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Monday, May 20, 2019

Classic Harbor Line Cruise on Hudson River

 
As you know, I just love doing cruises from Chelsea Piers. This is by no means a sponsored post, I just love taking these, especially when the weather is nice. I find them very relaxing, you enjoy some champagne, small bites and the glorious views. The Architecture tour is one of my faves because they have someone on the tour from the New York Chapter of American Institute of Architects, they give you so much interesting information about the buildings you are viewing. I cannot recommend these tours enough, if you feel you have done everything in the city, this is a real treat to enjoy. Remember to Google for possible discount codes as I was able to find a 20% off my cruise this time which was just fantastic! 

Hope you can see why from these photos I took mostly with my cellphone. It was what I call A Perfect Day in NYC! 
The stroll from Chelsea to the piers is quite beautiful 



I love viewing her the water, it is really magical !  


















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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hotel Star Ratings

I don't know about you, but I have often wondered what makes a hotel a four star vs. five star. I found a wonderful explanation on the Hotels.com website, this is not a sponsored post, but I do use the site for booking most of my hotel stays. It is great that after 10 stays you get to enjoy a free night at a place of your choice!

I personally stay in mostly 4 star with some 5 star if I can find a good deal. The difference is pretty big however and worth the splurge! I watched a wonderful documentary on Amazon titled The Shelbourne  about a 5 star hotel in Dublin, Ireland. It is a fascinating look at what a five star hotel does for it's customers, the way they go above and beyond in the best customer service.

I know many people say they don't care about a hotel room, they are not in it that often, but I think it is an important part of my vacation. I love a nice hotel, I love good service, a place where you feel safe and a stay that is relaxing from being at home. My perfect hotel includes a location that I can walk everywhere and explore a city all on my own. As much as I love a hotel stay, I am always very glad to walk in my house after being away a few days.

Star Ratings Explained 


Five Star

These are hotels that offer only the highest level of accommodations and services. The properties offer a high degree of personal service. Although most five star hotels are large properties, sometimes the small independent (non-chain) property offers an elegant intimacy that can not be achieved in the larger setting. The hotel locations can vary from the very exclusive locations of a suburban area, to the heart of downtown. The hotel lobbies are sumptuous, the rooms complete with stylish furnishing and quality linens. The amenities often include: VCR′s, CD stereos, garden tubs or Jacuzzis, in-room video library, heated pools and more. The hotels feature up to three restaurants all with exquisite menus. Room service is usually available 24 hours a day. Fitness Centers and valet and/or garage parking are typically available. A concierge is also available to assist you.

Typical National Chains: Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons.


Four Star

Mostly large, formal hotels with smart reception areas, front desk service and bellhop service. The hotels are most often located near other hotels of the same caliber and are usually found near shopping, dining and other major attractions. The level of service is well above average and the rooms are well lit and well furnished. Restaurant dining is usually available and may include more than one choice. Some properties will offer continental breakfast and/or happy hour delicacies. Room service is usually available during most hours. Valet parking and/or garage service is also usually available. Concierge services, fitness centers and one or more pools are often provided.

Typical National Chains: Hyatt, Marriott.


Three Star

Typically these hotels offer more spacious accommodations that include well appointed rooms and decorated lobbies. Bellhop service is usually not available. They are often located near major expressways or business areas, convenient to shopping and moderate to high priced attractions. The hotels usually feature medium-sized restaurants that typically offer service breakfast through dinner. Room service availability may vary. Valet parking, fitness centers and pools are often provided.

Typical National Chains: Holiday Inn, Hilton.


Two Star

Typically smaller hotels managed by the proprietor. The hotel is often 2 - 4 stories high and usually has a more personal atmosphere. It′s usually located near affordable attractions, major intersections and convenient to public transportation. Furnishings and facilities are clean but basic. Most will not have a restaurant on site but are usually within walking distance to some good low-priced dining. Public access, past certain hours, may be restricted.

Typical National Chains: Days Inn, LaQuinta Inn.

One Star

Usually denotes independent and name brand hotel chains with a reputation for offering consistent quality amenities. The hotel is usually small to medium-sized and conveniently located to moderately priced attractions. The facilities typically include telephones and TV′s in the bedroom. Some hotels offer limited restaurant service; however, room service and bellhop service is usually not provided.

Typical National Chains: Econolodge, Motel 6.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Fashions at Museum at FIT Sept. 2018

We are visiting some of the cool fashions and exhibits at the Museum at FIT. Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color was on view from September 7, 2018 – January 5, 2019 and was really quite fantastic. This is a great stop for the lovers of fashion and it is free to view any of their exhibits. They also had some additional fashion on view The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange next door to the museum. It amazes me the talent and creativity these designers posses! 



 I love taking the waistline photos as it just shows so much detail  

















 Museum at FIT Upcoming Exhibits: 

 Minimalism/Maximalism
Fashion & Textile History Gallery
May 28 – November 16, 2019 

Paris, Capital of Fashion
Special Exhibitions Gallery
September 6, 2019 – January 4, 2020 

Power Mode
Fashion & Textile History Gallery
December 10, 2019 – May 9, 2020 


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Monday, May 6, 2019

Union Square Cafe Review

As I always say, there are so many places to visit in New York City, this was one that was on my list for quite some time. Union Square Cafe, which has been around for a very long time, and owned by Danny Meyer. I was thrilled to finally stop by for brunch with a friend and was so excited that it is worth the hype. The space is very lovely and large, the food was totally amazing and I hope to be back soon when in the area. Here is some history on the place from their website: 

Danny Meyer's Union Square Cafe has re-opened in its new location on 101 East 19th Street. Founded in 1985, Union Square Cafe was one of the originators of contemporary American cuisine, and remains a destination for warm hospitality and Chef Carmen Quagliata's thoughtfully executed, creative cooking. Union Square Cafe is Danny Meyer’s first restaurant and the birthplace of a generation of widely lauded, award-winning restaurants, as well as the starting point for the careers of many world-renowned chefs.

 Union Square Cafe has won five James Beard Awards and also earned Zagat Survey’s #1 ranking as New York’s Most Popular Restaurant an unprecedented nine times. Union Square Cafe is a non-tipping restaurant. 

I like the fact that the tip is included, especially when you are dining with others. This was a big deal when Danny Meyer decided to go this route, but I think it was the right choice. I would highly recommend you trying the place, you will not be disappointed!  


Old fashioned pancakes, like Mom used to make  
Chicken Milanese 
Chicory & Apple Salad, Walnut Raisin Vinaigrette, Pecorino Romano 
This was so yummy and a great choice for me! 


Union Square Cafe
101 East 19th Street

LUNCH - Mon-Fri 11:30AM - 2:30PM
DINNER - Sun-Thurs 5PM - 10PM // Fri-Sat 5PM - 11PM
BRUNCH - Sat, Sun 11AM - 3PM
INTERIM MENU: Mon-Fri 2:30PM - 5PM // Sat, Sun 3:00PM - 5PM


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