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The Latest From Our Boutique Manhattan Hotel
Showcasing Some Smaller Museums in New York
Manhattan has a ton of museums – over 100 by our count. First-timers to New York City often pick out the table names, leaving many smaller ones overlooked. And yet they are just as interesting, while not taking as long to fully see so that you can fit them in with other activities to fill your day.
Why Midtown East is a Fantastic Family Friendly Tourist Destination
Manhattan has over 50 different neighborhoods and each has its charm. Quieter than one might think, let’s take a moment to highlight what makes Midtown East so great, especially for families visiting NY.
The Best Manhattan Holiday Markets for Gift Shopping
Manhattan makes holiday shopping fun and easy with several markets to choose from for decorations, food, winter activities and one-of-a-kind gifts.
Recapping “New Cuba” with Artist-in-Residence King Klavé
On Monday, October 11, 2021, The Penthouse on the 16th floor of the Roger Smith Hotel hosted the event entitled “New Cuba,” a night of Cuban Exploration meshing of influences and of voices into a great cultural melting pot with three critically acclaimed Cuban musicians.
A Night of Dance and Poetry Celebrating Peru’s National Writer
Recapping a literary symposium held at the Roger Smith Hotel from September 30 to October 2, 2021 honoring the renowned Peruvian poet César Vallejo.
Five Stellar Broadway Shows That You Can See Today
The curtains are finally open on Broadway after being closed since March 2020. Producers have been chomping at the bit to premiere, offering a bevy of shows from star-studded dramas to family-friendly blockbusters.
Your Guide to Family Friendly Museums in Manhattan
There are over 100 museums in NYC, so we’ve narrowed down the list for your next fun-filled family trip.
What It Means to be a Drummer: An Interview with Amaury Acosta, Artist-in-Residence
Many musicians can say they started at a young age, but you’d be hard-pressed to find another like Amaury Acosta who grew up in an artists’ housing in Hell’s Kitchen with Alicia Keys as a babysitter.
Five Manhattan Attractions Your Kids Will Love
From ice cream museums to the largest dinosaur exhibit on earth, Midtown Manhattan is a dream destination for kids. Our family friendly tourist mecca offers a plethora of unique activities that your kids will love, and they’ll be sure to bring out your inner child, too.
Creating Looks with Others’ Memories: An Interview with Ziarra, Artist-in-Residence
Ziarra, like most singers, tells a story. Yet as a lifelong writer and visual artist – who is also opening a thrift boutique – her stories portray NYC in a way like none other.
I Am My Own Genre: An Interview with Kassa Overall, Artist-in-Residence
Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and hip-hop in unmapped directions.
Five 2021 Michelin Starred Restaurants in Midtown East
Despite it’s predominance in Europe, when you’re in Midtown East, you only have to walk a couple of blocks to eat at these coveted gold standards of culinary excellence. In case you are looking for a special occasion restaurant, here are five close by:
The Best Vintage Clothing Stores in Manhattan
Vintage shopping on the Island is nothing short of an exhilarating treasure hunt. Our fashion mecca offers rare, unique and trendy vintage clothes that you won’t find anywhere else. Here you can spend days searching aisles and finding everything from coveted retro brands to nostalgic sports and pop culture attire.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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.
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.
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!