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Bono Ambushed The Carlyle, The Westin Times Square Has A (Not So) Secret Admirer

November 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM | by | ()

There's tons of New York hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· The Carlyle's Got Bono Under Its Skin: Remember back in September when Mariah Carey dropped in at The Carlyle to do an impromptu performance of Lullaby of BIrdland? Well, it must be something in the water there, because just a few nights ago, Bono went and did the exact same thing.

According to the Huffington Post, singer Jim Caruso and pianist Bily Stritch were performing standards from The Great American Songbook at Bemelmans Bar, when Bono suddenly rushed up to the stage and started belting right along with 'em (the song was "I've Got You Under My Skin," in case you were wondering.) Apparently, right after singing the last note, Bono waved to the crowd, hopped off stage, and took off into the night.

· Sandy Made This Westin Lover's Dream Come True: While the rest of the city was thrown into chaos and confusion by hurricane Sandy last week, one Battery Park City evacuee seized the opportunity to stay at a hotel she'd fantasized about for years, the Westin Times Square. To each his own, right? Laura Rohrman wrote an account of her experience for Examiner, explaining how she "doesn't often get the chance to stay in a hotel in the city" and she was "a wee bit excited for the adventure of it all." She even made friends with "some card-playing ladies from Dallas" in the bar. What can't you do at Westin, anyway?

· Is InterCon the Barclay Worth $300m?: Reuters reports that InterContinental Barclay New York came thiiis close to being sold for $300 million this week, but the Qatari buyer backed out at the last minute. Now, IHG execs are resigning themselves to the fact that it will take just a bit longer to get their asking price. But they're not giving up!

· Changes On The Way For Four Seasons: In other hotel sale news, Bloomberg reports that the 368-room Four Seasons New York, which Beanie Baby founder Ty Warner bought in 1999, might be sold for a staggering $900 million to an "unidentified Asian buyer." Sounds suspicious, but good thing there's yet another Four Seasons being built downtown on Church St. Always good to have a backup!

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