Archive for 01/26/2018

Entertainment for Kids in New York

There is a lot going on at the moment in New York for kids.  And there are many upcoming fun events in the area too.  As part of a weekend-long, one-of-a-kind Lego Live NYC event early next month, Pier 36 is going to be transforming into 65,000 square feet of Lego wonderland.

Featured there will be areas for kids to build their own Legos along with Lego movie models from Star Wars and Ninjago films. So for kids who have always dreamed of meeting these guys as well as true experts in the field (known as Master Builders), or for younger Lego fans wanting a piece of the action (playing a real-live version of Minecraft), this is the place to be!

Other local fun and educational entertainment for kids can be found through the Gwinnett County Public Library’s North Georgia Reads program. While initially not too excited by ‘just a storyteller,’ NYT bestselling children’s author and storyteller Deedy received an incredible welcome when she joined the program.  A partnership involving 46 north Georgia library systems with bestselling authors “in an effort to increase library participation and interest” – especially in today’s world of mobile device addiction – it seems to be working.  Deedy began her “cuento” (Spanish for story) as she sprinkled Spanish through her tale, creating quite a riveting and enchanting performance.  Her Havana background enabled her to add a taste of Spain as she performed at the King Lutheran Church at Peachtree Corners’ Christ.

The Evolution of the Hotel Belleclaire

Last week, New York Times contributor Michael Milton described many of the changes the Hotel Belleclaire has endured since its humble beginnings in the early 20th century.   Personifying the hotel – a part of Shimmie Horn’s Triumph hotel network – he had admired it himself for so long that in 1982 he vowed “someday [to be] living in that building.”

The Hotel Belleclaire has seen many faces (including famous ones like Maxim Gorky, Babe Ruth and Mark Twain) and has also endured its share of dramatic action.  But in recent years it has undergone quite the renovation, becoming the quintessentially boutique hotel it is today. As Milton so eloquently describes:

But the lobby has since been recreated with an eye toward the hotel’s elegant past. It is now light-filled and wood paneled, with subtle dark stone insets in the walls near the elevators. After much work, the simple original mosaic — worthy of a prosperous Pompeian merchant’s home — has been unearthed. Hiding beyond a black dropped ceiling and lost to everyone’s memory was a vast expanse of glass which once covered the hotel’s fashionable Palm Court and has now been restored to its full glory.

In addition, the hotel is currently undergoing “a partial exterior restoration, an undertaking which will help bring back much of its original grandeur.”  All the changes themselves have an impact as they are happening, as Hotel Belleclaire Manager Robert Holmes said pointing out that where the limestone was from (Indiana) and how it “pulled up from a site close to one [architecture Emery] Roth used for the original limestone decorations.”

As Winston Churchill once said, “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”  With this statement he must have been referring to the Hotel Belleclaire.

Getting in Shape in the New Year

Now that Christmas and the New Year and all the festivities are behind us, it’s a good time to start getting into shape.  Studies have found however, that for those who are too ambitious when it comes to establishing a fitness routine, they end up quitting all too quickly.

Starting slow is essential.  At any of Shimmie Horn’s Triumph hotels, we treat our guests to wonderful walking tours throughout Manhattan, suitable for all weathers and seasons.  In conjunction with Streetwise New York Tours, from today there are tours exploring “the hidden gems of Times Square” (from the Washington Jefferson Hotel today), fashion and art in the Financial District and classic Midtown Manhattan to name but a few.

These complimentary walking tours compliment the R&R one will get when staying at any of the Triumph hotels.

Events this Month

Every Wednesday night go pub crawling with the East Village Pub Crawl.  Featuring the very best of Greenwich Village, participants get to enjoy four of the village’s “hottest drinking establishments,” and enjoy beer pong, karaoke, DJS and live music! Check it out next Wednesday – 17th – or the week after (24th). Free to enter (with FREE shots), there are awesome drink deals for “pub crawl only” merrymakers at each bar.

The first Epicurean Nights series will be held on February 20 at Williamsburg’s National Sawdust.  Featuring artists, chefs and musicians, the two day long event will be a truly delectable dining experience, with a four-course meal prepared by Frederic Robert (pastry chef) and Patrick Connolly (chef).  As well guests will be privy to the musical talents of the following artists:  Anthony Roth Costanzo (Opera singer); Eric Epstein (video projection artist) Yuka Honda (of Cibo Matto), Stéphane San Juan (drummer).

If neither of these events appeal then check out New York City Events February 2018 Calendar featuring a slew of various concerts (Billy Joel, Robert Plant, Blues Traveler among others) shows and special events.  These include: the Westminster Dog Show and New York Tennis Open. Make sure you check the calendar for each day though since between February 19 and 23, due to NYC School MidWinter Recess, the calendar is subject to amendments.

Cold Weather Activities

Yes it’s very cold.  But if you’re anything like a typical New Yorker, you’ll know how to bundle up and not have to miss out on anything the city that never sleeps has to offer, come rain or snow!  There are of course some great local cafes and other eateries for those who want to go out, but don’t want to go out and for tourists and locals alike this is a great way to people watch and enjoy the best hot cocoa.  Because that’s always fun too and will sure to please all the family.

For the braver among us, go ice-skating!  It seems crazy (and perhaps that’s why it’s free), but Bryant Park’s Winter Village features a wonderful 17,000 square-foot outdoor rink.  The only fee is the $20 for renting skates but if you have your own it’s a great free day out!  Just bundle up and think about the hot cocoa you’re going to enjoy afterwards.

Those wanting to do something a bit more meaningful, go along to the Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now in its 32nd year, the event features a keynote speaker, gospel legend musical performances and more.

And to express your gratitude (because we should all be doing more of that), the House of Yes puts you back in the New Year’s spirit with an evening of circus acts, jubilant dancing and psychedelia.

Don’t be afraid of the cold….get out there and enjoy NYC and all it has to offer this January.