Archive for 09/25/2011

Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel: New York’s Attractions Just Minutes Away

 

Unique Boutique- The Iroquois Hotel

It would be hard to imagine a more conveniently located hotel than Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois. With Times Square two blocks to the west, Rockefeller Center four blocks north, Grand Central Station two blocks to the east, the United Nations ten minutes further, and Bryant Park two short blocks to the South, the Iroquois on 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue puts all of Manhattan at your service.

Aside from the prime location of the Iroquois the hotel itself is a wonderful counterpoint to the frantic whirlwind of activity Manhattan can bombard a visitor with. The Iroquois is a boutique hotel with a difference: exceptional personal service and the highest level of amenities uniquely position the Iroquois as a hotel which caters to each individual guest in an intimate and warm manner.

Whether you are in New York for business or pleasure, and especially a bit of both, Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel will make it easier for you to enjoy the city that never sleeps.

The Washington Jefferson Hotel is Five Minutes from the Russian Tea Room

Who hasn’t heard of the Russian Tea Room? This extraordinary, world famous restaurant is a convenient walk for guests staying at Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel.

The Russian Tea Room has been making a name for itself for more than eighty years. This exquisitely appointed and impeccably serviced restaurant was founded in 1927 by the members of the Russian Imperial Ballet, and instantly became a gathering place for some of the world’s most lustrous stars of the arts, politics and other members of the intellectual elite.

Russian Tea Room- Five Minutes from Shimmie Horn's Washington Jefferson Hotel

Situated next door to Carnegie Hall, it is a favorite stop of many on their way to enjoy a concert or performance at this illustrious hall. Not far off is another center of music, dance and theater in New York, the world renowned Lincoln Center, less than a seven minute walk away from the Tea Room.

Reservations are highly recommended, due to the popularity of the restaurant. It is also possible to hold a special celebration at the Tea Room, including a wedding reception, birthday, or any other occasion that warrants the special atmosphere and cuisine that the Russian Tea Room provides. The Tea Room can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 800 guests, whether it’s for just cocktails or a full sit-down meal.

If you are going to be at the Washington Jefferson Hotel for any length of time, consider making a reservation and walking over to the Russian Tea Room for an experience you will always treasure.

The AMNH is a Must-See Location for Any Visitor to New York

American Museum of Natural History, New York

One of New York’s most important museums, if not the country’s, is only three blocks away from the Hotel Belleclaire, located on West 77th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue.

The American Museum of Natural History is a treasure of unique and extraordinary proportions. Founded in 1869, the AMNH was first located in the Arsenal building in Central Park until its present home was constructed. The cornerstone of the first building was laid down in 1874 and opened in 1877.

Over the many years since then several buildings have taken over, adding to the grand design and monumental feeling of the dedicated location. The main entrance on Central Park West leads visitors directly into an enormous Roman style basilica where they are welcomed by a scene burned into the memory of all who have gazed upon it; a cast reconstruction of the skeleton of a Barosaurus protecting her children from an attack by a hungry Allosaurus.

Within the building visitors can visit a huge number of exhibits and halls, including but not limited to the Hall of African Mammals, the Hall of Meteorites, and the Halls of Fossils. If stars are more your interest, then by all means visit the adjoining Rose Center for Earth and Space, formerly the Hayden Planetarium.

Whether you are in New York for business or pleasure, make sure the AMNH is on your list of “must-see” places.

New York’s Finest: Rockefeller Center Near the Iroquois Hotel

One of New York’s iconic sites is the world famous Rockefeller Center. From the ice skating rink and the startlingly beautiful Christmas tree in the winter to the fountains, bronze sculpture of Atlas holding up the world and the gilded Prometheus in the Lower Plaza, the great landmarks of Rockefeller center can be recognized at a glance.

Rockefeller Center was built in the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930’s, employing more than 40,000 workers while the country suffered double digit unemployment. At the time, John D. Rockefeller Jr. was well known for his philanthropic activities, but his plan to create a “city within a city” is said by many to be Rockefeller’s “single defining business venture.”

The Center opened in May, 1933, bringing to fruition the philosophy that “art was an act of good citizenship.” Rockefeller Center is filled with works of art, making a tour through the many buildings and plazas like a trip to a living art gallery or museum.  For instance, take a delightful stroll through the Channel Gardens and the Promenade and see the delicate Christmas Angels created in 1954 by Valerie Clarebout  from Aluminum wire, paint and lights; the cast bronze Fountainhead figures, created in 1935 by Rene Paul Chambellan; and of course Prometheus, Paul  Manship’s heroic-sized sculpture, made in 1934 of gilded cast bronze. Prometheus is 18 feet high and weighs eight tons, and is probably the most famous of all of the Center’s magnificent sculptures. The theme of this sculpture, which is the theme of the entire Rockefeller Center, is carved into the red granite wall which is behind Prometheus is a quote from the 6th century B.C. Greek playwright Aeschylus: “Prometheus, Teacher in Every Art, Brought the Fire That Hath Proved to Mortals a Means to Mighty Ends.”

Rockefeller Center is located just a few blocks from Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and 48th to 51st Streets. Consider a visit to one of New York’s grandest locales.