Are horse-drawn carriages drawing to an end?
If a horse carriage ride through Central Park is on your bucket list, better get it done soon. Mayor Bill de Blasio in a Google Hangout video chat this month said he expects the City Council to ban the practice by year’s end. De Blasio says he believes “a human society doesn’t do that to animals.”
Carriage-horse operators and allies — including actor Liam Neeson — have loudly opposed the mayor’s plan.
The council has not yet introduced the legislation.
• Just in time for the beginning of the World Cup in June, Miami International Airport is getting new weekly service to Fortaleza, Brazil, one of the event’s host cities. TAM Airlines starts the direct service on May 31. Once the new flights begin, MIA will have flights to 11 destinations in Brazil, including 10 of the 12 cities that are hosting World Cup matches.
• JetBlue Airways said it will add a daily, nonstop flight between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Pittsburgh International effective Oct. 29.
SLS to open
on old Sahara site
Owners of SLS Las Vegas say they’re now taking online reservations for the new hotel opening up on the north end of the Strip.
The hotel’s president says guests can reserve rooms for Aug. 25 and later. Labor Day weekend is the official grand opening for the SLS, which is opening at the site of the shuttered Sahara casino. Managers closed the 59-year-old Sahara, which once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, in May 2011, saying it wasn’t economically viable.
SBE says the new resort will bring celebrity chefs, nightlife and 1,600 rooms and suites to the Strip’s older and less glitzy north end, which includes the famed Stratosphere.
Six Flags to build
Dubai could soon have some new roller coasters to go with its man-made islands and the world’s tallest skyscraper.
Newspapers in the Middle Eastern emirate reported last week that local property developer Meraas Holding has reached a deal with Six Flags Entertainment to build a theme park in the city’s largely industrial outskirts. It’s expected to open in 2017.
Dubai previously had a deal with Six Flags and several other companies to build multiple theme parks in a different area known as Dubailand, but plans for that park were scrapped in the wake of Dubai’s financial crisis, which came to a head in 2009.
Exploring colonial consumerism
A new exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg is showcasing a variety of Chinese porcelain available in colonial America and exploring consumerism during the 18th century. Officials say the display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum dispels a popular belief that colonial Virginians had limited access to the trappings of style.
The exhibit includes 70 objects owned by a broad cross-section of the public, including tradesmen, merchants and wealthy landowners.