Navigator Omar S. Bennett feeds off the raw energy of his Times Square locale to help guests get acquainted with the star-studded streets of New York. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Omar has worked for the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel for a number of years — but not always in a Navigator capacity. In fact, he started out as a nighttime room service server and only found his calling after fulfilling a number of roles within the hotel. His epiphany came while working as a bellhop. “I became enamored with the way the Navigator would graciously coordinate the many inquiries and requests from guests without breaking a sweat,” he remembers. “I knew right there and then that the Navigator role would be a good challenge for me.” And so it has proved, with Omar now tasked with helping the hotel’s eager Discoverers hone their Big Apple itineraries. To do so, he voraciously consumes the city’s magazines for inspiration and meets regularly with a local concierge association, NYCAHC. He also continues to explore the neighborhood himself, and, if he can drag himself away from his beloved tea house, visits a new bar or restaurant each week. Omar’s zest for life in his home city has never waned and he is proud and humbled to be able to guide others as a Navigator. He says, “I’m delighted to share this exciting city with them. Aside from being a self-confessed tea connoisseur, Omar has a long list of hobbies, which includes cooking (his high school nickname was “Kook” in a nod to his skills), cycling, boxing and traveling. So he is well suited to New York City, where truly anything is possible.