A Long, Lovely Weekend: Labor Day in NYC

When it’s Labor Day in New York City, any direction is the right direction. Celebrating the close of summer and the beginning of fall is a special treat anywhere you go in NYC, and, we’re proud to say, especially at our Upper West Side hotel. The summer months are quite picturesque for us at Hotel Belleclaire, but even more so on Labor Day. This year, Labor Day is Monday, September 7, 2015; there are a number of upcoming activities around town that you’ll want to check out.

The New York Labor Day Parade, of course, is the flagship event of the holiday. Honoring workers of all industries, this massive parade starts at 5th Avenue and 44th Street and is a beloved annual tradition. Head over from your UWS hotel room and catch all the fanfare.

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s priceless treasures, thanks to the museum’s policy of remaining open on Labor Day to allow the holiday crowds to experience its collections.

If you’re looking for a party this year, the Electric Zoo Festival takes place Friday, September 4, 2015–Sunday, September 6, 2015. An electronic dance music lover’s dream, this is the seventh year for Electric Zoo’s ardent crowds.

West Indian celebration is a mainstay of New York Labor Days and this year, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association brings the city a full panoply of Caribbean events, food and art; its events are located in Brooklyn, but the trip is bound to be a rich one.

Take time for the wealth of outdoor movie screenings, rooftop bars, public pools (some of which are pop-ups), and of course, the famous city beaches. Parks are everywhere, so no need to worry about finding a spot for your picnic blanket.

Celebrate Labor Day, NYC style, and kick back with some of the many late-summer pleasures we look forward to every year.

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Savor Summer on New York’s Upper West Side

With warm weather and lively crowds, summer is a wonderful time to be in New York. Though there are countless things to do in New York City, some of the best can be found in Hotel Belleclaire’s home neighborhood of the Upper West Side. Whether you are interested in art, architecture, food or shopping, the Upper West Side is the place to be. While you could easily spend your time wandering the tree-lined streets and admiring the classic architecture, here are a few of our favorite Upper West Side activities.

Take the Hotel Belleclaire Streetwise Walking Tour
Free to Hotel Belleclaire guests, these tours begin at 11 a.m. every Wednesday and are a great way to get adjusted to your new surroundings. Not only will you see many of the Upper West Side’s iconic destinations, such as Carnegie Hall and Columbia University, but you will come away from this free NYC walking tour with practical tips and insider knowledge to make the most out of your time in the city.

Visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or simply The Met, is not only an icon of the Upper West Side, but of all New York City. The permanent collections boasts some of the most famous art in the world, and spans everything from Greek sculpture to pop art. Once you’ve had your fill of art inside the museum, head to rooftop for refreshments and stunning Manhattan views.

Tour The Cloisters
Take advantage of the beautiful summer weather by visiting the museum and gardens of The Cloisters. A branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, comprising approximately two thousand works of art.

Lounge in Central Park
Whether taking a leisurely stroll or settling down with a book or picnic lunch, a summer day in Central Park is a must for visitors and locals alike. Only a ten-minute walk from Hotel Belleclaire, you’ll enjoy dramatic Manhattan views from the luscious greenery of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s most famous work.

Visit Lincoln Center
Home to The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Ballet, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and more, Lincoln Center offers everything from dance, music, film, opera, theater and other live programs. A stunning building on the Upper West Side, Lincoln Center has something for everyone.

Have Breakfast at Barney Greengrass
New York City is famous for many things, including its array of iconic food. No trip to New York City is complete without sampling the city’s favorite breakfast food, the bagel. Stop by Barney Greengrass to get one of the best in the city.

Shop at Columbus Circle
After spending the day outdoors, stop by the Shops at Columbus Circle, the sleek architectural center next to Central Park, to partake in a little retail therapy and pick out a few items to add to your summer wardrobe.

Take in Classic Theatre with Shakespeare in the Park
A New York City tradition since 1962, Shakespeare in the Park is a must for summertime visitors. This year’s productions include The Tempest, starring Oscar-nominee Sam Waterston, from May 27 to July 5. Cymberline, directed by Tony-winner Daniel Sullivan, will also be on view from July 27 to August 23. See some of the most acclaimed performances of all time in the comfort of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Savor Classic Pastries at Mille-Feuille
Stop by one of New York City’s best bakeries to sample mouth-watering macarons and croissants, or register for a class to take your baking skills to new heights before heading home. Conveniently located inside the Hotel Belleclaire lobby, you won’t want to miss this Upper West Side favorite.

Tour the Nicholas Roerich Museum
Known as a hub for arts and culture, the Upper West Side is home to the Nicholas Roerich Museum. Located in a brownstone on 107th Street, the museum includes over 100 works by the Russian-born artist, as well as a collection or archival materials.

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Explore NYC With an Upper West Side Walking Tour

Not many cities are as walkable as New York City, and few neighborhoods in New York are as pleasant as the Upper West Side.

Set out on a guided Upper West Side walking tour that delivers the best of our neighborhood and beyond to step into the past, present, and future of our incomparable area. Mornings at Hotel Belleclaire begin with a complimentary tour every Wednesday at 11 a.m., available free to all guests. The tours are provided by Streetwise, an official partner and tour operator of Triumph Hotels.

Each tour is filled with practical tips for making the most of your stay in New York City, covering acclaimed dining destinations, after-dark hotspots, or cultural and family attractions. Come with us, and you’ll get a chance to see our special side of Central Park, featuring Bethesda Terrace and Strawberry Fields. As photo-op-worthy as these two iconic attractions are, they’re by no means the only points of interest you’ll pass.

You’ll make detours past the Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Columbia University, the American History Museum and countless Beaux Art masterpieces like the Dakota, the Ansonia and the buildings of Emery Roth. After seeing Strawberry Fields and Bethesda Terrace near the hotel, you’ll take off on your own. Armed with information, know-how, and ambition, you’ll have the entire city at your feet.

Learn more about NYC walking tours with Triumph Hotel Group and Streetwise.

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Attend the World Science Festival in NYC

The World Science Festival (WSF) comes to NYC May 27-31, 2015. This can’t-miss cultural event brings thousands of science enthusiasts and experts to the city for a glorious five-day celebration of science. The festival features more than 50 engaging events of all types, including mainstage programs and intimate salons where the world’s top scientists discuss big ideas.

This year, a special series of events will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, including youth and family offerings like cool jobs and apprenticeships, and old favorites like Stargazing and the Flame Challenge, in which scientists attempt to answer big questions for an audience of curious 11-year-olds.

The World Science Festival in New York culminates in the Ultimate Science Street Fair, an outdoor event taking over Washington Square Park and the surrounding area on Sunday, May 31.

Hailed as a “new cultural institution” by the New York Times, the World Science Festival launched in 2008 and has featured gripping debates, original theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences in the years since.

Past participants have included Stephen Hawking, Glenn Close, Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Weinberg, Philip Glass, Eric Lander, Steven Chu, Chuck Close, Bobby McFerrin, Sylvia Earle, Anna Deavere Smith and Oliver Sacks.

Make Hotel Belleclaire your Upper West Side hotel home base when attending the 2015 World Science Festival in New York City.

Tickets to WSF 2015 go on sale the first week of May on the festival’s main website.

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Memorial Day Meets Fleet Week for a Memorable NYC Experience

Fleet Week comes to NYC this May 20-26, 2015 for its 27th year, bringing Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen to the city for a time-honored celebration of maritime services. Past events have included sunset parades, live music performances, commemoration ceremonies and much more. Fleet Week New York has been held nearly every year since 1984, and it is anticipated that nearly 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year. Stay updated on Fleet Week events as they are announced here.

This celebration is timed appropriately for your three-day Memorial Day weekend, giving you ample opportunity to experience this tradition and the rest of New York City’s offerings, which include springtime sales and Memorial Day parades in the outer boroughs. By staying with Hotel Belleclaire on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, you’ll not only have easy access to these treasured NYC events, but also a variety of iconic resident attractions, such as these within walking distance:
• Central Park
• Lincoln Center
• Beacon Theatre
• American Museum of Natural History
• Carnegie Hall
• Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
• The Metropolitan Opera
• Columbus Circle

Make a reservation today at Hotel Belleclaire to plan your memorable Memorial Day weekend.

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Stay in the Bambino’s Former Stomping Grounds

The New York Yankees may have scored the “Steal of the Century” when they snagged the Bambino from the Boston Red Sox, and although we’re not “The House that Ruth Built,” our Manhattan boutique hotel has a living piece of baseball history to celebrate as 2015’s baseball season nears. Enjoy “The Room that Ruth Built”!

At once a throwback and an exemplar of modern comfort, the Babe Ruth Suite complements our stylish New York hotel amenities with a dash of old-time sentiment. Bedecked with baseball memorabilia, art and ballpark treats, the room overlooks Broadway, an original fireplace from the building’s Beaux Arts days, a trunk table, and an exposed steel and tinted glass sliding barn door between the bed and living rooms. Even better, when you post up like the Sultan of Swat, you’ll get an amazing deal. Stay in our Babe Ruth themed-suite between now and April 5 and receive two tickets to a Yankees game during your return stay (in any room type) between June 21 and September 22. There’s no minimum stay, but you must stay on dates when there is a Yankees home game.

The Belleclaire building, built in 1903, is an official New York City Landmark, and has hosted many other famous names in history. Book today and enjoy our exciting room features with a taste – literal, in the case of the Cracker Jacks and Big League Chew – of American history. It’ll be even better if you get here in time for Baseball Opening Day 2015!

Be sure to call reservations directly at 877.468.3522 to book your stay. Please use code THEBABE when making your return reservation.

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Fall Into A Season of Wonder This October At Hotel Belleclaire

October vacations to New York City are marked by a crisp atmosphere, changing foliage and a variety of things to do just outside of our Upper West Side hotel. As a new season greets New York, be sure to bring travel with your friends, family and colleagues to the city’s most iconic sights and take advantage of a vibrant neighborhood that is eager to welcome the holiday season. From shopping on Fifth Avenue to ice skating at nearby Rockefeller Center, the city is home to a special kind of cheer during October. Distinguished by unparalleled access to nearby sights and premier amenities, Hotel Belleclaire is an ideal home base for when you’re visiting NYC in October.

Take advantage of these iconic October activities in Manhattan:

• Immerse yourself in Halloween events including the iconic Village Halloween Parade which features live music. This year’s theme aims at embracing nature in the “Garden of Earthly Delights.” If you’re looking for something a little more low-key head to Tompkins Square Park for the annual dog parade. Not traveling with your four-legged friend? Not a problem, spectators come from all over to watch the elaborate and conceptual costumes and greet Friends of Animal Rescue.

• A visit to Manhattan in the fall is not complete without enjoying Oktoberfest. Enjoy the changing foliage as you visit some of the area’s best beer gardens. The official dates for this Bavarian Oktoberfest festival take place Saturday, September 20, until Sunday, October 5.

• Treat your ears to a music delight at the CMJ Music Marathon over four days starting on October 21. Discover over 1,300 artists and join over 125,000 fans in their quest for the discovery of new music. After 34 years, the CMJ Music Marathon has become one of the world’s most important music platforms for breakout artists.

• In “The City That Never Sleeps” take on the bright lights of Broadway with a show of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Based on the book by John Cameron Mitchell and directed Michael Mayer, this musical spectacular features Andrew Rannells and Lena Hall.

• One of the things that both visitors and New Yorkers alike love about Manhattan is the food. No matter which direction you walk in you’re likely to find a plate for every palate whether you’re searching for five-star cuisine or something on the go. This October, join the Food Network for a Burger Bash with Rachael Ray and Tacos and Tequila with Bobby Flay at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Proceeds from this even benefit Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

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Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week: “Where Spring Begins…2015 Collections”

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Carolina Herrera. Badgley Mischka. Betsey Johnson. Tory Burch. Hervé Leger…say no more. When the red carpets and white tents blossom in Bryant Park and Lincoln Center, it can only mean one thing: Fashion Week in NYC. There’s nothing quite like Autumn in New York.

The Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week is in full swing at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center (63rd St. and Columbus Avenue). Each season, #NYFW showcases some of the season’s most anticipated and exclusive designs. Truly it is a week of fashion heaven. Need we say more?

During Mercedes-Benz fabulous fashion week in New York City, located near the Lincoln Center, stay at Hotel Belleclaire from September 4 – 11, 2014. What’s a fashion event without freebies – All guests will receive an EXCLUSIVE trunk show from Stella and Dot and FREE manicures from Pretty Please Nail Polish and Citymani. Even our front desk agents will join you by showcasing some of Stella & Dot’s designs throughout the week. Adding some bling to an outfit always wins you some style points and delivers more attitude.

Become a Style Setter and stand out in style in this fall 2014’s trends:

This season is all about knits. This trend works best in neutral tones.

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Furrrr Real: A winter classic.

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Try some pretty palettes for your coats. Turtlenecks are definitely in this fall/winter.

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Norse Code: Robe Coats and wild prints

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Try out Bold Colors and Patterns:
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It’s all about the box-y shaped bags…

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As they say, “Good things come to those who shop smart” ;)

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Ice Cream Summer Social 2014

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                          “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”

Sadly, summer is coming to an end. To celebrate the last dog days of summer, we are hosting an Ice Cream #SummerSocial for our guests! Cool off with a free cup or cone on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 near the entrance of @HotelBelleclaire, located near Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History. Complimentary ice cream treats will be served by Mister Softee from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Guests, friends, and team members are welcome! Feel free to post pictures and tag us onto our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, and Pinterest)! Book your room today at http://www.hotelbelleclaire.com/reservations to enjoy the last days of summer with us at our #SummerSocial. Now, who’s up for a cherry-dipped ice cream cone? :)

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Feel at Home in NYC with Belleclaire’s Luxurious Amenities

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Other than the geographic location, travel is all about amenities. Amenities distinguish comfort from discomfort, pleasure from frustration. Located on the Upper West Side, the historical Hotel Belleclaire’s 240 rooms and suites, provide classic charm with modern home conveniences for their guests. Experience is no longer just about the beauty of a hotel and superb service provided by its staff, yet is increasingly becoming more about the ‘little’ things that make a certain place special and different from the rest. Located near Central Park and Lincoln Center, Hotel Belleclaire offers amenities to make lifetime memories and that leave their guests with a lasting impression.

The Hotel Belleclaire proudly offers:

1. Complimentary in-room and lobby high-speed wireless Internet

Free Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming more of a need in hotels. A 2013 survey by Hotels.com verified that 34% said free Wi-Fi is the number 1 factor in choosing a hotel on leisure stays; 56% of respondents said free Wi-Fi was their number 1 must-have when traveling for business.

2. Media Lounge equipped with arcade games and Mac computers

Our state-of-the-art media lounge features over 10,000 arcade style games, 27-inch Mac computers, a printing station for boarding passes, Flyte Pass (veryify and purchase airline tickets), and a charging dock.

3. C.O. Bigelow Amenities

Hotel Belleclaire offers luxurious C.O. Bigelow Bath amenities, which is the oldest apothecary in America, since 1838. C.O. Bigelow’s bath amenities add a unique touch of NY sophistication to our guests.

4.    Complimentary Refreshment upon arrival

5.    Hypoallergenic pillows, comforter, and luxurious Frette linens

6.   Plush luxurious robes

7.   Mini refrigerator in all guest rooms, with an option of mini-bar items

8.   Daily newspapers

9.   DVD player with complimentary dvd movies (Parlor & Family Suites)

10. Microwave in room (Family Suites)

11. Overnight shoeshine

12. 24-hour Fitness Center

Complimentary use of our 24-hour fitness center is available to all guests.

13. In-house City Experts concierge

14. Convenient Upper West Side New York hotel location 

Hotel Belleclaire is located in a magnificent, cultural and residential Upper West Side neighborhood. Our hotel is located near top attractions throughout NYC: Central Park, Riverside Park, American Museum of Natural History, and Lincoln Center to name a few.

15. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Coffee Bar in Lobby

Hotel Belleclaire is pleased to partner with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; serving the world’s most vibrant coffee and tea flavors since 1963; with hours of operation on weekdays from 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and weekends   7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      

16. Broadway Meeting Room

Plan conferences, board meetings, seminars and other corporate events with Hotel Belleclaire. Our professional Upper West Side meeting space is suitable for up to 12 guests and can be arranged in classroom or boardroom style. The venue is equipped with a 70-inch Smart TV and Wi-Fi for full connectivity. Cotering, coffee and tea service is available.

UWS Meeting Space Features:

  • U-style seating
  • Classroom or boardroom style
  • Up to 12 seated guests
  • Coffee/tea service
  • 7” Wireless Touch Panel
  • 70” LED HD Smart TV
  • Laptop Hookup to TV via HDMI
  • Cat6 high-speed Internet hook up
  • Polycom conference phone
  • Apple TV for wireless connectivity to view iPad and iPhone screen on TV
  • Hubbell Floor Box with voice video and data connections
  • Marantz Hi-Fi audio system with multiple Internet radio stations
  • Marantz 3D Blu-ray player

17.  Newly Opened Mille-Feuille Bakery

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A newly opened French bakery, Mille-Feuille, opened around the corner from Hotel Belleclaire. Mille-Feuille (or “Napoleon” in English) is a famous dessert enjoyed throughout the world. Its literal translation means “a thousand layers or pages”. Guests can enjoy these delicious French pastries Monday through Friday: 7:00am- 8:00pm and Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am-8:00pm.

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We know your travels have just begun when you arrive at our check-in desk, and we’re committed to making sure your stay with us is pleasurable and memorable.

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