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The Roger Smith Hotel Blog scans New York City for its most eccentric and thought-provoking characters. Through our passionate connection to the arts and our brilliant network of chefs, photographers, entrepreneurs and artists, we strive to share what makes our city one of the most creative and entertaining destinations in the world.

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  • 5/1/16

    The Strangest Most Fun Events in NYC this Summer

    Many of New York City’s summer events fall outside the realm of normalcy. There are eccentric gatherings like a massive water fight in Central Park and the world’s most...

  • 4/15/16

    8 Only-in-NYC Mother’s Day Gifts

    This Mother’s Day, if you’re looking for a special, not-so typical present for Mom, look no further than our special, not-so-typical city. Find these presents only in NYC. Zabar’s...

  • 3/8/16

    The Armory Show’s New York All-Stars

    This past weekend was New York City’s annual Armory Show, where renowned galleries from all over the world gather on the Hudson to create a massive mall of contemporary...

  • 2/24/16

    The Most Visually Stunning Dishes in NYC

    In New York City, you see art every day and on every corner. One example that strays from your typical gallery or museum exhibit—food. Here are ten of the...

  • 2/17/16

    Where NYC Icons Hang Out

    Some people are as iconically New York as the Chrysler building. We are talking Patti Smith, Woody Allen, Louie CK, Billy Crystal. Here’s how to experience the city as...

  • 2/3/16

    Fun Home’s Actress Emily Skeggs’s Tour of NYC

    In 2015 Emily Skeggs earned a Tony nomination for her role in the groundbreaking hit musical Fun Home. The 25-year-old actress took time out of her crazy-busy schedule to...

  • 12/4/15

    Roger Smith Pop-Up of the Month: The Museum of Feelings

    Since Thanksgiving, thousands of people have been lining up at Tribeca’s Brookfield Place to experience what it feels like to walk into the physical embodiment of joy. The Museum...

  • 11/24/15

    Guide to Being an Art Snob

    Here’s how to sound like you know what you’re talking about when walking around an art gallery or museum exhibit. Lift a New York Times Description The city’s most...

  • 10/20/15

    The Best-Ever New York City Movies

    Arthouse theater Film Forum on Houston Street has brought rare, critically-acclaimed films to New York City since the early 70’s. We talked to the film-obsessed staff and rounded up...

  • 6/12/15

    Best Independent Bookstores in Manhattan

    New York City is the publishing capital of the world and the inspiration for countless works of literary genius. Reputation considered, it’s safe to say that the best independent...

  • 2/3/16

    Fun Home’s Actress Emily Skeggs’s Tour of NYC

    In 2015 Emily Skeggs earned a Tony nomination for her role in the groundbreaking hit musical Fun Home. The 25-year-old actress took time out of her crazy-busy schedule to...

  • 11/17/15

    5 NYC Museums You’ve Never Heard Of

    You know about Manhattan’s famous institutions, like the MoMa and the Met, but the city’s cultural tapestry extends well beyond Museum Mile. Here, we’re spotlighting the city’s smaller, unsung...

  • 11/3/15

    Six Secrets to Photographing NYC

    Nessa Noir, aka Vanessa Granda, is a pop art photographer who has worked with big-time clients like Uber and Reebok, all while building a following of nearly 30k on...

  • 7/20/15

    The Art of Customized Gift Giving

    Constantly seeing what our guests take home, we tend to favor the presents chosen with care, thought, and a little custom touch. To provide readers with some suggestions, here some of...

  • 5/27/15

    Great Outings for Kids in NYC

    A new parent living on the east side of Midtown, I’ve recently begun to view the city with a family friendly perspective. Thinking of our guests, and considering the...

  • 4/29/15

    Roger Smith’s Spring Broadway Roundup

    April brought a multitude of new shows to the Broadway stage. With these world class productions selling out theaters night after night, there’s no better time than now to...

  • 4/17/15

    The Best Running Routes in NYC

    Over the last few years, I have developed a passion for running. Pursuing this hobby by my home on the East Side in Midtown, I’ve quickly learned that knowing...

  • 10/29/14

    Jake Nussbaum’s Fear Suit #2 in The Window at 125

    Roger Smith Hotel and Vermont Studio Center are pleased to present Jake Nussbaum’s Fear Suit #2, which is the first ‘introduction’ of Season 7 of The Introducing Series. Fear...

  • 10/24/14

    The Introducing Series, Season 7 in Collaboration with Vermont Studio Center

    In collaboration with the Roger Smith Hotel, Vermont Studio Center (VSC) is delighted to curate Season 7 of The Introducing Series at The Window at 125, an intimate exhibition...

  • 10/2/14

    A Visual Study Of The Royal Family With The Highest Inbreeding Levels In European History

    Michelle Vaughan’s GIFs are part of Backcross the Empire, an ongoing project exploring the court portraits, history and genetics of the Habsburg and Bourbon dynasties. The grand court paintings...

  • 6/27/16

    Things to Do in NYC This July

    Summer is in full swing, and NYC is enjoying the weather with a slew of outdoor events. Whether you’re outside enjoying the sunshine or beating the heat at one of...

  • 6/13/16

    Where to Buy Antiques in NYC

    The Roger Smith Hotel sources its in-room furnishings from antique and vintage shops around New York and Connecticut. On a recent spring morning, we visited some of our favorite...

  • 5/1/16

    The Strangest Most Fun Events in NYC this Summer

    Many of New York City’s summer events fall outside the realm of normalcy. There are eccentric gatherings like a massive water fight in Central Park and the world’s most...

  • 4/15/16

    8 Only-in-NYC Mother’s Day Gifts

    This Mother’s Day, if you’re looking for a special, not-so typical present for Mom, look no further than our special, not-so-typical city. Find these presents only in NYC. Zabar’s...

  • 4/1/16

    Who Will You Root For This Season?

    cover image @noahgeoman

  • 3/22/16

    Faces of Roger Smith: Our Hotel President’s Unique Project

    Ask our hotel President James Knowles to describe the property, and invariably he will respond by saying, “Roger Smith is an idea.” A Yale-educated sculptor and visual artist, Knowles...

  • 3/8/16

    The Armory Show’s New York All-Stars

    This past weekend was New York City’s annual Armory Show, where renowned galleries from all over the world gather on the Hudson to create a massive mall of contemporary...

  • 3/2/16

    How to Navigate NYC Like a Local

    There are many particulars to navigating New York City, and your approach to shared social situations will either endear you to the locals—or the opposite. Here’s how to act...

  • 2/24/16

    The Most Visually Stunning Dishes in NYC

    In New York City, you see art every day and on every corner. One example that strays from your typical gallery or museum exhibit—food. Here are ten of the...

  • 2/17/16

    Where NYC Icons Hang Out

    Some people are as iconically New York as the Chrysler building. We are talking Patti Smith, Woody Allen, Louie CK, Billy Crystal. Here’s how to experience the city as...

Roger Smith is an idea.

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