The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree: December 2 – January 7, 2010

 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Ah, the holiday season is officially upon us!   Nothing sets the season off right in New York City than The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.   

The 77th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on December 2, 2009 from 7-9 p.m. The annual event is televised and features a star studded line up of musical performances from a variety of popular artists. Typically, the Radio City Rockettes perform and there are also ice skaters performing in the Rockefeller Ice Rink.

Tree Hours:

Daily: 5:30AM – 11:30PM
Christmas Day: 24 hours
New Year’s Eve: 5:30PM – 9PM

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree FACTS:

  • Tree  is typically a Norway Spruce
  • Minimum requirement is that the tree be 65 ft tall and 35 ft wide.
  • There is no compensation offered in exchange for the tree, other than the pride of having it donated.
  • Five miles of lights are used to decorate the tree every year.
  • The tree is recycled and the 3 tons of mulch are donated to the Boy Scouts.
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Kids Wish Network-Where Dreams Come true!

Kids Wish Network

Here at The Roosevelt Hotel New York, we were privileged enough to host a very special guest this past week. Ms. Savannah Eve stayed with us during her visit to NYC to meet her role model, WWE Superstar John Cena.

This wonderful 14-year-old young lady has cheered on John Cena on WWE Raw every Monday night and has adorned her room with posters and toys of her icon.

This week she will get to meet the star who has captured her heart thanks to the Kids Wish Network. We are happy to be a small part of this unforgettable event for Savannah.

To learn more about how you can help Savannah visit the Kids Wish Network website here.

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FROM THE KITCHEN: Fall Pumpkin Risotto


Fall Pumpkin Risotto with Mushrooms and Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil

Risotto (Serves four)

8 oz. Arborio rice
3 tbl. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup white wine (Pinot Grigio)
5–6 cups chicken stock
3 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
2 oz. butter
4 oz. heavy cream
1 cup pumpkin puree
Salt and pepper, as needed

Heat oil in pan; add onions and sauté until translucent. Add rice and sauté for two minutes. Deglaze with white wine and reduce to a quarter-cup. Add chicken stock one cup at a time and cook rice over medium heat until al dente. Add butter, cream, Parmesan and pumpkin puree. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Check out more recipes from our Executive Chef Rupert Leitner in our eNewsletter.

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Grand Central Holiday Fair

Grand Central Holiday Fair

One of the best things about the holiday season in New York City is all of the Holiday Fairs that pop up throughout Manhattan. On November 23 – December 24, 2009, get out of the cold and check out the Grand Central Holiday Fair in Vanderbilt Hall of Grand Central Station.

This is the 11th year for the fair and includes wonderful gifts for yourself or your loved ones. With a collection of eclectic craftsman and artists, this fair has something to suit everyone’s tastes.

And, unlike other Manhattan holiday gift fairs, it’s indoors!

Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Are you ready for football?

It’s that time of year again. When all the chatter (and sometimes boisterous yelling) around the office contains of football, football and more football.

I can’t personally speak too much about the love of the game because I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a sports fan, but my boss, Kevin Croke, the Director of Sales and Marketing, has always had a special interest in the game. Before getting into the hotel biz, Kevin even worked in the NFL for the New York Football Giants. Check out his post from April about the NFL Drafts.

Obviously football season is a big deal for the hotel so we are offering a genuinely good deal at the hotel lobby bar, The Madison Club Lounge.

During football games on Sunday and Monday we will be running ½ price Coors Light and the following apps at $10.00 each in the Madison Club Lounge:

• Buffalo Chicken Wings Blue Cheese dressing and Celery
• Mini Potato Skins Stuffed with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese
• Duet of Sliders with Boursin Cheese
• House-made Guacamole with Tortilla Chips

Check out all of the menu items offered at the Madison Club Lounge here.

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