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New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania to be Demolished, Fate of Famous Phone Number Remains Unknown

Glenn Miller fans take heed! The Hotel Pennsylvania, the fourth largest hotel in New York City that closed temporarily amidst the coronavirus-pandemic induced decline in visitors to the Big Apple, is slated to be demolished. Its owner, Vornado Realty Trust, in its annual letter to shareholders, revealed the news.
Over the course of decades, many big band names, including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, performed in the Hotel Pennsylvania’s massive Café Rouge.  …

Porter Airlines Once Again Pushes Back Restart Date

Porter Airlines Once Again Pushes Back Restart Date

Porter Airlines announced it would further delay its restart date to June 21. The airline has rescheduled its restart date several times amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel over the past year.
The carrier had previously said it would restart operations on March 19.
The Toronto-based airline first suspended all flights on March 21.
Porter Airlines is a regional carrier in Canada based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The carrier mainly …

Hilton Debuts New Tapestry Collection Hotel in Melbourne, Florida

Hilton Debuts New Tapestry Collection Hotel in Melbourne, Florida

Hilton Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of a new property in Melbourne, Florida. The Hotel Melby is part of the hotel chain’s Tapestry Collection.
The hotel has 180 guestrooms, as well as a 24-hour fitness center. The property also has 2,525 square feet (234 square meters) of meeting and event space.
Guests can dine at the hotel’s Landing Rooftop, which feature American fare.
In celebration of the opening, Hilton is offering members …

Coronavirus News Update – April 15: Empty Middle Seats Reduce Virus Risk on Planes, Says Study

Coronavirus News Update – April 15: Empty Middle Seats Reduce Virus Risk on Planes, Says Study

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that new research shows that keeping middle seats vacant during flights could greatly decrease passengers’ exposure to airborne coronavirus particles. The findings, which were published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, indicate that, regardless of masks, avoiding seating passengers in middle seats could reduce possible exposure by between 23% and 57%.  The researchers said that their laboratory model found that “a …

Coronavirus News Update – April 14: U.S., Europe Press ‘Pause’ on Johnson & Johnson Single-Dose Vaccine

Coronavirus News Update – April 14: U.S., Europe Press ‘Pause’ on Johnson & Johnson Single-Dose Vaccine

Since the Johnson & Johnson Jannsen single-dose vaccine became linked with rare blood clots, public trust in the shot is waning. Many European countries have already halted its distribution as have many jurisdictions in. the United States.  New York, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, stopped administering the vaccine on Tuesday.
As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded over 138.1 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 2.97 million …

Coronavirus News Update – April 9: CDC Says Risk of Covid Infection from Surfaces is Very Low

Coronavirus News Update – April 9: CDC Says Risk of Covid Infection from Surfaces is Very Low

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released findings that held that, contrary to initial beliefs, the chances of catching the coronavirus from surface areas is extremely low; less than 1 in 10,000, in fact. This is good news for everyone who has been wiping down their groceries and doorknobs for the past 12 or more months. “People can be affected with the virus that causes Covid-19 through contact with …

Avelo, New U.S. Carrier Started by Former United Exec, to Begin Flights on April 28

Avelo, New U.S. Carrier Started by Former United Exec, to Begin Flights on April 28

Avelo Airlines, a new U.S. carrier, announced it will commence operations at the end of April.
The mew ultra low-cost carrier was first announced by Andrew Levy, the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Airlines, in April 2019.
Levy, who also served as president of Allegiant Air for almost 14 years, told the NPR radio program Here & Now at that time that “[T]here’s a lot of room …