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The ‘Twelve Most Intriguing New Things for 2006′

The editors of the business-travel Web site sixnewthings.com have selected their “Twelve Most Intriguing New Things for 2006”. Among those making the 2006 list are the first building that will rise at the site of the former World Trade Center complex, a musical stage version of “The Lord of the Rings” and a skywalk that will allow tourists to walk out over the Grand Canyon.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) January 16, 2006 — The editors of the business-travel Web site sixnewthings.com have selected their “Twelve Most Intriguing New Things for 2006.”

Among those making the 2006 list are the first building that will rise at the site of the former World Trade Center complex, a musical stage version of “The Lord of the Rings” and a skywalk that will allow tourists to walk out over the Grand Canyon.

The new Seven World Trade Center, whose opening is expected in late summer, made the list because of its symbolic importance as the first replacement for the complex of commercial buildings destroyed during the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001.

The musical stage version of “The Lord of the Rings” will have its world premiere in February in Toronto before launching its previews in New York in March. Its music has been composed by A.R. Rahman (who has composed the music for a host of Bollywood films and the musical “Bombay Dreams”) and the popular Finnish folk group, Vaartina.

Meanwhile, the new Grand Canyon Skywalk, to be completed this summer, will be a horseshoe-shaped, glass-walled promenade that will jut 70 feet out from the canyon’s walls. The walkway will enable visitors to take in the panorama of the Colorado River valley from 4,000 feet above the canyon’s floor.

Other things opening in 2006 that made the editors’ “most intriguing” list are:

• Boston’s new Institute of Contemporary Art, which will be the city’s first new museum in about a century;

• The new Wembley Stadium in London, which will pack 90,000 rowdy sports fans under a dramatic parabolic arch that will transform the London skyline;

• The United States’ first major exhibition of the Dada movement, on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. beginning in February and at the MoMA in New York beginning in June;

• The operatic debut of Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald in the world premiere of “Send (who are you? I love you)”, to be presented in March by the Houston Grand Opera; and

• Coi, a new restaurant in San Francisco being opened by chef Daniel Patterson, who recently accused Bay Area chefs of being predictable in a recent column he wrote for “The New York Times”.

Rounding out the selections for the “Twelve Most Intriguing New Things for 2006” are:

• Tatsu, the world’s tallest and fastest flying coaster, premiering this spring at Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles;

• The Solis Hotel Chicago, the first jewel of a new, luxury-hotel collection being established by Ritz-Carlton Hotels founder, Horst Schulze;

• The Westfield San Francisco Centre, a massive mixed-use project set to extend the Union Square ambience all the way to Market Street;

• The launch of the Blue Origin rocket ship factory, being built near Seattle by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.

The entire list, and stories detailing what makes each selection so intriguing, is available at:

http://www.sixnewthings.com/top12.htm

Sixnewthings.com is a subscription-based Web site that each month identifies six new and intriguing things in 70 different locations across North America and the Caribbean.

The site’s editors use online blogs, message boards and an extensive network of industry insiders to identify restaurants, hotels, cultural events, day spas, new retail and other things of interest that have opened, or will be opening, within three weeks of the site’s posting.

In selecting the items for its annual “most intriguing” list, the editors review their extensive database of projects under development and consult experts in the performing arts, architecture, the visual arts, the sporting and restaurant industries and other areas it covers.

The Web site’s 2005 “Most Intriguing” list included the openings of the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas and the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, the debut of the Kingda Ka roller coaster in New Jersey; the premiere of the musical “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang” in New York and the opening of the exclusive restaurant Thuet in Toronto.

A one-year subscription to sixnewthings.com is $24; a two-year subscription is $45. The site also offers discounted corporate subscriptions for multiple employees.

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