· New York Hotel Week Is Almost Here, Again: We already brought your attention last month to the upcoming second annual New York hotel week, but now the full list of "prix fixe" hotels is available for your browsing pleasure. Keep in mind that while the initiative is a smart one, it's not necessarily endorsed in any way by the city of New York—in fact, its organizer, Nancy J Friedman PR, makes no bones about trying to increase revenue during one of the slowest business periods of the year. But....still. The James New York for $250? The Out NYC for $100? Kinda hard to resist.
Our only regret: it looks like both Andaz hotels have already sold out. Or they just didn't participate this year. Either way, shame, shame!
· Russell Crowe Is Being A Bad Boy At The Greenwich Hotel: More celebrity scandal at The Greenwich Hotel this week, with the New York Post reporting that rebel-without-a-cause Russell Crowe has turned the hotel's courtyard into a college dorm room jam session. According to the article, the actor's been "hanging with a crowd of friends," smoking "suspicious-smelling cigarettes" and singing songs with members of his band, Ordinary Fear of God. Sounds good to us! Too bad owner Robert DeNiro doesn't feel the same way...
· And So Begins the Hudson Yards Mayhem...: As some of you may or may not know, a 26-acre public-private development project known as Hudson Yards is going up on Manhattan's west side, in the mid-30s along the Hudson River. And its biggest champion, Mayor Bloomberg, showed up for the first ground-breaking on Tuesday, calling the new project NYC's "final frontier." Why do we care? Because, unsurprisingly, this project is likely to include not just one—but several—new hotels. Hotel companies will likely be falling over themselves to get their foot in the proverbial door—and count on that happening sooner rather than later. A separate Real Deal article last month stated that while apartments and retail spaces might not go up until 2014, the hotels will likely be completed before then.
[Photo: Viceroy Hotels]