December 19, 2014: Fashion Week Kicked Out of Lincoln Center, Planning for a Safer SXSW, How to Get Press Coverage at C.E.S.

December 19, 2014, 8:11 AM EST

1. FASHION WEEK OUT AT LINCOLN CENTER: This February’s Fashion Week shows will be the last held at Lincoln Center. The Supreme Court of the State of New York ruled Tuesday that the biannual event will not stay in Damrosch Park through 2020 as planned, but must vacate following the February iteration. New York Post: “NYC Parks Advocates and other green-space boosters sued the city Parks Department in 2013 for misusing Damrosch Park, which is adjacent to Lincoln Center. The settlement requires the city to add more trees and to hang a sign proclaiming that the space is a public park. … A Fashion Week spokesman said the venue was good while it lasted. ‘Lincoln Center has been a great home … However, as the fashion industry continues to evolve, IMG has been actively looking for a new home that gives our designers and partners the best possible environment to share their creative visions,’ a Fashion Week spokesman said.”

2. HOW DEADLY CRASH COULD CHANGE SXSW: The fatal car accident that killed four people and injured more than a dozen others is paving the way for changes to Austin, Texas's popular music, film, and technology festival, South by Southwest. The victims and their families have sued festival organizers, claiming the tragedy was avoidable. KXAN: ”[The lawsuits] claim SXSW planners did not adhere to ‘industry standards’ for traffic control and took 'inadequate' steps that allowed 'a dangerous opportunity' for an errant vehicle to enter the festival zone and given Federal Transportation and Texas guidelines, that rigid barriers should have been deployed. … A report by the City of Austin identified some of the factors that played into the tragedy. Released in September, the report says crowd management issues, including traffic congestion, are the biggest problems. And two major issues that must be addressed are alcohol consumption and over-programming for a venue’s capacity, whether that be indoor or outdoor. In order to combat that, the city says it will be harder in future get a permit for special events during the festival. ‘There will be no automatic approval for temporary events that include performances and/or alcohol.'”

3. TIPS FOR GETTING BETTER EVENT COVERAGE: International C.E.S. is just around the corner, and already journalists covering the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas are complaining about the onslaught of invitations for appointments and coverage that don’t seem strategically targeted. Mediabistro asked Lifehacker’s Alan Henry his thoughts on the current situation: “All in all, the PR dragnet seems to be more ‘Hey look at me! I’m here! I’m willing to talk to you and my client insists that I make my value known!’ and less ‘I have something useful and applicable to you and your outlet that’s also valuable to my client to offer.’ That’s the biggest shame to me—since PR should be focusing on making their pitches and their angles laser-focused to the latter instead of the former—and the former lands in my inbox every day, in droves.”


BOSTON:  The Breast Cancer Research Foundation will host its 10th annual Hot Pink Party on May 14 at the Seaport World Trade Center.

CHICAGO:  The Ideal Home Show Chicago is January 23-25 at McCormick Place. The event will showcase ideas, products, and trends from home and remodeling experts.

LAS VEGAS:  Following Coin Cloud’s July launch of the Strip’s first Bitcoin ATM, the Las Vegas-based company unveiled its second Bitcoin ATM located inside Gold Spike on Wednesday.

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada will serve Christmas dinner to approximately 1,400 homeless and needy guests on December 25.

LOS ANGELES:  The Redondo Beach Hotel has reopened after a $13 million renovation. It was previously named Sunrise Hotel.

Raging Waters San Dimas expects to launch its hydromagnetic coaster, Aqua Rocket, this summer.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The first Zo's Winter Groove, a spin-off of former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning's popular Zo's Summer Groove, is December 27-29 at locations throughout Miami. Events include a health and wellness fair at Miramar Regional Park, a comedy show at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, and a golf tournament at Turnberry Isle.

NEW ORLEANS:  Le Méridien New Orleans has opened following a $29 million renovation of the property, which formerly was a W hotel. The 410-room hotel now has 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space and new restaurants. The property will continue with renovations to the front desk and porte-cochere, a garden, and additional private event space. It's slated to wrap up in March.

NEW YORK:  The DiMenna Children's History Museum Family Benefit is scheduled for January 25 at the New-York Historical Society. The afternoon event will have family-friendly activities.

Loews Regency has six new suites designed by Nate Berkus Associates, Meyer Davis Studio, Rottet Studio, and Haynes-Roberts with interiors that reference Pop Art, Marilyn Monroe, the fashion industry, and other inspirations.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  Oxford Properties has purchased the Park Hyatt Toronto. The 346-room hotel, which has 17,000 square feet of meeting space, will undergo a major renovation.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  An outpost of San Francisco's Tadich Grill—which claims the title of the country's third-oldest, continuously operating restaurant—will open on Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street Northwest early next year. It will import signature touches such as the servers' uniform of white jackets.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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