NYC’s largest hotel is getting rid of room service to save money.
John Fox, a consultant for the hotel industry, said nearly all hotels lost money on room service, which requires maintaining a staff of waiters and kitchen workers throughout the day, even though orders typically dwindle after breakfast and come in sporadically afterward. “Everybody’s doing what they can to engineer their properties to make more profit while still supplying the services their guests demand,” he said.
“There are so many hotels to choose from,” Ms. Della Valle said. “If everyone is offering room service, I don’t know why I would pay the same rate with no service.”
Mr. Della Valle, a financial trader, said he might come back — if the Hilton offered a 10 percent discount off its room rate.
I find this quite interesting. The Hilton occupies that space in between the very-expensive-full-service hotels and the no-frills-inexpensive hotels (by NYC standards), and there are a lot of places to get food within a few blocks of the hotel, and tons of places deliver in the area. If they allowed delivery to the room, then it wouldn’t be an issue for all but the most discriminating traveler, who wouldn’t be staying there in the first place.
While attempting to rescue a cat stuck in a tree, an NYPD officer got stuck in the tree and had to be rescued by the FDNY. Reread that to make sure you get the full effect of it.
Then Natto’s colleague put out a call for assistance from the FDNY.
Sources said dispatchers asked him to repeat what was going on — since they couldn’t believe what they were hearing.
When firefighters arrived, “they didn’t go straight to helping him,” Giuong said. “They all gathered around and laughed at him. They took their time just crowding around. It seemed the officer was enjoying himself.”
Stories like this make the Post, and me, very giddy.
The Times’ Pete Wells reviews Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square:
GUY FIERI, have you eaten at your new restaurant in Times Square? Have you pulled up one of the 500 seats at Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar and ordered a meal? Did you eat the food? Did it live up to your expectations?
When you hung that sign by the entrance that says, WELCOME TO FLAVOR TOWN!, were you just messing with our heads?
EVERYTHING about this review is just so so awesome.
Eater has posted the harshest lines of the review with pictures of cats.
UPDATE: The Times Public Editor weighed in on whether such overwhelmingly negative reviews should be written, saying:
Is it ever really acceptable for criticism to be so over the top, considering that there are human beings behind every venture? I think it is. That kind of brutal honesty is sometimes necessary. If it is entertaining, all the better. The exuberant pan should be an arrow in the critic’s quiver, but reached for only rarely.
NOLA to New York is a tumblr that has Katrina survivors in New Orleans talk to New Yorkers about how to deal with the aftermath of a big storm.
I am a freelance journalist and New York is my home. But New Orleans was once. I am in NOLA now, waiting to get home in the wake of Sandy. So while I am pacing, worried about my husband, friends and my city, I thought up this project. Who better than the people of New Orleans to talk to the people of NYC right now. They know, they lived through Katrina. They are still living with it seven years later.
Patience, compassion, and being nice to each other seem to be the keys. Too bad that a) it takes a big storm to bring those qualities out in people, and b) New Yorkers don’t have much of any of those three. New Jerseyans are even worse.
The Atlantic’s In Focus has 54 pictures of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.
Last night, Hurricane Sandy — the largest Atlantic tropical system on record — made landfall just south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, bringing winds up to 90 mph (150 kph), and pushing a massive storm surge onto beaches and shorelines.
Update: They’ve posted another set of pictures.
NYC’s MTA has posted some photos of their system wide shutdown in preparation of hurricane Sandy. It’s really weird and erie to see some stations completely empty when they are normally bustling even at 3am and 4am. I really hope that guy made that train.
My office is closed and I’m up because I forgot to turn off my alarm clock. I’m an idiot.
The Wall Street Journal recently spent the day in Central Park counting the number of sports played. 29.
It is hard to even think of 29 distinct sports. Beyond the obvious (softball, basketball, cycling, running), there were ones we couldn’t identify without asking the participants.
I don’t know that I would classify toy airplanes and kites as a “sport”.