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Bringing a New Genre of Music to Life

There are few songs where you hear a fresh sound belonging to a new genre. Yet, when Bowtie Dave (aka David Arosemena) spins vinyl at the Roger Smith Record Store (one of the Hotel’s pop-up shops on street level), a jagged mix of folkloric, ethnic genres mixed with modern electronic dance music comes to your ears

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Five of the Most Intriguing Art Exhibits This Summer

With museums finally reopened, there’s a plethora of intriguing exhibits for you to enjoy in Midtown’s cultural mecca. From rarely seen drawings of Paul Cézanne to an immersive Van Gogh show, the New York art scene is back in full force during the city’s summer renaissance

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Five Fantastic Midtown East Eateries with Big Deals for NYC’s Restaurant Week

NYC’s Restaurant Week is already in full gear and has been extended until August 22nd. Eat your heart out (and not your wallet) with lunch and dinner options for $21 or $39, plus Signature Dining Experiences for $125 at some of the city’s best eateries, with indoor dining, outdoor dining or takeout options. Here are five we recommend that are close to the Roger Smith

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More Than a Desk at the Library Lounge

Now that the pandemic is in the rearview mirror, we ask: is commuting also a thing of the past? Maybe, maybe not, but our bet is on New York, and an unwavering revival to commerce and the arts throughout the decade ahead

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Roger Smith Hotel Pop-Up Shop Featuring Five Designer Fashion Labels From Vietnam for One Weekend

Soulvenir, Hid’n, may.bien, Nguyen Inc and Vetememes pop-up store at ‘Midtown East’s Art Hotel’ on July 16-18th  Experience Vietnam’s chicest fashion during an exclusive three day pop-up event with five fashion labels along with their founders.

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Vietnam Fashion Label Stitches at the Roger Smith

In 2014, Tan Nguyen had an epiphany while seeing his fellow Vietnamese friends on Facebook groups raving about high-end fashion from Europe and other fashion capitols. “Why don’t we have our own thing, so we can talk about our own culture?

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A History of the Roger Smith’s Lab Gallery

The Roger Smith Hotel is steeped in decades of art history and performances, and the mid-aughts are no exception. The Lab Gallery, now a dynamic pop-up shop, once featured live art performances viewable to passersby along the bustling Lexington Avenue.

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How a Sculptor Turned a Depression Era Hotel into a Cultural Haven

A lifelong sculptor and artist, James Knowles suddenly inherited and took over the reins of the Smith Hotel in the 1980s, transforming the property dating back to the late 1920s (and reaching acclaim in the Depression Era) into today’s eclectic and dynamic center of creative activity that we know as the Roger Smith Hotel. And it all started with silverware.

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Five Must-See Midtown Shopping Destinations

Midtown isn’t only the heart of New York City; it’s also the lifeblood of shopping. From the extravagant window displays on Fifth Avenue to the myriad massive flagships, Midtown is a shopper’s paradise. As these are all just a short, fun walk from the Roger Smith Hotel, we hope that you come and experience these iconic stores and can find any item on your wish list.

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Tales from the War Room

A rolling hospitality cart is synonymous with bringing care, service and (often) beer to valued guests. Yet what if instead of bringing NYC’s refreshments to you, the hospitality cart brought your visions, insights and invigorating discussion to the world?

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Seven Stellar Outdoor Parks and Activities Near Midtown East

New York City is a skyscraper-studded architectural wonder of the world. So many flock to the shops, restaurants and myriad culture attractions…and who can blame them? But with warm weather upon us, it’s worth it to explore NYC’s exciting and often overlooked outdoor activities for a fun urban oasi

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Your Guide to the Best Shopping in NYC

Manhattan is the mecca of shopping. From flagship stores of the world’s top fashion companies to unique boutiques, all of NYC is truly your mall. As shops reopen and present new wears following the pandemic, here’s our curated guide for some of the best shopping districts, stores and hidden gems in NYC for you to rediscover

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Amazing Artwork Hiding In Plain Sight Near Midtown NYC

New York City is well-known as the mecca of galleries, art shows and culture. Yet amongst the vibrant bustle and artistic energy of the city streets, few take a ‘New York Minute’ to pause and notice the intricate public artwork nestled among the skyscrapers. Here are just a few of the eclectic pieces hidden right in the heart of NYC waiting for your admiration

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Merging Creativity and Relaxation in the Heart of Midtown East

Are you a creative or unique business looking for a safe space to work and live at? Want to showcase your talents and services to our roster of curious and inquisitive guests? Then try our new Deluxe room which can be combined with our office space offerings.

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Five Hidden Dinner Gems in Midtown East

As the nation’s culinary capital roars back to life, there’s a plethora of fine-dining options right around the corner. With warm weather and expanded outdoor dining, it's a perfect time to savor dinner at the world’s finest restaurants without long waits

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Our Weekly Penthouse Forro Party

New York City always has a soundtrack, from taxi cabs honking in cacophonous idiosyncrasy to the melodic bliss of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 playing at Carnegie Hall. Go up 16 stories on Lexington Avenue and you’ll hear exotic, dance-inspiring, rhythmic Brazilian forró music blasting from Henry’s Rooftop Bar at the Roger Smith Hotel

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From a Little Town to Lexington Avenue During the Pandemic

After fleeing Queens for my rural childhood home at the peak of the pandemic, I took an offer in October 2020 to be an Artist in Residence at the Roger Smith Hotel, stepping back into the clamor of the city with a mix of excitement and uncertainty

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Five Breakfast Spots in Midtown East

Concerned about what’s still open in Midtown East? Thankfully, the Roger Smith Hotel is blessed with a plethora of incredible morning meal options, ranging from Danish baked goods and bagels to proper, protein-rich breakfasts

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Introducing our Deluxe Room Options

We’re excited to offer our new, deluxe room options as your reinvigorated NYC pied-a-terre. Step into a welcoming environment that’s more than just a space to drop your bags. With Old World comfort and charm, our room options are notably large for Midtown Manhattan, and are individually furnished and decorated with hand-selected artwork

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Who is Roger Smith? The Evolving 100-Year Legacy of An Idea

When you walk past 47th and Lexington, amidst NYC’s iconic skyscrapers, Grand Central and landmarks of the world, you’ll see the tagline ‘Roger Smith is an idea’ nestled near bronze sculptures with a neon green-glowing ‘R’

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NYC Celebrates Pride: Where to Honor NYC’s LGBT History

In NYC, Pride is way more than a cacophony of color marching down Fifth Avenue. For decades, certain neighborhoods within the city—Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen—have provided safer haven to those looking to live and love in accordance with their personal truth. Visit one of these places this month to celebrate our nation’s progress, and engage in critical conversations about what’s to come in the continuing fight for LGBTQ+ equality

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Surprising Places to Find Art in New York

When vacationing in NYC, it’s generally wise to plan out your trip—get tickets to a couple of shows, rank your priority museums, book your meals. If you happen to be more of a spontaneous traveler, however, the city can easily accommodate you. There’s art and culture to be found all over the city. You simply have to keep your wits about you and know where to look. Here, we divulge four surprising places to find beautiful art in New York.

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Guide to Earth Day 2019 in NYC

First established in 1970, Earth Day is a worldwide celebration and appreciation of our connection to the Earth, with a focus on sustainability and raising awareness to environmental challenges. In 2019, Earth Day marks the calendar on April 22, with a variety of events and activities peppered throughout the month. Here are a few ways you can take part in NYC’s Earth Day 2019.

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Interview with Street Artist Jason Naylor

Jason Naylor is a street artist, prolific and instantly recognizable, his work wholeheartedly uplifts the streets of New York and beyond. We offered Jason the walls of Lily’s, our ground floor bar, with the knowledge it’s not his usual ‘beat’ but he is also a man who is game for a new challenge. We are thrilled that Jason brought is positive energy and vibrant vision to Roger Smith!

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