April 23, 2014 |
In the battle for tourists, Los Angeles is losing ground to rivals Orlando, Fla., New York, and Chicago. L.A. County has broken its own record for annual visitors three years in a row - thanks to a rebounding economy, sunny California weather and popular tourist attractions. But L.A.'s tourist numbers are not growing fast enough to keep up with the nation's top three destinations, primarily because the city lacks enough hotel rooms to host more tourists. "We have an awful lot of things that are in our favor," said Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
April 23, 2014 |
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped by "The View" on Monday and told departing host Barbara Walters that he was declaring May 16 "Barbara Walters Day. " May 16 is Walters' final day on "The View" and her last day as TV personality. The 84-year-old broadcaster is planning to retire when her time on the show she co-created ends. The mayor called Walters a "living legend" for over 50 years. Walters, ever the master of the subtle dig, told De Blasio, "It's very kind. Mayor Bloomberg never did this for me. " PHOTOS: Talk show hosts who didn't make the cut De Blasio replied, "Times are changing.
April 18, 2014 |
New York City has a new film commissioner. Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Cynthia Lopez as the new head of the city's Office of Media and Entertainment. Lopez, formerly an executive vice president of PBS' award-winning "POV" (Point of View) documentary series, replaces Katherine Oliver, who served under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and was praised for reviving the city's film and TV business. PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013 | Biggest flops of 2013 Oliver's departure had raised concerns in the film industry about whether De Blasio would champion the entertainment industry in the way his predecessor did, making New York one of the leading production hubs outside of Los Angeles.
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April 17, 2014 |
Gene Estess, a broker who gave up the pay and perks of Wall Street for a second career helping New York City's homeless, has died. He was 78. He died April 9 at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to his wife, Pat Schiff Estess. The cause was lung cancer, diagnosed about six months ago. Raised in Illinois on the Mississippi River, Estess found himself unable to ignore the inequality on the streets of New York. He remained interested in poverty and homelessness while living in the leafy suburb of Armonk in Westchester County and working as an options specialist at L.F. Rothschild & Co., an investment bank and brokerage firm.
April 16, 2014 |
Chris Johnson has gone from the Tennessee Titans to the onetime New York Titans. The former 2,000-yard running back signed a two-year deal with the New York Jets on Wednesday, according to multiple reports, potentially adding punch to an offense ranked 25 th in total yards last season. The Jets were the only team Johnson visited after being released by the Titans almost two weeks ago. Johnson, 28, is coming off a down season in which he averaged a career-low 3.9 yards per carry and didn't have a run longer than 30 yards.
April 16, 2014 |
Steven Soderbergh made his New York debut as a stage director on Tuesday with the official opening of "The Library," a school-shooting drama starring Chloe Grace Moretz, at the Public Theater in New York. Penned by frequent Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns, "The Library" had been in previews since March 25. The play is scheduled to run at the Public through April 27. Moretz plays a student who survives a deadly shooting at her high school and then struggles to tell her story to her parents and the authorities.