Rooms with a View: The Best Hotels for Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Terry Trucco

Where do you want to be when the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marches into town later this month? Read more

Meet the Peninsula New York (Edible Version), the Ultimate Gingerbread Hotel

The Peninsula New York — gingerbread version.

What can you do with 46 lbs. of butter, 38 lbs. of milk, 76 lbs. of honey, 46 lbs. of sugar, 5 lbs. of spices, 1 1/2 lbs. of baking soda and a whopping 145 lbs. of bread flour?

You can think about opening a bakery. You can spend the foreseeable future baking cookies. Or if you happen to be Deden Putra, Executive Pastry Chef at the Peninsula New York, you can create a five-star gingerbread hotel that stands six feet tall and smells as inviting as it looks. Read more

A Fresh Take on Chocolate Easter Bunnies (and Eggs and Flowers) at The Peninsula New York

Whenever a holiday rolls around I make it a point to stop by The Peninsula hotel on Fifth Avenue. New York has no shortage of hotels that indulge in full-throttle decorating, but no one does it quite like the Peninsula. Or as often. Read more

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

Four NYC Hotels For Watching the July 4 Fireworks

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It’s almost birthday time for one big country, and who needs candles when you’ve got fireworks?

This year’s July 4th sparklers, courtesy of Macy’s, explode over the East River, shot from barges floating between East 23rd Street and East 34th Street. You can see them from anywhere in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, provided there’s no tall buildings to obstruct your view (good luck). But a rooftop lounge at a well-placed hotel all but guarantees a great view (and drinks and food to boot). These four hotels are going all out to celebrate a big 239th for the USA. Read more

NYC Hotels Offering Mama Something Different on Mother’s Day

This Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day, and while we don’t trumpet every holiday-inflected hotel deal, three caught our eye. It’s not all hearts and flowers. Read more

A Glamorous Parade of Easter Bonnets — In Chocolate! — At The Peninsula New York

Spring and its holidays are about new beginnings, and what’s more renewing than a new hat?

Three fetching Easter bonnets perch on a flower-garnished hat rack atop a table on the mezzanine landing at the Peninsula New York, located (aptly) on Fifth Avenue for all you fans of the Irving Berlin movie and song “Easter Parade.”

They look good enough to wear. But the twist is they’re good enough to eat, created from 25 lbs. of chocolate and 12 lbs. of sugar pastilage by Executive Pastry Chef Deden Putra and his able team. Read more

Introducing Hudson Brooklyn, New York’s Newest Organic Everything Hotel!

We just received an intriguing online announcement. Hudson, the midtown west hotel with the chartreuse space capsule entry, is opening a new hotel in Brooklyn (in Bushwick, natch).

Billed as the first farm-to-factory hotel, Hudson Brooklyn promises “a new view on gluten” and offers reclaimed hay bedding, cold brew coffee imported daily from Japan and organic eggs from the rooftop coop. But wait, there’s more: an introductory offer of 40 percent off all room bookings. Yowzah! Read more

Five New York City Hotels to Check Out Before the Holidays Wind Down

As we breeze into the holiday home stretch, what better time to blow off an afternoon or evening with a fortifying drink, wintery exercise or seasonal visuals? Here are five hotels to check out even if you’re not checking in. Read more

Holiday Eye Candy: The Sixth Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza Wafts Into Le Parker Meridien

Add edible art to the list of New York City products that won’t be outsourced this holiday season.

For the sixth year in a row, The Gingerbread Extravaganza outfits the atrium at Le Parker Meridien with a fleet of fragrant art-meets-cookie-dough sculptures encased in Plexiglas.

This year’s theme, Made in New York, is a reminder of how inimitable the city’s sights are, from King Kong and the Great White Way to Holly Golightly breakfasting at Tiffany’s, especially when rendered in gingerbread. Read more