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No-one either visiting or living in New York can forget what happened on 9/11. For those vacationing in one of Shimmie Horn’s Triumph Hotels, it might be worth paying a visit to the American Folk Art Museum. Located at 2 Lincoln Square, this museum is displaying a 9/11 National Tribute Quilt on continuous view until 2 September 2012. It definitely brings the whole tragedy to life and ensures we never forget.
The Triumph Hotels, which include the Iroquois Hotel, the Chandler Hotel, the Belleclaire Hotel and the Washington Jefferson Hotel, are all owned by Shimmie Horn, a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
The hotels, as well as numerous other properties throughout New York City, are part of a unique collection originally established by Shimmie Horn’s grandfather in the early 1950s. Focusing on emerging hotels and real estate in the area, Horn’s father continued to strengthen the business through the early 90s.
Immediately after his father’s unexpected death, Shimmie Horn was given the responsibility of the four Manhattan hotels. Seeing opportunity amidst the throes of the recession, Shimmie decided to enhance the business by refurbishing the venues.
First was the Iroquois Hotel on West 44th St. in 1996. Shimmie’s efforts paid off almost immediately when the hotel was invited to become the Manhattan flagship of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The Iroquois’s Triomphe Restaurant’s award also proved a beneficial stepping stone for the hotels of Triumph Hospitality. Now, Triumph Hospitality includes four luxury hotels in Manhattan, with more than 200 in staff.
Not far from the East Village is the newly renovated Hotel 17, a chic place to stay which will not break the bank. Located at 225 East 17th Street, its centralized location puts you within a short walk of some of lower Manhattan’s hottest places, such as Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park.
Hotel 17 has been visited by a long list of celebrities, models, actors and actresses, including Madonna who actually lived at the hotel before she hit stardom. Woody Allen shot the film Manhattan Murder Mystery at Hotel 17.
Today there are 30 full-time tenants in the hotel, leaving the other 90 rooms available for temporary stays. Most rooms require guests to share the bathroom, but this inconvenience is made up by the fact that the communal bathrooms are all new, renovated with bright tiles, and kept immaculately clean by a 24/7 clean-up crew. Most rooms do have their own sink and hairdryer, though.
There is no restaurant or room service; no business or fitness center. Hotel 17 screams, “Get out and see New York!” Staying at Hotel 17 lets you keep some of your money to do all the great things you came to New York to do.