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With the weather (at last) warming up, New York City hotels are uncovering their rooftop bars and al fresco drinking spots. One of the newest on the scene is LOCL View, the 16th-floor terrace bar at NYLO Hotel NYC, which opens this evening.
In an area not greatly known for its rooftop bars, the new bar will offer views of the Natural History Museum, Central Park and Hudson River, and is open to the public daily from 5-9pm, serving wine, beer and a rotating weekly cocktail (starting with Sangria) -- accompanied by live acoustic guitar.
Meanwhile, the ground-level LOCL Bar are opening up their large glass garage door to offer outdoor seating at their sidewalk cafe. LOCL offers a seasonal cocktail menu and live music several nights a week.
[Photo: NYLO NYC]
With New York's baseball season over and A-Rod suing Major League Baseball, now might be a good time to remind ourselves of happier times in New York baseball history; and we can indulge our nostalgia for those better days by staying in Hotel Belleclaire's recently unveiled Babe Ruth Suite.
The 110-year-old (and newly revamped) hotel was frequently visited by the legendary baseball player in its early years and the new suite evokes its heyday when the hotel was one of the hottest addresses in town and also welcomed the likes of Mark Twain and Maxim Gorky.
Things are moving along at NYLO Hotel NYC, but perhaps not quickly enough to meet its anticipated Labor Day opening date.
We last checked in on NYLO Hotel back in May when we chatted with Michael Suomi of Stonehill + Taylor, the architecture and interior design firm responsible for the hotel, and learned of an expected June/July opening date. Well, June and July have been and gone, so we thought we'd better check in on the 285-room Roaring 20's/Jazz Age themed hotel and see what's up.
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This Upper West Side hotel is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year -- and a history that has seen a lot of ups and downs. In its early years the Belleclaire was one of the hippest hotels in town, welcoming such guests as Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, and Maxim Gorky. The late 20th century, however, was not so kind to the Belleclaire, and its reputation declined until it entered the ranks of the budget hotel category.
We've been hearing for a while about a potential NYLO hotel opening in NYC. Which would be completely fitting, considering the brand is named after, you guessed it, New York.
Last we heard, NYLO Manhattan was slated for a downtown location, near South Street Seaport—which would have made for interesting competition with other FiDi hotels like Andaz Wall St, Gild Hall and Conrad New York.
But as it turns out, NYLO New York will actually be making itself at home on the Upper West Side. According to CP Executive, the brand has decided to take over a previously-existing property by the name of On the Ave Hotel, which has 282 rooms and is housed in a historic century-old building on Broadway.
Coming to NYC to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? We've already found 5 Affordable NYC Hotels for your stay--but what if the kids (big or small) have been bugging you about watching the balloons get inflated?
For some folks, this is more exciting than standing out in the cold for the actual parade. Every year on the day before Thanksgiving, the massive Garfields and Goofys are blown up by a team of professionals on the blocks near the American Museum of Natural History on the UWS.
“When men attempt bold gestures, generally it's considered romantic. When women do it, it's often considered desperate or psycho,” Le Carrie years ago said.
That Carrie Bradshaw quest to fall in love and have the story-book perfect romance play out in Central Park still exists within even the most romantically jaded of women. (Yes, Sex and the City is long over and passe, but this HotelChatterer finally saw the flick so please, bare with.) Manhattan's Upper West Side spot On the Ave Hotel takes the quintessential cheese factor and dolls it up for a romantic getaway for you and your Big by offering you the faboo services of the OTA Romance Concierge.