Archive for January, 2013

Long Island City Alternative Hotel Destination

January 31, 2013 in Tourism | Comments (0)

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Ravel Hotel's Penthouse808

Ravel Hotel’s Penthouse808

Only five minutes away from midtown Manhattan, visitors to New York may want to consider some of the new hotels that are popping up in Long Island City. For a fraction of what a guest would have to spend to stay at a centrally located hotel, visitors can enjoy a good night’s sleep and some well-appointed spaces only slightly off the beaten track.

Take the Ravel hotel as an example.  This boutique hotel has a waterfront view of New York’s iconic skyline and offers a complimentary ride in their Mercedes shuttle to the nearby subway entrance. On the roof of this classy hotel is their Penthouse808 where socializing and excitement pervade the atmosphere. Surrounded by retractable glass, the eight thousand square foot space is a delight to guests.

Other perks offered by the Ravel are:

•    Free Parking
•    Room Service
•    Dry cleaning and Laundry Service
•    Gourmet Mini Bar
•    Virtual Wine Bar

Treat yourself in style without breaking the bank.

Improvements in Nursing Home Care

January 14, 2013 in Health | Comments (0)

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) launched a project to set new standards and enhance quality of end-of-life care.  The project – valued at $1.9m – is the only one of its kind in New York State being used in nursing homes.  While Americans age, it is increasingly likely that they will live out their days in nursing homes (estimates for 2020 reaching 40 percent).   With this new PCORI project, those in this field like the Dry Harbor Rehab and Nursing Home will be given additional assistance for the care of the elderly in nursing homes.

Getting additional help for nursing care residents will definitely be welcome.  According to an associate professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) Department of Public Health Sciences, Helena Temikin-Greener Ph.D., M.S. (also lead investigator of the study), nursing home staff are not adequately prepared to provide the care needed for residents approaching death.  Such a project, with its large funds, is long overdue and will definitely help the situation for nursing home workers and residents alike.

Within this project, nursing home staff like those at Dry Harbor will thus be given training in the area of palliative care.  Team-based models for nursing home staff will be developed through existing models used in acute-care settings, which will also focus on enhanced communication and decision-making.  Issues covered will include: breathing difficulties; hospitalizations and pain management.

The study also showed that teams (rather than individuals) produce “better health care options.”  Thus the project’s aim is to work with both palliative care standards and new organizational models. It is hoped that this will render improved care to residents.

Free Tour of Grand Central Neighborhood

January 1, 2013 in Culture and History | Comments (0)

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Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

Urban historians Justin Ferate and Peter Laskowich bring tourists on an adventure of discovery in the area surrounding Grand Central Station. This 90-minute award winning walking tour explores the secrets of the Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; the decorative hubcaps and roadsters on the wall of the Chrysler Building; the favorite meeting place in Midtown Manhattan of Greek Gods Mercury, Hercules and Minerva; and a collection of other wonderful idiosyncrasies of this iconic neighborhood.

You can join the tour every Friday all through the year. Meet at 12:30pm at the sculpture court at 120 Park Avenue on the southwest corner of East 42nd Street and Park Avenue directly opposite Grand Central Terminal. It is absolutely free and no reservations are needed.

For more information visit Grand Central Terminal online.