An insider's guide to New York's top Times Square hotels, including the best for Empire State Building views, rooftop terraces, jazz bars and proximity to Broadway, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and MoMA. Refinery Hotel Much of the charm of this original Gothic skyscraper close to Times Square has been preserved, from the high ceilings to the wood-floor rooms, although the décor is never overdone. And while hipster touches abound (the staff sport suspenders and denim uniforms and, a few, waxed facial hair) there’s nothing over the top. Some rooms have views of the Empire State Building. The hotel restaurant, Parker Quinn, has all the qualities of your favourite neighborhood bistro, serving simple well-made American favourites and perfect cocktails. The live music at Winnie’s Jazz Bar in the lobby greets guests most nights, though you may need to raise your voice to be heard above the sax. Read the full review: Refinery Hotel … [Read more...] about The best New York hotels near Times Square
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The president, who’s pushing his lawyers to let him meet with the special counsel, has a long history of dealing with investigators directly. It was the summer of 1980, and Donald Trump, a rising star in New York City real estate, trekked to Brooklyn to sit down with the Organized Crime Strike Force. The still-lanky developer arrived alone, with no attorneys by his side, and willingly submitted himself to all of the investigators’ questions. The FBI investigation involved a person Trump needed to ensure the speedy construction of Trump Tower: John Cody, a union boss who was being investigated for suspected mob ties. The FBI subpoenaed Trump after getting a tip that the developer had promised Cody’s supposed girlfriend a luxury apartment spread in his signature tower. In going it alone with the investigators, according to Trump biographer Wayne Barrett, the future president tried to recast himself not as an adjunct to Cody’s scams but as a victim himself of a … [Read more...] about Trump leans on his old New York playbook in Mueller dealings
Few questions are more urgent than where to eat when you’re traveling to a place with more than two restaurants.It’s certainly omnipresent for people who are visiting New York. (“Where should I eat?” is a question any local food critic hopes to never hear again.) The city has one of the best and deepest restaurant rosters in the world, and the amount is increasing: in 2017, there were 26,697 restaurants in the city, up from 26,110 in 2016 and roughly 1,500 more places than there were five years ago.Of course you can make a list of must-try restaurants; that never hurts. But for a city as big and fast moving as New York, having a solid set of strategies to maximize your meals is the expert way to go. Here’s how you’ve been messing it up.1. You skip breakfast. Unlike some breakfast-oriented cities like Atlanta and San Francisco, New York hasn’t always taken the first meal of the day seriously, beyond a bagel and … [Read more...] about 12 Ways You’re Eating in New York City Wrong
Whoah, indeed. There’s nothing like seeing New York through a child’s eyes. From the cityscape of Spiderman to the spaghetti of yellow cabs, from Macy’s and massive portion sizes to screaming sirens and rats scurrying across subway tracks, the wonder and freshness makes even serial visitors feel like first-timers. Visiting New York with kids (we have two - Sam is 7), we went big on cinematic sights, with Brooklyn Bridge (right) top of the list. The wind cut like a barber’s blade, but we were ready — tucked up in hats, gloves and thermals. Walking from the Manhattan side in early evening, we were midway across by sunset and caught the full, night-time glory from Fulton Ferry Landing. Bring headphones and line up your favourite NY song for a shared listen during the walk. It’s a lifetime memory in the making. Forget Junior’s, the over-hyped diner nearby, and book a table for a piece of Italian-America within shouting distance of Times Square. … [Read more...] about New York with kids: Top 10 things to do for families in NYC
8. Stay for Christmas There's nowhere quite like NYC at Christmas time, from shopping at Macy's on 34th Street to the famous Rockefeller Center tree and ice-skating beneath the 'scrapers in Central Park. This is the best time of year to catch a show, poke your nose up against the window displays, and if you stay to New Year's, join the throngs in Times Square. Our advice? If you're in the crowds, keep bathroom breaks to a minimum. - VN While you're at it: It's worth sticking around for the January sales, which start right after Christmas. The weather's cold, but the prices are hot. 9. Take a Sex and the City Tour You can't turn a corner in NYC without finding a movie location - from Marilyn Monroe's favourite subway grate at Lexington and 52nd to the Ghostbusters firehouse in Tribeca (14 North Moore and Varick). SATC locations are peppered all over, and this 3.5-hour bus tour takes you around some of Carrie Bradshaw and co's favourite haunts, from an adult boutique to the altogether … [Read more...] about The New York Bucket List: 25 things to do in the Big Apple before you die!