Archive for 03/28/2012

Porgy and Bess at the Richard Rogers Theater

Porgy and Bess at the Richard Rogers Theater

Renamed the Richard Rogers Theater in 1990 in honor of the great composer of Broadway musicals, the theater was originally opened in 1924 as the 46th Street Theater. In 2006 a major renovation was conducted and today the theater contains a gallery which displays historic objects from the career of Rogers.
Such spectacular hits as Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls and Damn Yankees were performed in this historic theater, and today lucky theater goers can treat themselves to a remake of one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, Porgy and Bess. The classic story, written by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward was set to music by George and Ira Gershwin.  For the first time in over 35 years Porgy and Bess can be seen in all its former glory, and then some.
Guests visiting New York and staying at Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel are perfectly situated to enjoy this exhilarating musical, just a few short blocks away. There are few activities as enjoyable as seeing a Broadway musical; so take advantage of your New York stay and your convenient location at the Washington Jefferson Hotel, and go see Porgy and Bess.

Kid Friendly Manhattan at the Children’s Museum

Traveling with kids in New York? Don’t worry, New York is a great place to show kids a great time. For instance, try a visit to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Children's Museum of Manhattan

at The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street. The CMOM prides itself on its mission to be a place for families to come and learn, grow and play together, for the past thirty years. The museum has been a destination for children to come with their families and become happy, healthy and creative global citizens. Over 350,000 families each year are invited to explore at the museums incredible exhibits, unique programs and wonderful performances.
Some exhibits which children can explore are “Monkey King: A Story from China,” “City Splash,” “Playworks,” and many more. There is a large assortment of workshops, programs and performances which are just perfect for the ages and temperaments of every child.
Take a look at what the Children’s Museum of Manhattan has to offer. If you are staying nearby, for instance at Shimmie Horn’s Belleclaire Hotel at 250 West 77th Street, right off of Broadway, then you are closer than you think to having a fabulous time with your child or children in New York City.

The Belasco: New York History and Theater in One Entertaining Package

The Belasco Theater on West 44th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues is just a half block west of Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel. The Belasco has been the home to some of New York’s most beloved theater since David Belasco opened it in 1907.
Designed by George Keister, the Belasco’s design was conceived to reproduce

Belasco Theater

the intimate setting of a living room or salon. Belasco was a supporter of the “Little Theater” movement which was popular in his day. “Little Theater” propounded that the dramatic experience was determined in a large part by the proximity of the audience to the stage and action of the performance. When one enters the Belasco one is struck by the shallow depth of the auditorium, creating a close environment in which the players and audience can interact in subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways.
The Belasco is Keister’s earliest theater still extant, Having designed 12 others through the years, including Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater. It is adorned with 18 murals created at the theater’s founding by Everett Shinn. A major renovation was undertaken in 2010, and now the Belasco can be enjoyed as it was back in its glorious, earlier days.
Through the years the Belasco was the venue for such startling new concepts in theater such as Oh Calcutta! (1971) and The Rocky Horror Show (1975.) Today the theater is getting ready to showcase End of the Rainbow, which was a huge hit in London and hopes to reproduce the same success on the  Broadway stage. The show opens on March 19 at 8pm, and is now scheduled to run through early September. Treat yourself to a great time, especially if you are staying at the Iroquois, or any other of Shimmie Horn’s Triumph Hotels located throughout Manhattan.

The Crooked Knife is Just Two Blocks from the Hotel Chandler

If you are staying at Shimmie Horn’s Hotel Chandler on 31st between Madison

The Crooked Knife

and Fifth Avenues then you are only two short blocks away from an intimate bar and restaurant called The Crooked Knife. Located at 29 East 30th Street between Madison and Park, you will have a great time dining on the delicious food in the warm and comfortable restaurant and pub which offers both indoor and outdoor dining.
Enjoy a large variety of traditional American, Italian and Irish cuisine selected from a menu which changes daily. Live music events and the ability to host private parties help to make the Crooked Knife a unique eatery in the heart of one of Manhattan’s most exclusive areas.
The Crooked Knife (the name is derived from the Dutch name of a small brook which flowed through the area like a ‘crooked little knife,’ ‘Crom messie,’in bygone days) is a great place for lunch and dinner; just a matter of minutes from Shimmie Horn’s Hotel Chandler.