Historic Rainbow Room reopens atop NYC skyline
NEW YORK — The Rainbow Room reopened Sunday in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline.
“It’s breathtaking,” guest Jamie Greenwald, one of more than 200 brunch guests who took in the sweeping views outside and the significant improvements inside the 80-year-old establishment whose floors have been walked across by Cole Porter, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pacino, Barbra Streisand and Muhammad Ali.
Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say
WASHINGTON — Just because you can talk to your car doesn’t mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.
The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, but many of these systems are so error-prone or complex that they require more concentration from drivers rather than less, according to studies released Tuesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah.
‘Nail’d It’ puts nail artists in the spotlight
LOS ANGELES — The artist delicately puts brush to blank slate, creating a world of dazzling imagery with small, swift strokes.
Small, because the surface is no bigger than a fingernail — and is, in fact, a fingernail. Swift, because the clock is ticking in a contest for more than $100,000 in prizes on Oxygen’s new “Nail’d It” series. It debuts 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday with host Adrienne Bailon (“The Real”).
One town has its hand in thousands of pumpkin piesBy David Mercer
MORTON, Ill. — Every year between August and early November, Steve Beuttel eats a lot of pumpkin pie.
“I try to make it every day, and I’m usually pretty good at it” — it being what he calls quality control.
NYC Tour Guide License Test: It’s no Facebook quiz
NEW YORK — How well do you know New York City?
I’m not just talking Grand Central and the Brooklyn Bridge. Do you know where Jackie O lived and how to reach the Bronx Zoo by subway? Do you know the difference between Peter Minuit and Peter Stuyvesant?
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