New York Visitors Blog

If you are planning to visit New York, or if you just love staying up to date on things happening in New York, you'll enjoy reading our New York Visitors Blog.

Whether you're visiting New York for business or pleasure, you'll find useful information, stories and recommendations here about how to spend your time, where to eat, where to shop, and more! 

Be sure to check our New York Visitors Blog as you plan your visit as new Blog articles are published often! The staff at Park Lane Hotel wants to do all we can to help you make the most of your visit to New York.

Browse through our New York Visitors Blog for tips and information, and also feel free to ask our knowledgeable Concierge for additional ideas about dining, shopping, and things to do in New York City!

For other information about planning your next visit, please see our New York Visitors Guide >

See our New York Photo Tour for more ideas about what to do, see and experience during your visit.

Things to do in NYC: 8 Top New York Attractions

Our NYC Visitors Blog article, ‘Things to do in NYC: 8 Top New York Attractions’ introduces you to some of the most popular New York Attractions you should not miss during your next visit to NYC.

Author
Maria Mancuso
There are many exciting New York Attractions for you to choose to experience during your visit to New York City.  It would be impossible to take in all the top New York Attractions during one visit to the city – all the more reason to plan to visit New York multiple times...

Things to do in NYC: Guide to Visiting Rockefeller Center

No visit to New York City would be complete without exploring the famous Rockefeller Center complex. This NYC Visitors Blog article, ‘Things to do in NYC: Guide to Visiting Rockefeller Center’ will help you make the most of your time.

Author
Maria Mancuso
Rockefeller Center is one of the most visited landmarks in New York City. You can spend days exploring all there is to do, see and experience at this one of a kind dining, shopping and entertainment complex in the heart of the world’s greatest city...

Things to do in New York: 7 Best Rooftop Bars in New York

See this list of ‘7 Best Rooftop Bars in New York’ for some of the best in elevated entertainment for you to enjoy during your next visit to New York.

Author
Maria Mancuso
Elevate your entertainment during your next visit to New York by spending some time at a few of the 7 Best Rooftop Bars in New York...

5 Top Things to do in New York

New York has an almost endless list of things to do and places to see, we’ve selected a few of our favorites in this list of, ‘5 Top Things to do in New York,’

Author
Maria Mancuso
Our New York Visitors Blog focuses on providing insight to all the best that New York has to offer in the areas of shopping, dining, entertainment, sporting events and much more...

Things to do in NYC: Visiting NYC FAQ’s

Our NYC Visitors Blog article, ‘Things to do in NYC: Visiting NYC FAQ’s’ is a great guide for answering some popular questions to make the most of your next visit to New York City.

Author
Maria Mancuso
We have created this NYC Visitors Blog article, ‘Things to do in NYC: Visiting NYC FAQ’s’ – is created to help answer some general and some very specific questions about visiting NYC...

Things to do in New York: 7 Top Coffee Shops in New York

Coffee is not what it used to be! This guide, ‘7 Top Coffee Shops in New York,’ gives you a list of some of the best, most unique and ‘can’t be missed’ shrines to the art of the brewed bean!

Author
Maria Mancuso
Today, Coffee Shops are the cathedrals to the brewed bean and there is an art form to ordering, brewing, and enjoying the perfect cup...

Things to do in New York: Best Photo Spots in Central Park

Central Park is considered as one of the most beautiful parks in the world and this article, ‘Best Photo Spots in Central Park’ gives you a list of locations and tips to capture the perfect ‘Instagrammable Photo.’

Author
Maria Mancuso
Whether you’re a professional photographer, a novice photographer or a famous Instagram Influencer with 5 million followers, Central Park is a target rich environment for capturing some beautiful photos of parks, walkways, lakes, wildlife, people, and famous landmarks...

Things to do in New York: Free Summer Concerts in Central Park!

When visiting New York consider attending a Free Concert in Central Park. See our New York Visitors Blog for this and other great ideas for Things to do in New York.

Author
Maria Mancuso
Our hotel, Park Lane Hotel New York is located just across the street from Central Park so exploring Central Park any time of day is just a matter of walking across the street...

Visiting Top New York Attractions: Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum is one of the Top New York Attractions and is located close to the Park Lane Hotel New York - A Central Park Hotel.

Author
Maria Mancuso

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of New York’s most popular museums as well as one of the most beautifully designed buildings in the city.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the elegant structure which sits on 5th Avenue between 88th Street and 89th Street, directly facing Central Park. The...

7 Top Spots for Luxury Shopping in New York

New York is home to the best in luxury shopping. See our articles, 7 Top Spots for Luxury Shopping in New York’ to help you plan the ultimate shopping experience during your next visit.

Author
Maria Mancuso
New York is the undisputed shopping capitol of the world and home to all the top luxury brands for men’s and women’s fashion, jewelry, purses, shoes and more...

Let’s Drink New York: 7 Classic New York Bars You Must Try!

Sometimes you just feel like a well-crafted, cocktail and there is no better place to quench your thirst than one of these, ‘7 Classic Bars you must try!’

Author
Maria Mancuso
After a long day of shopping, sightseeing, or after a Broadway show, you can use a well-crafted adult beverage.  If you’re in New York, you’re in the right place...

Top New York Attractions: Visit Central Park

Central Park has long been a popular, ‘Top New York Attraction’ – come and spend a day walking, biking, skating or enjoying any of the many activities and attractions in the Park.

Author
Maria Mancuso
Central Park plays an essential role in the everyday lives of New Yorkers. Central Park covers 843 acres of winding paths, sparkling lakes, the Central Park Zoo, restaurants and wide-open spaces for escaping the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city...

Top New York Attractions: Lincoln Center & Metropolitan Opera

The Lincoln Center & Metropolitan Opera are two, ‘Top New York Attractions’ that visitors enjoy from around the world.

Author
Maria Mancuso
Lincoln Center & Metropolitan Opera hosts thousands of performances each year, having established themselves as an important cultural hub for New York’s performing arts scene making both venues Top New York Attractions...

6 Top Spring Events in New York

New York is host to many amazing events throughout the year! See this short list of the ‘Top 6 Spring Time Events in New York’ you are sure to enjoy!

Author
Maria Mancuso
New York is a hub of activities and events that represent a wide variety of interests; fashion, culinary, holidays, automotive, beauty, music, entertainment and many more...

5 Top Places to Visit in New York

New York has an almost endless list of things to do and places to see, and we’ve selected a few of our favorites to include in this list of our picks of the 5 Top Places to Visit in New York.

Author
Maria Mancuso
The following article features a list of, ‘5 Top Places to Visit in New York.’ These are just a few of the best places to see and experience during your next visit to this vibrant city...

Visiting Top New York Attractions: Time Warner Center

The Time Warner Center is one of the most popular, ‘Top New York Attractions’ attracting visitors from around the world to visit its many shops, entertainment venues, restaurants & bars.

Author
Maria Mancuso
Time Warner Center is a massive 2.8 million square-foot complex that houses shopping, dining, entertainment venues as well as work space and living space.

Visiting Top New York Attractions: Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of the most popular Top New York Attractions that draws visitors from around the world hoping to see the breathtaking views of NYC from the famous Observation Decks.

Author
Maria Mancuso
When you think of iconic landmarks in New York, the Empire State Building is likely on that list. Visiting the famed Empire State Building is a must-do for any first-time visitor and for returning visitors alike...

Kid-Friendly New York City!

Park Lane Hotel is a great place for a family getaway and there are NYC activities for all ages to enjoy.

Author
Cindy L. Smith
When you’re looking for Things to do NYC with kids, you’ll find plenty of options. From NY activities to NYC dining spots kids will love, there are many ways to make your stay at Park Lane Hotel one that the kids will remember for years to come...

Plan a Winter NYC Getaway with a Special Offer from Park Lane Hotel

Our special offers provide additional value to guests at our ideally located Central Park Hotel.

Author
Cindy L. Smith

Come enjoy a winter in New York City! Between the holiday events, snow-covered Central Park, and the chance to finish your holiday shopping in some of the world’s most iconic stores, a winter stay at Park Lane Hotel is sure to be memorable experience. If you’re considering a visit, take a look at...

5 Spots for a Late Night Meal in New York City

Explore the city’s best late-night menus starting with these top choices.

Author
Cindy L. Smith
New York City is known for being a foodies’ paradise with restaurants offering any type of food you can imagine. Fortunately for night owls, those who want a late-night meal will find no shortage of options—and you can feast on much more than just a slice of pizza! Here are a 5 of our favorite New...

Best Vintage Stores in NYC

Find edgy and glamorous clothing and accessories from storied times in New York City by shopping at popular Vintage Stores in NY.

Author
Jana Free
You don’t go shopping in NYC just to satisfy a need. You go for the experience. Shopping in New York City is a lifestyle, even when it comes to hitting the vintage stores in New York...

The Frick Collection – Step Inside a Gilded Age Mansion

This mansion now houses the former owner’s impressive art collection.

Author
Cindy L. Smith
Are you planning a visit to New York City to see Downton Abbey The Exhibition? If so, take the time to step inside a real Gilded Age mansion...

Discover an Iconic Urban Treasure with a Central Park Walking Tours

Explore one of the most beloved man-made parks and a gem cherished by locals and tourists.

Author
Jana Free
Taking one or more of the Central Park walking tours offered by tour companies and the City of New York is a fantastic way to discover this NYC treasure. Several new and established businesses, along with NYC cultural organizations and park services departments, offer walking tours of Central Park.....

Find the Best Fifth Avenue Shopping Near Our Hotel in NYC

NYC Shopping? Discover high couture, technology, diamonds, makeup and more on 5th Avenue.

Author
Jana Free
Many visitors to New York City put 5th Avenue shopping high on their list of NYC Things to Do, and for good reason. Iconic 5th Avenue is home to some of the top retailers in the world and many of the most luxurious fashion houses on the planet...

7 Romantic NY Restaurants Near Park Lane Hotel

Treat your sweet to a romantic dinner at one of our favorite NYC dining spots.

Author
Jana Free
New York City is filled with spots for romance—places that are perfect for an intimate encounter or celebration. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to profess your love, pop the question or just spend time together as a couple, you’ll find plenty of choices near Park Lane Hotel...

7 Splurge Restaurants in New York City

In a city known around the world for its amazing food, you owe it to yourself to indulge in a fabulous meal at one of the city’s finest dining spots.

Author
Cindy L. Smith
Whether you want to impress a business client, enjoy a romantic night out, or you’re just a hopeless foodie, treating yourself to at least one very special meal during your stay at Park Lane Hotel is a must. While it would take volumes to list all the amazing fine dining spots in New York City, this...

Enjoy a Luxury Central Park Picnic

Indulge in a luxury Central Park picnic during your stay at our Central Park Hotel.

Author
Cindy L. Smith
When you stay at Park Lane Hotel, Central Park is your backyard! There are many ways to enjoy spending time there, so when you’re looking for NYC things to do consider a luxury Central Park picnic...

5th Avenue: The Mecca for Shopping in New York City

Guests at our Central Park Hotel enjoy shopping in New York City and much more along the iconic 5th Avenue.

Author
Cindy L. Smith
When you think of shopping on 5th Avenue, you may envision wealthy ladies with perfectly styled hair carrying little dogs or bankers from Wall Street taking a break from trading to pick up a little something for their wives while their drivers wait patiently for them outside Tiffany’s or Bergdorf...

Downton Abbey The Exhibition Extends Its NYC Run

If you thought you missed your chance to attend this popular event, you have another chance!

Author
Cindy L. Smith
If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey and are disappointed that you didn’t get to attend Downton Abbey The Exhibition in New York City, we have good news for you! The exhibition was originally going to leave NYC in April, but it was so popular that the event organizers decided to extend the New York City...

Save During a Summer Stay at Park Lane Hotel

We welcome summer visitors with our impressive special offers.

Author
Cindy L. Smith

Park Lane Hotel, a Central Park Hotel, is an ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers no matter the season. For those planning a summer stay, our team is pleased to offer several impressive special offers. Whether you’re staying for a few nights or planning an extended stay, take...

Top 5 Things to Do in NYC During Summer

From outdoor movies and concerts to dance parties and art installations, there’s plenty of summertime Things to do in NYC near Park Lane Hotel.

Author
Jana Free
New York City is a visitor’s playground year-round, but summer is an especially energizing time. From free movies and concerts to art festivals and dance parties, there’s no shortage of things to do in NYC on a summertime trip...

Central Park is Your Front Yard!

Spring has sprung and Central Park beckons with activities focusing on seasonal flowers and family-friendly fun. It’s all just steps from Park Lane Hotel.

Author
Jana Free
Welcome to springtime in New York City. The birds are out, the flowers are blooming, and the weather is exceptional. For a memorable trip to NYC and Park Lane Hotel during spring, consider the following springtime Central Park Activities...

Top NY Things to Do: Attend a Yankees Game

Serious baseball fans and casual viewers love attending Yankees games at Yankee stadium, a modern and beautiful ballpark that’s easy to get to from Park Lane Hotel.

Author
Jana Free

Since the New York Yankees unveiled their new modern stadium back in 2009, the venue has been a beloved place for baseball fans and NYC visitors looking for fun NY Activities. At Yankee Stadium, sports lovers get their fix with spirited game play (and fan fanaticism) and the casual viewer has a...

Spring Activities in Central Park

There is always plenty to do in Central Park, so consider these activities for a spring visit.

Author
Cindy L. Smith

Each season in New York City holds its charms. As the last of the winter snow melts away and the temperatures start to rise, Central Park becomes a place where locals and visitors come to enjoy time outdoors. You could be content to lounge on the grass and do some people watching, but you’ll also...

Tribeca Film Festival Draws Millions of Attendees

Since 2002, this NYC has been debuted thousands of indie and studio films.

Author
Cindy L. Smith
The TriBeca Film Festival is an annual NYC event that draws three million people including celebrities from the world of film, art, and music. It’s hard to believe that this iconic event started just 16 years ago...

The Most Anticipated New Restaurants in NYC

Keep these new NYC Dining spots on your radar when you visit our Central Park Hotel!

Author
Jana Free
Some of the top eateries in the world are Restaurants in NYC. So, when traveling to our city, enjoy the NYC Dining experience to the fullest by searching out these famed culinary spots. There are always long-time favorites to hit up, but, new and notable restaurants pop up frequently and they should...

Explore the World of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey fans will come to the city from all over the country to visit this popular Exhibition.

Author
Cindy L. Smith

Park Lane Hotel is just a 9-minute walk from Downton Abbey The Exhibition!

Members of the Downtown Abbey cast cutting red ribbon during opening ceremony of the Downtown Abbey Exhibit
Many members of the cast were in attendance for the opening of Downton Abbey The Exhibition.

Downton Abbey was one of the most successful British TV dramas of all time, capturing the devotion of fans from around the world....

All the Top Dogs will be in Town for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Nearly 3,000 dogs will come from around the country to vie for the coveted Best In Show title!

Author
Cindy L. Smith
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the 2nd longest running perennial sporting event in the country...

60th Annual Grammy Awards to Take Place in NYC

For the first time since 2003, Music’s Biggest Night will take place in New York City!

Author
Cindy L. Smith
Music’s Biggest Night will be celebrated on the East Coast for the first time in 15 years...

Tips for Attending the Biggest Party of the Year

Planning to spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square? Keep these tips in mind!

Author
Cindy L. Smith
New Year’s Eve in Times Square.  Families all over the world gather around the TV—on that one night a year when the kids are allowed to stay up past midnight—to join in the countdown and watch as the ball drops. More than a billion people watch the festivities on TV, but there is nothing quite like...

The Rock Center Tree Lighting Helps to Kick Off the Holiday Season

Enjoy live performances and the lighting of the nearly 100-foot tall tree at this popular NYC Event.

Author
Cindy L. Smith

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is one of the many popular holiday events in NYC. The first official Rock Center tree was erected in 1933, but the tradition actually began in 1931. It was the middle of The Great Depression, and some construction workers put up a little 20-foot tree...

6 NYC Restaurants Where You Can Enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast

Enjoying a fabulous holiday meal with none of the work when you dine at one of the many NY dining spots open on Thanksgiving Day!

Author
Cindy L. Smith
It’s time to start planning your last-minute Thanksgiving getaway to New York City. One of the best things about going out of town for this food-intensive holiday is that you don’t have to cook—but you can still enjoy an amazing Thanksgiving dinner at one of the many NYC restaurants that are open on...

It’s Not Too Soon to Reserve Your Room for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

As summer draws to a close, it’s time to make your Thanksgiving reservations at Park Lane Hotel.

Attending the parade is the ultimate Thanksgiving family activity, and guests at Park Lane Hotel won’t have to go far to enjoy the festivities. The parade route is just a half a block from our Central Park Hotel...

Park Lane Hotel’s Exclusive Summer Special Offers

Our NYC Hotel is ideally located adjacent to Central Park, and an easy walk to popular dining, shopping, and attractions throughout NYC!

Author
Cindy L. Smith
There’s nothing quite like summertime in the city, and Park Lane Hotel welcomes summer guests with a list of impressive special offers! Whether you’re looking for an NYC Hotel for business or pleasure, our ideal location and well-appointed guest rooms make Park Lane a great choice for a weekend...

Looking for the fun things to do in NYC this July 4th? Consider some of these top events!

From tours of NYC, summertime dining, to amazing fireworks, you’ll have plenty of patriotic options to choose from when you spend July 4th in NYC!

Author
Cindy L. Smith
What better place to celebrate Independence Day than in New York City? Not only is it a place rich in history, but you’ll also find plenty of ways to celebrate July 4th in NYC! This city knows how to throw a party. As you’d expect, some of the country’s best fireworks will take place over New York...

Top 7 Summer Events in NYC

From craft beer to fine art, these top 7 summer NYC events have something to interest every visitor!

Author
Cindy L. Smith
Summer in the city! If you’re lucky enough to be visiting New York City during the summer, consider attending one of these Top 7  NYC events...