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Stay tuned to the Lex Staff Picks and never miss a beat of New York City’s vibrant pulse. Discover local nightlife hotspots, popular area attractions, cultural festivities, and can’t-miss annual events.

  • Animals Take to the Air at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    11-08-2017

    On Thursday, November 23, at 9 A.M. sharp, millions of New Yorkers will be joined by tens of millions of viewers across the nation tuning in for one of the biggest, most venerable holiday celebrations in the world: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. ... Read more

  • Welcome to Rockefeller Center

    10-02-2017

    The Today Show, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers—in addition to being great entertainment, the common thread that runs through all these iconic television shows is the iconic New York City complex of Rockefeller Center.... Read more

  • A Night of Dancing and Merriment with the New York City Ballet

    09-05-2017

    Founded in 1948 by internationally renowned choreographers George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, the New York City Ballet has grown into one of the premier dance companies in the world.... Read more

  • Get Down Like Its 1929 at the Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

    08-07-2017

    Before the breadlines and the industrial wastelands of the Great Depression, there was the Jazz Age, a quasi-mythical time in American history when clandestine soirees in underground speakeasies dominated New York nightlife and Gatsby-esque characters strutted like royalty along the city’s streets.... Read more

  • A Puckish Play in Central Park

    07-02-2017

    Arthur Miller once quipped that good artists are greeted with applause, great artists with pitchforks. If controversy is in fact a necessary ingredient in the best art, then the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park summer series has perfected the recipe.... Read more

  • The High Line: NYC's One-of-a-Kind Elevated Garden

    06-04-2017

    In a city packed with so many millions of people, New Yorkers have learned to be very savvy with their space. So it was in this spirit of resourcefulness that, back in 1999, an organization called Friends of the High Line petitioned to have one-and-a-half miles of dilapidated, elevated railway on the west side of Manhattan repurposed as an aerial garden.... Read more

  • Soak in the Sun at South Street Seaport

    05-01-2017

    Spring has finally sprung anew in New York, which means it’s time to get out and experience all the wonders of shopping, dining, and entertainment a casual stroll can bring in this great metropolis. We recommend you head down to the South Street Seaport, less than 20 minutes from our Lexington Ave. hotel.... Read more

  • Rough Trade, Sick Beats

    04-03-2017

    One of the great assets of New York that sets it a notch above other cities is its vibrant and ever-expanding arts scene. We especially enjoy keeping up-to-date on the latest and best music in the city, and if you’re like us, you’ll love Rough Trade.... Read more

  • Tighten Your Belts on Saint Patrick's Day

    03-04-2017

    Spring is closer than a whisper, so it’s time to get serious about the end of winter. Herald the next thirty-one days while wearing green, and black.... Read more

  • A Holiday Tasting as Good as it Looks

    02-03-2017

    Catch the attention of your secret valentine and hit it out of the park.... Read more

  • Music to Sooth the Savage Beast

    01-08-2017

    Check yourself into one of these mood-altering NYC gigs. They’re just the thing.... Read more

  • Unsilent and Unholy Nights in New York

    12-01-2016

    Holiday alternatives fighting for your attention this season? Our picks give you a clear path to a riotous Christmas.... Read more

  • A Taste of Brooklyn

    11-07-2016

    In the days approaching Thanksgiving, kiss your boring old palette goodbye, and get ready to savor some authentic Brooklyn tastings.... Read more

  • Cider, Spirits and Cemeteries

    10-10-2016

    Here’s what you have to look forward to while New York City is busy transforming itself in time to celebrate Halloween!... Read more

  • The Great Big Bacon Picnic

    09-12-2016

    Back in 2015 bloggers across the country squealed with praise for The Great Big Bacon Picnic, which set up shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.... Read more

  • Oktoberfest

    09-01-2016

    Oktoberfest may be the most generous of our nationally celebrated holidays.... Read more

  • The Play's the Thing

    08-05-2016

    Would Malcolm Gladwell describe you as an outlier? Or, perhaps you’re a fan of anything that’s avant-garde. ... Read more

  • Party Like a Patriot | Manhattan's Best This Fourth of July near Lex Hotel

    07-01-2016

    Every Fourth of July, Macy loads up barges with colorful dynamite and coasts down the East River past crowds of onlookers, who gather in parks and on neighborhood rooftops. In... Read more

  • Walk on the High Side | Unique Greenway West of Lex Hotel

    06-08-2016

    The best views of Manhattan aren’t found through the cramped window of a taxicab. In a city this big, give yourself a lot of room to breathe. For an attraction... Read more

  • South Street Seaport | Near Lexington Ave Hotel

    05-09-2016

    The historic South Street Seaport, just twenty minutes from our Lexington Avenue-area hotel, is the place to be for shopping, dining, and entertainment.... Read more

  • Brooklyn Vinyls

    04-01-2016

    Scattered across all five boroughs, New York City is full of entertainment and art. And if getting a feel of New York’s local music scene is on your agenda, consider... Read more

  • Come for the Coffee

    03-21-2016

    If you’re a connoisseur of coffee or a devotee of tea, then you can’t miss the 11th Annual Coffee and Tea Festival NYC! From March 19th through the 20th, visitors... Read more

  • Celebrate the Chinese New Year

    02-09-2016

    January 1st may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean New York City is done celebrating the new year! If you’re ready to ring in the new year again,... Read more

  • The Fashion of the Force

    12-30-2015

    The biggest box office hit in, well, maybe ever, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has taken the world by storm, and if you’re hungry for more Stars Wars excitement, we recommend checking out Discovery Times Square’s newest exhibition: "Star Wars and the Power of Costume."   ... Read more

  • Solve the Mystery, See New York

    11-19-2015

    Anything can happen in New York City, so it’s no surprise that NYC is where you’d find Accomplice, part guided tour, part scavenger hunt game, part interactive theater. If you love games, making friends with strangers or exploring the city, then you’ll love Accomplice! Located just ten minutes from our Lexington Avenue hotel, visitors can choose from multiple tours that take you to different parts of the city and also tell different stories for you to participate in, gathering clues and unraveling secrets while also stopping at cool places in the city for food and drinks. A totally unique way to tour New York and test your puzzle-solving abilities, mark Accomplice down as a must-do!Address: South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton Street, New York... Read more

  • The (Real) Haunted Mansion

    10-14-2015

    If you’re looking to inject a few more scares into your Halloween, consider checking out the Merchant’s House Museum, a historical landmark and gorgeous example of 1800’s architecture as well... Read more

  • Lawn Music

    09-15-2015

    The temperatures are finally dropping and the crisp wind of Autumn is making its way to New York. Make the most of this beautiful outdoor weather with a trip to... Read more

  • The ABCs of Great Food

    08-11-2015

    Who says something can’t be sophisticated and socially conscious at the same time? ABC Kitchen is a chic restaurant located less than a mile from our Lexington Avenue hotel that... Read more

  • Secret Shopper

    07-13-2015

    You never know what you're going to stumble across in New York, what might be hiding under a rock…or in a photo booth. This particular photo booth is in Community... Read more

  • Escape In New York

    06-15-2015

    Are you a puzzle master? A captain of clue-deciphering? Or even just big fan of Sherlock Holmes? Then have we got a game for you. At Escape the Room, you... Read more

  • There's Always Time for Thai

    05-18-2015

    Little Basil is, as the name might imply, a cozy little Thai restaurant nestled away in the city, but the flavors are anything but small. Less than a five minute... Read more

  • Feed Your Inner Italian

    04-22-2015

    Proving that New York City really does have it all, Eataly is a 50,000-square-foot celebration of all things Italian and culinary. Think of it as a mash-up of Whole Foods... Read more

  • The Best Bars, Bar None

    03-17-2015

    No matter what kind of experience you're looking for in this "City That Never Sleeps," you can't beat the myriad bar options within walking distance of our Lexington Avenue hotel in New York City.... Read more

  • Flower Power

    02-27-2015

    Just a stone's throw from our Manhattan hotel, Macy's Herald Square's eagerly-anticipated Flower Show this year shines the spotlight on "Art In Bloom." Set outside on Broadway Plaza, this annual flower fest kicks off Sunday, March 22 and runs through April 4.... Read more

  • Pizza With A Password

    01-16-2015

    It's possible that the word is already out on pizza impresario Giulio Adriani's "pizza speakeasy" SRO but, just in case it's still possible to score one of the hot spot's 24 seats, here's what you need to know.... Read more

  • THIS NEW YEAR'S EVE, MAKE A RUN FOR IT

    12-01-2014

    Considering skipping the ear-splitting New Year's Eve noise in New York City's Times Square? Here's a more aerobic alternative. Lace up your running shoes and join the New York Road... Read more

  • WINDOW SHOPPING

    11-01-2014

    Around the holidays, window shopping takes on a whole new meaning in New York City. Yes, we mean the holiday tradition of strolling Fifth Avenue to see the festively decorated... Read more

  • NEW YORK CITY IN-DEPTH

    10-01-2014

    Ever wonder how New York City evolved into such a distinct and dynamic world-renowned destination? Spend a few hours in the Museum of the City of New York and you may just find out.... Read more

  • SUNDAY SWOON

    09-01-2014

    Several blocks south in NoHo, we've found a new, swoon-worthy Sunday Brunch spot that, frankly, we'd consider walking miles in rain, sleet or snow just to snag a table. (Fortunately, it's under two miles door-to-door.)... Read more

  • A SWEET STEP BACK IN TIME

    08-01-2014

    Remember candy necklaces and ring pops? If you miss those oh-so-sweet memories of your childhood, take your sweet tooth to The Sweet Shop NYC, a new candy boutique with a whole lot of old-fashioned favorites.... Read more

  • THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE

    07-01-2014

    What do you get when you merge Broadway with really big buses? Something akin to "The Ride," a hybrid tour than turns the streets of New York City... Read more

  • FLOWER TOWER

    06-01-2014

    It's been nearly 15 years since artist Jeff Koon's flowering, 43-foot-tall "Puppy" delighted visitors to Rockefeller Center.... Read more

  • DINE OUT (OR IN) AT SD26

    05-01-2014

    Just two blocks west at SD26, overlooking Madison Square Park, you'll find some of the city's best modern Italian cuisine. Not surprisingly, the eatery is the incarnation of San Domenico, one of New York's best-loved restaurants.... Read more

  • MADE IN MAN(HAT)TAN

    04-01-2014

    Our hat is off to Satya Twena, who began making hats out of her 4th floor NYC walkup and, last year, made hat-making history by buying New York's iconic Makins Hats and Makins Hat Factory.... Read more

  • SHAKE IT UP

    02-01-2014

    What started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park more than a decade ago has become a blueprint for how to run a burger business. And, in our book, few things can top the beauty of a perfectly cooked burger. We have Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group for dreaming up the Shake Shack, a now permanent culinary fixture on the park's southeast corner.... Read more

  • FOOD FRENZY

    01-01-2014

    In the Super Bowl frenzy that's gripping New York, it would be easy to overlook Restaurant Week but âÂ?" fear not âÂ?" it's simply delayed a few days. The culinary fiesta kicks off February 17, runs through March 7, and serves up significant lunch and dinner discounts at nearly 300 restaurants... Read more

  • A TRIO OF TREES

    12-01-2013

    Long admired for its contemporary art exhibitions, Madison Square Park shines the spotlight on Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, whose thought-provoking trio of sculptural 30-foot tall bronze trees is on view now through early February.... Read more