‘Landmark’ Hudson Valley, New York Diner Closes After 40 Years

Airmont Diner - Rockland County


From the Hudson Valley Post: A “landmark” diner in the Hudson Valley has served its last customer.

The Airmont Diner in Rockland County is closed for good. The diner’s owner, Dino confirmed the rumors on Facebook.

“To All Our Friends. Yes, it is true that we are closed for good. We will miss each and everyone of you. Our best wishes to you and your families,” Dino wrote on Facebook.

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With few details, A-B says ‘Flying Eagle’ sign will be fixed

Budweiser Sign - St Louis

The Budweiser eagle sign along Interstate 64 (Highway 40) in a Post-Dispatch file photo. Kevin Manning

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: While Anheuser-Busch has been busy shining a light on its new corporate logo, its “Flying Eagle” billboard on Highway 40 near Grand Avenue still sits in the dark.

The illuminated neon sign, which has flapped its wings at local motorists for more than 60 years, has not been operating since at least December — which is when readers began asking this bureau about its status.

In a statement long in coming and short on details, the brewery said: “We are actively working (to) repair the renowned sign on I-64 to ensure it can stay up for all to enjoy for many years to come.”

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Iconic sign company YESCO crosses the century mark

Stardust Las Vegas Sign

Designed by Kermit Wayne in 1958, YESCO’s sign for the Stardust wrapped the building in neon and featured three-dimensional planets and comets. Milt Palmer/Las Vegas News Bureau.

From KNPR: Las Vegas Boulevard might’ve been just another busy American street if it weren’t for the dazzling neon signs of its casino resorts. 

Many of those icons — and the ones on Fremont Street — were designed and made by the Young Electric Sign Company.  

YESCO is one of the most quintessential Las Vegas companies in the city’s history. 

And even though YESCO actually turns 102 this year, it’s finally celebrating its 100th anniversary with a new photo exhibit at Nevada Humanities gallery. 


Historic Loews Theatre demolished as part of condo development

Loews Theatre - Montreal

Montreal’s Loews Theatre demolished

From CTV News: The historic Loews Theatre in Montreal has been demolished to make way for new condos downtown.

The development will include 248 residential units and the creation of an alleyway connecting Mansfield St. and Cathcart St. with the Dorchester Square area.

The iconic cinema, located on Ste-Catherine St., opened its doors in 1917 and was the largest Canadian theatre until the 1960s.

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The story of amusement parks is the story of America

Luna Park Coney Island

Coney Island’s Luna Park at the turn of the last century. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From Vox: When fairgoers entered the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, they were dazzled by the White City, a sprawling collection of massive exhibit buildings dedicated to manufacturing, transportation, electricity, and other themes that captured the imagination of a country on the move. Boasting a mixture of architectural influences, the gleaming, almost regal structures were assembled around a large reflecting pond festooned with Corinthian and Ionic columns as well as golden and white allegorical statuary.

It was a giddy time in America as the young, growing country was establishing its prominence, and the fair was its coming-out party. The White City, so named for the alabaster substance made of gypsum and other materials that covered the buildings, was a celebration of progress and a brash ode to capitalism. It reinforced the sense of hope and promise — the swagger even — that Americans carried. Visitors were overcome by the scale, spectacle, and opulence of the buildings and grounds as well as the bustle and merriment of its midway and amusements.

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