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“Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy”

Bring out those beach towels and rock those new aviator shades because it’s official; summertime is here!

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Spending the summer in NYC? Don’t sweat it! Here is a list of some cool, summer events that will have you “buzzing” around the city…

1.  First and foremost, we, at the Hotel Belleclaire, will be hosting complimentary “Summer Socials” throughout the summer. (I know, I’m getting pretty excited myself!) We encourage everyone to stop by and take a moment out of their busy schedules to come celebrate the summer with us, on us!

2.  Enjoy a relaxing night out by bringing a friend, a blanket, and some popcorn to the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

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Free outdoor film screenings are a joy of New York summers, and the Bryant Park series is particularly lovely. The movies start at dusk, but locals start trickling in when the park’s lush grassy lawn opens at 5pm—many folks are still in their work clothes and just head over straight from the office with take-out food and blankets in tow. (Follow suit and arrive early; the lawn gets pretty crowded by sundown.) For more information, visit

3.  Enjoy Free, Outdoor, Live Music at Central Park’s Summerstage

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Central Park Summer Stage is New York’s premier free performing arts festival. Founded in 1986, it brings performances of superior artistic caliber, free of charge, to large and diverse audiences. Through inclusive and eclectic programming, SummerStage provides an important forum for emerging and established artists, and ideas, and exposes its audiences to many different types of artistic and cultural expression. Programming areas include World and American music, modern dance, spoken word, electronic music, and family programming.

SummerStage is free (except for a few big-name benefit concerts) and open on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your sunscreen and get ready to dance!

4.  Enjoy a selection of song and dance at the River to River Festival

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Over 150 events in 30 days at 28 sites. Transformative, investigative art in unexpected places across Lower Manhattan. River To River extends the life of dance along the East River and immerses the Hudson in contemporary music and investigative installations.

Plan Ahead: Fourth of July’s Main Events:

5.  Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition (Word to the wise: Do not attend or watch on a full stomach)

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An annual hot dog eating competition that is held each year on July 4 at Nathan’s Famous Corporation, at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The top male and top female finishers from each qualifier will earn a trip to compete at the ESPN televised finals at the original Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island on July Fourth.  This year’s ESPN show will air on July 4th at 1PM Eastern.

6.  Macy’s Fireworks

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Now in its 35th year, the world-famous fireworks show is set to dazzle millions once again. Whether you’re watching it live in NYC or at home on NBC, get set for a spectacular show like no other! This year, they have a surprise celebrity guest who’s been helping create the entire show!

7.  If you enjoy sports, the Mets All Star Game is not the one to miss!

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The Mets will host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in July 2013 at Citi Field! Baseball’s best players will descend on New York City for three days of events at Citi Field leading up to the 84th All-Star Game, scheduled to be played on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. It’s the first time the Midsummer Classic will take place at the home of the Mets since 1964.

8.  Become French for a day at Bastille Day (Must do: Indulge in a delicious Nutella crepe!)

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Indulge your inner Francophile during this celebration of France’s independence. Held on three avenue blocks closed to traffic, the fest boasts tasty treats like crêpes and cheeses, Macaron Café macarons ($2) and baked goods from patisserie Financier, as well as sets by accordion players and other musicians, cultural dances like the cancan, and kiddie-friendly activities such as face painting.

9.  If you enjoy classical music, NY Philharmonic Concert in the Parks is an event you don’t want to miss!

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The Philharmonic goes green, kicking off the free summer outdoor concert series with a performance in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Alan Gilbert leads the ensemble through a lively program of Respighi and Tchaikovsky.

10.  Catch a Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake Concert!

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Justin Timberlake will bring sexy back to Yankee Stadium — and he’s bringing Jay-Z with him. The two music titans will co-headline the stadium in the Bronx on July 19, part of a short tour titled “Legends of The Summer.”

11.  Cool off at the Governors Island Swim

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Spend the morning jumping off a ferry boat and circling a piece of Manhattan at this challenging 2-Miler around the birthplace of New York City, with great views of Lower Manhattan, Jersey City, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and, of course, Governors Island itself.

12.  Go back in time to some Shakespeare in the Park


Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event that is held at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. It is produced by The Public Theater, and attendance is free, provided that guests wait in line for tickets on the day of the performance. Shakespeare in the Park includes two productions over the course of the summer, and one of New York City’s most beloved summer traditions.

13. Devour delicious meals at NYC’s Restaurant Week

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Every summer and winter, Restaurant Week NYC returns, with more than 300 restaurants offering three-course dining deals for lunch ($24.07) and dinner ($35). Each year Restaurant Week NYC adds trendy newcomers to a long list of fine-dining standbys, drawing bargain-hunting New Yorkers to try out new spots and revisit old favorites on the cheap.

13.   Zip line during Summer Streets of NYC

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For this three-Saturday event, nearly seven miles of NYC turf from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park will be cleared of vehicles, creating a pedestrian paradise complete with food and entertainment. This edition’s offerings are still being finalized, but previous years have included free bike rentals, a rock-climbing wall, a zip line and picnics along the route.

14.  Watch some of your favorites battle during a match at the U.S. Open. While you’re at it, try to score an autograph! (Definitely on my bucket list!)

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For two weeks, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park will be the tennis capital of the world for the US Open 2013. While Wimbeldon has its white, New Yorkers bring the party to the National Tennis Center with a celebrity-studded crowd, international food vendors and live musicians performing on the grounds—not to mention tennis’s top pros.

15.  Rave the last days of summer at Electric Zoo
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Made Event is back with another round of its three-day house, electro and techno fest. If you enjoy this music, this is the place to be!

Now that your itinerary for this summer is all set, round up a bunch of family & friends and kick off the summer right with some great company and cool shades! Again, enjoy the summer because unfortunately, it only lasts three months!


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Hoping for Resilience in the Aftermath of Sandy

As you likely know, tragedy struck the northeast on Monday, October 29. Hurricane Sandy barreled toward the coast that evening, leaving many wondering the outcome of her arrival.

Many homes destroyed and public utilities and services left damaged and useless. A national crisis is on our hands as citizens of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and other states wait desperately for relief. In our own city—a global center of commerce, creativity, media, and diplomacy—the effect is beyond traceable.

Hotel Belleclaire proudly calls New York City its home, and is equally proud to be part of New York State and to share its borders with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and others affected by the storm. Our hearts break for those who cannot replace what has been lost, but we know with certainty that our people are resilient. Our thoughts are with the community, and we tip our hats to those joining in the relief efforts—among them our friends, our employees, our guests, our neighbors. Thank you.

How You Can Help:

The American Red Cross and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City are accepting donations to assist with Hurricane Relief. Contributing to these causes will not only provide immediate aid needs, such as clean water, food, and hygiene supplies, but it will also help with the long-term relief and restoration efforts.

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Rest Your Feet at an Affordable Hotel Near the NYC Marathon Finish Line

Whether you’re running the full 26.2 miles or just attending the race to cheer on friends and family, it’s important to find a hotel near the NYC Marathon finish line. With our affordable rates and convenient location on the Upper West Side, Hotel Belleclaire is the perfect place to stay for ING New York City Marathon participants and observers alike.

The ING New York City Marathon – to be held on Sunday, November 4 – finishes on the west side of Central Park at approximately 70th Street. Hotel Belleclaire is located just a few blocks northwest of the finish line at 77th and Broadway. While the rest of the field competes for cabs and fights for space on the subway, you can loosen up your legs with a brief walk back to the hotel before relaxing in one of our Guest Rooms, Broadway Kings, Parlor Suites or Family Suites.

The NYC Marathon is the world’s largest by  the total number of race applicants, offering more than $600,000 of prize money and attracting some of the world’s fastest marathoners, along with weekend warriors and beginning runners from around the world. As one of the World Marathon Majors – along with Boston, London, Berlin and Chicago – the New York event is one of the world’s premier annual athletic events, drawing a national broadcast on ESPN and media attention from leading papers and publications. The course starts in Staten Island before crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. After traversing Brooklyn from south to north, the race passes through the southwest corner of Queens before flying uptown along the east side of Manhattan. The trail makes a short detour to the Bronx before returning to Manhattan for the home stretch.

Once you return to your accommodations at Hotel Belleclaire, you can unwind in your guest room with convenient amenities like free high-speed Wi-Fi access, an iPod docking station, a flat-screen HD TV and Gilchrist and Soames bath products. Finish your marathon weekend in style and comfort by enjoying a replenishing dinner on the lively Upper West Side and complimentary Gillie’s Coffee and Bromley Tea at the hotel on Monday morning.

Make NYC Marathon hotel reservations at Hotel Belleclaire today by booking online!

ING New York City Marathon

November 4, 2012 at 8:30am

Start: Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island

Finish: Central Park, Manhattan

Phone: (212) 423-2249


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Experience the Best of Broadway with Hotel Belleclaire

This fall, see some of the hottest Broadways shows when you stay at Hotel Belleclaire, conveniently located on the Upper West Side within easy access of area theatres. Located near Beacon Theatre, Lincoln Center and many more gems, our UWS hotel is a landmark hotel offering upscale rooms, and a variety of luxury services and amenities to enjoy before and after the show. We are pleased to feature complimentary wireless Internet, flat screen HDTVs, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities and complimentary coffee and teas daily.

Also keep in mind that if you are planning on attending a family-friendly show, Hotel Belleclaire offers a collection of family suites featuring two bedrooms, microwaves and inspiring views of 77th Street.


Upcoming Broadway Shows:

October 3 – March 31
Palace Theatre

This musical tells the story of Orphan Annie, a redheaded girl who is forever optimistic. See how her life changes when she is selected to spend time in the house of wealthy businessman Oliver Warbucks.


The Heiress
October 6 – February 10
Walter Kerr Theatre

A young and naive woman falls head over heels for a handsome young man that her problematic father suspects is a fortune hunter.


Glengarry Glen Ross
October 16 – December 30
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Go inside an intense Chicago real estate office where the stakes are high. First prize is a new Cadillac, second prize is a set of steak knives and third prize is dismissal!


The Mystery of Edwin Drood
October 19 – February 10
Studio 54

Go back in time to a Victorian music hall where a boisterous ensemble of actors mounts a staging of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel. Everyone on stage is a murder suspect for young Edwin Drood and the audience chooses the killer.


A Christmas Story
November 5 – December 30
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Travel to 1940’s Indiana, where a boy named Ralphie has just one wish for Christmas – owning a Red Ryder BB Gun.


The Anarchist
November 13 – February 17
John Golden Theatre

The Anarchist is set in a women’s prison and tells the story of Cathy, an inmate with a radical past who asks Ann, the prison’s female warden, for parole.


To make a reservation for any of these Broadway shows or learn more about others, please contact our concierge at or phone at 212-362-7700.



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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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Being so close to one of the world’s most famous parks has plenty of perks. If you missed such exciting events like the New York Philharmonic Concert in the Park or the Shakespeare in the Park production of “As You Like It,” fear not – there is plenty more happening in Central Park this summer during your New York adventures.

Staying at Hotel Belleclaire puts you near it all:

  • Shakespeare in the Park is currently staging its second production of the summer, “Into the Woods.” The classic musical from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine runs through August 25, with shows on most days at 8 p.m. There will be no shows on July 22 and 26 or August 12 and 16.
  • Film buffs will appreciate the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, running the week of August 21-25. Each night features a different film. In order: “Do the Right Thing” (with special guest, Oscar nominee Danny Aiello kicking off the festival), “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Animal House,” and on the final night, a viewer’s choice between “Clerks” and “Coming to America” (voting takes places at the end of July).  Gates open at 6:30 each evening, with an 8 p.m. start time; enter at 72nd Street and bring your own picnic food!
  • Every Friday this summer, the Good Morning American Concert Series features a chart-topping artist. Gates open at 6 a.m. when the park itself opens, with shows starting at 7 a.m. and lasting through the GMA taping til 9 a.m. Enter at 72nd Street off of Fifth Avenue and head to Rumsey Playfield.Upcoming acts include No Doubt (July 27), Ne-Yo (August 3), OneRepublic (August 10), Neon Trees (August 17), The Wanted (August 24), and Backstreet Boys (August 31). 

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