Thursday, April 16, 2015

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: KELI LAING

 We got to chat with our shining star of the front desk, Keli, and ask her few questions about her true passion for acting and theatre, including her tips for theater lovers.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Keli Laing. By day, I am a front desk agent at the lovely midtown, Manhattan boutique hotel, The Salisbury. By night (and my days off), I am an aspiring actress, writer, and director who just so happened to finally write, direct, and produce her very first showcase.

Tell us more about the play that you wrote and directed?

It's called 'For The Love Of It...' and its a play about following your heart's true desires. Broken up into three one acts, the audience gets to take a look at the lives of several New Yorkers who are dealing with the trials and tribulations of life and love in the Big Apple. 

How does New York City inspire you? Are there any special places you go for inspiration?

This is where it's at! This is where you come to be inspired. By all the different walks of life you pass by every day. By all the different businesses that continuously go up in the hopes to making a difference in life. By all the different classes and courses that are offered here to better sharpen any skills and/or talents you may have or want to have. Yes, life moves super fast here, but that is because everyone you're surrounded by is working hard. Even if you try to avoid it, after a while something sparks something in your mind to give "something" a try. 

What would you recommend for theater lovers to see and do in New York City during their trip?

Definitely go down to a TKTS booth. There are several to check out. That is where you can find great discounts on Broadway and off-Broadway shows. However, you must go the day of and it is first come first serve. I also recommend looking up whats playing at some of the independent movie theaters throughout New York. There's so much beauty in those independent films. 

If you're in town on April,19th, come see my play in downtown, Brooklyn! Tickets are available at www.ticketriver.com/event/15107


Monday, March 2, 2015

ON OUR BLOCK: NORMA'S

If you're looking for breakfast, brunch or lunch to remember, we recommend you head out to Norma’s right across the street from the Salisbury Hotel. Located inside the Parker Meridien, it is probably best known for its $1,000 omelette (eggs, lobster, and caviar), but don't be afraid, they do serve affordable dishes as well. 

Norma's has become favorite with kids for its oversized servings of pancakes topped with fresh fruits and berries; waffles smothered in caramel sauce; and chocolate French toast. There's plenty of savory stuff as well, like the rustic eggs Benedict with artichoke and porcini-truffle sauce. Meals begin with a free shot glass of the day’s smoothie. Fresh-squeezed orange juice is offered in lieu of water and refills on juice are free.


Le Parker Meridien New York, 119 W 56th St.
Mon-Fri 7am-3pm
Sat-Sun 7:30am-3pm

Monday, February 9, 2015

VALENTINE'S DAY IN NYC

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and NYC offers everything you need, and much more, for the perfect Valentine's Day Weekend. There are tours, tens of romantic restaurants to choose from and all the chocolate and candy you can eat. Here's few of our picks for the best times.

For a perfect date idea or a girl’s day out, join the ride through the city’s romantic side. On the Romantic Movie Moments Tour (approximately 2,5 hrs), a local New York City actor will bring to life some of the most alluring movie locations featured on the big screen. Movie lovers will become enchanted seeing locations from films including When Harry Met Sally, Serendipity 3, You’ve Got Mail (including a stop at Cafe Lalo, pictured below), Love Affair, Sleepless in Seattle, Sweet Home Alabama and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Purchase tickets directly here with On Location Tours or ask our front desk to arrange. 
Fine dining in a landmark Greenwich Village carriage house surrounded by flowers, warmed by dual fireplaces and smooth live piano music. This fixed-price-only American restaurant is known to be one of the city's most romantic. 
17 Barrow Street (near Seventh Ave South.)
The House is a magnificently restored 1854 carriage house located in the historic Gramercy Park. It feels like you've stepped back in time in the fireplace-warmed parlor and an intimate, second-story dining room marked by skylights, portholes, and a gorgeous crescent window. 
121 E. 17th St.
Get sweets for your Valentine at this old-style candy store, Ms. Myzel's. Great variety of handmade, European-style chocolate. They also specialize in licorice, featuring 100 flavors directly from Europe. Located just two blocks south from the Salisbury Hotel at 140 W. 55th Street (between 6th-7th Ave).
Other good candy stores worth checking out in NYC include Economy Candy Market, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Sockerbit Sweet & Swedish and Papabubble.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MEET THE TEAM: MOHAMMED

 We are pleased to introduce to you the man behind the scenes at the Salisbury Hotel. Haniff Mohammed migrated to New York City from Trinidad & Tobago with his wife and 4 daughters when opportunity presented itself. He has been with the Salisbury Hotel for 20 years and started as a Security Officer, then a Timekeeper. Currently he works in Guest Services and as a Fire Safety Director as well as responding to many other matters vital to keep the hotel operations running smoothly. This includes running the freight elevator and receiving deliveries. But most important duty of his is to amuse us all with his funny jokes which he never seems to run out since there's a new one every day. 

Why do you think NYC is one of the most popular places to visit?

NYC has every aspect of life you can imagine. Just take a look around when you're on the subway. There are so many diverse nationalities. For example in my home borough Queens, there are over 138 different languages spoken which is more than in any other area in the United States. We also have the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. Historically quite remarkable place to visit. NYC also has over 80 wonderful museums to visit. See a full list of them here.
What would be the one thing you'd recommend everyone to see while here?

My personal favorites are the Empire State Building, the 24 hour buzz of Times Square, Yankee Stadium and Washington Square Park, well-known for its arch, honoring George Washington.

What do you enjoy doing on your free time?

We have many West Indian cookouts at the Delaware Riverside with friends in the summer time and I also love to travel. My most recent travels have taken me to England, India and Israel.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BEST SHOPPING WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE

One good thing about staying right in Midtown Manhattan is that almost everything is within walking distance. There's so many museums, great restaurants as well as a plethora of shopping options to keep you entertained. Here are few of our favorite department stores (and one shopping center), all within a short walk from the Salisbury Hotel.


Bergdorf Goodman is a luxury goods department store just one short block away from the Salisbury Hotel. Bergdorf Goodman houses the two best department store restaurants in town. BG Restaurant is a seventh-floor stunner: robin’s-egg blue whisper chairs and chinoiserie wallpaper, and Goodman's, located in the basement level. Read more about Bergdorf Goodman here.
754 5th Ave. at 57th St.

This upscale women's specialty store was founded by its namesake in 1895, and attracted clients like the Astors and the Vanderbilts by importing designer wares and reportedly staging New York City's first-ever fashion show. Since 1990 is has been located at Fifth Avenue near 56th St. in a four story landmark building and still exudes the atmosphere of an exclusive boutique. 
712 5th Avenue. at 56th St.

The company began in 1923, when Barney Pressman opened his first store in Manhattan with $500 raised by pawning his wife's engagement ring in order to lease a 500-square-foot space. Barneys now operates multiple locations, but their nine-floor flagship store in Upper East Side presents all of its wares with style, whimsy and a strong brand identity. If you need a bite to eat, try Fred's, an excellent top-floor restaurant and bar filled with fashionistas and power-players.
660 Madison Avenue near 61st St.

The Shops at Columbus Circle is a shopping mall in the Time Warner Center. It includes mostly upscale stores selling luxury brands, including Armani Exchange, L'Occitane, Hugo Boss, Thomas Pink, Tourneau, J.Crew and Stuart Weitzman. The mall also has several restaurants such as the Michelin 3-star Per Se, Masa (allegedly the most expensive restaurant in New York), Bouchon Bakery, Williams-Sonoma, and Whole Foods Market.
10 Columbus Circle at 59th St. (Broadway)

The brothers Bloomingdale opened their East Side Bazaar in 1872 and 15 years later moved uptown to their current location at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue. The store expanded steadily and by the 1920's Bloomingdale's converted an entire city block. A NYC landmark since its opening and one of the most famous department stores in NYC, the Bloomingdale's is home to dozens of designer clothes and accessories you can only find here. It is the perfect place to find unique clothes and accessories, as well as toys, kitchenware and more. Weekdays before lunch are the least crowded times to visit. There's also six restaurants and cafes to make sure no-one gets hungry while shopping. Try Le Train Bleu that has an elegant dining room, outfitted like a railway car.
59th St. and Lexington Avenue.

Occupying an entire city block directly across from Rockefeller Center, Saks Fifth Avenue has been one of the city's preeminent high-end department stores since it opened in 1924. The eight floor houses Saks Fifth Avenue’s Cafe SFA, a full-service cafe and bar. The view alone is worth it: Rockefeller Center Promenade and rooftop gardens on one side, and along the other wall of windows, the neo-Gothic spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral across East 50th Street.
611 5th Avenue near 50th St.

Monday, December 22, 2014

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND MOVIE SITES

 We had the opportunity to test drive the ever so popular and timely Holiday Lights and Movie Sites tour organized by On Location Tours that offers film and movie tours around NYC. The tour runs from November 28 to January 1 on Thursday, Friday & Sunday at 5:30pm and Saturday at 5:30pm & 7pm. If you're interested in taking one of their tours, see our concierge and he can set it up for you. 

We met our tour guide at the Shops at Columbus Circle where we were give a VIP shopping passes to use at the stores and restaurants at Time Warner Center. From there we hopped on the bus and drove through the Upper West Side to relive holiday scenes from Scrooged and New Year’s Eve making a stop at Lincoln Center for photos. Next we passed through Central Park while watching clips from countless holiday classics that were filmed in the park, such as Home Alone 2 and Elf. Once on the Upper East Side we saw Serendipity 3, the restaurant where Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) share the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, The Plaza Hotel, FAO Schwartz and the Unicef Snowlake. Next stop was at Bloomingdales to take a peek at the department store’s holiday window displays. 
From there we continued the tour through midtown to view more of the city’s most renowned displays of the season, like Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Harry Winston, familiar from Eloise at Christmastime and The Family Man. Continuing the journey down Fifth Avenue we passed Rockefeller Center for a view of the most famous Christmas tree in New York seen in Home Alone 2, Noel and Elf. We also stopped at Barneys windows as well as at Lord & Taylor to see their interesting "Journey Through Imagination" window displays.
The tour ended at the world famous Macy’s in Herald Square, home to the real Santa in Miracle on 34th Street. Their windows are also quite fabulous. Happy Holidays from all of us at The Salisbury Hotel!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BERGDORF GOODMAN

 Bergdorf Goodman is a luxury goods department store just one short block away from the Salisbury Hotel. It was founded in 1899 and began as a partnership between a talented tailor, Herman Bergdorf, and his young tailor apprentice Edwin Goodman. It has since blossomed into a fashion mecca on 5th Avenue with an estimated 160 000 visitor per month from all over the world.


 Today, Bergdorf operates two stores situated across the street from each other at Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th streets. Bergdorf Goodman's main store, which opened at its current location in 1928, is located on the west side of Fifth Avenue and sits on the former site of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s mansion. A separate men's store, established in 1990, is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue, directly across the street. 

Edwin Goodman’s son Andrew Goodman and his family lived in for more than half a century in a 17 room penthouse above Bergdorf’s . 15 years ago the apartment was converted to a John Barrett hair salon, a place to get your hair done with a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of Fifth Avenue and Central Park. 

If you get hungry while shopping, Bergdorf Goodman's seventh floor restaurant  BG offers lunch and early supper with great salads and sandwiches (try their famous Gotham Salad), afternoon tea from 3pm to 5pm and gorgeous views.