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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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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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Broadway Guide 2014: Best Shows—New and Old—in NYC


When seeking hotels near Broadway theaters, Hotel Chandler is the perfect home base, located within easy access of all the best entertainment on the stage. Before you buy tickets, review our handy guide to the best shows—new and old—in NYC.



New Shows – Now Playing

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Beautiful tells the inspirational true story of King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow songwriters and friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in history.


Music Box Theatre
Back after a 40-year hiatus, Pippin tells the story of a young prince who is on a death-defying journey to find the meaning of his existence. He must choose between a happy, but simple, life or one of glory and risk.


Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Once features an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, telling the tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a young woman takes a sudden interest in his love songs and helps him rediscover his spirit. The production is based on a film of the same name.

Kinky Boots

Al Hirschfeld Theatre
With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots is an exciting Broadway musical about a struggling shoe factory owner who turns his business around with help from the most unlikely partner.

Classic Shows – Now Playing


The Gershwin Theatre
(877) 250-2929
Ever wondered what was really happening in Oz? Winner of over 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, Wicked tells the story of the witches of Oz long before Dorothy drops in. Find out how two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Book of Mormon

Eugene O’Neill Theatre
From the creators of South Park, the Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord has been threatening the local population. It is religious satire that has garnered overwhelmingly positive critical response since its opening in 2011.


Ambassador Theatre
Set during the roaring 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail with red-hot jazz numbers. The musical holds the record for the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Jersey Boys

August Wilson Theatre
Go behind the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons in this rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four blue-collar kids working their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom. The show features such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Oh, What a Night” and more.

Upcoming Shows

Of Mice and Men

Longacre Theatre
Opens April 16, 2014
James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in Steinbeck’s classic about two migrant workers, George and the simple-minded Lennie, as they chase the American dream in the midst of the Great Depression.

A Raisin in the Sun

Ethel Barrymore Theatre
(212) 239-6200
Opens April 3, 2014
An American classic, A Raisin in the Sun stars Denzel Washington and takes place in the late ‘50s in a south side Chicago apartment. The story chronicles the lives of the members of an African-American family as they face tensions and prejudices while dreaming of greater lives.

Les Miserables 

Imperial Theatre
Opens March 23, 2014
This acclaimed new production tells the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving sister’s child. Set in early 19th-century France, Les Miserables is a beloved testament to the human spirit.

Stay just steps from premier entertainment at our Theater District hotel. Learn more here.

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The History and Architecture of Our Beaux-Arts Hotel

As a historic building that has survived multiple uses throughout the decades, Hotel Chandler embodies New York City’s continually evolving character. Constructed more than a century ago, the building has hosted famous guests and stood as an architectural gem in the heart of Manhattan. The hotel features an array of contemporary comforts encased in a beautiful Beaux-Arts package – an authentic iron spiral staircase, original limestone façade and ornate carvings complement new additions and updates.

Artfully Updated Design Elements

Each of Hotel Chandler’s 12 floors recently underwent a full revitalization by designer Jane Capellini. The hotel’s updated design motif features elements meant to emphasize discovery. A mangrove tree root lamp set, 18th-century clock hands, limestone flooring and oak-paneled walls lend Hotel Chandler’s public spaces a calming-yet-adventurous aura. A mixture of furniture, light fixtures and textures come together in seamless and unexpected ways to create a cohesive feel and uniquely New York flavor.

The hotel’s recent renovation left plenty of room to showcase the hotel’s rich history. Many of the property’s original features have been incorporated into the new design to create a strong sense of place and era. The hotel lobby still prominently features the 1905 spiral staircase original to the building, and the Chandler Suites feature restored lion’s head fireplaces. These elements come together to create a tranquil oasis in the heart of America’s busiest city.

Hotel Chandler’s limestone façade, which dates back more than a century, has been restored to match its original state. The building’s Beaux-Arts details blend into the natural flow of the city but stand out as beautifully unique upon closer inspection.

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A Rich History

In its earliest iteration, Hotel Chandler was known as Hotel Le Marquis. Built in 1905 by architects Buchman & Fox, who also designed the Sherry-Netherland Hotel, the hotel featured staying rooms with separate chambers, parlors, closets and bathrooms. The hotel’s most famous guest was business mogul Leona Helmsley, just one of many colorful characters to call the building home throughout the years.

Hotel Chandler was acquired by Triumph Hotels, which was originally founded in 1951 by the Horn family. Triumph Hotels currently operates six hotels in Manhattan, offering modern luxury, historic detail and warm personal service in the heart of the city.

Learn more about the history and design of Hotel Chandler, a historic hotel in NYC.

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