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New York NY: New Marriott Reaches Heavenward


A new Marriott in New York City is claiming to be the tallest single-use hotel building in North America. According to company reports, the Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park is 750 feet and 68 stories high. There are at least a dozen taller hotels around the world, including another Marriott in Dubai, that soars 1,165 feet and 77 stories.

Opened at the end of 2013 at 1717 Broadway at 54th Street, the Courtyard section has 378 rooms, with an additional 261 suites in the Residence Inn. Quoted rates for the luxury hotel start at about $300 a night. For more information, go to www.marriott.com/.../nycpk-courtyard-new-york-manhattan-central-park

Lest We Forget PDF Print E-mail
Memorial Day is for honoring those who have served and still serve today in all American wars. It’s a day to take a moment to reflect on those brave men and women who fought and died so we can live in freedom. Enjoy the holiday, and while you’re with your family, think of our veterans, brave friends and loved ones who are no longer with us.
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Do you want your privacy (and privates) exposed to airport X-rays? PDF Print E-mail

Airport X-ray

Do you want to bare it all the next time you fly? A new security X-ray device, called the Backscatter, was recently installed in Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Much more sensitive than all previous scanners, it shows security screeners an almost naked X-ray image of your entire body. The device has since been installed in other airports throughout the US.

There have been many complaints since the device was used in tests, primarily because the X-ray image was too graphic for some sensibilities. Now, according to Sky Harbor officials, the image views have been "adjusted" to show less than the nude image. What will they do ... use fig leaves?

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Get the Flu in Mexico and earn next three vacations for free PDF Print E-mail

News services report that many Mexican resorts, including Cancun, now offer what they call “flu free guarantee” deals. Since the swine flu outbreak and widespread panic it’s causing, tourists have been staying away and cancelling vacations in the Mexican coastal resorts.

In an attempt to get vacationers back from the U.S. and elsewhere, the offer is for those visitors who actually catch the H1N1 disease while in Mexico. If they can provide medical proof of their ailment, they get their next three vacations in Mexican resorts free. Of course, that is assuming they’ll recover and be healthy enough to take advantage of those free deals.

Mexican beach

 
Grand Canyon Mule Rides PDF Print E-mail

Grand Canyon visitor and mule

Many visitors to the Grand Canyon would like to take one of those picturesque mule rides down from the South Rim to the bottom of the Canyon. It is a great adventure, but visitors can’t just go over to the corral at Bright Angel and join the parade that day.

It requires a reservation made at least six months in advance, and for summer vacation times, it may take a year or more to get on the list. For information, call 1-888-297-2757. Another note of warning. Many people get their names on the waiting list, and show up hoping there will be cancellations. That doesn’t happen often, so your best bet is to plan your Grand Canyon trip after you have a definite mule ride reservation.

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Miss Liberty's Crown to Welcome Visitors Again PDF Print E-mail

Statue of Liberty

Closed off to the public since 9/11/01 because of fears of another terrorist attack in New York City, the crown of the Statue of Liberty will finally reopen. With all patriotic symbolism, bands, political speeches, flags and fireworks, the official reopening ceremony will be held July 4.

Despite the fact that several weeks ago, a clueless Washington bureaucrat sent Air Force One soaring too close over the statue and scared the hell out of New Yorkers, all of Miss Liberty is now considered perfectly safe for visitors. First, after a boat ride from Manhattan, they take the elevator from the statue’s base, then climb the 168 steps to the observation platform.

The area has room for just 30 people at a time, and when the crowds are large, guards move everyone along so that each gets only a few moments in the crown. There they can stare 15 miles out of the 25 windows at the harbor, Ellis Island and a calmer New York City.

 
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