Month: April 2021

What Will Happen to All the Empty Office Buildings and Hotels?

Long a Holiday Inn, the West 57th Street property was reinvented as a boutique getaway in 2017 by a new owner, BD Hotels, whose portfolio includes downtown hot spots like the Mercer, the Bowery and the Jane. But then Covid hit, and BD defaulted, despite turning much of the Watson Hotel into a homeless shelter, for which the city reimbursed it.

For the 1964 building’s newest chapter, Yellowstone will turn one of the hotel’s two towers into market-rate apartments, according to sources familiar with the deal, while leaving the other tower as a hotel. Isaac Hera, the firm’s chief executive,

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Tax boost follows Hawaii vacation rental spike, but some still skirt compliance

HONOLULU (KHON2) — One of the fastest recoveries in tourism is in the vacation rental sector, which is on pace to beat pre-pandemic booking volume in some areas.

Always Investigating looked into whether Hawaii is getting its share of taxes from all those operators.

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The Hawaii State Tax Department tells KHON2 that the vacation rental sector has become a lucrative source of revenue, with much better compliance nowadays, ever since they teamed up with the big booking platforms to track the

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Townsend rallying behind effort to turn old dealership into a recreation center | Local

That’s when she came up with the idea for the Townsend Recreation and Community Center, a nonprofit organization committed to giving the community a space everyone can enjoy. 

Bingham was adamant that she didn’t just want the TRAC to be a place for kids, but a place for everyone.

“In the meantime, I shared this info with my friend/pastor. He got super excited and said, ‘Do you know what I have a degree in? Recreational management!’,” Bingham said. “From that point on things just started snowballing.”

Bingham’s vision for the center includes lots of activities for

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Kendrick Bourne could expand role with Julian Edelman departure

With Julian Edelman now departed from the New England Patriots, the organization is losing a dependable face at the wide receiver position. With that in mind, his departure puts specific focus on one of the newest acquisitions in Kendrick Bourne.

While playing for the San Francisco 49ers in the 2020 season, Bourne took 40.7 percent of his snaps in the slot. He had great success in terms of holding onto the football as well, only dropping four passes on the year. With Edelman gone, this could lead to an expanded role for Bourne at that position.

Bourne does have the

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COVID test required upon arrival

Travelers visiting Maui, the second-most-popular vacation destination in Hawaii after Oahu, will soon have to take a second COVID-19 test to bypass the state’s mandatory quarantine.

The test, which will be free and conducted upon arrival at the airport, will begin as soon as the end of April, Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said at a news conference Wednesday.

“The post-arrival test will allow Maui County to determine if current safeguards are effective in preventing the introduction of new COVID cases, especially as new variants are being identified on the US mainland and around the world,” he said.

Travelers will be

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