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Top 10 Hidden Gems Like Hotel Chandler in NYC

Contrary to popular belief, Hotel Chandler is not the only hidden gem in New York City.  Reaching from the very top to the very tip of Manhattan, are tons of cool, beautiful, and interesting sites that are not very easily found.  Luckily, especially for our guests, we have compiled a list of our favorite top 10 hidden gems in the city:

10. McGraw Hill Financial [via Mashable, Tyler Tronson]

McGraw Hill Midtown Building: 1221 Avenue of the Americas

McGraw Hill is known as the company that publishes textbooks for college students all over the country.  Something you may not know about them is that they also have a hidden gem in their corporate building. On the west side of their building between 48th and 49th street is a Plexiglas tunnel that runs right underneath a waterfall.


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Secret Garden at St. Luke in the fields: 485 Hudson Street

This secret escape is filled with many different flowers, birds and butterflies right in the middle of the West Village. It is cloaked by a huge brick wall and black iron gate, but if you’re clever enough, you just might be able to find it!


8. Garden of Stones[via Flickr: joygantic]

The Garden of Stones: 36 Battery Place

The Garden of Stones is part of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Although, not entirely hidden, it is certainly a sight for sore eyes.  Featuring plants planted in stones by Holocaust survivors and their families, there is much history surrounding this piece. Eventually, the plants bloom and the rocks break apart.


7. 1st Street Garden[via]

1st Street Garden: 48 East 1st Street

The 1st street garden became a local garden in the 1980’s and has steadily been maintained and taken care of by its neighbors. The murals change every few weeks but are currently in the theme of “women who made a difference in America.”


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Sidewalk Subway Map: on Greene Street between Spring and Prince Street

Belgian artist Francoise Schein created this amazing piece titled, “Subway Map Floating on a NYC Sidewalk” with concrete rod and LED lights per subway stop.   You can find this 87-foot cool work of art on Greene Street cut right into the ground.


5. PDT[via Flickr - star5112]

East Village Speakeasy PDT: 113 St. Marks Place

PDT also known as “Please Don’t Tell” is very big on secrecy.  The trendy speakeasy features a hidden entrance through a hot dog shop’s telephone booth in the East Village.  If you’re a fan of cocktails, you’re in luck!  This bar is quite known for its absinthe cocktail mixes.


4. The Berlin Wall[via Alex Lopez]

The Berlin Wall: East 53rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues

Inconspicuously placed, a piece of the world famous Berlin wall is exhibited alongside a courtyard in Midtown East. Many people think this 12-foot high, 20-foot long masterpiece is just another NY street painting but if you look closely enough, you will see that that is not the case.  In reality, German artists Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny incorporated 5 original concrete wedges of the wall that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. You can find this this antique remainder burrowed between the Jefferies office building and Paley Park on 53rd Street.


3.  Hidden Waterfall[via]

Hidden Waterfall at Green Acre Park: 217 East 51st Street

We are on to our top three hidden gems! Amongst the concrete jungle that is New York City, it may seem out of the ordinary to find a beautiful waterfall in its midst.  Well get ready to be blown away – right on 51st Street is a 25-foot secret waterfall in a small park also featuring a seating area.  Tired of all the hustle and bustle or need a quick break from the bright lights? Find your way to this relaxing are; it sure is a sight to see.


2.  Whispering Gallery - GCT[via Flickr: ilike]

Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Station: 89 East 42nd Street

In one of the most infamous landmarks of NYC is a whisper archway, unbeknownst to many people.  In front of the Oyster Bar and Restaurant in the Grand Central Terminal, two people can hear each other’s whispers conveyed over the arch while standing at diagonal arches.


1. City Hall Subway Stop[via]

The old City Hall subway stop: After the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall Subway Stop

For our number one hidden gem in NYC (besides us, of course) we have featured the old City Hall subway stop.  Over 75 years ago, this 6 train stop once stirred and buzzed with movement. Unfortunately, in 1945 it was closed down due to its incapability to be remodeled.  Guided tours are occasionally available or if you stay on the 6 train after the last stop, you can grab a quick glance of its beauty as it passes through the station when it loops around to the uptown platform.








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The History of Hotel Chandler’s Neighborhoods

Hotel Chandler is located at the heart of Manhattan bordering three historic New York City neighborhoods: Murray Hill, the Flatiron and the NoMad District.

Murray Hill derives its name from the Murray family, 18th-century Quaker merchants mainly concerned with shipping and overseas trade. The Murrays rented land from the city for a great house and farm. His great house, which he named Inclenberg (or Belmont), but which was popularly termed Murray Hill, was built on a since-leveled hill at what is today Park Avenue and 36th Street. During the 19th century, this neighborhood was “uptown” with the city ending with the reservoir at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street covering what today is the New York Public Library and Bryant Park. To the north was for the most part farmland. In the bitter winter of 1808 during the embargo that closed New York harbor, an innovative work relief program kept out-of-work dock workers busy reducing the height of Murray Hill; between twenty and forty feet were sliced off its summit and used for fill. In mid-century the rich, temporarily, and the upper middle class more permanently filled the brownstone row houses that filled Murray Hill’s streets. Stylish merchandising began to change the neighborhood; Madison Square Park, at this time considered a part of Murray Hill, was bordered by the fashionable ladies’ shops of the day on Fifth Avenue. For much of the 20th century, the neighborhood was a quiet and rather formal place, with many wealthy older residents. Since the late 1990s, many upper-class young professionals in their twenties and thirties have begun to move into the area. Though housing in the neighborhood is slightly cheaper than in fashionable nearby parts of Manhattan, prices for apartments here rose a great deal during the boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s—as much as 500 percent in a decade.

The Flatiron District is named after the Flatiron building bordering the southwest side of Madison Square Park. The Flatiron district is located between 20th Street, Union Square and Greenwich Village to the south; Chelsea to the west and Gramercy Park to the east. The Flatiron District is the only Manhattan neighborhood to be named after a building. The Flatiron Building, a National Historic Landmark, triangular 22-story skyscraper was built in 1902 by Danil Burnham and is most famous for its combination of French and Italian Renaissance architecture and ornate terracotta façade. The building led to the growth of the neighborhood and the “Ladies Mile”, which was the popular upscale shopping district of the Gilded Age and early 1900s. Nowadays the area has been transformed into one of upscale restaurants and theaters.

The NoMad District is centered, and named, for its location north of Madison Square Park. The neighborhood extends from 25th Street to 30th Street between the Avenue of the Americas and Lexington Avenue. New Yorkers began establishing residences in private brownstone dwellings and mansions around Madison Square Park in the mid-nineteenth century. The area became a meeting place for the Gilded Age elite, and a late-nineteenth century mecca for shoppers, tourists and after-theater restaurant patrons. A commercial boom followed with the growth of hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and office buildings, many of which are still standing. In the late nineteenth century the area was dubbed Tin Pan Alley thanks to the collection of music publishers and songwriters there who dominated the American commercial music world of the time. The massive 2001 park restoration project, spearheaded by the Madison Square Park Conservancy spurred a transformation of the neighborhoods around the park- The Flatiron District, Rose Hill and NoMad—from primarily commercial to places attractive for residences upscale business and trendy restaurants and nightspots.

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Hotel Chandler Named Recommended Hotel by Forbes 2015 Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming Hotel Chandler as a new Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel. Hotel Chandler will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on

Hotel Chandler is the latest addition to the luxury travel the world. These ratings serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences. Our primary mission is to contribute to excellence in hospitality, serving the global tourism industry as well as the guest,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “We’re proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list.”ratings that have been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958.“Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in

For additional detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit

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Fashion Week in New York City!

Whether or not you have managed to snag tickets to one of the shows during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week there is plenty to keep you busy in the City during the festive and fabulous week! However, before hitting the City’s shows, exhibitions and parties let Triumph Hotels pamper you. We have joined forces with PRIV to offer complimentary beauty services at our popups. Check out the schedule here to receive a complimentary manicure, a makeup touch-up, a dry styling hair service, or a mini massage.


If you don’t have tickets to the Lincoln Center events don’t fret, a second Fashion Week is taking place: check out New York’s more cutting edge designers by attending a MADE Fashion Week show. Exhibitions are on full fashion-force during this time. Some of our favorites to check out are:

After a busy and exciting day sit and relax with a prix fixe meal at one of the participating restaurants of NYC’s Restaurant Week.

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Valentine’s Day in New York City!

Valentine’s Day in New York will keep your special trip occupied with not only quiet, romantic moments but with exciting happenings around town! We have compiled a list of our favorite shops and spots guaranteed to make your loved one feel special.


Chocolates and flowers are a Valentine’s staple, but take these ordinary gifts and turn them up a notch. Specialty chocolate and flower shops are scattered throughout the City but we have listed a few to get you started. Pick some handmade chocolates up at L.A.Burdick located near Madison Square Park or venture up to Neuhaus for the best of Belgium chocolates (near Bryant Park). If you are looking for something a little more locally sourced, look no further than Mast Brothers Chocolate. This Brooklyn duo have created a name for themselves with hand-wrapped chocolate bars featuring flavors such as Stumptown coffee and Vanilla & Smoke.

For stunning floral arrangements swing by Spruce or Shields for a magnificent floral arrangement to be placed in the hotel room to truly wow your loved one.

Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without the romantic dinner. Michelin starred Juni provides an intimate setting that will take you on a fine dining journey with evolving flavors as you make your way through the tasting menu.  Looking for a dinner in one of the most romantic parks in the world? Wander the chilly paths of a quiet Central Park before making your way to Tavern on the Green for a warm, iconic dinner.  Looking for an unforgettable view? Create a lifelong memory by booking a table at the Rainbow Room. After your five-course meal, dance the night away with your loved one on the historic rotating floor to Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

Can’t get a table at one of these spots? Depending on your flavor other romantic spots with special Valentine’s Day menus include: The Gander, Brushstroke, and Botequim.

After dinner take your date for a twirl into the 1920s for a cocktail at Dear Irving and let the parlor and the bespoke drinks enchant your significant other.  Head to The Bourgeois Pig for a nightcap and sit among their blood-red interiors surrounded by antique mirrors before making your way back to your luxurious hotel room.

For more information and to assist with reservations and babysitting options contact our concierge at (646) 218-4409.

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Miracle on 31st Street Package

New York City outdoes itself during the holidays so that visitors and New Yorkers alike wonder around the jolly, blustery streets to enjoy the City’s splendor! Enhance your vacation by booking our ‘Miracle on 31st Street’ package! This special package will leave your family with shimmering memories that will last for years to come.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree - New York, NY

Bundle up and have an enchanting night out on Skyline Sightseeing’s Holiday Lights bus tour around the City included in the package! The tour will take you by all the glimmering sights and show you how New York shines with its decorations at destinations such as the Rockefeller Christmas tree, Times Square, and Columbus Circle! Each guest will receive a headset and can listen by choosing from a selection of 10 different languages.

Nothing is more magical then going to Santaland at the flagship Macy’s at Herald Square. For a seamless trip to the popular spot Hotel Chandler is offering the registration service for the Santaland Express line to visit Santa. Take a quick walk from Hotel Chandler to 34th Street and meet the elves who will escort you through the magic to Santa!

For those moments when Hotel Chandler hasn’t planned your time put on some comfortable boots and head to Bryant Park for its Winter Village and ice skating rink! Grab a hand crafted hot chocolate from the kiosk before you continue your adventure up 5th Avenue. Spend some time looking into each store’s festive and impressive window display. From there drift up to Central Park and enjoy the snowy wonderland and the horse-drawn carriages. For your evenings free contact our concierge for assistance in booking tickets to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet or pop over to Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes!

Come back to your cozy room after your adventures for a peaceful sleep in the heart of it all! And, before you leave, take your special holiday gift from us to you so that a piece of the New York magic travels home.


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Triumph Hotels Announces ‘The Countdown to Your NYC Dream Trip’ Promotion

Triumph Hotels invites guests to make their New York City dream trip come true with their Cyber Monday Sale, offering up to 50% off stays in Manhattan. As a special bonus, Triumph Hotels is holding a sweepstakes in conjunction with their limited time offer: win a six-course tasting dinner with wine parings for two at Triumph’s Michelin-star JUNI restaurant, featuring Executive Chef Shaun Hergatt’s culinary ingenuity.


On December 1st, 2014, visitors can save 30% on reservations at any of Triumph’s collection of six New York City hotels and during ‘Happy Hour’, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.), Triumph Hotels is offering even larger savings of 50% off premium rooms and suites. In addition, guests will have complete access to the premier amenities and services available at Triumph Hotels, including:

  • Concierge services
  • Valet parking
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Onsite bars and lounges
  • Libraries
  • 24-hour fitness facilities
  • Media lounges
  • Same-day laundry service
  • Complimentary overnight shoeshine
  • Some amenities are hotel specific please call or visit individual hotel’s website for details

“This limited time offer provides yet another opportunity for guests to experience their New York City dream trip,” said Ronny Apfel, CFO. “By acting fast and taking advantage of these savings, guests gain access to all the great things NYC has to offer – from award-winning dining to world-class attractions.” In addition to big savings, Triumph Hotels is also offering the chance to win a six-course tasting dinner for two at JUNI, Hotel Chandler’s Michelin-star restaurant. Visitors to the Triumph Hotels promotion website can enter to win via email, and have additional chances to enter by sharing posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram by using both hashtags #TriumphHotels and #CyberMonday. Savings Apply at These Six Unique NYC Hotels:

About Triumph Hotels
Triumph Hotels offers the key to New York City. Operating a collection of six unique hotels in some of Manhattan’s most diverse and distinct neighborhoods, the company showcases distinguished architecture, gracious hospitality, and character that matches the hotels’ dynamic surroundings. From the peaceful residential feel of Hotel Belleclaire on the Upper West Side to the elegant luxury of the Iroquois New York in the heart of Midtown, Triumph’s hotels embody the spirit of the city, unlocking true New York City experiences for leisure travelers, business visitors and more.

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Juni Earns a Michelin Star

“The elegant hideaway at the recently renovated Hotel Chandler is Chef Shaun Hergatt’s current home – and one of midtown’s newest shining stars.”  (Michelin Guide 2015) Juni takes you on a culinary journey in which guests may experience seasonal ingredients that are meticulously prepared to maintain their vibrancy and freshness. This vision has been skillfully executed by Executive Chef Shaun Hergatt, a culinary master with a magic touch for Michelin stars. Hotel Chandler is delighted to announce that Chef Hergatt’s expert guidance has led Juni to join the prestigious rank of Michelin star restaurants in NYC.

juni hearts of palmAfter opening in 2013, Juni and Chef Hergatt enjoyed an endless string of accolades for an innovative take on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant was recognized among Esquire’s “Best New Restaurants 2013” and was named one of “New York’s Sexiest New Restaurants” by Zagat. While we’ve relished each of these honors, we are most elated to announce that Juni has earned a Michelin star. The recognition is certainly hard earned, with Chef Hergatt placing a focus upon sourcing only the finest ingredients from local farmers and foragers. Every ingredient is expertly arranged on the plate, creating an incredible feast for the senses as guests can see, smell and taste the beauty in each dish.

Juni’s is Chef Hergatt’s third Michelin star. The seasoned chef earned his first Michelin stars when his restaurant SHO Shaun Hergatt was honored in 2010. Today, he lends his expertise as Executive Chef and partner of Juni. Chef Hergatt’s expert vision and dedication to serving only the ripest, freshest ingredients have made Juni a member of the esteemed group of NYC Michelin star restaurants recognized for 2015. Make a reservation today to experience Juni’s eclectic feast for the senses. Under Chef Hergatt’s guidance, we are sure there will be many more honors to come.

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Fall in New York City!

With cooler winds blowing through the Flatiron District and the leaves of Madison Square Park turning yellow to red there is no denying that Fall is upon us once again. Here at Hotel Chandler our team is looking forward to everything that entails in New York and we are excited to share some of our favorite seasonal things around the City! From fall treats, to festivals, to the beginning of the Holiday season we are all looking forward to layering on the sweaters and bringing in the season!

Fall in NYC

The Union Square Greenmarket is bringing out its glorious varities of squashes and gourds but if you are looking for a more indulgent festive treat here are our favorites:

  • Eataly: Stop by for a scoop of gelato—stayed tuned for their fall flavors! Some classic favorites are Nocciola and Fior di Latte!
  • Fat Witch Bakery: This famous brownie specialist features a seasonal pumpkin brownie, a slither of brownie under a thick layer of pumpkin cake. Another great reason to spend some time in Chelsea Market during your trip!


If you are staying with us at some point between September and November there is no doubt a festival is happening somewhere within the five boroughs. A few of our favorites are:

  • The Feast of San Gennaro: Running September 11th through 21st this annual Little Italy celebration is filled with religious processions, parades, musical entratainment and more cannolis than you have ever seen!
  • Jazz & Colors Festival: One set list, dozens of jazz bands and beautiful fall leaves. Take a stroll around Central Park and enjoy not only the scenery but the amazing live music.
  • Oktoberfest: This German festival kicks off at the end of September with lively celebrations, authentic food and great brews across the City! Some of our favorite places to celebrate are Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten, Pilsener Haus Biergarten, and DGBG!
  • Halloween: This holiday is widely celebrated in the city with the famous Greenwich Village Parade and parties of every theme imaginable. On our to do list is visit one of the many haunted locations of the city. One of our favorites, a haunted dinner spot is “One if by Land, Two if by Sea” located on Barrow Street in the heart of West Village. Not only is the food and décor lovely of this former carriage house but its former resident and our founding father Aaron Burr’s ghost is said to frquent the eatary and is the source of its paranomormal activity –from unexplained flickering lights and misplaced items! If you are traveling with children we recommend walking to Bryant Park for Le Carrousel Trick or Treat (Saturday Octoer 25th) for Halloween fesitivities at our favorite carousel.

Please contact our concierge with any questions regarding other happenings of the season! Call: 646-218-4409 or email .

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Triumph Hotels partners with Streetwise New York!

Hotel Chandler, part of Triumph Hotels, has partnered with Streetwise New York for neighborhood walking tours. Tours of our favorite neighborhoods are available all departing from one of our hotels! Including Midtown from Hotel Iroquois, the Upper West Side from Hotel Belleclaire, Hells Kitchen from Washington Jefferson, Tribeca and Downtown Manhattan from the Cosmopolitan, and the Flatiron/Nomad tour departing from Hotel Chandler! Click here to view the full schedule of the weekly tours.

Streetwise attests that the tours are “perfect for either the seasoned visitor or those looking for an introduction to the city. If it’s your first time in New York you’ll get a crash course on the history of the island and also on how to cross streets, eat, walk, shop, and argue like a New Yorker!”

The major sites will be visited while also discovering secrets seldom known to locals, let alone visitors! The tours will reveal the history and unique character of each neighborhood and will leave you with the comfort of navigating the city as your own.

Highlights of the Flatiron/Nomad tour will include destinations of symbolic landmarks such as the iconic Flatiron building, the Empire State building, and Madison Square Park. This tour will shop gourmet NYC markets including the outdoor Union Square Greenmarket and one of the most authentic Italian markets in America, Eataly. Each tour guide has extensive knowledge about the city and will be happy to highlight information that may be of more interest to you! Whether you are a history buff, here for the shopping, or interested in the New York food scene the tour is sure to please all.

All tours are complimentary to our guests, depart Wednesday through Sunday at 9:30am and are 1.5 hours long. Space is limited so please contact our excellent concierge team to make a reservation during your upcoming visit: (646) 218-4409.


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