NEW YORK — With rents soaring and tourism rebounding, New York’s ambitious plan to convert tens of thousands of Covid-emptied hotel rooms into affordable housing is looking like a bust. Read more
New Yorkers famously hate the United Nations General Assembly meeting for the barrage of traffic and heavy security that accompany the presidents, prime ministers and royalty in town. Read more
Daily Mail: New York City officials line up to SHAKE HANDS with migrants after being bused in from Texas: Families are handed blankets and escorted to Manhattan hotelsSeptember 9, 2022
Busses of migrants sent to New York City from Texas were welcomed with handshakes and an official escort from members of Mayor Eric Adams' administration in Manhattan Sunday. Read more
New York Post: Head of the NYC Hotel Association says operators ready to house thousands of migrantsAugust 19, 2022
New York Post: Head of the NYC Hotel Association says operators ready to house thousands of migrants By CARL CAMPANILE and BERNADETTE HOGAN August 18, 2022 7:08 PM There’s room at the inn in New York City. The head of the NYC Hotel Association said Thursday that operators are ready to put up thousands of migrants flocking to New York City in a boost to Mayor Eric Adams in his war of words with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Vijay Dandapani, president of the group representing nearly 300 hotels, likened the migrant crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic, when hotels sheltered the homeless, front-line medical workers and recovering coronavirus patients who needed to quarantine. Vijay Dandapani, President and CEO at Hotel Association of New York City is willing to open his hotel doors for migrants. “DHS [Department of Homeless Services] has reached out to many potential suppliers for a bid to supply hotel rooms. At this point, HANYC stands ready to help through the hotel community, as it has i Read more
Pent-up demand has pushed New York City’s hotels back close to pre-pandemic occupancy and revenue levels. But whether the bounce is enough to lift owners and operators beyond two years of losses and accumulating debt is another question. Read more
The Hotel Association of NYC Foundation would like to congratulate the recipients of the HANYC Foundation Scholarship, Julia Chase, Corey D'Angelo, and Lauren DeSantis. Congratulations to all of you on the end of your senior year and we wish you the best of luck at your respective universities! Read more
Bisnow: Real Estate Players Worry New York's New Gun Laws Could Be Hard To Enforce By: Miriam Hall and Ciara Long July 14, 2022 New York state has rolled out new gun legislation, aimed at reinstating restrictions on weapons undone by a Supreme Court ruling last month. And while the laws outline protocols for business owners, city landlords are questioning how they will enforce them, police their buildings and keep workers and tenants safe. The New York legislature passed the new laws on July 1. “Even in normal times, even without guns, it's extremely hard for a property owner or manager to enforce rules,” said Jay Martin, executive director of the Community Housing Improvement Program, a landlord group that represents around 4,000 multifamily owners across the five boroughs. Amid ongoing angst about the city’s crime rates, New York this month passed a suite of new laws laying out property owners' rights and responsibilities when it comes to guns in their buildings and establish Read more
Channel News Asia: [LINK TO VIDEO] New York City looks to hotels to address homelessness and lack of affordable housingJuly 15, 2022
Channel News Asia: [LINK TO VIDEO] New York City looks to hotels to address homelessness and lack of affordable housing July 13, 2022 11:47 PM Read more
Crain’s New York Business: Developers to convert Stewart Hotel in Chelsea to 625-unit apartment buildingJuly 15, 2022
The hotel, located at 371 Seventh Ave. in Chelsea, is owned by Isaac and Eli Chetrit and Ray and Jack Yadidi of the Sioni Group, who purchased it in 2016 for about $213 million, according to property records and the Yadidis. The conversion process will take between 24 and 36 months, and the building will ultimately have about 625 market-rate apartments and 35,000 square feet of amenities like yoga rooms, coworking space and a golf simulator, the Yadidis said. Read more
The Plaza Appoints Luigi Romaniello as Managing Director
New York City’s most famous hotel, The Plaza is pleased to announce the appointment of Luigi Romaniello as Managing Director. Effective immediately, Romaniello will oversee all aspects of the luxury hotel including daily operations, guest experiences and continued growth strategies.
A seasoned hospitality veteran with 30 years of industry experience, Romaniello’s extensive resume includes a banner, 22-year tenure with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts where he led three consecutive openings in international markets. Most recently he served as managing director at Rosewood Baha Mar in The Bahamas where he successfully opened and positioned the resort to achieve top performance within the brand and region. Throughout his career with Rosewood, he held various key management positions at several globally renowned properties including Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands; Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas; Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas; The Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta; and launched Rosewood Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Prior to joining Rosewood, Romaniello started his hotel career in Dallas at the Grand Kempinski Hotel. He then quickly worked his way up with Stouffer Hotels where he held leading roles at the brand’s Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Peter Islands Resorts in the British Virgin Islands.
A consummate hotelier and proud father of three girls, Romaniello is humbled at the opportunity to join The Plaza team and looks forward to taking the hotel to new heights with authentic yet modern touches that enhance the experience for loyal guests as well as a new generation of luxury travelers.
Romaniello was born in Rome, Italy, and studied Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of Houston in Texas. He resides in New York City.
NEW YORK — With rents soaring and tourism rebounding, New York’s ambitious plan to convert tens of thousands of Covid-emptied hotel rooms into affordable housing is looking like a bust.
New Yorkers famously hate the United Nations General Assembly meeting for the barrage of traffic and heavy security that accompany the presidents, prime ministers and royalty in town.
Busses of migrants sent to New York City from Texas were welcomed with handshakes and an official escort from members of Mayor Eric Adams’ administration in Manhattan Sunday.
New York Post: Head of the NYC Hotel Association says operators ready to house thousands of migrants By CARL CAMPANILE and BERNADETTE HOGAN August 18, 2022 7:08 PM There’s
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