Category Archives: City Happenings

Mothers Day in New York City

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Being a mother myself, I have come to appreciate the wonder that is Mothers Day! It’s the one-day of the year that I don’t have to do laundry, clean dishes, organize a closet or make dinner. I get to just relax!

If you’re in the Big Apple this Mothers Day, here are a few great ideas to do with Mom.

SIP TEA
Enjoy a very ladylike and civilized afternoon with Mom at this special tea party at SALONTEA Teabar on Saturday, May 9th at 12:00pm. Tea will be served in elegant china teapots along with fresh-baked goodies. Be sure to make a reservation!

INDULGE
Mostly known for its fanciful desserts, Serendipity is a famous NYC restaurant that offers a comforting atmosphere and a delicious menu. Bring mom in for their delicious frozen hot chocolate or the Forbidden Broadway Sundae. This is a NYC treat NOT to be missed!

BE CREATIVE
For Mothers Day, head to one of the 60 galleries from the US, Europe, Asia, Canada and South America that will be exhibiting quality art that regular people can purchase (many of the pieces under $500) for the Affordable Art Fair NYC. Discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints from distinguished galleries from May7-10th.

GET PAMPERED
Bliss Spa is a wonderful place to spend the day with Mom. Right here on 57th street, just a few blocks away from the Roosevelt Hotel, you can treat yourselves to a mani/pedi or maybe even one of their famous facials or mesmerizing massages. If there’s one gift a mom always appreciates, its being pampered!

WE WANT TO KNOW:  What will you be doing with your mother this weekend?

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National Travel and Tourism Week (May 9-17, 2009)

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Travel Matters. That’s what the U.S. Travel Association is saying with the 26th annual National Travel and Tourism Week. Hundred of cities, states and businesses across the country will take part in events from May 9th to May 17th to promote the power of travel.

The goal is to enhance the country’s economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism. With $740 billion in direct travel expenditures by domestic and international travelers, and 7.7 million direct travel jobs, travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries.

For the first time this year, National Travel and Tourism Week will also include the U.S. Travel Rally Day on May 12th. Here is a list of participating cities where you can join!

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Vanessa Williams performs at The Roosevelt Hotel New York for the 2009 Point Honors

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The Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit. On April 27th, the Point Foundation hosted their annual New York benefit right here at The Roosevelt Hotel New York.

The Point Foundation presented “Ugly Betty” creator Silvio Horta with the Point Courage Award, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) received the Point Inspiration Award, and playwright, librettist and director Arthur Laurents was presented with the inaugural Point Legend Award.

The evening’s festivities were hosted by ALL MY CHILDREN’s Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison with a performance by Vanessa Williams. Other celebrities in attendance were Judith Light and Jorge Valencia, Angela Lansbury and a few of “The Real Housewives of New York City” including Countess LuAnn de Lesseps.

Click here to see photos of celebrities that attended this event!

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FREE Summer in the City

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It’s easy to spend in New York City, but we thought you should know that a trip to the Big Apple doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here some great activities that are offered FREE (yes, free!) during the summer months.

Grand Central Terminal (42nd Street)
Right across the street from the Roosevelt, is this wonderful piece of history. Wander around the terminal at your own pace, or take one of the many guided tours available.

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA) (Fifth Avenue)
Although there is a “suggested” admission, you can pay what you can afford to see one of the greatest art museums in New York City. If you’re in NYC for the second Tuesday of June, definitely check out the Museum Mile Festival. From 82nd Street to 104th Street, traffic is closed and the streets are filled with music, art and laughter. Free of charge.

Monday Night Movies at Bryant Park
Bring a snack and a blanket and catch a movie on the lawn at Bryant Park. Typically movies begin at 8:00pm, but it gets crowded so get there early.

River To River Festival
The 2008 River to River Festival is a summer celebration featuring hundreds of free music, dance and cultural programs in a variety of venues throughout New York. It is the largest summer long, free arts festival in the nation and takes place from June through September.

Central Park (Central Park, NY)
Central Park is a great place to escape from the chaos of New York City streets. The Central Park Conservancy’s free walking tours are a great way to get acquainted with the park. In summer months, performances of opera, dance, comedy and music are all showcased at the Summerstage in Central Park. Some concerts are benefits, but many are free!

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn, NY)
The amazing 1.13-mile-span of the Brooklyn Bridge is often called an outdoor cathedral. Take an early morning walk across the bridge and see New York City waking up.

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May is Bike Month in NYC

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On an average day, 112,000 New Yorkers bicycle their way to work, school or just to ride the city.  That is a 10% increase over the past ten years and up 50% in the past two decades.  That just shows that New Yorkers have an increasing desire to hop on two wheels and pedal their way around this wonderful city. 

Bike Month NYC is an annual celebration of bicycling in the New York metropolitan area where thousands of bicyclists from around the city and outer boroughs participate in a variety of special events including tour rides, repair classes, films, races, discussions and much more.

Check out the Bike Month NYC 2009 – Events Calendar for full details.  If you’re just in town for a visit, you can still get in on the fun!  Rent a bicycle from any of  these locations and you can participate in any of the planned activities or just pick up a NYC Cycling Map and take on the city on your own.

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