Woman lures men to NYC hotels, where cohorts rob them

A 20-something woman has been using Facebook to lure men to Bronx hotels, where two armed cohorts then rob the trio’s victims, cops say.

Investigators are looking at five such robberies between July 7 and Tuesday, police said.

“Once both [the woman and victim] are inside of the hotel room, the female instructs the male to take a shower, and while he is in the bathroom she lets into the hotel room another female and a male,” the NYPD said.

“When the victim exits the bathroom the second female and the male both display firearms at the victim and threaten to shoot him.”

The three robbers then use duct tape to bind their victims and remove personal property, including the clothes that the targets are wearing, as well as cash and cellphones. No injuries requiring hospitalization were reported in any of the incidents.

The first incident happened around 6:30 pm

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No signs of travel slowdown

Data: Marriott; Table: Simran Parwani/Axios

The world’s largest hotel company said it’s noticing any signs of consumers balking at traveling despite concerns about the economy.

Driving the news: Marriott International posted a 70% year-over-year increase in second-quarter revenue to $5.34 billion as people grew more comfortable traveling during the pandemic.

  • “While we are closely monitoring consumer and macroeconomic trends, we have yet to see signs of a slowdown in global lodging demand,” Marriott CEO Anthony Capuano said on a conference call, pointing to pentup demand and “the shift of spending towards experiences versus goods ” as drivers of the company’s surging finances.

Yes, but: Marriott’s high-end chains are bouncing back faster than its limited-service brands.

  • The company’s luxury hotels in the US and Canada (including the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott) recorded a 76.2% increase in revenue per available room on a constant-currency basis, while its US-and-Canada premium hotels (including the
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Apartments, new hotel planned on site of Vista Ave. hotels in Boise

A potential project to redevelop a large hotel site near the Boise Airport appears to move forward. BoiseDev first reported on the project last summer.

Gardner Company held a pre-application meeting with the City of Boise last week on a proposal to replace several hotels at 3300 S. Vista Ave. near Interstate 84.

Boise Management Inc. owns the 9.126-acre property. Gardner Co. President David Wali told BoiseDev last year that his firm is working as developer on the property.

The project would be split into two phases, according to an application letter from Gardner Co. development coordinator Dave Bieter. The first phase would replace parking and a Lotus by Hotel Inn hotel on the east end of the site.

Apartments first

Two five-story apartment buildings would go up. An underground parking lot would sit under one of the buildings. Then five stories of apartments would be built, with five studios,

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