Guy Lombardo is a name that has always been synonymous with the history of The Roosevelt Hotel. Lombardo and his orchestra performed their first show at the Roosevelt Grill on October 3, 1929 and continued to play there for the next 30 years. It was at the hotel’s restaurant and lounge, the Roosevelt Grill that he first broadcast what would become a famous New Years Eve tradition, playing of “Auld Lang Syne”. This tune still plays as the first song of the new year in Times Square.
From all of us at The Roosevelt Hotel New York, we wish you a Happy New Year and best wishes in 2010.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far, away, dating back to the year 1700, Champagne as we know it, was created. Contrary to popular belief, French Monk, Dom Perignon, did NOT invent this celebratory spirit, however it is true he developed many advances in the production of this beverage, including holding the cork in place with a wire collar to withstand the fermentation pressure.¹ But how did this sparking wine become so popular and why do we use it to celebrate today? Champagne, only being called Champagne if the grapes were grown in the region of Champagne France, first gained world renown because of its association with the anointment of French kings. Royalty from throughout Europe spread the message of the unique sparkling wine from Champagne and its association with luxury and power.²
From the 18th century to modern day, champagne has always been associated with celebration, celebrity and success. In 1866 the famous entertainer and star of his day, George Leybourne, began a career of making celebrity endorsements for Champagne. The Champagne maker Moët commissioned him to write and perform songs extolling the virtues of Champagne, especially as a reflection of taste, affluence, and the good life.²
We hope you’ll stop in The Roosevelt Hotel New York, celebrate the good life and toast the New Year with us over a glass of Champagne. We will have specials at the Madison Club Lounge on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day featuring select bottles on special at $45.00 and ½ bottles at $13.00.
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year from all of us here at The Roosevelt Hotel New York!
¹Information taken from articles in “OpenThatBottleNight.com” and ² “Wikipedia”
Each year, the associates of The Roosevelt Hotel gather their resources and make toy donations to the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York. These toys are delivered to kids around the city who aren’t as fortunate as some of us may be during this holiday season.
This year we were able to donate over 300 toys that were distributed to shelters, as well as, the School for Disabled Children and a Children’s Hospital in the Bronx. PO Mike Dermott and a group of kids from the PBA youth organization stopped by the hotel last week to pick up and deliver the goodies right before Christmas day.
Thanks so much to PO Mike Dermott and all of the members of the PBA, as well as all of the associates and managers of the hotel who really worked tirelessly to make this successful.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as I strolled into work around 6am Christmas morning. As I made my morning rounds, checking on Starbucks, Room Service and the Roosevelt Grill, I headed back towards my office only to hear laughter and giggling coming from the Mezzanine hallway. I rounded the corner and was greeted by two beautiful little elves, running around in their Christmas PJ’s, enjoying the morning, smiling, laughing, eating their Cheerios and then off to run and play some more.
I stopped to take in the scene, say hello to the gang and Dad told me the kids were 10 months and 2 years old and that this was their second Christmas with us here at the Roosevelt. I returned to the scene a little while later and presented Roosevelt Teddy Bears to each of the boys. As they each turned to me and said “Thank you” and “Mewwy Cwistmas” I wonder who enjoyed it more, the boys with their eyes filled with joy and excitement, or me, who through the smiles on their faces and the laughter in their hearts, was able to remember exactly what this season is all about.
Hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday!
A classic New York City holiday tradition is packing up the family and heading to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This annual holiday show has been playing at Radio City Music Hall, located in the heart of Rockefeller Center, since 1933.
The show features over 140 performers with extravagant sets and costumes, singing, dancing and adding humor to traditional scenes. This is definitely a holiday show not to be missed. And we could not forget to mention the stars of the show, the dance troupe known as the Rockettes.
Follow the Rockettes on Twitter for sneak peaks at the show and updates on promotions to the show @Rockettes.
The season is almost over and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular will end this years performances on December 30th so hurry and get your tickets.
(TIP: Use the promo code “HOLIDAY” and get a free ticket with one purchased!)