How Many Lisbons Could There Be? or: Search Engine Optimization

The Portland Press Herald recently ran an Associated Press story detailing what happened when two tourists entrapped in an elevator accidentally called the wrong Lisbon police department for help. In Lisbon, Portugal, they called the first number listed online for “Lisbon Police,” which connected them with the wildly popular (or, at least, search-engine-optimized) Lisbon, Maine, police department, which serves a town of around 9,000 people, instead of the 506,900-strong metropolis in Portugal. Fortunately, despite a language barrier, the dispatcher was able to direct emergency crews to the trapped women, who were freed.

It never hurts to specify your location! According to the Library of Congress, there are at least 37 Lisbons in the U.S. alone.

Iconic New Orleans Restaurant Giving Diners a Lift

Antoine’s Restaurant has been a home for fine dining in New Orleans’ French Quarter since 1840; photo by Wikimedia user Infrogmation.

At Antoine’s in the heart of New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, you can delight your senses with the original Oysters Rockefeller, alligator bisque soup and Chateaubriand. You can enjoy Sunday brunch served against a soundscape of live jazz music or drop in during the week for a unique lunch experience. You can immerse yourself in the elegant surroundings of one of this iconic French-Creole restaurant’s 14 dining rooms. But, what you’ve never been able to do, not in its nearly 180 years of operation, is take an elevator for an upstairs table. That’s about to change, though. Local television station WGNO reports that Antoine’s, the oldest family-owned restaurant in the U.S., will be adding a lift to make it easier for diners of all ages and abilities to take in all it has to offer. Details about the elevator’s design or when it would be installed were not immediately available, but for fans of fine dining, this is indeed an uplifting development.

Lit Vessel a “Grand and Unprecedented Presence”

New York YIMBY recently reported on the lighting of The Vessel, a 150-foot-tall public sculpture in New York Midtown’s Hudson Yards. Built at a cost of US$150 million, as a “12-month Christmas tree,” it will be open to the public to walk its 2,500 steps and stop on any of its 80 landings, from where various vantage points can capture the burgeoning, massive Hudson Yards development, the Hudson River and more. It’s part of a 5-acre landscaped plaza, all of which is to open next spring.

EW’s own Kaija Wilkinson told me she coincidentally stumbled across The Vessel during its topping-out ceremony on December 6, 2017, when it was unveiled to such pomp and circumstance as playing bands, speaking politicians and displays of huge renderings. It includes an elevator for accessibility. Virtually explore it yourself at its Hudson Yards page.