Times Square sign in New York City

Be a part of the movies in NYC!

Lights, camera, action! When it comes to movie backdrops it’s no surprise that New York City is one of the biggest hot spots. The flashy lights, tall buildings, and sea of yellow cabs can instantly make you feel as though you’ve walked onto the set of a Hollywood film! Our fabulous intern, Christina,  put together a list of your favorite movies and shows filmed in NYC and all of their featured iconic sights, restaurants, museums, and more! Chances are you’ll be passing them on your trip to the city already so plan on making a stop at a few of our favorite spots and feel like a movie star!

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The Empire State Building and Her Luminous Glow

We’ve all heard that New York City is the city that never sleeps.  Could it be because of all the bright lights that surround us throughout the night and into the wee hours of the morning?  Times Square has always been the first to come to mind when people speak of the glow of Manhattan.  It wasn’t until I moved into a quaint third floor walk up in Williamsburg that that conception had changed for me.  The Empire State Building was right there, staring me in the face from my bedroom window.  Her ever changing glow was intriguing and quickly became something I couldn’t wait to see every evening.  Each combination of colors is lit to signify a holiday or special event.  What an amazing way to let New Yorkers and honorary New Yorkers (tourists) in on each of these events.

The more I watched the shining skyline, the more I needed to know. When did this start?  How many colors were there?  How come it’s dark some nights? (this was always disappointing.)  Where do I find the schedule?  As with most things that my mind gets wrapped around, I needed answers!

The first light to grace the top of ESB was a white searchlight beacon to celebrate the winner of the 1932 Presidential race.  Of course, that would be our very own Franklin D. Roosevelt.  In 1964 illuminated floodlights were added to the building.  It took a specialized lighting crew 6 hours to change the gel in the lights to allow different color combinations.  It wasn’t until 2012 that LED lights were installed.  This brings me to my next point, the new LED lights allow for over sixteen million colors and endless combinations!

On those dark nights when you look up and see nothing, it usually symbolizes mourning or a tragic event (very classy, Empire State Building).  During migration season you will also see a light missing from our beautiful skyline.  Because birds are drawn to the lights they fly directly toward them, but unfortunately, they’re unable to see the concrete building just behind (another classy move by the Empire State Building and Governor Cuomo).

Whatever the event, it’s always nice to see the Empire State Building honoring or celebrating or bringing awareness.  It’s something I love about this city and still look forward to seeing!  Next time you’re visiting, you can know ahead of time what events will be honored.  Just check The Empire State Building’s  lighting schedule to see what we will be celebrating when you’re in town.

All of us at the Library Hotel Collection would love to help you plan the perfect trip!  If the Empire State Building is something that “blows your hair back”, let us know, we can help with tickets!  Please feel free to contact concierge at the Hotel Elysee, the Casablanca Hotel, the Library Hotel or the Hotel Giraffe.  Let us help you make the most of your trip to New York City!  It’s what we love to do!

New York City Manhattan midtown skyline at night with skyscrapers lit over Hudson River with reflections.

Brooklyn bridge and Fireworks

Celebrate the 4th of July in NYC

For those of  you who are coming to New York City to celebrate all things America for the Independence Day Weekend, you are in for a real treat! In celebration of our nations birthday, the Library Hotel Collection has created your go-to guide this holiday to ensure you get the best view of the 40th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks!

Below are our favorite places to view Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, for those watching from the comfort of their rooms or the club rooms in the hotel the show begins at 8pm on NBC on Monday the 4th:

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The Best Ice Cream in Budapest

Summer is all about kicking back and relaxing! For some that may involve sipping on a refreshing cocktail with the sun shining on your hair but for others, summer is also about savoring some delicious ice cream, or “fagylalt” in Hungarian.

The city of Budapest is lucky enough to have numerous artisan ice cream parlors where you can taste some of the most mouthwatering gelatos or cool off with a delightful sorbet made from all fresh ingredients. Here’s our guide to the best ice cream Budapest has to offer this summer:
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people doing yoga in a park at sunset

Get Fit In NYC!

NYC is once again bringing fitness to the parks to help you get in shape without having to trek to the gym. This summer, enjoy the beautiful weather with an outdoor workout and meet new friends who share your love for making workouts fun. Whether you prefer yoga, dance or cardio, there’s a class for everyone so just pick your park, grab your gear and get in shape with your fellow NYC fitness fans! Classes are free and open to the public, and all fitness levels are welcome. Here are a few of our favorite classes being held at NYC’s parks this year:

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