As the tree colors start to turn in NYC there are many events to explore. Check out what the Librarians suggest in October!
Liz Cleland is the Chief Executive Officer and owner of Western New Yorker. She uses this website to express herself and have readers take a look into her lifestyle as she aims to encourage others to enjoy life and family. On her small trip to New York City with her lovely family, they stayed at the Library Hotel. In her article, Weekend in NYC, Liz shares her wonderful experience with us. For today’s #TravelTuesday, join our conversation with Liz about her recent stay.
Library Hotel Collection: Tell us about yourself, how did your passion for travel and hotels begin?
Liz Cleland: I became a writer while I was teaching finance classes and people were interested in hearing about my life. My love of travel and hotels filters into my work as I explore the world via my trips!
LHC: How often do you travel and how long have you been an active travel influencer?
LC: I travel several times a month for both recreation and for my work. I have been doing this for around 5 years in total!
LHC: How did you hear about our hotels and why did you choose to stay with us?
LC: A friend of mine recommended a stay because she also enjoys love of books and reading. It was also centrally located near work and Bryant Park which I wanted to take my son to on that particular trip!
LHC: From your experience in our hotels, what makes the experience with us unique?
LC: While I feel the love of reading is unique, your hotels capture the love of it with sophistication and luxury. The Library hotel offers so many delicacies that sets you far above the competition. A few to mention: the food and drink club room, chocolate turn down with wonderful quotes, and books! So many wonderful books!
LHC: What will you remember most about your stay?
LC: We LOVED the bath tub! I love the vintage inspired modern claw tub. It was perfect for relaxing and unwinding after walking in the city all day.
LHC: Was there anything in our city that surprised you?
LC: New York has always been known for fast-paced and almost stuffy attitudes but the hotel staff presented the exact opposite of that. The entire team was gracious, helpful, and truly loved what they were doing. This created a wonderful experience for my family.
LHC: Did you experience any favorite restaurants during your stay?
LC: My favorite restaurant this time around was a place called Bread & Tulips. It was a very upscale place that truly captured the New York City lifestyle! One must try the appetizers!
LHC: Why did you choose to visit our city?
LC: This trip was both for work and recreation!
LHC: Was there anything you recommend as a nearby “must see” for our guests?
LC: Explore Park Avenue and also Broadway Avenue.
LHC: What would you recommend someone do to prepare for a trip to our city?
LC: Pack light. The city has a lot of traffic and walking. Also bring warm clothing, New York runs on the cold side!
LHC: What would you recommend to travelers that they must pack for a trip to our city?
LC: Purchase a laminated city map to help you get around.
LHC: What’s next on your Travel Bucket List?
LC: Personally, I would love to travel internationally!
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There is something so exciting about a wedding in New York City! Whether it is spring, summer, autumn, or winter, at Library Hotel, you will find the perfect setting for your elopement, ceremony, or reception. If you are a bride/groom in search for your intimate wedding venue, your search may be over!
Located on the 14th Floor, the Writer’s Den and Poetry Garden, make the perfect setting for daytime celebrations with close friends and family.
The Poetry Garden, with access to our beautiful outdoor wraparound terrace (720 sq. ft total), is the ideal indoor space that still has an outdoor feel. When weather permits, you can enjoy the vibes of New York City on our terrace, with background views of the iconic New York Public Library.
- Poetry Garden (indoors): 25 people seated, 30 standing
- Poetry Garden (outdoor terrace): 45 people seated, up to 50 standing
- Writer’s Den (indoors): 30 people seated, up to 40 standing **recommended for groups only holding a ceremony**
The Writer’s Den, along with its adjacent glass enclosed terrace (660 sq ft. total), is a bright and airy room. This unique space can be used year long as-is (living room style) or banquet style making it an ideal spot for your wedding reception!
- Writer’s Den: 25 people seated banquet style
- Poetry Garden (indoors): 12 people seated banquet style
- Keeping the entire 14th floor event space as-is (no tables): 50 people
Our entire event space transforms into Bookmarks Lounge in the evenings; therefore, all ceremony/reception must conclude by 4:00PM. This lounge is open to the public and is managed by a separate company, Hospitality Holdings. It may be possible to extend (or begin) your celebrations past 4:00PM; however, this at the discretion of Hospitality Holdings. For more information about hosting an evening event, please call 212-980-9476 or e-mail at Info@HospitalityHoldings.com.
Food & Beverage
At Library Hotel there is no catering minimum; however, we do not allow outside food or beverage, with the exception of desserts – bring on the sweets! Meals are pre-selected and they are served buffet style. Unfortunately, no ala carte options are available. View our events menus and hors d’oeuvres selections with per person pricing. Some dessert options are included but specialty cakes or cupcakes are not – you are more than welcome to bring in your own!
Decorations & Enhancements
There are always fresh floral arrangements, our signature magenta orchids, decorating our rooftop. They can be incorporated into your wedding, free of charge. If you prefer additional flowers, you are able to bring in your own… need help with vendor recommendations? Our Events Coordinator, Joel Trevino, has put together his personal favorites:
LINEN & ENHANCEMENTS
Studio D NYC
Rev. Annie Lawrence
HAIR & MAKEUP
Library Hotel is pleased to partner with NOMI Beauty, the premier in-room hair and make-up service provider! NOMI Beauty specializes in weddings, groups, and special events.
Speakers are scattered throughout our entire event space. We are able to hook up most personal music devices. As long as you provide a detailed playlist, we can play anything you would like! We do not permit DJs or bands; soloists or small ensembles will definitely be considered. Since our event space is very intimate, microphones are usually not needed.
Below are Library Hotel’s event guidelines for your review:
- There is no catering minimum
- Outside food & beverage is not permitted, except for desserts
- The Poetry Garden terrace is not covered so it may not be accessible during inclement weather
- Maximum capacity is 50 people
Visit our online photo gallery and virtual tour to see more. Please feel welcome to contact our Events Coordinator, Joel Trevino, if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment to see the space. He may be reached by phone at 212-204-5408 or by e-mail Joel@LibraryHotel.com. We look forward to the pleasure of planning your Library Hotel wedding!
With rainy April days behind us, May is one of the best months to visit New York City! Take full advantage of the warmer weather by participating in the many outdoor activities the city has to offer. The concierges at Library Hotel Collection put together a list of their favorite things to do during a May visit to the ‘City that Never Sleeps’.
Mother’s Day Weekend
Make mom feel special Mother’s Day and plan a fun weekend. New York Botanical Garden hosts a spectacular garden party with live music, games, picnicking, and more. Advanced reservations are needed for the picnic brunch from STARR. For more info visit: www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2017/weekends/mothers-day-weekend/index.php
Memorial Day Weekend
Before heading off to a barbecue party, first consider honoring and remembering the fallen heroes who served the United States in times of war with the annual parades held all over the five boroughs. Memorial Day is on the last Monday in May every year and for this year, it falls May 29th. For more information on the locations for the parades visit: www.nycgo.com/events/memorial-day-parade
One would assume that you cannot see stars in New York City but that’s not entirely true! Any Tuesday, starting in April until October, you will have the opportunity to peer through high-powered telescopes to see beautiful stars when you visit the High Line. The telescopes are located on the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck on the High Line at 14th Street. It is free, no need to RSVP! For more information visit: www.thehighline.org/activities/stargazing
Get your boogie on at the Annual Dance Parade on Saturday, May 20th! The parade kicks off at 1PM starting at 21st Street and Broadway. The dancers will dance down Broadway in history of dance order. Enjoy African beats, Samba, Tango, Waltz and many more beautiful diverse dance styles. The parade ends in the Tomkins Square Park where you can also take some free dance lessons! For more information visit: www.danceparade.org/
An exciting tradition beginning in 1984 is a week dedicated to honoring US Navy and Marine Corps all throughout New York City. Starting May 24th until May 30th, the public are invited to visit the ships and enjoy various performances throughout the city. Often the highlight of the week is a Memorial Day remembrance of those who have fallen for the United States. For more information visit: www.militarynews.com/app/fleetweeknewyork/
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
A festival perfect for all food lovers! The weekend of May 20-21, 9th avenue closes to cars and for two days the streets fill with scents from delicious dishes. Food is not the only attraction though; visitors can enjoy music and dance shows. For more information visit: www.ninthavenuefoodfestival.com
Five Borough Bike Tour
Discover NYC on a bike by riding 42 miles through all five boroughs. This event is one of the biggest bike events in the United States. This year, the Five Borough Bike Tour takes place on May 7th. If you are interested, registration is required ahead of time. The tour starts in Lower Manhattan, riding up North to Central Park then Harlem and the Bronx before returning south along the East River on the FDR Drive. The tour continues towards Queens and Brooklyn where bikers will take the highway before getting on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Staten Island.
For more information visit: www.bike.nyc/events/td-five-boro-bike-tour
The Five Boro Craft Beer Festival
Calling all beer lovers! On May 12th, visit Brooklyn to partake in the festival no craft beer fan would want to miss. You pay one price for the evening, which allows you to choose from over 100 brews. Catered food and live music is provided as well. Get your tickets soon as space is limited. For more information visit: fiveborocraftbeerfest.com
Food Book Fair
Between May 11 and 14th, you can find your new favorite cookbook at the Food Book Fair. During this three day event you can enjoy a wide range of events from author talks, to tastings, to fairs with indie food publications. A few of the speakers are: Mario Batali, chef, author, educator, TV host; Christine Muhlke, editor-at-large, Bon Appétit; Genevieve Ko, author, “Better Baking.” For more information visit: http://www.foodbookfair.com
Spring has sprung! If you are visiting New York City, there is no shortage of fun and exciting activities to keep you entertained. The Library Hotel Collection Concierge team would love to help you plan your upcoming stay with us so please contact us with any questions.
New York City can be a whirlwind of excitement and the Library Hotel Collection is here to make the best of your trip! Here are our top 5 Do’s and Don’ts of New York City.
Pedicabs can be fun at the right time of day. If you like to try a Pedicab we recommend, experiencing a Pedicab as a booked-in-advance tour in Central Park. Central Park Discovery offers 1-hour tours starting at $60. Alternatively, if you decide to hail one on the streets of NYC hail one during the off-peak hours. Pedicabs charge per minute and prices vary from $3-$7 per minute which can add up during peak hours.
During your visit, it’s a must to experience the city like a true New Yorker. Hop on the Subway or even better, if the weather is pleasant, enjoy a walk and take in the city! Most importantly, make sure you wear very comfortable shoes.
You know what else is fun? Taking a yellow taxi! Before you leave your ride, make sure you have all your belongings. Unfortunately, a lot of times items get left behind but one thing can reunite you with your lost item. Get your receipt before you head out of the cab! This will help you when filing a report by calling 311 or going to www.yellowcabnyctaxi.com.
If there’s a must do restaurant on your list, (high-end /5 star), make sure to book in advance! Most NYC restaurants start taking reservations 30 days prior to seating. So don’t procrastinate and contact our concierge team to reserve your special evening!
If you see something, say something! That’s the MTA golden rule as well as the Library Hotel Collection 😉 We love to be your home away from home so we want to ensure you are absolutely comfortable. That means if there’s ever anything you wish you had to make your stay even better give us a chance. Even if you do not think there is something we are able to do, bring it to our attention immediately and we will do our best ensure your stay is memorable.
Don’t confine yourself to Manhattan! New York City is made up of four other boroughs: Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Each borough is unique in its own way:
- In the Bronx, some of NYC’s biggest attractions are the Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo These two attractions can be seen in a quick day trip, and the best thing, all of our sister properties are conveniently located near a subway that takes you there.
- In Queens, the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadow Park, where the US Open begins end of August and continues through mid-September. Also nearby, you will find a lot of great activities such as the New York Hall of Science, Queens Museum, Citi Field Stadium, and the Queens Zoo. Finally, don’t miss the MoMA P.S.1 and the waterfront view from Long Island City offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.
- Brooklyn Botanical Garden, a 52-acre garden located in the Prospect Park neighborhood, offers a number of plant collections and gardens such as the Japanese and the Cranford Rose Garden. Of course, the Brooklyn Bridge Park where you get to see stunning views of the NYC Downtown plus great places to eat.
- Last but not least, Staten Island is filled with historical landmarks such as Richmond Town, Alice Austen House, and the Conference House. Take the free ferry and you can also get a wonderful view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. In the near future, Staten Island will have a newly redesigned waterfront with the redeveloped NY Wheel (the largest observation wheel in the World), a premium outlet mall with 100 stores, and a 6-acre green roof which will welcome concerts, festivals.
There is so much to see and do in NYC; the Library Hotel Collection Concierge team would love to help you plan your stay! We hope to welcome you in the near future!