Ho-Ho-Ho-liday Feast!

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First the bad news: that headline was really corny. The good news? While North Square will be closed on Christmas day, we’ll be open for business on Christmas Eve–complete with specials.

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Appetizer specials will include shrimp bisque, wild mushroom soup, eggplant cannelloni and grilled marinated quail.

Entree specials are roasted rabbit loin with wilted spinach, roasted carrots and spiced au jus. And grilled monkfish with herb roasted yellow potatoes, asparagus and a madras curry sauce.

Yum!

So whether you celebrate Christmas or not, give yourself a break and let us do the cooking!

We Heart Christmas Windows

Christmas windows have been a huge part of the New York City holiday season for years. I distinctly remember anxiously waiting on line, then standing as high as I could on my tip-toes to peer at the Lord & Taylor windows when I was a little girl. I can’t imagine it’s much different for the kiddos these days.

Here’s a quick rundown of where to see them and the themes:

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Macy’s (34th & Broadway) is a technology-heavy winter wonderland in its presentation, with an interactive element where you can change what’s happening on the screen with your movements.

The theme of Lord & Taylor (39th & 5th) windows seem much the same as when I was a kid (and this is meant as a compliment). The windows are inspired by vintage New York City, capturing the city’s history of tradition and heritage. The store aims to tell you a holiday story in each window as you walk down Fifth Avenue. And as always, Santa shows up.

The windows at Saks Fifth Avenue (51st & 5th) will depict the story of the Saks Fifth Avenue Yeti, (a cute, not-at-all-scary abominable snowman) said to live on the store’s roof and make snow during the holiday season. And every evening, there’s a 3D light show that maps the holiday story onto the building’s exterior.

Bergdorf Goodman (58th & 5th) goes for the fashion jugular, featuring a “holidays on ice wonderland feast of fashion” displaying clothing from the chicest of the chic.

Barney’s (62nd & Madison) can always be counted on to out-window all the other windows. Visual artist Joanie Lemercier collaborated with Jay Z (Hova!) for four futuristic set pieces complete with incredible light shows and a mini-theater. Visitors can actually become part of the display by climbing inside the last window to take a virtual ride on Santa’s sleigh.

And, finally, the windows at Bloomingdale’s (59th & Lexington) have different county themes, like France, Italy or China. Each window features a big box that swivels around to reveal different scenes in each country.

 

The New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

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So, technically model train shows are geared towards children, but you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them, do you? Remember Bobby Bacala on The Sopranos? (Okay, I know it didn’t end well, but still…)

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This yearly event is truly fun for everyone. There are more than a dozen large-scale model railway trains–from American steam engines and streetcars from the late 1800s to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains and trolleys.

The scenery that the trains pass through include waterfalls, rustic bridges and tunnels, plus local landmarks like the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Oh–and Thomas the Tank Engine will be there. Score!! Who doesn’t love Thomas?

The show runs daily through January 12th (except for Christmas day) and it’s just a short train ride from Grand Central to get there. It’s probably smart to purchase your tickets ahead of time, due to its popularity.

So check this out. The attention to detail is mind-blowing. I mean, how amazing is this:

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Trees Are Being Lit Up All Over!

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Tonight is the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. This 75-year-old, 76-foot spruce from Shelton CT will be illuminated by 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and topped with a 9 ½-foot-wide Swarovski star.

Of course there will be stars of another sort performing–Mary J. Blige (love her!), Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson, to name a few.

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FYI, the first Christmas tree was set up in 1931 by workers who were building Rockefeller Center. The first tree-lighting ceremony ceremony was held in 1933, 80 years ago.

If you can’t get there–or hate crowds–NBC is broadcasting the event starting at 8 p.m., so be sure to tune in if you don’t want to miss the action.

Never to be outdone, we Village folk are having our own tree lighting here in Washington Square Park on December 11th from 5 to 6 p.m. under the arch. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet will play holiday songs–and children and grown-ups alike are encouraged to raise their voices and join in. (And no, you don’t have to be a good singer. Trust me. I know from experience.)

Oh, and Rock Center may have Kelly Clarkson, but we’ll have Santa Claus, people! (Now tell me who has the bigger star?) So come on down, give Santa your list, and stop by for a drink!

And finally, if you can’t make it to any of the above ceremonies, the Metropolitan Museum of Art conducts a tree lighting ceremony every Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.

So there you have it. We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far!

 

 

 

Put On Your Yarmulke…Here Comes Hannukah!

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Yes, folks, Thanksgivvikuh is finally upon us. Today marks the beginning of Hanukkah and in celebration of the first night, we want to make you happy.

So we’re posting this:

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Are you smiling yet?

Have a wonderful Hannukah and Thanksgiving from your pals at the Washington Square Hotel!

 

So You're Visiting New York City On Thanksgiving Day

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What’s there to do? Is anything open?

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Of course, there’s the parade. That’s a no-brainer for some folks, but not for everyone. Fear not…there’s plenty of other ways to spend the holiday here:

Go ice skating! It’s cold enough but not so frigid that you’ll secretly hate whomever came up with that stupid idea to strap on blades and swoosh around on ice when it’s -30 degrees outside. The Wollman and Lasker Rinks in Central Park, The Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park, the Riverbank State Park uptown and Rockefeller Center rinks are all welcoming skaters on Thursday.

Take the kids (or adults) to the Central Park Zoo. Check out the Sea Lions, Red Panda or the oh-so-creepy-looking Emerald Tree Boa.

Speaking of Central Park, all of our city parks are open. Spend an afternoon wandering through Riverside, Prospect or any other green public space soaking up the late autumn sun.

And residents and visitors alike can pay their thanks and good fortune forward by volunteering with groups like God’s Love We Deliver, who cook up and transport delicious meals to those who are too ill or incapacitated to cook themselves. Or Citymeals-on-Wheels, which provide at-home nourishment to the elderly.

And you know that you can have a fine feast with us, right?

However you plan to spend your day, have a wonderful one.

Lots of love from your friends at the Washington Square Hotel! xxoo

It's That Time Of Year…For Craft Fairs!

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Personally I hate that the holiday season–at least its commercial side–appears to start earlier and earlier every year. We’ve barely wiped off our Halloween makeup when the television ads and newspaper circulars start flying at us full force.

That being said, the holidays are indeed upon us and they do necessitate buying gifts so it’s time to get organized, people. Certainly our Jewish chums need to get on the ball, because Hannukkah starts in just a little more than a week! Yes, it’s Thanksgivukkah–brought to you by a calendar clash that happens once in a gazillion years.

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So way before there are stockings to stuff, there will be eight nights of gifts to be given. And here in New York, there are a bunch of seasonal craft fairs throughout the city where you can find unusual and cool gifts.

The Grand Central Holiday Fair is open every day–and blessedly indoors, which is such a plus on a chilly day. Seventy six vendors will be hawking ornaments, clothing, jewelry and home decor items.

The Union Square Holiday Market viagra no prescription isn’t open until the 21st, but it will be open seven days a week through December 24th. Not only can you get wonderful crafts, but you can stock up on produce and meats at the Farmer’s Market.

The Bryant Park Holiday Shops features more than 120 artisans and merchants from around the world through January 5th.

And finally, when it opens on December 3rd, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market will feature over a hundred vendors and a wide selection of unique and handmade gifts.

Happy shopping!

Six Reasons You Should Have Thanksgiving With Us

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1. You don’t have to have turkey. Not everyone loves the traditional feast. We can serve you venison loin, arctic char, lamb shank, or even lobster.

2. You don’t even have to have meat. We’re providing a vegetable plate as an entree for our vegetarian guests.

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3. Your drunken uncle will no doubt be chatting up our server instead of you. You’re welcome. Now enjoy your meal.

4. We have pumpkin pie. And apple pie. And pistachio creme brulee and chocolate mousse cake for the pie-averse.

5. No fighting over who has to do the dishes. We do all of them–every single one. You don’t even have to dry.

6. Not one of us will ask you when you’re finally going to get married. We swear. We won’t even quiz you on whether or not you’re dating.

So there you have it. We’ll cook, feed you, clean up after you and distract your crazy relatives. All for $55. Now that’s something to be thankful for. Check out the whole menu and make your reservations here.

 

 

Holiday Entertainment With The Kids

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I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But if you’re planning to come to the city and want to attend one of the popular holiday shows or ballets with your little ones, now’s the time to get tickets. In between checking out the Rock Center tree and department store windows, bring the kiddos to a real New York City holiday event. Here are a few crowd favorites:

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Tickets are on sale for The New York City Ballet’s version of George Ballanchine’s The Nutcracker. The magical world of toy soldiers and Sugar Plum Fairies are just as magical for adults as they are for the youngsters. Performances start on November 29th and run through January 4th. Tickets start at $89.

Yeah, it’s really corny. But face it, isn’t the whole holiday season a big, fat  ball of corny? And kids invariably love it. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, indian pharmacy featuring the Rockettes, starts this week and runs through the end of the year. Tickets start at $39.

A Christmas Story runs from December 11th through December 29th at the Theater in Madison Square Garden. The musical version of Ralphie’s painful yearning for his Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle has been playing to sold-out audiences for the last few years. Tickets start at $63.

Follow up any of the shows with a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity and you’ll have one happy kid on your hands.

 

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The Parade Is Back!

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Sandy may have given us a swift kick last year, but she can’t keep us down. The Village Halloween parade has returned!

It’s the 40th anniversary of this annual Greenwich Village extravaganza, and the theme is “Revival”. (Hear that, Sandy?) Costumes and puppets from all forty years the parade has been in existence will be brought back to life to pay homage to the Village’s biggest party. So I guess among the Miley Cyruses and Duck Dynasties, we’ll catch a glimpse of Donna Summer or Alf or maybe even an Ed Koch lookalike–no doubt carrying a sign asking, “How Am I Doin’?”

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The parade order prescription viagra begins at 7 p.m. on 6th Ave. and Spring St. and winds up at around 10:30 on 16th St. Click here to see the entire route, subway info and whatnot.

So stop by the lounge and show us your costume! We promise that our bartenders are currently living, as are the guests of the hotel–and Jack Nicholson hasn’t been spotted anywhere near us for quite some time (at least that we’re aware of).

Until then, I leave you with this:

Yeah…I’m not going to sleep tonight either.