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This year, I wanted to make sure that I did something really, really special for the man that I adore and my best friend- and so special I did.
Last time I was in NYC celebrating my son’s birthday we stayed at The (fabulous) Benjamin hotel. We had a blast and the kids loved the royal treatment from the Winks Kidzzz Club. I caught my husband eyeing the menu for The National, located right at the lobby level of the hotel and also one of the many highly successful dining destinations by chef Geoffrey Zakarian. This time, we left the kids home and I booked a room again at The Benjamin and made reservations at The National for dinner. I will admit even I was giddy.
Season of Savings is not in its 11th year. Honestly, I can’t believe that it has been so long, and my the changes we have seen in the theater community since it launched. This unofficial “New York Theatregoer’s Guide to Times Square” was created in response to the devastating effect that September 11th had on sales at Broadway shows and at businesses in and around the Times Square theatre district.
Go to Times Square now, or better yet, check out the lines at the TKTS, and you can see how vibrant and alive the area is again. Broadway’s lights and sounds are the heart of New York. It is the inspiration behind why so many come to NYC full of hopes and dreams. And it is programs like Season of Savings that have helped to bring it back to life after its most dire moments. Not to mention, how it gives so very many residents and visitors from all over an opportunity to experience theatre in the Great White Way.
Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor, a new immersive exhibition of one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in modern time, is set to make its Northeast U.S. debut in New York City at Discovery Times Square (226 West 44th Street) on April 27. The exhibition features artifacts dating back to 221 BCE, including the world premiere of a set of gates from an ancient Han burial chamber, the U.S. debut of more than 20 artifacts, and an up-close look at 10 of the authentic, life-sized clay soldiers and their armor.
A weekend in NYC is always a fun way to get away from our daily routine and take a mini-vacation without going far at all. Even when we lived in Manhattan, staying in NYC hotels for a night or two was a fun activity for us, as it allowed to take in the city as tourists – something I recommend everyone to do every once in a while in order to better appreciate your city.
We stayed at the beautiful Benjamin Hotel on 50th street and Lexington Avenue, in a one-bedroom suite, that had a sofa bed in its living area as well as a kitchenette, an amenity included in all of their suites.
This summer, journey to the Bronx Zoo’s Wild Forest to check out giant LEGO sculptures of tigers, flamingos, gorillas, and other exotic wildlife, then visit their real-life counterparts around the zoo. Build your own LEGO sculptures at the construction zone, and enjoy Wildlife Theater performances and the hit musical puppet show, Avenue Zoo.
We have visited the Bronx Zoo many times and enjoy it because of how easy it is to spend the entire day there, as well as because of all the things to see and do.
This time of the year, especially around noon, is a wonderful time to visit as the animals have had their off springs, and these have grown enough to be fun to watch.
Another reason we love the zoo so much is because if its work in research and conservancy, not only with the zoo, but worldwide, through the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The signs of summer are starting to pop up in NYC, one of which is the opening of Trump Soho’s Bar d’Eau opening officially today for the 2012 summer season. I recommend checking out this exclusive urban retreat in downtown Manhattan, located on the 7th floor of the hotel featuring a 6,000-square-foot outdoor pool deck. In the evening Bar d’Eau is open to the public, adding a glamorous outdoor cocktail lounge option to SoHo’s trendy nightlife scene.
The pool is open daily for hotel guests from 8am to 6pm. Bar d’Eau opens at 11am featuring food and beverage service.
For the past two days I’ve been touring Montreal, Quebec, Canada with my husband and learning so much about this vibrant, family-friendly (as well as romantic) destination. I have a lot to share on both those angles, but before I did that, I needed to sit down and share one of the most important discoveries I have made to date during my time here: Montreal bagels.
Now, it turns out that according to a lot of folks, Montreal bagels are a must try when on this side of the border. Some have even gone as far as to state that Montreal bagels are the best in the world. Hmm. That’s a bold statement, especially from this New Yorker’s perspective, but I had to try and see what all the fuss was about.
City Island in the Bronx is a favorite destination for many New Yorkers looking for a beach-side escape where delicious seafood fair can be found. The traffic on the one road into this small neighborhood is not for the faint of heart, or the impatient, but a beautiful summer afternoon spent in City Island is a tradition most New Yorkers can’t go without. We’ve loved visiting the area for years with our kids, and enjoyed this latest visit as we learned more about the area.
Aside from the seafood, and small beach town feel, City Island has a rich maritime history, all of which is recorded and preserved at the City Island Nautical Museum. A former school building till between 1897-1898, this site has survived the test a time, a fire, and even budget cuts.
The Benjamin, a boutique NYC hotel located in the heart of midtown, has once again out done themselves in their effort to make traveling families feel welcomed and at home with them. Their newest kid-friendly experience, Lions & Tigers & Cereal (oh my!) was designed to have kids roaring with laughter and parents relieved that everything is taken care of. From a daylong outing to the zoo, to a cereal buffet delivered to the room the night before, it’s all covered. The one-night adventure, available through September 30, is priced seasonally starting from $374 this summer and includes:
- Four zoo tickets for the entire brood to enjoy a day of animal escapades at the Central Park Zoo.
- A cereal smorgasbord with an assortment to choose from, fruit and milk delivered the night before. Let’s face it, kids who wake up hungry as a bear just can’t wait for breakfast; all rooms at The Benjamin feature a kitchenette (with refrigerator and microwave), so it will be stocked and ready to go.
- Breakfast in-room for Mom & Dad, who tend to be more patient and can wait for room service (which, by the way, is from The National, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s restaurant, located in the hotel).
- Winks’ Kidzzz Club Frisbee for fun times in the park and a souvenir to take back home.
- Travel-size sunscreen for the alfresco adventure.
- Winks’ Kidzzz Club, created to educate little guests on the importance of sleep, makes children feel right at home with the following for use during their stay: kid-sized bathrobes, a lending library of family favorite bedtime books, an organic wool-filled Toddler Pillow by Woolly Boo. Winkzzz himself (well, a stuffed animal version) is included for kids to take home (one per room, others available for purchase). Upon check out, a Sleep Certificate is awarded to children.
The Benjamin’s Sleep Concierge, the first and only in the industry (and something which I think is just absolute genius), is there to make sure guests big and small get a good night’s sleep. Kids and parents can order up any number of pillows from the hotel’s 12-choice pillow menu (if a pillow fight emerges, don’t blame the Sleep Concierge!). The five-foot body cushion, while larger than most kids, tends to be a favorite amongst the smaller set.
For Lions & Tigers & Cereal (oh my!) reservations, visit www.TheBenjamin.com or call 1-888-4-BENJAMIN (1-888-423-6526) and use booking code KIDZZZ.