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Get a Great Night’s Sleep at The Iroquois

iroquoisOne of Shimmie Horn’s hotels is Midtown Manhattan’s Iroquois. This boutique hotel is not only elegant and centrally-located, it also makes comfort a top priority with each room featuring Comfy Simmons Beautyrest mattresses, comfortable work stations and Jacuzzi tubs. Talking of Beautyrest mattresses, that was one of the big sales that took place in New York on Columbus Day Weekend. For those looking for the comfort of the Iroquois at home, 1800Mattresses had a special a couple of weeks ago offering a 65 percent discount as well as a free Beautyrest air mattress for anyone making a purchase of more than $799.

In addition to its comfort, at the hotel you can enjoy dining at a true gem of a French restaurant – the exquisite Triomphe Restaurant & Lounge, as well as Midtown’s best French restaurant. Or take in the classic, historical ambience as you sip a cocktail at the Lantern’s Keep.

The Iroquois truly is a mark of comfort and style within the bustling New York City. And for those who want to be right in the center of it as well, Shimmie Horn’s boutique hotel is the perfect location.

Japanese Art in Midtown Manhattan

midtown-manhattanYayaoi Kusama, a Japanese artist, has her first artwork displayed in a permanent public place in midtown Manhattan.  Located at 605 West 42nd Street, close to Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel which “combines classic design and contemporary amenities to create a quintessentially New York City experience,” the piece is of a bronze pumpkin that is surrounded by the ‘infinity loop motor court,’ at the building’s entrance.

According to CEO of the Moinian Group, Sky developer (which spearheaded the redevelopment of the area), Joseph Moinian, the company is “deeply proud to present New York with its first Yayoi Kusama bronze Pumpkin for all to enjoy.  It is an honor and a privilege to have such an iconic and important work of art by one of the world’s greatest living artists permanently residing in front of Sky. I hope it will become a cherished emblem of culture in the city for generations to come.”

In terms of art, one of Shimmie Horn’s other hotels – the Hotel Chandler – features many architectural elements reminiscent of the Beaux Arts era, designed by Jorge L. Portero.

Designed by Jorge L. Portero, the Hotel Chandler NY shows off numerous architectural elements reminiscent of the Beaux Arts era.

Mamma Mia! Makes its Midtown Farewell

Having been performing in Midtown for nearly a decade-and-a-half – making it the eighth longest-running show in the history of Broadway – Mamma Mia! is taking its last bow. According to producer of the show, Judy Craymer, the last of its performances at Broadhurst Theatre (located close to Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois New York hotel) will be on September 5 of this year.

Craymer explained:

“Mamma Mia! has celebrated a passionate 14-year love affair with New York City. I am thrilled that Mamma Mia! has brought the music of ABBA to Broadway and so grateful to the hundreds of wonderful actors, musicians, stage managers, crew, front of house staff and the other people of the theatre who have given their professional lives and souls to be part of the Mamma Mia! family and adventure on Broadway. And a huge thank you to our fans who have come from all over the world to see the show. It’s an honour to be recognised as one of the most popular shows in Broadway history and we’re looking forward to celebrating our last summer at the Broadhurst Theatre.”

So if you’re in the area over the next two months, don’t miss it!

New Year’s in New York

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Relaxing near Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel

It’s not that long until New Year’s.  The time has thus come to start planning for the festive occasion.  For those who happen to be fortunate enough to be in New York City – perhaps in the center by the Theater District at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel, or the Bryant Park Hotel – the place to be when the clock strikes midnight is with a great view of the Times Square Ball dropping.

The entire area will seem like an outdoors party.  Starting at 42nd Street and spreading all the way down to Central Park, those who want to enjoy Times Square on New Year’s Eve will be able to participate in a cool party.  Enjoy the city’s lights while watching – live – the infamous drop of the New York City Times Square Waterford Crystal Ball!

For a particularly spectacular view, Sentry Center is where one needs to be.  It towers over 20 stories above all the partygoers, giving one an outstanding view of this infamous event.  Not only will one be privy to the ball dropping, they will also be able to see the tremendous crowds of people outside enjoying their experience watching the city move into 2013.

The Play Company

For those looking for a bit of culture while luxuriating at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel, The Play Company is presenting a special benefit event at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for Broadway’s Glengarry Glen Ross.  This is a Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Mamet, depicting parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicagoan realtors.  So desperate are they to make sales, that they will go to extraordinary unethical and illegal acts.  The name Glengarry Glen Ross comes from the salesmen characters, Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms.

At Angus’ Café Bistro, located on 258 West 44th Street, there will be a pre-show cocktail reception that starts at 6 15.  The Theatre is located at 236 West 45th Street.

Brooklyn Diner Tastes Like Home

Times Square Brooklyn Diner

Heading out to Times Square and looking for a New York eatery with real personality? You are in luck, because the Brooklyn Diner at 155 West 43rd Street at Times Square is just what you are looking for.

Patrons will experience an authentic encounter with some of the most beloved foods of the American cuisine scene, with a special emphasis on the attitude found throughout the major neighborhoods of Brooklyn.  The ethnic kaleidoscope on hand is a United Nations of flavors and styles ‘just like mom used to make, ” including Jewish, Italian, Irish and much, much more.

And no need to “clean your plate” in order to get dessert, either. The desserts are mind-blowing affairs designed to send you practically back to the womb.

Anyone staying at Shimmie Horn’s Hotel Iroquois should stroll on over to Times Square, just a few short blocks away, and relive your childhood at the Brooklyn Diner.

Great Times in Times Square

Times Square

Have you ever wondered why Times Square is such an iconic symbol of New York? How it came to be known as “The Crossroads of the World” and the “Great White Way?” Perhaps we can shed some light on at least a little bit of why this simple intersection of Broadway, Seventh Avenue and 42nd Streets in Manhattan has taken on the role of New York’s heart and soul.

Today Times Square draws more than 39 million visitors each year, making it one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections and one of the most visited tourist attractions anywhere. Visitors are drawn to the theater district which surrounds the area, which is also a major world center for the entertainment industry.

Before 1904 the intersection was called Longacre Square, but was renamed Times Square when the New York Times moved its headquarters to the brand new Times Building, whose address is One Times Square. This special piece of real estate is the site of the world-renowned ball drop of New Year’s Eve, which heralds the New Year for many across the world.

Times Square was not always as pedestrian and visitor friendly as it is today. During the 1910s and 20s the area came to be known as the “Tenderloin” District because it was considered one of the most desirable of New York’s residential neighborhoods. But during the Great Depression of the 30s the area came to be known as dangerous, and during the decades that followed Times Square continued a downward spiral and was no longer considered a decent place to go. From the 60s to the 90s Times Square became a sad symbol of the overall decline of the former pre-eminence of New York as a world cultural center.

Recovery began in earnest in the mid-1990s when Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (1994-2002) began an all-out effort to bring the area back to its former glory. Included in those efforts was improving the neighborhood’s security, pushing out drug dealers and other undesirable elements from the area, opening more attractions geared to tourists, and adding more ‘upscale’ establishments.

If you are staying at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel then you are in a perfect place to check out exciting, inviting and sparkling Times Square, just a few blocks away at 49 West 44th Street.

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.

Explore MoMA from the Iroquois Hotel

Diego Rivera Agrarian Leader Zapata

One of New York’s most important museums, the Museum of Modern Art, is only eight blocks directly north of Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel. MoMA is located at 11 West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

If you are going to be staying at the Iroquois within the next few weeks, there are several noteworthy exhibits which are certainly worth the ten minute walk over to MoMA. One such showing is “Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art” which will be on exhibit now through May 14, 2012.

In 1931 MoMA brought the renowned muralist Diego Rivera from Mexico to New York, where he created five “portable murals” especially for the museum during the six weeks before the opening of the show. The murals dealt with Mexican themes of revolution and class. During the exhibition itself he produced three more murals, dealing with New York subjects and presenting them with monumental images of the urban working class and the terrible social gap which existed in the city during the Great Depression. All eight pieces were on display for the remainder of the run of the show, and Rivera’s work, “Agrarian Leader Zapata” is one of MoMA’s iconic pieces of their vast collection.

MoMA is presenting the murals together again for the first time in 80 years, and adding much more to the show. If you are staying at Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois, you owe it to yourself to see and admire these fine artworks.

db Bistro Moderne Adjoining the Iroquois Hotel

db Bistro Moderne

Located smack dab in the middle of New York’s world famous theater district, Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel is situated in a place which will also satisfy those that love to explore some of New York’s most innovative and classy restaurants.

Take for example a restaurant which boasts a modern interpretation of classic Parisian cuisine, db Bistro Moderne. Located at 55 West 44th Street, it is actually the creation of Daniel Boulud, who brings French cuisine up to the demands of the flavors and preferences of American taste. The menu is based on seasonal offerings prepared to perfection by Chef Laurent Kalkotour. Served in a casual setting, the food is delicious for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is an especially appropriate venue for a meal either before or after the theater.