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What to do if You’re Stuck at a Busy Airport

Layovers at an airport are rarely fun especially when you didn’t plan for them. Portable electronics are good to pass the time but they have a limited battery life and terminals don’t have many power outlets to supply you with the juice you need. Typically they end up with you munching on overpriced, sub-par airport food while reading a magazine you got at a newsstand. Boring as that may be, sitting around in the terminal at least allows you to be ready to go when the plane is. But if you have more than about 4 hours before your next flight, you can afford to be a little more adventitious and leave the airport. The problem with that move is where should you go? Airports are usually on the outskirts of cities and many of the best places to check out are further away.

Airfare Watchdog has a great post up now that gives you some great recommendations for things to do if you’re laid over at some of the world’s busiest airports depending on how long you’re laid over. They lay out the most cost-effective airline lounges and some cool things to check out that are pretty close to the airport. After reading that I’m quite convinced now that Las Vegas is probably the best city in the world to have a layover in. McCarran Airport is a 10 minute cab ride from the Strip and all of the fun things you can do there.


In Vegas you don’t need to go very far if you need to skip town.

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Top 15 Cities Where Millennials are Moving

Two weeks ago I talked about where the best cities are for young professionals based on a whole range of factors. Today we’re going to look at census data and find out where they’re actually moving to. So does our behavior match those standards? Sort of. There are several matches from last week’s list but the metropolitan area that added the most millennials since 2010 has been Washington DC which has had a net gain of about 12,000 people born between 1980 and 2000. That 12,000 figure is very revealing too because it signifies that people are moving much less often than they used to. Part of it is due to the recession but part of it is due to changes in the economy as a whole with more and more jobs available that can be done from anywhere. If you look back to the 1970s about 20 percent of households reported that they have moved recently while today that number is only at 12 percent. But I digress, here is the list of the top fifteen metropolitan areas with the biggest increases in their number of young professionals:

1. Washington, DC
2. Denver, CO
3. Portland, OR
4. Houston, TX
5. Austin, TX
6. San Francisco, CA
7. Seattle, WA
8. Riverside, CA
9. Dallas, TX
10. Charlotte, NC
11. Minneapolis, MN
12. Oklahoma City, OK
13. San Antonio, TX
14. Kansas City, MO
15. New Orleans, LA

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The Regions That Make Up America

The United States is an enormous country with enormous regional differences. Different parts of our country were settled and developed by different people which has led to different attitudes about most of the things that we face and that has largely defined our history. Those differences are often fleshed out in the arena of politics where there have always been regional fights about the issues of the day and those fights have even resulted in a civil war. Well for the first time Colin Woodward and Brian Stauffer of Tufts University have attempted to define the broad regions that make up America both in terms of the composition of the people that live in each region and the general attitude that those regions have about society. They split up the the US and Canada into 11 distinct regions which they call Yankeedom, New Netherlands, Midlands, Tidewater, Greater Appalachia, Deep South, El Norte, The Left Coast, The Far West, New France, and First Nation. The map and article is a great look at the regional diversity that fundamentally shapes America’s identity and I find that incredibly cool to think about.


Well that certainly explains the difference between North and South Jersey.

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Top Cities For People Under 35

How does one measure the attractiveness of a city for young people? Job availability? Cheap rent? a good bar scene? Vocativ just released a pretty exhaustive list to determine exactly that using twenty separate factors including average rent, salary, unemployment rate, cost of living, coffee shops and bars per capita, cost of beer and cigarettes, and cheap take-out restaurants per capita. All of these factors were measured for the 50 most populated cities in America and a list was aggregated. The top ten are below:

1. Portland, OR
2. Austin, TX
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Seattle, WA
5. Minneapolis, MN
6. Las Vegas, NV
7. Atlanta, GA
8. Long Beach, CA
9. Denver, CO
10. Phoenix, AZ


Portlandia

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Ellis Island is Finally Reopening

Starting next week, Ellis Island will finally be open to the public again. A short distance away from the Statue of Liberty, from 1892 to 1954 the island was the place where around 10.5 million immigrants first stepped foot in America. It was there that new immigrants from the Old World would land and go through the necessary legal process of getting American citizenship which back then only took a few hours. The immigration station closed in 1954, was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1966, and is now a museum dedicated to the important role immigration played in America’s history.

Ellis Island was closed off to the general public last year after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in New York Harbor. Of all of the historical places in the area Ellis Island probably got the worst of Sandy’s wrath. For comparison, Liberty Island was able to reopen in time for the Fourth of July this year. Thankfully many of the museum’s artifacts were removed and safely stored prior to the hurricane hitting but even a year later the damage has not been fully repaired yet. Why then is the island reopening? I think it has to do with timing and money. Next week will be both the one-year anniversary of Sandy hitting and the 127th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty being dedicated which would make it a good time to coordinate the reopening. The financial reason is that both the park and the ferries have had a brutal year financially. The number of people visiting Liberty and Ellis Islands are less than half of the number of people that visited in 2012. For all of those reasons Ellis Island is now back up and running and ready to accept more people to its shores again.


Notice how they’re both on the New Jersey side of the river though.

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A View of New York From the Rooftops

It’s certainly no secret that Manhattan has many skyscrapers and that there are many incredibly beautiful pictures of that skyline. The thing about many of those pictures though is that they are often shot from a long distance away. In fact the best places to get a good shot of the whole skyline are on the other side of the East or Hudson Rivers. However, those pictures can get boring after a while. Many of the best pictures of the city are taken from little known places inside the city itself. That is where the work of the photographer Stewart Mader comes in. Two years ago he started a project where he takes pictures of the city from a new rooftop every week and so far he’s gotten some incredible shots. Looking through these pictures shows us that there are beautiful parts of the city we never even knew existed and provides us with a fresh, unique look at America’s largest metropolis.


Upper East Side from 66th floor, Chrysler Building.

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A Room With a View of an Airport

If you ever drive around the streets and highways close to any major airport you will always find lots and lots of hotels. After all it makes sense that many travelers would want to stay close to an airport if they have a flight the next morning. Also, unexpected flight cancellations and layovers happen all the time which sometimes require a flight to be pushed back to the next day leading to all of the passengers spending a night at one of those nearby hotels on the airline’s dime. I’ve personally been in a situation like that multiple times.

As one can imagine, so many hotels being in such a small area breeds some pretty cutthroat competition and that leads to situations where those hotels will do anything they can to get a leg up. The New York Times recently discussed a case of Marriott coming up with a pretty unusual idea at their hotel outside Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The upper floors have an unobstructed view of the airport’s runways which offers a great view of planes taking off and landing and they’re trying to milk it for all it’s worth. Those rooms with a view come with a private balcony, a runway map, an airplane guide, and binoculars and are marketed specifically towards aviation enthusiasts and leisure travelers.

That sort of deal should send up some serious red flags for anyone who’s flown on a plane or have seen the New York Mets play at home. The sound of a jet engine running 100 feet away from you is about 140 decibels. That’s not just loud enough to keep just about anyone up at night, that’s loud enough to do serious damage to your hearing. Considering that most of us get hotel rooms for the purpose of having a place to sleep when we’re away from home that’s a pretty big problem. Mariott’s solution is some pretty serious soundproofing. The hotel’s windows are two inches thick and the walls and insulation are much thicker than that of an average building. After that it’s just a PR offensive to convince potential customers that the rooms are actually quiet enough where you can get a good night’s sleep. As for me though, I’d gladly trade a close up view of an airport and a shorter trip to that airport for the darkness and silence that I need to sleep at night.


I wonder if they offer noise cancelling headphones upon request.

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John Lennon’s Childhood Home is For Sale

In October of 1940 when all of England’s major cities were being bombed by the German Air Force, the residents of 9 Newcastle Road in Liverpool had a baby boy named John Lennon. That boy would live at that house for the first few years of his life until the marriage of his parents crumbled and he moved in with his aunt who effectively raised him. By the time the 1960s came along, Lennon would become one of the biggest rock stars the world has ever known until his unfortunate assassination in New York in 1980.

Now the house where John Lennon spent the first few years of his life is going to be sold at an auction later this month. The house’s current owner has kept the house looking much like it did during the 1960s and wants to sell the house because he wants to live in a house with a garden in his retirement. Though the house is badly in need of modernization, it is still expected to sell for a lot of money because well, there are a lot of rich Beatles fans around the world that collect their memorabilia. The guide price for the home is expected to be about £150,000-£250,000 which translates to about $243,000-$405,000 in US Dollars. I’m all for collecting Beatles memorabilia, but I wouldn’t want to buy something that would require a mortgage and property taxes just because it would be cool to have.


That paint job certainly looks like it’s from the sixties.

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The World’s Most and Least Honest Cities

Would you return a lost wallet loaded with money and the owner’s contact information? That’s what reporters from Reader’s Digest tried to find out. In an attempt to find the most and least honest cities in the world they went to sixteen cities and deliberately misplaced some wallets. It turns out that the most honest city they tested was Helsinki, Finland where all but one of the lost wallets was returned. The least honest city tested was Lisbon, Portugal where only one wallet was returned and that one honest person was a Dutch tourist. The lone American city tested was New York City and it turned out to be more honest than most of the cities tested, returning 8 out of 12 wallets. More interesting was that age, gender, and income played no significant role in determining who would return a wallet. Here is a list of all the cities and the number of wallets that their citizens returned (out of 12):

Lisbon, Portugal: 1
Madrid, Spain: 2
Prague, Czech Republic: 3
Zurich, Switzerland: 4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 4
Bucharest, Romania: 4
Warsaw, Poland: 5
London, UK: 5
Ljubljana, Slovenia: 6
Berlin, Germany: 6
Amsterdam, Netherlands: 7
Moscow, Russia: 7
New York City, USA: 8
Budapest, Hungary: 8
Mumbai, India: 9
Helsinki, Finland: 11


The Finns may speak a crazy language but they won’t steal your wallet.

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An Interactive Map of Manhattan… from 1836

New York City wasn’t always the metropolis it is now. For one thing the city limits of New York City used to be just Manhattan. It wasn’t until 1898 that the five boroughs joined together to become the city it is today. There was also far less people and it was much harder to get around. Getting from Brooklyn to Manhattan is now a common subway ride for most New Yorkers. That ride used to be a dangerous boat ride across the East River. If you could somehow teleport yourself to New York City 175 years ago you would probably have no idea where you were.

Now it is possible to be able to somewhat imagine what Manhattan was like back then thanks to this new interactive map from the Smithsonian. With this map they’ve combined a map of Manhattan from 1836 with a satellite image of the city today and you can see the differences. Back then you can still see the general patterns of the streets and avenues which largely remain the same today. However, there are huge amounts of empty space on the island and it gets emptier the further north you go. Even as far back as 1836 the area we call Harlem today was mostly just vacant land. In fact, it didn’t look like there was much in the way of development north of 42nd street. Seeing how comparatively undeveloped the city was back then makes you really appreciate how far it has come in so short a time. This map is a really cool glimpse into New York’s past and well worth checking out.

NYC 1836

Manhattan then and now.

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