Dave Morgan Operating at Hotel Utica?
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#119 Aug 21, 2013
These days, Mike Stengel can laugh about the old elevators at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. But it wasn’t always that way. For years, as general manager of a hotel known for its unreliable and achingly slow lifts, he was often closer to tears.
“People always exaggerate how long they have to wait for an elevator, but it really was 20 to 30 minutes sometimes,” said Stengel, now area vice president for New York City Marriott and Renaissance hotels.“If you worked in the hotel, you learned to take your nametag off in the elevator because otherwise you’d get beat up.”
Stengel said Executive Chairman Bill Marriott once suggested,“Why don’t you put TVs in the elevator landings, because then people would have something to watch?” Stengel replied,“Mr. Marriott, if you did that, then people would know how long they were waiting, because they’d be able to watch an entire show.”
The problem was that the 49-story hotel, with nearly 2,000 guest rooms, was built largely for meetings. But between the revolving rooftop restaurant and bar, the 1,600-seat theater and a large amount of meeting space, the hotel elevators had to accommodate thousands of unexpected passengers every day.
“No matter what, you always had three times as many people as you should have had, so there were never enough elevators,” Stengel said. The building’s design exacerbated matters: A dozen glass elevators encircled a giant tube in the atrium, which stretched the height of the hotel. So passengers would often hear an elevator chime, run around the bend to locate the open car, and arrive to find that the doors had already closed. Stengel received about five written complaints a week, although most frustrated guests didn’t formally complain, he said; they just never came back. He would regularly offer people dinner or a future stay — on the house — to placate angry customers and ease the elevator-induced pain. Thanks to the elevators, the hotel was losing meeting business, and its guest satisfaction score was the lowest in the company.
When Stengel started thinking about solutions, he considered every option, including adding elevator shafts on the outside of the building. But then he met with Schindler Elevator Corp., the North American operation of the Swiss-based Schindler Group. The company advised Marriott to install the Miconic 10, a smart elevator system that allows users to enter their floor onto a keypad. It calculates the fastest travel time to the destination and then assigns an elevator. Schindler predicted a 15 to 20 percent increase in efficiency.
When the five-year,$11 million project was completed in 2006 (the second such installation in the city, after Rockefeller Center), the Marquis held a press conference to get the word out that it was safe to return. Stengel says the entire system (which includes the conversion of some baggage elevators to passenger elevators) is 50 percent more efficient today.“I have not gotten one elevator complaint letter since we turned them on,” he said.“It was like a shutting off a faucet.”
An elevator that knows where you’re headed
Most of us don’t think much about elevators, unless the wait is dreadful, the ride is jerky or we start losing confidence that an elevator will safely deliver us to our floor. But during a visit to Frankfurt earlier this year, I found myself preoccupied with these vertically-moving cars. Within a couple hours and a few blocks, I rode one of the city’s oldest elevators, and then one of the newest.
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#120 Aug 21, 2013
A lot of the anti-Olive Garden remarks no doubt come from local restaurants that feel threatened by Olive Garden's presence. There wasn't this kind of uproar when Moe's, Ninety-Nine, Outback or any one of a long list of national chains that have opened here over the past number of years. The locals shouldn't fear Olive Garden. If their faire is as good as they say then Olive Garden will only serve to let people know just how much better their menu is than Olive Garden's. They only need to fear Olive Garden if they aren't as good as Olive Garden. The true measure of how good something is has to be how many people enjoy it. It has very little to do with how sophisticated someone's palette is when it comes to Italian food.
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#121 Aug 21, 2013
I think people hate on Olive Garden because they're jealous. It's great to finally have another nice restaurant in New Hartford to go to other than Symeon's. Unless you were born here, you can expect to be treated like a second class citizen at that place. It's wonderful to have an all-American friendly restaurant in town that serves good food and doesn't discriminate. For all the well connected who want their preferential treatment, you can have your Symeon's. As for me, I sticking with Olive Garden.
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#122 Aug 21, 2013
I'm from UTICA.. all I do is bitch about Olive Garden and Angry Elevator Martians. LMAOOOOO
Eddie Monster

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#127 Aug 21, 2013
Ed morgan hits new low: using his position to harass female staff and steal money from the very kids he was to protect. He's down at the Trackside with Rich Goodman, they are both thieves. Actually thought hotel brides would go to trash like Rich and Cheryl if Ed fired staff and refused to put out food! Your scam failed, Dave "The Elevator" Morgan came thru with the save! Ed=banned from hotel utica.
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#131 Aug 22, 2013
#1 Hit Video +Tee Shirts +#1 Chef Gig +Old Easy Broads +Pretty Young Things ++Prison Dodge +C.r.e.a.M. get the $$= Original Gangsterrr!!!.. That's sum shit right there.
Please place your Utica hater comments below to express your disappointment with your own sh*tty LiFe and your sh*tty WiFe. Your fat, mid class, mid aged, mid a$$.. Life in the middle is so toxic.. now Utica is addicted to topix!!
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#134 Aug 22, 2013
Winner!! Congrats Post #132. "So sad" while commenting on what you deem sad.. and you have classic bad internet grammar "to". You have won a lifetime supply of more disappointments, tears in the shower, standing on the sidelines, and typing about it, on a site that's for kidzz. Lmao!!

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#137 Mar 10, 2014
I see that post #132 has been removed. Did Dave end up in Jail?
snopper

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#138 Mar 12, 2016
Dave Morgan opened new restaurant in New Hartford, NY

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#139 Apr 6, 2016
snopper wrote:
Dave Morgan opened new restaurant in New Hartford, NY
I heard the same thing, it is on Clinton St. in New Hartford.
huh

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#140 Apr 6, 2016
Reney wrote:
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I heard the same thing, it is on Clinton St. in New Hartford.
Belly up to the overbaked, hard as nails ziti swimming in watered down sauce. Not your favorite? Then try some overbaked hard as nails lasagna swimming in watered down sauce leftover from the ziti. Still not tempting? How about a taste sensation of galvanized meatballs made of tripe(he thinks no one will know) gurgling in watered down, pissed down bitter sauce leftover from the ziti and lasagna. Bon appetit!

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#141 Apr 6, 2016
huh wrote:
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Belly up to the overbaked, hard as nails ziti swimming in watered down sauce. Not your favorite? Then try some overbaked hard as nails lasagna swimming in watered down sauce leftover from the ziti. Still not tempting? How about a taste sensation of galvanized meatballs made of tripe(he thinks no one will know) gurgling in watered down, pissed down bitter sauce leftover from the ziti and lasagna. Bon appetit!
Wow! I won't be going there!
snopper

Utica, NY

#142 Apr 8, 2016
Reney wrote:
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Wow! I won't be going there!
I would give him a. Chance.
Tom

Hudson, NY

#143 Apr 9, 2016
Here is what I have to say about the whole situation you guys are a bunch of Utica jerk offs go to another state live a real life who cares about Dave Morgan or the guy that owned the Valley View or anybody else in this Podunk town it's a joke wake up we don't have good restaurants anymore if you think there's a good restaurant in town go out of state you will find one ten times better have a good day you're gone
yeehaw

Utica, NY

#144 Apr 9, 2016
Tom wrote:
Here is what I have to say about the whole situation you guys are a bunch of Utica jerk offs go to another state live a real life who cares about Dave Morgan or the guy that owned the Valley View or anybody else in this Podunk town it's a joke wake up we don't have good restaurants anymore if you think there's a good restaurant in town go out of state you will find one ten times better have a good day you're gone
gotta bee in your bonnet, tommy boy....hahahahahahahahaha....t ake yer own advice jerkoff.

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