From the Niagara Falls Review:
It was supposed to be famed wirewalker Jay Cochrane’s fourth summer performing in Niagara Falls. But now he’s making other vacation plans.
What would have been a spectacular daily walk from the top of the Skylon Tower to the top of the new Niagara Falls Hilton on Fallsview Boulevard was derailed when the Fallsview BIA recently voted not to contribute toward the $250,000 price tag to bring Cochrane back to town.
“It’s such a shame,” he said over the phone from Florida. “I think some people live in a box.”
The plan would have seen Cochrane, 65, walk between the two buildings once a day, sometimes twice, for a total of 70 walks this summer. He believes it would have been the highest (55 storeys) and longest (450 metres) wirewalk in history between two man-made structures.
Cochrane’s three previous visits, in 2002, 2005 and 2007, generated massive publicity for Niagara Falls.
From the Buffalo News:
People magazine may have named him “Sexiest Man Alive” twice, but even Brad Pitt looked a little goofy in his blue Maid of the Mist poncho.
The superstar actor was in Niagara Falls, Ont., on a picture-perfect afternoon to take in the sights of the world-famous cataracts Saturday. In tow were two of his sons, Maddox and Pax; his parents, Bill and Jane, and his bodyguards. The group enjoyed the attractions while remaining relatively under the radar.
Note: There have been all sorts of articles out there about this, but most of them are wire service copies of this original article.
I am in the process of moving, and so I probably won’t be posting or comment much until Wednesday or so…
This morning I received the latest newsletter from the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa.
You can subscribe to the newsletter by clicking on the Special Email Offers link on the side of the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa main page.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
It’s never easy to give up on a dream, but the city has made the right decision in dropping the monorail idea for people mover system for the tourism sector in Niagara democracies. Falls.
A monorail is something that has been on the minds of city leaders for decades. In fact, a small section of monorail once occupied a short stretch of the escarpment in the Fallsview area near the Horseshoe Falls incline railway. It was to serve as a prototype, but it never captured the imagination of investors and he went the way of the dinosaur.
Although a monorail has been ruled out, there is still support (and $ 25 million in federal funding) for some type of people mover system.
From Buffalo Business First:
The hotel landscape in Niagara Falls will undergo a dramatic change in the next few months with the opening of two neighboring properties.
Another in my series on keycards…
I found this Super 8 keycard on the ground on Stanley Ave. This is actually quite far away from the Super 8 on River Rd.
Just as some people like roller coasters and some people love architecture, some people also like elevators. If you are interested in seeing what the elevator in the Skylon Tower is like, you can watch this video.
From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal:
This year, like so many other years before it, Maid of the Mist Corp. helped mark the unofficial start of spring in Western New York and Southern Ontario by lowering its fleet of boats into the lower Niagara River on Friday.
The company has been preparing for tourism seasons much the same way since launching its first steamboat back in 1846.
And while some argue that’s too long for any one company to have a virtual lock on one of the region’s premiere tourist attractions, representatives say the Maid of the Mist’s lengthy record of success and safety has earned it the right to continue to serve as the one and only operator of boat tours beneath mighty Niagara Falls.