Being Digital in “The Age of Covid-19”

Even though the Beaches are closed, Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess are still “Lying on the Beach,” but in their homes.

Working from home— stuck at home— it has never been more important than right now to become digitally focused — and to talk more about that— this week we are honored to be joined by Shelly Palmer on our podcast.

Shelly Palmer was named LinkedIn’s Top Voice in Technology. He is CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. He is the co-host of “Think About This” on the Westwood One Podcast Network. He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, and appears frequently as a commentator on CNN and CNBC.

Shelly Palmer shares his vast digital experience with the listeners of the “Lying on the Beach” podcast.

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Hope You Are All Well

Brings back so many memories and emotions

Why Are Women Paying $20,000 For A Baby Doll

Excellent, Riveting, Absorbing! Eliot and I binged Friday Night

A total energizer. Podcast Creator and Strategist Eric Nuzum on Great Audio Storytelling | Literary Hub

Virus Times

HWH PR’s assignment for today and weeks and months that follow. Client Dr. Maurice de Hond, a social geographer living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has produced a research paper about the spread of the Corona Virus. He feels a total lockdown of California, and other states with low humidity and higher temperatures, is a mistake. To find out why, email me at If you have any ideas about which media we should approach to help spread the news, let me know too. Thank you. Stay healthy and safe. #coronavirus #worldhealthorganization #unitedstates #stayhome #stayhealthy #humidity #temperature #climatecontrol #lockdown

Photo by Eliot Hess. Six cruise ships hanging out in the Atlantic ocean off Miami Beach waiting to rotate for docking privileges. This is a rare sight for us.

Click below for tonight’s Kabbalah meditation with Rabbi Marc Philippe of Temple Emanu-El of Miami Beach and Congregant Doug Hirsch. Every “Thursday” night at 7pm online.

Americans are stocking up on firearms 

Barry Diller’s $93 million sailing yacht just passed our window. I guess he wants to quarantine here. Photo by Eliot Hess. For more specifics

Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous

The Living Room Window

A friend sent this to me about his situation.

“We are 10 days into self-isolation and it is really upsetting me to witness my wife standing at the living room window gazing aimlessly into space with tears running down her cheeks.

“It breaks my heart to see her like this. I have thought very hard about how I can cheer her up. I have even considered letting her in – but rules are rules.”

The Art World’s Mini-Madoff and Me

For a few years, Inigo Philbrick and I were inseparable. Then it turned out he was running a con. Not that he thinks he did anything wrong. But did I?

Read in New York Magazine:

Is the English Game Based on a True Story? Breaking Down the Truth

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Does anyone know if this story is true, or partially true? It was so good. We loved it. The English Game is a historical sports drama television miniseries developed by Julian Fellowes for Netflix about the origins of modern football in England. The six-part series was released on 20 March 2020.

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We Will Be Back

We Will Be Back !!!! A sign of great hope. A Carnival Cruise Ship passing by our condo windows a few minutes ago. I think they created these words with their guest room lights. Eliot Hess quickly captured it. All the ships are parked next to the Port of Miami. They rotate going out to the ocean to make room for others —then they sail back in.

Never Without A Smile

Our dear NYC neighbor, at 301 East 62nd Street, Dyan Schwall, 93, died March 1, in her Vero Beach FL, home.

She and her husband of 37 years, Herman K. Schwall, lived on the 10th floor with us for almost four decades. She was the epitome of pure elegance.

They were the best neighbors. We would meet them at the incinerator when we were all simultaneously throwing out garbage, or waiting for the elevator to leave the building. Dyan and Herm were always thrilled to see us, especially Whitney. Hugs and kisses, with lots of chatter, were always shared.

Herm was a VP at Ford Motor Company. Dyan was the social butterfly of the Hamptons before she met Herm. She raised her six children in Southampton, and was always hosting dinner parties because she was a fabulous cook and baker. Yes, celebs and politicians often showed up.

Dyan’s specialty

Herm served on the Board of Directors of our NYC co-op with Eliot. We would invite Dyan and Herm to HWH PR press parties to help fill the room, and before we knew it, they were ensconced in deep conversations with other guests. We never had to worry about them. They knew how to work the room.

The big bonus was when they attended one of our parties in Miami Beach about 16 years ago and brought along Dyan’s artist son, John, who lived across Biscayne Bay. Needless to say, we are now super friendly with John, and own two of his magnificent paintings. We attend a lot of events together.

John’s masterpieces We first saw them at John’s one man show in Southampton. A few years later we were lucky enough to own them.

Dyan and Herm still own their NYC coop even though they haven’t visited it in a number of years. They just were more content staying in Florida year round. I think that started just when Eliot and I moved to Miami full time.

Herm is now experiencing dementia so I’m not even sure he knows Dyan is gone. Everyone once in a while he will ask his caretaker “what happened to the nice lady who used to live here?” It breaks our heart to hear that because the two of them were a dynamic duo.

Dyan is survived by her four sons – James DeCristofaro and his wife Amaryn of Alexandria VA, John DeCristofaro of Miami FL, Christopher DeCristofaro and his wife Margaret of Southampton NY, Joseph DeCristofaro and his wife Maria of Southampton NY – and her two daughters – Catherine deCristofaro of San Francisco CA and Susan Harris of Mountain Home AR – her six grandchildren – James, Jeff, Michael, Shannon, Cameron and Alexa – and three great-grandchildren – KC, Oakley, and Hudson, as well as her deceased brother Herbie’s wife Joyce Dobrozensky of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and her many nieces and nephews.

RIP Dyan. You were a super woman who will be sorely missed.

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Now You Can Download 300,000 Books From The Library For Free

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Virtual Museum Tours: How to Tour Exhibits from the Louvre, MoMa & More – Thrillist

Travel Plans on Hold? You Can Visit 500 International Museums From the Comfort of Your Own Home Thanks to Google

Google Earth Virtual Tours: How to Tour 31 US National Parks from Home – Thrillist

Will the Coronavirus Kill The Airlines, Hotels, and the Cruise Industries?


Lying on the Beach’s Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess hit it big by securing an interview with the most knowledgeable expert in the travel industry to detail what is going to happen next as the Coronavirus pandemic progresses.


Peter Greenberg is a multiple Emmy award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter Greenberg.  Peter is Steve’s brother from another mother (not really)— and he is America’s most recognized and honored travel news journalist. Known in the travel industry as “The Travel Detective,” Peter is the Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing routinely on CBS This Morning.


The consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news, Peter Greenberg hosts the PBS television show The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg.


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