February in New York City

by NYJ Team

A visit to New York City is exciting any time of the year, even during February when temperatures plummet and the holiday celebrations have come to an end. There are many good reasons for including New York in a travel itinerary during February, including the fact that bargain accommodation and flights are easy to come by after the seasonal rush.

February ushers in the Chinese Lunar New Year and with it a host of colorful parades and celebrations. Chinatown comes alive with feasts and events and visitors will delight in the grand welcome given to the Year of the Rat. February also means Valentine’s Day and what is more romantic than a spontaneous winter getaway to New York City? Some romantic hotels include Thirty Thirty, Dream Hotel and the Ritz-Carlton.

For those seeking out the culinary delights of New York, the New York City Restaurant Week in early February provides visitors with the opportunity to eat at some of the city’s top restaurants at bargain prices.

While February is considered one of the coldest months of the year in New York, visitors who come well equipped won’t have any problem with the elements. Average February highs are around 32°F (4°C), with average lows reaching 29°(-3°C). While February is less rainy than January, visitors are still advised to pack goulashes or boots to keep their feet dry, as well as waterproof coats. Other things that are must-haves in any travel bag during February, include all the usual winter-gear (jackets, scarves, hats, mittens, etc.), as well as a reasonable amount of layered clothing to allow easy putting on and taking off while visiting New York’s heated department stores and museums.

Finally, it’s worth taking into account that the third weekend of February is traditionally a President’s Day Weekend (with the Monday being a public holiday). Most businesses remain closed, although restaurants and other tourist attractions tend to keep their doors open.

Westin New York Times Square | A Tranquil Retreat

by NYJ Team

The Westin New York Times Square is an iconic Midtown Manhattan landmark.  The hotel features a multicolored, striped glass skin, echoing the zooming traffic in the heart of New York City. Health magazine has ranked the Westin Hotel as one of America’s healthiest hotels, recognizing the Westin’s commitment to tranquility and renewal with spa-like guestrooms, suites and baths.

Located in the heart of Times Square at 270 West 43rd Street, the Westin is the perfect location for exploring all that Manhattan has offer, including the Broadway theatre district, 5th and 6th Avenue shopping, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

The Westin’s 863 rooms and suites offer guests every luxury and comfort.  The hotel’s signature Heavenly Bed ensures an unforgettable sleeping experience and the Heavenly Bath treats guests to a spa-like combination of amenities and products, including custom-designed terry bathrobes. Rooms are decorated in a soothing color palette and boast views of New York City and the Hudson River.  Rooms comes equipped with state-of-the-art amenities, such as high-speed wireless Internet access, dual-line phones, including one cordless, 32″ flat screen HD TV, and iHome clock radio with an iPod dock.  Rooms are also outfitted with coffee maker, refrigerated mini-bar, and in-room, laptop-sized safe.

The Westin Times Square is home to Shula’s, renowned as one of America’s best steakhouses. Shula’s “No Name Bar” is comfortably elegant and serves up the country’s best wine labels.  Bar 10 is the hotel’s sophisticated lounge.  The hotel is also directly connected to E Walk, a dining and retail complex with options such as Starbucks and the European Bakery Café.

The Westin Times Square is a luxury hotel, with a comfortable, welcoming lobby and a sophisticated lounge.  The hotel offers complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.  The front desk staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has one of New York City’s best concierge staff.

NewYorkJourney.com features more information on Westin New York Times Square and other Midtown West hotels.

Great Indoor Winter Activities in New York City

by NYJ Team

While January and February are considered the coldest months in New York City, this is not to say that visitors cannot enjoy a host of entertaining attractions. What better place to gain a real perspective of the size and glory of the City that Never Sleeps than the Empire State Building. Two observatory decks – one the 86th and the other on the 102nd floor – enable visitors to view the magnificent metropolis of New York from incredible heights. The 86th floor is 320 meters off the ground and is accessed through high-speed elevators that take visitors to a heated, glass enclosed area. Open promenades with binocular-hiring services, as well as souvenir shops are also available on this floor. For those seeking a slightly higher view, the relatively newer 102nd floor observatory will provide just that.

One of the most popular attractions in New York – especially during the winter months – is the New York Skyride, situated on the 2nd floor of the Empire State Building. Here visitors get to enjoy a virtual tour simulator that takes them on an aerial ride of New York City. The experience includes motions seats, state of the art technology and extra high screens.

Two must-do museum visits in the winter months include the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art. The former is one of the world’s leading science institutions and offers visitors the chance to view breathtaking collections and exhibitions that highlight the history of the earth – from the time of evolution to the present day.

The Museum of Modern Art, located in Midtown Manhattan, is one of the world’s foremost museums of this type of art. Over 2.5 million people pass through this institution’s doors each year to view its unparalleled collections and exhibitions dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

The winter months are definitely a good time to enjoy some of the best that New York City has to offer!