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Friday, April 30, 2010

Vibeke Hastrup Suzannah B. Troy Restoration NY Theatre Workshop post by Suzannah B. Troy

New York happenings....A wonderful friend and New Yorker suppose to accompany me to Restoration was not feeling well so I had an extra ticket.  I approached the box office and in my shy and demure way -- kind of like Claudia Shear "Blown Sideways Through Life" -- I just shouted out would anyone like a free ticket?

Viebeke Hastrup said yes and I was so happy to impress upon her  a New York magical moment like this. She impressed me too.  She is here from Denmark and this beautiful actress is here hoping to put on a play here in NYC in 2011.

Good luck Vibeke!!!!!!  I will be there.   I was here tonight as part of a small package of tickets I bought to support The New York Theatre workshop.  It was such a pleasure to enjoy this play with someone who really appreciates the theatre, acting and the arts!

Claudia Shear in Restoration NY Theatre Workshop rocks the house! post by Suzannah B. Troy

I love Claudia Shear.  I loved her in "Blown Sideways through Life" which I saw with my friend David Kaufman.   I love her as Mae West.  I loved her tonight in Restoration.  I am her mother.  No we are the same age (well almost).  Claudia represents very passionate outspoken women, brash, intense, New York....did I say passionate?     Add brazen to brash and passionate!!!!!

The play is about restoring Michelangelo's David and beauty and perfection in contrast to how imperfect humans are and how lonely.     There are the Bill Gates of  beauty and in contrast the star of Restoration although she is "rich" metaphorically -- her interior life  ---  she is gifted with a good heart, a brilliant mind and a burning passion for her work.  She spends a lot of time with a really handsome security guard played by Jonathan Cake who is almost a living breathing David and the supporting cast was very good with a special nod for the  prof. and mentor played by Alan Mandell.

Well done and I have to say it one more time.  I LOVE CLAUDIA SHEAR!!!  She can play me anytime but she has to act a lot taller!!!!!

Karen and Peter Love Saves the Day Reunion post by Suzannah B. Troy

I have a YouTube documentary series on Love Saves the Day and Karen moving around the corner to St. Marks Place after the store closed.  Here she is with Peter having a reunion of sorts...visiting memory lane....

Mary House East 3rd Street Courage Bread World Sing post by Suzannah B. Troy

FDNY Engine 5 by St. Mark's Church East Village post by Suzannah B. Troy

Suzannah B. Troy interviews City Council Member Dan Halloran on THE NY BUDGET CRISIS!!!!!!!

Giuseppi Logan new composition unnamed & gigs coming up by Suzannah B. Troy


Support Giuseppi Logan's comeback!!!!!

See my YouTube series. This is number 22 in my YouTube documentary on Giuseppi Logan.

Giuseppi Logan YouTube miracle by Suzannah B. Troy

Miracles do happen and when I  filmed Giuseppi Logan on December 14, 2008 playing Begin the Beguine  I became part of that miracle.

I knew I had filmed something powerful. Giuseppi told me to look up his name on the internet. I found out people thought he was dead and that he was a very loved jazz composer and musician that made me two important records in the 1960's.

I also immediately found another YouTube of Giuseppi with a little boy in the very same park from 1966.

Two years later I would meet that little boy who is now my age and help reunite him with his father after all these years.

A jazz writer Tim Madison had contacted me and told me how deeply moving my YouTube was. He told me he watched it over and over. I said I do to. He urged me to continue filming but I said I was very tired and traumatized. I had just had to
sell my home of 2o years which is traumatic but it was even more so because I am an outspoken activist. I did not know if I could find the strength but I did.

Peter Gershon, publisher of Signal to Noise, wrote a powerful piece on Giuseppi Logan entitled "Out From the Shadow"
and Peter Gershon is one of the only people to fully acknowledge my work and contribution because usually people
just help themselves and erase me.

Pete's powerful piece and my YouTubes I believe helped Giuseppi and one way was generating enough interest that he
was able to get back in to the studio and make his first new record from the 1960's that has been received to very
positive reviews.

Matt Lavelle, a musician recognized Giuseppi Logan when he came in to a store where Matt was working and ever since he plays music with Giuseppi and gets him and the group he formed gigs.  This is huge for Giuseppi because it helps him earn money which he needs and of course it allows him to connect with people who still remember him and love his work.

I had suggested to Giuseppi's son Jaee, also a musical genius he should make a documentary and he took my advice.  He filmed the reunion and when we in the park with the camera rolling a guy came up and shook Giuseppi's hand.  He said your records got me through college.

Very moving in so many ways and Giuseppi Logan wants to get back in to the studio.  He has new compositions including a piece he named after me, "Suzannah".

Albany's budget crisis & why is the gov still here? posted by Suzannah B. Troy

Not a hot topic but just wondering if Albany is getting any closer to balancing the budget and also why hasn't the governor resigned....just wondering?

The accidental gov. needs to have resigned quite a while ago and make spending time with his defense attorneys his number one past time.   

New York City is in for very harsh cuts and for a long time their have been voices raised here calling for NYC to secede from the State.   Just had to bring a touch of humor to an economic disaster here in New York.  The 9 billion dollar deficit was suppose to be balanced by April 1 and their are Albany politicos so embroiled in scandals that defense attorneys are a priority not serving the people of New York.

The people of New York are not near the top of the list when it comes to politicos and their self serving agendas and inflated egos.    Tune in more to come on this topic.

Major crisis massive Oil Spill off of Louisiana posted by Suzannah B. Troy

This is a major crisis and it maybe hard to understand because it does not to appear to affect our lives and daily chores but it is a massive diaster and it is man made not delivered to us by Mother Nature.

Here is powerful coverage from BBC New with video coverage of this catastrophe

Goldman Sachs Top Dogs go from grill to the fire! post by Suzannah B. Troy

After being grilled by senators Goldman Sachs is now being investigated by the Feds according to The New York Post and I posted this comment in response to their article.

By the way, the grilling of Goldman Sachs top dogs did not hurt GS's stock but in fact it went up!

Goldman Sachs top dogs go from being grilled to be thrown in to the fire. I wrote a short story which is now a free podcast in ITunes called "Chopping the Street, one mega million at a time" about a woman that takes over an international biker motorcycle club and turns it into a global financial service firm on wheels. I wrote it in 2003 and I even quote The New York Post than on how much white collar crime costs the tax payers. It takes some brain power to understand what I am saying in this simple short story about white collar crime being above the radar and costs the people a fortune whether it is detected or not, whether it is successfully prosecuted or not. I could not get the story published. Why do you think that is?

AFL-CIO and an association of community groups take to streets to protest banks! post by Suzannah B. Troy

Some called the banks "financial terrorists in a large turn out to protest banks. They marched from City Hall to Meryl Lynch.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

St. Vincent's to Close this Friday unless there is some miracle post by Suzannah B. Troy

As expressed in to me via a YouTube a fellow activist sent me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFbajDy00IY&feature=watch_response_rev and posted on one of my YouTubes....a woman asks,
why doesn't President Obama is bailing out St. Vincent's instead of a bank or something like that.  She points out the community is much more in need of St. Vincent's than a bank that has been bailed out.

Anyway, Friday in theory is the last day for this amazing hospital where I know first hand how good this hospital is from having to use their emergency room to get stitches to visiting a friend who is HIV positive and had to have emergency surgery.

I remember seeing dogs in the hospital as part of a program to uplift patients.

Heart breaking.   I was against St. Vincent's busting through zoning as I was with NYU, Cooper Union, NY Law, every condo and hotel in the area thanks to the reckless tsunami of development Bloomberg pushed -- too much -- too fast but I never imagined that St. Vincent's could not stay open some how or come to some compromise with the zoning.

I am still hoping for miracles.

St. Vincent's Community Meeting held by activists posted by Suzannah B. Troy

St. Vincent's Hospital
Friday April 30, 2010
at 7:00PM
Hudson Guild at Fulton Center
119 9th Ave (btwn 17th & 18th Sts)
Invited Guests include:
Assemblymember Richard Gottfried,
Community Leaders Yetta Kurland, Tom Shanahan, and Miguel Acevedo, the Nurses of St. Vincent's Hospital, and the Doctors of St. Vincent's Hospital.
Come ask questions and get involved in organizing our community to fight for a HOSPITAL in Lower Manhattan and nothing less!

The IPhone almost as mighty as the paintbrush for NY street artists post by Suzannah B. Troy

As New York artists continue to do battle with king Mike Bloomberg who wants to sweep them out of the parks like Union Square, The New York Times reports "cellphone magic", a new way Iphones can be modified with the help of Pay Ware software to take credit card payments that makes selling your art on the streets of New York that much more wonderful if you do not have to worry about Mike Bloomberg sweeping you out of a public place like Union Square park; artists are focusing on sweeping buyers credit cards through their iphones.  http://suzannahbtroy.blogspot.com/2010/03/robert-lederman-leads-charge-against.html

IPhones have become powerful tools for artists to video tape what is going on including their own possible arrests as well as telling their own stories and others like I do on YouTube.

I stopped in Apple and they showed me http://paywaremobile.com/  and all I can say is the IPhone is almost as mighty as the paint brush.

Do I want to add this to my IPhone repertoire?


Mike Bloomberg supports immigrants NYC is not Arizona posted by Suzannah B. Troy

I agree with king Mike on this issue but what is just reprehensible on more than a blot on his legacy is his denying the people a referendum, pushing a reckless, dangerous tsunami of development on "old" New York's infrastructure and the mass displacement because of it. What about all the people forced out of NY because of evictions and or they can't afford this "new" hideous NY with sky piercing mirrored buildings that reflect a history destroyed and communities no longer welcome?

For anyone following my blogging and political YouTube documentary series on NY Politics and the major focus is on Mike Bloomberg you know I voted for him twice and I feel he betrayed my votes and my belief in him.

I painted a powerful portrait of him and transformed it into a brilliant art poster that lampoons him.  "Mayor Bloomberg King of New York, Is Democracy for Sale?".   On this poster it does state his philanthropy  is welcome.

Here is the very first YouTube I made, "Mayor Bloomberg King of New York".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E67PYtwkTUo in an on going series....

Sandra Bullock Angelina Jolie adoption than divorce by Suzannah B. Troy


Donald Trump on CNN backs Arizona's racist illegal immigration law

As a business man the legendary Donald Trump is very well-respected in this space, but his appearance on CNN's Larry King Live Wednesday night was most disappointing.

Trump basically went for the racist route in backing Arizona's illegal immigration law, saying that what people aren't saying is there "aren't a lot of blondes in Mexico" so it's OK to stop someone who's in Arizona who might look like they're Mexican.

This is directed to Donald Trump:

Mr. Trump. Think. Arizona's population's 30 percent Latino. What the heck is going on in your head that you think it's OK to essentially embargo one-third of a state's population? Moreover you just gave license to anyone who's blonde yet working illegally in Arizona because, well, they're blonde.

That's racist.

You say 'What to do?' Easy. If a person breaks the laws of the state, the basic ones, you take action. But let the person alone. If people want to come here, make fast track citizenship systems that take advantage of Internet technology. But this business of racial profiling must stop. Moreover, Donald, you should be smarter in your consideration of the problem.

This blogger is very disappointed in Donald Trump and sad that Trump did not exhibit more enlightened thinking.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sandra Bullock's baby "Louis" family matters posted by Suzannah B. Troy


Jim Morrison film "When You' re Strange" by Tom DiCillio, Suzannah on politics art music and Jim


A young man, an employee from Angelika on Houston Street asked me to stop filming but the clip I got of the director Tom DiCilio is terrific. He is articulate and smart. He even has a Jim Morrison look.

I have been answering questions from all over the world about this film and all I can say is I wish I could have had you all there with me to share the experience.

Of course I had to get in to New York politics and being an artist and having freedom of expression.

Pedro Espada finds himself in another law suit!!! posted by Suzannah B. Troy

Pedro Espada is in big trouble and here comes the second big bomb to drop on him courtesy of Andrew Cuomo.

I am glad.  Pedro Espada acts like he is a thug and like he has watched The Godfather way too many times.

I am just angry it took so long for him to get busted and it is almost interesting to watch him continue to deny everything and of course blame Andrew Cuomo when there is only one person to blame.

Meanwhile the man bringing the charges State Attorney General Cuomo is a fund raiser for himself at The Waldorf Astoria.  He has not officially declared he is running for anything but the odds are high if Cuomo runs for Governor he will win.

...posted by Suzannah B. Troy

New York will have jurisdiction over the Laura Garza case post by Suzannah B. Troy

New York will have jurisdiction over the Laura Garza case
Call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477); Text "TIP577" (plus your message) to "CRIMES" ( 274637); Submit Internet Tips

Anyone who may have seen or had contact with Mele in or around Scranton, PA is asked to contact New York State Police at 845 344-5300 or Pennsylvania State Police at 570 963-3156.

Someone had to see something, know something about this murder and also about Michael Melee and they need to come forward.

The police seem to believe she was killed else where although her body was found in PA near Scranton.

Laura Garza's remains sent to Albany for autopsy.  Very, very sad.  Heartbreaking.

WSJ Blog coverage Spitzer film & hey is the NY State budget balanced yet? Tribeca Film Festival posted by Suzannah B. Troy


Before we talk about the film festival -- I do have a question for our accidental gov. David Patterson....Has Albany balanced the budget yet?  April 1st, April Fools day was the day Albany was suppose to close the 9 billion dollar deficit.

There are enough articles on Eliot Spitzer being interviewed and he kids himself his need to be with prostitutes in no way caused harm to others that they placing his name under the word "denial" in the dictionary....hello Eliot, how about your family and the people of New York?

Anyway, never a dull moment at the Tribeca Film Festival!!!!

Director Alex Gibney on Eliot Spitzer, ‘Casino Jack,’ and ‘Freakonomics’

Morrison Hotel Gallery will be having a Joel Brodsky Auction to raise money for American Diabetes Foundation

May 20th is the date so check back to their website for more info closer to May 20.

They always have cool thangs going on anyway and amazing photos from the 1960's.


NYPD turns out in force for eviction Williamsburg Brooklyn post by Suzannah B. Troy

The turn out of NYPD was huge. The only NYPD that did not show up were helicopters, sharp shooters, german shepards and heavy artillery what I witnessed for the Hells Angels raid.

This was a huge turn out and it turned out to be a single African American older man, blind who finally came out handcuffed and escorted to a waiting ambulance instead of a paddy wagon.

Apparently he was resisting the idea of being evicted from where he had squatted for aprox. 2 years. Many people commented they recognized him and they had seem him walking around the neighborhood earlier. He also had friends standing talking with the police.

People made jokes perhaps a certain group wants to build yet another condo here.

It was Metropolitan just below Berry in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Suzannah B. Troy falls in love w/ Jaz who is Havenese

Jaz is a petite Havense and he is so loving!!!!  Ssshhhh don't tell my cats!!!!!!!

Heartbreak for Laura Garza's family and probe

The New York Daily News does a follow-up piece on Laura Garza and the on going investigation.

The New York Daily News has done outstanding work even writing an article when many papers seemed to have forgotten about her being missing.
Anyone who may have seen or had contact with Mele in or around Scranton, PA is asked to contact New York State Police at 845 344-5300 or Pennsylvania State Police at 570 963-3156.

The Wall Street Journal editorial on GS getting grilled


There is a stand out quote by a woman making an analogy to gambling and the house winning but folks I am not a subscriber and I don't have the paper with me......

Tribeca Film Festival "The Lottery"



Hugo Tale-Yax, homeless hero stabbed to death to be buried in Guatemala


I do not understand why not one person called 911 but simply walked past this brave man that rescued a woman from being stabbed to death.  Read the story and also note 100 chipped in to return his body home to Guatemala.

Call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477); Text "TIP577" (plus your message) to "CRIMES" ( 274637); Submit Internet Tips 

Rally against Wall St. Fat Cats banksters trashed economy April 29

To concerned citizens,

The banksters and Wall Street fat cats trashed our economy. Now they're spending millions to lobby against commonsense reforms and consumer protections.

It's time to show these corporate greedmongers that the people have had enough. This Thursday, let's take our outrage to the streets!
Cartoon banker with huge dollar sign in his back pocket.
Stand up to Wall Street!

WHAT: March and rally for an economy that works for all of us, not just Wall Street.

WHEN: April 29. Assemble at 3:30 p.m., march and rally begin at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown New York City, next to City Hall Park (Enter at Broadway and Chambers St.). Sign up on our Web site to let us know if you can join the protest!

They took billions in taxpayer bailout money. They paid themselves multimillion-dollar bonuses and salaries for profits reaped from the predatory and speculative behavior that led to the crisis.

And, shamelessly, they're now spending millions on lobbyists in Washington, D.C., to try to kill regulations that would help prevent another crisis.

Enough is enough! Sign up and join the protest!

If you can't make it, you can still take action.

Thank you for all you do.

Rick, Angela and Glenn
Public Citizen's Online Action Team

letters on behalf of our Vets traumatized struggling The NY Times

post by Suzannah B. Troy
Feeling Warehoused in Army Trauma Care Units”

131G for 1894 motorcycle post by Suzannah B. Troy


You never know what people what treasures might be hidden away in someone's basement and in Staten Island  one such example is a historic motorcycle...perhaps among the first....

I wrote a story about motorcycles..."Chopping the Street".  It is really about white collar crime being above the law and costing the tax payers billions whether detected or not, whether successfully prosecuted or not and I do get in to the history of motorcycles as well as the history of Wall Street...both a like the wild, wild west.....

http://web.mac.com/suzannahbtroy/suzannahbtroy/Podcast/Entries/2008/7/8_Chopping_the_street.html   You can find my free podcast in Itunes as well.

Immigration Anger rising May 1 protest NYC

post: by Suzannah B. Troy

Article by Juan Gonzalez Immigration Anger Rising Across Nation http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/04/28/2010-04-28_immig_advocates_rising_up_in_anger_across_the_nation.html

I received this email from an activist:
Dear Bail Out the People friends,

ALL OUT for May Day 
Saturday, May 1 – Union Square, 14th St, NYC – Noon 

Being at Union Square on May 1, many thousands strong will be an important part of overturning racist, anti-immigrant legislation just passed in Arizona. This is an intense week. We have the ability to send a powerful message of outrage and solidarity.

Here is the schedule:

• Come by any afternoon or evening to pick up full color, glossy May 1 Union Square flyers and posters for last minute distributions.

• Help on the Wed, Thurs 2pm to 8pm work sessions. Thousands of signs, placards and banners have to be put together. Work session Friday 11AM - 6PM

• Wed at 4pm major press conference of immigrant activists at Union Square, 14th St & Broadwayorganized by Rebel Diaz and May 1 Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition with the demand BOYCOTT ARIZONA

 Wed at 6:30 at 55 West 17th St, 5th Floor, May 1 Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition Last Meeting before May Day

• On Thursday, April 29 there is a major union rally at 4pm called Show Down on Wall Street. Gather at City Hall for Rally, then March. Help us distribute thousands of May 1 Union Square flyers and signs. Come to the office at 55 W 17th St by 2pm or meet us and pick up material for distribution at Murray & Broadway, across from City Hall from 3:30 on. (Call or TEXT preferred to 646-353-2708 or 201-388-7428 to find us in City Hall area or at Wall Street.)

See you SATURDAY – MAY DAY - NOON at Union Square, 14th St & Broadway.

We need help from 7 am and on through the day with set-up, sound, security and distributions.


Chelsea Hotel Rapist NY Post


This woman deserves a medal for fighting off this creepy bartender, an employee that clearly ear marked her for rape and somehow got the key card to enter her room.  Makes you long for an old fashioned dead bolt.   She valiantly fought him off.   Do you think crazy man will somehow blame the female victim?
His defense maybe she stalked him or she tried to rape him.  You never know but blaming the victim tends to be the way to go.  For now his defense attorney has no comment.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

City of NY held in contempt for loitering laws as reported by The New York Times


Mercer Hotel gives Vets & artist a hard time, 1st Precinct to the rescue! by Suzannah B. Troy


I saw to NYPD officers at the tables and I thought tickets would be written but this time around small businesses beat big businesses.  Read the story see the pictures.

Robert Lederman's painting of Mike Bloomberg anti-street artists by Suzannah B. Troy


Robert Lederman's painting of Bloomberg looks like Rudy with more hair!

Goldman Sachs Top Dogs Grilled by Suzannah B. Troy

We witnessed Wall Street imploding, "the bail out" which left so many individuals and small businesses wondering why they couldn't get bailed out or why St. Vincent's Hospital was not bailed out but today the top dogs of Goldman Sachs got grilled!

Goldman Sachs was so concerned about their big bonuses drawing even more public outrage that Lloyd Blankfien, GS's CEO and Chairman took a much smaller bonus which was still hefty in "real people terms".

But today Goldman Sach's top dogs got grilled....medium to well done!

Llyod Blankfien: "I heard nothing today that makes me think we did anything wrong."
He did say we will be doing some soul searching....

Laura Garza's body found after 2 years posting by Suzannah B. Troy

1010 Wins reported that Laura Garza's body was finally found approximately 2 years after she was last seen on video tape exiting a Chelsea Club with prime suspect Michael Melee.

This photo of Laura Garza and article below are from 1010 Wins.

She is one of a series of women that went out for a drink and some fun and never returned home. Remember Jennifer Moore, she was under age and also partying at a club in Chelsea and Imette St. Guillen who was abducted from a bar in Soho. Here is one post in a series I wrote on Laura Garza. This post praises The New York Daily News in December of 2009 for reminding readers she was still missing and keeping the memory alive of this beautiful 24 year old woman with the million dollar smile.

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- A body found in Pennsylvania is that of a Brooklyn woman who disappeared after leaving a Chelsea nightclub in 2008, according to police.

Middletown police said Monday that a DNA analysis has confirmed the identity of Laura Garza. They said her body was found on April 11 in Mount Cobb, Pa., several miles outside Scranton.

Garza, 25, was last seen leaving club Marquee with registered sex offender Michael Mele, and was with Mele in Newburgh, NY during the early morning hours of Dec. 3 and was never seen again.

Mele, 24, was the focus of the investigation into Garza's disappearance but was never charged. In the weeks after Garza vanished, police searched Mele's home and car looking for evidence.

Mele, who is a registered Level 1 sex offender and has repeatedly been investigated for alleged sex crimes in the past, is currently serving time in prison for failing to report a change of address.

He is considered a suspect in the disappearance of Garza, and at the time she was reported missing, was driving a 2005 Silver Infiniti SUV.

Anyone who may have seen or had contact with Mele in or around Scranton, PA is asked to contact New York State Police at 845 344-5300 or Pennsylvania State Police at 570 963-3156.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

IRS tax day freebies 2010 at Starbucks, Cinnabon; help the homeless

Today is April 15th, IRS Tax Day. That day where people get their last files together to make a list of fiscal expenditures and get their tax report in to the government before midnight.

While today may be a day of dread, fear not, for it's also a time of IRS tax day freebies 2010. Now the trouble is while this is a national trend, not enough retailers or eateries are actually sending out press releases announcing a marketing effort. If this blogger were in the restaurant business, everyone would get a free drink if they purchased a meal and could prove they just filed their taxes.

Now there is one company that seems to get "IRS tax day freebies 2010:" Starbucks. If you bring in a reusable mug on April 15th, or today, you get a free brewed coffee according to their website. Cinnabon, who makes those great, big cinnamon rolls with the thick frosting on top, is also part of IRS tax day freebies 2010.

Between 6 PM and 8 PM at Cinnabon, you can get two free cupcake bites to, as the website reports, "make it less taxing." But if you do this, I personally ask that you give your free cupcake bites to someone who needs food. It's personally sad to see people sitting or begging and know that retailers have these freebees that someone homeless generally doesn't know about.

So if you see someone near by, think about them.

Stay tuned.

IPhone app and Twitter for Small Luxury Hotels of The World

See: small luxury hotels, luxury hotels of the world, iphone app hotels, twitter small luxury hotels

If you think that hotels don't get tech and social networks and aren't willing to try, think again. Small Luxury Hotels of The World, a collection of over 500 hotels in 70 countries has both a Twitter page @SLHLuxuryHotels and an iPhone app. But if you're wondering just what a "Small Luxury Hotel of The World" looks like, here's one in my 2007 video of my trip to New York City to appear as a guest on CNN's Roland Martin Debate This Show:

That hotel at 1:24 is called the Jumeirah Essex House and it's next to Central Park and just a few blocks from CNN's New York studios in The Time Warner Center. It was the first seven-star hotel this blogger ever stayed in, thanks to CNN.

It's not hard to understand why Small Luxury Hotels of The World like the Jumeirah Essex House are so popular, and why a Twitter page and an iPhone app (no blogs or other social network systems so far) are so helpful to the fans of the hotel brand.

While the Twitter page only has 1,259 followers, it has more followers than @SLHLuxuryHotels is following, which is a healthy follower to followed ratio for future growth. Where @SLHLuxuryHotels can grow is by tweeting about subjects beyond the realm of the hotel, thus picking up more Twitter followers. Still, the Twitter use and the frequency of tweets is a great start.

The Small Luxury Hotels of The World iPhone app is both cool and useful and its free. You can find and call to book a room at any one of the hotels in their system right from your iPhone. Then you can share what you've found with your social network contacts.

CNN introduced me to Small Luxury Hotels of The World like the Jumeirah Essex House before this iPhone app; you can bet that when I buy a Verizon iPhone, the Small Luxury Hotels of The World iPhone app is one of the first I'm going to use.

Stay tuned.

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