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The big-budget window displays in New York’s department giants overshadow independent Christmas markets. Try the Grand Central Holiday Fair, New York’s only indoor market, which runs until December 24 at Vanderbilt Hall selling art, clothes, jewellery and collectible toys. Alternatively, brave the cold at the Columbus Circle Market, a more sociable event in Central Park toting traditional gifts alongside international cuisine.
The Broadway at Times Square Hotel is offering double rooms from £94.49 per night, including breakfast, wi-fi and free child stays, for stays between December 15 and 25. www.applecorehotels.co.uk
New York hotels’ Rock-the-Rink holiday package includes skate rentals at Rockefeller Center, Virginia museum shows film costumes, plus Eurail pass discounts
Rock the rink in New York City
Two Big Apple properties, The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square Hotel, are offering Rock-the-Rink holiday packages that include skate rentals for up to four people at The Rink at Rockefeller Center and four hot chocolates from nearby La Maison du Chocolat. With accommodation and the hotels’ “3-for-Free” amenity package, which includes free continental breakfast, free WiFi and unlimited domestic calls, Rock the Rink starts at $249.99 (U.S.) plus taxes, per night, with a two-night minimum stay. Kids under 13 years old stay free in their parents’ room. Rock the Rink is available Dec. 1, 2013-Feb. 28, 2014 with some black-out dates. Call 1-800-567-7720 (promo code SKATING).
The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square Hotel
Both hotels are offering the Rock the Rink package December 1 through February 28, 2014.
Package rates start at $249.99 a night, based on double occupancy. It includes skate rentals for up to four people at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, four hot chocolates from La Maison Du Chocolat, and complimentary continental breakfast and in-room coffee.
A two-night minimum stay is required and blackout dates apply. Children under 13 stay for free when staying in their parents’ room.
Guests must present receipts to the front desk to receive credit to their credit card on file in the amount of maximum $80 per room ($48 for skate rental and $32 for hot chocolate).
To book, call 1-800-567-7720 or 1-212-790-2710. Mention promotional “SKATING.”
New York, New York, a helluva town
Everybody tells you New York is something special, one of the greatest cities in the world, but you have to experience it to know that they’re right. It’s a breath-taking buzzing place, from the top of the Empire State Building to the tip of Manhattan where you take the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. For me, mooching round the streets of Greenwich Village and discovering it still has that village feel, and clubs where the likes of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon played are still there.
How to Get There
You can find affordable hotels in Manhattan, such as the Apple Core Hotels group.
We would like to bring our grandson to New York over Christmas for his 16th birthday. We would go for three days and we could fly with Aer Lingus from December 28th-31st. We are not sure about accommodation, we want something central. We have been there many times before so know our way around. Will all the sights be open over the holiday time? – GOF, Dublin.
New York is the city that never sleeps and you will find that all the attractions will be open. They only usually close for one day at Christmas.
Look at applecorehotels.com…and nycgo.com for tourism information.
$ - Apple Core Hotels (www.applecorehotels.com) These five moderately-priced hotels in prime Manhattan locations offer an impressive list of complimentary amenities including: free Wi-Fi Internet access, free nationwide and toll-free calling, complimentary daily continental breakfast, fitness facilities, business centres, movies on-demand, and an iPhone docking station. Located within walking distance to must-see New York attractions, they include nyma, the new york manhattan hotel, on 32nd Street west of Fifth Avenue; the smoke-free Broadway @ Times Square, west of Sixth Avenue on 46th Street; The Hotel @ Times Square, on 46th Street off Sixth Avenue; the landmark La Quinta Manhattan, on 32nd Street west of Fifth Avenue; and the Ramada Eastside, at 30th Street and Lexington Avenue. Rates from $120 per night.
Providing the perfect playground for the US’s favourite festival, New York will come alive with the un-dead next month. From ogling shop fronts full of pumpkins and petrifying paraphernalia, to joining the city’s biggest party of the year; the annual Halloween Parade, a trip to the Big Apple at this time promises spine-tingling excitement and hilarious Halloween fun! This year is the 40th anniversary of the Halloween Parade and for those wanting to take part, nyma, the new york manhattan hotel is offering a special ‘Parade Promotion’ on stays in October.
Situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, nyma is perfectly located for the parade, which takes place on nearby Sixth Avenue. Only those who dress up are allowed to participate, therefore nyma’s special promotion includes a $40 gift voucher to spend on fancy dress at the city’s biggest costume shop, New York Costumes with every stay. Offering a vast selection of costumes, wigs, masks and props, this East Village shop even has a celebrity following, with Chloe Sevigny, Hugh Jackman, Kate Hudson and many more famous faces having graced its rails.
Once suitably attired, join hundreds of puppets, numerous bands, dancers and artists and thousands of revellers in costumes of their own creation for a night to remember, or head to Times Square or Madison Square Garden for more Halloween horror. Alternatively, those wanting to visit earlier or avoid the masses can enjoy the promotion during the weeks preceding the event, as there is no escaping the excitement and anticipation of Halloween in the city that never sleeps!
Centrally situated on West 32nd street, nyma, the new york manhattan hotel provides guests with a host of FREE amenities, including free continental breakfast, free wi-fi and national phone calls, a free fitness suite open 24 hours a day and free stays for children aged 12 and under. The Parade Promotion is available throughout October, from US$274.99 per room per night (which equates to £88 per person). The rate is based on two sharing and includes one night’s stay and $40 per couple to spend at New York Costumes. Quote code: HALLOWEEN. Minimum stay two nights.
When you take a NYC trip, keep your eyes open for some of the most famous faces in the world. From the clusters of luxurious and high profile residences all over the city, to the locations of big-screen films, you may also have the chance to visit the most prestigious TV stations and studios for free.
NYC is fully packed with a lot of celebrities, especially in the midst of Midtown Manhattan, where you will find the Broadway @ Times Square Hotel, where you will be offered a free breakfast and Wi-Fi and the rooms are a mere £82 per person for each night this October.
Just steps from the doors of Broadway @ Times Square Hotel, some of the world’s most iconic stars have homes in Manhattan including Samuel L Jackson, Nicole Kidman and David Bowie. Within a 10-minute walk from the hotel, look out for Matt Damon’s apartment on W 88th Street, Al Pacino near W 79th Street and Bono just off Central Park West.
In addition to the scores of high-profile homes in the city, this year the Big Apple broke its own record for the number of TV shows filmed within the city, including HBO’s ‘Girls’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and NBC’s ‘30 Rock’. Hot stuff in Hollywood too, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ featuring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed in Queens Supreme Court this year while Will Smith’s ‘Winter’s Tale’ (set for release in 2014) was shot in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court.
If finding a film set proves too tricky, go all out and register to watch a TV show for free in one of New York’s famous TV studios. Located on Times Square, just up the road from the hotel, the ABC studios host iconic daily TV show ‘Good Morning America’. Catch the nation’s favourite hosts Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer film live on weekdays at 7am (though expect to queue from 6am!). It’s always best to reserve a spot online for a free backstage tour.
If early mornings are a little off-putting, register online for tickets to the famous ‘Late Show with David Letterman’. The world-famous late-night comedy show has been running since 1993 on CBS and features celebrity guests and musical acts. Recent guests include Serena Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Queen Latifa. The Late Show films on 1697 Broadway at various times in the afternoon and evening throughout the week. Tickets are awarded on a lottery basis.
Stay just a short walk away at Broadway @ Times Square Hotel and enjoy complimentary breakfast and wi-fi. Double rooms start from $254.99 (under £82 per person) plus taxes in 2013. To book visitwww.applecorehotels.co.uk/hotels/broadway-at-times-square-hotel or call freephone 0808 178 6363.
A contemporary stage revival of Romeo and Juliet officially opens on Broadway on 19 September – a Broadway debut for Orlando Bloom, as Romeo.
Produced by five-time Tony nominee, David Leveaux, the play has been well received in preview at the Richard Rogers Theatre for the last fortnight.
To mark the run (up to 24 November 2013), The Hotel @ Times Square has launched an exclusive two-night ‘Shakespeare In Love’ package from US$539.98 (approximately £174 per person), also including $30 towards theatre souvenirs and concessions. Additional nights are available from US$266.69 per room per night.
Located on West 46th Street, just minutes from the theatre, The Hotel @ Times Square provides guests with free amenities, including continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and national phone calls plus use of a fitness suite (open 24 hours a day).
Find out more here or call freephone 0808 178 6363 and quote the code LOVE. Book tickets for Romeo and Juliet.
With nyma, the new york manhattan hotel
Visit New York in September and discover a host of interesting, unusual and high-profile events taking place in the city from book and film festivals to cut-price theatre tickets and an Italian extravaganza, plus rooms start from under £95 per person per night (with free breakfast!) at nyma, the new york manhattan hotel.
Broadway Week: 2 – 15 September
Kicking off today, Broadway Week offers exclusive two-for-one tickets to a huge range of the best selling Broadway shows with until 15 September, including Annie, Wicked, Chicago, The Lion King and Mamma Mia.
Feast of San Gennaro: 12 – 22 September
Attracting more than one million people to its heady streets, the annual Feast of San Gennaro takes place in historic Little Italy. Revellers can enjoy roadside music and colourful parades, food stands and even a cannelloni-eating contest!
Brooklyn Book Festival: 16 – 22 September
Head to the Brooklyn Borough Hall for all things book this September. With a packed schedule of readings and panels on indoor and outdoor stages, plus plenty of local events in cafés, libraries and bookstores, it’s the perfect place for any bookie. Participating authors at the Brooklyn Book Festival include Karen Russell, Jamaica Kincaid and Sam Lipsyte.
New York Film Festival: 28 September – 14 October
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the New York Film Festival is the place to see cutting-edge films before they make it big. Bringing some of the world’s most creative cinema to the city, this year’s offering includes Searching For Jason, a portrait of Jason Holliday filmed in 1967 as well as new film Flight from Robert Zemeckis, starring Denzel Washington.
nyma, the new york manhattan hotel is centrally located in Midtown Manhattan and offers rooms in September from just $294.99 per double room (under £95 per person), along with FREE continental breakfast, FREE child stays for under-12s and complimentary wi-fi. To book, call freephone 0808 178 6363 or visit www.thenewyorkmanhattanhotel.co.uk.
NYC with freebies
Apple Core Hotels:
Celebrate the reopening of the Statue of Liberty with the "Lady Liberty" package at the hotel's two Times Square locations. the package will reimburse up to four "Crown Tickets" (two adults and two children; regularly $12 for kids and $20 for adults) to the Statue of Liberty. Rates start at $224.99 per night and the package is valid through Aug 31. Restrictions apply. To book, call 1-800-567-7720 and use promo code "Lady Liberty."
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ONE is the city that never sleeps while the other is a sleepy seaside resort.
With only a two-hour drive separating the hustle and bustle of New York City from the golden sandy beaches of The Hamptons, they make a perfect twin-centre break.
We started in the city, staying at The Hotel@Times Square in midtown Manhattan, just a ten-minute walk from Fifth Avenue.
Wall Street-bound businessmen in grey suits, trainers and designer sunglasses wove expertly in and out of a sea of shoppers and tourists making their way into Saks and Louis Vuitton.
In the blistering midsummer sun we headed south to Union Square Greenmarket on East 16th Street, where we welcomed the shelter provided by the stalls' multi-coloured awnings.
Launched in 1976 with a handful of producers, Greenmarket now offers produce from more than 140 regional farmers, fishermen and bakers selling everything from ruby red peppers to fish caught in The Hamptons.
After buying a bag of sweet white nectarines we made our way downtown to Tompkins Square Park in the more alternative East Village for an outdoor evening screening of Donnie Darko.
Thirty-something hipsters with thick handlebar moustaches, green anchor tattoos and quiffs swigged red wine from brown paper bags while bare-footed children chased butterflies across the grass.
The sun set behind the screen and cheers from the neighbouring baseball game were drowned out as the film flickered to life.
Before heading home we made a pit stop at Mexican restaurant Dos Caminos in the trendy Meatpacking District.
Don't waste your time on main courses such as enchiladas, which are a little watery.
Go straight for the main attraction - their guacamole, which is so delicious there are internet pages dedicated to guessing what's in the recipe.
The following day we soared 70 floors to the top of the Rockefeller Center to enjoy panoramic views of the city, from Central Park and Harlem right down to lower Manhattan.
After grabbing the best burger I've ever eaten from fast-food joint Shake Shack on Eighth Avenue, we rode the subway north to Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees take on the Seattle Mariners.
With baseball games lasting an average of three hours, we settled into our nosebleed seats with hot dogs and a vat of Budweiser.
The following day, after a two-hour drive east of New York, the constant hum of 30,000 taxi cabs was replaced by the sound of foaming waves lapping over a 17-mile stretch of golden sand.
We had arrived in the celebrity hangout of East Hampton.
Gwyneth Paltrow is a regular visitor and Jay-Z and Beyonce are rumoured to rent a house here every summer for an eye-watering £40,000 a month.
Our hotel was a little more affordable.
Huntting Inn lies at the heart of Main Street.
With mahogany furniture, walls lined with books and The Palm steak restaurant tagged on to the side, it's no wonder the likes of Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson and Steven Spielberg are regulars.
National Geographic has labelled Main Street the most beautiful in America, each side lined with boutiques and pastel summer homes with grand marble pillars, white picket fences and manicured lawns.
Snow-white swans laze on the village green and thousands of amber fireflies illuminate the evening sky.
Jon Bon Jovi's bar and restaurant the Blue Parrot adds a bit of grit to this otherwise pristine town. The Tex-Mex menu, simple wooden tables and dim lighting make this the perfect antidote to the glitz and glamour.
Next morning a 15-minute walk took us to Hampton beach, passing Ocean View Avenue and Lily Pond Lane. Beatrix Potter couldn't have dreamed up quainter streets.
A group of teenage girls from the Big Apple casually discussed which beachfront houses their parents had rented, while eyeing up the golden-haired, bronzed lifeguards playing volleyball.
Later we headed to East Hampton Point bar and restaurant where we plonked ourselves on the terrace just in time to watch the sun dip into the ocean.
Despite the chino-wearing crowd it attracts, the beer there was the cheapest we'd had all holiday.
The next morning we drove 30 minutes to Montauk, the most eastern point of Long Island which sticks out from the mainland like a pointed index finger.
The area is remote and almost secluded but Montauk Point Lighthouse is worth the drive alone.
After tackling the narrow steps we were granted five minutes alone on a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
We felt like the only two people alive as the salty air whipped our faces and we gazed into the blue abyss.
It was a world away from the buzzing metropolis.
New York is known for many things – the height of its skyscrapers; the glorious diversity of its population; the 24-hour carousel that is its nightlife; the atmospheric clanking noise made by the motion of its subway trains – and is generally referred to as 'the Big Apple'.
But next week will see something else that can be considered big, round and revered take centre stage in the city that supposedly never sleeps. What’s that? Why, the sun.
July 12 – a week on Friday – will witness the latest example of what has been described as 'Manhattanhenge'. The term was coined by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, to explain the fact that, on two days each year – roughly three weeks either side of the longest day – the setting sun aligns exactly with the streets of the Manhattan grid (which run roughly east-to-west), creating a phenomenon akin to the annual solstice celebrations at Stonehenge (albeit without the 'zany' mysticism and men in unusual hats).
The magic moment will be 8.23pm. And if you stand on any Manhattan Street (as opposed to Avenue, as these run north-south) with a clear view across the world’s most iconic island, you will be able to follow the dying of the of the day above New Jersey.
Streets recommended by Tyson include 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th – with 34th and 42nd likely to prove especially photogenic during this particular solar disappearing act thanks to the presences of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building respectively.
Tyson also advises that the further east you stand, the greater the effect – all those tall structures giving the sunlight a frame as it streams down these narrow urban corridors.
For those with a love of statistics, the equivalent pre-solstice sunset was at 8.15pm on 29 May. And the same spectacle occurs in reverse, with the winter solstice and the sunrise over Brooklyn and Queens, on 5 December and 8 January (better wrap up warm for that).
Of course, this celestial extravaganza is not a New York exclusive. It takes place in any city with a symmetrical grid system and an uninterrupted view of the horizon. Thus, you can also experience it in Montreal ('Montrealhenge'; 12 July), Chicago ('Chicagohenge'; 25 September) and Toronto (you guessed it, 'Torontohenge'; October 25). The day varies according to the exact angle of each city's streets (none of these named cities have a grid that is laid out precisely east-to-west and north-to-south). The phenomenon is also more likely to occur in a North American city, where streets and avenues tend to run at right angles, rather than in a metropolis such as London, where the jumble of curved roads and higgledy-piggledy alleyways mean that the sun’s rays never have an unobstructed path.
But New York is perhaps the most famous venue for this heavenly show. Cameras ready.
Where to stay: If you fancy catching Manhattanhenge in person, The Hotel @ Times Square (001-212 719-2300; www.thehotelattimessquare.co.uk) is a solid option – partly because, despite its name, it perches at 59W 46th Street in Midtown Manhattan, meaning that the sun’s antics can be enjoyed on the doorstep. Double rooms from $205 (£135).
More on New York, meanwhile, via the official tourist board guide at www.nycgo.com.
The Lady Liberty package being offered by The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square includes breakfast, a bottle of water per person and reimbursement of crown tickets from Statue Cruises for up to two adults and two children. It is good for stays between July 4 and August 31.
Crown tickets gives visitors access to the Statue of Liberty’s crown, priority entry into the boarding queue, access to the grounds of Liberty Island and, an audio tour of Liberty Island.
Rates start at $224.99 per night, based on double occupancy in a room with a queen bed. Rooms with two double beds go for $251.99 per night, based on double occupancy.
A two-night minimum stay is required and transportation to Battery Park is not included. Children under 13 stay for free when they share a room with their parents.
Tickets to the Statue of Liberty are only available by reservation and can be booked online by clicking here.
Guests staying in a room with a queen bed must present their receipt to the front desk to receive credit to their credit card on file in the amount maximum of $40 per room towards two adult crown tickets for admission to Liberty Island. Those staying in a room with two double beds will receive up to a maximum of a $64 credit towards two adult and two children tickets.
This offer is based on availability and can be booked by calling Apple Core Hotels’ Reservations Department at 1-800-567-7720 or 1-212-790-2710. Mention promotional code “LADY LIBERTY.”
As the Statue of Liberty prepares to reopen to visitors on July 4, one Manhattan hotel brand is ready with a Lady Liberty package. The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square are offering rooms starting at $225 a night that include reimbursement to guests holding sightseeing tickets to the statue's crown.
The deal: The offer favors travelers who already have tickets to visit the statue's crown. (I had a hard time finding times and dates available in late July and early August). The offer requires a two-night minimum stay and is available only by phone when you ask for the Lady Liberty package.
The package comes with daily breakfast, a bottle of water and reimbursement of crown tickets for up to $40 for two adults in a room with a queen-sized bed or $64 for two adults and two children in a room with two double beds (prices start at $252 a night).
When: The offer is good July 4 to Aug. 31.
Tested: I called and found the package available for a queen room July 21-24 and July 28-31 for $225 plus tax. Rooms in the same time frame cost $213 a night plus tax, so for a little more you receive the ticket reimbursement perk. I also found the package available for four from Aug. 2-5 with two double beds for $255 plus tax. Note the package applies only to crown tickets, not just a visit to Liberty Island or the base.Info: Apple Core Hotels, (800) 567-7720
Hotel @ Times Square is perfect for first timers who want to see the sights. Located within easy reach of the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Theater District, the Museum of Modern Art and Grand Central Station. Plus, children under 12 years stay for free!
Rooms: This super-central hotel offers a deluxe family suite which has two connecting rooms with one king and one queen bed, and a shared bathroom.
Price: From £130 per night per for a family of four. Book your room on the Hotel @ Times Square website.
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