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

Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:49 am

The Hurghada Museum in Hurghada, Egypt was undergoing finishing touches by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities last month and was due to open in late January at the time of writing. It is the first museum in Egypt to be dedicated in collaboration with the private sector and is expected to boost tourism to Hurghada. The museum covers 10,000 square meters, displays artifacts, has an entertainment area, shopping complex, and parking lots with a construction cost of $10 million US dollars. The new museum includes a section to display the cultural heritage and monuments of the Red Sea including Roman artifacts from Gouna and Safaga. The statue of Queen Meret Amun has been given a prominent location in front of the museum and the artifacts across the museum reflect the events of beauty in Egyptian civilization across history. It is a very exciting project for Hurghada and will draw tourists visiting the beach and resorts of the city to also visit a museum on the ancient history of the Red Sea and Egypt in general. This could expand cultural tourism in Egypt past the Nile Valley that includes Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan.
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1609321/middle-east
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:49 am

The Aon Center in Chicago will soon get a new observation deck at a height of about 1,100 feet above street level and is due to open in Spring 2022. Due to it's proximity to Millennium Park and other attractions in Downtown Chicago, city officials proposed an observation deck near the top of the 1,136 foot tall skyscraper in May 2018 and plans were quickly approved. Visitors will access the observation deck by first entering a new 9,000 square foot glass pavilion, followed by a south facing glass elevator ride on the side of the building. The observation deck will replace mechanical spaces on the 82nd floor and contain two floors of amenities, including an event space, restaurant, bar, and the Sky Summit which will take visitors over the side of the building for up to 40 seconds in a glass enclosed tube. It is a very exciting attraction that will become Chicago's third observation deck after the Skydeck Chicago on the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower and 360 Chicago on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. I also feel that it will become very successful and profitable.
https://archpaper.com/2020/02/chicago-a ... -elevator/
 
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The Sharm el Sheikh Museum

Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:51 am

The Sharm el Sheikh Museum in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt has had it's first phase completed by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the opening is set for the coming months. The project is being done in cooperation with the National Service Products Organization in the armed forces and the museum will become a tourist destination and important cultural center, documenting Egyptian civilization in Sharm. Construction work was resumed in September 2018 after an eight year suspension due to lack of funding and work has been completed on the showrooms, cafeterias, 17 stores, and 11 shops related to Egyptian archaeology and heritage. The exhibit in the new museum will show aspects of everyday life in the modern era as well as everyday life of Egypt's pharaohs, highlighting ancient Egyptian's skills in manufacturing tables, chairs, and beds. There will also be an exhibit on wildlife highlighting the pharaoh's care for various animals, birds, reptiles, and insects for the first time and opening for the museum is set for this year. It is a very exciting attraction for Sharm and will diversify tourist attractions in the city beyond the resorts and diving opportunities.
https://egyptindependent.com/egypts-min ... kh-museum/
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:24 am

The 150 foot tall SkyStar Observation Wheel in Cincinnati will be dismantled March 2 after closing the day before and will be moved to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for that park's 150 years anniversary. However, it will be replaced by a 180 foot tall ferris wheel that will be supported by cables and should open next year. While it is sad for a ferris wheel to leave, it will be made up for by an even better wheel.
https://www.citybeat.com/news/blog/2111 ... -next-year
 
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Oldest Pyramid in Egypt Reopened to the Public

Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:33 am

The Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, Egypt has been reopened to the public after a 14 year restoration project. The Step Pyramid is the oldest pyramid in Egypt and was built in the 27th century BC, over 4,700 years ago. The pyramid is located in the ancient city of Memphis at the Saqqara necropolis, 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Cairo. Designed by the architect Imhoteb, the pyramid is made of six rectangular structures stacked on top of one another and a 28 meter burial chamber for the pharoah Djoser. Restoration work included filling gaps in the mastabas with blocks similar to the original ones with the burial chamber, the ceiling of the central shaft, and the narrow internal passages also being renovated. Studies carried out in 2003 showed the structure in read danger of collapse and the project cost Egypt $6.6 million. Restoration work began in 2006, but slowed in 2011 due to the 2011 Revolution with real work only resuming at the end of 2015. The restoration and reopening of the Step Pyramid will ensure that the pyramid remains standing for years to come and help revitalize Egypt's tourist industry that has suffered from years of instability.
https://abcnews.go.com/International/eg ... d=69411249
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:19 pm

seb146 wrote:
Over the holidays, some jerk stole the only tree in the smallest park in the world

https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2019/1 ... -down.html

It was indeed a very foolish decision.
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:12 pm

Today, the London Eye celebrates 20 years of being open to paying riders and has become the most visited paid attraction in Britain. Several capsules onboard the iconic observation wheel have been transformed to celebrate the 20 year anniversary. The iconic structure was originally planned to have 60 capsules, each holding 16 passengers at a time, but that was reduced to 32 when it was found each capsule could hold 25 people at a time. The Eye was officially dedicated on New Year's Eve 1999, but a safety issue meant that it did not open until March 9, 2000. It is amazing to think that a structure that was planned to last 5 years has been around for 20 years.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/12525 ... a-Barfield
 
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The Edge at Hudson Yards

Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:47 am

The Edge at Hudson Yards in New York City juts out at 80 feet from the building and is the highest outdoor observation deck in New York City with it's opening in 2 days. The deck sits 1,131 feet in the air and a 60 second elevator ride takes visitors from the ground to the 100th and 101st floors. The triangular shaped deck consists of two tiers, with the entrance being a steep staircase from the main observation deck with triangular panels. The 7,500 square foot sky deck is 765,000 pounds and made of 15 sections, each weighing between 35,000 pounds and 100,000 pounds with the minimal design creating a whole new experience for New York City. 360 degree views are provided through angles glass that allows visitors to lean while viewing the city and the 9 foot tall glass walls are made of 79 panels that total 3,000 square feet of glass. Each panel weighs 1,200 pounds and angled 6.6 degrees outwards. A 225 square foot triangular glass floor section offers a view 100 floors down to the ground. A restaurant and bar called the Peak is located in 101st floor, just above The Edge. The restaurant offers small immitable tables and a marble countertop bar appointed by a silver crescent sculpture. Modern, angular lighting fixtures and silver and gold accents pair with velvet seating and cozy carpeting. The restaurant wraps around one side of the building with the other side being used as an event venue that also has a small and sleek bar downstairs on the 100th floor. This is a very exciting attraction that will become New York City's next must see spot.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/a-sneak- ... 53260.html
 
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Re: The Edge at Hudson Yards

Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:23 am

My son-in-law was involved in the project for years while working in New York for Amtrak. He is a Construction Superintendent, he used to send me videos and pictures of the project while working in New York for seven years. He has now transferred closer to home.
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Re: The Edge at Hudson Yards

Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:24 am

WarRI1 wrote:
My son-in-law was involved in the project for years while working in New York for Amtrak. He is a Construction Superintendent, he used to send me videos and pictures of the project while working in New York for seven years. He has now transferred closer to home.

The Edge is certainly an impressive attraction and the first of it's kind in the world.
 
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Re: The Edge at Hudson Yards

Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:34 am

ArchGuy1 wrote:
WarRI1 wrote:
My son-in-law was involved in the project for years while working in New York for Amtrak. He is a Construction Superintendent, he used to send me videos and pictures of the project while working in New York for seven years. He has now transferred closer to home.


The Edge is certainly an impressive attraction and the first of it's kind in the world.


It is an amazing project and when you see what they had to do to build over the rail tracks, that was some clever engineering for sure.
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Re: The Edge at Hudson Yards

Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:33 am

WarRI1 wrote:
ArchGuy1 wrote:
WarRI1 wrote:
My son-in-law was involved in the project for years while working in New York for Amtrak. He is a Construction Superintendent, he used to send me videos and pictures of the project while working in New York for seven years. He has now transferred closer to home.


The Edge is certainly an impressive attraction and the first of it's kind in the world.


It is an amazing project and when you see what they had to do to build over the rail tracks, that was some clever engineering for sure.

Will you be attending the opening ceremony for The Edge.
 
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Re: The Edge at Hudson Yards

Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:30 am

Impressive, as is the whole project but no thanks on the whole ‘thrilled you could fall so far to your death’ sensation..
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Re: The Edge at Hudson Yards

Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:14 pm

Max Q wrote:
Impressive, as is the whole project but no thanks on the whole ‘thrilled you could fall so far to your death’ sensation..

Last week, the Edge at Hudson Yards was opened to the public and is located on the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards in New York City. Access to Edge is from the fourth floor of The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards and guests pass through immersive audiovisual presentations that talk about creating an urban neighborhood from scratch. The elevator ride to the top only takes 52 seconds and the elevator walls play an animation that shows an architect's sketch of the skyline and gradually becomes filled in and rendered as the elevator rises. On the 100th floor, guests pass through an interior section before stepping into the outdoor cantilever. The deck includes a 225 square foot triangular glass opening and the deck has a 6.6 degree tilt.
https://newyorkyimby.com/2020/03/the-ed ... yards.html
However, Edge was temporarily closed on March 13 after just two days due to concerns about the novel coronavirus. Still, it is an exciting attraction to visit once things get back to normal.
https://www.businessinsider.com/edge-hu ... rus-2020-3
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:11 pm

One of the sad things of the affects of the Coronavirus pandemic is how so many famous sites, museums and attractions around the world are now shuttered to the public and likely for months into the future.
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:17 am

ltbewr wrote:
One of the sad things of the affects of the Coronavirus pandemic is how so many famous sites, museums and attractions around the world are now shuttered to the public and likely for months into the future.

These include the Empire State Building in New York, Statue of Liberty in New York, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Louvre in Paris, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Colosseum in Rome, and CN Tower in Toronto. There are many more as well already shut down and more to come if this continues.
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:40 pm

Earlier this month, the Hurghada Museum in Hurghada, Egypt was inaugurated after a much anticipated wait. The inauguration was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El Enani, and head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri. The theme is a strong focus on Beauty and Luxury across ancient Egyptian to modern history, there are over 1,500 artifacts on display and exhibited according to various themes such as daily life, sports, and royal imagery in ancient Egypt. More distinct items are also on display like Coptic icons, a decorated case that encased Torah scrolls, oil painting portraits, and a unique bust statue of Queen Meritamun. Most of the items were taken from storage areas across the Red Sea area with some items from other areas of Egypt. Construction of the Hurghada Museum was entirely funded by the private sector and and profit is intended to be distributed through them and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. It is part of a broader initiative to bring a wider variety of activities to the Red Sea resort city that could diversify tourism in the city once the corona virus situation is under control and gone. Hurghada should really be known for more than just the beach and resort.
https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/03/01/ ... ollection/
 
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Ocean Liner QE2 Temporarily Closed

Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:54 am

The historic ocean liner QE2, which has been docked at Mina Rashid in Dubai as a hotel and attraction since 2018 has been closed to the public due to the corona virus and to complete ongoing restoration work. The closure will last until September and it is a good decision so that guests can stay healthy and work can finally be done.
https://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/busi ... shuts-down
 
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Redevelopment Plan for the SS United States

Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:50 am

The SS United States appears that it will undergo some form of redevelopment plan after a deal was struck between RXR Realty and the SS United States Conservancy. RXR Realty is presenting it's plan to New York City, San Francisco, and a number of other cities in the United States to obtain a site for a $500 million project that will include a hotel, restaurants, and a museum on the ship's history. If all goes well, work could begin at a shipyard later this year and it will require a lot of work. The SS United States has been rusting at a pier in Philadelphia and a series of redevelopment plans have led to most of the fittings and furnishings being removed. The interiors look like an abandoned industrial space rather than a luxury ocean liner with doors hanging off their hinges and metal scraps dangling off of ceilings. When the ship departed on it's maiden voyage in July 1952, it symbolized postwar America's technical and financial might and set a speed record across the Atlantic. The ship was designed to carry 15,000 troops across the Atlantic Ocean without refueling, but was never needed for such a role. The SSUS was pulled from service in 1969 and has spent the past half century between owners who have tried and failed to repurpose the ship. The striped down state makes the historic liner a blank slate for redevelopment. Early plans call for converting the bowels into a brewery and food hall with a glasses in event space in the ship's stern. The focus for RXR is finding a site to dock the ship and hotel partners made not being looked for at this time. One version of the plan calls for RXR spending two years to renovate the SSUS at a shipyard and then being towed to it's morning spot for six months of work. A bright future seems to be ahead for the SS United States and hopefully this will be the case.
https://gcaptain.com/historic-ocean-lin ... cond-life/
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Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel Reopened

Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:16 pm

Last week, the Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel in Singapore was reopened to the public after four months out of service, but with operating hours cut in half by COVID 19 concerns. The wheel was reopened after approval was granted by authorities and the structural integrity was thoroughly tested by experts. The frequency of cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection of the capsules will be increased and common areas of the facility and premises will be scrubbed more often. Temperature screening of visitors and e employees is also mandatory. Operating hours will be 3 pm to 9 pm, when they would normally be 8:30 am to 10:30 pm. Operations were suspended on November 19, 2019 after a glitch that affected the outer section of one of the spoke cables. The Flyer has become an icon of Singapore since it opened in 2008 and has had issues over the years, including a fire in the control room in December 2008. The reopening of the Singapore Flyer is some good news amid the coronavirus outbreak that has left many tourist attractions around the world shut down.
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/ ... suspension
 
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Re: Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel Reopened

Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:34 pm

Hey there Archdude. So tell me, exactly how is this good news. What tourists will be using this ferris wheel at the present time and under these circumstances. And why on Gods green earth would they want to go to Singapore of all places to ride this ferris wheel. I anxiously anticipate your answers!
 
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Re: Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel Reopened

Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:10 am

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Hey there Archdude. So tell me, exactly how is this good news. What tourists will be using this ferris wheel at the present time and under these circumstances. And why on Gods green earth would they want to go to Singapore of all places to ride this ferris wheel. I anxiously anticipate your answers!

Well, it may bring healthy locals,.especially Millennials to ride the Singapore Flyer.
 
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Re: Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel Reopened

Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:38 am

ArchGuy1 wrote:
CaptHadley wrote:
Hey there Archdude. So tell me, exactly how is this good news. What tourists will be using this ferris wheel at the present time and under these circumstances. And why on Gods green earth would they want to go to Singapore of all places to ride this ferris wheel. I anxiously anticipate your answers!

Well, it may bring healthy locals,.especially Millennials to ride the Singapore Flyer.


Hmm, I see, I see. So let's run this scenario. Somebody on this here website lives in Singapore, he reads your posts voraciously because he loves reading daily random news stories. So he reads this random news story and says 'Hey, i'm gonna go down to that ferris wheel and take it for a spin, maybe it'll take my mind off this constant cough I have" Well, it turns out that the member is Covid-19 positive! And he just infected 17 people and the virus starts all over again, oh noes!! So what could you do, what part could you play in the stopping of the Covid-19 virus Archdude? I think the greatest thing you could ever do would be to refrain from posting any random news stories, people read and listen to you and your stories. I think you doing that could have an amazing impact on the spread of this terrible disease!!
 
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Re: Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel Reopened

Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:35 am

CaptHadley wrote:
ArchGuy1 wrote:
CaptHadley wrote:
Hey there Archdude. So tell me, exactly how is this good news. What tourists will be using this ferris wheel at the present time and under these circumstances. And why on Gods green earth would they want to go to Singapore of all places to ride this ferris wheel. I anxiously anticipate your answers!

Well, it may bring healthy locals,.especially Millennials to ride the Singapore Flyer.


Hmm, I see, I see. So let's run this scenario. Somebody on this here website lives in Singapore, he reads your posts voraciously because he loves reading daily random news stories. So he reads this random news story and says 'Hey, i'm gonna go down to that ferris wheel and take it for a spin, maybe it'll take my mind off this constant cough I have" Well, it turns out that the member is Covid-19 positive! And he just infected 17 people and the virus starts all over again, oh noes!! So what could you do, what part could you play in the stopping of the Covid-19 virus Archdude? I think the greatest thing you could ever do would be to refrain from posting any random news stories, people read and listen to you and your stories. I think you doing that could have an amazing impact on the spread of this terrible disease!!

Temperature screenings are required for anyone that rides the Singapore Flyer and management is taking precautions.
 
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Re: Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel Reopened

Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:21 am

ArchGuy1 wrote:
Temperature screenings are required for anyone that rides the Singapore Flyer and management is taking precautions.

Temperature screenings only catch people showing symptoms. A great number of folks are contagious without showing ANY symptoms at all. Temperature screenings will do nothing. Meanwhile, a person on one of the pods is contagious, leaves particles in the cabin, and visitor #2 steps in and gets infected.
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Re: Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel Reopened

Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:16 pm

einsteinboricua wrote:
ArchGuy1 wrote:
Temperature screenings are required for anyone that rides the Singapore Flyer and management is taking precautions.

Temperature screenings only catch people showing symptoms. A great number of folks are contagious without showing ANY symptoms at all. Temperature screenings will do nothing. Meanwhile, a person on one of the pods is contagious, leaves particles in the cabin, and visitor #2 steps in and gets infected.

This explains why the London Eye is currently shut down, along with any other tourist attractions in Britain and across the world.
 
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Re: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights Questions and Discussion Thread - 2020

Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:18 am

A couple nights ago, the Empire State Building was lit up in the colors of an ambulance siren to show support for first responders battling COVID 19 and this created a series of reactions by New Yorkers. It was quite a show.
https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/se ... ren-033120

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