Happy New Year!

First, we would like to wish all of our readers and guests best wishes on the new year!  It has been a wonderful year and we hope for some suprises (*wink*) and great experiences in 2011. 

At The Roosevelt Hotel New York, we hold a small bit of New Year’s Eve history.  The well known and most commonly played song on New Year’s Eve,  “Auld Lang Syne”, was first broadcast from our very own Roosevelt Grill by Guy Lombardo and his orchestra in 1929.

Click here for a listen:  Guy Lombardo 

Happy New Year!  What’s your resolutions for 2011? 

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Kelli Crean
Ecommerce Manager

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Best Sledding in NYC

It’s the NYC Blizzard of 2010! What better way to enjoy the snow then to get your gear on and head out to the hills. Here are some of the best places in NYC to go sledding!

MANHATTAN

Central Park
Central Park is amazing anytime of the year but when snow falls it’s a great place to hit the hills. Head to Pilgrim Hill located at the 72nd and Fifth Avenue entrance for one of the parks best hills. It gets pretty crowded so an alternative would be to walk over to Cedar Hill between 76th and 79th Streets. Not as steep, but fun none the less.

Inwood Hill Park

This park is one of the best places for sledding. Located at Dyckman Street at the Hudson River it’s a bit of a hike but the grounds are great for both sledding and snowman making!

Riverside Park
There’s a great hill (and most popularly known) over by the Hippo playground for all you thrill seeking folks. For beginners, hit the gentler slopes near 92nd and 103rd Streets at Riverside Dr.

BROOKLYN

Prospect Park
Full of toddlers and little ones, this park is a great place for family sledding. Head to the 9th Street and Prospect Park West entrance to start and then make your way over to the rolling stretch of the Nethermead, a great field for snowball fighting, snow angels and snowman extravaganzas!

Fort Greene Park
With a large range of hills going from beginner to, well, painful, this park. You’ll see lots of folks sledding down the massive staircase but I suggest you stay clear of that so you don’t end up with any broken bones! Located at DeKalb Ave.

QUEENS

Forest Park
This isn’t an official sledding area because it’s not technically allowed by the parks department to have sledding but it’s well known for “Suicide Hill”, an icy, extremely steep hill. Located at Forest Park Dr and 79th St.

Crocheron Park
Located in Bayside, this park is small and quiet and doesn’t usually have a large crown. If you’re into sledding quietly, this might be the place. Located 35th Ave between Cross Island Pkwy and 215th St

BRONX

Ewen Park
What’s the worst park about sledding? Walking back up the hill! This park has a convenient staircase that runs along the best hill in the park. Can you say bonus?! Located at Riverdale Ave at 231st St

Did I forget any?  Where is your favorite place to go sledding?

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Kelli Crean
Ecommerce Manager

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What To Do This Christmas in NYC

New York is amazing during this time of year. There’s so much to see and do throughout the season but we wanted to highlight some of the events and happenings that will be occurring this Christmas Day. So, if you can’t be home for the holidays or you’re just here visiting our amazing city, here are some fun things to do this Saturday on Christmas Day in New York.

WALK IN MIDTOWN
It’s one of the greatest places to get into the holiday spirit! Stop by to see the Rockefeller Center Tree and then hop over to Fifth Avenue to see the exquisite window displays decorated especially for this season. If you can get tickets, head over to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to see one of America’s favorite holiday shows! There’s also the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Christmas Day mass, which is always a delight.

BREAK OUT THE BLADES
Grab those ice skates (or rent them) and hop onto the ice for a fun filled day that will also help you work off that Christmas Day dinner! Check out our favorite ice rinks here.

TAKE IN THE VIEW
it’s a beautiful city but when you appreciate it from above, it’s that much better! Take a trip to the Top of the Rock or head up to the Empire State Building and take in the full view of one of the greatest cities on earth!

ENJOY THE EXHIBITS
Not all museums are open on Christmas Day but you can stroll through the Jewish Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Times Square, the King Tut exhibition or Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium.

HEAD TO BROADWAY
I have to be honest, Broadway shows on Christmas Day is a real blast. Plan ahead for tickets or hit up the TKTS booth and take in a great show. Check out current shows on Broadway here, but I recommend something fun for the whole family like “Elf”!

CHINESE AND A MOVIE
Ahh, the Chinese and a movie tradition. If that’s your thing, then head over to the 92nd Street Y in Tribeca and enjoy an all you can eat Chinese Buffet and the hysterical double feature of Airplane and The Naked Gun. Just want to take in a movie; here is a list of theaters in the city.

GO WILD
The Bronx Zoo is NOT open on Christmas Day but you can head over to some of the other zoos in the city. The New York Aquarium, The Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoos are all open on Christmas Day!

STROLL THE PARKS
It may be a little chilly out but it’s worth bundling up and experiencing the beauty of NYC’s parks. Head to the famous Central Park and grab a hot chocolate at The Boathouse or visit Bryant Park and do some holiday shopping for yourself at the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park.

If you’re looking to get out of the house this Christmas there is plenty to do. Don’t want to cook either? There’s a ton of restaurants in the city that would be happy to serve you. Click here for Restaurants open Christmas Day or come visit us at The Roosevelt Hotel’s Roosevelt Grill for our yummy Christmas Buffet!

We wish all of you a happy and safe holiday!!

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Kelli Crean
Ecommerce Manager

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Be Social, Get Social

It pays to be social!  We thought we would have a little fun with our Vander Bar Twitter friends for the next few weeks by asking a few trivia questions and giving away, well, booze! 

For the next few weeks, we will running our Vander Bar “Be Social, Get Social” Trivia Contest.  Each week on Wednesdays (at 10am) I’ll ask a trivia question that pertains to food & beverage on our Twitter pages and from those of you who answer correctly, a random winner will be selected to win a FREE Happy Hour for 4 in Vander Bar!!

Be sure to conect with us on Twitter at @VanderBarNYC !!

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Kelli Crean
Ecommerce Manager

*Prize details:  Reservations are required. Must be 21 years or above. Valid on Monday and Tuesday only. Limited to one (1) hour or a maximum of $100 retail value for a total of four (4) guests. This certi”cate must be presented to redeem prize. Gratuities are not included.. Valid through December 31, 2011 .
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States (including D.C.) 21 years of age and older. Void where prohibited. Winner to be determined by The Roosevelt Hotel and may not derive from contest. Contest starts 12/20/10 and ends 1/31/11. Sponsor: The Roosevelt Hotel New York, 45 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, click here.
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Monday Night Football with Sean Landeta

Its football season and what would a Monday night be without having the big game on the TV with some food, drinks, and surrounded by your friends? Well that’s what I typically do every Monday night, in my “Man Cave” at home. But on Monday December 20th, I am switching it up a bit, and I am going to be here at The Roosevelt Hotel watching the Big Game with former New York Giant Sean Landeta!

Sean and I go way back to when he first arrived to Giants training camp in 1985 as the new punter for the team. Sean had just come off 3 successful seasons with the then USFL where he played for the Philadelphia Stars, and the Baltimore Stars. When we first met, I was just a young equipment manager, and he was a professional football player who eventually went onto to play for 20 seasons in the league.

Sean played for some great teams like the Giants where he won 2 championships. He went on to play for St Louis, Tampa Bay, Green Bay and finally in Philadelphia. In 2008 Sean officially retired from football, and he has remained close to the game by working with many of his old teams doing numerous appearances for charitable and autograph events. Additionally you can see Sean every Sunday night during football season on one of our local TV stations talking about the day’s football games.

Sean and I have remained close friends since those early days of training camp, and when I asked him if he would come to the hotel to hang out in the Madison Club Lounge during the Monday game, he gladly accepted. He promises to bring his two Championship rings to show off, he will sign some autographs, talk football, and share some fun locker room stories that most people never get to hear.

So if you are in the city on Monday December 20th, stop by the Madison Club Lounge in the Lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel, we have a great menu with plenty of football type food, and our 25 foot long bar has everything you could possibly want to drink during the game, and yes we will have a few TVs with the big game on!

Sean and I hope to see you there!

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Kevin Croke
Director of Sales & Marketing

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