Five Reasons To Visit New York City In April

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April brings a little something for everyone. Here’s why you should come and stay with us next month:

1. In just a few weeks, the cherry blossoms will be in bloom. Central Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are key viewing spots, but our own Washington Square Park has its fair share of the springtime-announcing buds.

2. The Tribeca Film Festival. This year it runs from April 16th through the 27th and includes free community events like the Tribeca Drive-In, which screens family-friendly movies like Mary Poppins and Splash outdoor at Waterfront Plaza.

3. It’s opening season for baseball fans! The Yankees toss out the first ball on April 1, while the Mets get a head start on March 31st.

4. Car lovers can check out the New York International Auto Show from the 18th through the 27th. Visitors can drool over the fancy cars with no alternate side of the street parking issues to worry about.

5. The average daily temperature is about 60 degrees….oh-so-perfect for exploring the city.

Happy First Day Of Spring!

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It’s finally here, and this is–hands down–the best season to visit New York City. The locals are slowly emerging from their apartment caves. You’re not stuffing yourself and that bulky down coat into 10 inches of subway seat. Those boxy wind fortresses are slowly coming down from store fronts; gloves and scarves are being thrown into storage.

It’s going to be 54 degrees today in the city, people. I feel like Mother Nature is wagging a finger at us, saying, “See? I told you it was going to come!”

So shed a few layers and make a beeline out of your apartment or hotel. Here are a few tips on experiencing the best of what the city has to offer at this time of year:

Ride a bike up the Hudson River to the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge. The lighthouse was made famous by the 1942 children’s book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, by Hildegarde Swift. Stop at the 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe for a beer and a burger along the way.

Head to a farmer’s market, a flea market or a street fair. Who cares if you buy anything? That’s not the point.

Check out the spring blooms on the High Line. Cherry blossoms, geraniums, tulips, and crocuses, oh my! Grab a Mexican chocolate ice pop from La Newyorkina or a brisket sandwich from Delaney Barbecue’s Smokeline to nosh on during your stroll.

Savor these extra hours of sunlight by sipping a cocktail outdoors at sunset.

Have a picnic!  Really, any park will do. Just grab a sandwich and people-watch, like all New Yorkers do. In fact, North Square can provide handy to-go picnic lunches to nibble across the street in Washington Square Park.

And finally, come visit us! We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Is A Comin’

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In eight days, to be exact. We got a little taste of warmer weather yesterday and today. (Currently it’s 55 degrees.) So it’s all uphill from here, folks. A little taste of the good things to come:

Come and stay with us when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. We can’t wait!

 

Snow? What Snow?

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Nothing stops an intrepid New Yorker…not even a sloppy pile of the wet, white stuff. This weekend in Washington Square Park almost felt like a spring day (well, almost being the key word). Villagers suffering from cabin fever burst out of their homes to take a stroll:

Or feed the pigeons:

Some were checking out the local music:

Or simply getting a head start on that summer tan:

It’s true that we’re itching for spring, but in the end, the cold weather can’t stop us…because we’re New Yorkers, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

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Here’s one of our favorite holiday songs….Winter Wonderland performed by Annie Lennox. Enjoy:

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Gone away is the bluebird,
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song,
As we go along,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He’ll say: Are you married?
We’ll say: No man,
But you can do the job
When you’re in town.

Later on, we’ll conspire,
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid,
The plans that we’ve made,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he’s a circus clown
We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
Until the other kids knock him down.

When it snows, ain’t it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Walking in a winter wonderland,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

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!

 

 

 

Take A Stroll Down University Place

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University Place runs canada pharmacy from Washington Square Park in the south to East 14th at Union Square. There are plenty of things to do, buy, and eat on this short street. Here are but a few:

At #40, William-Wayne & Co. deals in fine china tableware, flatware and crystal. The pieces are unique, so it’s a great place for stand-out gifts.

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DoggyStyle at #46 for will groom your hound while you shop for chic canine accessories and treats for your newly-gorgeous pup.

La Petite Coquette at #51, or “The Little Flirt” provides undies for everyone and every occasion–from T-shirt bras  and briefs to pearl G-strings. The store is well-known for ensuring proper bra fits.

Argo Tea, at #75, is, “passionate about bringing teas directly from growers around the world and blending them into unique and delicious signature beverages and teas.” Sustainability, quality, charity and employee diversity are key parts of the company’s mandate. Oh, and good tea. (Try the Red Velvet–red tea, raspberry and white chocolate.)

Village Taverna at #81 specializes in Greek food. Chow down on tzatziki, spanakopitakia and avgolemono (chicken soup!), while exploring their vast menu of Greek wines.

If you enjoy Mexican food, strong margaritas and tacky decorations, head to El Cantinero at #86. Drinks cost only $5 during Happy Hour–5 p.m.to 8 p.m.

Bowlmor Lanes has a location at #110. Think bar/lounge with bowling. Waitresses serve pitchers of beer to those over-21 while they play. The dark lanes with neon pins give it that nightclub feel.

 

Happy Pagan Day!

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We have festivals of all stripes here in the city. We celebrate every culture, each gender and sexual orientation, any political bent and every creed. This Saturday (the 28th), the city will be celebrating the 13th Annual Pagan Pride Day right here in Washington Square Park.

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The event runs from 11 a.m.through 5 p.m. and is for all ages. There will be music, workshops and belly dancers, plus vendors will be hawking candles, incense cialis no prescription clothing and jewelry.

According to the website: “New York City Pagan Pride is affiliated with the Pagan Pride Project, a global organization whose mission is to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against Pagan religions and to foster pride in Pagan identity through education, activism, charity and community.”

The group will be collecting money for charity–City Harvest and pet food drive. (They’ve collected about 300 pounds of food in the past and hope to hit 500 this year.)

We’re all about inclusiveness here at the hotel and will definitely check it out. After the festival, drop by and see us at North Square for a cocktail and a nosh!

 


Taste Of The Village

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On next Thursday (September 26th), North Square will be present and accounted for at the 11th Annual Taste of the Village Festival.

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The event is a fundraiser for the Washington Square Park; we want to maintain its renovated loveliness, right? Over 30 food and wine purveyors will be hawking their wares alongside us. 50 bucks gets you all the nibbles you can eat between 6 and 8 p.m.

Chef Yoel Cruz is outdoing himself this year with this offering: tuna tartare with a sesame cracker and heirloom gazpacho soup with basil oil. Yuh-mee.

Other vendors include Sushi purchase viagra canada Samba, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Burger Joint, Citarella and Curry Kitchen.

Tickets can purchased in person (cash or check only) at the Village Alliance office, 8 East 8th Street (btw 5th Ave./University Pl.) Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Or make your life easier and buy them online here.

See you there!

Labor Day Weekend Happenings

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There’s something for everybody in the city this upcoming holiday weekend, so read on…

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For music heads: Head out to Randall’s Island Friday, Saturday or Sunday for the fifth Electric Zoo music festival. In the biggest electronic dance music festival in the city, with both superstar DJs and underground up-and-comers entertaining you on five separate stages on the island. Day passes start at $139.

For those into good old-fashioned family fun: The Richmond County Fair in Staten Island runs on Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. Expect music, dance workshops, pie and hot dog eating contests, magic, pony rides and arts and crafts. Kids can check out farm animals while adults may be into the classic car exhibition. Adults are $16, Seniors $11 and kids shorter than 30″ are free.

For art fans: the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is right in our own backyard on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Fine artists and craft artisans from the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world are showcased. (FYI, if you don’t catch it this week, it’s running the next weekend as well.)

For one-wheel enthusiasts and the people who are fascinated by them (i.e. me): The NYC Unicycle Festival takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, cyclists can enjoy a 13 mile unicycle ride through Brooklyn. Saturday and Sunday are perfect for spectators, where from 12 pm cialis pharmacy to 5 pm on Governor’s Island, folks can watch competitions, exhibitions, sports (unicycle basketball and hockey…who knew?) amid other craziness. If you’re daring (and have better-than-average balance) you can even try it yourself.

For absolutely everyone who loves great music, colorful costumes and a good time: The West Indian American Day Parade on Monday from 11 to 6 at Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Chow down on Caribbean food and drink, shop for jewelry, arts and crafts and colorful apparel. And dance! Everyone must dance! It’s Carnival, right?

And of course, for tennis nuts, there’s always the US Open, which I told you about earlier.

Enjoy your three day weekend!