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History of The Standard East Village Hotel

I recently stayed at The Standard East Village Hotel in New York City. This is one of my favorite hotel brands. Related: see my review of The Standard High Line.

But I felt as if I was let down by The Standard East Village. The lobby was great, but the rooms seemed off-brand. Different from all the others I have stayed at (LA, Miami, High Line). I decided to do some research into how this location was acquired by The Standard.

the standard has an arresting outline The Standard East Village Hotel is located off Cooper Square in NYC.


February 7th, 2017|General, Hotels|

Carl Hirschmann: The Name Behind Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation is one of the largest business aviation services in the world.

They are one of the best places in the world to have your private jet serviced. I visited their headquarters in Basel, Switzerland several times during my time with Flight Display Systems. I was always amazed at the scale and scope of their operations. Some of the world’s biggest, most luxurious private jets are finished (finalized) at Jet Aviation.

Its 50-year history — and the story of the family behind it — are pretty interesting. This post looks at Carl Hirschmann and his sons.

Jet Aviation was founded in 1967. Jet Aviation was founded in 1967.


February 6th, 2017|General|

Frequently Asked Questions About Ninjas

These are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about ninja.

Q. How did one become a ninja?

A. As a general rule, the profession was hereditary, with the skills being passed down from parent to child, generation after generation. In most cases, if you were born into a ninja family, you received the training to become a ninja. Training began around the time that children learned to speak. The more talented of the trainees would begin professional duties as early as age 12.

Q. What do ninja eat?


February 2nd, 2017|General|

What happened to the Forbes Galleries?

The Forbes Gallery which was located on Fifth Avenue between 12th and 13th St. in Greenwich Village went dark in November 2014. Then Forbes sold the building to NYU. I want to know: what happened to the art in the galleries?

Exterior of building Now closed, the Forbes Galleries on 5th Avenue were on the ground floor of the Forbes Magazine building


February 2nd, 2017|Normandie|

Ninja Cartoons + History of Ninja in Japan

I love this ninja artwork from a guidebook I found called “Ninja Nippon Guide Book.” I think this is the first time they are being shared on the internet. Related: Ninja FAQ

A few of the ninja cartoons from the Ninja Nippon Project A few of the ninja cartoons from the Ninja Nippon Project

The first page of the guidebook says, “The purpose of the Japan Ninja Council is to position ninja as part of Japan’s cultural heritage in tourism strategies such as the Cool Japan strategy.”


February 2nd, 2017|General|

How to Play Tennis in Grand Central

Last week, I went to Grand Central Station in New York City. I entered via the old Campbell Apartment entrance, I took the elevator to the 4th floor, and I played some tennis.

Wait, what?

Tennis courts are located on the 4th floor of the station, around where it says "tennis" in the photo. Courts are located here on the 4th floor.

Vanderbilt Tennis Club, inside Grand Central Terminal, has multiple courts. The secret club has 1 main court and 2 practice half-courts.

Keep reading to learn more about my first experience playing tennis at Vanderbilt Tennis Club, the super-secret tennis court inside Grand Central Terminal. I’ll even tell you how you can get 30 minutes of court time — free thanks to a postcard I found in the lobby.


February 1st, 2017|General|

170 Tips for Mexico City from Influencers

In my last post, I told you my favorite places to see, sleep and eat in Mexico City. Now it’s time to share the great recommendations that my friends gave me in those same categories.

These friends live, work or have traveled extensively to the city. Therefore, their recommendations are very detailed and informative.

Trajineras, or colorful gondola-like boats, are a main attraction in Xochimilco. Trajineras, or colorful gondola-like boats, are a main attraction in Xochimilco.

Below, I’ve put it all together to make a painstakingly detailed, insiders’ guide to the best places to hit when you go to Mexico City.



January 24th, 2017|General|