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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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Unmissable Tourist Attractions in New York City this November

October 23 2023 | Hotel Beacon News

November is a great time to visit New York. After the start-of-fall rush and before the holiday season kicks off, November is the perfect time of year to make the most of the city that never sleeps. Offering a mix...

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Chrishell Stause and the Hotel Beacon: A Short Story

October 16 2023 | Hotel Beacon News

Thanks to the Hotel Beacon’s proximity to Broadway and several different world-renowned theatres and concert venues – celebrities are not a rare sight in the hotel. In fact, if you’re lucky, you might even meet one in our lobby or...

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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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Broadway to Bagels - The Best Things to Enjoy in New York City

September 25 2023 |

Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned New Yorker, you will never run out of things to do and see in the Big Apple. From the bright lights of Broadway to freshly baked bagels – the opportunities in...

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What to do in New York City When it Rains

September 18 2023 |

Rain or shine, New York is a metropolis with endless options to explore. If you’re visiting the city this fall or winter, chances are you’ll get caught in a rain shower or two while you’re here. But it doesn’t have...

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Planning an Event in New York City? Business or Pleasure – We Know the Perfect Spot

September 11 2023 | Hotel Beacon News

Hosting the perfect event takes good planning, the right people, and – most importantly – a great location. If you’re thinking of hosting an event this fall, the Hotel Beacon is located in the heart of the Upper East Side...

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The Best Family-Friendly Restaurants on The Upper West Side

August 28 2023 | Dining

The Hotel Beacon is nestled in the heart of the Upper West Side – one of New York’s most family-friendly neighborhoods, making it the perfect place to enjoy a meal with your loved ones in the city. Whether you’ve got...

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New York and Digital Nomads – Your Guide to Remote Working in the City

August 21 2023 | Hotel Beacon News

With its iconic skyline, world-famous attractions, and diverse culture, the city that never sleeps has quickly grown to become a hotspot for digital nomads looking to experience a slice of true city life. If you’re a remote worker looking for...

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The Best Way to See New York in One Weekend

August 14 2023 | Hotel Beacon News

A weekend in New York never feels like enough, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great 48 hours in the city and see some of the best the metropolis has to offer. If you plan it right, you...

Central park in fall

The Ultimate Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your September Trip to New York

August 07 2023 | Dining

For many, September is one of the best times to visit New York City. The kids are back at school, the summer heat has cooled, the international crowds have dispersed, and the city is just starting to transform with the...

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Discover the Best Events in New York City this August

July 31 2023 | Arts & Culture

As we move into August, summer in New York reaches its peak, and the city transforms into a vibrant playground for children and adults alike. Whether you’re looking for live music, festivals, or a simple picnic in the park, New...

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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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Summer 2023: Free Things to Enjoy in New York City This Summer

June 12 2023 |

New York is an amazing city to both live in and visit, but as the most expensive city in the USA, costs can quickly begin to spiral – especially if you’re here on vacation. The good news is, during the...

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BBQ Season is Here: Where to BBQ or Grill Out and About in the Big Apple

June 05 2023 | Dining

Summers and grilling go hand in hand – but how do you grill in the middle of one of the world’s busiest cities? One of the most difficult aspects of being in NYC in the summer is the lack of...

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New York’s Best Hidden Public Pools

May 29 2023 |

Summer and swimming are a match made in heaven – and being in New York shouldn’t change that. There are plenty of places to enjoy a dip in the city this summer. We’re not suggesting you jump into the Hudson...

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Where to Find New York’s Best Oysters

May 22 2023 | Dining

When you think of New York, oysters probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind – however, oysters and New York City are better connected than you might think. Once upon a time, New York had over 220,000 acres...

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An Insider’s Guide to TikTok Filming Locations in New York City

May 15 2023 | Arts & Culture

If you’re into content creation, chances are you already have a TikTok account – and you spend hours every week on the app, creating the perfect videos in the hope of going viral. Whether you create travel content, food content,...

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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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Governors Island Reopening: Making the Most of a Day on the Island

April 24 2023 | Arts & Culture

Located just off the southern tip of Manhattan, Governors Island is an often-overlooked oasis, hiding in plain sight in the heart of the city. Boasting green lawns, a large manmade hillside, and some of the best views available of the...

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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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The Five Boro Bike Tour and How to Get Involved

April 10 2023 |

The Five Boro Bike Tour is New York’s biggest bike race, and every year 32,000 cyclists from all over the world participate in this popular NYC event. Now in its 45th year, the tour is a unique way to explore...

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Happy 94th Birthday to the Empire State Building

April 03 2023 | Arts & Culture

When you think of New York skyscrapers, the Empire State Building is usually the first that comes to mind – and this year, the famous building will turn 94. The Empire State Building has been a well-loved part of the...

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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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A Local’s Guide to Your First Yankees Game

March 13 2023 | Arts & Culture

It’s the start of the season, and even if you’re not a baseball fan, seeing a Yankees Game is a rite of passage for New Yorkers. If you’re in New York over the coming months, there are plenty of games...

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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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Little Italy NYC, an Insider’s Guide

February 20 2023 | Dining

If you venture into Lower Manhattan, it won’t be long before you come across the quaint red and white checkered tablecloths, bustling, no-nonsense coffee shops, and some of the best bakeries in town – welcome to Little Italy. Little Italy...

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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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Where to Find NYC’s Best Tasting Sandwich

January 23 2023 | Dining

Who doesn’t love a good sandwich? A New York staple, the humble sandwich, is loved by commuters, staff who work through their breaks, hungry tourists, and almost anyone living in and passing through the city. In fact, sandwiches are so...

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New York City: A Guide to an Alternative Valentine’s Date

January 16 2023 | Arts & Culture

Valentine’s Day, for some, is just another Hallmark Holiday, and for others, it is the most romantic day of the year. However you feel about it - if you’re in a relationship, it’s likely you’ll celebrate it whether you love...

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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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January Sales in New York City

December 05 2022 | Shopping

And, just like that, the holiday season is over for another year! We’ve all overeaten, drunk too much, and probably spent too much – but we all deserve a little over-indulgence once a year. As we move into January, the...

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I’ll Be There for You: Friends Guide to NYC

November 28 2022 | Arts & Culture

What is the most iconic TV show to have come out of New York? For many people it’s Friends. The sitcom was filmed over 10 years, nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, and has been translated into 104 languages -...

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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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Best Irish Bars in New York City

November 14 2022 | Dining

New York City is home to the largest urban Irish settlement in the world. In the late 19th century, Irish residents began leaving the country to escape the Great Famine. Between 1846 and 1851, it’s thought that over a million...

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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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Plant-Based Restaurants in New York City

October 17 2022 | Dining

Not everyone wants to take the leap into being a full-time vegan or vegetarian, however, some experts have suggested that staying “plant-based” is a positive way to protect the planet going forward. The “plant-based movement” has taken menus all over...

View of one of New York's Chinatowns, large crowd of people stand between the buildings on either side of the street with a tall skyscraper in the background, Chinese lanterns and traditional decor hangs between the buildings

Which is the Best Chinatown to Visit in New York City

October 10 2022 | Arts & Culture

When visiting a new city many people suggest visiting the local Chinatown. Offering amazing food, great drinks, and an insight into Chinese American culture, the Chinese Quarter is a great place to get lost for the afternoon. Most major cities...

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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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New York Street Food: Where to Go and What to Order

September 26 2022 | Dining

Cities and street food go hand in hand, and New York is no different. Food trucks and street vendors are a great way to keep costs down and try the real taste of authentic New York City on your next...

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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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Traveling to New York City for People Who Use Wheelchairs

August 29 2022 |

Planning a vacation can be tough and it becomes more complex when you factor in accessibility for those with limited mobility. New York has come a long way over the last few years and despite being such a large and...

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New York City’s Best “Old-School Diners” and Where to Find Them

August 22 2022 | Dining

Whether you’re visiting from overseas, a few states over, or you’ve been an NYC lifelong resident, there is something quite nostalgic about visiting “Old School Diners” and taking a step back into the New York of the past. New York...

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Close the Summer in Style – What to do on Labor Day in NYC

August 15 2022 |

And just like that, it’s Labor Day weekend. While summer is great, for many of us fall is welcomed, and long cozy nights are something we’re ready for – but before the weather cools, Labor Day weekend is here to...

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Kick off the Start of Fall with Free Concerts in New York this September

August 08 2022 | Arts & Culture

Every summer New Yorkers and tourists alike are welcomed to enjoy a range of different shows and concerts across the city – completely for free. As the summer comes to an end and the cooler nights roll in, one of...

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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...

Brooklyn Bridge at Sunset in New York City, there is noone on the bridge and the skyline is visible on both sides of the bridge

Where to Catch the Best Summer Sunsets in New York City

July 18 2022 | Arts & Culture

Summer sunsets are often the best ones we see all year – especially in New York City. Apart from being beautiful, it’s been suggested that watching the sunset (and sunrise) can help you feel more refreshed and get a better...

Bridge in Central Park, New York in summer time. Lots of greenery around the bridge with a traditional street lamp before it

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...

New York Skyline and Hudson River at Sunset, with a small group of six kayaks in the water

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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Picnic Locations within Walking Distance of the Hotel Beacon

June 27 2022 | Dining

As the sun comes out, New York City’s streets become small ovens – and being able to escape them is the trick to enjoying your summer in the Big Apple. Despite being one of the world’s busiest and most developed...

Looking up at two people on a fairground ride at Luna Park in Coney Island.

Luna Park – A Perfect NYC Summer Day Out

June 20 2022 | Arts & Culture

Noted as NYC’s most iconic location for fun, Luna Park on Coney Island is not to be missed if you visit New York in the summertime. Luna Park was opened in 2010 on the site of Astroland which operated from...

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Self-Catering Menus for Small Kitchens

June 13 2022 | Dining

Thinking about a vacation in New York but not sure how to keep costs down? A self-catering apartment – complete with a mini-kitchen – can be the best and most effective way to save money in NYC. Of course, on...

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Alfresco Bars in New York City for Summer 2022

June 06 2022 | Dining

What is better than sipping on a cocktail in the sun and watching the world go by? Whether you’re an NYC resident, you’re here on vacation or you’re filling time between meetings on a work trip, there is nothing more...

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The Best Places to find Brunch in New York City

May 30 2022 | Dining

There is something special about long, lazy brunches that only vacations allow you to enjoy. If you’re visiting New York, there are plenty of locations to find a big breakfast to indulge yourself with. Whether you’re looking for a casual,...

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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...

Silhouette of a woman against the Manhattanhenge sunset, with the sun behind her body and the sky scrappers beside her

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...

Coney Beach in Summer with fairground and buildings in background

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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What to do in May on New York’s Upper West Side

April 18 2022 | Arts & Culture

As the weather gets a little warmer, New York City starts to defrost after the long, cold winter that grips the city. Now with spring here, outside activities can be enjoyed again – and there is something for everyone to...

stable street skybridge at the old New York Hospital. bridge links two buildings, traditional fire escapes are on the buildings.

Hidden Gem Photography Locations for Trigger Happy Travellers in the Big Apple

April 11 2022 | Arts & Culture

They say Central Park and New York City are two of the most filmed and photographed locations in the whole world – but why is it that everyone always comes home with the same photos? Like in any city, the...

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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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Jazz in New York, A Short History

March 28 2022 | Arts & Culture

Jazz originated in New Orleans, Louisiana in the late 19th and early 20th century, with popularity growing quickly throughout the state and the rest of the country. By the 1920’s the Jazz Age had well and truly taken hold and...

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Celebrating Easter with Kids in New York City 2022

March 21 2022 | Arts & Culture

Easter isn’t celebrated as widely as the other main holidays are in New York, however if you’re looking for something to do over the Easter weekend there is still plenty to find – especially if you’re travelling as a family....

View of New York skyscrapers from an upper floor viewing gallery.

Once in a Lifetime Dining Experiences in New York City

March 14 2022 | Dining

New York City and food go hand in hand, in fact there are almost 30,000 restaurants to try. From authentic, international street eats to some of the world’s most celebrated restaurants and chefs, and everything in-between in the city.  The...

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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...

Beacon Hotel in 1928. Sepia photo of New York street 100 years ago.

The Beacon Hotel: An Insider’s Guide

February 28 2022 | Hotel Beacon News

Hotels and secrets go hand in hand. Whether it’s what to ask for at the front desk to get an upgrade or which famous Hollywood Celebrity left a mess in the executive suite – every hotel has its stories, and...

traditional new york bagel in hands.

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...

View of New York sky line with Empire State Building in the center through a rainy, misted window.

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,...

Traditional Chinese dragon dance, with green dragon held above the mens heads, the men are dressed in red clothing and crowds watch from New York China town streets.

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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The Five Best Pizzerias on the Upper West Side

January 17 2022 | Dining

For many people, pizza is pizza – but for New Yorkers, that will never be the case. New York style pizza is, of course, the best pizza in the world and a must try if you’re visiting the Big Apple. ...

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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...

Runners in Central Park in the Winter

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...

Street in China Town NYC with variety of restaurants and signage in Chinese

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...

Take away coffee held up over a bridge into Manhattan with sun rising behind the city.

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...

Pink tulips and small purple pansies, in a planter with a New York taxi cab and New York Street in the background.

Five Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About the Upper West Side

December 06 2021 | Hotel Beacon News

Manhattan is divided into downtown, midtown and uptown and split lengthwise along Fifth Avenue – creating the East and West side. The Upper West Side, where you will find the Hotel Beacon, is home to some of the city’s most...

Looking up from street level to Christmas tree and skyscrapers in New York in the snow.

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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Kid-Friendly Museums on the Upper West Side

November 15 2021 | Arts & Culture

If it’s your first time in New York City, knowing what to see and what to skip can be overwhelming – especially if you have your family in tow. In the winter months when the weather is unpredictable, finding indoor...

Queensboro Bridge lit up as sun comes up, NYC skyline in the background.

New York City: A Holiday Movie Tour

November 08 2021 | Arts & Culture

What are the Holidays without relaxing evenings in front of fire, with a hot cocoa and rewatching your favorite festive movies? New York City has been the film set and backdrop of some of the best Christmas movies over the...

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International Eats within Walking Distance of the Hotel Beacon

November 01 2021 | Dining

One of the best things about being in New York City is how international it is. With people from all over the world visiting and living full time in the city, the influences can be found everywhere. With so many...

Dyker Heights home covered in red, gold and white Christmas lights, with nutcrackers lining the stairs and other traditional Christmas decorations.

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 -...

Times Square at night with theater lights and posters lit up in the background, taxis and people on the streets.

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...

blurry photo of yellow New York cabs on city street in the snow.

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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What is Thanksgiving in New York, without the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

October 09 2021 | Hotel Beacon News

The three-hour parade was first launched in 1924 and has taken place every single year (bar three*) over the past 97 years – growing to become the most viewed in the world. The first ever Macy’s Day Parade drew an...

Clear domes on a New York City street, providing a safe way to eat out during COVID19

Enjoying Cozy Alfresco Dining on the Upper West Side throughout Fall

October 01 2021 | Dining

Fall doesn’t have to mean the end of enjoying the great outdoors – this year especially. With COVID still posing a threat and inside seating limited, outdoor dining has become the new norm – but as the weather takes a...

Snow around a lake in Central Park with NYC skyline in the background.

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...

Open air ice skating rink in Central Park; people ice skating in front of a backdrop of fall leaves and the NYC skyline.

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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Hotel Beacon Update on COVID-19

March 17 2020 | Hotel Beacon News

  We are mindful of all the challenges we are facing today. Taking them into consideration, we would like to share with you an update on what we are doing to ensure your travel safety and provide flexibility for your...


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...


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...


5 Cozy Diners near New York City's Upper West Side

February 20 2020 | Dining

There's something about sliding into a booth at a neighborhood diner, warming up with coffee and chowing down on comfort food. Here's a look at some of the great diners of New York City's Upper West Side, plus one famous...


Why a Hotel with a Kitchen is Key

February 07 2020 | Dining

A mini-fridge or microwave is usually the only kitchen appliance in a hotel room, but when they're right next to your bed, it can start to feel like a college dorm room. That's why a hotel with a fully-equipped kitchenette...


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...


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...


Upcoming Shows at Beacon Theatre in 2020

January 16 2020 | Arts & Culture

Soul jam ballads, jam band tunes from Widespread Panic, legends like Ringo Starr, Styx and great stand-up from Ali Wong and Jerry Seinfeld can be expected at the Beacon Theatre for the first half of 2020. Of course we’re partial,...


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...


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...


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,...


Best Pre-Show Restaurants Around Beacon Theatre

December 17 2019 | Dining

If you have plans to see a show at the Beacon Theatre, don’t forget about dinner!  Modern Mediterranean food is the main fare at the stylish restaurant, Tessa (349 Amsterdam Ave.). Drawing on inspiration from Italy and southern France, generous...


Delight in New York City’s Diverse Artforms

December 16 2019 | Arts & Culture

No other city in the world does the arts quite like New York City. Immerse yourself in the world of classical ballet, theatre, jazz, and opera with our partners. Lincoln Center Theatre   The Lincoln Theatre is hailed for its...


Bring the Kids to these Glimmering Light Displays in NYC

December 02 2019 | Arts & Culture

There is no place that does the holidays like New York City. Light displays, holiday markets, ice skating rinks and piping hot cocoa add to the feeling of being in a Christmas movie. If you want to take the kiddos...


Great Places for Outdoor Ice Skating in NYC

December 02 2019 | Hotel Beacon News

Ice skating is a fun (if not, challenging) outing during the winter season. If you’re thinking of enjoying one of the outdoor ice rinks around the city, here’s a look at your options – from the neighborhood feel of Lasker...


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...


8 Local Shops for Small Gifts on the Upper West Side

November 29 2019 | Shopping

  The Upper West Side in Manhattan is known for its neighborhood feel and varied mom and pop shops. Browse unique gifts for friends, family, co-workers and kids. Magpie Best for: Eco-friendly giftsYou’ll find a whimsical selection of many hand-made...


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....


Shop the Upper West Side’s Unique Boutiques

October 28 2019 | Shopping

You can cover a lot of ground by visiting New York City’s best outlets, but shopping in boutiques has some great added benefits. Not only is the clothing unique, the shopping experience is tailored to you as an individual. Here’s...


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...


5 Fun Facts About Central Park in NYC

September 16 2019 |

Even if you’ve never been to New York City, you’ve seen Central Park. The so-called “lungs of Manhattan” is a popular filming location and a welcomed respite in the city that never sleeps. Here are five surprising facts about the...


That’s Amore: The Most Romantic Restaurants in Little Italy

September 09 2019 | Dining

After all these years, Little Italy still has its charm. This area of Lower Manhattan lends itself to an intimate date night, with superb pasta dishes, chianti, and unapologetically sweet desserts. Regardless of where you decide to dine, make sure...


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...


Relish the Labor Day Weekend in New York City

August 20 2019 | Hotel Beacon News

Can you believe that Labor Day is already here? The summer is on its way out, so it’s important to make each weekend count. You can take advantage of Labor Day sales to pick up summer clothes for next year,...


Ticketing & Transportation to the US Open Tennis Championships

August 18 2019 | Hotel Beacon News

This year’s US Open is nearly underway, with the qualifying round set to for Aug. 19 and the main event Aug. 26. It’s an exciting time to witness some of the best players of our time play in one of...


Browse the Shelves at these Delightful Bookstores in Manhattan

August 12 2019 | Shopping

Sure, you can find just about any book you’re looking for on Amazon, but nothing beats the charm of a bookstore. You can browse the shelves and stumble upon a surprising book; or, if you’re traveling with little ones, spend...


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...


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...


A Trip to the Seaport District with Kids

July 18 2019 |

The historic South Street Seaport has never looked so new. The site that was once the center of trade that connected the new world to the old has undergone drastic changes in recent years, but it’s still a fun place...


3 Reasons Why Hotel Beacon is Your Home Away from Home in NYC

July 11 2019 | Hotel Beacon News

Traveling can make us long for our creature comforts. Fortunately, not all hotels are created equal. All 278 of the studios and suites at Hotel Beacon on the Upper West Side are equipped with useful amenities that give you that...


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...


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...


Celebrating the 4th of July Outdoors in NYC

June 24 2019 | Arts & Culture

The country’s birthday is right around the corner and there’s no better place to celebrate than New York City. The second president of the United States, John Adams, predicted exactly how the event would be celebrated when he said 242...


All About Midsummer Night Swing at the Lincoln Center

June 11 2019 | Arts & Culture

There’s no place like New York in the summertime. The city that never sleeps takes advantage of the sunny season with lots of activity, outdoor concerts and festivals. Looking for a memorable way to spend the evening? The Lincoln Center’s...


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...


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...


Portugal in NYC: All Things Portuguese in NYC

May 17 2019 | Arts & Culture

Seeking the laid-back feel of Portugal in New York City? Here’s a guide to Portuguese food, shopping and culture in Manhattan, all just a short walk or subway ride from Hotel Beacon. Food For meticulous petiscos to traditional bacalhau, the...


Opt for Outside Seating at one of these Upper West Side Restaurants

May 15 2019 | Dining

If the weather is right, eating outside in New York City is something special. You can take in the afternoon at your own pace and pull up a front-row seat to observing one of the most lively cities in the...


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...


The Grand Bazaar: A Neighborhood Mainstay on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

April 26 2019 |

The NYC Grand Bazaar has been a Sunday event on the Upper West Side for over 30 years. Every week, vendors set up tables at William J. O’Shea Junior High and sell their wares to raise money for four local...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Where to Shop for Kids on the Upper West Side

March 12 2019 | Shopping

If you’re traveling with little ones in need of shoes, clothes or toys, you don’t want to venture far to shop around. Most parents know that shopping makes kids tired, and tired kids soon turn into irritable kids. Luckily, there...


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....


Surprising Museums You'll Only Find in New York City

February 19 2019 | Arts & Culture

You’ve visited all the big-name museums in New York, with paintings from Europe and ancient Chinese textiles. You’ve browsed modern art installations at the MoMA and took in the power of the plains at the American Museum of Natural History....


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...


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...


Enjoy Presidents’ Day Weekend in NYC

January 23 2019 | Arts & Culture

Presidents’ Day is a favorite in New York City, which is no stranger to U.S. history. The February holiday also marks the mid-winter recess for kids, which is a great opportunity to get out and get active. Soak up history...


The Best Interactive Museums for Kids in Manhattan

January 15 2019 | Arts & Culture

The short, cold days of winter can leave adults and kids feeling a bit lethargic. After all, it’s hard to get your blood pumping when you’re cooped up indoors all day. Want to get moving? Check out these interactive museums,...


Argentina in New York City: Cuisine, Culture and Tango

December 26 2018 | Arts & Culture

From empanadas to tango, Argentina is part of the life blood of the big apple; one of many cultures that gives the city its unique flavor and style. Find out how to get your dose of Argentine flavor and spirit...

Last-minute holiday shopping on the Upper West Side

The Best Places for Last-Minute Christmas Shopping on the Upper West Side

December 17 2018 | Shopping

Still checking people off your list? If you’re looking for last-minute holiday gifts, here are some of the best places to go on the Upper West Side. We’ve got you covered for everything from sweet indulgences to toys for the...

Christmas market at Columbus Circle

Here's Why You Should Visit the Columbus Circle Holiday Market

December 11 2018 | Shopping

Every year New York City goes to town, so to speak, for the holidays. The storefronts are decked out in sparkles and lights and there’s a palpable excitement in the air. With the festive spirit comes shopping galore, and if...


Brazil in New York City: All Things Brazilian in NYC

November 21 2018 | Arts & Culture

Looking for the flavor and optimism of Brazil while in New York City? Com certeza! Here’s a guide to Brazilian food, culture, and nightlife in Manhattan, all a quick a subway ride from Hotel Beacon. Food There’s a Little Italy,...

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Here's How to Get the Best Views of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 14 2018 | Arts & Culture

Every Thanksgiving, upwards of 3.5 million hit the streets of New York City to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, an annual holiday event since 1924. Floats, crowds, and performances all make for a bigger-than-life spectacle that you’ll want to...


Iconic Foods You Must Try in NYC

November 07 2018 | Dining

New York City is as much its food as it is its people. The city’s iconic foodstuffs are all tied to the culture of somewhere else, with bagel mixes brought from Poland and cannoli recipes from Sicily. We see 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...


Colombia in New York City: Your Guide to All Things Colombian in NYC

October 26 2018 | Arts & Culture

Colombian culture isn’t as obvious as other Latino cultures in Manhattan, but cumbia rhythms in dance clubs, guava-stuffed empanadas and a vibrant Colombian community in Queens give New Yorkers a little taste of the South American country. Is your knowledge...


Iconic New York Experiences to Cross Off Your Bucket List

October 25 2018 | Arts & Culture

The city of New York appears in so many American movies, that most visitors have a clear idea of what it’s like before even setting foot in the iconic metropolis. The truth is, most of their conceptions aren’t far off....


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...


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...


Korea in New York City: Your Guide to All Things Korean in NYC

October 18 2018 | Arts & Culture

Korean culture doesn’t escape New York City. You’ve heard of Chinatown, but there’s also a vibrant Koreatown located right near the Empire State Building. Doing some Seoul searching? Look no further – here’s your guide to all things Korean in...


Discount Shopping on the UWS

October 15 2018 | Shopping

New York City is the place to shop! Discount boutiques and outlet stores offer bargains that make shopping in Manhattan even better. Check out the best places for designer clothes at a steal on and around the Upper West Side....


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...


Ireland in New York City: Your Guide to All Things Irish in NYC

October 08 2018 | Arts & Culture

Looking for a piece of Ireland in New York City? There’s more to the Emerald Isle than just pubs (though there’s plenty of those too). Explore Ireland’s rich history and culture, which has intertwined with New York City since the...


Best Delis on the Upper West Side

October 03 2018 | Dining

It’s no secret that New York City is known for its delicatessen. Ever since Jewish delis started appearing in the city before the turn of the last century, bagels and sandwiches have become an everyday provision for New Yorkers. Carryout...


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 Fall 2018 NYC Museum Exhibitions

September 20 2018 | Arts & Culture

School is back in session, and that means fall is right around the corner. Here in the Upper West Side, that means a fresh influx of brisk air, the leaves changing color in Central Park, and new exhibits to discover...


Sweden in New York City: Your Guide to All Things Swedish in NYC

September 18 2018 | Arts & Culture

If you’re Swedish, you’ve recently visited Sweden, or you just like Swedish meatballs, you won’t have trouble finding a little piece of the Scandinavian country in the US. Check out where to scope out Swedish culture, goods, sweets and meals...

Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace at Lincoln Center. Julliard School buinding in the background.

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...


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...


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...


Everything You Need to Know about Newark Liberty International Airport

September 06 2018 | Arts & Culture

Don't be fooled — just because Newark Liberty International Airport is in New Jersey doesn't mean it's far from NYC. In fact, a lot of New York-bound travelers fly there, and make the quick commute to the city. Here's a...


Our Favorite Breakfast Nooks on the Upper West Side

August 29 2018 | Dining

Whether you’re traveling solo or with family, breakfast in New York is a treat in and of itself. Looking for a nice breakfast spot during your stay on the Upper West Side? Grab a seat at one of these quaint...

Old townhouses in Upper West Side neighborhood in Manhattan

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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6 Quintessential Things To Do in New York This Summer

August 20 2018 | Arts & Culture

As the “Capital of the World,” New York City is a premier destination any day of the year. There’s always something new to see or do here. But there are some things in New York City that are best experienced...


Australia in New York City: Your Guide to All Things Australian in NYC

August 15 2018 | Arts & Culture

There’s no better place for that international feel than New York City. Looking for a change of scene or a taste of home? Check out all things Australian on this side of the equator with Australian coffee shops, Aboriginal art...

Shakespeare Garden fence and stairway

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...


The History of the Beacon Theatre

August 10 2018 | Arts & Culture

The Hotel Beacon and the Beacon Theatre were built in tandem as an eight-million dollar venture in the late 1920s. Adorned with a fully-functioning overhead airway beacon during the early days of flight, both the hotel and theatre were met...


Everything You Need to Know About LaGuardia Airport

August 10 2018 | Arts & Culture

We've discussed JFK, but what about LaGuardia Airport? While this smaller hub — located on the northern tip of Queens — isn't quite as busy or well-known as JFK, it is closer to Hotel Beacon, and more tailored to domestic...

Cherry blossom trees in central park

Your Intro to All Things Japanese in NYC

July 31 2018 | Arts & Culture

While New York City doesn’t technically have one big “Japantown,” you’ll find plenty of Japanese culture and cuisine here. More than 30,000 Japanese nationals live in the five boroughs, so you’ll find the beauty of Japanese culture spread all throughout...


Where To Swim in NYC This Summer

July 30 2018 | Arts & Culture

Summer is at its peak in the city, with temperatures shooting through the roof. (Hello, real-feel of 100 degrees!) Keep cool with a day trip to one of NYC's best swimming pools. Asphalt Green For a small fee of $35,...


Everything You Need to Know About JFK Airport

July 18 2018 | Arts & Culture

You’ve booked your room at Hotel Beacon, you’ve packed your bags, and you’ve purchased a flight to NYC. All that’s left is landing at JFK Airport and making your way to the Big Apple. Here’s everything you need to know about...

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...

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...

The Hotel Beacon Guide to Deciphering the  NYC Subway System

The Hotel Beacon Guide to Deciphering the NYC Subway System

July 05 2018 | Arts & Culture

The New York City subway system is enormous, one of the oldest and largest public transportation systems in the world with approximately 5.7 million riders every weekday. If it’s your first time visiting, that can be intimidating. But the NYC...

Classic Movies Shot on the Upper West Side

Classic Movies Shot on the Upper West Side

July 03 2018 | Arts & Culture

Sure, Hollywood has the walk of fame, but in the Upper West Side, you can walk in the footsteps of fame. New York City is full of film history, and the Upper West Side is no exception, as many beloved...

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...

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...

Become a Beacon Insider

Become a Beacon Insider and Get up to 25% Off Your Stay

June 18 2018 | Hotel Beacon News

There’s a way to make your trips to New York City easier and even more enjoyable — become an insider with us. As one of the few remaining residential hotels in the city — with spacious rooms and suites that...

Check Out These Museums Just Blocks from Hotel Beacon

Check Out These Museums Just Blocks from Hotel Beacon

June 14 2018 | Arts & Culture

This spring and summer are great times to visit New York City and get out on the town. The beautiful weather makes strolling the streets of Manhattan an experience like no other. But the even better thing about New York...

6 Must-taste Pizza Shops on the Upper West Side

6 Must-taste Pizza Shops on the Upper West Side

June 13 2018 | Dining

You love pizza. Who doesn’t? Pizza may have first originated in Italy, but pizza as we know it in the U.S. started right here in New York City. The country’s first pizzeria was founded in Little Italy in 1905 by...

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...

Family-friendly Restaurants

Family-friendly Restaurants on the Upper West Side

June 06 2018 | Dining

The Upper West Side is arguably the best part of New York City to visit with kids. There are plenty of parks, including Central Park and Riverside Park —  so there’s lots of space for the kids to run around...

Central Park

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...

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...

3 Quick Meals You Can Make in Your Room

3 Quick Meals You Can Make in Your Room

May 14 2018 | Dining

Everybody loves room service, but there’s more than one way to get a great meal into your hotel room. You can make one yourself! Sound like a pain? Well, at least here at Hotel Beacon, it’s not. And there are...

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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...


A Foodie Guide to the Best Upper West Side Restaurants

May 09 2018 | Dining

It’s walkable, family-friendly, and a great place to visit, especially if you want to experience the best of New York City. We’re talking, of course, about the Upper West Side. This is the home of Hotel Beacon, so we’re obviously...

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Upcoming Spring 2018 Events at Beacon Theatre

May 03 2018 | Arts & Culture

At Hotel Beacon, to say that entertainment is within walking distance is an understatement. That’s because our building is attached to the aptly named Beacon Theatre, a historic, 2,894-seat, three-tiered theatre designed by Chicago architect Walter W. Ahlschlager. It’s nearly...

5 Ideas For A Picnic In Central Park

5 Ideas For A Picnic In Central Park

April 04 2018 | Dining

For many tourists who want to kick back and absorb the tranquility of nature, having a picnic in Central Park is a popular choice. Considering that Central Park sprawls from 59th St to 110th St, the options for picnic spots...

The Flight History of Hotel Beacon

The Flight History of Hotel Beacon

March 30 2018 | Arts & Culture

All things considered, planes haven’t been around that long — just 115 years. Orville Wright and his brother, Wilbur, invented the airplane in 1903 and set off an absolutely unprecedented age of innovation. To understand just how fast the world changed...

Upcoming Spring 2018 Events at Lincoln Center

Upcoming Spring 2018 Events at Lincoln Center

March 23 2018 | Arts & Culture

Just one mile south of Hotel Beacon, Lincoln Center is alive with New York City’s creative spirit. It’s just a 15-minute walk or 5-minute drive, so if you’re staying with us on the Upper West Side, Lincoln Center is easily...

The Best Eats To Try At Zabar’s

The Best Eats To Try At Zabar’s

March 09 2018 | Dining

A visit to the Upper West Side is never complete without a trip to Zabar’s. This iconic gourmet and specialty food store opened in 1934 when a couple of was seeking to start a business selling high-quality products. More than...

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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...