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Romantic Spots in NYC

Everyone knows that New York City is a romantic town. If it wasn’t then why would so many Rom-Coms be filmed here? For you, we have compiled a list of the most recommended romantic locations sprinkled throughout this magical city. Feel free to contribute your own favorite spot if we happened to miss it!

  1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden – This 100+ tear old urban garden has been an oasis of natural beauty since its opening in 1911. (Note – The cherry blossoms, a visitor favorite, typically start to bloom in March.)
  2. Top of the Empire State Building – The city takes on a whole new look from the top of this famous building and you can definitely look forward to holiday themed lights all throughout the year.
  3. Butterfly Conservatory – Part of the American Museum of Natural History, the conservatory brings a tropical oasis to the city throughout the winter and early spring.
  4. Jane’s Carousel – This 1920’s era carousel, painstakingly and authentically restored to its original glory, opened to the public in 2011 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It is protected by a glass enclosure, making a spin a possibility year round.
  5. Bow Bridge Central Park – Whether you walk over it or row ender it, the Bow Bridge is a wonderfully romantic destination to visit.
  6. Lincoln Center Fountain – Make sure to visit this fountain at night. It’s most beautiful when all lit up and you will have the chance to see one of the fountain’s 5-minute water shows.
  7. Highline – This raised path is truly infested with wildflowers and art in the best way. The Highline also offers weekly tours and the occasional stargazing opportunity.
  8. Williamsburg Waterfront – East River State Park is the perfect combination of hipster people-watching locale and perfect picnic place.
  9. Cloisters – Be transported in time as you explore this medieval-feeling castle and grounds, home to the Met’s medieval art and architecture collections.
  10. Boathouse at Prospect Park – This certified landmark is the perfect backdrop to a romantic stroll through the park.

For more romantic NYC spots, visit TimeOut.com/NewYork.

 

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Winter Carnival at Bryant Park

The 3rd Annual Winter Carnival at Bryant Park is upon us! Part of the Bank of America Winter Village, this 3rd annual event is packed with activities, entertainment and more. Discover what the carnival has to offer and make sure to stop by before it ends, Saturday, February 4, 2017.

Info provided by Bryant Park

Winter Carnival Activities:

Silent Disco

Join us for our 3rd Annual Winter Carnival Silent Disco, hosted by Southwest Airlines! This free outdoor dance party will have you shaking off the winter chill while onlookers wonder what the heck you’re doing…because the music can only be heard through headphones!

We’ll provide the headphones and have 3 DJs spinning 3 different genres live: Top 40/EDM, 80s and 90s hits, and Motown/Oldies. Switch between channels as often as you like! Your headphones will glow to show everyone what you’re listening to. The dance party (as well as headphone pick-up and drop-off) will be located on the Fountain Terrace, but there are no boundaries – feel free to roam the rest of Winter Carnival! Get a drink at the Southwest Porch or warm up in the Warming Lodge while grooving with your headphones.

Fun giveaways courtesy of Southwest Airlines, while supplies last.

Ice Ball

All are invited to don their fanciest top hats, tails, gowns and furs and skate to waltz music at a pop-up waltz ball hosted by the Simulacrum of Yore Society. Help us fill the rink with classic Viennese glamour!

Outdoor Winter Brew House

Inspired by our favorite beer gardens around the world, we’re opening up the northwest corner of the skate deck for eating and drinking. Don’t let a little winter chill discourage you – we’ll have beer garden-style seating, heaters, board games, and a whole roster of special events!

Drink – A variety of brews from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. Exclusive wine sponsor The Drop Wine Company will be mulling delicious, authentic gluhwein with their Cali Red. Available for purchase for those 21+.

Eat – Classic beer garden fare like sausages and bratwursts from Brooklyn Cured available for purchase, piled high with your choice of condiments from Sir Kensington’s.

GIANT Ice Castle

Come visit an urban interpretation of an “ice” castle – it’s constructed from giant modular building blocks! Come nightfall, the castle is washed in dramatic uplighting. Best viewed from the 6th Avenue entrance of the park.

Free Curling Lessons

Sweep sweep sweep! We’ll have professional instructors and equipment on hand to teach you how to play this classic oddball winter sport.

Line will form on eastern edge of ice rink. Skates not permitted – shoes only. Do not go through the Skating Pavilion to access this activity. Open Skating will be available on the rest of the Rink as usual.

Free Skating Lessons

Winter Carnival is stacked with opportunities to get on the ice and learn about Winter Village’s signature activity – ice skating!

Register for a free 30-minute lunchtime lesson to learn skating basics and get comfortable on the ice. Space is limited to 15 students per lesson.

Frozen Fingers Games and Giveaways

Our expert jugglers are here to teach you how to juggle, adding to the Carnival atmosphere! Test your coordination and dexterity with a free lesson. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

Cozy Warming Lodge

Need to warm up from the chill outdoors? Step inside the cozy, heated Lodge and take advantage of comfortable lounge furniture and free device charging!

While you’re there, join in a virtual snowball fight and watch your name climb the live leaderboard. Daily prizes awarded.

As an added bonus, Bank of America cardholders can show their card for a complimentary hot cocoa.

For a complete list of events and schedule, visit Bryant Park’s Winter Carnival Homepage.

 

 

 

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NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2017

One of the best parts about visiting NYC is getting to sample food from all over the world. During NYC Restaurant Week, Monday, January 23 – Friday, February 10, your ability to taste the globe gets a whole lot easier. Over 380 restaurants will be participating, including our very own Vander Bar and Madison Club Lounge, and the cuisines available range from American to French to South American to Asian and beyond.

What Vander Bar and Madison Club Lounge have to offer:

A both restaurants, we will be offering a delicious 2-course, prix fixe meal for just $19,95, Monday – Friday.

seafood-paella 

Entrée

Seafood Paella, Made with Smoked Chorizo, Mussels, Clams, Shrimp, Piquillo Peppers and served with Saffron Rice.

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Dessert

Authentic NY Cheese Cake served with Raspberry Sauce

Other Restaurants We Recommend: That also happen to be easy walking distance!

Tao Uptown

This pan-Asian hot spot is always delicious but often expensive. Take the opportunity to try their felicious fare for lunch with a 3-course menu for just $29.

Lavo

Offering Restaurant Week specials for both lunch and dinner, Lavo is a great choice for any lover of Italian cuisine. Be warned however, their dessert portions can sometimes be startlingly large!

Mr. Chow New York

This famous Chinese-style eatery is an institution. This would be a great choice for a small group, as all dishes are served communal style and great for sharing. Think about this as the perfect pre- or post-theatre option!

Rosa Mexicano

If you want to try authentic Mexican-style cooking in the heart of the city then Rosa Mexicano is your answer. Their lunch menu has all the best dishes and even the option of churros for dessert.

For a full list of participating restaurants, visit NYCGO.com.

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Tour, Explore and Save During Attractions Week

Today begins NYC Attractions Week! During the next two and a half weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy 2-for-1 tours, culture and performing arts programs throughout the city. Below, we’ve picked out the adventures we think of the most for your time and money and a less traditional experience.

Like a Local Tours

Like a Local’s food tours are a great value AND a great adventure in eating. Try out the Flatiron Food, History and Architecture Tour for a taste of it all, culture, cuisine and comradery.

Madame Tussauds New York

There’s no denying it, Madame Tussauds is just plain fun! It’s impossible to leave without an endless supply of silly, pseudo celebrity selfies and a giant smile on your face.

One World Observatory

There’s nothing like seeing NYC from its highest point. The view from the top three floors of One World Trade Center and absolutely spectacular and give you a whole new perspective on the city you’ve come to enjoy.

Spirit of New York

If you’re looking for a meal with a view, look no further than Spirit of New York. Enjoy a leisurely river cruise while you eat, drink and dance the evening away!

Untapped Cities

For those of you who have been the city many times, this is the tour experience for you. Untapped Cities explores the lesser known history and places of NYC in a variety of subjects, including art, cuisine, transportation, architecture and more.

For a full list of participating venues, visit NYCGO.com.

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Alternative Ways to Ring in the New Year in NYC

There are few holiday traditions quite as famous across the globe as the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square. For many, there is no better way to celebrate the coming of a New Year than gathering in Times Square to watch the symbolic spectacle along with tens of thousands of like-minded individuals. But for those for whom standing in a cramped crowd for hours in freezing temperatures isn’t their cup of tea, The Roosevelt is helping you make the most of your New Year’s Eve with this list of alternative ways to ring in the New Year in New York City. No matter what you choose to do, make sure to stop by The Roosevelt’s own Madison Club Lounge and enjoy a $40 bottle of La Marca Prosecco, perfect for ringing in a wonderful new year.

NYRR Midnight Run

Run away from 2016 as fast as you can and cross the finish line in a brand new year. This four-mile run begins at the stroke of midnight and is illuminated by a fireworks display as runners trek across the city in celebration of the coming of 2017. Break out of the crowd and set your pace for the coming year.

Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour

Learn a little bit of New York history this New Year’s Eve and enjoy a walk along the Brooklyn Bridge. This walking tour encompasses both city hall and the Brooklyn bridge where some of the city’s finest tour guides will entertain you with many little-known facts about the city’s 19th century technical marvel.

Polar Bear Plunge

While it might not save you getting cold, plunge into the New Year with the Coney Island Polar Bear Club. This icy cold dip into the Atlantic is a refreshing way to start the year and is sure to make a lasting impression. Make sure to register before the big day and bring something warm to wrap yourself in afterward.

New Year’s Eve Bike Ride & Outdoor After Party

Rather than stand or sit this New Year’s Eve, grab your bike or your skates and take part in an exciting way to, both, ring in the New Year and keep warm. The ride starts at Washington Square Park and culminates at Belvedere Castle with a party featuring fireworks, music, and plenty of dancing.

Pub Crawl

New York City has plenty of bars, and with the rise of craft beers in recent years, a night on the town means a night of sampling some of the finest brews from all over the country. Find a pub-crawl that fits your tastes or spend the time looking up New York’s finest bars (with a little help from The Roosevelt) to plan the perfect crawl of you own.

Dance Cruise

Celebrate the New Year from the sea surrounding the city with a New Years Eve Dance cruise. With drinks and appetizers provided for one flat price, revelers need only come ready for a good time and set sail toward 2017 in style.

 

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