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Check Out the 'Eiffel Tower of the East' Before Russia Swings a Wrecking Ball

April 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven’t yet heard of the Shukhov Tower, now’s a good time to check it out (at least on Wikipedia), as it might not be around much longer. The funky landmark is a radio tower over in Russia, and some have even called it the country’s version of the Eiffel Tower. We wouldn’t go that far, but there are preservationists eager to keep it hanging around for future generations.

The thing rises 525-feet into the Soviet sky, but structurally it's a little shaky and needs to come down sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, the aforementioned preservationists cite the symbolism of the tower as it relates to Russia’s history and past advances in telecommunications.

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Throwback Thursday: Pan Am's Art Deco Airline Terminal is a Sweet Miami Secret

Where: 3500 Pan American Drive [map], Miami, FL, United States
February 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Some call it the "Gateway to the Americas," but most just know it as Miami City Hall.

This small, art deco building in the south Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove houses the offices of city officials and one stately meeting room, complete with wood dais and original Pan Am winged clock. Why a Pan Am winged clock? Well, this meeting room was once a departures area for flights, and the building the airline's very first terminal.

Acting mostly on rumor and the results of a few Google searches, we made the 15-minute drive from downtown Miami. Venturing inside, we were thrilled to discover that the general public is welcome to meander around after a brief security screening and during city business hours, but note that the second floor restaurant has closed.

Visitors expecting a full airport will quickly notice the lack of runways; Pan Am placed this terminal here to utilize the neighboring calm waters of Dinner Key Marina on Biscayne Bay for the operation of their flying boat services, with routes stretching as near as Cuba and as far as Buenos Aires, covering most South American and Caribbean capitals in between.

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Will Chicago Reclaim the Title for 'Tallest Building in the US?'

February 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comment (1)

Not to be outdone, it seems like Chicago, or at least someone in Chicago, didn't like the fact they lost the title for "home of the tallest building in the US." If all goes to plan, the honor may head back to Chi-Town from NYC's One World Trade Center. That's if the city's newest addition, the Chicago Spire, actually gets off the ground.

For the past ten years, the project to permanently change the iconic skyline of our third largest city has had its ups and downs. Ground was broken at 400 N Lake Shore Drive in the Summer of 2007 and, once the financial crisis hit in 2008, the project went bankrupt along with the many investors attached to the building. For almost six years, nothing but a giant hole in the ground occupied the site, giving little hope for a reemergence of the project.

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There is a Dream to Update the Abandoned Metro Stations of Paris

Where: Paris, France
February 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Things are still every much on the drawing board, but we couldn’t be more in favor with the plans for some of the forgotten metro stations over in Paris. For one reason or another some of these stations haven’t been doing the public transportation thing for quite some time, and now one group is looking to upgrade and update things into a little bit of an urban oasis.

As part of the city’s current race for mayor, one candidate is proposing new ideas to utilize some long forgotten bits and pieces of city real estate. She envisions swimming pools, nightclubs, and art installations, as the city would bring these deserted spots across the city back to life—and better than ever.

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Chicago Renames Its Largest Observation Tower to '360 Chicago'

Where: 875 N. Michigan Avenue [map], Chicago, Illinois , United States, 60611
January 31, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've said this before, and we mean it: When visiting a new place, getting a bird's eye view -- preferably at the forefront of the trip -- is high on our priority list. This is especially true of cities, when getting to the top of the canopy can help you a) develop a perspective and orientation you can't get from street level and b) appreciate the beautiful views that in turn help you appreciate the size and stature of modern day cities.

Last time we were in Chicago, we took a helicopter ride, but for those who want to stay on a budget, there are more affordable ways to get a glimpse from above. The Willis (Sears) Tower might have the Windy City's tallest observation deck, but only the one found at the city's 4th tallest building offers panoramic views.

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First Time to Australia: Is the Sydney BridgeClimb Really Worth $250?

January 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's always sunny in Australia, or at least right now it is, during the Southern Summer. Oz is one of those destinations that can take a little more planning and a little more money to make happen, but it's worth it the moment you set foot on Aussie soil. All this week we'll be sharing our best tips for taking that leap for a first-time trip Down Under.

You’ve landed in Sydney. First things first—grab your bags, get into town, head to the harbor for a look at the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, consider climbing said bridge, suffer sticker shock when you read that the prices for BridgeClimb average $250 AUD.

Decision time.

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Watch the Empire State Building's New LED Lights Dance to Holiday Music

December 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

New York's Empire State Building may have unveiled its new LED light show a few months ago around Halloween, but it's these winter holidays that are showing exactly what spectacle the building's new 16 million LED color combinations are capable of, following the upgrade.

Holiday-theme light shows started on December 20th and will continue to play every night through December 24, with the action starting at 7pm. Each show is 4-5 minutes long and entirely unique, including synchronized holiday music selections simultaneously broadcast on Clear Channel New York’s 106.7 Lite FM.

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Sprint Up Skyscrapers and See the World with 'Vertical Marathons'

December 5, 2013 at 12:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lace up your runners and stretch out your hamstrings because though it might be winter outside, we have a good reason to keep up your fitness through the season and throw in some travel as well. From New York to Singapore, there are more options to race your heart out with Vertical World Circuit's stair running world tour.

Here are the details: the seven-race circuit of events begins in New York and circles the globe as racers ascend the stairs of some world's most iconic skyscrapers, all in the name of fitness and to have a crack at coming in first place.

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How Chicago's Willis Tower Just Lost Its Title as 'Tallest Building in the USA'

November 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tourists who head up to the viewing level of Chicago's Willis Tower (née Sears Tower) today are in for a shock. The 1,451-foot building is no longer the tallest building in the United States. That distinction was wrested away from Chicago by New York City's One World Trade Center, standing tall at 1,776 feet.

The decision is a controversial one, as the final height total depended on whether or not the 408-foot spire atop the WTC building would count. This morning, however, those with the final say on these matters—the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)—determined that it did, and deliberations by a panel of architects ended in New York's favor.

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Missed Open House New York? Peek Inside Private Places in Six Other Cities

October 15, 2013 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you didn't make it to this past weekend's Open House New York festival and are salivating over your friends' (or our own) cool shots of some hidden gems, don't fret. All is not lost. NYC is not the only city to swing open its doors and invite the public into spaces that usually never see the light of day, or at least the flash of cameras.

Open House Worldwide is a project that started in London in 1992 by Open-City to profile the effect that excellent design, planning and regeneration of the contemporary city can have on the quality of people's lives. Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, the program has expanded to—you've guessed it—21 cities across the globe.

Here's what Open House events are coming up next:

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A (Possibly Final) Look Inside the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport

October 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are no other buildings that show the romance of travel like the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport. The Saarinen-designed terminal was completed in 1962 and closed in 2001 following TWA’s financial deterioration. Countless starry-eyed travelers were lucky enough to pass through the doors and check-in to their flights under the vaulted ceiling while it was operational.

The rare opportunity to visit inside the structure this last weekend was thanks to the openhousenewyork festival. Plans are in the works to convert the terminal to a hotel and convention center, so this might have been your last chance to see it filled with people as it was meant to be.

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What You Need to Know for Sunday's TWA Flight Center Open House at JFK

October 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for this one day: Sunday, October 13. And it may be the last time to view the building in as close to Saarinen's original plans as possible, since rumors of hotel development are approaching fact.

The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. Last year was only the second instance of the TWA Flight Center welcoming hoards of the curious and, even better, access was (and still will be) free!

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