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Well, the Tribeca Film Festival has come and gone, but that doesn't mean the fun's over in Tribeca for the rest of the year. Hardly! We've got our eye on the Greenwich Hotel—and now that summer is on the way, we're ready to pay a visit to the hotel's guests-only Courtyard.
Situated next to the Drawing Room, the Courtyard (pictured) expands on the Greenwich's whole retired-archaeologist-living-in-the-English-countryside vibe, with quaint stone benches, hanging lanterns, and ivy creeping up the brick walls. A Front Desk agent we spoke to called the space "quite stunning."
Of course, guests are the only ones who can actually access the Courtyard. But wait! Didn't we just hear about a new space inside the hotel that's become available to non-guests? Why, yes, as a matter of fact...
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Nevermind what the bees are up to on hotel rooftops, we're here to remind you that New York has an abundance (literally) of rooftop spaces built for recreational human endeavors like eating, drinking and sunbathing.
One of our favorites, perhaps, is the sun terrace on top of the Peninsula New York. Mainly because we can do all three of those things at once, and then cool down afterwards with a relaxing 60-minute holistic massage. But if lounging on a fancy-shmance sun deck isn't your cup of tea, you've got plenty of other options around the city...
Riding a bike in Manhattan can indeed be lethal—you've always got to keep your guard up, and you should never EVER assume a taxi driver has seen you (even if you're riding around in a neon pink unitard). But in the warmer seasons, like now, bike riding can be one of the best ways to enjoy some incredibly scenic parts of the city.
Here's our guide to free hotel bike rentals. Just remember to wear a helmet!
You might have to step up your wardrobe a little bit to compete with the fashion crowd that usually hangs around at the Mondrian Soho, but the rooms (and public spaces) are totally worth it. And free Public C7 bikes? Even more worth it.
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Did we mention spring was here? Well, along with spring comes a rather important annual event for fun-loving LGBT travelers around the world: pride season!
If you've already got plans to try out the new gay-themed Out NYC in Manhattan, or be shepherded around Miami by the Lords South Beach's specially-themed iPhone app, fair enough. But one other thing you might want to keep in mind: 140 Hilton Hotels are offering a "Stay Hilton. Go Out" package for LGBT travelers celebrating pride, which includes, among other nifty perks, free Wifi.
Well, now you know where to find us this weekend. We'll most likely be chilling out, cherry pie martini in hand, on the roof of one of our (and Demi Moore's) favorite downtown Manhattan hideouts, The Crosby Street Hotel.
Starting on Sunday, visitors can head up to the hotel's outdoor terrace, which has its own private entrance on Lafayette Street. Tucked above the lobby is an adorable little brick-walled patio with probably about as much greenery as Hudson Terrace further uptown, except this one's a lot cozier. Rather than sweeping views of the Hudson River or the Manhattan skyline, you get a little enclosed garden in the midst of other quaint Soho apartment buildings.
Though, don't be fooled. This is still Soho, so there's nothing "quaint" about the prices on the menu.
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Spring has sprung in New York, thank goodness. And if you take a look at the CherryWatch map on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's website, you'll see that quite a few cherry blossom trees have already begun exploding in the area. Meaning—anyone considering a trip to New York to enjoy the city at its most beautiful should act fast.
Here are a few (affordable) places that still have availability during cherry blossom season, which culminates in a Japanese culture festival, Sakura Matsuri, next month (April 28-29)...
Between Portlandia screenings at the w xyz bar, and hosting hip bands for the "video surveillance" live music series, Aloft Brooklyn certainly has settled into the scene nicely since opening last summer. Rates here stick around $240/night, and, considering the hotel is only a few subway stops from Prospect Park, traveling back and forth to the gardens should be a breeze.