Sleeping Around in the City that Never Sleeps

by NYJ Team

New York City, an international hotspot for tourists, promises a unique and diverse experience for visitors from around the globe. Dubbed the ??City That Never Sleeps??, the city’s hotels are as unique as the place itself. For the traveler looking for something a bit special, these New York City hotels all deliver.

Live the Dream
The New York Dream Hotel, with 220 guest rooms, including 15 suites, is the brainchild of socialite-hotelier, Vikram Chatwal. Opened in 2004, the décor lends a sense of the surreal to this luxury hotel.
Making it particularly unique though, is the Deepak Chopra Centre – a veritable oasis of ancient Indian healing in Midtown Manhattan. Founded over a decade ago, the Chopra Centre and Spa at Dream is devoted to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing philosophy of founder, Dr Deepak Chopra. The Dream Hotel is located close to some of the most iconic New York attractions, including Times Square and Rockefeller Centre.

Pooch Pad
The Affinia 50, New York is an executive club suite hotel with 207 guestrooms and suites. The distinct businesslike feel is undeniable, but that’s not to say that the Affinia 50 isn’t family-friendly, with kids under 12 years staying for free.
Setting it apart from the other New York hotels, it is pet friendly, so the beloved family pooch is more than welcome. Pet amenities and services include doggie-doo sidewalk bags and kitty litter pans, a directory of local dog parks and runs, list of pet-friendly restaurants, a pet parlor, doggy day-care and a pet taxi provided by Pet Chauffeur to name but a few.

Casablanca: A Timeless Classic

Inspired by the romance of the movie from which it takes its name, the Casablanca Hotel in New York City is an intimate family-owned boutique hotel that promises to capture the hearts of its guest with its unique serenity.
An island of gracious, yet glamorous tranquility isolated from the surrounding bustle of the world’s busiest city. A special offer to guests, the Casablanca Hotel Broadway Package, treats guests to two Broadway theatre tickets.

The Waldorf Astoria – the Movie-Maker’s Choice
The Waldorf Astoria, a famed New York City hotel is the world’s largest and tallest hotel.
You know how sometimes you see a place, and something about it just seems so familiar? The Waldorf Astoria is just such a place; most likely, because you have seen it before – it has been featured in numerous films, such as Arthur, You’ve Got Mail, Maid in Manhattan, Scent of a Woman, First Wives’ Club, For Love of the Game, Analyze This and Serendipity.

These are but four of the fantastic New York City hotel’s featured by New York Journey. Have a look at our full directory of New York City hotels before you make your accommodation decision.

Sightseeing: New Yorks Finest!

by NYJ Team

This post is for those of you interested in art and architecture planning to travel to the Big Apple but only have a few days to take in as many of the greatest New York attractions on offer.

Rockefeller Center
Covering two entire city blocks visitors hang about the pedestrian spaces between the Maison Francaise and the British Empire Buildings, looking down on the ice-skating rink, which in summer is used as a café. Sunset is the best time to visit, as the views accompanying the cocktails at the elegant Rainbow Room can be spectacular.

Empire State Building
Take a high-speed lift up to the 80th floor in under a minute; take a second lift to the 86th floor. Queue again to continue to the 102nd storey, where there’s a 360-degree view with 50-mile/80-km visibility on a clear day. Try to visit the Empire State Building at sunset when the place is less crowded. You can watch the city lighting up: the view is particularly stunning at dusk.

Chrysler Building
New Yorker’s have a great fondness for this magnificent building. Although you can’t visit its luminous pinnacle – made of stainless steel arches and shaped like a ??30s Chrysler car’s radiator cap – you can visit the fabulous art deco lobby of red and brown marble and chrome, with original inlaid wooden elevator doors and a painted ceiling.

United Nations Headquarters
The Modernist headquarters of the United Nations is also an excellent example of ??50s architecture. Built by a committee of international architects that included Le Corbusier (who eventually renounced any association with the final design) there are three main buildings on the 17-acre/7 hectare site by the East River, plus a library added in the ??60s. You can visit the foyer and basement of the General Assembly building alone, but to see any of the council rooms and the General Assembly itself, you must take a tour.

Brooklyn Bridge
Probably the most famous and breathtaking bridge in the world; the Brooklyn Bridge was a massive undertaking. It took over 600 men, some 16 years to build and when completed in 1883 was the world’s largest suspension bridge. Although you might have seen it on screen; nothing beats the wonder of standing on it for the very first time.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
New Yorkers regard this Museum as home-away-from-home during the winter months. Spending endless hours pouring over the art: then retiring to the café for something warm. Friday evenings are particularly pleasant. Relax in splendid surroundings, enjoy a cocktail, and listen to a string quartet.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
A storehouse of some of the world’s most exciting and contemporary art of the twentieth century, the Museum of Modern Art houses 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns some 22,000 films, videos, and media works, as well as film stills, scripts, posters and historical documents.

Grand Central Station
If you’re looking for old-world romance, the most legendary of New York’s romantic havens has to be Grand Central Station. Its faded elegance only adds to the ambience its magnificent origins provide. Once a hubbub of city life – this Beax-Arts building dates from 1903 and was once the heart of New York. Inside it’s still marvelous: the enormous vaulted ceiling is decorated with the constellations of the Zodiac. Take a moment to stand on the platform and envisage elegant days gone by.
How great it is to be in New York!

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New York City Attractions

by NYJ Team

Commonly known as the city that never sleeps, there is so much to do and see in New York City that you’ll regret not booking a longer stay. When it comes to New York attractions there are so many that most visitors are overwhelmed. This article on the Top 10 New York attractions outlines the best of the best and is very helpful to visitors who will only be in the Big Apple for a short while.

What are your favorite attractions in New York?