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The Upper West Side

It’s no wonder the picturesque Upper West Side is such a popular location. Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the neighborhood’s countless museums, time-honored brownstones and proximity to the performing arts has enticed locals and visitors for over a century. Check out our neighborhood guide and experience the city like a local.

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Kid-Friendly Activities on the Upper West Side

December 18 2023 | The Upper West Side

If you’re bringing your kids to New York, your main priority is keeping them entertained. Whether you’ve got toddlers, tweens, or teens in tow, “I’m bored” is the last thing you want to hear from your kids in the city...

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New York’s Best Proposal Spots

December 11 2023 | The Upper West Side

Thinking of popping the question on your next trip to New York? With Valentine's Day just a couple of months away, the rush to find the perfect proposal spot is on. Luckily, the Big Apple is home to plenty of...

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New Year, New You: The Best Places to Get Fit for Free in New York City

November 27 2023 | The Upper West Side

It’s that time of year again when getting into shape is at the top of all our lists of priorities. But embarking on a new fitness journey doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. In fact, New York is home...

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What to Pack for your December Vacation in New York?

October 30 2023 | The Upper West Side

If you’re visiting New York this December, keeping warm should be at the top of your list when it comes to packing. Temperatures in December can be anywhere from the low 20s to high 40s – but if you pack...

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Hidden Neighborhoods – Your Guide to Exploring Lesser-known New York

October 09 2023 | The Upper West Side

New York, New York – it’s Times Square, Central Park, Broadway, and Greenwich Village, but so much more if you know where to look. The Big Apple is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations – and if you’re...

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October in New York – What to Pack

October 02 2023 | The Upper West Side

New York in October is an unforgettable experience. With Halloween around the corner, fall colors in full swing, and pumpkin-spiced everything available in every coffee shop – there is no better time to visit. What to Pack? Quite simply, there...

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Where is New York's Best Live Bar?

July 24 2023 | The Upper West Side

New York City and music are a match made in heaven. From jazz to hip hop, classic to contemporary, the city has long been a musical hub, no matter what genre you’re into. If you love music and you’re visiting...

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New York’s Best Hidden Gems to Keep You Cool During Summer

July 17 2023 | The Upper West Side

New York in August…can get hot. While summer is arguably the best time to see New York, it’s likely you’ll want to escape the sunshine in the middle of the day and chill out somewhere cooler. But where do you...

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New York City – The Ultimate Photo Tour

July 10 2023 | The Upper West Side

New York is a true paradise for photographers. From the skyline to the waterfront and the historic neighborhoods to the colorful nightlife, the city that never sleeps is the perfect place to take the best photos of your photography career....

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New York City’s Best Night Tours

June 26 2023 | The Upper West Side

New York – the city that never sleeps – is one of the best cities in the world to explore after dark. With illuminated skyscrapers, 24-hour diners, and endless things to do, New York is a mecca for night owls....

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Alfresco Yoga: NYC’s Best Outdoor Yoga Spots to Start the Day Right

June 19 2023 | The Upper West Side

Yoga is a great way to boost both your mental and physical health, and now summer is here – there’s no excuse to not enjoy yoga outside. New York City might not strike you as a place where you can...

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Childcare for Tourists in New York City

May 01 2023 | The Upper West Side

Family vacations are the highlight of the year for many families, and there are few places in the world more exciting than a few days in New York. The city that never sleeps offers something for every family and every...

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A Foodie Guide to the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

April 17 2023 | The Upper West Side

Located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival is an absolute must for foodies. Celebrating its 50th birthday this year, the food festival has been inspiring visitors with a variety of culinary delights since 1973....

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Must-See Museums in New York City

March 27 2023 | The Upper West Side

It’s no secret that New York is home to some of the best museums in the world, but they can get super busy – especially during spring and summer breaks and holidays. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum...

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Get your Skates on NYC’s Spring Alternative to Ice Skating

March 20 2023 | The Upper West Side

One of the best and most popular New York attractions in the winter months is the collection of ice skating rinks that crop up all over the city. While the ice-skating rinks close for the spring and summer, you can...

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New York’s Best View: The Best Observation Decks in the Big Apple

March 06 2023 | The Upper West Side

New York has great views from every angle, but perhaps none as great as those from above. Looking down at the collections of skyscrapers that make up Manhattan is what makes the trip for many visitors. But of course, not...

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Best New York City Boat Tours for Spring

February 27 2023 | The Upper West Side

As winter turns into spring, there is no better time to hit the water in and around New York City. New York is essentially surrounded by water, and boat trips are one of the best ways to see what the...

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Macy’s Flower Show 2023

February 13 2023 | The Upper West Side

After another New York winter, it’s finally time to get excited about spring. For many residents, spring is the best season in New York – the perfect medium between the harsh winter and the heat of summer. A time to...

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Party like the Irish: St Patrick’s Day in NYC

February 06 2023 | The Upper West Side

New York has a large and long-standing Irish community, with the first wave of Irish immigrants arriving in the late 19th century. The Great Famine of 1954 in Ireland forced a huge number of Irish families to leave Ireland in...

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A Weekend in New York

January 09 2023 | The Upper West Side

New York is a city many people want to visit at least once in their lifetime – and it’s easy to see why. There are endless things to do, countless things to see, and literally thousands of bars and restaurants...

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Kosher Guide to The Upper West Side

January 02 2023 | The Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is a significant Jewish neighborhood, meaning it’s home to a great selection of different Kosher bars, restaurants, delis, and markets. Whether you’re looking for a great bagel, the best smoked salmon in the city, a warming...

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Free Walking Tours in New York City

December 26 2022 | The Upper West Side

Whether you’re a regular visitor to New York, it’s your first time, or you’re a resident who hasn’t found the time to explore the city better – walking tours can be an excellent tool to get to know the NYC’s...

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Scenic Train Rides in New York

December 19 2022 | The Upper West Side

Public transport is what keeps New York City running. Over 2.4 million use the subway, and a further 1.2 million use the bus system to navigate the city every day. A ride on the subway might not seem like everyone’s...

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The Anti-Gym Guide to Getting Fit in NYC this New Year

December 12 2022 | The Upper West Side

Starting a New Year and joining the gym go hand in hand, but over 90% of people who purchase gym memberships in January will leave within three months. In theory, gyms are great. Heated or cooled, everything you need is...

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Make the Most of Your Money on your Winter Vacation in NYC

November 21 2022 | The Upper West Side

New York City is not often considered a cheap place to travel; however, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to visit on a budget. Whether it’s choosing self-catering apartments to save money on meals or a centrally located hotel to save...

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Broadway Under the Stars

November 07 2022 | The Upper West Side

Love the theatre? If you’re looking for something different to do this winter in New York, Broadway Under the Stars is a great place to start. Beginning earlier this month with Chicago and A Strange Loop, the Broadway series is...

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Avoiding the Crowds: Thanksgiving Alternatives to the Macy’s Day Parade

October 24 2022 | The Upper West Side

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest celebrated holidays in the United States and the Macy’s Day Parade is the most famous Thanksgiving parade in the world – but what if it’s just not your thing? If you’re not into crowds,...

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Getting Around New York City with a Young Family in Tow

October 03 2022 | The Upper West Side

Thinking about visiting New York City with your young family in tow? Be prepared for everyone to tell you you’re crazy – but believe it or not, New Yorkers have babies every day! If you know what you’re doing, navigating...

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Indoor Skiing, Ziplining, and Skydiving in New York City: An Adrenalin Seeker’s Guide to the Big Apple

September 19 2022 | The Upper West Side

New York – or the city that never sleeps – really does offer something for everyone. If you’re trying to plan your dream Big Apple get-away but you’re finding dragging your thrill-seeking friends and family to the “concrete jungle” a...

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Day of the Dead: Where to Celebrate Day of the Dead in the Big Apple

September 12 2022 | The Upper West Side

Halloween is one of the biggest and most popular holidays throughout the lower 48 – especially here in New York. If you’re looking for something different from the traditional Hallows Eve offerings, Day of the Dead celebrations are becoming increasingly...

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Four Lesser-Known Locations to See Fall Foliage in NYC

September 05 2022 | The Upper West Side

If you ask any New Yorker, Tourist, or Hotel Receptionist where to see the best fall colors in New York, nine times out of 10 you will be directed to Central Park – and they’re not wrong (check our guide...

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Keeping Cool in the New York Summer Heat

July 25 2022 | The Upper West Side

There are few people who don’t enjoy the summer but being in a big city can make the warmer months sticky – whether you’re a resident or visiting on vacation. The Big Apple experiences very warm summers, with highs of...

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Five Family-Friendly Activities within Walking Distance of the Hotel Beacon

July 11 2022 | The Upper West Side

Keeping the whole family happy on vacation can be a challenge – especially when you have younger children in a brand-new environment. Staying close to your hotel can give you a quick escape in case anyone gets overly tired and...

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Want to See New York City from a Unique Angle? Kayak Tours are a Great Summer Day Out

July 04 2022 | The Upper West Side

Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, making the most of the summer in New York is important! As one of the world’s biggest and busiest cities, there are plenty of unique activities to try in the summer months when...

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Experience New York City Back in Time

May 23 2022 | The Upper West Side

New York might seem like one of the world’s most modern cities, but when you look a little deeper its steeped in rich history – some of which can still be found today if you know where to look. Portal...

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Manhattanhenge: The Best Sunset Photo Opportunity in New York

May 09 2022 | The Upper West Side

Manhattanhenge is a phenomenon that takes place in Manhattan a couple of times every year, when the setting or rising sun is aligned with the east-west streets in the city. The dates vary each year but happen around the winter...

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Where to Enjoy Outdoor Swimming in New York City

May 02 2022 | The Upper West Side

When the weather heats up and summer rolls in, NYC heats can heat up quickly and as people up and down the country spend Memorial Day weekend at the beach or the lake – it’s normal to feel a bit...

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The World’s Second Biggest Tulip Festival (it’s here in New York!)

April 25 2022 | The Upper West Side

Did you know NYC is home to one of the biggest and best tulip festivals in the world? New York might not strike you as a prime “spring spot”, but despite being the city that never sleeps, the Big Apple...

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Spring has Sprung: The Best Places to See Spring Colors on the UWS

April 04 2022 | The Upper West Side

Love spring? Surprisingly New York is a great place to experience it. The city is home to over 28,000 acres of green space and there is no better time to visit them than in spring. With 20,000 acres of parks...

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Layover in the Big Apple? How to Make the Most of 24 Hours in NYC

March 07 2022 | The Upper West Side

New York City, perhaps the most famous city in the world, is the trip of a lifetime for many people – but what if you only have 24 hours?   Whether it’s a business meeting, a work event or simply a...

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Five Best Bagels in New York City

February 21 2022 | The Upper West Side

The New York Bagel – a work of art, in food form. The humble NY Bagel originates from the city’s Jewish Community, with traces back to the Ashkenazi Jewish community in Poland. Bagels were brought over in the 1800’s with...

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Indoor Activities for a Rainy Day in New York City

February 14 2022 | The Upper West Side

For most people a rainy day is a miserable one – especially when you’re on vacation and your plans for the day have to be canceled at the last minute. Rain, or even snow, doesn’t have to mean a day...

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How to Host Meeting in a Hotel: A Dummies Guide

February 07 2022 | The Upper West Side

Whether you’re hosting a private, corporate or charity meeting, hotels are often the best place to accommodate your needs and the needs of your guests. Providing a variety of locations within the building to host your meeting and other activities,...

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The Best Places in NYC to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

January 24 2022 | The Upper West Side

The Lunar New Year – or Chinese New Year – is one of the biggest worldwide celebrations. In NYC it is no different and you will find multiple events all over the city, celebrating the 16 day event. If you’re...

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Beating January Blues in New York

January 10 2022 | The Upper West Side

January can be a difficult month– the excitement of the holidays is long gone; it's freezing cold and you have to make your paycheck last for what seems like a lifetime. On top of it all, the whole world seems...

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New Year, New Start: Five Best Places to Go for a Run on the UWS

January 03 2022 | The Upper West Side

Running is a great way to start the day and has a number of benefits outside just maintaining fitness – for example, potentially improving mental health or helping you to establish a routine! Whether you live in New York, if...

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Five Unique Walking Tours in New York City

December 27 2021 | The Upper West Side

Walking tours are one of the best ways to explore a new city or to get to know one of your favorites a little better.  New York City is one of the world’s top ten most visited cities, but many...

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A First Timer's Guide to New Year in New York

December 20 2021 | The Upper West Side

Of all the places in the world to spend the New Year, New York is perhaps the most famous. Made popular with numerous films, television series and music videos, the ball drop at Time Square is attended by over a...

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Find all the World’s Best Coffee in Just One Neighborhood – The Upper West Side!

December 13 2021 | The Upper West Side

Around the world New Yorker’s are known for their love of coffee. The NY Times recently claimed it’s a habit the city will never give up. If you ask any New Yorker, the city brews some of the best coffee...

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Christmas in The Big City: The Holiday Season on The Upper West Side

November 26 2021 | The Upper West Side

What is the holiday season without overindulging? It’s the only time of year everyone turns a blind eye to eating too much, drinking too much, and spending too much – the perfect recipe for two weeks (or longer!) of spoiling...

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Hidden Gems on The Upper West Side: An Insider’s Guide to December in New York City

October 27 2021 | The Upper West Side

The Hotel Beacon, located in the heart of New York’s Upper West Side, is within walking distance of some of Manhattan’s most famous landmarks and must-see tourist locations. Broadway, Central Park and Times Square - to name a few -...

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November 2021 Covid Update: What’s Reopening This Month?

October 22 2021 | The Upper West Side

Finally, after what seems like the longest 18 months on record, things are slowly but surely getting back to normality. The last year and a half has seen some of New York City’s most famous and popular attractions close for...

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What to Pack for a Fall/Winter Break on the Upper West Side

October 15 2021 | The Upper West Side

There is no season when New York isn’t popular with tourists – in fact, over 66 million tourists visit the city every single year from all over the world. But the fall and winter months are particularly impressive when the...

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Why New York’s Upper West Side is Perfect for your Winter Vacation

September 24 2021 | The Upper West Side

There are a thousand reasons to visit New York’s Upper West Side in the winter months, from the fall leaves to the snow fall, the Thanksgiving parades to the world’s most famous location to ring in the New Year, and from the...

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Where to See the Fall Leaves on New York's Upper West Side and Beyond

September 17 2021 | The Upper West Side

When it comes to seeing the turning of the fall leaves, the first and most obvious mention for anyone visiting the Upper West Side is Central Park. Central Park is perhaps the most famous place to see the changing of...

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Halloween 2021 on the Upper West Side: A Family Friendly Event

September 10 2021 | The Upper West Side

Halloween is spectacular in New York’s Upper West Side, if you know where to look. As a family friendly event, knowing what to do and where to go when you’re visiting a neighborhood you’re not familiar with is key to...

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Things to Do on the Upper West Side this March

February 29 2020 | The Upper West Side

Spring is just around the corner! Check out these five March events held on and around the Upper West Side, all just a short walk or train ride away from Hotel Beacon. The Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden...

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Relish Central Park in Any Season

February 27 2020 | The Upper West Side

Central Park isn't just a green space for the summertime. It offers something unique every season, from Japanese cherry blossoms in the Spring to open-air ice skating in the winter. Make the most of your visit by checking out the park's...

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Things to Do on the Upper West Side in February

January 31 2020 | The Upper West Side

It’s cold outside, so bundle up before you head out to see what’s happening around town. Shop for the best Presidents’ Day sales, feast on haute cuisine at part of Restaurant Week, and catch a soul jam concert at Beacon...

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Traveling with Kids on the Upper West Side: Taking on the Big Apple with Little Ones

January 27 2020 | The Upper West Side

Traveling with kids, toddlers, tykes and babies has its fair share of challenges and triumphs. We’re no stranger to the hurdles of traveling with little ones at Hotel Beacon on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Our apartment-style rooms complete with kitchenettes...

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A Visitor’s Guide to Sledding in New York City

January 09 2020 | The Upper West Side

Thinking of hitting the local slopes for some sledding action while in NYC? Sledding is fun outing for all ages and especially memorable for kids. If you’re staying with us on the Upper West Side, you have some excellent options close...

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A Tourist’s Guide to Winter Jam in Central Park

January 01 2020 | The Upper West Side

Visitors to New York City don’t have to leave the Manhattan to get in on wintertime activities. Curious about Winter Jam? Take a snow day on Feb. 1 with the kids and head to Central Park. Here’s everything you need...

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Things to do on the Upper West Side in January

December 31 2019 | The Upper West Side

Looking for things to do on the Upper West Side after the holidays? Grab your hat and gloves! From opera to Knicks games, there are plenty of ways to jump-start the new year. Here’s what’s in store for January 2020,...

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Things to do on the Upper West Side in December

December 01 2019 | The Upper West Side

    It’s December! If you're planning a visit just as winter begins, check out these five December events held on the Upper West Side, all just a short walk or train ride away from Hotel Beacon. Winter’s Eve at...

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Things to Do This November on the Upper West Side

November 01 2019 | The Upper West Side

November is the busiest time of the year in New York City as preparations for the holidays commence. Enjoy these five November events on the Upper West Side, all just a short walk or cab ride away from Hotel Beacon....

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Things to Do This October On The Upper West Side

September 25 2019 | The Upper West Side

October is here! If you're planning a fall visit, make time for these five events held on the Upper West Side, all just a short walk or train ride away from Hotel Beacon. Celebrate Bee & Honey Day at 77th...

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Things to Do in September on the UWS

August 30 2019 | The Upper West Side

September marks the official end of summer, the beginning of fall, and the start of colorful foliage in Central Park. Seize the day and enjoy the sights. Here are some upcoming events on the Upper West Side this September. Summer...

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Things to Do on the Upper West Side this August

July 31 2019 | The Upper West Side

With summer in full swing, August in NYC is truly electric. Make the most of the sunny days and warm nights by taking yourself along to one of the many activities on the Upper West Side. Here we’ve selected a...

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Indulge Yourself with a Relaxing Spa Day on the Upper West Side

July 26 2019 | The Upper West Side

There’s a million sights and sounds in Manhattan, but sometimes a little bit of rest and relaxation is in order. Set aside some “me” time at these massage parlors, spas – and even a sweat lodge – located on the...

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Things to Do on the Upper West Side this July

July 01 2019 | The Upper West Side

As the weather heats up, so does the energy on the Upper West Side. It's the perfect time to take that trip to NYC and Beacon Hotel is in the center of all the action. With an average temperature of...

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Cool off with these Water Activities in NYC

June 24 2019 | The Upper West Side

Summer is a marvelous season to visit New York City. It’s a little more laid-back, you can dine outdoors, and the locals take advantage of a seemingly endless list of outdoor activities. Take a break while you’re in the concrete...

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Things to Do on the Upper West Side this June 2019

June 01 2019 | The Upper West Side

It’s officially June. Check out these summer events held on and around the Upper West Side, all just a short walk or train ride away from Hotel Beacon. SummerStage Concert Series June 1- Sept. 24Central Park and other public spaces throughout...

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Father's Day Activities on the Upper West Side

May 23 2019 | The Upper West Side

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so start planning ahead! Give dad or grandpa the special day they deserve this June 16. Here are some ideas for unique outings and gifts around the Upper West Side.  Paint a ‘Rad...

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Things to Do on the Upper West Side this May

May 01 2019 | The Upper West Side

Manhattan is becoming more animated as the weather heats up. Check out these five May events held on and around the Upper West Side, all just a short walk or train ride away from Hotel Beacon. NY Handmade Collective’s Spring...

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Celebrating Mother's Day on the Upper West Side

April 16 2019 | The Upper West Side

Don’t let Mother’s Day catch you off guard! This year it falls on May 12. Honor mom with a special outing, fresh flowers, or peace and quiet  – you know she deserves it. Here’s a look at Mother’s Day events...

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Things to Do on the Upper West Side this April

April 01 2019 | The Upper West Side

Spring is in full bloom! Check out these five April events held on and around the Upper West Side, all just a short walk or train ride away from Hotel Beacon. Food Truck Festival Save your appetite for the Food...

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Honeymooning on the Upper West Side

March 26 2019 | The Upper West Side

A New York honeymoon is best suited for a couple looking for a getaway with a certain kind of city rhythm. Let’s not forget diverse, exciting cuisine, performing arts, and culture. The city that never sleeps can be tailored to...

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Where to Spot Cherry Blossoms in NYC

March 18 2019 | The Upper West Side

Springtime in New York is beautified with cherry blossoms, which flower every April and May. The blooms mark the change of season, usually lasting about two weeks. The most famous and impressive place in the city to see cherry trees turn bright...

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5 Exciting Indoor Activities in New York City

February 26 2019 | The Upper West Side

The weather can’t always be ideal in NYC, and sometimes you’re in search of an indoor activity beyond time at museums or cafés. Looking for a little excitement? Check out our recommendations for high-energy indoor activities in New York City....

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Our Favorite Florists and Flower Shops on the Upper West Side

February 12 2019 | The Upper West Side

The timeless gift of flowers can brighten any room, especially if you order from the right florist. The Upper West Side is a special part of Manhattan for local florists, because some of our mom and pop flower shops have...

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10 Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on the Upper West Side

January 30 2019 | The Upper West Side

The Upper West Side in Manhattan is a romantic setting for any couple. Marvelous brownstones set on tree-lined streets and nearby Central Park is reminiscent of all your favorite rom-com movies (i.e., When Harry Met Sally). Hotel Beacon on the...

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More Iconic Landmarks on the Upper West Side

October 29 2018 | The Upper West Side

The Upper West Side has so much history, it can be hard to know where to start. In our first post about iconic landmarks on the Upper West Side, we introduced you to the Pier I Gantry, Juilliard School, the...

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5 Quintessential Ways to Spend Christmas on UWS

October 22 2018 | The Upper West Side

A familiar setting for some of the best Christmas movies, there’s no better city to visit than New York to get into the holiday spirit. If you find yourself in the Upper West Side this Christmas, consider these activities that...

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Halloween on the Upper West Side

October 20 2018 | The Upper West Side

Halloween on the Upper West Side is something to behold. Streets are decorated from top to bottom with Halloween decorations and select streets are cordoned off for neighborhood block parties. Jack-o-lanterns glow on Brownstone stoops, spiderwebs envelope iron gates and...

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Our Favorite Running Routes on the UWS

October 10 2018 | The Upper West Side

It’s easy to fall out of routine with your fitness plans while on vacation, especially when tempted by the alluring food options in New York City. Fortunately, the Upper West Side is located next to some of the best running...

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How to Prep for the NYC Marathon

September 24 2018 | The Upper West Side

Every year, over 50,000 participants run the New York City Marathon in a course that spans all five boroughs of the greatest city on earth. It’s the biggest marathon in the world and a landmark event for runners around the...

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Check Out These Iconic Landmarks on the Upper West Side

September 12 2018 | The Upper West Side

All of New York City is full of history — from the Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building to Broadway and the Statue of Liberty. Enter New York City,  and you’ve stepped into history. The Upper West Side is no...

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Our Favorite Boutiques on the Upper West Side

September 10 2018 | The Upper West Side

New York City prides itself on fashion, and rightfully so! Don't miss out on these five Upper West Side boutiques during your visit to Hotel Beacon. bocnyc; 410 Columbus Avenue Named after its location as a "boutique on Columbus," bocnyc...

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The Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Central Park

September 07 2018 | The Upper West Side

The blazing colors of fall in the northeast don’t escape New York City thanks to Central Park. Its many diverse trees change an equally wide variety of colors during the autumn months. Fall doesn’t last long, so make an afternoon...

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3 Great Walking Tours on the Upper West Side

August 23 2018 | The Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is known for being walkable and full of things to do and see. And it’s true — one of the best ways to explore the neighborhood is by foot. So skip the Uber, grab a water bottle,...

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The Hotel Beacon Guide to Central Park: Part 3

August 13 2018 | The Upper West Side

If you’ve never been to Central Park, you might not know: it’s big. Most people hear “park” and think about swing sets, some grass and trees, and a few benches. Central Park has much more. In fact, Central Park is...

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Your Hotel Beacon Packing List

Your Hotel Beacon Packing List

July 16 2018 | The Upper West Side

You may have your hotel packing list down pat and ready to go, but Hotel Beacon isn’t like other hotels. Here, you’ll find a different level of comfort and convenience. If you want to feel at home while in the...

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Don’t Miss the Historical Society Four Blocks Away

Don’t Miss the Historical Society Four Blocks Away

July 14 2018 | The Upper West Side

The Upper West Side is home to many historical treasures that can help you get to know the city and the world. In fact, New York City’s first museum is just blocks away from Hotel Beacon. Walk out our front...

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The Hotel Beacon Guide to Central Park: Part 2

The Hotel Beacon Guide to Central Park: Part 2

June 25 2018 | The Upper West Side

In our last post on Central Park, we gave you the basic lay of the land in New York City’s most beloved slice of nature. One of the best things about Central Park is simply exploring it for yourself. But...

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3 Great Walks on the Upper West Side

3 Great Walks on the Upper West Side

June 22 2018 | The Upper West Side

New York City is a big place — the latest population estimate was 8.5 million from 2016. There’s a ton of culture and creativity to discover here, but we understand it can all get a little overwhelming, especially if it’s your...

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Historical Buildings on the Upper West Side

Historical Buildings on the Upper West Side

June 12 2018 | The Upper West Side

From the Brooklyn Bridge and Apollo Theater to  Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, New York City is a history lover's paradise. Nearly every street, building, and park — especially Central Park — has a story to tell, and...

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The Hotel Beacon Guide to Central Park: Part 1

June 05 2018 | The Upper West Side

Central Park — it’s one of the most famous parks in the world. Even if you’ve never been to New York City, you’ve most certainly “visited” this oasis of trees, ponds, and paths numerous times. It’s been featured in TV shows...

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Extend your stay in NYC

Extend your stay in NYC

May 21 2018 | The Upper West Side

For all but the most experienced and frequent travelers, being away from home can be a big disruption to a normal routine. Diet and exercise habits are more difficult to keep on the road, and things that would be a...

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The Hotel Beacon Guide to the Upper West Side with Kids: Part 1

May 11 2018 | The Upper West Side

So, you’re considering a stop by the Upper West Side on your family trip — we’re here to help! Or maybe you think bringing kids into the Big Apple is the last thing you’d want to do on a family vacation...

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The Hotel Beacon Guide to Getting Around New York by Bus

March 07 2018 | The Upper West Side

Staying at the Hotel Beacon offers visitors the chance to feel like a New Yorker who is living in a comfortable apartment in the Upper West Side.  Many locals will agree that using public transportation is the easiest way to...

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