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‘World’s first’ $10K per year, yacht-flotilla lifestyle club comes to Miami

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It would be in Miami…

The “world’s first floating, members’-only social club” is preparing to launch later this year in Miami before expanding to New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Istanbul and beyond, announced a press release for the “Soho House-style” organization, ArkHAUS.

To create the headquarters for the “entirely revolutionary concept positioned to redefine the members’ club of yesteryear,” ArkHAUS’ creators are not just rejecting landlubbing real estate, but constructing a square-shaped yacht flotilla out of four floating mansions.
ArkHAUS’ co-founders Sam Payrovi and Nathalie Paiva were inspired to start the club by the sustainable house boat series Arkup (the house-or-boat status of which is currently the subject of a lawsuit) and a running gag.

“I used to joke around with Nathalie that one day we’re going to put a private membership club on a yacht,” Payrovi, 44 — who established Manhattan event venue CSTM HAUS with Paiva in 2019 — told The Post of the high seas clique concept’s origins. “I’ve always had a real [love] for solar and electric boats, Teslas … when we saw Arkup we said ‘this is the jam right here.’”

Without putting “in any real effort” the pair have already sold approximately a third of their 360 memberships ($10,000 annually, but selling at a presale rate of $5,000 to $7,500), including three of the 10 “forever memberships” they’re hawking as NFTs (for 8 ETH, or between $20,000 and $30,000). They hope to open by late December.

In terms of celebrity endorsements, the pair have former NFL player Johnathan Cyprien, “The Bachelorette” winner Dale Moss and wrestler Danielle Moinet on board.

“We’re interested in curating a really tight network that is not anonymous,” said Paiva, 39, explaining that those 360 memberships only constitute 50 percent of their buoyant society’s capacity but they’re keeping the initial headcount down “so this experience doesn’t feel like a nightclub on a boat. That’s not what we’re shooting for.”

No, ArkHAUS (which has so far raised over $400,000 in investment) “will be the perfect amalgamation of serenity, excitement, aesthetics and exclusivity,” said Payrovi. “We think of ArkHAUS as a lifestyle club for the world of disruptors.” It will have a “totally out of the box” level of “nuance” — as well as four solar-electric multi-story vessel villas with a naturally-formed pool of roughly four-foot-deep baywater in the middle of it.

The yachts can also disconnect so members can, for example, take one out for a sunset sail birthday party.  And when ArkHAUS comes to New York (a not-yet-set date, but they’re aiming for early 2024) the plan is to disconnect the boats during the coldest months, “run them down the coast, ride out the winter in the Carolinas, then do a pop-up tour back up” before reconnecting them. During the summer, they’ll send two of the yachts out east to the Hamptons.

“It’s gonna be dope,” said Payrovi.


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FAA investigating contact between 2 United airplanes on Boston Logan tarmac

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a Monday incident between two United Airlines flights at Boston Logan International Airport, the agency said in a statement to CNN.

“As a tow tug was pushing it back from the gate at Boston Logan International Airport, the right wing of United Airlines Flight 515 struck the tail of United Airlines Flight 267 around 8:30 a.m. local time this morning,” the FAA statement said.

“Both aircraft were Boeing 737s that were scheduled for departure,” the statement added.

has reached out to United Airlines and Massport for more information about the incident.

A sudden jolt’
Passenger Nicholas Leone took a photo after the incident and described to CNN what happened.

“I felt a sudden jolt and look to my right to see that the plane had crashed into the still plane, ” he said. “After seeing the fire trucks and police cars, people were a little rattled. Thankfully everyone was able to offboard quickly.”

Passengers said the incident was a little jarring, according to CNN affiliate WHDH in Boston.

“It was just a pretty big shake,” said passenger Martin Neusch. “While we were on the plane, it just clipped the wings, so the two wings clipped each other on the plane.”

The station said passengers on both planes were rebooked on other flights set for Monday afternoon.

The contact between two aircraft on Monday morning follows a string of five close-call incidents earlier this year, including one at Boston Logan last week.

Air traffic controllers stopped a departing private jet from running into a JetBlue flight as it was coming in to land at Logan last Monday night, according to the FAA.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating that incident.

The two planes involved came within 565 feet (172 meters) of colliding, according to Flightradar24’s preliminary review of its data.

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The NTSB is also investigating four other runway incursions involving commercial airliners at major US airports this year.

It’s investigating a possible “runway incursion” in Burbank, California, involving Mesa and SkyWest regional airliners.

Three other incidents have occurred at Honolulu, Austin and New York’s JFK airport this year.

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Flambéed pizza thought to have sparked deadly Madrid restaurant fire

A fire believed to have been started by a flambéed pizza has killed two people and injured 12 others at a restaurant in the Spanish capital Madrid, city officials said Saturday.

“It appears the fire started when a flambéed pizza was being served, which set fire to the decorations in the restaurant,” Madrid Mayor Jose Luis Martinez Almeida told Spain’s state television TVE at the scene on Saturday, hours after the late Friday night blaze.

Spanish media reported that a specialty of the restaurant was a pizza in the flambé style – a cooking procedure where spirits are poured on the food and briefly set alight.

“Firefighters told me it was a ferocious fire in the way it started and the smoke it generated, and if the fire station wasn’t just 100 meters (around 330 feet) away, the number of fatalities could have been higher,” said Almeida, speaking to TVE.

Carlos Marin, a Madrid fire department night supervisor, said the restaurant “had just one exit, and since the fire was very close to the door, people went back to the rear of the restaurant, and they were completely trapped,” in videos tweeted by Madrid city emergency services.

The fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters pulled 12 injured people from the restaurant, and six were taken to a hospital. That was in addition to the two fatalities, said Montse Marcos, a supervisor with the Madrid city ambulance services.

The fire was in the Plaza de Manuel Becerra, on the edge of the Spanish capital’s upscale Salamanca neighborhood.

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As Ukraine prepares counteroffensive, Russia appears in disarray

Ukraine’s much-anticipated counteroffensive appears imminent – and the way each side is preparing speaks volumes about their readiness.

Kyiv’s front lines are abuzz with vehicle movement and artillery strikes, with regular explosions hitting vital Russian targets in occupied areas.

Its defense minister has said preparations are “coming to an end” and President Volodymyr Zelensky has assured a counteroffensive “will happen,” while demurring on any exact start date.

It may have already started; it may be weeks away. We don’t know – and that fact is a strong measure of Ukraine’s success as this begins.

Moscow, on the other hand, is in the closing-time bar brawl stage of their war. After losing Kharkiv and Kherson, they have had at least seven months to ready the next likely target of Ukrainian attack: Zaporizhzhia.

That has happened, with vast trench defense networks that can be seen from space. That recognition of their enormity is not necessarily a compliment in 2023. They are big, yes, but they are also something anyone can peruse on Google. That’s not great in an era of precise rockets and speedy armored advances.

But it’s the last 72 hours that have perhaps most betrayed Russia’s lacking readiness.

First, the apparent firing of the deputy defense minister in charge of logistics, Mikhail Mizintsev. The Russian Ministry of Defense has not spelled out his dismissal, merely issuing a decree that Aleksey Kuzmenkov now has his job.

(A caveat: Prigozhin is not the most trustworthy source, and provides little evidence for what he says. But this sort of public spat isn’t something Moscow would encourage at this sensitive moment).

Russia’s eroding ammunition supplies were long known, but to suggest imminent failure just ahead of the counteroffensive smacks of a major bid to shift blame.

The bottom line is, the hours before Ukraine moves are shrinking. The amount we know about their emotional state, or target, is almost zero. And the extent of Moscow’s internal indecision, rivalries and disunity only grows.

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