The Best of the Outer Boroughs – Step Outside Manhattan

Manhattan may be the first to come to mind whenever people say, “New York City,” but the truth is that NYC’s outer boroughs are overflowing with incredible attractions and activities just waiting to be discovered. We want our guests to enjoy all that New York City has to offer during their stay, so we’ve compiled a list of the best of the outer boroughs.

The Bronx:

Head to New York City’s most northern borough to get up close and personal with fascinating wildlife and experience a true taste of Italy! Begin your day by traveling the world and meeting animals from every corner of the globe at the Bronx Zoo. The Congo Gorilla Forest is the closest you’ll come to experiencing Gorillas in their natural habitat and the Wild Asia Monorail will introduce you to creatures from all over the continent. Insider tip – admission is free on Wednesday’s, but a donation to support wildlife conservation is always appreciated. After traveling the world, you’re sure to have built up an appetite so, we have a recommendation for you. You may have heard of Manhattan’s Little Italy, but Arthur Avenue in The Bronx is the place to be for authentic Italian cuisine. Visit the area’s markets and butchers or one of many family-owned restaurants, order a glass of wine and enjoy a gourmet Italian meal, “Salute!”

Queens:

Be a star for the day and tour a famous television studio before breaking off for drinks outside on a gorgeous summer day. Your day in Queens begins with a tour of the renowned Silver Cup Studios. You may not know it, but you’ve definitely seen this studio before! Silver Cup has hosted a multitude of television and movie shoots including White Collar starring Matt Bomer, Sex and the City starring Sarah Jessica Parker, 30 Rock starring Tina Fey and many more. After your tour, stop by the oldest beer garden in New York City, Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. The outdoor space is the perfect place to enjoy refreshing craft and German beers with family and friends, “Prost! – ein Toast!”

Brooklyn:

Everyone always talks about Central Park, but have you ever experienced the serenity and beauty of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park? No matter your age, you’ll enjoy a ride on the historic carousel.  The animals were carved in 1912 and are among the most beautiful in the city. Lefferts Historic House, a quaint little home transporting visitors back to Flatbush’s 18th Century farming Village, is another can’t miss attraction. The park is also brimming with lush greenery and beautiful flowers, but for the best flora in the borough you must visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Take a walk through the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden or enjoy luscious and savory scents in the herb garden. The Rose Garden offers both beauty and history, as some of the rose bushes date back to 1927. You simply won’t find a more pleasant or serene experience anywhere else in Brooklyn.

Staten Island:

Head downtown to the Whitehall Terminal Manhattan to take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry. The ride across the Hudson River and Upper Bay is just 25 minutes each way and offers amazing views of the Manhattan skyline and even the Statue of Liberty. For a truly magical experience, we recommend boarding just before sunrise or sunset to enjoy the beautiful colors of the sun peeking over the horizon. When in Staten Island, stop in Goodfellas Pizzeria for their award-winning Tequila Pizza which won “World’s Best Pizza” at the International Pizza Expo in 2012.

New York City is so much more than just Manhattan. As much as we love The New York Palace’s home borough, it just wouldn’t be fair to keep all of these amazing attractions a secret from our guests. Don’t be a typical New York City tourist–venture to the outer boroughs, a new realm of possibilities is waiting.

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Employees in the Spotlight –The New York Palace Celebrates a Summer of Love

The New York Palace has hosted many weddings throughout the years, each one beautiful and memorable in its own way. New York Palace weddings always seem to bring a bit of magic to the air- that’s why we are excited to announce that three of our staff members have recently gotten engaged and one tied the knot!

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Joe & Kimberly

Joe Davidson and his wife Kimberly were recently married in a beautiful ceremony and reception, we couldn’t be happier to congratulate the newlyweds as they embark upon their life together. Perhaps they’ll be able to offer some advice to our other employees who recently announced their engagement!

We extend the warmest wishes to our Director of Guest Experience Ricky Arechiga and his fiancée Holly, Assistant Front Office Manager Tatiana Bermeo and her fiancé Maarten and Meetings & Events Manager Elizabeth Malinowski and her fiancé Matt. We sat down with Elizabeth to ask about their memorable engagement weekend…

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Elizabeth & Matt

They celebrated in the best way possible, at their favorite neighborhood date spot for dry aged burgers and Manhattans. Of course, The New York Palace was a part of the festivities as well. Elizabeth’s family came into town for the special occasion and enjoyed time with family and friends in one of our Deluxe Corner Suites. “Matt and I had an amazing evening sipping champagne in the historic rooms of the Villard mansion,” a romantic backdrop for a celebratory champagne toast and the perfect way to embark upon the exciting road ahead.

Join us to celebrate during this summer of love. You never know if a visit to The New York Palace and the Villard Mansion will inspire a magical moment of your very own.

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An Exclusive Interview With Artist Thomas Arena

Best known for “Tanqueray Olive,” a first-edition lithograph printed in 1998, Thomas Arena embraces his commercial art roots to create graphic, conceptual and iconic images. Most recently, world-renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller selected Arena to create a commissioned piece to help promote their culinary arts foundation, Bocuse d’Or. Arena’s work now hangs in the grand, northern wing of the historic Villard Mansion on Madison Avenue at 51st Street. His solo show–sponsored by Tanqueray and The New York Palace–is on exhibit until the end of July and presents a rare opportunity to delight in his distinctive artwork. In this exclusive Q&A, The Palace gains insight into his inspiration, commercial art background and what it’s like to showcase art in the elegant landmark building.

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The original Tanqueray Image Arena created in 1998 that the one-of-a-kind uniques are based.

What inspired the transition from advertising to art? In your mind, how are the two interrelated?

I missed working with my hands as I did when a student at The School of Visual Arts here in NYC. And I realized a couple areas of my training were merging—the painting side and the conceptual side. I had a fine art teacher, John Foote, whose work is in the National Portrait Gallery and a commercial arts mentor, Tony Palladino, whose work is in the permanent collection of MoMa. You would think they couldn’t be more different. But both encouraged paying attention to “less is more” even though John taught portraiture and Tony taught conceptual graphic design. I think about what I learned from both of them equally.

Your exhibit is sponsored by Tanqueray and The New York Palace. How does your creative vision fit with these two brands and what makes them each unique?

I’m attracted to subjects that have a staying power. Fortunately, the subjects of my works are still relevant. It’s hard to believe, but I created the Tanqueray image almost two decades ago and it was the first limited edition print I made. Even after I sold out the lithograph edition, I couldn’t afford to go to press on the serigraph variations until a few years ago. And I never had a chance to show them together. So when Tanqueray said they would sponsor a show, I thought it was a perfect opportunity. The Villard Mansion couldn’t be a better spot. The ceilings are 15’ high and the natural light is terrific. And it’s on Madison Avenue, which couldn’t be more fitting location considering I started my career there as an advertising art director. In fact, I used to eat my lunch across the street on the steps of St. Patrick’s.

How have you been inspired by the work of Warhol and Lichtenstein?

I wouldn’t say I’ve been inspired by them. In fact, I didn’t really care too much about Warhol’s work when I was younger. But later I appreciated the simplicity of his approach and the breadth of his work. Lichtenstein I could relate to as a fellow teacher as well as his care and precision. Both of them were interested in creating graphic works that used or highlighted commercial printing techniques and effects. Over time I learned more about them and that they had started out their art careers doing commercial work, too. So it’s not so much an inspiration as it is an affirmation.

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Over the July 4th weekend, The New York Palace–which is adjacent to the exhibit–gave their guests these small signed prints. A white-on-white version of “American Prime” was used to promote the U.S. team competing in the global culinary arts competition, Bocuse d’Or.

 

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The title “There’s eatin’ and drinkin’ in it” was inspired by a conversation
Arena had with a Dublin cab driver.

You were selected by world-renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller to create artwork for Bocuse d’Or USA. How do you know when a piece is finished?

When it matches what I had envisioned. I’ll carry an image in my head for a while before I begin to make it real. It’s much easier to refine the image when just thinking about it. And makes for a much smoother process when I’m making it for real. If I picture different variations, and like them, I try to execute those, too. This is a trait of the pop arts—Warhol did it, Lichtenstein and Rosenquist, too, all made uniques of the same image. Coincidentally, Rosenquist did the previous Bocuse d’Or USA piece. Maybe I’ll get a chance to ask him how he knows when he’s done.

Having worked on a series of very different projects, how has your work developed over the years?

It’s much more colorful now. There was a time when I was intimidated by color. Now I’m intrigued by how color against color can help me draw. For example, which color comes forward and which goes back in space? It’s this sort of play that allows me to do drawings that appear so simple. They’re actually pretty complex in terms of color. They have to be just right. Especially when you’re about to print the last of eighteen colors! The first seventeen better be right.

Warhol has sparked the visual art movement known as pop art. Has pop art become a timeless art form?

Pop art is often so dependent on the subject. So you’d think the subject would need to be timeless. But there’s the element of beauty, too. Beauty is timeless. Warhol’s work is still beautiful. Lichtenstein’s work is still beautiful. Haring’s, Rosenquist’s, all of the great pop artist’s works share this trait. So I think their work has just as much a chance of standing the test of time as any of the great master’s. And I’d say it’s probably true of any art form.

 

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