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“Swing Into Spring in NYC!”


Birds are chirping, temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer…alas spring is here! It has been a tough winter here in NYC, but we have made it! The time has come to start planning for this beautiful season. Come to NYC for a fun-filled Spring Break! Need a place to stay? Not to worry; stay at Hotel Belleclaire, conveniently located near top NYC attractions and we have a versatile NYC spring activity guide made just for you!

1. The NYC Spring Music Festival: March 2014

The NYC Spring Music Festival will be a month-long festival providing many options to music lovers, at venues across New York City. Musicians of all genres, including rock, pop, jazz, classical, gospel, latin, electronic, and hip hop are invited to participate. Funds generated through the NYC Spring Music Festival will go to support Education Through Music (ETM), New York City’s premier nonprofit dedicated to partnering with inner-city schools to provide music education as a core subject throughout the school year.

2Fan of Baseball? Check out the Yankees at the Game Day Opener: April 7, 2014

The Bronx Bombers play their 2014 season-opening game against the Orioles. Start time for the game is at 1:05 p.m. on April 7th.

3. Explore Central Park: Starting April

A picnic on Sheep Meadow (midpark, from 66th St to 69th St; enter at Central Park West and 67th St) or a row about the pond (Loeb Boathouse, Fifth Ave at 72nd St; 10am–5:30pm; beginning in April; $12), or take in some outdoor art; these will allow you to explore iconic destinations throughout the park.

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4. TriBeCa Film Festival: April 16, 2014

The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. The Festival has screened over 1400 films from over 80 countries since its first festival in 2002. Since its founding, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4 million attendees!

5. NY International Auto Show: April 19, 2014

See tomorrow’s hottest cars before they hit the streets at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This high-octane event is North America’s oldest and most attended auto show, featuring the most innovative automotive technology, the hottest exotics, the latest in green technology and more.


6. NFL Draft: May 8-10, 2014

The NFL Draft is a high-drama annual event, where football fans and sports reporters can watch their favorite college players get selected for—or rejected by—professional teams. Seating is extremely limited at host site Radio City Music Hall all three days, so be sure to line up early (we recommend the night before) to snag a wristband before they’re gone.

7. The 9th Avenue International Food Festival: May 17-18, 2014

The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, blends international cuisine, art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods. Adjacent to Times Square, America’s number one tourist destination, the festival runs from 42nd to 57th streets. The Festival is New York’s oldest and largest continuous Food Festival, drawing over 200,000 visitors over the course of the two day festival weekend.


8. Enjoy Music Concerts: April – May, 2014

Enjoy live music and sing your hearts out to Billy Joel, Miley Cyrus, Armin Van Buuren, Lady Gaga, Cher, or the Celtic Woman.

9. New Taste of the Upper West Side Food Festival: May 27-31, 2014

A cocktail event under the stars to celebrate and raise funds for New York City’s beautiful Theodore Roosevelt Park, surrounding the American Museum of Natural History. With proceeds benefiting the park, this festive occasion in a beautiful setting will have live music and feature champagne and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chris Wyman (Corvo Bianco), Maria Loi (Loi Restaurant), Cesare Casella (Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto), Sarabeth Levine (Sarabeth’s), Matthew Oetting (Caffè Storico), and Rodney Mitchell (Calle Ocho).

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10. NY Skyride and Empire State Building Observatory

NY Skyride is a virtual tour of the city presented on the second floor of the Empire State Building. This combination package includes a skip-the -line ticket to the 86th floor observation deck. Don’t forget to bring your camera!


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“The Triumph Key to New York City”

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Headlining News:  A new hotel brand in New York City has officially launched: the Triumph Hotels. The six, family-owned NYC distinctly characteristic and boutique hotels, The Iroquois NY, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan, The Gershwin, & The Washington Jefferson, have joined forces into one historical luxurious brand. With nearly 1,000 rooms in its portfolio, Triumph invested $50 million in renovation and has refreshed the historical hotels over the last couple of years.

Now, one might ask, how rich is the history within the unique, Triumph Hotels?  For instance, a number of famous guests were known to stay in this collection of hotels, including James Dean (The Iroquois), Abraham Lincoln (The Cosmopolitan), Babe Ruth and Mark Twain (Hotel Belleclaire), and Leona Helmsley (Hotel Chandler)!

In this upcoming year, Triumph Hotels plan to add new hotels to the brand and will introduce a brand loyalty program and will offer brand-wide rewards, packages, and promotions to enhance the guest experience.

With our key to New York City, Triumph allows our guests to explore and enjoy each hotel’s diverse NYC neighborhoods: Upper West Side, Theater District, Midtown, Flatiron, NoMad, and TriBeCa. Through this new launch, there’s always room for celebration. Triumph Hotels present you your very own “Key to NYC” package, where guests unlock some of the greatest NY experiences in the city that never sleeps.

In this celebration, a guest can choose any one of six complimentary NYC experiences OR a one way pick-up at one of the 3 major airports. The six notable neighborhood experiences include: (Brace yourselves; the decision isn’t going to be an easy one):

Upper West Side: Hotel Belleclaire

Step outside and enjoy a relaxing, picnic day in Central Park with $75 worth of packaged delicious snacks and sandwiches from NYC’s famed eatery, Zabar’s and a branded Triumph blanket in hand. Add some sunshine and I’d say you’ve got all the key ingredients to a memorable afternoon.

Theater District: Washington Jefferson

Want to know what it really feels like to be on stage in one of the most spectacular shows in the world? Get the ultimate insider scoop at the Radio City Music Hall with two tickets to the City Stage Door Tour. You’ll get exclusive behind the scenes access and a meet-and-greet with a world famous Rockette. Top off the evening at an authentic Italian restaurant, Maria Pia, with a $50 voucher for a delicious Italian meal and a glass of wine or two. Bon appétit!

Midtown: Iroquois New York

Experience double the magic at Top of the Rock with two tickets to the Sun and Stars tour. You get one of the best views of the city (from downtown all the way to the Bronx) during the day, and again under the bright city stars.

Flatiron: Hotel Chandler

Why see some of the city on ground when you can take in the breathtaking, panoramic views of all NYC has to offer from the iconic Empire State Building?! With these two VIP Main Deck Express Passes, you will get to skip-the-line and have access to the 86th floor observatory. Now, that’s what we call a view. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

NoMad: The Gershwin

Hit the town in the latest neighborhood in the Big Apple, NoMad. Play, Eat and Drink with a $20 gift card to join the fun at celebrity-owned SPiN Galactic; $50 to Eataly NYC, the expansive Italian marketplace with pasta, gelato and more; and $30 for artisanal coffee and craft cocktails in a fun atmosphere at PLAY Café.

TriBeCa: Cosmopolitan Hotel

Bike the streets of the Triangle Below Canal with two 24-hour Citi bike Gift Certificates, stopping along the way to window shop at boutique and designer stores or stroll the European-esque cobblestone streets. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot Hugh Jackman at his charitable Laughing Man Coffee & Tea shop where you have $20 to spend before using your two tickets to a movie at the Tribeca Cinemas, which has gained fame for being part of the TriBeCa Film Festival each year.

To learn more, visit and book your stay today!

Triumph Hotels welcome you with open arms to one of the best cities in the world. As the legendary Sinatra once said, “I want to wake up in that city that never sleeps!”  We rest our case.

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Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week: Fall/Winter 2014 Collections


The 2014 year is already off to great start! Get your digital cameras (or your camera phone) ready because Mercedes-Benz Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week is in full swing at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center (63rd St. and Columbus Avenue) from February 6 – 13, 2014. Each season, # NYFW showcases some of the season’s most anticipated and exclusive designs. The excitement continues to a celebrity guest filled after party to end the day…NYC is definitely the place to be this week! If you need a hotel during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014, check out Hotel Belleclaire, located on Broadway and West 77th Street, just minutes from the Lincoln Center. With its fresh new lobby set beneath a 40 ft. skylight, guests will enjoy fashion week freebies during this highlighted event of the week!

During Mercedes-Benz fabulous fashion week in New York City, Sam Villa and Stella & Dot are making their way over to the Belleclaire to treat our amazing guests all week!  We have a few GIVEAWAYS snagged up just for you! Start off with a complimentary runway-ready blowout or an updo by Sam Villa from February 8 – 12. You can book your free blowouts now:  Here’s our little surprise secret, guests will also receive free Suja Juice bottles, Redken samples, and more at check-in!  After an amazing session with your stylist, head on down to browse and beautify yourself with some dazzling jewelry from Stella & Dot. Others will rave about your new bling! The EXCLUSIVE lobby trunk show will take place from February 10-13th from 2-6 P.M. Even our front desk agents will join you by showcasing some of Stella & Dot’s designs throughout the week.  With a stylish outfit to match, in my book, you’re runway-ready!

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Spring into the New Season with the hottest, Current Fashion Week Trends of 2014: Now, take out your notebooks and pens, because it’s time for Spring 2014 Fashion Trends 101.

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Dear trend-setters, spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning our outfits for the upcoming season. Here are some of the top following trends for Spring 2014:

Cropped, Boxy Jackets: Pair with either your go-to jeans or a bodycon dress. I mean, you can never have too many jackets…right?

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Wide-leg trousers & Daring Crop Tops


Tuxedo-Meets-Athletic-Striped-Trousers: Saw actress, Blake Lively, sport this look with a white blouse (see below) and absolutely loved it!


Of course, the Pretty Pastels


Orange is the New Black: Try this fiery and standout hue! (I know I will, check!)

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Patterns, Tea Length Skirts, & Mesh/Lace Tops, oh my!: Don’t be afraid to make a trendy risk! ;)


More Prints and Black & White: Always classic pieces to own for the season!


My dear fashionistas, we thank you and hope you enjoyed our very trendy presentation!


 You know you love us,

Xoxo Anna @thebelleclaire

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Introducing Hotel Belleclaire’s First Meeting Space

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Let your creativity flourish in Hotel Belleclaire’s newly opened meeting room in Manhattan! Our professional conference room sits on the first floor; where up to 15 attendees can experience the city’s ambience right on the heart of Broadway.  Dressed with state-of-the-art technology, we’ll make sure you have everything you need for a successful meeting that will inspire and get ideas flowing.

Our unique, round room has a simple, yet modern décor allowing flexibility, which can be arranged either in a classroom, boardroom, or U-style seating. The space is suitable for conferences in New York City, board meetings, seminars, and other corporate events. Our room features:

  • 70-inch Smart T.V.
  • 7-inch wireless touch panel
  • Laptop Hookup to TV via HDMI
  • Cat6 high-speed Internet hook up
  • Polycom conference phone
  • Apple TV for wireless connectivity to view iPad and iPhone screen on TV
  • Hubbell Floor Box with voice video and data connections
  • Marantz Hi-Fi audio system with multiple Internet radio stations
  • Marantz 3D Blu-ray player

To top of your experience, the hotel offers catering from Le Pain Quotidien, Zabar’s, or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, in addition to coffee and tea service.

For conference room inquiries, please visit our website and click on the following link to submit an inquiry form:

We look forward to hosting your meeting and making it a success!

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87th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Festivities



86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade's "Inflation Eve" 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – Let the Thanksgiving festivities begin! Every year on Thanksgiving Eve in New York City, the public gathers to watch a special event with their kids, where the giant helium balloon characters take shape and come to life, between 3:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. The entrance to the balloon inflation is located near the #HotelBelleclaire, on Columbus Avenue near West 79th Street. Balloons will surround the Museum of Natural History and fill the area from West 77th to 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. For the balloon inflation reference map, please click on the following link:



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Thursday, November 28, 2013 – Following the Thanksgiving Eve balloon inflation, join the immense crowd and bundle up for the 87th Annual #Macy’s #Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Giant inflated balloons, top marching bands, and performing artists on breathtaking floats are just part of the crowd-pleasing extravaganza at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade kicks off at 9:00 a.m. where more than 50 million home viewers and 3.5 million people line the streets to watch all the excitement starting at West 77th Street and Central Park West to Columbus Circle, turning onto Central Park South. From there, the parade travels on to Sixth Avenue — there are great spots between 59th and 38th streets, however, due to national broadcast needs, avoid 34th to 38th streets since it will be restricted. The parade wraps up in Herald Square at noon. For more details on the parade route, please click on the following link: lineup/2013_macys_parade_route_map.jpg

New characters such as Christmas Spongebob Squarepants, Finn and Jake from “Adventure Time”, Toothless from “How to Train Your Dragon” – and new whimsical float additions from Cirque du Soleil, “Despicable Me”, Lindt Chocolate, Royal Caribbean, and SeaWorld – will be joining the holiday tradition this year. A few artists to grace us with their voices on the floats will include Carrie Underwood, Gavin Degraw, Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy, Kristen Chenoweth, and the Goo Goo Dolls. Lastly, a holiday treat for all children, the biggest star of all, Santa Claus, joins the parade with his sleigh by wishing everyone “Happy Holidays” and a “Merry Christmas”.

Still looking to book a room? You can catch all of the festivity goodness by staying at the #HotelBelleclaire, just a short seven minute walk to the Macy’s inflation balloon area on Thanksgiving Eve and the start of the parade on Thanksgiving Day.

After this eventful morning, another grand festivity awaits – the big turkey dinner begins…alas, we feast! Whether it’s sharing a delicious meal at home or dining out, it is always a cherished moment amongst our loved ones. If you’re staying with us during Thanksgiving, here are some great local restaurants providing pre-fixe menu settings: the Ocean Grill, Atlantic Grill (near Lincoln Center), Ouest, Luce Restaurant and Enoteca, Pappardella, Sarabeth’s, and Bistro Ten 18…can anyone say “Gobble Gobble?” Happy Thanksgiving!


Big Deals, Big Steals: Black Friday & Cyber Monday

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Rise and shine early birds! Ah, the morning after Thanksgiving. One would think most would relax after stuffing their faces, yet it’s quite the opposite. Some don’t even go to bed and line up around midnight to try and snag the most sale items. Remember to come prepared and fully rested for one of the biggest shopping days of the year – Black Friday!

Some doorbuster deals on the Upper West Side include Loehmann’s, Victoria’s Secret, Gamestop, and Sephora. Even Apple is having Black Friday deals and is revealing the sale on Thanksgiving Day; you might want to keep an eye out for that snag!  

Could the sale possibly continue? Yes, the Monday following Thanksgiving is known as Cyber Monday when many people purchase exceptional bargains online. Psst, here’s an insider secret: one of the online deals that will be live on December 2nd will kick off with saving 30%-50% on stays at any of Triumph Hotels’ six New York City hotels; so stay tuned! For more information, click on the following link: Happy shopping!


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United Nations General Assembly

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Every year, the city fills up for a major event that is being held at the United Nations Plaza. This is where all 193 members around the globe get together and discuss important matters at an event known as the United Nations General Assembly. This year’s 68th session begins on September 17, 2013. Such discussions and decisions cover peace and security, admission of new members, budgets, etc.  This year’s high level meeting will discuss disability and development and on nuclear disarmament. These issues are vital in our society. Even the legendary Stevie Wonder calls for action for the UN Convention on the Rights on Persons with Disabilities to be “signed, sealed and delivered by all countries, for everyone’s sake”.

During this big event, stay @HotelBelleclaire where we conveniently offer government per diem rates. Now, what else is there to do during the UNGA week might you ask? Well, in the world of sports, the New York Islanders are playing against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, September 21st, 2013. Are you a Yankee fan? Try the NY Yankees VIP Baseball Stadium tour and lunch with a Yankees Legend on Friday, September 27 at 2pm.

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For all you music lovers out there, a few concerts are rocking out at Barclays Center and the Beacon Theatre. The celebrities that will be ready to pour their hearts out to the crowd are Earth, Wind & Fire, Lionel Ritchie, and one of my favorites, Michael Bublé.

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Looking for a more calming atmosphere near the Hotel Belleclaire? Check out the Central Park Movie & TV sites walking tour and experience a slice of Hollywood and see what it feels like to be in the same spot where “Harry Met Sally” was filmed or George Clooney and Michele Pfeiffer in “One Fine Day”… Home Alone 2 anyone? Always a classic! Choose between 1, 2, 5 hour or custom tours. I already have myself signed up!

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Mercedes- Benz New York Fashion Week: Spring 2014 Collections

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Lights, camera, fashion! September is just around the corner and my heart is racing along with you other fashionistas! You can practically envision the last fabrics being put together for the celebrity filled Spring 2014 fashion show at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center (63rd St. and Columbus Avenue) from September 5 – 12, 2013. Need a hotel during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2013? Check out Hotel Belleclaire’s #fresh new lobby; expanded lounge seating and a coffee bar set beneath a 40 ft. skylight. Located on Broadway and West 77th Street, Hotel Belleclaire is just less than ten minutes from Lincoln Center.

At the fashion show, each designer from around the globe is intoxicating us with the most captivating collections we would kill to own. After an extravagantly showcased runway show, designers host an elite celebrity guest filled after party to top off your day. Truly it is a week of fashion heaven. Need I say more?

During Mercedes-Benz fabulous fashion week in New York City, Tarte Cosmetics, Suja juice, and Stella & Dot are making their way over to the Belleclaire to treat our wonderful guests all week!  We have a few FREEBIES snagged up just for you! Start off with an on-site makeup tutorial or a fabulous makeover with Tarte Cosmetics. Need any suggestions?  Try the winged liner, smoky eyes, and a gorgeous blotted red or burgundy lip – a hit for the fall season! Next, embellish and express yourself with some dazzling jewelry from Stella & Dot. Make others say “Oh là là!” Even our front desk agents will join you by showcasing some of Stella & Dot’s designs throughout the week.  Adding some bling to an outfit always wins you some style points and delivers more attitude.  Finally, segue over and help yourself to some organic and healthy Suja juice to keep you balanced and refreshed for this very busy week. Ét voila, you’re ready to hit the town. Spotlight anyone? Now who’s in? I know I am! As Alicia Keys proudly sang, “These streets will make you feel brand new”.  Ah, the guilty pleasures of life…

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Fall forward with the Current Fashion Week Trends 2014: It’s time to revamp your closet with these go-to pieces. Happy shopping!

Winter White: Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day? Definitely a must in my book!


Embrace Classic Patterns: Who doesn’t want to rule the fashion kingdom with some leopard print? All you need is a fierce attitude and you’re ready to prance into the concrete jungle.


Get rich and sophisticated with some black ‘n blue during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2013:


Sumptuous Fur and Colorful Coats: Why miss a chance to make a memorable entrance? A jolt of unexpected color in the autumn air is the way to go.

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Turtlenecks:  Aha! (To my sisters who have always sworn away from turtlenecks). I find them absolutely classy. Pair ‘em tastefully with some studs or hoops (whichever suits your style).


Thigh high boots: “The higher, the better” is the motto of the year.


Leather (Woohoo)– Show of hands: Who’s excited to pull their leather jacket out of the closet again this year? I know I am! This trend never goes out of style. Go for a colored piece this fall…I dare you.


For those of you who manage to snag the hot ticket of the week, I can’t stress enough how lucky you are! If you happen to have an extra, please take us with you! Joie de vivre!


You know you love us,

Xoxo Anna @thebelleclaire


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