Meet the Teen Concierge

Shake Shack Burgers and Fries
Shake Shack Burgers and Fries (Photo credit: Minimalist)

David Strebel is a typical teenager with one of the coolest jobs in NYC. David is the official Teen Concierge at the Omni Berkshire Place, a popular, lovely, upscale midtown hotel just a skateboard ride away from Central Park, Bryant Park, Rock Center, Fifth Avenue and, most importantly, a good burger hangout like Shake Shack. He works alongside the hotel’s regular concierges.

David is not the only teen concierge out there. In May, the Omni hotel chain hired teen concierges at seven of its properties (namely city properties like Boston) as part of its Teen Connection program. And the program continues to evolve with new ideas being launched this fall (like Teen Latte night and Teen Movie nights.) Stay tuned. While hotels have catered to young kids and teens for decades with specialized programs and activities, what is unique about Omni’s Teen Connection is that it is offered in cities which generally don’t offer such programs and, of course, that the concierges are teenagers themselves.
I think Omni’s innovative move to help teens enjoy the world’s greatest city is brilliant.  David’s got cool ideas and every Friday he shares some of them with guests and prospective guests in a printout. I interviewed David recently and will share his top picks for the City in my next blog. TTYL.

Author: Laurie Bain Wilson

I write about travel, food and lifestyle, for outlets including The Boston Globe and As a contributing writer to, I was the site’s NYC expert and wrote dozens of pieces. I have also written for other publications and websites, including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Time Out NY For Kids,,, Boston Herald, New England Travel & Life, Woman’s Day, New York Daily News, Parenting and more. I was a travel editor for ten years at a national glossy bridal magazine in NYC where I wrote and edited hundreds of articles that revolved around planning honeymoons and destination weddings. I still write about honeymoons for bridal magazines. And I also collaborated on How to Organize Just About Everything with Peter Walsh; I wrote 80 mini-chapters. I have written several travel guidebooks and a children’s baseball novel, Catcher in the Sky. I also co-authored several Murder, She Wrote novels--they are Manhattans and Murder, Rum and Razors and Three Strikes, You're Dead. If you’d like to check out some of my articles, please visit If you’re on Twitter, please follow me @laurieheather And my linked in profile can be found at

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