Hotel Check-in, has an article this morning discussing the sale of the Essex House hotel (currently the Jumeirah Essex House) to Strategic Hoetls, who has selected Marriott to run the property as a JW Marriott. Believe it or not, this will be the first JW Marriott in Manhattan. The property is located directly across from Central Park and actually was a Marriott from 1969-1985. Full details available at Hotel Check-in.
An interesting history of the Essex House can be found here.