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Northview Hotel Group
Mr. Hallgarten has over 20 years experience in hotel and residential operations, feasibility, development, construction and asset management work in the U.S., Europe and Australia.See all answers from Simon Hallgarten
Since 1997, Mr. Hallgarten has been involved with all aspects of hotel and residential acquisitions, development and asset management, working as a consultant for The Bridgetown Group, The Alpha Group and as West Coast Vice President of Development for Hardin Capital. During this time, Mr. Hallgarten was responsible for the successful acquisition, development and asset management of close to $1 billion of hotel and residential assets, in California, DC, Florida, Colorado and Mexico.
Mr. Hallgarten began his career in Europe and Australia working as a chef and hotel manager before joining the London-based real estate feasibility groups at KPMG and then Deloitte and Touche. In 1993, Mr. Hallgarten joined the development group at Westin Hotels & Resorts, based in Seattle, Washington, where he remained during the sale of the company to Starwood Capital and Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Mr. Hallgarten has a BA Hons. from Bristol University (England), and a post graduate degree in hotel management from Manchester University’s Hollings Faculty.»
SideBAR, Hudson Terrace, the Village Pourhouse, and other NYC hot spots
Michael Sinensky is an entrepreneur and the owner of SideBAR, Vintage Irving, Dino's, Hudson Terrace, and the Village Pourhouse. Sinensky also owns two event planning companies, Corporate Event Management and Disco Sushi.See all answers from Michael Sinensky
An entrepreneur at heart, Michael Sinensky became a business man at the age of eight with a school supply sales ring at his elementary school and then graduated to a candy ring with several students as his employees. Fast forward a couple of years and Sinensky had developed a reputation for event planning during his time in college which led him to a golden opportunity with NYC’s iconic Webster Hall owner and future partner, Sean McGarr. Webster Hall was one of the many businesses affected by the tragedy of 9/11 and their numbers had quickly dropped almost 75%. Sinensky was summoned to help increase business for the nightclub and in just over a week’s time was able to bring their numbers back to 90% from their peak. McGarr was intrigued by Sinensky’s tactic of under promising and over delivering and at that point a partnership between Sinensky and McGarr was created and Disco Sushi was born.
When Sinensky graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business in 1997, instead of pursuing a career in investment banking per his educational track he followed his new passion of event planning and execution that he discovered during a spring break adventure in the Bahamas. His week-long spring break vacation turned into a four month stay to run the local resort bar, Bourbon Street, before returning to New York. The momentum Sinensky picked up in the Bahamas continued when he was appointed to execute 50 Cent’s first concert at the Mixshow Power Summit. His experience in the Bahamas allowed him to further explore opportunities within the nightlife and entertainment business including concert execution, event planning, promotions and bar/restaurant management. It was at that point that Sinensky fell in love with the nightlife hospitality industry.
Having heard about Sinensky’s success, nightlife veteran Sean McGarr approached Sinensky with the opportunity to open the first ever Village Pourhouse. Sinensky and McGarr joined forces and opened Village Pourhouse in the East Village in August 2006 which has since won several awards including “Best Beer Bar” by BlackBook Magazine and Time Out New York. The duo didn’t stop there.
In 2008 alone, they opened SideBAR, Vintage Irving and a second Village Pourhouse location on the Upper West Side. In March of that year, the team took their success to another level when Sinensky and McGarr opened the celebrity-favorite nightclub and opulent event space, Hudson Terrace. Since then, Sinensky and McGarr have opened two more Village Pourhouse locations, one on Restaurant Row in Times Square and anotheracross the Hudson River in Hoboken.
At the young age of 31, Sinensky’s impressive resume currently includes Hudson Terrace, Village Pourhouse (four Tri-State area locations), SideBAR, Vintage Irving, and Dino’s. The company maintains an active role in the execution of the best known pub-crawls in New York City including but not limited to the following: Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl, Snuggie Pub Crawl, Halloween Pub Crawl and of course the biggest; St.Patty's Day Pub Crawl which made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for over 6,000 crawl participants. Sinensky also owns two event planning companies, Corporate Event Management and Disco Sushi, both of which were founded his freshman year at NYU. In addition, Sinensky is founder of newyearseve.com, pubcrawls.com, funbars.com and ournextdate.com
Sinensky and his wife Dr. Irina Tsirulnik are the proud parents of two children and reside in Manhattan. Despite his demanding nightlife schedule, Sinensky manages to juggle all of his responsibilities and maintains an active role in his children’s lives.»