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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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Play Ball in New York City

Hotel Belleclaire is located in a city where baseball fans reign supreme. New York City is blessed with two major league teams, the American League’s New York Yankees and the National League’s New York Mets, and two minor league teams, the Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones, so baseball fans can get their fix in almost every borough.

New York had been a baseball town from the get-go, with dozens of teams circulating through the city in the mid-to-late portion of the 19th century. After a series of league shake-ups, takeovers, mergers, and break-ups, New York was left with the New York Giants (now the San Francisco Giants) and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Though both teams left NYC for the West Coast, their rivalry remains, having lasted for more than a century.

The New York Yankees got their start as the Baltimore Orioles (then a separate entity from today’s Orioles), finally moving to the Big Apple in 1903 (the year Hotel Belleclaire opened!) as the Highlanders. Since creating roots in New York, the Yankees franchise has given way to superstar names such as Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly, Joe Torre, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Robinson Cano. The Yankees have won a leading 27 World Series with 40 playoff appearances – the most in all of baseball. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you can’t deny the Yankees’ prowess.

Among the biggest players in Yankee history is Babe Ruth, a frequent guest of Hotel Belleclaire. One of the most famous stories in Yankee lore is the “Curse of the Bambino.” This so-called curse is said to have started after the Boston Red Sox sold Ruth in the 1919-1920 offseason to the New York Yankees. Red Sox then-owner Harry Frazee used the profits from the sale of The Bambino, as Ruth is called, to finance a brand new musical. Prior to this sale, the Red Sox had won five of the first fifteen World Series, while the Yankees remained titleless. In the 84 years following Ruth’s move to New York, the Yankees played in 39 World Series, winning 26 of them—a number twice as much as any other team in Major League Baseball to date. During those same 84 years, the Red Sox played in only four World Series, losing all. A key touchstone in Boston/New York baseball rivalry, talk of the curse dissipated when the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals.

New York City is a metropolis of sports history, and Hotel Belleclaire is the best place to see it all. Visit our Upper West Side hotel this fall to watch the pennant races heat up, cool down, and get sent right out of the park.

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