Oh the weather outside is frightful…well, not really. Still, we’re right in the middle of the throes of winter daydreaming about a few of our favorite things. Whiskers on kittens are delightful, but mid-January calls for something more appetizing. Either a sweet and creamy hot cocoa or steamy spiced cider should be on every New […]
Carnegie Hall on the Cheap
Carnegie Hall has to be one of the…okay, the most venerated concert venue here in the city. It opened in 1891 and has hosted the world’s finest artists ever since. Tchaikovskey, Mahler, Gershwin, Holiday, Garland, the Beatles…all of these greats have played this hallowed hall. And the luminaries of today are still chomping at the […]
Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough. —Mark Twain We agree! That’s why we’re looking forward to the New York City Whiskey Walk this Saturday, March 2nd. Scotch, bourbon and rye lovers can roam the streets of downtown together and sample different varieties of the good stuff at […]
The Orchid Show
We really think that we’re so crazy about the annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx because, to us, it’s a harbinger of spring. (A season that is coming to every town near you on March 20th, people. Get ready!) But, you know what? We’d love to visit these beauties […]
What’s Happening at our Museums?
Listen up, everyone, because we’ve got a couple of cool exhibitions taking place here in the city this spring: Barcelona’s favorite son Joan Miró’s surrealistic art will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art through June 15th. In this show, visitors can expect to find around sixty paintings, works on paper, prints, illustrated […]
The Oscars: 1929–2019
Sunday February 24 marks the 91st annual Oscars, and they’ve come a long way in nearly a century’s time! How did they first come to be, and how have they evolved over the years? Let’s take a look at the history of the Oscars. The Beginning The first Oscars were held on May 16, 1929, […]
Time Travel With Us
If you hadn’t already noticed, all of us here at the hotel are obsessed with history. So when we found this cool film from The New Yorker that juxtaposes the New York City of today with that of the 1930’s, we just had to share it! My, my how things have changed. For one, check […]
We’re celebrating Presidents Day, people! Lots of folks have the day off…hopefully they’re catching a movie, settling down to a leisurely lunch or finally finishing that book they love. Here at WSH and North Square, we’re open for business, so come on by for a drink or a nosh or a chat. But just because […]
In Celebration of Dogs
Attention canine lovers! Get thee to the American Kennel Club to celebrate man’s best friend through art, books and interactive media. Introducing the Museum of the Dog! In this recently-opened gallery you’ll find one of the largest collections of art devoted to tail-waggers in the world, a pooch-centered library with over 42,000 books and even […]
Spreading the Love!
So, as you all know, we have had some amazing artists stay at our little hotel throughout the years. (Yes, we are lucky and yes, we know it.) As it’s Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share some of our favorite songs of infatuation, longing and devotion recorded by these greats. Yeah, we’d like to think […]
Lost Love in the Park
Tor Miller is a Brooklyn-born indie pop musician–a truly home-grown New York City artist. One of us. He attended college at NYU and, in his tune, Washington Square Park, reminisces about his former backyard…and lost love. Perfect tune for this Valentine’s Day week. Image in the public domain.
A Single’s Guide to Reinventing Valentine’s Day
Going solo can be tough in February. Whether you are single by chance or by choice, when Valentine’s Day rolls around even the most self-confident person can end up feeling like a third wheel. Take heart; the focus on February 14th hasn’t always been on romance. According to NPR.org, the uncertain origins of the holiday […]
Is there any show in the world that screams, “New York!” more than Seinfeld? Our beautiful city was the back drop for the zany antics of Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer from 1989 through 1998. Remember Elaine freaking out when she got stuck on the subway on her way to a wedding? Or Kramer giving […]
Cupid’s Undie Run
Yeah, you read that right. Here’s what you need to know… WHO: Anyone who is comfortable running in their skivvies. WHAT: Cupid’s Indie Run 2019 WHEN: This Saturday, February 9th, noon to 4 p.m. WHERE: Stage 48 at 605 West 48th St. (Between 11th and 12th.) WHY: Showing off your six pack or runner’s shins? […]
Heart of the City: Take on Manhattan with a Greenwich Village Getaway!
With more than 8.6 million residents, there is sure to be a lot of love in New York City this Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for romance, Manhattan has the other boroughs beat. From serving as a backdrop for hit romantic films to the Diamond District where engagements are set in stone, love will definitely […]
Andy Warhol got his fifteen minutes of fame…and then some. To celebrate the late artist, the Whitney Museum is hosting an exhibition: Andy Warhol–From A to B and Back Again through the end of March. This has been a long time coming, as it’s the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989–two years […]
Football in the Village
If you’re here at the hotel for the Super Bowl Sunday this weekend (February 3rd), you don’t have to miss the big game! Sure, you can watch it in your room, but, hey, that’s no fun. The whole point of championship games is to get together and celebrate, or grouse, with your fellow fans. Here […]
Spend Valentine’s Day With Us!
Chef Yoel Cruz is up to his old tricks, and by that, we mean coming up with a killer, over-the-top romantic and delicious V-Day dinner. Count us in! He’ll start off the meal with an amuse bouche, because he’s fancy like that: burratini and beets, which is fresh Murray’s (the BEST cheesemonger here in the […]
How to have a Guilt-Free Shopping Spree in Greenwich Village
It’s no secret that New York City is expensive, and after the holidays, budgets are tight. But with these tips, you can enjoy a quintessential Greenwich Village shopping experience, guilt-free. 1. Shop Vintage, Consignment, and Resale In the modern era, fast fashion reigns supreme. Before the models have even left the catwalk, big retailers are […]
Westminster Dog Show!
We all love our dogs, and believe that ours is the most beautiful, smart, and talented four-footed creature in the world. (Ours really is. Seriously.) I’m sure the hundreds of dog owners who enter their pups in the Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show feel exactly the same way. Hundreds of tail-waggers are represented in […]
Happy Birthday, Dr. King!
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. Spread love, everyone. xoxo Image via Haydé Adams FitzPatrick/Flickr
eChelseaFancy New York City art galleries have become pop culture tropes. Some rube makes a faux pas that ultimately teaches scenester snobs a lesson they never saw coming. But our art spaces are actually quite welcoming. The Chelsea galleries open their doors to the public on Thursdays, and, get this, often even serve wine. Take […]
Cassoulet, s’il vous plait!
Winter weather just screams cassoulet! That rich, slow-cooked casserole of meat (typically pork sausage, goose, and duck), pork skin, and white beans…lots and lots of white beans. Our friends in the southwest area of France known as the Languedoc region created it; we’re happily benefitting from their culinary imagination. We’re thrilled to tell our guests […]
We Love Central Park in the Winter
We thought that our guests traveling here in the next few months would like this handy-dandy guide on how to take advantage of Central Park in the winter: http://assets.centralparknyc.org/pdfs/guides/Winter-Guide-2019.pdf For instance, the famed carousel is still open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. all winter long, weather permitting. Folks can play chess, checkers, Scrabble and […]
I guess you could say that we’re immature…frankly, we prefer the term “in touch with our inner child”, but so be it. It should then come as no surprise that we’re crazy about an installation called Color Factory in Soho. Color Factory is a collaborative interactive exhibit that debuted in San Francisco in August 2017, […]
Hey Nonna! What’s for Dinner?
We all love our grandmas, nonnas, abuelas, or yayas. If they’re no longer with us, we miss their hugs, silly jokes and stories…but most of all, we miss their food. Enoteca Maria is a restaurant in the St. George section of Staten Island that wants to bring back that feeling you got when Grammy used […]
Put On Your Hard Hats
A friend of ours took an interesting tour a few weeks ago. Did you know that there are 90-minute tours of the hospital complex in Ellis island? The place has been shuttered for about sixty years, and now that it’s open, revealing an overlooked story in immigration in the United States. Approximately one immigrant out […]
Taste Harlem! Walking Tours
It’s Black History Month! What better way to celebrate it than to take a Taste Harlem tour Celebrate African-American culture by taking a Taste Harlem Food and Culture Tour. There are 3 walking tours that give visitors a feel of the rich history and present culture of one of our oldest and culturally rich neighborhoods […]
Museums For Free, People!
This Saturday, September 24th, is free museum day for many of the museums in New York City. In order to participate, you must send an email to this link stating your name, address and museum of your choice. The nice folks on the other end will send you a link to your downloadable ticket for […]
Apples and Pumpkins and Kale…Oh My!
Chef Yoel has created North Square‘s new fall menu, featuring the produce of the season…hearty fare to keep us warm and cozy during the cooler months. Here are a few highlights: Great product for daily use. Cialis pill. When you order drugs online from our shop you can be assured that you’re ordering the very […]
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Welcome, Daylight Savings Time!
Sunday was the first day of daylight savings time and the official beginning of the end of our winter doldrums. Tonight, the sun won’t set until 6:59 pm, people, and nothing, but nothing makes us happier than that extra hour of sunshine. Those 60 sun-filled minutes means that we have more time to get to […]
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A Night at the Museum
If you’re traveling here to New York City with your little ones, why not make it a trip of a lifetime? We’re here to tell you that there is nothing more exciting for them to do here in the city than spend a night at the museum. The American Museum of Natural History has designated […]
What’s So Funny?
Life can be tough, my friends, and sometimes we all need a giggle, a loud snort or a good old-fashioned guffaw. We need to laugh, my friends. Every single day. So it’s important to remember that when you’re staying with us, a hearty chuckle can be guaranteed a brisk five-minute walk away. The Comedy Cellar […]
In the spring, summer and fall there are dozens of street fairs all around our fair city. Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown…you name a neighborhood and you’ll find a fair. Our own West Village and its sister hamlet in the East have a bunch coming up in the next few months. Snacks, rugs, […]