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Just saw this unique method for storing those extra pairs of eyeglasses and/or sunglasses… (link – http://gallery.apartmenttherapy.com/photo/ny-sunnyswedish/item/237800)
A similar wood hanger from The Carlyle Hotel in New York is currently listed on Ebay (see “My Current Ebay Auctions” at right). Use this great hotel collectible as-is or hang some favorite items in multiples!
Downtown Vegas reliving groovy 1969 this summer
The Fremont Street Experience is paying tribute to 1969 all summer with free rock concerts, plenty of tie-dye T-shirts and peace symbols to trigger memories of a year many people say resonates with them to this day.
The bands expected were heavy hitters in the day _ Blood, Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night, the 5th Dimension, Rare Earth, the Grass Roots and Canned Heat.
Organizers have hired John Van Hamersveld _ an artist recognizable for his movie artwork for “The Endless Summer” in 1966 and for the cover of the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album in 1967 _ to paint two buses, one to be used as a stage.
Special video shows planned for a giant screen hanging over the street include a rolling-credits style memorial for the 58,000 Americans killed or missing in action from the Vietnam War.
The comprehensive promotion gives tourists an excuse to celebrate hippy sensibilities, the first astronauts walking on the moon and Woodstock.
But the 10 casinos located in the venerable section of Las Vegas are hoping the 108 days of throwback entertainment result in more visitors to help revive the city’s top industry.
“It’s coming at a time when it plays well,” said Jeff Victor, president of the Fremont Street Experience, the management company in charge of promoting the destination.
Victor said he and others felt Fremont Street didn’t do enough events during the summer.
Fremont Street Experience is spending about $1.7 million on the campaign between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, $500,000 more than it normally would during the season. Officials want to increase the share of Sin City visitors that go downtown, less than 3 miles north of the end of the Las Vegas Strip.
Victor said each casino is also making plans to tie to the 1969 theme.
“This economy and Las Vegas in particular requires retail opportunities for visitation, and that’s exactly what this promotion provides,” Victor said. “With people in their 50s and 60s, there is an emotional connection (to 1969).”
Forty years later, Las Vegas finds itself scrambling to reach visitors who are coming less often, spending less money on food and entertainment and not gambling as much.
Visitor volume was down 10 percent for all of Las Vegas for the first two months of this year compared with 2008, according to the latest figures available from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Casinos downtown earned $83.9 million in gambling revenue in January and February, down 17 percent from the first two months of 2008, the tourism agency said. Other casinos in the rest of the county experienced similar declines.
But a recent profile study by the tourism authority showed that 46 percent of Las Vegas visitors in 2008 spent some time downtown during their trip. That was down significantly from 57 percent in 2006, but up from 40 percent in 2007.
The 10 casinos on the Fremont Street Experience have a combined 6,600 hotel rooms _ 4.7 percent of all the hotel rooms in the city.
Victor said the 1969 campaign could be first of several seasonal themes for Fremont Street _ if downtown can pull it off.
“We’ll be checking to see a promotion of this duration is repeatable,” Victor said.
Sun, Apr 26, 2009 (1:21 p.m.)
Beyond the Sun
Sunset in Vegas
photo by Stacie
100 Things to do in Las Vegas
1. See the white tigers at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden: The Mirage
2. Visit the dolphin habitat: The Mirage
3. See flamingos and African penguins: Flamingo Hilton
4. See the brilliant collection of parrots: Tropicana
5. Take in the best show in town from the entertainer of the year: Danny Gans at The Rio
6. See the classic car collection: Imperial Palace
7. See daylight at night: downtown Las Vegas after dark, the $70 million Fremont Street Experience
8. See the world’s largest atrium: Luxor
9. Visit the glitziest museum in the world: Liberace Museum (1775 E. Tropicana)
10. Ride the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world: Desperado (Buffalo Bill’s, Primm, Nevada)
11. Ride the highest roller coaster 1,200 feet off the ground: on top of the Stratosphere (Las Vegas Blvd. near Sahara)
12. Ride the fastest moving straight up and down ride: Stratosphere’s Big Shot
13. View an exquisite collection of fine art: Bellagio
14. Submerge yourself in a magnificent garden of fragrance and color: Bellagio
15. Ride an indoor roller coaster at amusement park Grand Slam Canyon: Circus Circus
16. Visit Madame Toseau’s wax museum: Venetian
17. Love hamburgers and Harley’s?: Harley-Davidson Cafe
18. Go face to face with sharks: Shark Reef (Mandalay Bay)
19. Cant get enough neon: Neon Museum (look for the giant neon horseman at Fremont Street Experience)
20. Watch the dragon battle against the magician: Excalibur’s moat
21. Visit the Guinness Book of World Records Museum (2780 Las Vegas Blvd. S.)
22. See the New York City skyline: New York-New York Hotel/Casino (the Strip at Tropicana)
23. Watch the dancing fountains: Bellagio Hotel/Casino (the Strip at Flamingo)
24. See outdoor lifelike sculptures in Green Valley: (starting on Sunset Rd. at Green Valley Pkwy.)
25. Take a paddlewheel cruise on Lake Mead: Desert Princess (293-6180)
26. Play high-tech video game battles at Virtual World: In Gold Key shops on the Strip at Convention Center Drive
27. See one of world’s largest gold nuggets: Golden Nugget Casino
28. Ride the roller coaster: New York-New York
29. See the world’s largest collection of gambling books: Gambler’s Book Club (630 E. 11th off Charleston)
30. Stroll under a changing simulated sky: Forum Shops at Caesars
31. Only pyramid-shaped hotel in world: Luxor
32. Swim-up to your blackjack table: Tropicana
33. Admire the imported marble swimming pools: Caesars Palace
34. Watch free circus entertainment: Circus Circus Casino
35. See the largest resort hotel in world: 5,005-room MGM Grand
36. Witness a volcano eruption: The Mirage
37. Watch fountain sculptures come to life: Forum Shops at Caesars
38. See and hear animated birds and animals: Sam’s Town atrium
39. Be a spectator at a jousting event renaissance dinner show : Excalibur
40. See the largest Coke Bottle: Showcase Mall: (in front of The MGM Grand)
41. Most unusual sensations: Riding on a runaway train (Excalibur’s Magic Motion Machines), flying through space (Luxor’s Motion Machines)
42. See midnight idol Wayne Newton’s multi-million dollar mansion on Pecos at Sunset
43. Get married: any of the 24-hour chapels along Las Vegas Blvd. south from the Strip to downtown
44. Get your picture taken with one million dollars: Binion’s Horseshoe (displayed in a glass case)
45. Visit the Eiffel Tower: Paris Hotel & Casino
46. Best place to see one million dollars change hands: Caesars baccarat tables
47. Best place to see the origin of a light beam that is visible for 250 miles: Luxor
48. Best place to see female bartenders: Coyote Ugly nightclub (inside New York New York Casino)
49. Take the complimentary monorail between MGM Grand and Bally’s
50. Switch to sneakers (largest athletic shoe store, Just For Feet in Caesars Forum Shops)
51. Best place to put your valuables: hotel’s safe deposit box
52. Best way to put a whammy on your competitor: The Psychic Eye occult bookstore (953 E. Sahara Ave.)
53. Cheapest way to get to around: Shuttle bus
54. Fastest way to get to around: Taxi
55. Coolest way to get to around: Limousine
56. Best place to buy or repair a watch, bracelet or any jewelry: The Jewelers (several locations)
57. Listen to some tunes: KOMP 92.3 FM (rock), KLUC 98.5 FM (Top 40), Big Band KORK 920 AM (easy listening), KJUL 104.3. FM, KNRP 89.5 FM (classical), and KMXB 94.1 FM (80’s to present hits).
58. Best place to visit small town America: Boulder City, where gaming is still illegal
59. Watch the surf at the wave pool: Mandalay Bay
60. See bartenders juggle flaming drinks: VooDoo Lounge on top of the Rio Hotel
61. Catch up on the news: Channel 8 (CBS affiliate), Channel 3 (NBC affiliate), Channel 13 (ABC affiliate), Channel 22 (CNN Headline News), Channel 20 (CNN)
62. Buy reading material for plane trip home: Bookstar (3910 S. Maryland Pkwy. near Flamingo), Waldenbooks (Fashion Show Mall on the Strip)
63. Best odds at tables: Binion’s Horseshoe
64. Best casino for covering large bets: Binion’s Horseshoe
65. Biggest poker room on the Strip: The Mirage
66. Biggest poker room downtown: Binion’s Horseshoe
67. Best sports books for style: Las Vegas Hilton, Fiesta
68. Place a drive-thru bet on your favorite sporting event: Fiesta
69. Best sports book for action: Stardust
70. Worst gambling bets: Keno and coin push machines
71. Best places to bet the horses: Stardust and Las Vegas Hilton
72. Best get-a-away from the STRIP: Red Rock Canyon
73. Best historical tour: Hoover Dam
74. Best place to watch boxing: Caesars Palace
75. Best place for coffee: Starbucks (several locations)
76. Best place for people watching: Fashion Show Mall (on the Strip) and Caesars Forum Shops
77. Best bet: The Detroit Lions will not be in first place by December
78. Best places to meet new friends: Hard Rock Hotel
79. Best late-night dancing: The Rain (inside the Palms Casino)
80. Best hotel for western dancing: Sam’s Town
81. Best place for dancing on the Strip: Caesars’ Cleopatra’s Barge (except Monday)
82. Best place for jazz on the Strip: Drai’s at the Barbary Coast (Flamingo and the Strip)
83. Best place for jazz downtown: Monday night at the Four Queens
84. Best place for upscale shopping: Forum Shops (Caesars), Fashion Show Mall (on the Strip), and Bellagio.
85. Ride in a gondola: Venetian
86. Eat the famous 99 cent foot long hot dog: Slots-O-Fun (on the Strip between Spring Mountain and Sahara)
87. Shop for antiques: Antique Row (Charleston Blvd. at Eastern Ave.)
88. Largest selection of western boots: Sam’s Town
89. Shop for Western apparel: Adams Western Store (1415 Western Ave.)
90. Buy your own slot machine: Ancient Slots (3127 Industrial Rd.)
91. Best bowling: Cosmic Bowling at the Suncoast
92. Best place to get Romulan ale: Quark’s Bar, Hilton Hotel
93. Best ice rink: Santa Fe Hotel/Casino (northwest Las Vegas, off of the Strip)
94. Indoor tennis courts: Green Valley Athletic Club
95. Best reason #1 to rise early: to see the sunrise over the desert
96. Best reason #2: For an early jog (great track at Las Vegas Hilton)
97. Best reason #3: To beat the breakfast crowd
98. Tour the cactus garden and sample chocolates: Ethel M Chocolates (2 Cactus Garden Dr., Green Valley 458-8864)
99. Tour the Ocean Spray Cranberry World West (1301 American-Pac)
This real place appears in a fictional short story by famed science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein called “Cliff and the Calories’ (1950 Teen Institute, Inc.) and was reprinted in his 1980’s book “Expanded Universe” (Ace Science Fiction). He describes a diet-shattering gourmet feast served by Mrs. Claus (in reality Mrs. Douglas, who ran the place in the 1940’s).