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Experience NYC, At Home

We’re all missing New York City more than ever right nowits bright lights and cab-filled streets. So, while we’re stuck at home and unable to enjoy the five boroughs in their purest form, a digital escape through some of the many TV series that take place in the Big Apple might just be just what we need. To make it easy, we’ve listed some of our all-time favorites and where to stream them below.

Experience NYC, At Home

Gossip Girl: This famed TV series, while following the lives of the Upper East Side’s typical privileged teenagers, makes Manhattan seem all the more enticing. Stream Gossip Girl on Netflix.

Girls: The 6 season series, dubbed “The Real Sex in the City”, follows the lives of four young women as they navigate Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn locations. Stream Girls on Hulu, HBO Now, or Amazon Prime.

30 Rock: The series focuses on a live-sketch comedy show's lead writer. The show is filmed at Rockefeller Center and the storyline is based loosely on the backstage shenanigans that would occur at the renowned show ‘Saturday Night Live’. Stream 30 Rock on Hulu or Amazon Prime.

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Get To Know SoHo

Known as a home to art galleries, exclusive boutique shopping, chic hotels, and trendy restaurants, “SoHo” consists of 26 beloved blocks. But how well do we really know this famous area? Let’s dive a little deeper into Lower Manhattan’s favored district.

Get To Know SoHo

As its name states, SoHo (“South of Houston”) is located south of Houston Street. The historic area’s borders are Canal Street to the south, Crosby Street to the east, and West Broadway to the west.

SoHo flaunts the greatest collection of cast-iron architecture in the world. There are approximately 250 cast-iron buildings in New York City, and the majority of them are located within SoHo.

Many of these buildings bear the date of construction on their cornice (the top of the facade). Those that don’t feature plaques near the facade’s base that designate the iron foundry’s name and date of production.

It was these historic buildings that attracted the artist population. The upper floors had been built as unobstructed spaces for manufacturing and other industrial uses, many of which permitted large windows admitting natural light and low rentan artist’s dream.

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Where Did “The Big Apple” Come From?

New York City earned a number of nicknames over the years. Empire City. The Concrete Jungle. The City That Never Sleeps. But there’s one that stuck over time: The Big Apple.

Where Did “The Big Apple” Come From?

New York City earned a number of nicknames over the years. Empire City. The Concrete Jungle. The City That Never Sleeps. But there’s one that stuck over time: The Big Apple. What does this name mean? How did it begin? And how did it manage to stick over the years?

Back in the 1920s, “The Big Apple” was first coined in horse-racing articles by a sportswriter named John J. Fitz Gerald. It was meant to portray New York City as “the big leagues”. The name then appeared in jazz songs throughout the 1930s, often in reference to the Harlem Renaissance.

However, the name didn’t grow in popularity until the 1970s, when NYC’s marketing and tourism organization - now known as NYC & Company - reintroduced it in a promotional campaign. The campaign proved a success, and even today, the title is commonly used in exclusive reference to New York City.

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Marvel at the Macys Flower Show

Spring is that wonderful time of the year that allows us to say goodbye to the cold weather and welcome the various blooms of the world. From March 22 - April 5, the Macys Herald Square Center is proud to help celebrate the blooms of spring with its annual flower show.

Marvel at the Macys Flower Show

Every year, the Macys center picks a theme and designs an entire floral world around that idea. Last year we were dazzled with an outer-space theme and this year we take a “Voyage to Oceanum.” This underwater story follows an R.H. Macy as he traverses the ocean depths to recover a lost family heirloom.

Visitors will see professionally-crafted floral sculptures and designs that feature numerous flowers from all over the world. Some varieties are rare and especially beautiful and they’re all waiting to be admired! Stop by once, twice, or a dozen times as you make your way around the city and come celebrate spring blooms with Macy's.

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The Best Way to See New York City

When visiting Manhattan, it’s no secret that you’re going to want to do quite a bit of sight-seeing. You could walk around for hours (and honestly it is a lot of fun), but the best way to see the city in style is with a hop-on hop-off bus tour!

The Best Way to See New York City

Hop-on hop-off bus tours offer you a unique way to experience the city. You can stay on as long as you would like and learn the rich history of this magnificent city. If a destination seems particularly fascinating or you just want to grab some lunch, hop-off at any time and you’ll be able to get on when the bus makes its loop back to you later on in the day.

One of the largest bus tours around is the Big Bus New York. With over 25 stops all around Manhattan, you can really see everything and get to anywhere. City Sightseeing New York is another popular company that features an open-top double-decker and a ferry tour included with a ticket.

If hop-on, hop-off tours really speak to you, consider an annual purchase of The New York Pass, as this pass allows for unlimited free tickets year-round.

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Three Fun Things To Do on a Cold Day

Winter is not the time to hibernate! Whether it’s embracing the chilly temperatures or finding ways to avoid them, NYC offers plenty of activities to do during winter. Here are three of our favorites.

Three Fun Things To Do on a Cold Day

Ice Skating—Grab your warmest mittens and hat and plan an outing at one of the city’s top ice skating rinks. Skating at the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center is a time-honored tradition. Lace-up for an afternoon a Wollman Rink in Central Park, where you can enjoy the surrounding snow-covered landscape and skyscrapers. Coinciding with the popular Winter Village, the Ice Rink at Bryant Park is completely free. 

A Drink at 230 Fifth Rooftop Igloo Bar—Make most of this beautiful outdoor space during the winter by tucking into a heated PVC igloo. Get extra cozy by ordering a festive treat from the hot drink menu while enjoying breathtaking views of the city. 

City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival—For the last 25 years, this Flatiron eatery has celebrated delicious winter beverages by hosting the City's Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival. Each day in February, the restaurant serves a different flavor—think peanut butter hot chocolate, salted caramel hot chocolate, white chocolate waltz, and more. 

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Light Up Your Holidays With A Broadway Show

The most magical time to visit New York has arrived. Home to some of the biggest holiday shows, the city comes alive with holiday spirit. These are a few of the “must-watch” shows: 

Light Up Your Holidays With A Broadway Show

A Christmas Carol – The Musical:  An immersive experience brimming with Christmas spirit, this celebrated Christmas story is brought to life with costumes and scenes designed by Tony-award winner Rob Howell. You’ll want to sing along to 12 of the most cherished Christmas carols, including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.” The show will be playing until January 5, 2020. 

FROZEN The Musical: Disney’s Frozen is the famous story of two sisters torn apart by a family secret. Combine this tale with sensational special effects, incredible sets and costumes, and memorable performances, and you have a perfect holiday musical. There will be multiple showings throughout the month at the St.James Theatre.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular:  The gloriously glitzy costumes and the leggy high kicks of the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular are practically synonymous with New York during Christmas. The Rockettes perform their famous “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” as well as a variety of other numbers. If you’re spending Christmas Day in New York, it’s the perfect day to go see the show since many shops and other attractions are closed on December 25th. 

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Thanksgiving Weekend in NYC

Attending the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Big Apple is one of the most amazing things to do in the United States. So what do you do in NYC during the 4-day holiday?

Thanksgiving Weekend in NYC

On Wednesday before Thanksgiving, you could snag discounted Broadway show tickets at the ticket box office in Times Square. Another option is to watch the giant balloon inflation on the Upper West Side.

On Thursday, make sure to dress warm and get your spot early in the morning as the Macy’sThanksgiving Parade starts at 9 am.  Enjoy the parade surrounded by those who have the same level of holiday spirit as you! The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and its famous Rockettes are a must right after seeing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

On Friday, get ready to tackle Black Friday shopping in the city. We suggest you start at Macy’s and work your way down to Sak’s Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. If you want to shop in a less crowded area, then Soho is the place for you. The city has so much more to offer and it is yours to discover. We wish you and your family the happiest experience during your Thanksgiving festivities!

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Pixinity - Your Digital PlayGround

If you and your family find yourselves in the iconic neighborhood of SoHo, then you’re probably looking for something trendy and off-beat for your kids to tell their friends about later.

Pixinity - Your Digital PlayGround

“Pixinity” is a digital playground of 10 pixel-perfect Instagrammable rooms with themes inspired by gaming, pop culture, and animation. Pixinity is SoHo’s new hottest thing to do—your kids will be able to explore a futuristic wonderland full of pop-up art, including sculptures, pixel art, emoji-like characters, and digital and gaming icons— from now until November 8th. Aside from snapping a bunch of Instagram-worthy photos, you and your family will also be supporting Autism Speaks. A portion of sales will be donated to support ‘BORN TO SHINE,’  Pixinity's partnership with Autism Speaks. Select your tickets here and your kids will thank you later! 

 

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Visiting Metropolitan Museum of Art (Part Two)

Here we are again for our second installment of our visitor’s guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click here for Part One. Now that we know the vast size of the Met, we can get into pro-tip details making your Met visit as pleasant as possible.

Visiting Metropolitan Museum of Art (Part Two)

The Met is open seven days a week, Sunday to Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s highly recommended to try to visit during a weekday. Most of the local residents will be at work, and if you visit in the early afternoon, most school trips will have finished for the day. The Met tends to be less busy for tourists in May and late October making it the perfect time to visit if you’re not a fan of crowds. A bonus to visiting then is the gorgeous autumn foliage, which can be viewed from the Roof Garden Cafe & Martini Bar. Stay tuned for our next installment of tips!

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Tour SoHo's Historic Cast Iron District

Over the last several decades, SoHo has become a permanent symbol of artistry and hope in the pages of New York City history.

Tour SoHo's Historic Cast Iron District

The neighborhood has fostered progressive business and residential advancements, as well as an urban creativity hub, home to vibrant street art, unique architecture, and more. To amble through this historic neighborhood is an attraction in and of itself. Stroll a few blocks in any direction and see masterpieces in the making via walking and guided tours. 

SoHo’s Cast Iron District is home to the most significant number of iron constructed buildings in the world. Due to the protective petitioning of architects and artists, two hundred have withstood demolition and have been transformed into usable spaces and historic sites. Take one of the many architectural, artistic, and historic tours of our neighborhood to see how artists and community members joined forces to make SoHo the vibrant community it is today.

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Don’t Miss Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks!

One of the best days of the summer in New York City is Independence Day. For festivities, fireworks, and fun, the Big Apple can’t be beat!

Don’t Miss Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks!

There are a range of free events, museums, harbor cruises, contests, and concerts held all over the city. Of these, the most talked of has always been the Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.

This is the big one, the one they all talk about. This firework show has been around since 1958 and is considered by many to be the best in the country. In part because of the 75,000 firework shells used in the show, but also because of the amazing musical line up. This year, Ciara, Luke Bryan, Khalid, and Jennifer Hudson, among others will perform with this amazing light show. The fireworks will be held over the harbor with the best spots for viewing found between Broad Street and Water Street.

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Visiting Metropolitan Museum of Art (Part One)

SoHo is a neighborhood known for high-end shopping, historical significance, and vibrant artistic expression. While you’re staying with us, tap into your creative cravings with a trip to the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Visiting Metropolitan Museum of Art (Part One)

If you’ve never been to the Met before, you’re in for a treat—a large treat. The museum is enormous, covering almost a half square mile of a city block in addition to being nestled within Central Park grounds. Navigating the Met and ensuring you see exactly what you want to see can prove a challenge. Read on for details about how to see the Met like a local.

Because of its sheer size, it’s a good idea to check out the Met’s website and get an idea of what exhibits mean the most to you if you don’t think you’ll spend the whole day. Or go all out. One can easily spend the entire day here. We recommend starting with a side wing (Greco-Roman to the left side or Egyptian to the right side) and working your way through 5,000 years of art, history, and culture. Once you're finished with your tour, make your way Uptown to the Cloisters. As part of your ticket purchase, you also receive admission to the architecture exhibit of Medieval Europe, new to the Met family. Check back as we continue to expand on our spotlight of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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NYC WorldPride Celebration

June is a historic, inspiring, and patriotic time to visit New York City, as its the month of the 50th Annual WorldPride Celebration.

NYC WorldPride Celebration

The event spans the entire month of June and welcomes over three million people to the city to march in solidarity with the LGBT+ community. Join them in participating in over fifty events dedicated to showcasing pride and inclusion in every community.
The WorldPride Celebration marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. The Stonewall Riots served as the turning of the tide for the LGBT+ community who struggled relentlessly against the oppression and violence perpetrated against LGBT+ citizens in America. Violent police raids plagued Greenwich Village in 1969. The LGBT+ community organized into coalitions to fight the oppression and spark the gay liberation movement. Today, the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is celebrated globally with the largest event held at its birthplace in New York City. March in solidarity and celebration this June! 

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Explore Hudson River Park

For the last twenty years, the Hudson River Park has transformed what was once a highly depressed, decaying area into an oasis of natural wonders in the center of the world’s most bustling urban environment.

Explore Hudson River Park

Located only a few blocks from our hotel, the Hudson River Park is the longest riverfront park in the United States and attracts over seventeen million visitors each year. The Park boasts a wide range of events like Arts in the Park, dining options, and kid-friendly activities. Adults can choose their own adventure with the plethora of ultimate sport and athletic resources available. Sharpen your swing at the baseball field and batting cages, get back on defense at the basketball courts and roll a strike at the new bowling alleys. There’s also mini golf for the whole family, ice skating in the colder months, and tennis for all levels of expertise. Extreme sports lovers will enjoy the trapeze, skateparks, and rock climbing walls.

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How To: The New Museum

For the last forty years, the New Museum has been a haven of multicultural creativity, modern inspiration, and art that happens in the moment, this moment, reflective of our world’s political, social, and innovation landscape.

How To: The New Museum

This hip, fresh, new-age take on modern art is housed in a seven-story, eight-level building designed by world-renown architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, not far from our hotel. Their mission is to help streamline a path for the important art--the art that can change lives--to flourish and grow in the hearts and minds of the public.

The New Museum is open every day except Mondays for tours and special programming from cultural organizations from all over the community. Ticket prices are $18 for general admission and include free tours of the exhibitions. The exhibitions, events, and access to the rooftop venue, Sky Room, shift often, so be sure to check out their website and ensure you are attending on a day when the pieces that speak to you the most will be displayed.

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Things You Didn’t Know About Washington Square Park

A tried and true landmark of New York, this park was first constructed as military parade grounds in 1826 and has since become an iconic feature of our neighborhood representing freedom, human rights, and historical significance.

Things You Didn’t Know About Washington Square Park

Moments of Note

Washington Square Park was the site of the first labor march in our city. In 1834, city stonemasons held a rally due to the loss of work as a result of the city outsourcing labor to prisoners in Sing Sing. Only a few short years later, Samuel F.B. Morse gave the first public demonstration of the telegraph in 1838.

The Washington Arch

The Arch was constructed in 1889 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration. The interesting thing about the Arch is that it was only ever meant to be temporary. Public opinion turned the Arch from a wood and plaster mock-up to the marble piece it is today. The Arch is not solid marble. Actually, it once served as a New York City Parks office, but because of an eroding staircase and weak roof, the Arch is now only used for storage.

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Discover the New York City Fire Museum

New York has a long, unique history and the brave firefighters of our city share in a large piece of our fascinating origins.

Discover the New York City Fire Museum

Stop by the New York City Fire Museum, not far from our hotel, and learn how FDNY went from a small water bucket brigade to the world-renown force that helped turn New York City into the bustling metropolis it is today.
Explore exhibits dating back to 1624 when our city was a Dutch colony known as New Amsterdam. Then fire department was made up of volunteer night watchmen who would patrol the city looking for any sign of smoke or fire with sound makers known as “rattlewatches,” wooden rattles that were meant to alert their neighbors to the danger. See the transition from these humble origins to the training, stories, and technology that keeps us safe today. Admission is $10 for adults and the museum is open seven days a week. Take a stroll from our hotel and learn a major piece of New York history.

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A Holiday in the Stars

With the glittering lights, shiny colors, and glamour of the holiday season surrounding such a fast-paced, no-holds-barred city as our beloved Big Apple, it can become difficult to appreciate the natural beauty within our world.

A Holiday in the Stars

This Christmas season, take note of the magical sights that exist in the mystery of the stars at the “Astronomy Live” series at the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater, just a few minutes down the street from our hotel. Join an intergalactic tour of our solar system, led by legendary astronomers Ted Williams and Irene Pease on December 20, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., and learn what kinds of stellar wonders our space system has in store for us this year. Be the first to get the facts on rumored meteor showers, planetary movements and their effect our planet, and the upcoming lunar eclipse. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase on the planetarium’s website: www.amnh.org

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Live SoHo History at These Three Galleries

Before the Upper West Side, before Greenwich Village, before Chelsea, there was SoHo. Originally viewed as an afterthought, the neighborhood was thrust into the spotlight in the 1970’s, when ascendant artists flocked to the area’s historic, cast-iron buildings —and the spacious, low-rent lofts they contained. Though the district has long passed its heyday, its bohemian legacy remains: View it through an artist’s eyes at these local galleries.

Live SoHo History at These Three Galleries

Peter Freeman, Inc.
Based at 140 Grand Street, art dealer Peter Freeman’s 11,000-square-foot modern gallery features permanent work and temporary exhibitions from a cast of international artists. Pop in from November 8 to December 22, and check out Helen Mirra’s latest installation, “Bones Are Spaces.”

101 Spring Street
From 1968 until his death in 1994, American minimalist Donald Judd worked and lived in this five-story building. Now under the care of his namesake foundation, his former studio is open for advance-booked guided tours, offering a glimpse into the artist’s mind.

TEAM Gallery
The brainchild of Spanish art dealer José Freire, this gallery has operated out of 83 Grand Street since 2006. Emphasizing countercultural works and New Media, TEAM regularly features emerging artists in the vanguard of contemporary art.

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