Five Spots You Must See in Central Park Before You Leave NYC

No trip to New York City can be complete without spending some time with the locals in New York City’s “Shared Backyard”, Central Park, now celebrating its 161st birthday. There is much more to Central Park than meets the eye! Spanning 843 acres, there are fun activities hiding behind every nook & cranny. The famous park has been featured in over 300 films, which makes it the most filmed location in the world.

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Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in New York City

Being a native Texan, specifically a Houstonian, I consider myself an expert in Mexican cuisine. It is my soul food, that which most reminds me of home. Mexican restaurants are a wonderful place to bring friends and family together…to relax and have fun! I have made it my mission to find the most authentic and finest Mexican cuisine in New York City. I have personally ventured to all of these wonderful spots, and had a new and exciting experience each time. Disfruta!

La Esquina
Located in trendy Nolita neighborhood, La Esquina offers wonderful and fresh Mexican cuisine.  La Esquina translates to “The Corner”, which occupies the coveted sla esquinatreets of Kenmare and Lafayette. It may look just like a small, casual taco stand from the exterior, however do not be fooled. On trend with many upcoming NYC speakeasies, as
you enter, you are met with a host to take your reservation and head straight downstairs and through the kitchen to the gorgeous dim-lit dining space. The vibe is cool and trendy, and the food lives up to the reputation! Tip: Reservations highly recommended
My favorite: try their skinny margaritas made with tequila, agave nectar and limes for a fresh and light taste on a classic margarita!
Good For: a trendy NYC scene
Price: $$$

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Pippin Broadway Show Review for LHC by Shari on the Aisle


The cast of Pippin has a message for you:

“Leave your fields to flower; Leave your cheese to sour.
Come and waste an hour or two.

Journey to a spot exciting, mystic and exotic; Journey through our anecdotic revue

We’ve got magic to do: Just for you!”

Theatre: The Music Box, 239 West 45th St.photo

Lead Cast: Patina Miller, Charlotte d’Amboise, Terrence Mann, Andrea Martin, Matthew James Thomas, Rachel Bay Jones. (Note: Some cast members have changed since the show opened).

Background: The original Broadway production premiered at the Imperial Theater on October 23, 1972, and ran for 1,944 performances before closing on June 12, 1977. Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, that cast included Ben Vereen, who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Leading Player, John Rubenstein as Pippin, and Jill Clayburgh as Catherine, Pippin’s love interest.

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The Best Things in Life are Free Museums and Attractions in New York City

New York City is the most amazing city in the world, but taking advantage of all it has to offer can really take a bite out of your travel budget. The Library Hotel Collection and its staff love to help our guests get the maximum enjoyment out of their time as well as travel budget. Some of the most fascinating museums and cultural attractions in the world are in New York City and it need not cost a lot to visit them if you know the best times to go. Here,  our concierge team has put together a list of a few of the most popular museums in NYC that offer a day each week with a free or “pay what you wish” donation.  If you plan your time in NYC correctly you can enjoy a different exhibit (or even two) each day, free of charge!

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Free Summer Workouts in New York City

Many people, including many of our staff, think of vacation as a break from everyday life. It is a time when it’s okay to stop checking our emails, indulge in our favorite foods, and forget about our workouts. In fact, embracing a healthy lifestyle while on vacation can not only be fun and easy, but it can offer you some of the most unique and authentic travel experiences. It’s in these moments when you can soak up the city’s bustling energy and truly engage with the locals.  Instead of taxis and subways, think about walking everywhere while you’re in New York City: seeing the sights, shopping, visiting museums…they’re all wonderful forms of light exercise in disguise.  If running is more your style, there are so many beautiful routes to choose from including Central Park, Battery Park, and the Westside Highway to name a few favorites, that exploring the city is easier than you ever imagined.

One of the best things about visiting NYC in the summer is that there are countless ways to feel great and keep fit while also enjoying the great outdoors! We’ve compiled a list of some amazing outdoor workouts that run from June through August and promise to make you sweat. We guarantee that if you take part in one, you’ll leave with a unique New York experience that you’ll absolutely never forget! The best part is that all of these workouts are completely FREE!

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