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by Lisa Grimaldi | October 01, 2010
Mangia Mania
With the opening of Eataly, locals and attendees need travel no further than Manhattan's Flatiron district to experience an authentic Italian food hall, meal or cup of espresso. The 50,000-square-foot space -- the brainchild of famed N.Y. restaurateurs Mario Battali, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Joseph Bastianich, along with Italian partner Oscar Farinetti -- features retail outlets selling wines, breads, pasta, produce, housewares, cooking utensils and cookbooks. Eateries include Il Manzo, a 60-seat steak house, headed by chef Michael Toscano, formerly of Babbo. Set to open by years' end is a cooking school, which will offer private group classes; a microbrewery featuring Italian guest brewers of the month; and La Birreria, a 300-seat beer garden on the building's 15th floor. (646) 398-5100; www.newyork.eataly.it
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Local Update
Javits Center North, the addition to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, was completed this summer. The expansion adds approximately 80,000 square feet for a new total of 840,000 square feet of exhibit space at the center.

Last year, the city announced plans for a $100 million renovation/expansion of Pier 92 and Pier 94. Total meeting space at the piers will increase to 355,000 square feet. Still to come: a 9,300-square-foot winter garden and a 60,000-square-foot logistics center. The expansion is scheduled for completion in 2012.

The Millennium UN Plaza Hotel
currently is renovating its 427 guest rooms and eight meeting and event spaces. The property will remain open during the work.

The 184-room Andaz Fifth Avenue debuted this summer. The hotel's 6,500 square feet of meeting space, called Apartment 2E, includes three studio meeting rooms ranging in size from 393 to 1,478 square feet.

The 128-room Aloft Harlem
was set to open last month; the property has no meeting facilities. In other news from the brand, the Aloft Brooklyn New York, with 177 guest rooms and one meeting room, is slated to open for business this month.  

The 217-room W New York-Downtown Hotel & Residences debuted in August. The property features four meeting rooms, a fitness center, the BLT Bar & Grill and the Living Room Bar & Terrace.

The 321-room Sheraton Brooklyn
was unveiled this spring. The 25-story hotel offers 4,300 square feet of meeting space, the Link@Sheraton connectivity hub in the lobby, a 24-hour fitness center, and the Grubstake Restaurant and Bar.

Among properties that have
been reflagged this year are the 665-room Manhattan at Times Square Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Manhattan) and two former Starwood W properties: the 198-room W New York-The Court and 22-room W New York-The Tuscany. The latter two recently were sold to and rebranded as St. Giles Hotels properties, keeping The Court and The Tuscany in their names.  

The 1,750-room Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers will begin a $90 million renovation later this year.

The 269-room Sheraton TriBeCa
New York Hotel will open in November with two meeting rooms.

Element New York Times Square West, on West 39th Street, opens this month with a total of 411 guest rooms and two meeting rooms.

The 46-story, 391-room
Trump SoHo New York has opened in downtown Manhattan. The property features approximately 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The 187-room Kimberly Hotel
has completed a renovation of its 746-square-foot meeting room.  

The 1,311-room Grand Hyatt
New York has completed a $12 million renovation of its 18,000-square-foot Empire Ballroom. All audiovisual equipment has been upgraded, and advanced LED lighting was added.

The 177-room Strand Hotel has opened in New York City's Midtown neighborhood. The property has a rooftop bar, a conference room, a fitness center and spa facilities.

The 190-room Surrey has reopened following a 14-month, $60 million renovation. Among the enhancements: the addition of the Spa at the Surrey and the upgrade of all guest rooms.

The Sentry Centers Midtown
East conference and event center recently opened near Grand Central Terminal. The venue offers 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including the 4,200-square-foot Wharton Ballroom, the 5,000-square-foot Outdoor Garden Terrace and 12 meeting rooms.

The Chatwal, a luxury property on West 44th Street in the heart of Times Square, debuted this past August with 88 guest rooms and two meeting rooms. The property is housed in a historic building designed by noted architect Stanford White.

The new Gansevoort Park AvenueThe 249-room Gansevoort
Park Avenue recently opened with a 3,000-square-foot ballroom, an indoor/outdoor heated rooftop pool, a spa and a three-story bar.

The Setai Fifth Avenue, a luxury property managed by Capella Hotels, will debut this month with 214 guest rooms and three meeting rooms.

The 399-room Doubletree
Hotel New York City-Financial District will open in January 2011 with one meeting room.