Eames IMAX Theater, as well as some interesting Theater Trivia, and looks forward to the changes that the almost-complete renovation will bring. read more »
Few people actually appreciate fruitcake. Yet each Christmas, thousands of them crisscross the country, allegedly sent as “gifts.” Encased in a festive tin, many end up stuffed into the closet along with the holiday decorations, saved for regifting next year. There’s no need to let this dubious tradition infiltrate your holiday gift list. The advent of modern shipping methods — overnight delivery, cooled packaging — means you can send gourmet foods your recipients will want to devour the moment your present arrives. read more »
In the spirit of the holidays and, of course, holiday desserts, I couldn't resist re-posting this review of Disneyland's famous Yule Log cake. It's only available only for a limited time around the holidays at the Plaza Inn, so if you're planning a visit to Disneyland in the next few weeks and have anything resembling a sweet tooth, give it a try and let us know how it is! read more »