Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Highline’s Newest Highlight

Recently one of my great friends from college got home from a trip of a lifetime to the Western Hemisphere. Being a travel lover, I just had to hear all about her trip through Bali, Australia, Japan, and India. A few of my other friends felt the same way so we decided to meet at the newest beer garden to pop up in New York City, the Lot on Tap.

My Friends and I enjoying the High Line

 The Lot on Tap recently opened with the addition to the second section of the High Line.

The High Line was built in the 1930’s as an elevated freight line to avoid train traffic and accidents on the west side of New York City. This service stopped running in 1980 and when the city wanted to tear it down, a non-profit group called “The Friends of the High Line” took action to make sure this historical structure was preserved. In 2002, the group was granted permission and worked for the next seven years to create a beautifully landscape public park.

The High Line public park runs between 10th and 11th Avenues from Gansevoort Street to 30th street. The first section of the High Line (from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street) opened in June 2009 and the second section (West 20th Street to 30th Street) just opened on June 8th of this year.

 The Lot on Tap is operated by Collicchio and Sons (yes, Top Chef fans, this is one of  Tom’s creations!) and is open from 12pm to 11pm daily. The Lot on Tap offers seasonal wines, locally brewed beers (I highly recommend Captain Lawrence’s Liquid Gold), soda, and water. There are even food trucks stationed on the lot, like the infamous Red Hook Lobster Truck.  I don’t think you can beat an ice cold drink and a lobster roll on a hot summer day. 

The Lot of Tap is a great place to relax at the end of the day. Aside from the Lot on Tap, the High Line Park offers stunning views of the west side and amazing landscapes by some of the best designers. There are often pop-up shops and arts and craft fairs along this path during the summer. I also highly recommend you check out Chelsea Market for unique shops, farm-to-table restaurants and gourmet stands. 

If you’re looking to take a stroll on a nice summer day, the High Line is the place to go!

 Looking to enjoy the sun and some fun in New York City? Contact me at blenowicz@newyorkguest.com and I would love to share the great activities NYC has to offer! -Beth

Looking for unique event space for a corporate event or wedding? The High Line is a great venue that is unlike any other. Give my colleague Lora a call at (212) 302-4019 or email her at lgreen@newyorkguest.com  for more information.

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Cirque du Soleil Presents: Zarkana!

The newest Cirque du Soleil show to hit New York City is Zarkana and it is wowing audiences at our beloved Radio City Music Hall. Zarkana is a visual masterpiece; a feast for the eyes and for the senses. 

I was taken on a journey through various dimensions, each different and unique in it’s own way. Flower women, space frogs, a snake woman growing from the earth, hanging trapeze clowns descending onto the stage from strings! The creativity mastered in this show is infinite; I cannot fathom how the minds behind this show came up with these ideas and concepts.  Words do this work of art no justice. You must go see it!

There is simply nothing on earth like this show. If you’re in New York, or anywhere near the Eastern hemisphere, you owe it to yourself to catch Zarkana before it moves to another city! It is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

If you are looking for tickets to Zarkana please feel free to contact me at sfleitman@newyoerkguest.com or call us at (212) 302-4019. I look forward to speaking with you! -Shawn

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Shawn’s Broadway Review: Catch Me If You Can!

When I see a Broadway show I want to be dazzled, shocked, moved and star struck! I love the feeling I get when I want to picture myself being the main actor; up on stage singing and dancing and making the crowd go wild. I need a Broadway show to deliver and Catch Me If You Can most certainly did. The musical is based off of the 2002 hit movie staring Leonardo DicaprioBased on a true story, the show conveys a 19 year old con artist on the run while having lots of fun!

The lead role is played by the amazing and ever so talented, Aaron Tveit. You might remember him from Next to Normal and Gossip Girl.

I hate to sound cliché, but this musical really has something for everyone. The show brings action, romance, humor and many triumphs.

What first struck me about this was the story line was how the lead character Frank faked being a Pan Am Pilot. I love airlines and everything that has to do with travel, so this was right up my alley. This musical was nostalgic of the old fashion “Jet Set” and an antiquated criminal justice system.

Did I mention that it’s hilarious, heartbreaking and exciting!? I cried, I laughed, I anticipated, I wanted more! I went to see the show with a few my colleagues-it was an amazing night out on the town.

Where will we catch you on your next jet set?

Write to me at SFleitman@newyorkguest.com for more information regarding Broadway shows, New York City or anything you may need for your next jet set!

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Rockin’ Family Weekend!

Hello again. Beth here with another Broadway Review! With my brother and sister both living outside of New York these days, long holiday weekends are always a great way for my family to see each other. My Mom’s birthday was last week so my family decided to get tickets for all of us to Rock of Ages. What an amazing idea that was!

 This show now definitely ranks in my Top 5 (if not 3!). The mood of the theatre is that of a rock concert. There are posters everywhere and people walking up and down the aisle selling drinks (every now and then you hear a token “BEER HERE!” while waiting for the show to start). At the beginning of the show, the four man band comes onto the stage to pump the audience up.

 After that starts the real fun! As an avid music fan and a child of the 80’s, this show had every hit you can imagine. The songs all blend into the perfect storyline of Drew and Sherrie (cue the “Oh Sherrie” romantic ballad moment) as they struggle to be a singer and an actress inLos Angeles. With hits from 1980’s rock staples like Foreigner, White Snake, and Journey this show has you singing along in your seats. The best part of this show was the comedy! I didn’t expect the show to be as funny as it was, but there were parts that had us laughing so hard, there were tears in our eyes.

 This show appeals to a wide range of people. Anyone over the age of 16 and a fan of music or the 80’s would love this show. My family ranges from 22 to 62 and we all enjoyed it just as much as the next person.

My Family and I Outside the Theater

Want to visit New York Cityand rock out on Broadway? Contact me at blenowicz@newyorkguest.com or (212) 302-4019.

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