News and Deals: March 2, 2012 – Gay hotel, THE OUT NYC, open for business in New York City, DC cherry trees to bloom early, American Airlines to add premium coach seats and JW and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resorts Once in a Mayan Calendar Deal

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Gay hotel, THE OUT NYC, open for business in New York City

On a recent afternoon, construction was brisk and the excitement was palpable at 510 West 42nd Street in Manhattan, the site of THE OUT NYC, a sleek, three-story structure with a glass façade that its creators say will be the first gay hotel in New York City.

The 105-room boutique hotel, located between 10th and 11th Avenues in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, close to Chelsea, Times Square and the Theater District, opens its doors on March 1.

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DC cherry trees to bloom early
‎Washington Post

Robert DeFeo pondered the recent weather and the forecast for the next few weeks. He had breakfast with the tree crews, which changed his mind a little. He examined other trees and plants around the Mall.

And on Thursday morning he stood up in his blue denim shirt and cherry blossom tie and announced that Washington’s Centennial Cherry Blossom Bloom would begin early, around March 22, and peak between March 24 and 31.

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American Airlines to add premium coach seats
USA Today

American Airlines is joining the list of carriers that will offer premium seating in coach.

The carrier announced this morning that it will add a “Main Cabin Extra” seating section that will offer customers 4 to 6 inches of extra legroom as well as priority boarding privileges.

American says the enhanced coach-class seats will first be offered beginning this spring on its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. AA says the seating will eventually be rolled out through its mainline fleet of jets.

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JW and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resorts Once in a Mayan Calendar Deal

I’m a big fan of luxury digs and exploring ancient sites, which is why I love this deal. Through the end of the Mayan calendar (Dec. 21, 2012) guests can enjoy an amazing package at a great price at two fantastic resorts.

The Escape! Mayan Experience package includes the following:

–  Luxury accommodations
–  Tour of Chichen Itza for two adults
–  Two 80 min. Mayan-inspired spa treatments
–  Daily $50 resort credit
–  Internet access
–  Mayan-themed welcome amenity

Rates for the Escape! Mayan Experience package start at $289 per night at CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort and $399 per night at JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, based on double occupancy.

The Escape! Mayan Experience package can be booked online at or or by phone at 1.800.228.9290. When booking this package, request promotion code CUE.

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