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Staff Picks


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.

  • The Year of the Pig


    Already nostalgic for your New Year’s Eve celebration? It’s time to mark another turn of the calendar. February has come and with it arrives the Year of the Pig and the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration.... Read more

  • Winter Wonderland


    New York City is an ideal place to stay busy in the winter. There is such a variety of events and activities throughout the city that there’s no way the cold weather should stop you from venturing out. We’ve selected a few for you to explore involving art, food, music, and trave... Read more

  • Songs of Good Cheer for Winter Solstice


    The holidays in New York are magical enough, but imagine the streets of Manhattan filled with carolers spreading songs of good cheer just like olden days. "Make Music Winter" will... Read more

  • A Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Like No Other


    What are the holidays without the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? More than 50 million people watch from home, while 3.5 million fill the streets of New York City to cheer in person. This year, look out for the charming newcomer, Little Cloud—an adorable white cloud that will gloriously float over the crowds. ... Read more

  • Get Out and Enjoy October


    The weather in NYC is crisp and perfect for exploration. Whether you are coffee tasting, undercover sleuthing, or marching with zombies—October is a primo example of why New York City is the city that never sleeps.... Read more

  • Fun Fall Events


    Fall in New York is one of our favorite times of the year. The city comes alive with travelers and locals, the weekends become bustling again after the slow summer months, and everyone is excited to be surrounded by the energy. Hit the streets and soak in the steadfast vibe with these fantastic outdoor festivals. ... Read more

  • Summertime Ideas


    Feeling the summertime blues? Of course not! The sun is shining, making New York City a playground for outdoor activities and events. ... Read more

  • Visit The Flatiron Building


    There’s a myriad of reasons to step outside this summer in New York City. Enjoy sightseeing while feeling the surge of energy that comes with higher temperatures. We suggest heading to 175 Fifth Avenue to admire one of the most iconic landmark buildings in Manhattan. ... Read more

  • Summer Movies Under the Stars at Bryant Park


    Be instantly transported into your favorite romantic comedy by watching summer movies at Bryant Park, the natural choice for date night. Located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, nothing sets the mood like a blanket, popcorn, and the sparkling lights of skyscrapers. ... Read more

  • Check Out the Museum Mile Festival


    When the weather warms up in NYC, there’s nothing like a festival, especially when it’s the annual Museum Mile Festival! ... Read more

  • David Bowie Is, at the Brooklyn Museum


    It’s springtime in NYC and what’s goes better with the city that never sleeps than a little David Bowie? Now through June 15th, David Bowie Is will be center stage at the Brooklyn Museum, and it's well-worth the trip across the bridge to check it out. ... Read more

  • Stop and Smell the Orchids


    Spring is (almost) in the air and the 16th annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Gardens runs through April 22. ... Read more

  • Guide to New York Fashion Week


    Fashion week is gearing up to take over New York City! From February 8th – February 16th, designers from all over the world, both established and up-and-coming, will hit the runway with a selection of looks to satisfy our fashion hunger. ... Read more

  • Delivering Laughter to the Masses at The Peoples Improv Theater


    If you’re looking for a night of laughter with some of the best up-and-coming comedic talent in NYC, then we’ve got just the place for you: The Peoples Improv Theater, located just one block away from the Lex Hotel.... Read more

  • Take in the Dazzling Christmas Décor on New York's Opulent Fifth Avenue


    New York is a very expensive city, a fact that becomes even more apparent as the holiday shopping season begins in earnest. A rewarding walk down 5th Avenue doesn’t have to cost a dime, though. The brilliant holiday window displays, far from being just advertisements, are works of art and definitely worth checking out. ... Read more

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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Music to Sooth the Savage Beast


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

  • Unsilent and Unholy Nights in New York


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

  • The Play's the Thing


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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



    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



    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



    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



    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



    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



    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



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



    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



    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



    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



    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



    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

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