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Spring Comes Early to NYC

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It seems like every winter there’s one or two days where, out of the blue, spring shows up — maybe even just for a few hours. But it’s always enough to remind us: there’s nothing like spring time in New York City. It’s those little tastes of bliss that keep us going through the cold and snow. And the great thing about New York is that, in a city so filled with creativity and life, you can always find beauty and inspiration somewhere.

If you’re planning a visit this winter, here’s a couple of ways to get a taste of spring New York-style, even if there’s still a chill in the air.

The Orchid Show: Thailand

Walk through the doors of Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and be immersed in a world of color and life. The Orchid Show is back for its 15th year with a tribute to Thailand, which is home to more than 1,200 native orchid species.

We can tell you it’s beautiful. We can say it’s a calming, glorious stroll through the wonder of nature. But you really need to experience it for yourself to understand. The sights, the smells, the intricate delicacy of each orchid combine to transport you and provide respite from the cold. You’ll probably forget it’s winter all together.

This year’s exhibition takes place February 18 to April 9. In addition to the enormous array of orchids in full bloom, there will also be Thai dance performances, film screenings, tours, orchid care demonstrations, and expert Q&As. And Orchid Evenings returns this year for you night owls.

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Photo by the New York Botanical Garden

Macy’s Flower Show

The Macy’s Flower Show is a floral-filled spectacle like no other, and it never fails to impress. Last year’s edition included about a million flowers, trees, and plants, all meticulously shaped and styled to adorn the floors and halls of Macy’s Herald Square.

Perhaps best of all, it’s free.

Over the course of the two-week show, there will also be kids’ activities, live music, and seminars. Don’t miss this 43rd installment of the show where you’ll see hundreds of thousands of beautiful flowers and exotic topiaries from all over the world, arranged by renowned horticulturalists.

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Sipping in the City

New York City. If it’s anything, it’s delicious.

For every exclusive New York dish, every plate filled with the city’s best fare, there’s a drink to match. Even if you already have a favorite drink, in Manhattan you’ll probably find a new one. Or two.

With so many places, tastes, sights, and sounds to explore, now all you need is time and a plan. Well, we can’t give you more time, but here are some really solid plans.  

So, what’ll it be?

NYC Whiskey Walk

nyc whiskey walkEight whiskeys. Eight bars. Imbibe Ireland’s premium whiskeys and enjoy time with food and friends. The day starts at 12pm, ends at 10pm, and brings you to some of New York’s best bars. A portion of all proceeds goes to local charities, including Free Arts NYC.

It really is a walk, too: all of the bars are within easy walking distance of each other. There’s no better way to prepare for St. Patrick’s day. The NYC Whiskey Walk happens on March 4th.

Good Spirits 2017

Enjoy new and classic cocktails paired with delicious food prepared by up-and-coming chefs. The Good Spirits National Tour comes to New York City on March 2nd. Start out with a tried-and-true drink, then move on to drinks just making their debut. Or vice versa. There aren’t really any rules here. Just have fun, drink responsibly, and enjoy celebrated local, national, and international spirit brands prepared by talented mixologists.

NYC Craft Beer Festival

nyc craft beer festivalThe NYC Craft Beer Festival is happening March 24th and 25th. Take your pick between 75 breweries and 150 craft beers. All tickets allow entry into the Metropolitan Pavilion for a session of unlimited beer tasting. And if you’re looking for some extra flavor, the VIP ticket option gets you another hour, exclusive beer tastings not available on the general floor, and access to the VIP Lounge. Your complimentary souvenir tasting glass ensures the tasting can continue even when the festival ends.

NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting

If wine is more your style, here’s the event for you. Meet New York winemakers and taste the fruit of their labor with more than 200 wines to choose from. Pair each one with local cheeses, charcuterie, and other hors d’oeuvres. Over 40 wineries will be represented as you take a relaxing and flavorful stroll through the Alman Building on March 7th from 6 to 8pm. Learn more here.

NY Cocktail Expo

nyc cocktail expoNot just cocktails, the cocktails to discover and savor. The NY Cocktail Expo brings to you face to face with the top New York City cocktail bars, including Dutch Kills, Station House, Sweet Afton, The Bonnie, Cork & Kerry, and more. This event is new — the first expo was held in April 2016 — but it’s already proven that it’s here to stay with sell-out crowds and the top mixologists at every event. The next one is at the Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall in Queens on March 12.

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The State of Art in NYC

What happens when you put 8.5 million people on an island?

Art.

Local, international, inspiring, political, thought-provoking, abstract, challenging, weird, classic, innovative, and just plain beautiful art. In a city where the best art isn’t necessarily mainstream, can be subversive, and is often found in surprising places, you have to know where to look. Here are a few tips.

Clio Art Fair

Dubbed “the anti-fair,” the Clio Art Fair is dedicated to discovering independent artists.This fair features artists without any exclusive NYC gallery representation and seeks to give their work wider exposure.

The next Clio Art Fair is happening this month March 2-5. Artists presenting their work at Clio use many different materials, but there’s a common thread of playfulness and spontaneous creativity that runs through much of the fair.We think you’ll find the experience eclectic, different, interesting, and worth it.  

Art on Paper

Art on Paper

 

The venue for Art on Paper is itself a sight to behold. Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan is a 70,000-square-foot facility on the East River where you can enjoy great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty. The event is only in its third edition but has experienced growing and enthusiastic crowds at each installment. The gist of the event is as simple as its title: all the art you’ll see is made on or with paper. But, as with all great artists, when you give them boundaries those boundaries will be transcended. Expect to see paper do and be what you never imagined it could. Art on Paper will take place March 2-5.

Asia Week New York

Asia Week New York is about celebration. For one week in March, every year since 2009, Asia Week New York brings people together to celebrate and promote Asian art in the city. You’ll see art brought in from collections all across the world, including works from China, India, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Japan and Korea. This year’s edition includes exhibitions from 50 international Asian art specialists hailing from England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the United States. Open House Weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday, March 11–12, and exhibitions remain open the following week through Saturday, March 18.

Affordable Art Fair

True to its name, the Affordable Art Fair is just that. Affordable. It was founded in 1999 to make great art accessible to everyone. Explore local, national, and international galleries featuring sculptures, photography, and paintings. You’ll see well-known artists and newcomers side-by-side. The fair is now 18 years old and held in 10 cities. It comes to New York City from March 30th through April 2nd with 70 local, national, and international exhibitors offering an array of original artwork for you to enjoy.

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New Adventures in a Classic City

New York City is always humming with amazing new things to see! Sometimes, it can be a little difficult to keep track of everything that is going on in the concrete jungle. Have no fear – we have your guide to all things new, in New York City.  Enjoy the best of the classic but leave time to experience the newest New York City attractions during your stay at Hotel Chandler.

Shopping

Brookfield Place: A shiny new mall at 200 Vesey Street in the Financial District, Brookfield Place is home to Hudson Eats, a curated food court, the French marketplace and restaurant Le District, and an array of outstanding shopping from Tory Burch and J. Crew to Theory, Hermes, Gucci, and more.

Arts & Culture

Big Bling at Madison Square Park: A major public sculpture by artist Martin Puryear, Big Bling will be on view at Madison Square Park from May 16, through January 8, 2017. The outdoor work will be a multi-tier wood structure wrapped in fine chain link fence. At forty feet high, Big Bling is the largest temporary outdoor sculpture created by Puryear.

World Famous Acts at The World’s Most Famous Arena: Home to a wide array of well known performers, Madison Square Garden will once again host some of the best events in the country throughout the year. From Fallout Boy in March to Earth, Wind and Fire in April and many more, 2016 will be another outstanding year at The World’s Most Famous Arena.

One World Observatory: One World Observatory is a three-story observation deck atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Located on levels 100, 101, and 102 of One World Trade Center, visitors take the fastest elevator in the world to the top floor, experience a movie celebrating New York City, enjoy breathtaking views, and can explore an array of dining options and interactive exhibits.

Broadway & Off Broadway

Therese Raquin starring Keira Knightley

Hamilton starring Lin-Manuel Miranda

The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson

Finding Neverland starring Kelsey Grammer

Dining

Lidia Bastianich and Ambrogio Maestri at Eataly: On March 2nd, listen to famed opera singer Ambrogio Maestri share his experiences in both the Italian food industry and the world of music. Hear beloved chef Lidia Bastianich engage with Maestri in a conversation of food, music, and creativity. Enjoy a four-course dinner presented by Chef Bastianich and more at Eataly.

 

For more NEW, exciting things happening in NYC, make sure to visit http://www.hotelchandler.com/new-new-york-destinations.

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Hotel Chandler’s Favorite Parks in NYC

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Fall has arrived and we, at Hotel Chandler, are loving every minute of it! After such a warm summer, the air is getting crisper and the leaves are finally turning orange. What better way to enjoy it by going to one of NYC’s many parks?! Here’s a list of our favorite parks to stroll through in New York:

1. Central Park

  • Size/Location

843 acres, Manhattan

  • Fun Things To Do

Ice skating in Wollman Rink! Since 1950, it’s been tradition for tourists and New Yorkers. This year, the rink opens on October 24th. Hours can be found here.

  • Interesting Fact

Central Park has been named the most filmed public park in the world after appearing in over 240 feature films since 1908!

2. Madison Square Park

  • Size/Location

6.23 acres, Manhattan

  • Fun Things To Do

The world-famous Shake Shack has its own stand right in Madison Square Park! The burger place started up as a hotdog cart to support MSP Conservancy’s first ever art installation titled “I ♥ Taxi”.  To this day lines form daily around the park!

  • Interesting Fact

Players of what would become the infamous NY Knickerbockers baseball team practiced in a vacant lot on Madison Avenue and 27th Street.  It was here that the roots of baseball began!

 

3. Pelham Bay Park

  • Size/Location

2771.75 acres, the Bronx

  • Fun Things To Do

Previously known as “The Riviera of New York”, Orchard Beach is a 1.1 mile long, man-made beach featuring two playgrounds, two picnic areas, over 25 different sports courts and a central pavilion! Created in the 1930’s, this beach is definitely something you don’t want to miss.

  • Interesting Fact

For about 2 years, starting in 1917, a naval training base operated in the park preparing troops for the First World War.  The distinguished American Actor, Humphrey Bogart was among the many to train here.

4. Van Cortlandt Park

  • Size/Location

1146.43 acres, the Bronx

  • Fun Things To Do

Make your way to the Van Cortlandt Golf Course!  The Park’s golf course first opened on July 6, 1895, as the first public golf course in the United States. Featuring a scenic route, it covers 120 acres and has 18 holes.

  • Interesting Fact

The Bronx is home to the Van Cortlandt House built in the 18th century. Our very first president, George Washington, used this home as one of his many center of operations during the Revolutionary War. In 1897, the house was turned into a museum.

5. Brooklyn Bridge Park

  • Size/Location

85 acres, Brooklyn

  • Fun Things To Do

Jane’s Carousel is a classic 3-row machine originally built in 1922. After many years passed, the Carousel was purchased by Jane and David Walentas and fully restored back to its original elegance. It reopened on September 16th, 2011. Since then, it has won many awards and featured in many articles and TV shows.  The views from the Carousel definitely make this a must-see when visiting Brooklyn Bridge Park!

  • Interesting Fact

After being abandoned, the park was able to revitalize piers 1 through 6, turning each into a unique amenity with amazing views of lower Manhattan.

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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 manhattansideways.com]

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 buisnessinsider.com]

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 viraljuice.com]

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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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.

Neighborhood

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.

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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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