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This year marks the 113th anniversary of the New York International Auto Show. Taking place March 29th – April 7th at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, the auto show will feature beautiful vehicles front and center. The New York International Auto Show was North America’s first car show, and is one of the best-attended industry events by both automakers and the general public.
Most of the world’s top automobile manufacturers will be among the 900,000 square feet of exhibitors at the show. Cars and trucks of yesterday, today and tomorrow will be on display, including concept cars and some New York world debuts.
Whether you’re looking for a guys’ getaway or want to spend time with the family in a fun, kid-friendly environment, the New York International Auto Show has no shortage of things to see and do when it comes to cars.
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A Gutenberg Bible sits on a shelf deep in the monumental recesses of the New York Public Library. Perhaps not on a shelf. And no one is likely to loan it out soon. The Gutenberg Bible is the first major book in history produced on a printing press—the book that launched the world-changing Gutenberg Revolution. It means something that in this age of the denuded little object known as the book, one of the great libraries of the world has it safely stashed. But of course the New York Public Library is about more than books. It’s about that other denuded little thing: Western Civilization. And it stands as one of its enduring landmarks.
First opened in 1911, the New York Public Library was created by bringing together a $2.4 million donation from Samuel J. Tilden to “establish and maintain a free library and reading room in the city of New York,” along with the collections of the financially strapped Astor and Lenox Libraries. The site of the Croton Reservoir was chosen for the new library, and Dr. John Shaw Billings, director of the New York Public Library, conceived its initial design. When the building opened, this Beaux-Arts wonder was the largest marble building in the United States, and home to over 1 million books.
In addition to its vast collections of books and periodicals, the impressive architecture and awe-inspiring interiors of the New York Public Library alone are worth the visit, if not its many treasures and artworks including murals, paintings, photographs and a comprehensive Americana collection.
Free one hour tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Sunday (closes on summer Sundays and some holidays) highlighting the Library’s history and architecture. Get an informed overview of the beauty and expanse of the Library’s collections. Free tours of the Library’s Current Exhibitions at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sundays.
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A new star is rising to fame in Manhattan’s Theater District; The Chatwal New York has debuted to rave reviews. This 5 star property is a true boutique, featuring a mere 76 perfectly-designed rooms and suites. Guests seeking a truly intimate experience in the midst of Midtown’s hustle and bustle will be instantly charmed by the Art Deco allure of The Chatwal New York.
The Setai Fifth Avenue is sculptural lines and a modern aesthetic, combined with an Asian-inspired simplicity that brings out the “Zen” in guests. At the 5 star Setai NYC, guests are moments from world-class shopping on Fifth Avenue, which hosts retailers ranging from Macy’s to Tiffany’s, and everything in between.
New York City, April 18 – 29, 2012
Located in the fashionable downtown Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca, this festival is the spring event of choice for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Each year since its modest inception in 2002 it has grown and bloomed into a premier event with celebrities from the worlds of art, film and music appearing at its screenings and other programs. The Tribeca Film Festival draws over 3 million people to lower Manhattan, where film buffs view a variety of narrative and documentary features as well as short films, and attend its star-studded parties and informed lectures.
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in the aftermath of 9/11. The tragedy sapped Tribeca of vitality, and the festival founders hoped to spur its economic and cultural revitalization through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. It has since showcased an eclectic variety of independent films, documentaries, narrative features, shorts, family-friendly films, panel discussions, and talks with stars of the film world.
Tribeca has recovered since the 9/11 attacks, as hip and prosperous as ever, and as the Tribeca Film Festival’s reputation has soared the quality and variety of films have improved each year. At the 2012 Festival, expect more of the same potent cocktail of celebrities in art, film, and music.
The Festival’s stated mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the film community and general public to experience the power of cinema, and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival supports emerging and established directors. Since its founding, it has screened over 1200 films from over 80 countries, and has attracted an international audience of more than 3.5 million attendees and generated an estimated $725 million in economic activity for New York City.
WHERE TO STAY: The Trump SoHo New York is surrounded by quirky galleries, upscale boutiques and fanciful restaurants, and is only a few blocks away from the Tribeca Film Festival. This 5 star hotel boasts spacious rooms, expansive city views, and book with us for complimentary upgrades until March 31st, 2012.
The Hotel Gansevoort is widely credited with transforming the Meatpacking District from gritty to fabulous. Whether to dine at Tanuki Tavern, swim in the Plunge rooftop pool, or spend a blissful day shopping the cobblestoned streets of the Meatpacking District, guests continue to flock to Gansevoort New York. Book with us for complimentary upgrades and special amenities for suite reservations.
The SoHo Grand Hotel offers an atmosphere of SoHo-chic meets 19th century elegance, and is only a few blocks from the Festival. The lobby recalls a grand train station of a bygone era with its striking metal staircase, soaring ceilings, and mosaic tiles patterning the floor. Tantalize your tastebuds with gustatory delights from The Gallery or their outdoor eatery, The Yard.
March 17th, 2012
On St. Patrick’s Day the streets of Manhattan fill up with green-clad revelers from near and far. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and a visit to the nearest Irish pub works for most traditionalists. Others know that St. Patrick’s Day in New York means more than parades and green beer. But first, the parade. This yearly tradition of bagpipes, clan tartans and green hats began on the streets of Manhattan in 1762 and has not relented since. The 2012 parade kicks off at 11 a.m. at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue.
After the parade, stop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for a traditional mass, or scope out the architecture before hitting one of New York’s fine pubs. For an old-school experience, start with McSorley’s (15 E 7th Street), New York’s longest running saloon. Take in the history, the sawdust-covered floors, and the ghosts of Prohibition. Choose from two kinds of beer—McSorley’s Light or McSorley’s Dark—and belly up. There are no stools.
For a cozier experience, try Molly’s Pub & Restaurant (287 3rd Avenue), a traditional Irish pub with plush chairs and a log-burning fireplace, famous for its Shepherd’s Pie and well-foamed pints of Guinness. The Swift Bar (34 East 4th Street) offers one of the city’s finest draft selections. Named after Irish author Jonathan Swift, the pub has church-pew booths and a mural that pays homage to its namesake. Paddy Maguire’s Ale House (237 3rd Avenue) boasts the largest pint of Guinness below 20th Street. Original doors from Ireland authenticate the experience.
More serious imbibers might enjoy Saint Paddy’s Pub Crawl Saturday, March 17, when thousands of sudsers hit more than 100 pubs across five miles in three days. Tickets: $15 per day of crawling. For a brief reprieve from drinking, an evening with The Pogues, that most Irish of groups, is the ticket. The Pogues return to New York for an all-ages show that will include drunken sing-a-longs and non-traditional Irish dancing. Terminal 5, 610 West 56th Street. 7 p.m.
If you’re seeking a more refined St. Patrick’s Day celebration visit the Irish Arts Center on Sunday March 18 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a free, family-friendly afternoon of authentic Irish music, dance, song, language and crafts. Join the workshops or take in the performances and activities. Reserve through irishartscenter.org.
And if you want to forgo the green beer and Celtic arts for good Irish cooking, Gourmet St. Patrick’s Day at 9 (800 9th Avenue) features reinterpreted Irish classics like corned beef & potato ravioli with corned beef consommé, and green potato risotto with asparagus.
WHERE TO STAY: The 4 star Waldorf-Astoria hotel is near the parade route, and is known as one of the quintessential New York hotels. World-renowned for over a century, Waldorf Astoria’s grace and elegance is enhanced by its deep-rooted history. From Waldorf Salad to countless depictions in film, engulf yourself in Old World New York atmosphere. Book with us for a complimentary upgrade before March 31st, 2012.
For a more luxurious experience, located on the top floors of Waldorf Astoria, Waldorf Towers are the crème de la crème of the Waldorf experience. This 4.5 star hotel within a hotel offers guests unsurpassed service, dedicated staff, and a truly gracious New York experience. Enjoy an upgrade on us during select dates this spring.
The 4.5 star Loews Regency Hotel is located on the cusp of both Midtown East and the Upper East Side, guests have access to two of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods. Both new and returning guests feel that they are coming home to Park Avenue and appreciate the consistency they experience at this 4.5 star Upper East Side/Midtown East hotel.
March 8-11, 2012
Manhattan Piers 92 & 94
New York City in March? Is it ever a bad time to visit New York? In the city that never sleeps March means, among other things, Art. And not just masterpieces hung on walls and perplexing postmodern installations, but the buzz and flash of a spring festival, and a celebration not only of art but of life, New York style. Not a bad way to shake off any lingering winter blahs.
In what has become an essential yearly rite, art-lovers, artists, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world descend on the Big Apple for Armory Arts Week. Anchoring this cultural jamboree is The Armory Show, called the “most dynamic contemporary art fair in New York.” Founded in 1994 as The Gramercy International Art Fair, a modest, hotel-based event, The Armory Show has evolved into a keystone New York cultural event and a world-renowned contemporary art fair.
The 2012 edition boasts an international roster of leading galleries, the acclaimed Armory Show VIP program, an opening night bash at MoMA, and, for the intrepid, the Open Forum program with major art-world figures. In addition, Armory Film presents a series of cutting-edge video and experimental films. Other highlights include architectural firm Bade Stageberg Cox’s luxurious redesign of The Armory Show, and its “spatially contextualized” lounges and café areas. The 2012 Commissioned Artist for the fair, provocative Theaster Gates spices up the proceedings with a piquant dash of his visual jazz.
Located at Pier 92 and 94 on Manhattan’s west side (Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street in the Passenger Ship Terminal complex) and easily reachable by car or public transit, The Armory Show is a March must if you’re in town or passing through.
Pier 92 & 94
Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street
New York City
Thursday, March 8 – Saturday, March 10 Noon to 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 11 Noon to 7 p.m.