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(Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:40 pm

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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:08 pm

The London Eye celebrated it's 20 year anniversary yesterday and has become an iconic landmark of London. It was officially opened by Tony Blair New Year's Eve 1999, but technical problems meant it did not open for riders until March 2000. It changes the London skyline forever and has become London's version of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York City. It is the most famous modern landmark of London and has joined the ranks of Big Ben, St.Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, and Tower Bridge.
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:17 pm

The most famous landmark in London? Not totally sure I believe that. Matter of fact, I'm not even sure it's the most attended.
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:39 am

FGITD wrote:
The most famous landmark in London? Not totally sure I believe that. Matter of fact, I'm not even sure it's the most attended.

The London Eye is the number one paid visitor attraction in Britain and the most famous contemporary landmark of London.
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:56 pm

Emaar has denied reports that it is selling the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai after rumors of such a sale were made. The company was looking for a structured transaction where financing is being raised in the normal course of business against the cashflows. Regardless, the observation deck should and probably will stay open as it is a very popular and profitable tourist attraction for Dubai.
https://gulfbusiness.com/dubais-emaar-d ... tion-deck/
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:54 am

ArchGuy1 wrote:
FGITD wrote:
The most famous landmark in London? Not totally sure I believe that. Matter of fact, I'm not even sure it's the most attended.


The London Eye is the number one paid visitor attraction in Britain and the most famous contemporary landmark of London.


Number one paid attraction? Okay, yeah, I can see how it might be. But most famous contemporary landmark? Not even close. When you see a picture of a giant ferris wheel you might wonder "Is that the London Eye?" because there are several other similar ferris wheels around the world, but in the whole wide world there is only ONE Gherkin building. You see the Gherkin and you know "That's London!"-

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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:18 am

TSS wrote:
ArchGuy1 wrote:
FGITD wrote:
The most famous landmark in London? Not totally sure I believe that. Matter of fact, I'm not even sure it's the most attended.


The London Eye is the number one paid visitor attraction in Britain and the most famous contemporary landmark of London.


Number one paid attraction? Okay, yeah, I can see how it might be. But most famous contemporary landmark? Not even close. When you see a picture of a giant ferris wheel you might wonder "Is that the London Eye?" because there are several other similar ferris wheels around the world, but in the whole wide world there is only ONE Gherkin building. You see the Gherkin and you know "That's London!"-
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The London Eye is commonly seen in photographs featuring Big Ben and on the New Year's Eve celebrations on TV worldwide. So an argument can be made that the Eye is London's most famous contemporary landmark.
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:45 am

ArchGuy1 wrote:
TSS wrote:
ArchGuy1 wrote:

The London Eye is the number one paid visitor attraction in Britain and the most famous contemporary landmark of London.


Number one paid attraction? Okay, yeah, I can see how it might be. But most famous contemporary landmark? Not even close. When you see a picture of a giant ferris wheel you might wonder "Is that the London Eye?" because there are several other similar ferris wheels around the world, but in the whole wide world there is only ONE Gherkin building. You see the Gherkin and you know "That's London!"-

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The London Eye is commonly seen in photographs featuring Big Ben and on the New Year's Eve celebrations on TV worldwide. So an argument can be made that the Eye is London's most famous contemporary landmark.


If you see a photo of a giant ferris wheel with nothing but blue sky around it, it is very difficult to tell if it is the London Eye or one of several other similar ones found around the world including one in Las Vegas, therefore it is not a true "landmark". There is only one Gherkin Building, and even if you see a photo of it and nothing else but blue sky around it, you still know beyond a shadow of a doubt that that photo was taken in London.
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:34 am

London's most famous landmarks are Big Ben and Tower Bridge.

Case closed.
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:34 am

Airstud wrote:
London's most famous landmarks are Big Ben and Tower Bridge.


Agreed in general, but Archguy did add the qualifier "contemporary".
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:18 am

TSS wrote:
Airstud wrote:
London's most famous landmarks are Big Ben and Tower Bridge.


Agreed in general, but Archguy did add the qualifier "contemporary".


That’ll be the Shard then. The giant middle-eastern penis in the centre of London; every country must be laughing at us, we don’t own anything in our country anymore). Very recognisable, I would say more than the Gherkin- which isn’t more recognisable that the Walkie Talkie building... I’d put the Millenium Dome (O2) ahead of the gherkin.

Definitely Big Ben clock tower and Tower Bridge win though.
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:05 pm

chimborazo wrote:
TSS wrote:
Airstud wrote:
London's most famous landmarks are Big Ben and Tower Bridge.


Agreed in general, but Archguy did add the qualifier "contemporary".


That’ll be the Shard then. The giant middle-eastern penis in the centre of London; every country must be laughing at us, we don’t own anything in our country anymore). Very recognisable, I would say more than the Gherkin- which isn’t more recognisable that the Walkie Talkie building... I’d put the Millenium Dome (O2) ahead of the gherkin.

Definitely Big Ben clock tower and Tower Bridge win though.

How recognizable is the London Eye?
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:25 am

A couple days ago, the Burj Khalifa celebrated the 10 year anniversary of it's opening with a lightshow and a list of records projected on the facade. Crowds gathered near the building as the show took place. World records held by the building include the world's tallest building, world's highest occupied floor, and the longest elevator travel distance. The Burj Khalifa has been seen in countless documentaries, blockbuster films, and is visited by more than a million people every year. The Burj Khalifa has become a world landmark, along the lines of the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Golden Gate Bridge, National Mall, Eiffel Tower, Giza Pyramids, Hagia Sophia, Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House, Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal, and Christ the Redemmer. Very impressive feat of engineering and architecture.
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:53 am

A 190 foot tall Ferris wheel is coming to the Bayside Marketplace, which was endorsed by the Miami Commissioners. The SkyViews of America Wheel will have 42 climate enclosed gondolas with room for eight passengers in each one with views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami and Miami Beach skylines. It is located just south of the Hard Rock Cafe and several hundered feet from the proposed SkyRise Miami observation tower. The wheel if permnant, would be an iconic landmark for the skyline of Miami. It is a great opportunity for Miami to move toward having a recognizable landmark and have something that people will identify as part of the skyline.
https://therealdeal.com/miami/2019/10/2 ... rketplace/
 
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Ciel Tower Hotel in Dubai

Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:45 am

The Ciel Tower in the Marina district of Dubai will become the world's tallest all hotel skyscraper at a height of 360.4 meters (1,182 feet), therefore surpassing the height of the Gevora Hotel, also in Dubai that was built in 2018 at a height of 1,168 feet. The Ciel Tower will have 1,042 rooms spread across 82 floors. A glass observation deck will allow visitors to take in 360 degree views of Dubai and visitors can also take in the sights from a rooftop swimming pool and restaurants. Panoramic views of the coastline and landmarks like the Palm Jumeriah will.be offered from the observation deck. The hotel will also feature a spa, business facilities, and multiple award winning restaurants with an opening date in late 2022 or early 2023. This is yet the latest Dubai entrant in the world's tallest hotel that includes the Gevora, the JW Marriott Marquis at a height of 1,165 feet, the Rise Rayhaan at a height of 1,093 feet, and the Burj al Arab at a height of 1,053 feet. This is the latest push by Dubai to remain competitive with other cities like New York City, London, Hong Kong, Istanbul, and Doha.
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Re: Grand Egyptian Museum

Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:31 pm

The Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to be opened at the end of 2020 and is 90 percent complete. Construction began in 2006, but the 2011 Revolution and years of unrest and instability have slowed construction on the museum. 5 million visitors a year are expected to visit every year, more than the number that visit the Empire State Building in New York City. The museum has thousands of artifacts and is the largest antiquities collection belonging to a single civilization. A very big event in history and this could easily allow tourist numbers in Egypt to fully recover and provide a positive image of Egypt in light of recent tensions in Iran.
https://egyptindependent.com/five-milli ... n-cabinet/
 
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Re: Historic NYC Building to be Possibly Demolished

Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:03 am

Preservationists held a rally to support saving the Deamerst Building in New York City last month and it is a sign of people taking action to ensure that a historic building will be preserved.
https://archpaper.com/2019/12/preservat ... -building/
 
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Fort Worth Flying Saucer to be Demolished

Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:16 pm

The flying saucer shaped arena at the Fort Worth Convention Center will soon be demolished as part of a $500 million dollar plan to expand exhibit space and add hotel rooms. The project was approved in a City Council committee and groundbreaking is scheduled for 2022 or 2023. In addition to demolishing the arena, the proposal also calls for straightening Commerce Street, building a 1,000 room hotel, and adding more than 50,000 square feet of exhibit hall space with public art also being a feature. The project would be paid for by hotel taxes rather than taxes from Fort Worth residents. The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, and Led Zeppelin preformed in the flying saucer arena. It would be nice if the City of Fort Worth could find a way to save the existing building and incorporate the arena into the redevelopment plan.
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Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas Closing

Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:44 pm

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will be closing on February 3 after 25 years in operation to make way for the newest Virgin Hotel. The Last Great Party Weekend will take place between January 30 and February 2 to celebrate the hotel's final chapter. Each afternoon, love music will start in the Center Bar, Fu Asian Kitchen, and Peacock Lounge at 4 pm. The Growlers will be the last artists to perform in the Vinyl showroom when they take place at 8 pm from January 30-February 1. The doors will be locked at 3 am on February 3 and the degraded property reopens in the fall of this year. The article talks about significant events that have happened in the Hard Rock Hotel's history. It is sad to see such a unique hotel and casino closed, but its is typical in Las Vegas.
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Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Closed

Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:05 pm

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co, which operated double decker and trolley sightseeing buses in Chicago decided to close on New Year's Eve 2019 after 25 years in operation. Chicago Trolley and Double Decker was also the largest tourism transportation company in the Midwest. The Chicago Cubs used the company's buses for the World Series parade in 2016, along with the Chicago Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013, and 2015. Former Presidents, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama also used their buses for their events. Very sad to see an iconic and popular sightseeing bus company close and I wish that they were still open.
https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/12/30 ... y-closing/
 
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Re: Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas Closing

Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:31 pm

For what it's worth, I heard some reasonable-sounding speculation that the Hard Rock might reopen in one of the on-strip properties that have been changing hands recently in Las Vegas. Since the Hard Rock is currently way, way, way, (literally three blocks) off-strip, that could only be an improvement.

Or it could be complete and total BS/wishful thinking. Depends on if the "powers that be" that own the franchise think their bottom line will ultimately be enhanced more by upping their game a notch and going whole hog or by pulling out of the Vegas market completely. Time will tell.
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Re: Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas Closing

Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:35 pm

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For what it's worth, I heard some reasonable-sounding speculation that the Hard Rock might reopen in one of the on-strip properties that have been changing hands recently in Las Vegas. Since the Hard Rock is currently way, way, way, (literally three blocks) off-strip, that could only be an improvement.

Or it could be complete and total BS/wishful thinking. Depends on if the "powers that be" that own the franchise think their bottom line will ultimately be enhanced more by upping their game a notch and going whole hog or by pulling out of the Vegas market completely. Time will tell.

The standalone Hard Rock Cafe at the hotel is being demolished.
 
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Peak at Hudson Yards to Open in March

Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:20 am

A new restaurant in New York City, called the Peak will open on the 101st floor of 30 Hudson Yards on March 12. The views from the 10,000 square foot restaurant are spectacular, though there is not much known about food and drink offerings. The restaurant sit's one floor above the Edge observation deck that will open a day before and also offer panoramic views of New York. The 110 seat dining room and 45 seat bar were designed by renowned architect, David Rockwell and will be operated by the London based Rhubarb Hospitality Collection. Chris Cryer has been tapped to lead the kitchen and is expected to roll out a modern American menu. Peak will join a number of other high restaurants with spectacular views of New York, including the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center on the 65th floor of 30 Rock, Danny Myer's Manhatta on the 60th floor of a building in Fidi, and The View Restaurant and Lounge on the 47th and 48th floors of the Marriott Marquis at Times Square. Door years before 9/11, the most notable restaurant with a view in New York was Windows on the World on the 107th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Guests with dining reservations at the Peak can also access the Edge observation deck after their dining experience. It is a very exciting restaurant that I feel will become very successful, along with the Edge at Hudson Yards.
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Re: Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas Closing

Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:40 am

ArchGuy1 wrote:
TSS wrote:
For what it's worth, I heard some reasonable-sounding speculation that the Hard Rock might reopen in one of the on-strip properties that have been changing hands recently in Las Vegas. Since the Hard Rock is currently way, way, way, (literally three blocks) off-strip, that could only be an improvement.

Or it could be complete and total BS/wishful thinking. Depends on if the "powers that be" that own the franchise think their bottom line will ultimately be enhanced more by upping their game a notch and going whole hog or by pulling out of the Vegas market completely. Time will tell.

The standalone Hard Rock Cafe at the hotel is being demolished.


I was referring to the casino & hotel, though if a new one opened on the strip it would most likely include a version of the cafe as well. I've never read a review of a Hard Rock Cafe's food that was better than "meh" anyway, so if an entire casino & hotel is built with the same theme the cafe normally has then would the cafe even be necessary at that location?

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Re: Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas Closing

Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:04 am

Aren't all these posts supposed to be in one thread dedicated to them?
 
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Re: Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas Closing

Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:17 am

johns624 wrote:
Aren't all these posts supposed to be in one thread dedicated to them?


Yes, hence I have moved them accordingly.

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