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By Shari Hartford Yes, Times Square is glitzy, loud, edgy and bright. And that’s just fine when you’re out and about walking to the theater and seeing the sights. But when it’s time to settle in for some r&r you want tranquil and quiet. The brand-new Luma Hotel Times Square

By Shari Hartford Some things…like fine wine and fine hotels…are worth the wait. I had heard about the re-branding and re-do of this historic property about a year ago and was anticipating the opening. At long last it was here and I promptly crossed town to the east side for

By Shari Hartford Sometimes you want to stay at home. You want to curl up in a favorite chair, put your feet up and munch away when you get hungry. But that’s not always possible. If you happen to be visiting New York City, then you should be staying at

Shari Hartford Parts of the midtown area known as the Garment District was, until recently, a jumble of old office buildings (some housing less-than-credible factories), wholesale-only showrooms and an assortment of parking garages and small stores. But there has been a slow revolution for this area of prime real estate.

By Shari Hartford I just love quirky, out-of-the-way hotels. And when I can find one in New York City, I feel as if I have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Such is Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel, located on tiny Gold Street in very-lower

By Shari Hartford In the not too distant past, the Lower East Side was synomous with immigrants and crowded apartments buildings that were cold in the winter and broiling hot in the summer. The fire escapes that draped the structures provided the only indoor/outdoor amenity. That was then. The now

By Shari Hartford Who doesn’t like gooey, stringy mozzarella on everything that is Italian? On pizza, dripping from lasagna and sliced over a just-picked tomato with a drizzle of excellent olive oil. Ah, the taste of Italy. Murray’s Cheese Shop, a New York institution since 1940, is a one-stop shopping

By Shari Hartford The Elysée and the Giraffe, both members of the Library Hotel Collection, are small boutique properties that offer a residential ambiance in a city filled with giant impersonal chain hotels. In keeping with the country retreat feel of Library Hotels, a generous continental breakfast is served in

By Shari Hartford Take a stroll down quiet tree-lined 13th Street in Greenwich Village and you will come upon…a hotel !?! The Jade NYC, a new boutique property, was designed to mirror a fine European establishment. With only 113 rooms, the elegant ambiance permeates every inch of the townhouse-like setting.

By Shari Hartford When you’re standing at the crossroads of Times Square, it is easy to forget that this wondrous city is really an island. To gain a completely different perspective this summer, view the coastline from the water. Once again, the luxury yacht, Zephyr, will be calling an “All