Snow Safety in the City

It may not feel like it know but we all know, “Winter is coming”. The concrete and pavement jungle of the city creates unique challenges during the harsh winter season. Cold temperatures and severe weather can cause both sidewalks and the roads to become slick and dangerous leading to an increased risk of injury to yourself and others. When visiting New York City in the winter, it’s important to prepare for the cold season and know what you can do to enjoy your time in the city injury free.

After a fresh snowfall, sidewalks and roads will become more dangerous and slick. Take your time when getting around and watch for areas of the sidewalk that may have resisted a salt treatment and remained icy. Businesses around the city will try to clear their sidewalks the best they can after snowfall, so watch for the areas that have already been treated and try to walk there. Crossing the street is also more dangerous as slick roads will increase the time oncoming traffic requires to stop. Be more cautious than normal when crossing streets and always stick to the crosswalks.

If you are driving around the city, be aware of pedestrians and watch out for portions of the road that may still be slick even after plowing. Shady areas and bridges are most likely to still be icy and should be approached cautiously. While driving avoid passing a snowplow unless absolutely necessary, and try not to park on streets or on corners as parked cars make it more difficult for the plows to do their job.

When the snow is heavy, take a chance to enjoy a snow day and experience everything The Roosevelt has to offer. From fine dining to a wide array of shops, there’s nothing you can’t do from the comfort of our grand hotel. This winter make your trip to New York City a safe one, and don’t let a little snow get in the way of seeing all that our wonderful city has to offer.

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Best Santas in NYC

If you wander through the streets of New York during the weeks leading up to Christmas you’re sure to see more than your fair share of Santas, but during the hustle and bustle of the season you may not have time to visit them all. Enjoy the season and the big man himself with a list of the best places to go and visit Santa this holiday in order to ensure that everyone in your family gets just what they want this Christmas.

Macy’s Santaland

Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001

Possibly the most famous Santa meet and greet out there, Macy’s Santaland hosts the joyfull St. Nick from the day after the Thanksgiving Parade through Christmas Eve. Admission to Santaland is free, but picture packages with Santa range from $19.99 to $59.99. Bring your camera as well and enjoy the various photo opportunities throughout this decorated wonderland as you wait to meet the man with all the toys.

Bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, 1000 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Featuring their own winter wonderland, Bloomingdale’s flagship store offers an enchanting Santa experience with shorter lines and photo packages starting at $22. While not overly decked out with bells and whistles, this simpler setup hosts a friendly Santa and small toys for the children as well.

ABC Home & Carpet

888 & 881 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Every Saturday and Sunday through Christmas, ABC Home and Carpet receives a special visitor who is looking to make spirits bright. The store transforms around their Santa and allows families and children to explain their Christmas wishes to St. Nick. Meeting Santa is free, but visitors will need to bring their own cameras for pictures.

Rockefeller Center Breakfast with Santa

Rock Center Café, 20 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10020

For an early morning treat, head over to Rock Center Café and enjoy a breakfast with Santa, complete with pancakes, candy canes, and a photo opportunity with the season’s saint. Kids receive a special gift to go along with their full stomachs. Afterwards enjoy a VIP pass for the iconic ice skating rink outside Rockefeller Center where you can watch Santa show off his skating skills and join him in reveling in the spirit of the season.

Santa’s Winter Garden

Brookfield Place, 220 Vesey Street at West Street

Santa has arrived at the second floor of Battery Park City’s Brookfield Place and brought with him a festive and fun environment for the whole family. Get a picture with the holiday icon and take part in tons of fun activities while you wait. Photo packages begin at $22 and allow for small pups on certain days.

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Christmas Dinner at The Roosevelt

No matter where you’re visiting from, The Roosevelt invites all of our guests to be part of our family this Christmas. To show our gratitude and help make your stay even more like being at home, our staff at the Roosevelt Grill (located at the Lobby Level of the hotel) is cooking up a fantastic Christmas Dinner and all are invited. Featuring holiday classics and delicious sides, our chefs will ensure your Christmas is as full of good food as it is holiday spirit.

For years this traditional holiday feast has been our way to prevent guests from missing out on the holiday traditions they may be away from during their stay in New York, and instead create a new holiday tradition here with us. Join our family this holiday season and rest assured that The Roosevelt will be your home away from home for the holidays. Reservations are still available and can be made by calling 212-885-6087. For more information and a look at the menu, see below.

Christmas Dinner at The Roosevelt Grill

Friday, December 25th

Seating between 1-5pm

Adults $80 | Children $35

Tax and gratuities not included

Cold Items:

Frisee & radishes with hazelnut dressing

Orzo & roasted root vegetable salad

Winter green salad with pear walnut dressing

Shrimp with cocktail sauce

Charcuterie Display; prosciutto, sopressata & chorizo

Hot Items:

Herb crusted beef tenderloin, confit tomatoes with smoked blue cheese bordelaise sauce

Cinnamon spiced ham with lavender scented stone ground mustard

Free range chicken breast, artichokes, fennel & mushrooms

Alaskan poached cod with shrimp mousse & lobster glacage

Tortellini, butternut squash & eggplant capanata

Winter root vegetable mashed potatoes

Asparagus & swiss chard

Dessert:

Assorted sweet verrines

Colorful macaroons

Assorted financiers & petit fours

New York cheese cake

Dried fruit covertures

Chocolate bark & other Confections

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Holiday Diversity in NYC

The holiday season is big in New York City, and while Christmas is the holiday you’ll see inspiring most of the decorations, it’s not the only one the city celebrates. From Hanukah to Kwanza and everything in between, NYC shows its diversity during the holiday season as every culture shows their spirit and gets into the most celebrated month of the year.

If you’re looking for Hanukah celebrations there’s no better place to be during the Festival of Lights than the Big Apple. Featuring the lighting of the world’s largest menorah and Chanukah on Ice, there are celebrations to be had all over the city. Various latke festivals offer creative takes on the holiday’s classic dish, and arts festivals share Jewish culture and heritage through arts and crafts. More contemporary celebrations take place at the various community centers in the city and allow for all eight nights of Hanukah to be celebrated in earnest.

Derived from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning “first fruits of the harvest”, Kwanzaa is a week long celebration of African heritage and culture. Throughout New York this celebration comes to life through festivals and gatherings that not only commemorate but educate. Energize, Recognize! is a festival that celebrates through dance, theater, arts and crafts, food vendors, and special guests, while the Regeneration Night showcases dance and music in order to uplift spirits and get everyone in the holiday mood.

 

No matter what you celebrate, New York is the place to show your spirit. Take a look around and find the event that best suits your style, or challenge yourself to experience something new. This holiday season, get out and experience the joy that every holiday brings throughout the greatest city in the world.

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