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4 Fun Things to Do in Lower Manhattan March 2017

We’re just as shocked as you are that it’s already March! Time flies when you’re having fun and enjoying everything New York City has to offer? Before we dive into spring, here are a few farewell-to-winter celebrations we suggest to round out the cold season: Orchid Show (New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx; Now until April 9) It’s that time of year again and this year’s Orchid Show theme is Thailand. Travel to Southeast Asia to discover beautiful blooms without actually traveling there! Be sure to visit their website for special events and more details on Orchid Evenings. St. Patrick’s Day There’s nothing more exciting than celebrating Irish heritage with green beer or jumping into a parade! From Sunnyside to Midtown, there are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York City. For more St. Patty’s Day happenings, visit TimeOut New York’s complete synopsis on all Irish-related events. Sunday Brunch at the Met (Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, 30 Lincoln Center, New York; Now until May 7) The Met is now open on Sundays and this season opera fans are invited to explore the facility and enjoy an afternoon meal with a show! The $39 Prix Fixe includes an Endless Mionetto Prosecco cocktail and a performance by rising Met stars. NYC Craft Beer Festival (Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York; March 24 – 25) There’s only one place to sample an extensive and diverse offering of craft beers, meads, ciders and spirits and that’s at the 2017 NYC Craft Beer Festival! Whether you love beer or cocktails, there’s something for everyone....

Visiting One World Trade Observatory

Our ever expanding Q&A Perks Program recently added One World Observatory as a new partner! As a “welcome to the relationship”, our hotel marketing team was invited to experience this amazing new landmark first hand. Here is everything you need to know before checking out the most remarkable views of Manhattan and beyond: Fun facts Opened in May 2015, One World Observatory has hosted over 3 million visitors thus far. That’s just about 95 thousand guests every month! When walking through the ground level exhibits, you can’t miss the glorious LED screen display and special program, Voices, which pays homage to all of the construction workers who assisted with the project. The average construction worker spends anywhere from 3 to 6 months on a project, but the majority of construction workers for One World Observatory spent nine years lending their skills. Also fascinating—a number of these workers’ parents helped with the construction of the original World Trade Center! For another interesting fact, did you know there’s enough concrete in the building to lay sidewalk from Manhattan to Chicago? On your way up Pay special attention on your way up because it’ll be over before you know it! It takes approximately 47 seconds from the ground level to reach the 102 floor. One World Observatory hosts the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere traveling at 28 mph. While you’re traveling up, the floor to ceiling screens show a variety of NYC attractions from all sightlines. Visit during the day AND night The best time to visit One World Observatory is about an hour before sunset. This way you can see...

Eataly Downtown

Fear not! You no longer have to travel to Midtown’s Flatiron District to explore Eataly’s greatest wonders—there is a new (ish) Eataly in FiDi. Located on the third floor of World Trade Center Tower 4, the 40,000 square-foot space offers a mix of new services, including breakfast, and a variety of the classics, like their renowned cheese and meat counters. It has been said that one can spend an entire day there from breakfast until dinner. Well, we challenged this notion and did so ourselves! Here are a few exciting things you can do while exploring Eataly Downtown: Grab some juice. Eataly added a popular breakfast option! Juice Bar serves a selection of freshly-pressed juices and smoothies. Full of flavor, each drink is packed with nutritious fruits and vegetables that are sourced from sustainable regional farms. Shop until you drop. From meats to cheese, chocolate to coffee and beer to wine, everything you ever need to stock your pantry and refrigerator is sold at Eataly. Keep in mind, the theme for the FiDi location is bread so there are a few more counters available to satisfy your warm, fluffy yet crunchy cravings.. Eataly’s wood-burning oven was brought over from Spain and assembled on location brick by brick. It doesn’t get more authentic than that. Learn something new. Aside from the variety of cook books and kitchen guides, Eataly also provides cooking classes and demonstrations. Sign up and attend any of the foodiversita classes, their free food “university” courses. Learn how to shape gnocchi or taste the difference between Tuscany and Sicily extra virgin olive oil. Classes are daily and...

4 Fun Things To Do In Lower Manhattan During January 2017

Give yourself a pat on the back – you survived the holiday season in NYC! While you may have thought the plethora of things to do in this great city peaked with the celebrations of November and December, there are still plenty of new and exciting things to do to kick off the new year! Whether you’re looking for an educational walking tour or something new in the performing arts scene, there are a host of exciting activities happening in New York City this January: 2nd Avenue Subway OPEN (72nd Street Station, 86th Street Station and 96th Street Station on Second Avenue, New York) After nearly 100 years, the 2nd Avenue Subway is finally open! An extension of the Q train, riders are able to access the Upper East Side with ease. The MTA also commissioned various local artists to design each station. Check out the stunning mosaics by acclaimed artist Church Close at the 86th Street Station. Phantom of the Opera (January 9 – June 17; Majestic Theatre, 247 West 44th Street, New York) Spend an evening watching the timeless yet tragic love story, Phantom of the Opera. Based upon the tale of a masked man who’s obsessed with a well-known Paris Opera House performer, the evolution of this dark,  jaw-dropping, performance will leave you wanting more! Discount tickets for $89 are available Monday through Thursday. Jewish Film Festival (January 11 – 24; Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theatre, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York) The New York Jewish Film Festival is back and this year’s line-up of films and documentaries are even better than last. The Jewish Museum...

4 Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve in New York City

Well… you’re in the center of it all. The mecca for New Year’s celebrations; New York City! Depending on who you are, this could be extremely exciting or the worst news you’ve heard in a while. Fear not – we’ve researched 4 ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Manhattan (for all personality types). Party Animal Release your inner party animal and go forth and fiesta! Start in the mix of it all by watching the ball drop from right in Times Square then head over to Copacabana, a large 3 level nightclub in Midtown, and continue the party. If you would like a decent spot to watch the ball drop, make sure you get there by 3pm or earlier and prepare for a crowd! If you still want to party but Midtown isn’t your scene, visit joonbug.com for all the popping NYE events around the city. Fancy Frolicker If you got it – spend it! Enjoy an evening with Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band at the Edison Ballroom. Every ticket includes a four-course meal and the opportunity to practice your best dance skills surrounded by tuxes and gowns in a luxurious Art Deco ballroom. Tickets range from $250 to $350 dollars. Bar Hopper Start at MACE located in Alphabet City on 9th Street and travel down Avenue A, B or C stopping in bars along the way. Some of our favorites include: The Wayland, The Summit Bar, Cienfuegos, Drexler’s and Manitoba’s. These are just a few out of dozens of bars located in and around Alphabet City. Quiet Mouse Don’t feel like going balls-to-the-wall to...

Discovering NYC Series: Best Holiday Markets in NYC

‘Tis the season to get together with friends, family and loved ones and enjoy each other’s company. ‘Tis also the season to buy everyone gifts for the holidays! Instead of dreading mall crowds or busy streets in SoHo, adventure to one of the many holiday markets in New York City. Here are our top favorites and what each has to offer: Winter Village at Bryant Park (Now until January 5th; Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, New York) Probably one of the most iconic and picturesque markets in New York City, Bryant Park’s Winter Village not only provides a variety of shopping stalls but also free ice skating ($20 rental for skates), food and warm beverages to soothe your holiday soul! Union Square Holiday Market (Now until December 24th; Union Square at 14th Street, New York) Spend an entire day here at this funky, European-styled winter market full of local and national goodies. Whether you need leather goods, artwork or something sparkly for that special someone, Union Square Holiday Market has it all. Stop by Momofuku Milk Bar’s stall for a quick snack break. Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market (Winter season; Chelsea Market, 88 10th Avenue, New York) While the Artists & Fleas Market normally resides in Williamsburg, every winter season they take over a portion of Chelsea Market to spread the holiday cheer, Brooklyn-style. Shop for a variety of unique craft items—perfect for that quirky friend. Columbus Circle Holiday Market (Now until December 24th; West 59th Street and Broadway, New York) After perusing through Central Park’s wintery sights, head over to the...