CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2010 |
The theme of the spidery structure with the soaring arches was the unbridled optimism of the future when it was built 50 years ago in the center of Los Angeles International Airport. It was called the Theme Building, in fact, as jet-age passenger terminals arose in a U-shaped cluster around the 135-foot-tall, restaurant-topped building. Part spaceship, part flying saucer, the unusual-looking circular structure was sometimes mistaken as the LAX control tower. A year after it rose, the futuristic animated show "The Jetsons" aired for the first time.
May 23, 2012 |
The Tokyo Skytree , the world's tallest communications tower, opened Tuesday. Twice the height of the Eiffel Tower, it stands 2,080 feet tall (only Dubai's Burj Khalifa is taller at 2,716 feet) with observation decks that offer amazing views of the densely packed Japanese capital. So how much does that view cost? Visitors going to the Tembo Deck at 1,148 feet above the city pay $31.25 for adults and $25 for children 12 to 17 from now until July 10 (and you have to buy tickets in advance and online with a credit card issued in Japan, according to Skytree website )
April 18, 1993 |
Decorated with balloons and glistening with polish, the World Trade Center observation deck reopened for tourists six weeks after a terrorist bombing in the building's underground garage killed six people and injured more than 1,000. Stanley Brezenoff, executive director of the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, which owns the building, said security had been tightened and visitors are subject to a random bag check before they buy tickets for the observation deck on the 107th floor.
July 5, 2008 |
The National Park Service is considering reopening Lady Liberty's crown for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to documents released by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Liberty Island was closed for security reasons after the 2001 attacks. The statue's base, pedestal and lower observation deck reopened in August 2004, after a $20-million effort to improve fire safety. But the crown and its interior observation deck, which soar about 265 feet above New York Harbor, remained closed because park officials said there was no way to evacuate people safely in an emergency.
March 3, 1997 |
A musician who was shot in the head at the Empire State Building has awakened from a coma, his father said. Matthew Gross, 27, regained consciousness six days after he was shot on the building's observation deck. He was one of seven people shot by Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian who killed himself. Gross' family prayed, played Mozart and held his hand, his father, Peter Gross said. Killed in the attack was Chris Burmeister, 27.
June 27, 2010
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