Fourth of July in New York City

Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Isl...
Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island, Manhattan, in New York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Somebody’s fabulous! The biggest socialite in town will make a huge spash tomorrow! Lady Liberty, damaged by big, bad Sandy, will reopen tomorrow for America’s birthday!

The City is fabulous on the Fourth–and all summer. Check out some ideas for where to eat, stay and play while in town.

Brewski in NYC

Eataly beer garden
Eataly beer garden (Photo credit: Tim Rodenberg)


NYC has become big with brewskis with more than 50 beer “gardens.” La Birreria on the roof of Eataly ( is a hot spot for a cold one. So is Chelsea Brewing Company–throw back one of 25 hand-crafted beers and you can tour the brewery, too ( And in Astoria, Queens, the 100-year-old-plus Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden ( is spot on for oompah bands, knockwurst and pitchers of foamy beer.


Want more fabulous tips for exploring NYC on a sunsational day like today this spring? Here you go!


Another wowza day NYC

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


What a beauty! The day–and the bridge!


Perfect sunny day to walk across the  iconic Brooklyn Bridge. A pedestrian path runs through the center of the one-mile span with mouth-gaping glances of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. When you reach Brooklyn, hit up DUMBO for an ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory ( Come on, just do it!


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Teen Concierge from Omni Berkshire Place Shares Some of His Favorite Things in NYC

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Arte egipcio, 2008.

Last week I blogged about the Omni Berkshire Place in NYC’s teen concierge extraordinaire, David Strebel. I promised to share some of David’s favorite things in NYC for tweens and teens. Here they are!

Skateboarding in Central Park

Concerts in Central Park  (David was really looking forward to an upcoming bluegrass concert)

The Egyptian Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Burgers (anywhere, but The Shake Shack at East 86th and Lexington gets a high five)

Frozen yogurt at Off the Wall (self-serve place, 55th and 2nd avenue Italian food at Luna Piena (popular neighborhood spot,  53rd and 2nd avenue)


If you’ve got tweens and teens, the Omni is a fabulous spot to call home when you’re in the City. It’s got a great location that’s a skateboard away from these spots that David shared–and many more including Top of the Rock, Times Square, the tree at Rockefeller Center and, one of my favorite places in the City, Bryant Park (teens love to play ping-pong and chess here.) Check into the Omni and check out the best of the City.

NOTE: David is heading off to college on the West Coast and I wish him the best of luck! Teens and tweens will be in good hands with another teen concierge at the hotel, of course. Omni’s Teen Connection program is offered in seven of its properties from Boston to Amelia Island. Brilliant idea!