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4 Las Vegas Museums Worth Noting For Your Next Visit

December 26, 2014 by  

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Las Vegas neon You probably know Las Vegas for its party scene and potentially, even for the incredible nature that surrounds the city. You might have visited Las Vegas and explored some of its lesser-known neighborhoods, from its burgeoning, tech-fueled downtown re-development, to the hip, trendy University of Nevada Las Vegas area. One thing you probably don’t realize about Las Vegas – certainly not if you come solely for the purpose of partying – is that several world-class museums call Las Vegas home. No matter what reason you have for wanting to see a less hedonistic side of Sin City, continue reading to learn about some less-celebrated Las Vegas destinations than are just as fabulous as the glitzy, glamorous strip.

Las Vegas Art Museum

At over 60 years of age, Las Vegas Art Museum has existed for almost as long as the city itself, even if it has been less celebrated. As you traipse through the 6,000 square feet of exhibition space, which showcases local, national, and even international artists, you might forget you’re in a city best known for gambling and nightlife. Las Vegas Art Museum is also a great place to take your…

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10 Markets For Your Big Apple Shopping List

December 23, 2014 by  

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    If you want to experience what locals are eating and buying, all you have to do is hit the local market. Whether you’re seeking a quick lunch fix or gift hunting for your friends (or yourself), the following 10 markets offers the authentic New York experience and are worthy of a spot on your itinerary.

Union Square Holiday Market

Where: 14th Street at Broadway When: Mon – Fri 11am to 8pm, Sat 10am to 8pm, Sun 11am to 7pm. What you’ll find: Now in its 19th year, this European-styled alfresco market hosts more than 80 vendors and is a favorite for many. Wander through the red and white booths for traditional holiday gifts ranging from local handmade leather belts and small- batch jams to bags made of recycled plastic. To fuel your holiday shopping, there are vendors selling donuts, Sicilian rice balls and lebkuchen – a traditional German gingerbread. markets in nyc Smorgasburg markets in nyc Artists & Fleas Holiday Market

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Artists & Fleas Williamsburg Holiday Market

Where: 70 North 7th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves When: Sat – Sun, 10am to…

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City Dive: Willemstad’s Deeply Rooted History & Culture

December 21, 2014 by  

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Rain falls on me and then stops. It starts again 15 minutes later and along with several other locals, I huddle beneath one of the shop awnings – they all seem to have one as if they prepared for the frequent rain spurts a century ago when some of these shops were likely built. Today they are far from old in appearance despite the fact that the brightly colored plastered blocks that attach shop after shop are mostly worn away. The buildings mostly have a Latin feel to them with their vivid coral, yellow and pink colors, yet somewhere along the way, you begin to see southern Europe, African and Dutch influences sporadically thrown in, one of the things that makes Curaçao so culturally diverse and unique. Architecture everywhere throughout Willemstad, Curacao’s capital and only major city, is bright and colorful, including its government buildings. The island’s architecture blends Dutch and Spanish influences and Willemstad is on the UNESCO world heritage list because of its many historic buildings. Given its size, most of what you want to see in Willemstad is easily walkable — from markets, shopping and restaurants, to historical sites. I…

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How Drones Can Be Used To Find You In the Remotest of Places…

December 20, 2014 by  

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Last summer, a Wisconsin search effort was under way to find 82-year-old Guillermo DeVenecia, a missing ophthalmologist who suffers from dementia. After a three-day effort involving search dogs, a helicopter and hundreds of people, DeVenecia was found by a consumer drone.
David Lesh uses his drone to shoot videos for his Colorado ski and snowboard business but decided to help with the search while visiting his girlfriend. It’s stories like these that provide an inkling of our future, one where drones will play a prominent role in many aspects of life. What is truly remarkable is that this scenario played out just four years after the introduction of the first consumer drone that helped mainstream the category. At the January 2010 CES, Paris-based Parrot S.A. introduced the AR.Drone, a $300 quadcopter equipped with a video camera and controlled by an iPhone. Parrot Bebop Parrot was the drone trendsetter, launching the first consumer drone in January 2010. Its latest state-of-the-art model is the Bebop drone, which retails for $500. Once considered a toy, drones, which are also called UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles, have blossomed into powerful aerial video tools that are reshaping many industries and…

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Toronto’s Murals, Art Scene & Hip Neighborhoods

December 12, 2014 by  

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I had always heard great things about Toronto and there have been numerous reasons I was eager to visit Toronto but above all, I was eager to explore everything the city has to offer: the tall skyscrapers that rival the ones in New York, the quirky shops with personality to space and of course, the revamped neighborhoods that are trendy beyond compare. While the weather wasn’t exactly ideal during my trip, it didn’t matter because Toronto is colorful rain or shine. This quickly became apparent when wandering through the eclectic Kensington Market neighborhood.   Street art guide to Toronto Located on the edge of Chinatown, another fascinating neighborhood with a ton of history, Kensington Market is a one-stop shop for graffiti, artisanal goods, vintage clothes and accessories and lively bars. It’s not a huge area but it’s packed with personality. Back in the 1920s, the neighborhood was known as the Jewish Market and even today, there’s a mix of different cultures represented – Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean to name a few. Whether in search of fresh food or souvenirs, there’s something for everyone at Kensington…

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Paperless Restrooms Send User Generated Alerts

December 6, 2014 by  

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GGWC Flush with the success of a pilot program at its Silicon Valley HQ, Intel is rolling out digital restrooms across 22 campuses globally. From overflowing toilets to empty towel dispensers to faulty faucet motion sensors, Intel employees can now swipe their washroom maintenance requests using smartphones. Near field communications (NFC) chips  installed in the restrooms of Intel’s Robert Noyce Building at the beginning of 2014let employees anonymously report maintenance needs with a tap of their mobile phone. Those without NFC-enabled smartphones have the option to scan a QR code. Based on positive feedback from the Silicon Valley pilot, Intel is re-plumbing restrooms in all of its global offices to include NFC and QR codes. In order to ensure a clean flowing process, signage is being translated into eight different languages and the mobile application is being updated to have the most commonly reported restroom issues being the most accessible within the app. Each of the restroom signs is custom-coded for that particular restroom so that when the mobile application is triggered, it is for that restroom. 2,215 signs with NFC/QR codes will be hung worldwide. Streamlining the service request process addressed a big challenge for facility…

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5 Top Picks on Broadway Shows for the Holiday Season

December 6, 2014 by  

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I give my regards to Broadway, (and Off-Broadway), as much as humanly possible.  I see a lot of shows, so narrowing them down for a seasonal roundup is no easy feat, as you can probably imagine.  But, despite all the really great theater that’s out there right now, here are five really great shows that struck our hearts a little bit deeper, made us laugh a little bit harder, and had us talking a little bit longer than most. They’re all pretty different, but we’re certain there’s one here that will speak to you.

The Lion King

3.159802 OK, this show has been on Broadway for the longest.  But I must shamefully confess, until this fall, I had never seen it.  I guess I was just thinking, “hmm, ginormous animal heads on actors strutting around on stilts?  there’s just no way that can ever be on par with beauty and the beast or aladdin.”  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  I seriously had chills during the opening scene as the animals came down the aisles, and those chills didn’t subside until long, long after I left the theater that evening. You’ll love this if: Obviously, if…

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Top Ten List for Germany, From Culture & Arts to Food & Beer

December 5, 2014 by  

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If you’re trying to decide where to go on your next trip, you should definitely consider Germany. There are few places in the world with such a rich, often tormented history, that has been able to do a 360 and turning most of the country into an amazingly livable and visitable place. As I toured post-World War II historical sites, it was hard to believe that it’s only been 25 years — the anniversary is November 9, 2014 — that the Berlin Wall came down, especially when exploring the hipster hub of Ottensen in Hamburg’s Altona borough and wandering the scenic waterfront; sipping coffee at cafes and viewing contemporary art in Leipzig; and experiencing concept malls, imaginative restaurants and street art in Berlin. To help prove my point, here are 10 reasons why Germany should be your next vacation destination, based on my recent trip to Hamburg, Leipzig and Berlin. germany Wandering Berlin ‘s “Jewish Quarter,” I happened upon this memorial, dedicated to those who tragically lost their lives during the Holocaust. The people of Berlin have not forgotten the event, and memorials, museums and remembrances like this can be found all over the city.

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