“New” Concept in Elevator Art

LIFTnewyork has launched a unique take on enhancing the elevator experience. While it may not be the only of its kind (the Washington Monument elevator comes to your author’s mind), you won’t find anything quite like it. A vertical mural on an 80-foot-tall shaft wall and a window in the car facilitate the immersion. Some New York City elevators will soon offer the art-filled ride, abc7NY reports:

Small Congregation Shows Big Heart by Funding New Elevator

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is not a large church — with only about 120 active members, you’d have to classify it as a small congregation. But, for too many services, the turnout has been even smaller, after the three-level church’s 1940s-vintage elevator began to fail, the Tulsa World reported. “We had people who had to stay home,” said senior pastor the Rev. Bill Crowell, who told of congregants unable to use the stairs becoming stuck in the old lift. Though small in numbers, the congregation was undeterred, and held fundraisers to pay the $360,000 tab for a new elevator. Installation of the new lift began in June 2016, but the church was forced to shut down the old one just after Christmas, leaving the building without an operational elevator for several months. The new elevator was ready for Easter, and it brought back congregants — some in wheelchairs — who hadn’t been to church in a long time. “It’s been great,” said Crowell, adding, “People are loving it.”

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St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, had reason to celebrate just before Easter, 2017, when the congregation put its new elevator into service. Marking the occasion are (l-r) Linda Mummey; the Rev. Twila Gibbens, a former pastor at the church; Chad and Erin Henderson; and Patsy Rowland.

New HUD Secretary’s Housing Tour Delayed by Elevator

New Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson stopped in Miami, Florida, recently as part of a listening and learning tour, which included visiting a local affordable housing complex. The tour, which was locally important, became national news when Carson got stuck in the facility’s elevator for 20 minutes. As firefighters worked to free him from the elevator, which they did without incident, former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and others waited outside with encouraging words, like, “Don’t worry. You’re not going to run out of air.”