Where The Dogs Are: Three NYC Hotels Where You Can See Top Dogs From The 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Best in Show 1924, Champion Barberryhill Bootlegger, Sealyham Terrier.

This week is about as good as it gets for dog lovers. Last night was the amuse bouche when a gorgeous yellow lab puppy arrived just in time to sweep away the gloom at Downton Abbey. And closer to home, with more than 3,000 immaculately groomed pooches in town to compete in the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show today and tomorrow, midtown Manhattan is once again Show Dog Central. Read more

Hearts and Graffiti: Checking Out Nick Weber’s Rakish Valentine Art At The Quin

It wasn’t planned as a celebration of Valentine season.

But given the visuals of graffiti artist Nick Walker’s new show in the lobby of The Quin hotel that’s a natural assumption, particularly as we zero in on February 14. Read more

Five NYC Hotels Where You Can Got Gorgeous — For Free — During New York Fashion Week 2016

The glamour starts in the Hotel Belleclaire lobby.

What can you do to observe this year’s Arctic-tinged New York Fashion Week, aka #NYFW2016,  besides bundling up in your chicest overcoat?

Once again Triumph Hotels is offering beauty pop-ups at their family of increasingly stylish properties all over town. Get free manicures and make-up touch-ups courtesy of PRIV, suppliers of on-demand make-up and beauty services, at a different hotel each day. Read more

Super Duper: Three NYC Hotels Where You Can Catch Superbowl 50 with Beer, Wings and Big Screens

Half a century ago at Superbowl I, there were 30,000 empty seats, college marching bands supplied the halftime entertainment, and no one remembers the ads. (To put things in perspective, Lyndon Johnson was President, The Sound of Music won the Oscar, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs.)

Fast forward to the Denver Broncos vs. the Carolina Panthers and Levi’s Stadium, the sparkling Santa Clara home of the San Francisco Giants and Superbowl 50. Read more

How the Berlin Hilton Became a Stealthy Scene Stealer in the Oscar-Nominated “Bridge of Spies”

As Alfred Hitchcock knew, a movie cameo can make a big impression, even if it’s over in a blink. Consider the brief appearance of the Berlin Hilton in Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg’s clear-eyed dramatization of a Cold War spy exchange that’s nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Production Design. Read more

Eat Up! NYC Winter Restaurant Week Returns January 18 through February 5, 2016

Just when the winter mehs set in, up pops NYC Restaurant Week — three-course lunches and dinners for $25 and $38. This winter’s roster is pleasingly plump, with 372 restaurants including 41 at hotels. Read more

Six Cool Things You Missed If You Skipped The New York Times Travel Show 2016

It was a dark, bitter winter weekend in New York. Prime time, in other words, for the New York Times Travel Show to roll into town with the promise of escape. I spent a day at the show, nibbling Vermont cheese, sampling New York maple syrup, listening to app pitches and seeing the world as packaged by the travel industry, ca 2016. Here’s what caught my eye.
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Eight New York Hotels That Know How to Dress for the Holidays

Call them instant mood lifters. Each year hotels throughout New York City dream up new ways to play dress up and beam holiday cheer to all who enter. Like snowflakes, no two hotels look (or decorate) alike. Here’s how some of our favorites decked out to celebrate Holidays 2015. Read more

View from the Trade Fairs: What You Can Expect to See at Hotels in the Coming Months

As an ardent trade show enthusiast, I look forward to the annual arrival of New York’s two big hotel shows — HX: The Hotel Experience and BD Boutique and Design Fair, aka Coming Soon to a Hotel Near You.

Like anything at the fathomless, soulless Jacob Javits Center, the shows demands energy, resilience and comfortable shoes. Check, check and check. I set out early on the first day and didn’t see daylight for hours. But I saw the future, or a semblance of what you might expect to see when you next check into a hotel. Read more

Zagat’s and Michelin’s Picks for New York’s Best Hotel Restaurants, 2016 Edition

If it’s October, it’s red book time — the month when Michelin and Zagat release their annual hit list for New York’s best restaurants. The internet all but explodes with restaurant reviews, but Michelin and Zagat stand at the top of their game in their respective categories — unbiased professional reviews conducted anonymously and super-crowdsourced reviews. Read more