The Apthorp, 1909
Just one block away from the elegant Belleclaire Hotel is one of New York City’s designated landmarks, the apartment building known as the Apthorp. It was designed by the renowned architects of Clinton and Russell for the failed politician and absentee landowner William Waldorf Astor.
The Apthorp is in the style of Renaissance Revival, was built between the years 1906 and 1908, and fills the entire block between 78th and 79th Streets and between Broadway and West End Avenue. Today this historic building is a condominium, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Anyone with any interest in architecture, or would just enjoy seeing a quintessential building from the great heyday of New York City development, should stop by the Apthorp and take in a little bit of New York history, design, and style.
Even if you are in New York on business, it does not mean you can’t enjoy some of the special New York sights, sounds and experiences the Big Apple has to offer. One of the more popular events for visitors as well as tried and true New Yorkers are the incredible free concerts offered not only in Central Park, but throughout the five boroughs.
This coming Sunday, August 28th, come hear, for free, “Jagged Edge,” “Avant,” and “Melanie Fiona.” The show begins at 3pm at the Central Park SummerStage, an outdoor showcase situated at the Rumsey Playfield which can found on East 72nd Street right off of Fifth Avenue. Come early, up to 90 minutes before the show begins, to get a good spot on the grass. Don’t forget to bring some water, a picnic dinner, and a blanket to sit on. This quintessential New York summer activity is sure to please. Who says business and pleasure don’t mix? In New York it surely mixes well.
No trip is complete to New York without some time in Central Park. Take a carriage ride around, enjoy the Central Park Zoo, or catch some Shakespeare in the Park during the summer months. Central Park always has something interesting going on, whether you’re in for a day or enjoying an extended stay at the Belleclaire Hotel owned by Shimmie Horn.
When you finish strolling through the park, or enjoying some of the many activities there, take some time to go through the Museum of Natural History. This is a day in and of itself, with oodles of interesting things to see and admire. In the evening, enjoy a concert, ballet or opera at Lincoln Center and you’ll have capped off the perfect day in New York.
If you happen to find yourself in New York – on business or pleasure – and it is your first time in the Big Apple, there are a few must-see landmarks. One of these of course is the famous Empire State Building (ESB). In walking distance from Shimmie Horn’s Chandler Hotel, you simply have to check out the Tower Lights schedule of events as you can’t leave New York without having experienced that. Indeed, using its “iconic lightings” the ESB “celebrates many cultures and causes in the world community.”
The official Lighting Partner program of the ESB was set up in 2006. According to its website the tower lights are used to “recognize key milestones, events, charitable organizations, countries and holidays throughout the world, not political or religion related events.”
They are quite spectacular and if you happen to be at the Chandler Hotel in a couple of weeks’ time, check out the green, white and orange lights in honor of the 31st annual India Day Parade on August 19 or 20th.