New York City Marathon | November 4th, 2007

by NYJ Team

The New York City Marathon is one of the country’s – if the not the world’s – greatest sporting events. The marathon traditionally draws over 90,000 runners from almost every country in the world, and is watched by an impressive two million people who line the streets of New York to witness this event. Around 40,000 eventually manage to cross the finish line. In addition, another 315 million viewers from around the globe watch the televised version. While the first New York Marathon was held in 1970 with only 127 participants, this event has grown to significant proportions and it is safe to say that most marathons organized today are based on the New York Marathon model. The New York City Marathon also provides a solution to disabled athletes through its official wheelchair division. Every year, more than 200 of the world’s top wheelchair-bound competitors vie for the honor of being declared the winner of this division and the event has become one of the most important in handicapped sports.   

This year’s marathon, due to take place on November 4th, promises to be bigger and better than ever before. As the traditional sponsor, ING has worked hard to create a sporting event that celebrates the uniqueness of the city and its facilities. The marathon covers the areas of New York’s five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island) and unites neighborhoods that are traditionally divided whether by ethnicity, color or religions. The route of the New York marathon runs through the streets of these neighborhoods and incorporates five spectacular New York bridges in its pathway. Runners finally land up at the famous Tavern on the Green in the ever-popular Central Park. It is not difficult to see why the New York City Marathon is considered the largest and most impressive marathons of all times.

Headquarter hotels include the Hilton New York and the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.

Click for the official site of the NYC Marathon.

Hotel Giraffe | A Pure Gem

by NYJ Team

Step back in time to the wonderful Art Moderne period of architecture to truly appreciate this exquisite boutique hotel. Hotel Giraffe welcomes you into a towering 15-foot lobby and continues to please with luxury rooms, amazing public spaces and unparalleled service and comfort. The hotel is the constant winner of industry prizes such as the Best Boutique Hotel of 2007 and one of the Top Three Business Hotels by CitySearch.com. With just 73 guest rooms (21 of them suites) and situated in one of the city’s most stylish locations with easy access to many of the city’s top locations, this hotel is a pure gem.

Contemporary Meets Intimate Old-World Comfort at Hotel Giraffe
Despite its large, impressive entrance lobby, Hotel Giraffe still manages to create a feeling of intimacy and comfort through the clever arrangement of seating and tables dotted around its public places. Find a quiet corner for reading or conversation, or gather in the Grande Lobby to enjoy complimentary fares offered to hotel guests including a full Continental breakfast or hot drinks, cookies and fruit available throughout the day. Every night, the hotel offers a complimentary cheese and wine affair with the opportunity to gather around the lobby’s star attraction, a Baby Grand, and listen to live cocktail music.

Indulgent Moderne Period Room Comfort
Rooms at this hotel are arranged only seven to a floor for the ultimate in quiet and privacy. Choose from two room types at the Hotel Giraffe – superior or deluxe. All rooms are decorated in 1920s and 30s Art Moderne style, with high ceilings, luxurious fabrics and textures and top quality linens. All deluxe rooms open up onto a private balcony. This hotel definitely lives up to the traits of the graceful, gentle yet powerful animal after which it is named.

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November in New York City

by NYJ Team

As the holiday season fast approaches, a visit to New York City in November can be quite lovely. This is the time of the year when the foliage in city parks and woods, such as in
Central Park, peaks and nothing beats the breathtaking beauty of this fall spectacle. This is also a very busy time for city, in terms of sporting events, parades and festivities.

On the first Sunday of the month, the New York City Marathon takes place with literally thousands of participants and spectators enjoying the day. On the fourth Sunday of November, the much-awaited Thanksgiving Day Parade officially welcomes in the holiday season. Other exciting festivities include the New York Culinary Festival and the New York Comedy Festival, as well as the Rockefeller Tree Lighting. Because of all these events and the approaching holiday season, visitors need to take into account that prices for accommodation and flights are likely to be higher than usual. It is important to note that November 11, Veteran’s Day, is a federal holiday and many services will not run on that day.

This is the time that the winter season can be felt in the air, and it safe to say that the weather will be chilly overall. Average highs are around 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) and average lows hit a frosty 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius). The days, however, are still warm and can be used to enjoy popular New York walking tours and other site seeing trips. Visitors should pack comfortable, waterproof walking shoes for this very reason. While it does not snow in New York during November, visitors are still encouraged to pack warm, windproof jackets and sweaters, as the nights can be cold and late November may even call for hats and gloves. November is a lovely month to visit New York City!

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