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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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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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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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NYC Tips from the Concierge

We realize that a trip to New York City can be daunting. From choosing the right dinner destination to finding the best tickets on shows—figuring out how to make the most of your time here can be a big challenge. That’s why our onsite concierge is happy to provide a rundown of the hottest bars, restaurants and entertainment within walking distance so you can simply enjoy and take it all in.

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12 East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 995-8599
Some of the best dining in Midtown is located right onsite at Juni, voted “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire in 2013. Indulge in Chef Shaun Hergatt’s fresh cuisine via a six- or four-course tasting menu of your own choosing, or enjoy a ten-course prix fixe designed by the chef.

ilili Restaurant
236 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-2929
This contemporary Lebanese restaurant in Midtown serves a diverse menu is complemented by a rich wine list of international varietals.

159 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10016
(212) 481-3800
This Murray Hill gem revitalizes Mom’s recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch and dessert.

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905
Try the multi-course tasting menu that focuses on the extraordinary agricultural bounty of New York.

Shake Shack
11 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600
Feast of some of the most famous burgers in New York (and try a milkshake too!) at this lively and beloved local eatery.


41 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 481-0197
This intimate wine bar features an amazing thirty wines-by-the glass, as well as a full wine list, sangria, and a curated selection of beer.

230 Fifth
230 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10001
(212) 725-4300
Sip thoughtful cocktails in the surreal rooftop garden and penthouse lounge with views of the glittering city below.


Peoples Improv Theater
123 East 24th Street New York, NY 10010
(212) 563-7488
Established in New York City in 2002 by Ali Farahnakian, the Peoples Improve Theater’s shows include improvisational comedy and sketch comedy.

Magnet Theater
254 West 29th Street New York, NY 10001
(212) 244-8824
Enjoy hilarious, super-inexpensive comedy shows every night.

The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036
(212) 840-2824
This non-profit National Historic site in the heart of the theatre district features a line-up of everything from world music, jazz, gospel and blues to folk, show tunes, political humor and theatre.

Museums & Landmarks

Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10118
(212) 736-3100
A trip to New York simply isn’t complete without a visit to the most iconic landmark of them all, the Empire State Building, a 102-story gem that towers more than 1,200 feet above the ground.

151 West 34th Street New York, NY 10001
(212) 695-4400
This is no normal department store. Macy’s at Herald Square is a legendary ten-level flagship known for its Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holiday Window Displays, and visits with Santa.

Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza New York, NY 10001
(212) 465-6741
With room for 20,000 spectators, MSG is nothing less than epic. Watch the Knicks or Rangers in action or catch a concert.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-9400
Often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world, MoMA’s impressive collection includes works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media.

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Experience the Magic of NYC for the Holidays

Located on the border of Flatiron and Murray Hill, Hotel Chandler is the perfect vantage point from which to explore all the best holiday festivities in NYC this season. From ice skating at Rockefeller Center to the world-famous Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular to an epic countdown to 2014, the holidays in NYC are something you definitely don’t want to miss. Warning: your friends back home are sure to be envious.

The Nutcracker

To top it off, Juni, Hotel Chandler’s seasonally inspired onsite restaurant, is offering a special 5-course NYE menu for $165 a person. The dinner will include a celebratory champagne toast and gift bag. Learn more and view the full menu here.

Holiday Events in NYC

Ice Skating in NYC: The most iconic places for ice skating in the big city are The Rink at Rockefeller Center, the Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park and Winter Village at Bryant Park. Skating runs all the way into March or April so you have plenty of time to perfect your backspins and triple jumps if you feel so inclined.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Easily considered one of the most famous Christmas shows in the city, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular celebrates more than eight decades of festive entertainment with Santa, wooden soldiers and the sassy Rockettes. Call 212-247-4777 for tickets.

A Christmas Story, The Musical: You loved the movie. Maybe it’s even part of your annual holiday tradition. This year, why not watch Ralphie take the stage in Broadway grandeur? A Christmas Story, The Musical runs through the end of December. Call 212-465-6741 for tickets.

The Nutcracker:Choose between Balanchine’s production or one by the American Ballet Company. Either way, you won’t be disappointed by this exquisite Christmas treat. Call 212-721-6500 for Balanchine’s version or 718-636-4100 for the American Ballet Company.

Holiday Window Displays: Watch as the windows of the most famous NYC department stores come to life with holiday window displays unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Choose among Barney’s, Macy’s, Henri Bendel, Lord & Taylor and more.

New Year’s Eve: Make this New Year’s celebration one you will cherish the rest of your lives. There’s simply nothing like watching the ball drop and counting down with the mass of cheery people in the heart of Times Square. Ring in 2014 in epic NY style.

Learn more about Hotel Chandler and how to spend the holidays in style this year.

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Cyber Monday Offers 30-50% Savings in Midtown Manhattan


The deals don’t stop when Black Friday is over. Come Cyber Monday, the savings get better and you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas or queue up for a noisy department store.

To save 30-50% on Manhattan hotel stays, simply visit our Cyber Monday Sale to receive an alert for all the savings you can take advantage of on December 2, 2013. Use your discount at Hotel Chandler or any the other hotels in the Triumph Hotels collection to get the best value for your New York City vacation – from Tribeca to the Upper West Side.

Cyber Monday Details:

  • Save 30% on stays of two or more nights
  • Save 50% off premium rooms and suites during “Power Hour”

Stay and save with Hotel Chandler and enjoy complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access, high-end dining, a modern fitness center and comfortable accommodations in a 1905 Beaux Arts building. Our Midtown boutique hotel is within walking distance of the city’s best attractions, including Madison Square Garden, Bryant Park and the Empire State Building.

Don’t forget to sign up for Cyber Monday savings at Hotel Chandler.

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Chef’s Table With Shaun Hergatt & Jason Galang


Fall has arrived in New York, bringing color to the trees and a brisk breeze to the city streets. When cold temperatures bear down on the city, New Yorkers and visitors alike seek warmth in comforting cuisine. Juni – a boutique restaurant at Hotel Chandler – is an ideal destination for those looking for an intimate and comfortable dining experience, thanks to the impassioned and professional cooking of executive chef Shaun Hergatt.

We recently spoke with chef Hergatt about the menus at Juni, asking him to choose the dish that best suits the season. Hergatt’s choice, the Montauk Striper – Nasturtium Emulsion – Mint Oil, is a locally sourced favorite that pairs Long Island’s signature striped bass with an autumnal Nasturtium Emulsion and the bold flavor of mint oil.

“The dish integrates with the artwork in the dining room,” Hergatt said. “And the components of the plate all work to complement each other to create a great flavor profile.”

As for a drink to pair with Juni’s Montauk Striper – look no further than the 2010 Domaine Jean-Pierre Dutron ‘Tres Vieilles Vignes’ Pouilly Fuisse White Burgundy, at the recommendation of sommelier Jason Galang. This crisp white wine, from the Mâconnais district – within the Burgundy wine region of France – is the perfect match for Hergatt’s complex Striper entrée.

“The Pouilly Fuisse is a crisp White Burgundy with bright yellow fruit notes, rich structure, and a clean round mineral finish to go along with the intricate flavors of the Nasturtium emulsion and texture of the striped bass dish.”

Juni – a member of Esquire’s Best of 2013 List – serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and daily breakfast, along with an assortment of fine wines.

Learn more about Juni – visit

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