What we’re reading: Polercoaster may come to Vegas, semi-secret parks in NYC, Boeing launches 787-10


Full scream ahead: Company proposes 650-foot-tall roller coaster on Strip

U.S. Thrill Rides LLC has submitted plans to the FAA to build a roller coaster that is 650 feet tall.

Polercoaster, the company’s name for a scream machine that combines an observation tower with a coaster on the way up and down. Because of the height and location — a map with the application shows it at the Tropicana — the agency must assess any potential hazard posed to the planes flying in and out of nearby McCarran International Airport.

Forget Central Park and pack a picnic for these 6 semi-secret NYC parks

If you’re heading to New York City this summer and want to visit a park that’s not as busy as Central Park, check out one of these parks.

Peter Detmold Park, Manhattan
Pros: Super secluded (you have to zoom in quite far on Google Maps to find it, and know what to look for), right along the East River with water views, fenced-in dog run, cool secretive route to reach it (walk down 51st street to the end, then down some stone stairs).
Cons: No grass, occasional beggar, occasional PDA hotspot.
Who should go: Solo travelers in the company of a good book, friends wanting to play chess/checkers, anyone with a dog.

Boeing launches 787-10 with USD$30 billion of orders

With $30 billion in orders, Boeing is set to begin work on the 787-10.

Boeing’s much-anticipated launch with five airlines and leasing companies marked a sign of support for the 787 just months after the first version was grounded due to battery problems.

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