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St. Patrick’s in New York City!

In just a few days, revelers dressed in green will descend on the streets of New York City to celebrate what is perhaps one of the rowdiest days on the NYC parade roster: Saint Patrick’s Day! Did you know that the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade has happened every year for the past 253 years? That’s 14 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed! It is billed as the largest parade in the world with over a quarter of a million marchers and some 2 million spectators!

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Times Square Iluminated Billboards at Night in New York City

Broadway Spring Preview, Part II: Musicals

Shari, our Theatre Critic in Residence, has given us  the skinny on the upcoming Spring Musicals and it is enough to warm any  theatre lover’s heart: Warmer weather and the new Spring Broadway season will be here before you know it, with some shows already beginning previews.

Here are a few musicals that are coming up soon—two revivals and one new work. (Keep in mind that dates are subject to change). For a look at the season’s upcoming plays, read my previous post, Broadway Spring Preview Part I: Plays.Continue Reading


Broadway Spring Preview, Part I: Plays

New York City is expecting some frigid temperatures this coming weekend, but the warm thought of the spring Broadway season is keeping us theatre lovers at the Library Hotel Collection afloat! Our Theatre Critic in  Residence, Shari on the Aisle, gave us the scoop on what we should look forward to this coming season in the world of Broadway! (Keep in mind that dates are subject to change).

As usual, there will be a mix of new works and revivals, musicals and plays, both serious and comic. (Stay tuned for my Broadway Spring Preview Part II: Musicals—coming up in my next post).

Fish in the Dark

First Preview: February 2
Opening: March 5
Theatre: Cort, 138 W. 48th St.

Attention, “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fans: Larry David has written a play. The television star will make his Broadway debut—as an actor and writer—When David returns to the stage “for the first time since eighth grade” (according to the show’s Website).

In Fish in the Dark David plays Norman Drexel, a character he describes as, “very similar to Larry David—it might even be Larry David with a different name.” The story was inspired by the death of a Fish in the Darkfriend’s father. David told David Letterman recently that he never intended to play the role himself: “I imagined anyone but me as the star. I’m not an actor.” (Although one imagines playing himself won’t be too much of a stretch).

David will take the stage supported by a cast of theatre veterans, including Rita Wilson, Rosie Perez, Lewis J. Stadlen, and Jayne Houdeyshell (a wonderful Tony-nominated stage actress who is a personal favorite of mine). Anna D. Shapiro (This Is Our Youth, Of Mice and Men, August, Osage County) directs.

Will Larry David become a big fish on Broadway? With advance ticket sales of over $11 million so far, it’s looking “pretty, pretty good.”

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Honeymoon in Vegas

Honeymoon in Vegas the Musical

Hello to all of our Library Hotel Collection fans, we hope everyone’s New Year  is off to a great start! Our Theatre Critic in  Residence, Shari on the Aisle started the year watching one of her favorite Broadway actors, Rob McClure, charm the crowd in his newest show, Honeymoon in Vegas.


Nederlander Theatre
208 West 41st Street
Between 7th and 8th Avenue

The Honeymoon has just begun, in this big, brash, winning new musical starring Tony Danza and Rob McClure.

Lead Cast: Rob McClure (Jack Singer), Tony Danza (Tommy Korman), Brynn O’Malley (Betsy Nolan), David Josefsberg (Buddy Rocky/Roy Bacon, Nancy Opel (Bea Singer), Catherine Ricafort (Mahi)

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Top 5 French Restaurants

Are you looking for a romantic evening out? No one does it better than the French. Manhattan is home to some of the most celebrated French restaurants outside of Paris. From elegant 5 star restaurants to a fun night out, let The Library Hotel Collection help you embrace your joie de vivre and enjoy New York’s finest French cuisine.

  • Le Bernardin- 155 W 51st St (Midtown west) $$$$- Consistently a mind blowing experience. From the second you walk in to the minute you leave, you are in a state of awe. For the last 20 years, chef and co-owner Eric Ripert has maintained his four New York Times stars and three Michelin stars, which isLe bernardin unparalleled in New York. Whether you go for lunch or dinner, there is simply nothing amiss from the menu. Unfortunately, there are no words in the English dictionary to describe the “barely touched” scallops and crispy black bass. It is highly recommended to try the Chef’s Tasting menu and let the genius prepare an unforgettable meal for you.

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