Comets Sell Out The Kennedy Arena

The Utica Comets’ preseason game with the Adirondack Flames is sold out. 

The American Hockey League teams will meet Oct. 3 at Rome’s Kennedy Arena. The Flames, formerly the Abbotsford Heat, are the affiliate of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. 

Last year, the Comets also played their lone home exhibition game at Kennedy Arena against the Adirondack Phantoms – now based in Allentown, Pa. – and winning, 4-2. 

The Comets will play road exhibitions Oct. 1, when they visit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and Oct. 4, when they play the Flames again at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Comets open the regular season Oct. 11 on the road against the Toronto Marlies. Their first home game is Oct 23 against Adirondack.

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Memories of Commuters on Bar Cars

We covered a lot on the end of the bar cars on the New Haven Line. Plus even more on bar cars. What have never seen until now are great pictures of folks riding those cars. Now the only picture we own is outside shot of the most famous bar car.

But the Connecticut Post has come to our rescue with 17 pictures from 1961 .

View of commuters as they drink on the New York New Haven train, New York, New York, 1961. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The bar car is no more as Metro-North did away with the practice through attrition this year, but in recent years it was not what it once was. Maybe that’s a good thing.

In combing through the archives, they ran across these wonderful photographs from Alfred Eisenstadt, the LIFE photographer famous for his “V-J Day kiss” photo.

Eisenstadt gives us this unique look at the Mad Men-era bar car on the New Haven Line, circa 1960

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NY City’s Montague Street Tunnel Reopens After Hurricane sandy

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) leaders and New York City elected officials to mark the restoration of normal R Line subway service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, following the rebuilding of the Montague Tube damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
The $250 million project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, during a full shutdown of the subway tunnel that runs under the East River. During the October 2012 storm, about 27 million gallons of water poured into a 4,000-foot stretch of the tunnel. The saltwater corroded every element of subway infrastructure, from electronic signal equipment to lighting to steel rails, according to MTA.

The tunnel repair project’s completion marks “another huge step forward to repair the damage and strengthen the system to withstand the next major storm,” Cuomo said in a press release.

“New York’s transit network suffered more damage during Sandy than anyone at the MTA has ever seen in our lifetimes. The effort required to rebuild the Montague Tube was nothing short of heroic,” said MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Prendergast.


The Montague Tube was shut down Aug. 3, 2013, to provide workers unfettered access to remove damaged equipment from the two tunnels and demolish concrete and terra cotta duct banks in both tubes that had collapsed. Construction crews had to enter the 4,000-foot section under the East River from entry points in Manhattan and Brooklyn, removing all debris and bringing in all equipment and tools through the tunnels themselves. Crews replaced 11,000 feet of track, 30,000 feet of concrete and terra cotta duct banks, 75,000 feet of power cable and 200,000 feet of communications cable, MTA officials said.

This tunnel was opened in 1920

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is leaning toward a weekend-only format for closures of the Cranberry Street Tunnel, which requires substantial work to replace equipment damaged by flood waters during Hurricane Sandy. Work is expected to start within the first three months of 2015.


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Getting Small

The IoT (Internet of Things) is getting closer all the time. Of course it’s easy to think about connecting your thermostat (already done), your refrig (already done) and your TV (also already done). But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Two of the main stumbling blocks to proliferation are price and size. But that’s about to change in a big way, paving the way for the replacement of RFID devices as supply chain management tools.

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Amtrak readies ‘Great Dome’ car for six-week run on Adirondack service

Amtrak plans to place its “Great Dome” rail car into service on the Adirondack route for a six-week run starting Sept. 25 to provide passengers with a better view of the fall foliage in upstate New York.

In partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation and the National Park Service Trails and Rails program, the railroad will again offer its one remaining dome car for what has become a popular annual tradition along the scenic route, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

The dome car features an upper level with windows on all sides to provide panoramic views of foliage changing colors, as well as of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains between Albany, N.Y., and Montreal.

The dome car will operate northbound from Albany to Montreal on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays, and will return south from Montreal on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays. The car will be available through Nov. 4.

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How About a Social Network For Elegant People?

In case you were wondering where it has been all of these years, a Facebook for really rich people–more accurately known as Netropolitan–launched this week.

Boy, Tom Perkins probably wishes this platform existed before he submitted his infamous letter to the Wall Street Journal. The online club was specifically created as a private haven for discussions that are relevant to wealthy members.

Netropolitan is designed to be the place to talk about your last European vacation or new car without the backlash,” press representative Michelle Lawless told the Los Angeles Times. The network calls itself “the online country club for people with more money than time.”

And when it comes to cost, Netropolitan isn’t messing around. First year membership fees will set you back $9,000. Every year-long subscription after that is $3,000. (The site is ad-free.)

As with any country club, there are a few rules:

  1. In order to register, you must use your real name and be over 21 years old.
  2. Soliciting is strictly forbidden.
  3. You may not treat a customer service representative as your personal concierge. “Our Member Service Associates will not book you a charter jet, or find you tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. They exist solely to help members technically navigate and find their way around the social club,” the website says.

“This is 100% real, and I believe there is a need and an audience for this service,” Netropolitan founder James Touchi-Peters told CNN. Touchi-Peters is a composer and the former conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra.


He didn’t say how large he expects the site’s user base to grow or exactly how many people belong to the group right now. Touchi-Peters did say that a select group of members have been approved to join and that the network will always be very exclusive.