This undated photo provided by The Monacelli Press shows a type of stoop garden in New York, featured in the book "Sidewalk Gardens of New York" by Betsy Pinover Schiff. (The Monacelli Press via AP)

“I noticed it all of a sudden one day while walking to the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” said photographer Betsy Pinover Schiff of New York City. “It was just a 25-block walk, and for some reason I noticed the gorgeous tree beds in front of a building. And then I noticed the tree beds in front of the building next to it. Each block seemed to be in competition with the next, with these stunning flower beds and dramatic flower pots in front of the entryways. New Yorkers clearly love to enter and exit their homes and offices through gorgeous garden spaces.”

A group of self driving Uber vehicles position themselves to take journalists on rides during a media preview at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Starting Wednesday morning, Sept. 14, 2016 dozens of self-driving Ford Fusions will pick up riders who opted into a test program with Uber. While the vehicles are loaded with features that allow them to navigate on their own, an Uber engineer will sit in the driver’s seat and seize control if things go awry. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH |  Uber riders in Pittsburgh can get a glimpse of the future by summoning a car capable of handling most of the tasks of driving on its own. Starting Wednesday morning, a fleet of self-driving Ford Fusions will pick up Uber riders who opted to participate in a test program. While the vehicles are loaded […]

“This was a great deal and we’re already JetBlue members,” South Florida grandmother Neta Rodriguez told me in the check-in line Wednesday morning on her way to visit family in our destination, Santa Clara, and in Havana. “You can buy it from the comfort of your own home. You don’t even want to know how much I’ve spent on trips to Cuba over the years.”