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Landmark Luxury in NYC

By Linda Tancs

In 1882, prominent NYC financier Henry Villard commissioned the design of six Italian Neo-Renaissance townhouses around a Madison Avenue courtyard. Little could he have imagined that his vision gave birth to a landmark. Ultimately, famed real estate developer Harry Helmsley transformed the property into a 55-story hotel, the largest luxury hotel in the city. Now known as Lotte New York Palace Hotel, the historic Villard Houses occupy the foreground of this luxury retreat offering a storied setting for business and leisure travelers as well as for television shows and movies. Maybe this is the place to call home for the upcoming NYC Restaurant Week.

Inside the Scoop

By Linda Tancs

You’ll get the scoop inside the scoop at the pop-up Museum of Ice Cream in New York City. You can sample scoops of their signature flavors (including seven new varieties like malted chocolate and spicy mango) while you encounter interactive exhibits on the subject of ice cream. The fun includes a three-story slide and perhaps the largest Sprinkle Pool ever, featuring one hundred million sprinkles comprising antimicrobial, biodegradable material—the perfect pool for dipping. Located at 558 Broadway in Soho, the event will run until March 1. Reservations must be booked online; get your tickets before they sell out.

A Big Little World in NYC

By Linda Tancs

Located in New York City’s Times Square, Gulliver’s Gate is a big little world. As its name implies, it’s a miniature world capturing over 25 cities from five continents. The intricate craftsmanship features a functioning airport and naval locks as well as hundreds of bridges, cars, buildings and windows covering an expansive 50,000 square feet. In addition, the general admissions price includes a souvenir key that unlocks interactive experiences within several models. Your self-guided tour may take a couple of hours. Enjoy the trip!

Lights Galore in Staten Island

By Linda Tancs

A world of light is waiting for you at Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. That’s where the stunning NYC Winter Lantern Festival is taking place until January 5. Over 1,000 lanterns will be on display over eight acres, sculpted into magnificent displays. The event also features a skating rink and cultural performances like a Tibetan folk dance and a form of Chinese Sichuan opera. Take the free Staten Island ferry from Lower Manhattan; free shuttles will transport you from the ferry terminal to the event.

A Tiny Piece of NYC History

By Linda Tancs

Outside a cigar shop in Greenwich Village at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Christopher Street is a small marker symbolizing a big dispute in the history of New York City. That’s where you’ll find a triangular mosaic set in the pavement in the 1920s, a memento of one family’s defiance of an order allowing for the seizing of property in the area in the early 1900s to widen the street for the Seventh Avenue subway line. Known as the Hess Triangle, it represents the Hess family’s refusal to sell to the city the one remaining piece of property erroneously omitted from the seizure order, a plot of land barely larger than a footprint. The family ultimately sold the parcel to the cigar shop, where the marker continues to be tramped on by passersby to this day.

War and Peace in Staten Island

By Linda Tancs

With U.S. Independence Day fast approaching, it’s a good time to consider how differently things could’ve turned out if a peace accord had been struck in 1776. In September of that year, members of the Continental Congress met with a British envoy at the home of a wealthy colonel in Staten Island, New York, to discuss the prospect for peace. Needless to say, the talks failed; the British would have no treaty with independence and the colonists would have no treaty without it. Now known as Conference House, the Dutch-style, stone colonial in which the peace conference was held is a National Historic Landmark, the only remaining pre-Revolution manor house  in New York City. It’s open on weekends from April through December.

Best Sunset in the Hudson Valley

By Linda Tancs

For many, the best sunset view in the Hudson Valley is the one from the fire tower at Ferncliff Forest in Rhinebeck, New York, a 200-acre, old-growth forest preserve. Standing high above the treetops at 80 feet, the tower provides visitors with an amazing sunset view over the Catskills and Hudson River. The tower is easily visible driving east across the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. Follow the East Tower Trail in the forest for the most direct path to the structure. As with any climb, consider any physical limitations you may have before attempting it.

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