NYC Holiday Train Show

This year the New York Botanical Garden celebrates its 19th Annual Holiday Train Show. A true holiday tradition, this train show is beyond amazing. It features an extensive collection of model trains and over 140 scaled replicas of New York landmarks. The entire display is crafted by designer Paul Busse and is exclusively constructed from natural materials such as nuts, tree bark, fruits, pine cones, and leaves,. It’s absolutely breathtaking and a perfect event for families.

From New York brownstones to the original Yankee Stadium to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, care has been taken in creating these NYC landmarks. A new addition this year i the JFK International Airport, complete with runway, terminal and miniature airplanes.

Check out this video on the ‘behind the scenes’ action on creating this exquisite event:

19th Annual Holiday Train Show
November 20, 2010 – January 9, 2011
The New York Botanical Gardens
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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Big Apple Award Nominees 2010

The Big Apple Star Awards is designed to recognize exemplary performance among New York City hotel employees. This program is a great opportunity to bring public recognition to our outstanding nominees. 

 The Roosevelt Hotel New York is proud of its associates who were nominated this year at the 14th Annual Big Apple Stars Awards Program hosted by The Hotel Association of New York City this past November.

Anthony Vintis (Guest Services)
Gustavo Santos (Guest Services)
Evelyn Reyes (Accounting)
Petra Hiciano  ( Housekeeping)                   
Svetlana Lantsberg  (Accounting)

All nominees received a personalized certificate recognizing them for talents and accomplishments within each category.   Congratulations!

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Fireside Dining in NYC

It’s getting COLD out there!  It always feels like winter rushes into New York City so abruptly.  I you’re traveling to the Big Apple during these brisk times, why not warm up by the glowing light of a fireplace.  There’s only a few lounges and restaurants in New York City that offer a fireside dining experience.  Here are just a few.

52 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014

This lounge boasts a the wood-burning fireplace all year round while guests can lounge out in the living room style seating. Get comfy in an over sized couch with a cocktail and admire the work of up-and-coming local artists.

56 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003

Enjoy a delicious martini from their specialty menu and nibble on appetizers (or mini cupcakes!) at this lounge.  It’s nestled inside a townhouse and boasts two working fireplaces that are kept at full-blaze throughout the night.  If you’re looking for a place to hibernate from the cold, this is it.

44 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

It may be a rooftop bar, but this summer hot spot isn’t just for warm weather. During the cold season, this lounge is enclosed by windowed walls and a retractable roof and a roaring fireplace. Take in the city views and enjoy cocktails while listening to the crackling fire.

17 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

A carriage house-turned-restaurant, this place has four working fireplaces! It’s the perfect place to cozy up with a loved one by the fire and enjoy a wonderful meal.

310 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

The fireplace in the main dining room makes this restaurant all the more charming. Enjoy the wonderful menus offered while dining with friends.

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NYC’s Holiday Window Displays

34th Street Herald Square
Macy’s is showcasing two separate holiday displays this year. The first is inspired by the classic holiday film, “Miracle on 34th Street “, showing scenes from the movie acted out by little figures.

The second is a display based on “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, the famous 1897 letter to the New York Sun by 8-year old Virginia O’ Hanlon’s. This display is almost entirely made out of bright-colored paper. It’s actually pretty amazing and quite possible the best kids display in town.

Fifth Avenue at 49th Street
Saks 5th Avenue is using a “Snowflakes and Bubbles” holiday themed display this year. They also adorn the traditional and beautiful snowflakes that light up and twinkle down on the Fifth Avenue storefront. Saks Fifth Avenue’s is located directly across from Rockefeller Center.

58th St. and Lexington Ave.
Bloomingdale’s went hi-tech this season. Its window display consists of an extremely large mosaic of about LED screens depicting snow covered evergreen forests and mountains with a single cardinal flying over them. The scenes play on 100 different-size screens on the Lexington Ave. side of the store, creating a huge mosaic visible from across the street.

424 Fifth Ave.
Lord and Taylor had a great campaign this year by depicting holiday memories of New Yorkers submitted via email and Facebook. The windows have mechanical doll-sized families acting out the styles and memories of the past century of Christmases. The names of the customers behind each story, along with their letters, are displayed at the foot of each window.

754 5th Avenue
Honestly one of the best displays in the city. The theme this season is traveling and discovery which includes a winged horse and flying carriage, as well as a silver space ship, listing boat, and scarlet train. There’s an astronomy-themed section with a female Isaac Newton, engravings of the solar system and zodiac creatures sculpted out of shredded paper. Further along, Agatha Christie dames travel down 5th Avenue on horses, giraffes, and railroad coaches, trailing long retinues of leather trunks before yellowed maps of the earth and heavens.

660 Madison Avenue
It’s a “foodie holiday” with Barney’s this year. A display captures Food Network chefs and food idols to tap into the holiday association with feasts and gluttony. One window shows celebrity chefs engaged in a food fight then there’s Mario Batali’s head with an apple in his mouth.

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Repeal Day. To Drink or Not to Drink.

To drink or not to drink.  That’s easy for us..DRINK!

Prohibition was, according to Herbert Hoover, “a great social and economic experiment” that prohibited the manufacturing, sale, or transportation alcohol. Doesn’t sound very fun does it.

It is said that on December 5th, 1933, when Prohibition officially came to an end, that the new President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, celebrated with a beer.

This Sunday, December 5th, join us in The Roosevelt Hotel’s lobby bar the Madison Club Lounge and toast to the end of Prohibition. We’ll be featuring classic cocktails like the Whiskey Old-Fashioned, the Sidecar, the French 75 and the Colony Cocktail.  See our entire Repeal Day Menu here.

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