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5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens Aug 23rd, 2013 at 11:30AM: Flickr, Celine Aussourd In this lull between fun summer TV like "True Blood" and the fall premieres of network television shows, many people have been binge watching the Netflix comedy, "Orange is the New Black." Set at a women's prison in Rockland County, New York, the series has generated new interest in jail. (From the outside, at least.) Here are five notable prison museums around the world...

Alcatraz Marks 50th Anniversary Of Famous Escape

Alcatraz Marks 50th Anniversary Of Famous Escape Jun 12th, 2012 at 2:00PM: They said Alcatraz was escape-proof, but 50 years ago yesterday, three prisoners made an ingenious break out, paddled out into the cold waters of San Francisco Bay and disappeared. On June 11, 1962, Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin were ready to bust out of prison. Over the past year they had patiently chipped away at the air vents in their respective cells with spoons. At...

6-course mobile gourmet meal served aboard NYC subway car

May 9th, 2011 at 12:30PM: Pop-up shops, hotels, and restaurants are all the rage, and dining cars are standard on most long-distance trains but what do you call a pop-up restaurant on a subway car? Earlier this month, a 6-course mobile gourmet meal was served on board a New York City subway car by supper club A Razor, A Shiny Knife with participation from "culinary collective" and Gadling favorite Studiofeast. Diners...

Budget Travel: San Francisco

Budget Travel: San Francisco Jan 8th, 2009 at 2:20PM: Summary: Frequently at the top of the best US cities lists, San Francisco is many visitors' favorite, but might not be the first on the mind for cheap travel. But this easy-natured, west coast city, known for its counterculture, sourdough bread, and colorful Victorian homes, boasts just as many quaint neighborhoods and other understated gems as it does tourist landmarks. Easy on the eyes, easy...

Photo of the Day (11.30.08)

Photo of the Day (11.30.08) Nov 30th, 2008 at 4:00PM: Flickr user jrodmanjr titled this image of San Francisco's famous prison "Escape from Alcatraz." I happen to like the play on words, almost as much as I like the perspective of this shot. Any time you're taking a photo of a famous landmark, it's fun to try framing it with some nearby objects to add some additional depth and personality. In this case, the chain link fence adds a playful,...

Ten top cities in the U.S. for making a living. Tourist spot in each

Ten top cities in the U.S. for making a living. Tourist spot in each Aug 27th, 2008 at 5:00PM: There is a newly published Forbes.com article on the top 10 cities for making a living in the United States. Each has something to offer travelers as well. Here are the top cities and one place to go to in each. These are the first places that immediately came to mind. It's an odd assortment. 1. Houston, Texas. I've been to the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles and found it incredibly worthwhile...

Alcatraz torn down to make way for peace center?

Alcatraz torn down to make way for peace center? Feb 5th, 2008 at 6:30PM: If you still haven't made it to San Francisco's second-most-popular attraction (the first is cable cars), you might want to start planning that vacation before long. It's possible that Alcatraz, that formidable white structure hunkered out in San Francisco Bay, might be converted into an international peace center, if voters so choose. Reuters reports that a proposition (on ballots Tuesday) comes...

10 of the 53 places to go in 2008

10 of the 53 places to go in 2008 Dec 28th, 2007 at 12:00PM: I already mentioned Detroit as being number 40 on the list of the New York Times places to go in 2008. Sad to say, I have only been to the airport in Detroit. After posting about this city, I agree that the capital of the automobile and Motown is indeed a place to see this year. Places to go lists such as the New York Times version can either make a person feel as depressed as hell that one can't...

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