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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...

  • 5/3/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: May 5-8

    Roger Smith is getting outdoors this weekend at one of the city’s favorite art festivals, sailing races, and a taste of baseball’s most electric rivalry. Thursday @friezeartfair Frieze New...

  • 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...

  • 4/18/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: April 21-24

    Roger Smith is spending time outside this weekend, from eating bacon on the grass of Citi Field to hitting up a movie-themed street fair to running a 5K for...

  • 4/11/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: April 14-17

    Roger Smith can’t wait to start this weekend in New York City, with art shows, a sustainability festival and (as always) some live music. Thursday @thephotographyshow The Photography Show...

  • 3/23/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: March 24-27

    An exhibit of provocative photographs, a craft beer fest and international music combine to make this an eclectic weekend for Roger Smith. After bopping around town, the weekend ends in...

  • 3/17/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: March 17-20

    This weekend, Roger Smith will indulge in a number of New York City traditions, from an iconic green parade to a world-famous flower show. Thursday The NYC St. Patrick’s...

  • 3/10/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: March 10-13

    Roger Smith is looking forward to a weekend of weird adventures in New York City, including 80’s throwback concert, a Whoopi Goldberg performance, and a robot competition. Thursday New...

  • 3/2/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: March 3-6

    Roger Smith is hitting the New York City festival circuit this weekend, showing his appreciation for art, wine, Star Trek and drone films. Thursday @thearmoryshow The Armory Show 12pm...

  • 2/25/16

    RS Social Calendar: February 25-29

    Roger Smith is planning on viewing some spectacular NYC sights this weekend, from exotic orchids to ballroom dancers to Hawaiian singers. Thursday New York Dance Festival One of the...

  • 2/18/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: February 18-21

    Join Roger Smith for an eclectic weekend of performances in New York City, with award-winning fantasy plays, foreign language music, cinema and comedy. Thursday @eleanoronly Eleanor Friedberger 8pm This...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 1/6/16

    Roger Smith Pop-Up of the Month: My Mira Fit

    Imagine a piece of jewelry that sends you a note saying, “Kick butt and take names today. Bonus points if you do it with a smile.” The sleek, stainless-steel...

  • 11/10/15

    Roger Smith Pop-Up of the Month: Ken’s Ramen

    Around 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 3rd a line begins to form outside of a small stand-up counter restaurant on Kenmare Street in SoHo. The sun sets as the crowd...

  • 5/3/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: May 5-8

    Roger Smith is getting outdoors this weekend at one of the city’s favorite art festivals, sailing races, and a taste of baseball’s most electric rivalry. Thursday @friezeartfair Frieze New...

  • 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...

  • 4/26/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: April 28-May 1

    This weekend Roger Smith is taking it back to elementary school, with playground competitions, video games, crafts and bike rides. Thursday NYC Independent Film Festival 12pm Discover new filmmakers...

  • 4/18/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: April 21-24

    Roger Smith is spending time outside this weekend, from eating bacon on the grass of Citi Field to hitting up a movie-themed street fair to running a 5K for...

  • 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...

  • 4/11/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: April 14-17

    Roger Smith can’t wait to start this weekend in New York City, with art shows, a sustainability festival and (as always) some live music. Thursday @thephotographyshow The Photography Show...

  • 4/6/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: April 7-10

    Roger Smith is having a movie-themed weekend in New York City, with internationally-inspired film festivals and live performances of John Williams’s iconic scores. Sprinkle in some community service and...

  • 4/1/16

    Who Will You Root For This Season?

    cover image @noahgeoman

  • 3/28/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: March 31-April 3

    Bonnie Raitt will give Roger Smith “something to talk about” this weekend. Other highlights: the Affordable Art Fair, a vegetable-themed parade, and a giant pillow fight. Thursday @affordableartfairnyc Affordable...

  • 3/23/16

    Roger Smith Social Calendar: March 24-27

    An exhibit of provocative photographs, a craft beer fest and international music combine to make this an eclectic weekend for Roger Smith. After bopping around town, the weekend ends in...

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