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Scary Elevators for Halloween

scary Halloween elevatorsSome people find elevators scary. It can be frightening to be enclosed in a small compartment, hoping that it will stop at the right floor and the doors will open, but knowing that occasionally that doesn’t happen.

A new game show is capitalizing on these fears. Later this year, GSN will introduce “Hellevator,” a new horror-themed game show. Teams of three contestants will ride an elevator through an abandoned warehouse. One player will get out on each floor to complete a challenge and earn money for the group. If the person doesn’t make it back to the Hellevator on time, the others move on. The show will be hosted by sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska.

A real or fake elevator can enhance the atmosphere of a haunted house or other scary Halloween attraction. It can increase guests’ feelings of being trapped and isolated. An elevator can seem to go out of control and plunge or get stuck. Monsters or ghouls can be waiting in the elevator to scare passengers as they enter, or they can jump out after the elevator begins moving or be waiting when the doors open for people to leave.

The elevator does not have to move to be scary. Implied movement can be just as frightening. This effect can be created by using lights or by changing the way the indicator lights function. Rollers or treadmills can scroll a brick or stone patterned fabric in an elevator window, or an animation can be shown on flat screen TVs. Speakers can cause vibrations to make guests feel like the elevator is moving. The feeling of being trapped or the fear of encountering ghouls in an elevator can delight and terrify visitors to a haunted house.

Former Fire Headquarters in Brooklyn Still Has Birdcage Elevator

Brooklyn fire headquarters birdcage elevatorThe old Brooklyn Fire Headquarters at 365 Jay Street, which is now used as residential apartments, was opened to the public on Saturday, October 17 as part of Open House New York weekend.

The firehouse was constructed in 1892 but stopped being used for firefighting in the 1970s. In the 1980s, it was converted to 18 affordable residential units. Seven of the original tenants still live in the building. Tenants who were displaced when the Metro Tech Center was built were offered housing in the former fire station.

The front of the building does not give an accurate impression of its size. The building extends back far enough for some of the units to have four bedrooms. The firehouse is a six-story Romanesque Revival building that was designed by Brooklyn-based architect Frank Freeman.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the building a landmark in 1966. MDG Design + Construction and the Pratt Area Community Council conducted major repair and restoration work in 2013 and 2014, including repairing the collapsed tower roof.

No tenants were displaced during the renovation. MDG meticulously matched the original façade using photographs and installed updated appliances and new finishes in the apartments and lobby. The building has its original entry tile and stairs.

The old firehouse contains its original birdcage elevator that has an ornate metal frame with basket-weave decoration. The elevator is no longer operational. It stays on the first floor as a decorative element.

Before people could call 911 to report a fire, firefighters would stand in the tower and look around the city for fires. The tower used to have an extensive view, but today it is enclosed by netting to keep pigeons away. During Open House New York, visitors were able to climb the six flights of stairs to the tower.

The Benefits of Elevator Advertising with Custom Elevator Wraps

elevator wrapAs businesses seek to expand and find new ways to attract customers, they are looking for unique ways and places to advertise. Elevator wraps can be an effective form of advertising that can capture the attention of a captive audience, in some cases several times a day for weeks or months at a time.

Elevator wraps can be used to promote a wide array of products and services, including retail businesses, restaurants, gyms, movies, and airlines. Creative advertising can generate buzz that will capture passengers’ attention and encourage them to talk to others once they reach their destinations.

With traditional television, print, radio, or online advertising, you cannot control who is exposed to your ads. With elevator wraps, you can target your message to a specific region, city, or even building and tailor your ad to the specific demographic you are seeking.

Traditional advertising is often only seen or heard once. The commercial ends, or a person throws away a newspaper or flier. With an elevator wrap, however, people can see the ads every day when they leave and return to their apartment buildings or arrive at and then leave their workplaces. People who are exposed to ads repeatedly over a longer period of time are more likely to make purchases.

Elevator passengers are a captive audience. People often feel uncomfortable in elevators because they are around strangers and don’t know what to say or do. Elevator wrap advertisements can provide a welcome distraction to occupy people’s attention until they arrive at their destinations. Since they have fewer distractions, people are more likely to recall the ads they saw in elevators.

Elevator wraps are a cost-effective form of advertising. They cost a fraction of the price for television and print ads.

Merritt Graphics offers custom elevator wraps and elevator advertising services, in addition to on-demand printing. Contact us today to learn how our elevator advertising services can help you promote your business.

Indiana Grain Elevator Project Hits a Snag

Indiana grain elevator housingHamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND) in Indiana has hit a roadblock in its attempt to secure funding for a $12 million mixed-use proposal. HAND has proposed turning an old grain elevator in Noblesville into affordable housing.

On October 7, several people spoke both in support of and against the proposal at a meeting of the Hamilton County Council. The council declined to vote on a resolution to support funding for the project.

The proposal, which is known as the Elevator and Lofts at the Noblesville Granary, calls for 54 one- and two-bedroom affordable apartments, a business incubator space, and 4,000 square feet of commercial retail space. HAND has already reached an agreement with North Central Co-op, which currently owns the two-acre property, to purchase it for $575,000. The Co-op started to demolish the 85-foot grain elevator earlier this year.

Hamilton County Commissioners approved $225,000 in community development block grant funds for the project in late September. However, it denied HAND’s appeal for $250,000 from the county general fund. HAND requested the funding again on October 7, but the Council declined to vote on the measure.

The project depends heavily on securing a federal low-income housing tax credit distributed by the state of Indiana. It does not offer a guarantee, but projects that are fully supported by the local community generally have a better chance.

HAND also needs to obtain rezoning approval from the Noblesville City Council before the project can move forward. The council has not yet voted on the request.

Several Metro Stations in DC Area Have Redundant Elevators

DC Metro elevatorsWheelchair users who ride Metro in the Washington, DC area sometimes find that an elevator is out of service and they have to take a shuttle to another station. However, many stations have redundant elevators so that the platforms are still accessible even if one elevator is out of service. Metro began installing redundant elevators in new stations around 2003.

At most stations, passengers who use wheelchairs need to use multiple elevators to go from the street to the mezzanine and from the mezzanine to the platform. If one of the elevators is out of service, Metro needs to run a shuttle to a nearby station. A handful of stations have elevators that run directly from the street to the platform. Some stations have more than one mezzanine but only one elevator.

Metro stations that have been constructed or renovated since 2003 have redundant elevators. A station with two entrances can have non-redundant elevators at both entrances, or a station with one entrance can have two elevators. The first station with redundant elevators was Friendship Heights. Forest Glen, Mount Vernon Square, King Street, Navy Yard, Largo, Morgan Boulevard, NoMa, and the five Silver Line stations are also redundant. Gallery Place and Rosslyn are partially redundant.

Several other stations will be undergoing renovations to make them redundant. A new entrance will be constructed soon at Medical Center. Montgomery County will start construction of a new elevator-only entrance in a few months. Arlington, Bethesda, and Silver Spring will also be getting new entrances in the near future.

Metro is planning to make Farragut North and Farragut West redundant with a pedestrian connection between the stations. Some other stations may also get new entrances in the future, but those projects are not currently in active planning.

Metro is also considering some additional projects that would make other stations redundant. Those projects have not been funded yet, so it is uncertain whether or not they will actually happen.

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