Three NYC Hotels Where Top Dogs in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Sit, Roll Over and Stay

New York in mid-February is special if you happen to be a dog lover. Yes, the wind

Top dog in 1911 — Scottish Terrier Tickle Em Jock. (Westminster Kennel Club Photo)

whistles and the ground is frozen solid. But for two days — February 13 and 14 this year — Madison Square Garden is Dog Central as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, caninedom’s show of show, sweeps into town, luring more than 3,000 of the world’s most perfect pooches. Read more

Matilda, the Celebrated Algonquin Hotel Cat, Lands Her First Book

As one of New York’s oldest and most storied hotels, The Algonquin has long been catnip for wags and writers. For decades, nearly everyone associated with the place, from the Vicious Circle and beyond, has shared stories about the hotel and its history. Everyone, it seems, except Matilda, the Algonquin cat.

That has changed. In a new illustrated children’s book, aptly titled Matilda, the Algonquin Cat, the hotel’s resident blonde in fur tells all about the hotel she’s called home for most of her nine lives.
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Basketball Star Jeremy Linn Is Coming Back to New York. Will He Live in a Hotel This Time Around?

Remember Linsanity? As New York’s beleaguered basketball fans know, it was a moment of euphoria spun by the unexpected play of Jeremy Lin, a 6’3” California-born, Harvard-educated point guard who leapt from NBA obscurity to propel the New York Knicks to a winning streak back in 2012 (those were the days). Read more

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

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

Where to Catch March Madness at a New York City Hotel

It’s natural to watch big ticket televised sports events in a crowd. If Federer was playing Djokovich at the U.S. Open you wouldn’t be sitting in Arthur Ashe Stadium all by yourself.

New York hotel bars are great places to watch the Super Bowl, World Series and World Cup with a spirited crowd. But March Madness? You’d hardly know there’s a tournament going on at most hotels.

But since opening in 2013 Hudson Common, the cavernous casual restaurant and bar at Hudson Hotel has gone all out in March. Read more

Super-duper — Three Hotels Where You Can Catch Super Bowl XLIX in New York City


It’s hours until Super Bowl XLVIX, and questions abound. Will Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman show up on the field or at the maternity ward if his girlfriend goes into labor? Will Katy Perry recruit yet another guest star at half time? Will they deflate the balls?

And where do you want to be when all is revealed? Read more

Where Show Dogs Hang Out Before The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Affinia dog suite pals.

Affinia dog suite pals.  (photo by Mike Spears)

As if Fashion Week wasn’t enough, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show scampers into town February 10 and 11 at Madison Square Garden. And for the 16th straight year, Affinia Manhattan is putting on the dog (sorry) with its dedicated dog suite and terrace where dogs can be dogs – and a staff member is on hand to clean up the Astroturf.

The Affinia’s puppy love is no fluke. Though pet friendliness is in its DNA – an oversized pet bed, food and water bowls, waste bags, and maps for dog walks are available year round – the hotel has the good fortune to stand across the street from the Garden and moves into high gear for Westminster. Read more

New York Hotels Where You Can Watch the 2014 Winter Olympics in Comfort and Style

Yellow water? Showers without curtains? Guest room bathrooms with side-by-side toilets? Early reports on hotel accommodations in Sochi sound downright scary.

But New York isn’t a mountain resort constructed from scratch for winter sports’ alternate-leap-year show of shows. Hotels here are places you actually want to visit if you like watching big sports events with a crowd and a rapidly refilled glass. Read more

Is The SoHo Grand The Most Dog Friendly Hotel In New York City?

Going to the dogs.

Going to the dogs.

Considering the size of the average hotel room, it’s amazing that New York City has any hotels that allow guests to bring their pets. But pet friendly ranks have grown in recent years.

The SoHo Grand has always been kind to pet lovers, possibly because the hotel is owned by the family that founded the Hartz Mountain pet supply company. Read more