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The Week in Travel (8/17/12)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

Rio de Janeiro

*Ryan Lochte is peeing in a new pool; Posh, Sporty, Ginger, Scary and Baby are now a little less spicy; and Londoners are minding the gap in media coverage.  What happens next in post-Olympic London? (via Travel Agent Central)

*And as the focus shifts, Rio prepares for 2016. (via BBC)

*Knutstorp chairs, Nordli beds and lingonberry breakfast jam may be staples of your next vacation, as Ikea develops a line of “budget design” hotels, offering a boutique experience at an affordable price.  (via The Telegraph)

*Road trips are getting fancy with these stylish, new travel trailers.  (via NY Times)

*You can leave your hat on (and your shoes, and your belt) when traveling through America’s Northeast.  Air travel frustrations are boosting Amtrak bookings between Boston, New York and Washington D.C.  (via NY Times)

*San Francisco is the top, but Brooklyn is doubly tasty in claiming “America’s Best New Restaurants.”  (via Bon Appétit)

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The Week in Travel (5/11/12)

The world of travel moves fast!  Let’s keep up–together.  On Fridays, Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

Brooklyn’s Like Buttah

*Berlin’s new airport is grounded!  The opening date for the highly anticipated Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport (BER)  has been pushed from June 3 to an “after the summer break” undetermined date. (via USA Today)

*Hungover in Vegas? The “Hangover Heaven” bus will have you feeling better and back to the bar in no time.  On the bus, treatment can take less than an hour for a $90 basic IV of saline solution, B vitamins and vitamin C. A premium package, $150, includes two bags. (via Miami Herald)

*Pay your taxes or stay home.  A  measure approved by the U.S. Senate  authorizes the State Department, as instructed by the IRS, to take the passport of any American citizen with a back tax debt of more than $50,000.  The bill is still required to pass the House and the President, before it can become law.  (via San Francisco Chronicle)

*Klout & Cathay Pacific partner.  A Klout score of 40 or higher now grants you entrance to the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge at San Francisco Airport.  (via Code Nast Traveler)

*Brooklyn people are the luckiest people in the world:  Barbra Streisand will perform in her native borough for the first time evah! …at the Barclays Center on October 11. (via AOL.com)

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A Theatre (Re)Grows in Brooklyn

(Photography by Chasi Annexy)

Abandoned for over 30 years, the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn prepares for a Second Act.  In 1929, the theatre on Flatbush Avenue opened as Loew’s flagship theatre.   Architecturally influenced by the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House, the theatre boasts high curved ceilings, pink marble, and ornate plaster walls.  Originally a home for films and vaudeville acts, the 3,195-seat theatre closed in 1978, becoming a refuge for pigeons, vandals and squatters.

But intermission is over.  Last month, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced that the Houston-based theatrical management and development company, ACE Theatrical Group, had been contracted to restore the theatre’s French Renaissance architecture and expand the stagehouse to accommodate the production needs of modern shows.  ACE boasts similar affiliations with the Boston Opera House and Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. and plans to present 250 productions yearly.  “Once completed, the restored Loew’s Kings will be the largest indoor theatre in Brooklyn, hosting concerts, plays, special events and graduations,” claims Markowitz.  “It will be nothing less than a combination of the Beacon and the Apollo in one architectural jewel of a building.”

Slated to reopen in approximately five years, the Loew’s Kings Theatre is ready for its encore performance.

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