Roger Smith NYC Blog

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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  • 11/30/15

    The Best Art Street in NYC? It’s Not What You’d Expect

    When looking for the best area to explore the city’s art scene, people are sure to suggest the Chelsea galleries or Museum Mile. Great choices, for sure, but we...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 10/27/15

    Quintessential New York Artist Shares Her Inspiration

    “My goal is when you’re looking at my work, you can hear horns honking, smell restaurants, and feel dirt fall in your eyes,” says Lois Cremmins, an East Village-based...

  • 10/12/15

    The Best Art Installations for Politicos, War Buffs and Gamers

    Next time you go to MoMa, be sure to take China’s Red Army on a soda-throwing rampage against Mario and Street Fighter characters. Also, step into a box of...

  • 10/9/15

    Artist Q&A with Juan Hinojosa

        Hinojosa is a multi-media artist who creates  elaborate and highly detailed one-off pieces that address a spectrum of questions  tied to the Culture of Capitalism, with nuanced...

  • 10/8/15

    Art News

    Picasso at MOMA By Molly Barnes   I loved the Picasso show at MOMA. He is a genius. It’s a rave, and I want everyone to see it ASAP....

  • 8/26/15

    New Artwork In The Lobby By Lois Cremmins

    The Roger Smith Hotel is delighted to present a series of collages by Lois Cremmins, on show in The Lobby Artist’s Notes: “The art is from a series of...

  • 8/26/15

    New Installation in Lily’s coming in September by Artist Juan Hinojosa

    The Roger Smith Hotel is delighted to present a wall installation in Lily’s Bar by the New York based artist Juan Hinojosa. Hinojosa is a multi-media artist who creates elaborate...

  • 8/10/15

    The Whitney Museum – An Amazing Experience

    Art News by Molly Barnes The Whitney Museum – An Amazing Experience My first visit to the new Whitney Museum in its new home on Gansevoort Street in downtown...

  • 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...

  • 5/29/15

    FREE FAMILY FUN IN NYC!

    Need another reason to visit NYC? Look no further than Rockefeller Center in Midtown. Bring the whole family to this local landmark and enjoy free shows at the NBC...

  • 4/22/15

    How to do the Kentucky Derby in NYC

    You don’t have to be in Louisville on May 2nd to enjoy the Kentucky Derby. What’s widely referred to as, the most exciting two minutes in sports, is celebrated...

  • 3/11/14

    Let’s Talk Pop-Ups! Join us for a Shopify meet up @RShotel! @lionesquegroup @shopify

    Learn the in's to pop-up retail strategies with The Lionesque Group. From purpose to launch, we will cover the necessary tool kit for preparing a successful pop-up store.

  • 2/12/14

    Top 5 reasons why you need a hat in the city!

    1. Its cold, you lose heat directly from the top of your head. 2. No one has time to worry about their hair in the morning or lack of”¦...

  • 7/7/13

    Johnnie-O ‘s West Coast Prep Returns to NY

    The summer is back and so returns LA Based, Johnnie-O, a unique emerging apparel and lifestyle brand that merges the casual West Coast style with the refined East Coast...

  • 3/19/13

    Welcome to the Market at the Roger Smith Hotel

    Organizational overview The Market at the Roger Smith Hotel is a premium popup shop experience that grants access to space and marketing resources for brands and businesses that want...

  • 8/15/16

    Last Chance to See: Maria Kozak & James Greco Exhibits at Roger Smith Hotel

    This summer, Roger Smith partnered with Massey Lyuben—a contemporary art gallery established in 2015 and located in the heart of Chelsea—to feature works by artists Maria Kozak and James...

  • 8/1/16

    Things to Do in NYC This August

    From outdoor art festivals to movies in the park to the country’s biggest tennis tournament, Roger Smith will be spending most of August under the summer sun. Here’s how...

  • 7/25/16

    Roger Smith Recommends: Socarrat Paella Bar

    Summer in NYC is a three-month-long quest to beat the heat. And we just learned the easiest way to transport yourself from the hot streets of Midtown to the...

  • 7/18/16

    Chelsea Art Galleries to Visit This Summer

    With the always-crowded Whitney Museum on its southern border and hectic Midtown to the north, Chelsea is a relatively peaceful haven for New York’s art scene on the West...

  • 7/11/16

    How to Spend a Day at the Whitney Museum

    In a radical departure from its former modernist home on the Upper East Side, the Whitney Museum of American Art moved into a glassy Meatpacking District building in 2015....

  • 7/4/16

    See the Garrett Klein Exhibit at Roger Smith

    Artist Garrett Klein’s work attempts to achieve a visual aesthetic where the viewer is confronted with the idea that what they are looking at could be falling apart or...

  • 6/27/16

    Things to Do in NYC This July

    Sun’s out, culture’s out. Summer is in full swing, and NYC is enjoying the weather with a slew of outdoor cultural events. From open-air art to Shakespeare under the stars,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Roger Smith is an idea.

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