Put On Your Yarmulke…Here Comes Hannukah!


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.

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


So You're Visiting New York City On Thanksgiving Day


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!


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


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


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!


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.



Halloween Is Popping Up All Over!


Everyone loves Halloween. What’s not to love? The holiday just screams fun. Fulfilling a fantasy to be someone (or something) other than yourself for at least a few hours certainly trumps stuffing your face with turkey and cranberry sauce in my book. (I mean, I can be Marilyn Monroe and eat tootsie rolls double-fisted at the same time? Yep. Count me in.)

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I really don’t think there is any place that is as passionate about the holiday as Greenwich Village. The annual Halloween parade is an unbelievable spectacle of creativity and good humor. The event was cancelled last year, possibly for the first time. (Damn you, Sandy!) But it’s back on, and I dare you to find a more inventive bunch than the Draculas, goblins, zombies, Duck Dynasty dudes or Miley Cyrus wannabees that will march up Sixth Avenue this October 31.

In fact, Halloween is a big deal around the entire city. buy cheap viagra in uk Shopkeepers keep overflowing bowls of candy on hand for sugar-obsessed kiddies that trick or treat along Broadway. Apartment buildings hold lobby pizza parties for their tiniest tenants before they knock on their neighbors’ doors begging for yummy things. Costumes are planned and discussed extensively weeks–even months–ahead.

Which brings me to the phenomenon of Halloween costume pop-up stores. Pop-ups begin appearing in late September all around the city. Probably the most widely-known is the transformation of Ricky’s stores into temporary Halloween stores. Ricky’s is a local funky beauty/fashion chain that converts a bunch of their outlets into costume emporiums every October. Make-up, wigs, entire costumes…everything you need you can find here. (By the way, the regular Ricky’s is pretty great, too.)

Halloween Pop-Up at 475 Sixth Avenue (between W.11th and W.12th)  has a bunch of prepackaged costumes plus a big supply of paraphernalia. Rotten teeth? Check. Fake blood and guts? Uh-huh.

Nifty Thrifty, an online vintage shop, is hosting a pop-up inside a Williamsburg barbershop (Seven Stars Beauty Salon, 556 Grand St. near. Lorimer St.) from October 25th through the 27th. Nifty Thrifty has a more create-it-yourself vibe than the other pop-ups. You’ll find everything from vintage prom dresses (Carrie!) to legwarmers from the 70′s (Flashdance!) and it’s up to you to make it work.

Between all the great options here in the city, I predict that it’s going to be a great Halloween.

I’m still on the fence as to my costume. What are you going to be?


Leave The Gun, Take The Cannoli


Today is Columbus Day, a holiday in which our Italian friends celebrate their history and culture. And we’re celebrating our Italian friends! What other group of people can boast that they gave our country Chianti, Verdi, Sophia Loren and the two best members of the Rat Pack. (Sorry, Sammy and Joey.) And we can’t forget one of the finest gifts that they’ve ever given us….cannoli!

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Cannoli are Sicilian pastry deserts…tube shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy ricotta filling.

Here in New York City, folks can find probably the best cannoli north of Palermo.

Ferrara Bakery & Cafe, on Grand St. in LIttle Italy ship their goodies all over the US! Try the cannoli hand-dipped in delicious dark chocolate.

Also located in Little Italy, Caffe Palermo, on Mulberry St. serves up some delicious specimens. They buying viagra actually sponsor a Cannoli Eating Contest during the Feast of San Gennaro, so clearly they take those little cream-filled rolls seriously.

Right here on Bleecker St. in the West Village, you can find Pasticerria Rocco. Grab a regular cannolo, one dipped in chocolate or a Black & White (dipped in white and milk chocolate).

The East Village contributes to our cannoli cravings with Veniero’s Pasticerria on East 11th St. actually sells a do-it-yourself kit that they’ll ship anywhere in the continental US. They provide the cream and the shells, but separately, so when you assemble them the pastry tube doesn’t get mushy (a cannoli Cardinal Sin).

Happy Columbus Day!

We're Gearing Up For Halloween


October 31st is probably the most exciting holiday here in Greenwich Village, and the earlier we start celebrating it, the better. Each Friday night, Boroughs of the Dead, a company that runs macabre walking tours in the city, conducts The Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour.

Folks who want to be scared (and the people who love them or at least put up with them) meet in front of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery. The tour lasts approximately two hours (and one mile)  and winds up online pharmacy cialis right here in Washington Square Park.

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Guides relate ghost stories–verified to be absolutely, positively and undeniably true, of course. The tales provide a little history of the East and West Villages along with all the frightening stuff. Notorious murder scenes, hidden burial grounds and public execution sites are all explored on the tour. And yes, haunted houses. Many haunted houses.

The Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost tour runs every Friday evening of the month plus Wednesday, the 30th, rain or shine. Price is $20 and tickets should be purchased in advance. Not recommended for kids under 12.