Screens With Cool Programs That Make You Want To Climb onto the Treadmill

I wanna run: Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

I wanna run: Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

What’s the first word that leaps to mind when you think of treadmills or elliptical machines?

Entertaining isn’t my first choice, either. But a new generation of screens being rolled out at top-flight hotels hints that Get Me Off Of This Thing doesn’t have to be the auto-pilot mantra when you climb onto a cardio machine. Read more

A Scary Summer Sculpture Checks In at The Standard

Red Scary Guy, 2013.

Red Scary Guy, 2013.

Every summer for the past three years a new work of art has appeared on the front plaza at The Standard High Line NYC. Each has been eye-catching and thought provoking. Read more

Is This Times Square’s Biggest Billboard Ever?

Coming soon to the Conde Nast Building.

Coming soon to the top of the  Conde Nast Building.

At last count, Times Square had 230 illuminated advertising billboards blazing away day and night.

So why is the proposed sign for Swedish retailer H & M, set to crown the Conde Nast Building at 4 Times Square by the end of the year, causing such a fuss?

For starters, it’s super big. With four 70-foot panels, H & M will dwarf rooftop behemoths like the GE sign that crowns 30 Rockefeller Plaza and the Met Life moniker looming over Park Avenue near Grand Central Station. Read more

How Marriott’s UK Hotels Turn Worn-Out Hotel Sheets into Tote Bags with Style

Anyone who’s had the misfortune of sleeping on hotel sheets that were ripped or frayed knows that bed linens don’t last forever. Sixty washes constitutes a lifetime for a sheet.

But what happens to dead bedding when it’s banished from your hotel room bed?

Since 2011, discarded sheets from Marriott hotels throughout the U.K. have returned to the properties reconstituted as stylish laundry bags, hair dryer bags and newspaper bags. And now Marriott International announces the arrival of another second coming – limited edition tote bags created from recycled hotel sheets. Read more

Up Close and Personal with the Empire State Building at the Refinery Hotel Roof Bar

When a tower is as tall as the Empire State Building, you can see it from a lot of vantage points. Still, the view from roof bar at the new Refinery Hotel is special.

The hotel stands just four blocks north of the once-tallest-building-in-the-world. From the roof it appears so close you feel you could almost leap over in a King Kong moment. Read more

An Easy Check-In at the New High Line Hotel

High Line Hotel lobby: home to iPad check-in.

High Line Hotel lobby: home to iPad check-in.

The new High Line Hotel occupies a Victorian brick building with a parade of 19th-century-style gas lamps planted out front. Classic black phones with rotary dials perch on the nightstands. And on each desk, a gilded iron embosser sits at the ready should the urge strike to take pen (make that fountain pen) to paper and write a letter the time-honored way.

But check-in is pure 21st century. Read more

Pass the Popcorn: What Movies Were Watched the Most in Hotel Rooms During July?

"42," the Jackie Robinson story.

“42,” the Jackie Robinson story.

It’s summer, so we’re not surprised that the season’s big baseball movie was a hit in hotel rooms for the second month in a row. 42, the saga of the sport’s game changer Jackie Robinson, stars Chadwich Boseman and Harrison Ford and batted fifth in New York City hotel rooms and sixth in hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada. Read more