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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.  …

Coronavirus News Update – April 13: U.S. Puts Johnson & Johnson Vaccine On Pause Amidst Blood Clotting Cases

Coronavirus News Update – April 13: U.S. Puts Johnson & Johnson Vaccine On Pause Amidst Blood Clotting Cases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson Jannsen single-dose vaccine after six recipients developed a rare blood clotting disorder within two weeks of receiving the vaccine. “We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the agency’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, and Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy …

Coronavirus News Update – April 10: FBI Warns of Vaccine Card Scams, Canada’s Third Wave ‘More Serious,’ Says Trudeau

Coronavirus News Update – April 10: FBI Warns of Vaccine Card Scams, Canada’s Third Wave ‘More Serious,’ Says Trudeau

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services are warning those who are not yet vaccinated about fraudulent vaccination schemes currently circulating online as well as through text messages and door-to-door visits.  Scammers are also selling fake vaccination cards, a federal crime and something that is dangerous to those an individual might come into contact with while purporting to …

Pandemic Expedites Major Makeover of New York Philharmonic’s Concert Hall at Lincoln Center

Pandemic Expedites Major Makeover of New York Philharmonic’s Concert Hall at Lincoln Center

The renovation of the New York Philharmonic’s concert hall at Lincoln Center, first announced in December 2019, is two years ahead of schedule and will be completed by the fall of 2022, officials there said.
The $550 million project is yet another renovation in an attempt to “reimagine” the auditorium and improve its much-maligned acoustics.
Originally planned to be done in stages, which would have allowed the orchestra to perform at the …

JetBlue Unveils Details of New ‘Core’ Coach Cabin on Flights to London

JetBlue Unveils Details of New ‘Core’ Coach Cabin on Flights to London

JetBlue Airways revealed its plans for coach service on its new flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport.
The new route will be operating using Airbus A321LR aircraft with Airspace by Airbus cabins. The cabin, which the airline will call “core” instead of coach, will feature seats that are 18.4” in width, among the widest in the industry in coach, and have a minimum seat pitch …

With $80 Billion, Amtrak Wants to Be a Better Alternative to Flying and Driving

 
Amtrak, which is receiving $80 billion as part of President Joseph Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure package, released a 14-year plan detailing how it plans to modernize rail service in the United States, and it’s clear that the railroad wants travelers to consider it when planning short flights as well as long drives.
The plan calls for dozens of new routes as well as for the modernization of existing routes, many of …

Coronavirus News Update – April 4: Record 4 Million People Vaccinated Saturday in U.S., Record 1.5 Million People Fly

Coronavirus News Update – April 4: Record 4 Million People Vaccinated Saturday in U.S., Record 1.5 Million People Fly

The United States vaccinated a record 4 million people on Saturday, exceeding the prior record of 3 million by 33%, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. One day earlier, a pandemic-era record was set as over 1.5 million people traversed the nation’s airport security checkpoints to catch a flight. The news marks the 23rd day in a row where over one million people have flown.
As of early Sunday …