Midtown West

Cheapest Times Square Hotels Near Extinction

Cheapest Times Square Hotels Near Extinction
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When Times Square was at its seediest, cheap hotels proliferated the area. Only the New York Inn and the Hotel Carter remain, though the Hotel Carter has recently completed renovations and is no longer in the under $100-per-night market.


Portraits from Midtown Manhattan

Portraits from Midtown Manhattan
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The people in midtown Manhattan are as diverse as the city. Here are a few portraits of some of its characters.


Black Cats and Pit Bulls Face Discrimination over Breed and Color

Black Cats and Pit Bulls Face Discrimination over Breed and Color
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At shelters and animal rescue groups across New York, certain animals tend to have harder time than others finding homes. From black cats that face superstitions to pit-bull dogs that people fear, more and more of these animals struggle to get adopted and frequently end up on the Animal Care & Control Euthanasia list.


Target and Neiman Marcus Pop Up for the Holidays

Target and Neiman Marcus Pop Up for the Holidays
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Target and Neiman Marcus opened up shop in Midtown for one day only to celebrate their holiday gift collection, Holiday24.


On A Day Marked By Gluttony, A Few Decided To Sweat It Out

On A Day Marked By Gluttony, A Few Decided To Sweat It Out
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Crossfit Fifth Avenue hosted two Thanksgiving workout sessions for several locals and visitors who chose pain over the Macy’s Parade.


A Self-Made Man

A Self-Made Man
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Wrapped in a blue coat, his nose whipped red by the cold wind, Garrett Buhl Robinson sits outside the main branch of the New York Public Library almost every day.  Behind a fold-out TV tray table that serves as his makeshift office, bookstand, and check-out counter, Robinson sells his two self-published novels and a book […]


The Shrinking World of the Stamp Collector

The Shrinking World of the Stamp Collector
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The city’s only remaining street-level stamp store, Champion Stamp, is staying in business despite an aging core group of stamp collectors.


The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Approaches

The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Approaches
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The 80th Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a Norway spruce from Joseph Balku of Flanders, New Jersey, will be lit with 45,000 lights on November 28. Along with Saks Fifth Avenue’s holiday windows and the Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular just blocks away, the Rockefeller Center tree is a staple of New York City’s holiday. Visitors […]


Mozart’s Tito Receives Regal Reception at Metropolitan Opera

Mozart’s Tito Receives Regal Reception at Metropolitan Opera
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To mark the 225th anniversary of “Don Giovanni,” the Metropolitan Opera is showcasing three Mozart operas including a revival of “La Clemenza di Tito,” which opened Nov. 16. The performance featured a star-studded cast with Elina Garanca, Giuseppe Filianoti, Kate Lindsey, Barbara Frittoli, Lucy Crowe and led by acclaimed early music specialist Harry Bicket.  The other Mozart operas […]


Family Day at Citi Pond

Family Day at Citi Pond
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Citi Pond held its third annual family day event at the south west corner of the Bryant Park ice-skating rink, on the sunny Saturday before Thanksgiving. “We want to create a free event family can enjoy together,” said Alexa Harrison, the press relation. Several hundred parents and children came to the park for an afternoon […]


Laughing Away Cultural Barriers

Laughing Away Cultural Barriers
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Said Durrah entered the a stage wearing a Keffiyeh, a scarf symbolizing Palestinian solidarity. “I come from a time-share location called Gaza strip,” said the Palestinian comedian, who was the first performer at Chelsea’s Gotham City Comedy Club for the 9th Annual New York Arab American Comedy Festival in late October. Seven Arab stand-up comedians […]


After Sandy: Baseball’s David Cone Serves Beer To Help Victims

After Sandy: Baseball's David Cone Serves Beer To Help Victims
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Former Mets and Yankess pitcher David Cone spent a night as a guest bartender at Foley’s NY Pub and restaurant to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims.


Twihards Descend on Times Square for ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ Opening

 Twihards Descend on Times Square for ‘Breaking Dawn - Part 2’ Opening
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Last night, throngs of teenage girls gathered at the Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 movie theater on West 42nd Street adorned with fangs, white cake make-up and blood pouring down from the corners of their mouths. It was the opening night of “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” the fifth and final installment of The Twilight Saga, […]


After Sandy: Miracle on 26th Street

After Sandy: Miracle on 26th Street
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Some clinics were left without power for almost a week and others lucked out and continued business as usual right after the storm.


No Buyers for the Statue of Liberty?

No Buyers for the Statue of Liberty?
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Despite stocking low-cost, outsourced goods, souvenir stores have had a rough year.


Breaking Stereotypes: the Unexpected Republican Voters

Breaking Stereotypes: the Unexpected Republican Voters
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To their left leaning counterparts, conservative gay and lesbian voters are “self-loathing.” Their votes for a Republican Party and presidential candidate that has largely identified itself as the “anti” to the gay rights agenda confuses many. But, many gay and lesbian voters choose to identify as conservative, and are forced to prioritize campaign issues in ways that straight voters do not.


The Bids are High at Christie’s Warhol Auction

The Bids are High at Christie’s Warhol Auction
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Christie’ started the first series of ongoing auctions of Andy Warhol works and raised $17 million. Over the next few years, over 20,000 pieces will be sold for the Andy Warhol Foundation to continue to support the art industry long-term.


Dancing with Revenge: Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera Returns to the Met

Dancing with Revenge: Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera Returns to the Met
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Verdi is one of the most famous composers in the operatic canon. Now, Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” returns to the Met in a new production by David Alden.


Coach Moves Corporate Headquarters to New Hudson Yards High-Rise

Coach Moves Corporate Headquarters to New Hudson Yards High-Rise
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Luxury leather goods company Coach Inc. will be the anchor tenant of Hudson Yards’ first office tower.


College Group Pushes for Justice in Palestine, Others Push Back

College Group Pushes for Justice in Palestine, Others Push Back
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Justice for Palestine Student Groups, aims at raising awareness for Palestinian concerns among American students, amidst controversy about its message.


East Meets West: Taiwanese Actress Debuts Off-Broadway

East Meets West: Taiwanese Actress Debuts Off-Broadway
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Living between American culture and Taiwanese culture, a new actress in off-Broadway found the contradiction not only in the character she played, but in her real life.


Obama Wins, Times Square Celebrates

Obama Wins, Times Square Celebrates
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At 11:30 p.m., the television networks called the Presidential election. Over an hour later, Governor Mitt Romney called President Barack Obama to concede.


Who will be the next U.S. President?

Who will be the next U.S. President?
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Millions of Americans went to polling stations today, as they decided who gets to be the President of the United States for the next four years. As results came in, the race grew closer and thousands of people gathered at Times Square to watch, celebrate or commiserate together. Nora Goldbach and Matthew Barter stood and […]


Calling All Voters

Calling All Voters
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The SEIU Communications Center near Times Square was abuzz with phone calls all election day as groups came in to get out the vote. Volunteers from NAACP, Marriage Equality USA and 1199 SEIU, a healthcare workers union, filled cubicles and donned headsets to make sure constituents in New York and other key states were getting out to vote.