Monday, September 20, 2010

*Everyday Chatter

Historic, literary Algonquin Hotel to become a Marriott. And the suburbanization of NY continues. [GOG]

Check out Grade A Fancy, a blogospheric digital magazine, and their graphic review of the last vestiges of the Theater District "before it went all corporate." [GAF]

Read WestView online--and enjoy their regular feature "West Village Originals."

The Varvatos effect? Joey Ramone becomes a high-end cocktail at Peels. [EVG]

City map shows where the white people are. [Gothamist]

Welcome to Sukkah City--because everything has to be art and design. [BB]

Seeing inaccessible New York by rowboat. [NYT]

"Room service on demand from a celebrity chef. A maid to make the bed with fresh linens every day and leave a chocolate on your pillow at night. An 11,000-square-foot spa an elevator ride away. All yours with the purchase of a luxury condo." [NYT]

Shopping unsafe! The bedbugs have taken over Niketown--and Racked asks, "is there any area in Manhattan that's safe to shop bug-free?" [Racked]


BrooksNYC said...

Am repulsed and horrified by this Algonquin-to-Marriott conversion. There's clearly no stopping this shit, and all my anger is giving way to feelings of despair. I despair for New York and this whole idiot fucking country.

Anonymous said...

The "Autograph Collection" is a group of unbranded independent hotels that Marriott promotes. I doubt much will change in the way of its decor or operation, unless Marriott corporate standards exceed something they're doing now.

The Algonquin was connected to Westin/Starwood in the late 80s/early 90s, and it seems to have gotten through that relatively unscathed.