Ron Thorne

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Traveling Abroad: 13 Tips To Roaming Freely And Safely

These days, it's almost impossible to imagine leaving the house, not to mention traveling to a foreign country, without a smartphone. How would you avoid getting lost without your built-in GPS? Or know which neighborhoods to visit (and which to avoid) without a handy phone travel guide? And don't …

New York City's top shopping strips

<i>This is an excerpt from the Shopping chapter of Lonely Planet's</i> <i>New York City</i> <i>guide.</i><p>To the question ‘Where do I shop?’, NYC answers ‘How much you got?’ Well-funded shoppers head to Midtown’s Fifth Ave and the Upper East Side’s Madison Ave. SoHo has high-end boutiques stocking the wares of …

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Scandinavian Hotel Giant Returns to the Scene of His Biggest Failure

Billionaire Petter A. Stordalen, Scandinavia’s biggest hotel owner, says the one time in his career that he did everything wrong ended up being a …

The Best Hotel Social Media Campaigns of 2013

Hotels have been at the forefront of using social media in the travel industry, in new and creative ways. And <i>Hotels Magazine</i> has come out with its …

The New York City Subway Is the Absolute Best Invention on Our Planet

I'm 22 years old and new to New York. I moved here from Los Angeles 53 days ago. During this time, I have fallen truly, madly and deeply in love with the New York City Subway.<p>Some reasons are shallow, and some are more transcendent.<p>New Yorkers owe happy hour -- and all weeknight socializing, for …

Paris Journal VI: Pierre Herme

Have you ever wanted to smash the display case in a museum and eat a masterpiece or some remnant of antiquity? You can gratify this desire at Pierre Herme, the chain of upscale chocolate shops in Paris. Only the French could come up with a way of wedding Keats' "unravish'd bride of quietness," of …

Daily What?! Seneca, the Middle Class Village Inside Central Park

Here’s another gem from the book Secret New York: An Unusual Guide: there was once a thriving village called Seneca located in Central Park, between …

Daily What?! An Original French-Inspired Façade of Bloomingdale’s Department Store in NYC

Smack in the middle of Bloomingdale’s, along 60th Street, is this remnant of the former urban fabric, built in the French 2nd Empire style. If you …

8 Architectural Gems along the Bronx’s Grand Concourse: County Courthouse, Post Office, Loew’s Paradise Theater, Poe Cottage

The Grand Concourse has been compared with grand boulevards from the Champs Élysées in Paris to Park Avenue in Manhattan. As a result, it is a great …

Did NYC Really Roar in the Roaring 20’s? Fun Interactive Site Says Yes

We came across this interesting study (via Studio-X NYC) into the historical soundscape of New York City. When you went out into the streets of New …

History of Streets: The Birth of Eastern Parkway and the Evolution of Grand Army Plaza

The question of green space is not a contemporary one. New York has been struggling with it for more than 150 years. By the mid-1800s, while the rich …

Sex, Crime and Zoning: Retracing the Birth of NYC’s Original “Gayborhood,” the West Village

Gay pride celebration outside the Stonewall Inn<p>Last week Rick Landman – activist, attorney, and former executive director of real estate for the city …

Dubrovnik’s 500 Year Old Abandoned Flour Factory Designed by Chief Architect Paskoje Mihov

Apart from its beauty, the Ombla River near Dubrovnik, Croatia has a useful purpose or two. Until 1960, the water was used to power a flour and pasta …

Film Locations: You’ve Got Mail on the Upper West Side

<i>“Do you know what? We are going to seduce them. We’re going to seduce them with our square footage, and our discounts, and our deep armchairs,</i> …

Untapped Mailbag: How to Have a Parisian Day in NYC

Ah, the City of Light… Oh wait. This is New York–the Big Apple. Luckily for us New Yorkers, there are plenty of things to do, see and (most …

Untapped Cities Contributor: Lynn Lieberman of AFineLyne

This week we profile Untapped Cities contributor, Lynn Lieberman, the artist behind AFineLyne who has covered New York City locations as diverse as …

Vintage Photos: 1920s Traffic Towers Along Fifth Avenue

By now all of us are familiar with traffic lights, from the functionality of crosswalk buttons in New York City to the adorable bike lane lights that …

Exploring Greenwich Village’s Charles Street through Cathleen Schine’s New Novel, Fin & Lady

With all its mad energy and contradictions, New York makes a wonderful literary character. And few novelists use the city more effectively than …

Learn the Secrets of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in this Architecture and Design Tour

Did you know that this part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art used to be located on Wall Street? On Saturday November 9th, from 2:30-3:30pm, we’ll be …

Mexico City: United in tolerance

One of only 15 countries with same-sex marriage laws, Mexicans have adopted a live-and-let-live attitude that embraces sexual diversity as easily as tacos and tequila.<p>Mexicans do not blink an eye at two guys stopping to steal a kiss along Mexico City’s broad Avenida Juárez. And the mood is always …