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.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

MEET THE TEAM : FELIX

It is always sad to see one of our colleagues leave, but at the same time we celebrate the years we got to spend together and getting to know each other. Recently we said goodbye to a true character; Felix, our beloved houseman. He has been a cheery fixture of our hotel for the past 30 years so his retirement was very well deserved. Felix plans to split his time between his native home Dominican republic with Miami and NYC, just simply enjoying life and the freedom to travel.

Felix has been described as an ‘outstanding’ employee and human being with a ‘very pleasant personality’ by his peers. We’ll miss his playful nature and funny antics. Good luck and enjoy your retirement full-hearted, Felix.
The Salisbury Hotel Executive Housekeeper Rodney Velez and Felix


Friday, October 17, 2014

FALL FUN IN NYC




The Union Square Greenmarket is a breath of fresh air in the midst of city all year-round, but it's especially full of beauty and flavor in the fall time. Visit Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 8am-6pm for your pick of locally-grown pumpkins, squash, gourds and apples, plus seasonal baked goods, hot apple cider, maple syrup, jams, honey and more.

photo credit: times scare


New York City's year-round haunted attraction Times Scare  (42nd St, & 8th Avenue) is rumored to be legitimately haunted. In the 1920s, it was a crematorium. Today, more than just a few ghosts are rumored to linger in the labyrinthine house and in one of the macabre bars. Although the FAQ says it's open to all ages, the recommendation is 10 and up.
photo credit: amnh.org

Fun event for the whole family includes trick-or-treating in the Museum's iconic halls, live music performances, The Big Apple Circus' "Dr. Finklestein’s Zombie Show", spectacular magic of Robert Austin, arts and crafts, origami and roaming characters like Clifford, Curious George, Miffy, and Cookie Mouse.
photo credit: nybg.org

This year, The Haunted Pumpkin Garden combines the spooky fun festivities with an astonishing display of the most eye-catching and intriguing pumpkins and gourds. On October 18 & 19, Ray Villafane will work his carving magic to create intricate pumpkin sculptures, while the largest pumpkins from North America will once again call the Garden home on October 25 & 26.
photo credit: madison square park

Join for a day of free fun and fall festivities with your family on October 18th from 11am-2pm in Madison Square Park. Take home a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, walk away with a cool craft, play games on the lawn and dance to live entertainment. Additionally, there will be other great activities such as face painting, snacks, storytelling, the magic of movies, and costume parades. 
photo credit: centralparknyc.org

On Sunday October 26th from 3:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. enjoy live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demonstrations at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park. The best part of the evening, many would say, is the signature pumpkin flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight. 
This is one of the most fun events of the year and it's not to miss if you happen to be visiting NYC during this time. Friday, October 31st starting at 7pm hundreds of puppets, 53 bands of different types of music, dancers and artists, and thousands of others in costumes of their own creation will march up along 6th Avenue from Spring St. to 16th St.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

MEET THE TEAM : ERIC

Eric is a native New Yorker, who has spent most of his childhood in the Upper East Side, and has been with the Salisbury for 17 years. He now does primarily accounting (accounts receivable), working closely with our travel partners such as Expedia/Hotels.com, Gulliver's Travel, Virgin Holidays and Swanson's Travel.

He is an avid model train hobbyist and frequents on the best model train stores in New York: The Gotham Model Trains at 35th St. The Red Caboose is another great place to find model trains and it's located near Times Square at 45th St. New York City also has a not-to-miss Holiday Train Show from November through January at the beautiful New York Botanical Garden that features  extensive model train layouts in festive winter wonderland surroundings. 
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What do you think is the best thing about NYC?

"Central Park. It reminds me of Westchester suburbs where I was born. I like taking long bike rides there or just walking around, admiring nature. Central Park Zoo is also a fun place to visit. The 6.5 acre zoo features polar bears, sea lions, monkeys, a petting zoo and much more."

If you had just one day to explore the city, what would you do?

"I'd visit the Empire State Building's 102nd floor. It was not open when I was a kid and I never got to go there. Another thing I'd do would be to walk the Highline Park.The last stretch of High Line officially opened last Saturday. This final half-mile section finishes the 22-block walkway of abandoned stretch of elevated rails that's been turned into a beautiful park filled with flowers, grasses and trees. Worth the visit!

Friday, September 12, 2014

VISITING SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL

13 years has passed since the day that changed so many lives in ways unimaginable. The 9/11 Memorial is breathtaking site and if you're planning on visiting, take a moment to remember those who lost their lives in the attacks, and also the loved ones they left behind who are still grieving every single day. 
The National September 11 Memorial is open daily from 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. It is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.

9/11 Memorial Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. *Last entry at 7 p.m. The Museum serves as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001. The Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site—telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. The lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 attacks will be commemorated as visitors have the opportunity to learn about the men, women, and children who died.

9/11 Memorial Museum Store at 20 Vesey Street is open daily from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.  Sept. 22, 2014 - Dec. 19, 2014 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission.
How to get there: From the Salisbury Hotel walk to 7th Avenue and 57th St. and take the subway R going downtown to Cortlandt. Street.