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Brooklyn roller coaster turns 85

Brooklyn roller coaster turns 85

The iconic Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island in Brooklyn turns 85-years-old on Saturday. According to NBC New York, the amusement park is celebrating with a birthday party that features 25-cent fares for riders – the same price it cost on its debut in 1927. Along with being one of the oldest and most iconic roller coasters in the area, the Cyclone is unique from modern steel coasters because most of it is made of wood, including the cars and tracks. In 1988, the structure was declared an official landmark by the city and subsequently placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, according to Boston.com. “Wood has that feeling, that vibration,” Valerio Ferrari, president of Central Amusement International, the company that operates the coaster, told the news outlet. “It’s more alive. Going for one ride on this coaster is like going through, someone said, a car accident. It takes a lot of work to run a very old roller coaster.” This maintenance work begins at 7:00...

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Pod hotel opening in New York City

Pod hotel opening in New York City

Pod 39 will be the latest hotel offering tiny rooms to join the growing collection of such hotels in New York City when it opens the day after Independence Day, according to Forbes. Following in the footsteps of Pod Hotel and Yotel, Pod 39 is the third such establishment in the city. These hotels are based on Japan’s famous capsules, designed for professionals who stay at work late and look to sleep in small spaces at low rates in downtown locations near their offices. Pod 39 will have 366 rooms available ranging from 60 to 120 square feet in size and coming in double, queen and bunk options. The hotel was founded by Richard Born and Ira Drukier of BD Hotels and is placed in a prime central location – walking distance from Grand Central Station, Times Square and the United Nations, among other New York attractions. “This is a rare instance where a hotel genre was developed organically,” Born told the news outlet. “[The hotel] attracted a very...

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Airport moves toward possible space operations by late 2013

Airport moves toward possible space operations by late 2013

The Front Range Airport Authority recently approved a broad set of resolutions that spurs into motion future development for the site that has been known as Spaceport Colorado, according to OurColoradoNews.com. The Front Range Airport, located near Denver, Colorado, has allocated $850,00 for a spaceport license. This includes the completion of an environmental assessment, as well as a feasibility and marketing study, two of the final steps an airport must take to begin spaceflight operations. Once this application is completed, the airport can start working toward obtaining a license to allow prospective companies to begin pilot training, as well as conduct tests on unmanned aerial vehicles and other research projects. “Once we get closer and closer to that license, I think we’re going to start seeing more companies coming to Front Range Airport, so we’re going to see little improvements in the economy,” said Dennis Heap, executive director of Front Range Airport. “As we get the spaceport license and start getting the training and all of those vehicles, it’s...

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Hotel rooms in need of more effective cleaning practices

Hotel rooms in need of more effective cleaning practices

It is no easy task to maintain the cleanliness and integrity of hotel rooms, and recent research indicates poor cleaning jobs might be more common than one would think, posing a health risk to patrons. Television remote controls and bedside lamp switches are among the most contaminated surfaces in hotel rooms, according to a new study as reported on WebMD.com. Other items feature prominently high on the list of contaminated hotel items included the sponges and mops used by housekeepers to clean hotel rooms, posing a potential risk for cross-contamination as these cleaning items are used across all rooms. The study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, found high levels of bacteria and other potentially harmful bacteria on these items. Researchers sampled the bacteria levels of 19 common surfaces in nine different hotel rooms across Texas, South Carolina and Indiana. “Hoteliers have an obligation to provide their guests a safe and secure environment,” said researcher Katie Kirsch, an undergraduate student at the University of...

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Luxury hotels swamped with new guests: bees

Luxury hotels swamped with new guests: bees

The iconic Waldorf-Astoria New York, one of the city’s most famous buildings, is making room for a new group of guests: honeybees. They are the key ingredient in a project designed to help the hotel harvest its own honey and help pollinate plants, part of an environmental trend among luxury hotels, according to the Seattle Times. “In terms of sustainability, it’s not only giving back to the environment,” said the general manager of the Intercontinental New York Times Square. “I’m no longer having to go out and get packaged honey from hundreds of miles away.” About one-third of the nation’s diet is affected by honeybee pollination, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The bees and their pollination efforts have an added benefit in New York City, where the city plans to plant 1 million trees over the next decade. “Today about half the population of each hive … are flying mostly in the direction of Central Park,” explained the Waldorf’s beekeeper-in-residence Andrew Cote. “They’re plucking up pollen, nectar, water....

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