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The NY Dish Spring 2017

The Roosevelt Hotel’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Kick off the St. Patrick’s Day celebration early at The Roosevelt at either Vander Bar or Madison Club Lounge, both opening at 10 am. Once you’re here, you’ll enjoy a delicious spread of Irish favorites, plenty of Guinness and live bagpipe performances!

mad46 2017 Season is Upon Us!

The glorious season for rooftop revelry is upon us! Your favorite bar in the sky re-opens for business Wednesday, April 12th! We hope you’ll join us for plenty of high in the sky fun all season long.

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Triple “B” Special at Vander Bar

Beef, Bacon and Beer put the tastiest B’s into our Triple “B” Special. Get a beef and bacon slider, paired with the perfect pint of beer, for just $15. Perfect to enjoy while watching March Madness basketball games.

Early Bird Breakfast at The Roosevelt Grill

Are you a morning person? Take advantage of our new Early Bird Special at The Roosevelt Grill. From 6:30 – 8:30 am Monday – Friday, get 20% off your breakfast bill. To redeem, print and present this email promotion on your next visit. Valid through (4/30/2017).

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Mardi Gras Celebrations in NYC

Everyone knows New Orleans is the true home of Mardi Gras. However, we’re not in New Orleans and we want to celebrate too! If you’re in the same boat, this list we compiled of the best Mardi Gras celebrations the city has to offer should be a big help to you! For more information, visit TimeOut.com/NewYork.

Mardi Gras Bash at The Bell House in Brooklyn

“Ready to party Big Easy–style? The bumpin’ brass ensemble Hungry March Band, DJ Jonathan Toubin and pianist Gordon Webster tear this Brooklyn house down with traditional NOLA tunes. Make sure to snack on some gumbo to fuel your energy in order to boogie hard on the dance floor.”

“Funky Fat Tuesday” Celebration with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic at B. B. King Blues Club in Midtown (West)

“George Clintonthe one and only Uncle Jam and author of the recent memoir (deep breath) Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?—lands the mothership for a night of ass-liberating funk. Here the funk innovator hosts what’s become an annual Mardi Gras celebration for fifth straight year.”

Bierhaus NYC Mardi Gras at Bierhaus NYC in Midtown (East)

“Glug numerous brews, gorge on doughy pretzels, get your hands on some beads and revel in the gluttony during a special Fat Tuesday celebration inside this German Hall. Enjoy listening to some live music and, if you’re up for it, sign up for trivia at 6:30pm.”

Tulane NYC Mardi Gras Party at Drom in the East Village

“The Mardi Gras festivities can’t stop and won’t stop thanks to some folks from N’awlins itching to celebrate all over again in the Big Apple. Tulane, a New Orleans university, hosts this traditional bash with a performance by NOLA native and percussionist Derrick Freeman. He and his soul brass band play a lively set that will make you shake your tail feathers.”

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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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Ice Skating Beyond the Rock

During the winter months, New York City certainly sees its fair share of snow and ice and, when weather conditions conspire, walking and driving conditions themselves can become rather slick. This holiday season The Roosevelt is giving you a list of some of the best places to enjoy a little bit of seasonal magic in the form of ice skating around the city. Add a little fun to your holiday stay at the hotel and practice for future inclement weather with this list of some of our favorite places to skate in the city that are often overshadowed by the popular rink at Rockefeller Center.

Wollman Rink

Perhaps as iconic as the Rockefeller Rink itself, Wollman Rink in Central Park is frequented by casual skaters looking for a leisurely session on the ice. For those who don’t take to skating naturally, Wollman is the perfect beginner’s spot, featuring the world’s largest learn-to-skate program in the country.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

When it comes to the holidays, the Winter Village at Bryant Park has it all and, between shopping and sampling delicious dinners, a little bit of skating is all that’s needed to make the season right. The ice-skating rink is always free and open late, but those without skates will need to rent a pair. Crowds vary depending on the time of day but during off-peak hours the rink offers plenty of space to try your hand at some tricks.

Abe Stark Rink

Switch up the scenery with this seaside skating rink, offering weekend revelry for all who wish to enjoy some slippery fun. Originally a saltwater pool, this transformed rink keeps the Coney Island excitement going during the holiday season when the theme parks are closed. Sessions last for three hours, giving new and experienced skaters alike plenty of time to show their skills.

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

Hockey may be most closely associated with the holiday season, but at the Sky Rink there’s no need to wait until the temperature drops. Open year round this indoor ice rink welcomes skaters of all levels, as well as hockey players and figure skaters to help both beginnings and pros alike hone their skills.

World Ice Arena

The holiday season transforms the World Ice Arena into something a little more magical than its normal classes and skating education. Weekends bring an exciting opportunity to skate with Santa while Christmas Day invites guests from all over the area to enjoy a white Christmas gliding across the ice.

Staten Island Skating Pavilion

While this indoor skating rink is also open year round, it caters only to hockey teams and freestyle figure-skaters during the week.  Public sessions are available on the weekend, however, providing ample time to get acquainted with slick surfaces that may appear around the city.

City Ice Pavillion

Skate above the rest of the city on the only rooftop rink in the big apple. Featuring a separate second synthetic rink to help with spillover, this enchanting rink helps those who want to do laps stay safe from the more aggressive skaters looking to play around with a stick and puck.

Aviator Sports and Events Center

Ice skating is just part of the adventure waiting for visitors to Aviator Sports. Beside its two large skating rinks, this complex features a gym, arcade, rock wall, bungee jumping, and air hockey, turning it into a veritable winter wonderland of entertainment for kids and thrill seekers of all ages this holiday season.

Ice-Skating at LeFrak Center

Prospect Park is full of ambitious projects, and the Lakeside area may be one of it’s most ambitious. With various seasonal activities all year long, the LeFrak Center offers visitors a chance to enjoy the scenery year round, but only offers ice skating during the colder months. Enjoy the holidays surrounded by the scenic views of Lakeside and witness one of the city’s largest projects brought to life in holiday splendor.

 

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The Roots of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Christmas is a holiday fraught with endless forms of symbolism and, as we approach the coming holiday, New York City prepares once again to welcome the most iconic Christmas symbol again, tonight starting at 7:00 pm. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree tradition is entering its 84th year this holiday season, continuing a rich history of bringing light and the spirit of Christmas to, not only New Yorkers but, people across the world as well.

New York Times Associated Press Rockefeller Christmas Tree 1931
(New York Times/Associated Press) Rockefeller Christmas Tree 1931

Unofficially begun in 1931, the tradition began when construction workers at the Rockefeller Center site got together to purchase a 20-foot balsam fir decorated with garlands handmade by their families. Two years later, the newly opened Rockefeller Center officially began the tradition, holding its first annual lighting ceremony. Only three years later a second tree was added to commemorate the opening of the Rockefeller Skating Rink and, with that, a true holiday tradition was born.

As America entered WWII, the tree lighting ceremony had to be altered each year to account for the changing state of the country. The décor of the tree featured more red white and blue in order to inspire patriotism, and, in 1942 when war materials were scarce, Rockefeller Center displayed three small trees rather than the traditional single large one. This year also became the first year that the tree was replanted after the holidays to help conserve resources. While the tree remained unlit in 1944 due to wartime regulations, the end of the war saw the end of the darkness for the famous tree, illuminating it once more with six new ultraviolet light projectors. By the 1950’s the tradition and tree had grown so large that it took twenty workers nine days to decorate it on scaffolding surrounding the tree. This fame only continued to grow with the first televised tree lighting, with NBC highlighting the event on The Kate Smith Show.

Since its debut as a 20-foot balsam, the Rockefeller Tree has grown in both fame and size, with 1998’s tree being flown in on the world’s largest transport plane from Richfield, Ohio. The year after that, the largest tree in the tradition’s history was displayed, a monstrous 100-foot spruce, from Killingworth, Connecticut. In order to make use of the tree beyond its lighting, the Rockefeller Tree has been recycled since 1971. Originally used to make mulch, the Rockefeller tree began serving a higher purpose in 2006 when it was given to Habitat for Humanity each year, where it’s milled, treated, and made into lumber to help build homes for those in need. Alongside going to help those in need, the tree remains energy conscious, with a switch to LED lights in 2007, saving over 1,200 kilowatts of electricity per day.

This year’s tree is a 94-foot beauty from central New York, donated by Angie and Graig Eicler, and will feature 50,000 rainbow LED lights alongside decorations and the now famous star, first placed on the tree in 2004. Whether you’re watching from home, or witnessing the spectacle firsthand, tune in tonight and experience a tradition known around the world as the start of the Christmas season.

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