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Friday Travel Ticker: E-Hail a New York cab

December 14, 2012|By Chris Erskine
  • Mike Tyson visits new sports museum in Las Vegas.
Mike Tyson visits new sports museum in Las Vegas. (Erik Kabik )

New York City has approved a plan that will allow riders to “e-hail” yellow cabs, starting Feb. 15 on a test basis. The smartphone-based system will be tried out for one year . . . . A new sports museum called Score! has opened in the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, featuring interactive displays and jerseys from Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio . . . . Ventura's Sidecar Restaurant now offers a whole pig roast dinner that feeds six to eight. Order the $350 feast at least 10 days in advance; (805) 653-7433 . . . . The So Cal tradition of skiing and surfing in the same day has expanded to Utah. Through March 31, the Waldorf Astoria Park City will fly clients on a private jet from Van Nuys or Santa Monica to Salt Lake City, where they’ll be whisked away to the Waldorf Astoria Park City and a two-night stay in a suite. Rates start at $23,000. Yes, $23 grand . . . . Michelangelo's “David-Apollo” is being showcased at the National Gallery of Art to open a yearlong celebration of Italian culture in more than 30 U.S. cities. The sculpture, which dates to 1530, was last shown in the U.S. capital in 1949 when it drew nearly 800,000 visitors . . . . Lufthansa began commercial service of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental along the airline’s Frankfurt-to-LAX route this week. L.A. is just the second destination in the U.S. and fourth in the world designated for service of the new jumbo jet . . . .    The “Discover Claremont” package runs through Dec. 30. It includes $100 in gift cards that can be used at more than 100 participating retailers. It requires an overnight stay. Details: www.discoverclaremont.com . . . . In addition to a host of New Year’s Eve parties, the Stratosphere is welcoming 2013 with a New Year’s Day Champagne brunch that runs to 10 p.m. Adults, $20.99, per person; Children, $12.99 per person. Info: www.stratosphere.com . . . . The travel experts at Cheapflights.com have included Squaw Valley in its list of top places to ski like an Olympian.  . . . . After a $10-million renovation, the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin reopens to the public on Dec. 22. New exhibits and interactive features have been installed throughout the library following the yearlong overhaul . . . . Travel quote of the day: “If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn't call it genius. ” (Michelangelo)

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