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Manhattan, N.Y.–  This Spring, it appears that Old Man Winter didn’t take his cue that it is time to exit stage left but that doesn’t mean there aren’t many fun places to visit, things to do and spectacles to see while in the Big Apple.  Luxlife Magazine did its homework and came up with a short list of must-do things while visiting New York City in April.  So bundle up and prepare for an exciting journey!

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The Towers Waldorf Astoria Royal Suite

Where To Stay

Classic Hotel Choice: The Towers of Waldorf Astoria

When one thinks of luxurious and classic New York City hotels, the iconic Waldorf Astoria often comes to mind.  In 1993 the hotel became a New York City landmark, joining a prestigious list that includes the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.  Historical tours of the property can be arranged for guests having lunch at Peacock Alley or Oscar’s.

 

Starting with Herbert Hoover, most US Presidents have stayed in the opulently appointed Presidential Suite that is located in the exclusive Tower section of the hotel. Occupying the 27-42 floors, the Tower suites have hosted royalty and celebrity guests such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, John and Jackie Kennedy on their wedding night, tragic silver screen siren Marilyn Monroe and legendary jazz artist Cole Porter.  The Towers offer a private entrance on East 50th Street, daily breakfast in the exclusive Astoria Lounge, Guerlain Spa privileges, 26 Presidential style suites with multiple bedrooms, 4 historic suites, and residential apartments.

 
Waldorf Astoria
301 Park Avenue
New York NY  10022
New School Hotel:  The Quin

Ranked 26th out of 461 New York City hotels on Tripadvisor, The Quin is the sparkly and shiny new kid on the block. Short for quintessential, The Quin is situated in Midtown and boasts enviable views of Central Park and is steps away from Fifth Avenue, Carnegie Hall and Times Square.  The hotel offers guests 208 rooms and suites of modern luxury, surrounding them with cutting edge artwork that nods to the hotel’s past when it hosted famous musicians and artists such as Georgia O’Keefe.  The Quin’s progressive art initiative, Quin Arts, presents installations created exclusively for the hotel.

 
Quin Hotel
101 W. 57th Street
New York, NY  10019
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Queen of the Night at New York’s Paramount Hotel

What To See

Queen of The Night

Staged in the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe Theater, Queen of the Night is New York City’s can’t-be-missed event this spring.  In the vein of Sleep No More, the interactive show treats revelers to death-defying acrobatic stunts, a bacchanalian feast complete with suckling pig, lobster, beef short ribs and free flowing wine…and this is all before the main show even begins!  Prepare to leave all of your inhibitions at the front door, as you may be chosen by one of the scantily clad cast members and guided away from your friends or significant other to a private location where secret things take place.  The show can be a bit anxiety inducing as you barter for food from neighboring tables if you are not happy with the food your table has been graced with (bartering is encouraged and expected) or as you hold your breath and pray that that acrobat spinning above your head doesn’t fall or that your boyfriend isn’t whisked away by a sexy show wrangler.  Prepare to be enthralled, engaged and spoon-fed your dessert by a comely seductress as you take in the Queen of the Night.

 
The Paramount Hotel
235 W. 46th Street
New York, NY  10036
It’s Only a Play

Set in the upscale Manhattan townhouse of a newbie Broadway producer (played by Will and Grace’s Megan Mullally), It’s Only a Play gives the audience a candid behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos that surrounds the opening-night of a new Broadway play as the cast and creative team await the reviews.  Matthew Broderick stars as the veteran playwright who is paired once again with Nathan Lane as his opinionated best friend who is a former Broadway actor.  The cast is rounded out with Stockard Channing as a pill popping Broadway diva on house arrest, F. Murray Abraham as a stodgy critic, Rupert Grint as an anxiety-ridden famous director, and newcomer Micah Stock as an actor wannabee who has been hired as a temporary butler for the night’s party.  The play has just enough insider jibes and Broadway references to keep audiences in light stitches.

 
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
242 West 45th Street
New York, NY  10036

 

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Afternoon Tea at The Pierre Hotel

What To Do

Tea at The Pierre

Located steps away from Central Park in the upscale Two E Lounge, afternoon tea at The Pierre must be experienced by anyone who appreciates elegance, history, and refined luxury.  Prepare to rub shoulders with New York socialites and power brokers, as afternoon tea at The Pierre caters more to this crowd than tourists toting bags from H & M.

 

Opt for the Royal Tea Service if you’re in the mood for a little bubbly in the form of Demoiselle Brut Champagne or Demoiselle Rosé Champagne to accompany your selection of tea sandwiches such as the Smoked Salmon on Rye or the classic English Cucumber with Dill Cheese.  Additionally, there are a duo of additional treats in the form of Caviar on Buckwheat Blinis, Boursin Cheese and Asparagus Crostinis, Spiced Chicken Tartlets, Grand Marnier Chocolate Madeleines, Scones, and Fresh Raspberry and Blueberry Tartlets.  The Traditional Tea service offers everything listed above with the exception of the champagne.  Select loose teas such as the custom Pierre Blend of black teas with black currant, lemony bergamot and vanilla notes pair perfectly with the delectable pastries.

 
The Pierre
2 East 61 Street
New York, NY  10065
MoMA

Until June 7, The Museum of Modern Art is presenting a retrospective of Icelandic singer, composer and musician Bj0rk.  The exhibition spans more than 20 years of the artist’s works, chronicling her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes. Her work can be found in the museum lobby in the form of songs played from instruments used on her 2011 album Biophilia.  On the second floor, a new sound and video installation (commissioned by the museum) of Black Lake, a song from Bjork’s newest album Vulnicura and a cinema room that screens a retrospective in music videos from her albums Debut and Biophilia can be found. On the third floor, Songlines presents an interactive, location-based audio experience through Björk’s albums that includes a biographical narrative written by the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón.

 
MOMA
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY  10019
Brunch at the Waldorf Astoria

Brunch at the Waldorf Astoria

Where To Eat

Waldorf Astoria

Taking over Peacock Alley restaurant and part of the hotel lobby, Sunday Brunch at the Waldorf Astoria is an event unto itself.  This is a brunch that you must prepare for days in advance in order to take full advantage of the bounty of offerings.  If you do not heed our advice, days later, when you least expect it, you will be haunted by images of the succulent lobster, the caviar blinis, the chocolate fountain and the Baked Alaska that you had to pass over because you didn’t pace yourself.  had already gorged yourself on the Smoked Trout, Lobster Bisque, Waldorf Salad, Oysters, Tri Tip Roast, Chocolate Eclairs and Macaroons.  The extravagant brunch takes place every Sunday from 10AM to 2PM and offers a raw bar with caviar, clams, oysters, lobster and shrimp; a smoked fish and meat carving station; various soups and salads; a pasta and omelette station and over 100 gourmet desserts displayed amidst a majestic chocolate fondue fountain.

 
Waldorf Astoria
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY  10022
Picholine 

Though Picholine is known as a fancy French cocktail olive that is used to make olive oil and cultivated from Gard in Southern France, New Yorkers in the know recognize Picholine as the perfect pre-theatre spot to enjoy comforting, French-Mediterranean cuisine.  Located near Lincoln Center, Picholine has the most impressive cheese board that showcases more than 60 artisanal cheeses and an expansive Vegetarian menu created by chef-owner Terrance Brennan.  Notable dishes include the  Sea Urchin Panna Cotta with chilled consommé and caviar, Crisp Sweetbreads with pickled crudité and raisin-mustard emulsion, Diver Sea Scallops with cauliflower silk and blood orange grenobloise, and Heirloom Chicken Kiev with chanterelles and liquid foie gras.

 
Picholine
35 W. 64th Street
New York, NY  10023
212-724-8585