NEW YORK - A New York developer and a partner plan to demolish the Grand Hyatt New York, the hotel that launched U.S. President Donald Trump's real estate career in Manhattan decades ago, the two companies said on Thursday. Developer TF Cornerstone and MSD Partners, which manages the assets of Dell Technologies founder Michael Dell and his family, said they would develop 2 million square feet (186,000 square metres) of office and retail space and a new luxury Grand Hyatt Hotel. The redevelopment would be in collaboration with an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corp, TF Cornerstone and MSD Partners said in a statement. The Grand Hyatt is immediately east of the Grand Central train station on 42nd Street and was the former Commodore Hotel, a derelict stone building built in 1919 that Trump gutted and re-skinned with a glass facade after its purchase in 1978. The hotel was Trump's first success in Manhattan after he started in real estate with his father, a wealthy developer in the New York … [Read more...] about News New York Grand Hyatt, Trump’s first big project, faces demolition
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It was 11 degrees Celsius when two Indonesian journalists and I walked from our hotel in Times Square to Subway Station on 42nd Street. On Saturday morning, the station was flooded with both locals and tourists. But it did not stop us, all first-time visitors to New York, from exploring the city without help from a local guide. With Google Maps on my phone, we braved the crowd, took the subway downtown and arrived safely in Brooklyn. Traveling in New York City without a local guide was not as scary as I had anticipated. Prior to arriving, I was excited yet overwhelmed upon seeing the list of attractions recommended by various travel websites. The Big Apple has tons of things to offer, from museums, parks, Michelin-starred restaurants and popular landmarks, such as the Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, to hidden gems, such as speakeasy bars and small boutiques. Alas, I only had four days and I was not keen to visit the usual tourist spots. For those who have a limited … [Read more...] about Exploring New York City off the beaten path
“I have a problem being here,” says Teddy Boy Locsin in his Manhattan office. “I love the city so much.” Since assuming his post as Philippine Representative to the United Nations last year and moving to New York, the erstwhile angry man of the Twitterverse has just been working and walking. “I’m not athletic but I could walk from 42nd street to the 112th to the Labyrinth Bookstore, now called Book Culture, or down to Union Square, and real athletes would fall behind,” he says while on his desk at the Philippine Consulate building in 5th Avenue, behind him an H.R. Ocampo, to his right a map of the world. “I can’t run a block— I’ll pass out— but I can walk forever.” Walking was one of the first things in the diplomat’s mind as soon as he got settled, signing up for the New York Walkers Club and committing to two-and-a-half-hour walks around Central Park every Saturday. “I’m not exactly with … [Read more...] about Teddy Boy Locsin’s New York stories
Too many cooks spoil the broth. Does that oft-quoted line apply to the award-giving bodies that have been proliferating like mushrooms? I think so and, I’m sure, so does Tempo columnist Ronald Constantino who once wrote that, just like beauty contests, there are just too many award-giving bodies that the situation has become confusing with each body giving a different set of winners from that of the other bodies. The criteria is deemed to be the same (credible performance, etc.) but taste and perception understandably differ…you know, different strokes for different folks, leaving the public (at least those who are still interested in awards) confused and clueless which award-giving body is credible. Like you, I have an opinion but I’d rather keep it to myself. Ronald mentioned the existing awards, to wit (with additions that come to mind as I write this): FAMAS (which is undergoing a major reorganization); Gawad Urian (by film critics); Luna Awards (of the Film … [Read more...] about Too many awards: Which one is credible?