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by Allen J. Sheinman | April 01, 2013

Jim Marino, General Manager, The Lexington New York City
In February, 20-year-plus hospitality industry veteran Jim Marino was appointed general manager of the 710-room Lexington New York City in Manhattan's Midtown East. Built at the height of the Jazz Age (1929), the hotel is undergoing an update to enhance its perch in the luxury niche. Being in such a high-profile position hasn't fazed Marino, as shown below.  

What's it like to start your new job during a renovation?
Well, of course it's challenging. Given that our location is in one of the busiest areas of New York City, we discover new challenges every day -- but it keeps things exciting. We have an impeccable team here, and while we're catering to the needs of guests, I am at the same time focusing on assuring that the renovations are being completed on time and within budget.

How does it feel to be GM of such an iconic Big Apple landmark?
Having run the legendary Pump Room restaurant in Chicago, I am no stranger to managing iconic landmarks. I'm thrilled to be able to be a part of bringing the Lexington back to life. The new design will be complemented by small touches that will remind our guests what this hotel is about. Jazz music will fill our uniquely designed space, and we'll tell the story of how the Lexington was Dorothy Lamour's hotel of choice, and how Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe together made the Lexington their home and settled into suite #1806. So much history has filled these halls.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Any spare time is always first and foremost dedicated to my beautiful wife Randi and two young boys. I'm also a huge New York sports fan. My father, the late Ralph J. Marino, former New York State Senate majority leader, was a lifelong dedicated fan of Joe DiMaggio, and for me to have the privilege to be in the former home of "the Yankee Clipper" is an absolute thrill.



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