Traverse City Record-Eagle

Northern Living

January 12, 2014

Books in Brief: 01/12/2014

Author signings

TRAVERSE CITY — Horizon Books will host book signings by the following authors on Saturday, Jan. 18:

• Ruth Hankins, author of “Crooked Lake,” 12-2 p.m.

• Greg Seman, author of “Shine On: Photographs,” 2-4 p.m.

Noga at library

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library will host local author, Cari Noga at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the main Woodmere branch. Noga will talk about her novel, “Sparrow Migrations.”

Tallest hotel opens

NEW YORK — A new Marriott in New York City is claiming to be the tallest single-use hotel building in North America.

The Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park is 750 feet (228.6 meters) high, according to Marriott spokeswoman Nina Herrera-Davila.

The hotel opened Dec. 29 at 1717 Broadway at 54th Street. It’s 68 stories tall, with 378 rooms in the Courtyard hotel and 261 suites in the Residence Inn. The term single use means there are no private residences or offices in the building. Nightly rack rates will run around $300, Herrera-Davila said.

Tall and slender towers in the West 57th Street area of Manhattan are the subject of an exhibition currently on view at the Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan.

called “Sky High.” Museum director Carol Willis said “the key feature of these buildings, as we illustrate in our exhibition, is their slenderness.”

Willis said a Four Seasons currently under construction in Lower Manhattan will be taller than the Marriott but it will include condos and will therefore not be a single use hotel.

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Online:

Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park hotel: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycpk-courtyard-new-york-manhattan-central-park/

Council on Tall Buildings: http://www.ctbuh.org

Skyscraper Museum: http://www.skyscraper.org/EXHIBITIONS/SKY--HIGH/sky--high.htm

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