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Studio 54 A New York Landmark

Studio 54 in 1977

Studio 54, located at 254 West 54th Street, is just a five minute walk from Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel. This theater has a fascinating history which in many ways tells the story of New York’s ever evolving entertainment world.

In 1927 what is now Studio 54 was originally opened as the Gallo Opera House. It was transformed into the New Yorker Theater in 1930, until it was bought by CBS in 1942. The theater then became the home of the original late night talk show, “The Johnny Carson Show.” At the end of the 1970s, after the studio was sold by CBS, the TV studio became the most iconic nightclubs of the disco-era and took the name Studio 54. In 1986 the club closed and became a place for rock concerts for a few years until it finally closed down all together at the end of the 80s. The space went unused and empty until 1998, when the Roundabout Theater Company moved in and produced the famous re-make of Cabaret.

Today Roundabout is still in the premises with a new production in the works. Due to open on May 18, a limited engagement of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey will be performed until August 5, 2012.

Washington Jefferson is THE Hotel for Theater Lovers

Neil Simon Theater

If you are a theater lover and planning a stay at Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel, then you will be perfectly positioned for a great New York visit filled with some of the best theater in the world.

One such place to enjoy an evening out is the Neil Simon Theater, just a few steps away from the Washington Jefferson. Back in 1927 the theater opened as the Alvin, but in 1983 it was renamed in honor of one of America’s most prolific playwrights, Neil Simon.

The name change came as a result of a highly successful run of Neil Simon’s first play of his autobiographical trilogy, Brighton Beach Memoirs. In 1985 the second installment was performed at the newly named theater, Biloxi Blues. Jake’s Women, Simon’s third and final segment opened at the theater in 1992.

Beginning in 2000 the Neil Simon Theater has hosted musicals with two of the best Broadway shows, the well-received revival of The Music Man, and Hairspray, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Beginning on March 22 at the Neil Simon Theater will be a brand new production of one of Broadway’s favorite Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice shows, Jesus Christ Super Star.  The theater is located at 250 West 52nd Street, a five minute walk from Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel.

New Years in New York

If you are lucky enough to be staying at one of Shimmie Horn’s Triumph Hotels

Times Square on New Year's Eve

over the New Year’s holiday, then you are well positioned to have one of the most memorable of all possible New Year’s Eve celebrations.

You can go a New Year’s party at any number of exciting venues, from the Bryant Park Grill, two blocks from the Iroquois Hotel; to a party at Frames NYC, a bowling hot spot with a nightclub, bar and restaurant all rolled into one, just south of the Washington Jefferson Hotel along 9th Avenue; or go to a concert at the Beacon Theater on Broadway and 74th Street, just down Broadway from the Hotel Belleclaire on West 77th Street; Gov’t Mule is featured this New Year’s Eve.

Whichever way you choose to spend the holiday, if you are staying at any of Shimmie Horn’s Triumph Hotels, you are not far from the best entertainment New York City has to offer.

Real French Pastry Five Minutes from Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel

Enjoy real French pastries a short walk from Shimmie Horn's Washington Jefferson Hotel

5 minutes Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel

Craving some real French pastries? If you are staying at Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel, then you are in luck, because La Bergamote Patisserie is about a 5 minute walk away, on 52nd Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues at number 515. The shop on 52nd Street is the second branch of this successful enterprise. Romain Lamaze, the managing director and Stephane Willemin, executive pastry chef, also runs La Bergamote Patisserie Francaise in Chelsea in lower Manhattan, which opened its doors in 1998. This authentically French restaurant and pastry shop owes its success not only to the talented owners, but also to the consistent use of nothing but the freshest and highest quality ingredients, creating flavors which are authentic, delicious and wholesome. La Bergamote Restaurant and Patisserie in the Clinton section of Manhattan on 52nd Street is open from 7am until 10pm 7 days per week.

Bann for Authentic Korean Food Around the Corner from the Washington Jefferson Hotel

Bann Restaurant for Korean Cuisine

Before taking in a show on Broadway, consider stopping at the Bann Restaurant and Lounge for dinner and maybe a drink. Just around the corner form Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel, Bann is located at 350 West 50th Street.

Bann has been serving authentic Korean cuisine at this location since 2005.

Bann is the flagship restaurant of a group of highly acclaimed eateries located on America’s two coasts. Mrs. Young Sook Choi, considered by many to be the primary pioneer in the revolution of modern Korean fare, developed the concept of Bann and its sister restaurants, creating outstanding venues for her cuisine in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, SoHo and in New York’s theater district.

Serving both the familiar and exotic foods of Korea, Bann’s approach to dining takes into account all five senses. If you are visiting New York and staying at the nearby Washington Jefferson Hotel on 51st Street, consider heading on over to Bann for a wonderful taste of Korea.

Birdland Jazz Club New York’s Jazz Headquarters

Great Jazz at Birdland

In the midst of New York’s spectacular theater district is a jazz club of extraordinary stature, The Birdland Jazz Club. Located at 315 West 44th Street, it is just a few short blocks from Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel on West 51st Street.

Ever since the 1920s New York has been considered the ‘Mecca’ of Jazz; practically every major jazz style created in the past seventy years originated here. Charlie Parker, often lovingly referred to as “Bird” was one of the pivotal musical geniuses of the alto saxophone. He is the inspiration behind the Birdland Jazz Club.

The New York Times has called Birdland, “close to perfection for serious fans and musicians.” In its new midtown location jazz lovers can expect to find a music venue with excellent visibility, some ‘elbow room,’ and even a delicious, award-winning menu of classic American cuisine with a sparkle of Cajun, the culinary equivalent of jazz.

If you are staying at the Washington Jefferson, be sure to make Birdland one of your stops and take a jazzy bite from the Big Apple.

Ziegfeld Theater Last Great Movie Palace

If you are staying at the Washington Jefferson Hotel, one of Shimmie Horn’s Triumph Hotels, in midtown Manhattan, you might want to consider a trip down memory lane to what might be the last of the great movie palaces built in the United States.

Today the Ziegfeld Theater is part of the chain of Clearview Cinemas, where you can take in first-run Hollywood films, enjoy encore musical presentations, rent the venue for a meeting, seminar or party, or attend a special event.

The name Ziegfeld attests to a glamorous history, which is reflected today in its stunning décor, 1,169 seating capacity with another 863 seats in the balcony.
The original theater was located just a few meters from today’s 54th street location, at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 54th street. It was constructed in 1927, and torn down in 1966, and named for the entertainment entrepreneur Florenz Ziegfeld, who built the theater with financial backing from William Randolph Hearst.

Today’s theater opened at the end of 1969; built with the design plans of the architecture firm Emery Roth and Sons and interior design by John McNamara, the theater includes plush red carpets and a profusion of gold trim.

A trip to the Ziegfeld is not just a night out to see a movie, but a trip to the glorious past when theaters were elegant, and a night out was magical in New York City.

The Washington Jefferson Hotel: Book in Advance for Winter Discounts

Winter is a great time to visit New York. There is so much to do and see, from ice skating, to Broadway shows and the world’s greatest museums. The city bubbles with excitement as the holidays approach; at Rockefeller Center a great tree is beautifully decorated each year and displayed; right across the street the Rockettes show-off their impeccable dancing skills in specially produced holiday extravaganzas at the iconic Radio City Music Hall; the list of activities for those lucky enough to be in the Big Apple during the winter season is almost endless.

The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall

To make your stay in New York even more satisfying, the Washington Jefferson Hotel offers tempting winter advance purchase deals to help guests save money on their accommodations. Stays of one night are discounted by 10%, while 2 or 3 consecutive nights at the hotel will get a 15% deduction, and guests that stay 4 nights or more in a row will receive a 20% savings on the full price.

The Washington Jefferson Hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan, just minutes away from Times Square, Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, and so much more. Shimmie Horn invites you to check out the Washington Jefferson- with such a great location and alluring winter rates, there is no reason not to come visit New York during this magical holiday season.

Get a Taste of Broadway

Next time you’re in New York, looking for a bit of culture, why not see what’s playing on Broadway?  Whether you’re in the Big Apple for business or pleasure, you should always try to make time for the classics.  One show currently playing is a remake of ‘Anything Goes,’ which originally debuted in 1934.  This musical comedy is being put on by the Roundabout Theatre Company and ticket prices range from $87-137.  It’s been getting some fabulous reviews since it began in April of this year.  It can be seen at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, located at 124 W. 43rd Street, conveniently located close to some exquisite hotels in the area, like Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson, the Hilton Manhattan East, or the Westin New York Hotel, then it’s definitely worth taking a stroll down there to enjoy an evening of entertainment or a matinee performance.

Washington Jefferson Hotel Short Walk from Central Park

One of the world’s most famous inner city parks is located just a few short blocks from Shimmie Horn’s Washington Jefferson Hotel. Just exit the hotel, walk east a few steps to 8th Avenue, and then the 8 blocks north from West 51st Street where the Washington Jefferson is located, to Columbus Circle on 59th Street, and you have arrived at the incredible Central Park.

The park first opened to New Yorkers in 1857 and includes 843 acres of fields, trees, gardens, a zoo, a lake, baseball diamonds, brides, paths and lots more. In the following year a competition was held for a design to improve the park. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux won the design competition, and in 1873 the newly designed, expanded and improved Central Park was ready.

Central Park offers an amazing array of things to do and see within its confines, including two ice-skating rinks, a swimming pool, a wildlife sanctuary, Shakespeare in the Park summer festivals at the Delacorte outdoor amphitheater, and Belvedere Castle. With such a wide selection of things to see and do there, it is no wonder that Central Park is the most visited city park in the United States. Join the crowd and go visit, it’s just a ten minute walk from the Washington Jefferson Hotel.