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Melba: Fuerza Bruta Review

Hello! My name is Melba Guerrero and I am a New York Guest Hotel Concierge. I was born in New York, raised in Dominican Republic and moved to New Jersey as a teenager. Even though I’m just across the Hudson River, my heart is always in the city which is why I like to stay really close to it. I’ve been working in the hotel business for over 4 years and I love it– even more so now that I am a concierge because I have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and help them appreciate New York City as much as I do.

I’m a singer/musician, aiming to get my Music Education degree, and I’m also the musical director for my sorority, which I now do part-time. In school and in other areas, I’ve had the opportunity to perform musically, however, I didn’t experience seeing a professional performance on Broadway and off Broadway until becoming a part of New York Guest. Seeing the shows is part of my job since it helps me learn about the current shows and the great ones from the past.

Last week my mom, my sister and I went to see Fuerza Bruta, an avant-garde off-Broadway show. Prior to arriving, I was not aware that this show does not have chairs and that we were going to have to move around during the performance. I thought it would be fun for me and my sister, but my poor mother can’t stand for too long (luckily they had a couple of benches on the sides) and she didn’t want to miss anything, so she remained standing for the whole show.  In Spanish, Fuerza Bruta means ‘brute force’.   I wondered what I should expect from a “brute force”.  I did see some previews from the website to see how it is, and I thought it was cool and was really looking forward to it. The preview is only a glimpse of what you’re going to see– meaning there is so much more to see than what you expect.

In the beginning of the show I felt as though I was in a 20th century version of a silent film, where the audience is sucked in to it to see it live! I was moving to the beat of the music; at some points it felt like I was in a Brazilian dance club. It was crowded, and the more rhythmic parts can catch you unexpectedly but I didn’t mind. I don’t want to give away too much, but you might get a little wet on purpose from the performers. It was so much fun; I was so happy with the outcome and understood what Fuerza Bruta finally means. The energy of the performers and dancers, the dynamics of the music, the tempo of the rhythm would make that a Fuerza Bruta!  I will definitely go again with close friends and dance dance dance!

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Let New York Guest help you find some of New York City’s off Broadway treasures like Fuerza Bruta. Just give my colleagues a call at (212) 302-4019 for advice and assistance!

— Melba

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Alison: American Idiot

Well hello!

I’m Alison, and I manage our staff of wonderful concierges at various hotel desks throughout New York City.  I’ve been with New York Guest for over 3 years now.  The most rewarding part of my job is speaking to you, the guests of New York City!  I have helped people from all over the world with all kinds of requests, from simple directions to elaborate event planning assistance. I’m originally from Birmingham, Alabama so I know how overwhelming New York City can feel when you first arrive.  My job is to help you love it as much as I do– and thankfully New York City makes that a very easy task.  I love sharing my personal experiences, especially when it comes to theatre and food!

As a child of the 80s and teenager of the 90s, I LOVE the rock band Green Day.  I also happen to be a lover of all things Broadway, which means American Idiot is exactly my kind of musical.  The show currently stars Green Day’s lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, for select performances through January and February. While I thoroughly enjoyed the show the first time I saw it last fall, I just had to see it again with Armstrong at the helm. And I am happy to report that I was not in the least bit disappointed,  in fact, I was blown away by all that Armstrong brings to the show with his performance.

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American Idiot is 90 straight minutes of punk-rock, chaotic bliss.  Every second is filled with multiple scenes, sights and sounds to take in.  I cannot get over the talent level of every cast member and the passion each one brings to their roles.  But it’s more than just the music of my generation.  It’s the story of what it’s like to grow up in an age where everyone is addicted to technology and believes the lies they’re told via the media.  Three men (and their peers) navigate through their lives and find out what it’s like to leave the comforts of home and venture out on their own.  It’s a powerful web of stories, supported by an incredible score and script.  I’ll see it again and again.  In fact, I already have my ticket for a show next week!

Want to come with me?  Since performances with Bille Joe Armstrong are limited, don’t wait to get your tickets! Though this show is always amazing, performances featuring Armstrong are truly special. Contact a New York Guest travel planner for tickets or purchase American Idiot tickets on our website!

All photos ©Valerie Schooling

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Beth: Being a Tourist in My Own Hometown

Hi Blogland! My name is Beth and I am one of the New York City Travel Planners here at New York Guest. As a born-and-bred New Yorker I still feel like there are things I haven’t had a chance to do. With a city so wealthy in sites, attractions and activities one could easily spend a lifetime and not check everything off of their to-do list.  Taking time to explore New York City isn’t just fun, it also helps me better advise my guests on what they should see and do while visiting my favorite city in the world.

Recently my boyfriend and I decided to spend a weekend just being tourists in our hometown. Have you ever done that where you live? I highly recommend it! In the chilly January air, New York City is a spectacular city to walk around. We even decided to check out one of New York Guest’s most popular hotels, the Holiday Inn Madison Square Garden.  Staying there, I could immediately understand why this particular hotel is so popular with our guests. It has a great central location close to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Macy’s Herald Square, Madison Square Garden and so much more! Our room was very comfortable, fit with a king-sized bed. Rooms aren’t huge, but we didn’t feel cramped at all.  Best of all, I loved the free breakfast!

Standard King at Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden

Our first stop was at the Empire State Building, located very close to the Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden.  We rode up to the first observation deck on the 86th floor and took in some great views of the Financial District and Central Park.  Did you know on a clear day you can see as many as 5 states from the Observation deck? From each side of the building you can see all of Manhattan and its wonderful buildings, busy streets and surrounding districts. In my opinion, no stay in New York City is complete without a visit to the Empire State Building!

Even if a little blurry... What a view!

We also took time just to walk around and window shop around Herald Square and Times Square. The new pedestrian plazas in both areas make it so much nicer to walk around!

We also had plenty of time to see a good ol’ fashioned rivalry hockey game at Madison Square Garden between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. We had great seats and saw a rough match-up between the #1 and #3 teams in their division.  New York Rangers fans are very passionate about their team which made for a really fun atmosphere! Although the Rangers ended up losing, we still had a blast with all the fans in our section. We even got to take a group photo next to a life-sized picture of Ranger’s famed goalie, Henrik Lunquist.

Taking a picture with Ranger's famed goalie, Henrik Lunquist.

Interested in catching a game while you’re in town? Knicks basketball and Rangers hockey seasons are in full swing and baseball season is right around the corner– Yankees tickets are now available for purchase online!

Contact me or any of the New York travel planners (212) 302-4019 or info@newyorkguest.com to learn more about how you can get great tickets to New York sporting events. I would also love to help you with a reservation at the Holiday Inn Express Madison Square Garden or any of our other excellent New York hotel deals!

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Lora’s Broadway Review

Hello Blog World!

My name is Lora and I am one of New York Guest’s Meeting and Event Planners. Last week I had the opportunity to see Mamma Mia on Broadway. I have always been a Broadway buff but I had never seen the classic hit.

To be honest, I didn’t enjoy the movie and wasn’t sure if I would enjoy the show. I took my sister for our birthday– we have the same birthday though we were born 3 years apart, can you believe that? We had a great time and both of us loved the show!

Lora in front of the Winter Garden Theatre

It’s pretty hard not to have a good time at this show. It’s a dance in your seat, feel-good kind of show! I don’t want to give it away, but the end is absolutely the best part. The entire audience was out of their seats and singing along. I had no idea a Broadway show could be so much fun! I would definitely see it again and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.  You can book your own Mamma Mia on Broadway tickets easily on the New York Guest website or just call my friendly colleagues in the Travel Planning department at +1 (212) 302-4019.

By the way…Are you planning a meeting or event in New York City? NYC is the perfect destination for corporate events, incentive trips, weddings and reunions.  I help businesses and individuals from all over the world to create the perfect event.  We don’t offer cookie-cutter services here; I strive to make sure that every event I produce meets the unique vision (and budget!) of the planners with whom I work.  Whether your group is 10 people to 1,000 people (and everyone in between), the Meeting and Event Planning Department at New York Guest can be your destination management team. We provide you with New York hotel rooms, transportation, private dinners, galas, entertainment, tickets, sightseeing, speakers, team-building events and much more!

Contact me to learn more about New York Guest’s Meeting and Event Planning services at
LGreen@newyorkguest.com or see the Event Planning section of our website.

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