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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.

Six Degrees of Separation

Award winning drama Six Degrees of Separation has been revived on Broadway this year.  Now, close to Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel, guests can take a stroll along the Theater District and enjoy leading roles played by Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey. The production is based on David Hampton’s true story, a con man who turns up at a Manhattan couple’s door pretending to be Sidney Poitier’s son, bleeding from a knife wound.  What transpires is fascinating to watch, how this con man ignites a kind of spiritual awakening in the couple.

Allison Janney has won seven Emmy’s and has been nominated twice for a Tony award.  She is most well known for her acting in The West Wing in the character of C. J. Cregg.

The show opened in New York’s Theater District on April 25 and will play until July 16.


Broadway News

broadwayIt seems like Broadway is getting Jake Gyllenhaal back. Next year he’s returning to the theatrical scene in a short revival of “Sunday in the Park With George.” This will mark the first show in almost 5 decades (40 years) that is being put back onto stage at Hudson Theatre.

In the concert performances Gyllenhaal anchored in October (within the context of a more fully developed version of a four-performance City Center benefit concert), critics were blown away and it was sold out. A New York Times reviewer referred to it as “one of those shows that seems destined to be forever spoken of with misty-eyed bragging rights by anyone who sees it.”

In the nearer future if one finds themselves near Broadway not-to-miss shows currently include: Fiddler on the Roof, The Best of Mormon, Something Rotten among others.

The Theater District: The World’s Stage

theaterShimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson – set in a relaxed ambience within a tree-lined block but close enough to Broadway’s bright lights – has something for everyone. Whether for business or leisure, travelers visiting Manhattan can take in a show at the nearby Theater District, or just enjoy the other features Manhattan has to offer.
It has been said that even though Shakespeare was the brains behind “all the world’s a stage,” it is actually New York – and specifically The Theater District in Manhattan – that is the world’s stage. With 40 Broadway theaters and many more Off- and Off-Off Broadway locations, NYC has dramas, comedies, musicals and theatrical events in their thousands!
From The Humans, The Front Page, Hamilton and the New Isaac Berlin Musical – Holiday Inn, there really is something for everyone.
So when you’re lounging at The Washington Jefferson and are seeking a real taste of one of the things that makes New York famous, check out more of the available shows  here.

Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel


If you love the theater and are looking for a relaxing vacation, there is no better location than the Washington Jefferson Hotel.  Check out what is going on at New York’s Theater District a 10 minute walk away from the hotel.

Times Square on Christmas

christmasTimes Square on Christmas is a must-see for tourists. Possibly a must-avoid for locals but for those who find themselves vacationing at Shimmie Horn’s luxurious Washington Jefferson Hotel, the theater district is filled with joy and tinsel. Try getting through the spray paint artists, costumed panhandlers, theater patrons and tourist bus ticket sellers though and you might decide it’s time to go back to Shimmie Horn’s hotel!

The holiday season in Times Square is indeed a bit stressful but for tourists, it really is a great place to visit. Granted, on a daily basis, around 170,000 commuters pass through the area so over the holiday season it is going to be really crazy. In fact the figure for this time of year is around 450,000.

But wouldn’t it be a fun after dinner party story to share with friends back home after your vacation? How bad would you feel if you had to reveal that you stayed at the Washington Jefferson Hotel, right smack bang in Times Square and didn’t even venture out at the most colorful time of year?

And don’t forget, it’s not as bad as it seems. There is of course the extra infrastructure that is set up just before all the celebrations begin to deal with this additional traffic. Isn’t it worth just taking a peek? Go on, brave it; everyone deserves a bit of Christmas spirit!

Spiderman: Times Square Everyday Hero

If you happen to be staying at Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel, right now there is some extra protection in the nearby vicinity. “Spiderman” (aka the guy dressed up as Spiderman for the kids) actually engaged in quite a heroic act, somewhat akin to his real life character.

A guy on the street at Broadway and West 44th, was harassing street performers and in stepped the Times Square Spiderman to the rescue! Of course it was videoed so see for yourself. And remember, Times Square is protected by superheroes!

The West Side Wonder of DeWitt Clinton Park

DeWitt Clinton Park War Memorial

Snuggled among the businesses and residences on the Manhattan’s West Side, between 54th and 52nd Streets and 12th and 11th Avenues, is a lovely bit of green known as DeWitt Clinton Park.

Named after ten-term New York City mayor, and New York State Governor of eight years, the park memorializes this visionary and life-long politician. Perhaps Clinton’s most inspired idea was to implement the innovative Manhattan grid-system in 1811; but what he is best known for is his planning and promotion of the great, State-funded, Erie Canal.

Park facilities include a dog run, baseball fields, a garden of perennials, basketball and handball courts and the Erie Canal playground which was newly renovated in 1996.

DeWitt Clinton Park is a great oasis of green to visit if you happen to be staying at Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel, which is just a short distance away on 51st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Casellula for a Unique Wine and Cheese Experience

It’s always exciting to find something a bit different to do in New York City. How about an eating experience that is almost sure to please, but is not your ‘run-of-the-mill’ latest fad cuisine? Check out Casellula Cheese and Wine Café, and you might just get that unique experience.

Unique Cheese and Wine at Casellula

Casellula is located at 401 West 52nd Street, so if you happen to be a guest at Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel on West 51st Street, you are only a short stroll to this fab café which specializes in handmade and farmstead cheeses, but has a lot more to offer.

This place is serious about cheese, with over 40 varieties from around the world, from the most obscure; to the mildest and strongest; from fresh to washed to blue. Each cheese is served with its own particularly well-suited condiment, and there is a wide variety of wines and beers to pair off with the cheese you choose.

There is also a wonderful food menu which includes a list of eight kinds of meats to pick from; salads; elegant sandwiches like goose breast Reuben; and assorted other surprises such as mac and cheese and rabbit and Chanterelle mushroom pie.

Note that Casellula does not take reservations, and does not require any special attire to dine there. So go on over and discover something new in the neighborhood.

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.