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The Window Art of 5th Avenue

New York’s 5th Avenue is the premier spot to do all your holiday shopping. Even if you’re not looking to empty your pockets, you still owe it to yourself to stroll down the avenue and enjoy the many spectacular Christmas window displays. ...

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America’s Parade

There are few traditions as quintessentially American as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. From its very first run in 1924, the parade was a massive hit. ...

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An Icy Wonderland at Rockefeller Center

Fans of the zany holiday cult classic Elf, starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel, will remember the The Rink at Rockefeller Center as the spot where Jovie (Deschanel) first returns the affection of overgrown elf Buddy (Ferrell). Beneath the radiant Christmas tree, the two share their first kiss, and from there, it’s happily ever after (with a lot of slap-stick thrown in, of course)....

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The 55th Annual New York Film Festival: A Night (or Eighteen) at the Movies

What do Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes, and Woody Allen have in common? If you said they’re all giants of the film industry, you’d be right. They’re also all anchoring the 55th annual New York Film Festival, one of the most highly anticipated yearly events in world cinema....

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Put Some Swing in Your Step at the Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

We generally keep our heaviest partying to the nighttime hours, and back in Prohibition-Era New York you’d never see thousands of flappers and sheiks dancing and downing cocktails outside in the daylight, but that’s exactly what you’re in for on August 26 and 27 on Governors Island. ...

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Courting Controversy with Shakespeare in the Park

During his lifetime, William Shakespeare was one of Britain’s most popular playwrights, whose work resounded with major concerns of the era, social, political, and economic. Four centuries later, his work continues to generate not only adulation, but also controversy, as evinced by Shakespeare in the Park’s recent production of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar....

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Party Proud in NYC

As cities across the country and the world prepare to celebrate LGBT Pride this month, Hotel Hugo is proud to be right here in New York, where the modern gay rights movement kicked off almost 50 years ago with the Stonewall Riots....

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Now Playing in SoHo

The historic SoHo Playhouse is a 199-seat Off Broadway theater that has entertained guests for over a century....

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Movie Magic in Lower Manhattan

Now in its 16th year, the wildly successful Tribeca Film Festival combines star-studded entertainment with brilliant artistry, bringing you the best in established and newly-discovered talent from around the world....

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SoHo Remains a Neighborhood in High Spirits

These venues are clear favorites among SoHo's healthy nightlife offerings....

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Adventure for Love's Flavor in SoHo

Treat the sweetheart in your life with a decadent date night....

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FIKA NYC

How often do you find yourself taking a coffee break to indulge in the ritual of conversation ... accompanied by something sweet or savory?...

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A Rite of Passage for Anyone Visiting NYC During the Holidays

The USA Today recently listed the ten best places to see Christmas lights in New York City....

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DOC NYC

DOC NYC, New York's only film festival dedicated exclusively to documentary films, and now the largest of its kind in the United States, begins November 10th and runs through November 17th, 2016....

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Oktoberfest on the Hudson

What is Oktoberfest really all about? It's the world's largest Volksfest, a.k.a. beer festival!...

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A Day at the New York City Aquarium

Why do sea otters, seals, and walruses have whiskers?...

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From Farm to Fork

Last month we featured the best spots in the Big Apple to people watch and picnic....

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People-Watching and Bright Skies

The New York Times recently printed "Places to Picnic," a short article about the best places to eat outdoors in NYC....

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The Most Famous Bookstore in the World

"In Strand Used Books on Broadway and Twelfth one snowy March early evening in 1956 when the streetlights on Broadway glimmered with a strange sepia glow, we were two NYU...

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An Intimate Cultural Museum Experience

For a cultural experience more intimate than NYC's most popular museums, check out the Neue Galerie's collection of twentieth century German and Austrian art. Neue Galerie, opened in 2001, is one of the most recent additions to NYC's Museum Mile....

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Tap Into the Arts at the Tribeca Film Festival

As if you needed another reason to visit New York City this month, here’s the perfect one: the Tribeca Film Festival. Join us April 13th - April 24th as visitors...

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Wine Hour at the Corkbuzz

Reserve your table at the Corkbuzz Wine Restaurant and Bar and play master sommelier for a night....

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Drinks and Comedy Meet at the Soho Playhouse

A combination of theater, comedy, alcohol and history – what could be better?...

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And All that Jazz

On August 15th and 16th, you'll be able to take a trip back through time to the Roarin' 20's at the Jazz Age Lawn Party....

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French for a Day

Everyone's going to be out celebrating July 4th, but once it's over and you've got the post-Independence Day blues, we've got a cure: Bastille Day in New York City...

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BBQ in the Big Apple

New York is famous for many things, but it's not the first place that comes to mind when thinking about barbecue, so you might be surprised to learn about the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party....

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It's Not Far to the Fire Museum

Get to know the storied history of the legendary New York City Fire Department, just one block away from your Soho hotel. From the wild 'Gangs of New York' early...

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Ready, set, tour!

If you're the kind of person who enjoys exercise and wants to see New York City the way the locals do, then do we have a tour for you. Fitness...

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Fans of Film

Film festivals don't get much more glamorous than New York City's Tribeca Film Festival. ...

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Usher in the Lunar New Year

New York's Chinatown is your destination for the fun and festivities that surround the Lunar New Year. One of the most colorful New York City annual events, it kicks off with the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival on February 19 at 11 am in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, followed by the always-colorful Lunar New Year Parade and Festivities on February 22 at 1 pm....

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Urban Wine Country

Just a few short blocks from Hotel Hugo brings you to the Big Apple version of wine country...City Winery...

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Not Your Average Movie Theater

Do you ever get bored with the big box office movies that are constantly playing at most cinemas? If your answer is "yes," then Manhattan's Film Forum is the place for you. The only nonprofit cinema in New York City, this forty-four year old institution forgoes commercial movies in favor of a very uncommon line up of films, both old and new, which resonate today....

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Spooky Shopping in Soho

What would a trip to New York City in the month of October be without seeing a few skeletons? Soho's Evolution Store will get you in the Halloween spirit with a spine-tingling shopping experience. ...

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Kayak The Hudson

These waters are still a jaw-dropping sight to behold, especially when you're sitting chin-level with the waterline. One of the best ways we've found to explore it is by kayak and, thanks to the all-volunteer Downtown Boathouse, dipping your toe into this historic waterway is easy and free....

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Break Free at Freeman Plaza West

We're over the moon about the opening of Freeman Plaza West, Hudson Square's most civilized place to take a break outdoors...

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BACKYARD BLUES (AND MORE)

The 6th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival is underway, serving up backyard-style after-work revelry every......

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TIME TRAVEL, TO A JAZZY TUNE

If dancing the Charleston and donning a straw boater seem more your style, there's a distinct possibility you were born in the wrong era. This summer, head to Governors Island for the Jazz Age Lawn Party......

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HEAD TO THE (HOT CHOCOLATE) BAR

Beware weak-willed chocoholics! Though our neighborhood Jacques Torres Chocolate boutique is not the first in the city, it's certainly our favorite. ...

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DAPPER DUDS

Because meetings in the world's media capital require a wardrobe that's a step up from ordinary, head straight to Suitsupply, the new Broome Street outpost of the international menswear company. ...

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