New York is Always New

I’ve been to New York countless times. I’ve seen dozens of shows on Broadway. I’ve people watched in Times Square more times than I can remember. I’ve eaten the famous pizza. I’ve drunk cider in many Irish Pubs between 1st and 6th. No matter what I do in New York, it always feels new and fresh.

The Chaos of Time Square

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When it comes to a New York hotel, you have tons of options. There are over 75,000 rooms in Manhattan. When I plan a trip to New York, I have been known to stay at two or three on one trip. Some hotels take on their neighborhood’s personality; you expect that. I discovered the Hilton Times Square Hotel offers a respite from the chaos of the area surrounding it. The hotel has recently been renovated and offers amenities that create a quiet and comfortable hotel. When the city calls you, you only have to walk outside and find yourself in the center of the city’s most active neighborhood.

Midtown East with Character

For the typical tourist, staying in Midtown means the west side and Broadway, but Midtown East and The Lexington New York City, Autograph Collection offer a new perspective on the other side of New York, literally and figuratively. Think New York style with a side of laid back ease. The newly renovated Lexington pays homage to the jazz greats of the past and present. The art deco lobby reminds you of the old New York, but with the modern convenience of a big city hotel. Shop on Madison Avenue just a block away, and continue another block and enjoy 5th Avenue and Rockefeller Center.

Chelsea Charm and Flair

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Larger than most boutique New York Hotels, the Chelsea Savoy is a reasonably priced alternative in a unique area of New York. Make sure to take part in the complimentary breakfast before you head out each day. Chelsea Pier, the massive sports complex overlooking the Hudson River, sits a few blocks away from the Savoy. I’ve always wanted to hit a few balls at the driving range or take a class at the gym with other New Yorkers. New York does some amazing things with parks in the cement city, so checking out the HighLine Park is a new experience to enjoy as I explore the neighborhood.

34th Street Entertainment

The 34th Street area of New York is shopping and dining central. While the tourists flock to the area, the locals enjoy the convenience and options as well. Dumont NYC – An Affinia Hotel fits perfectly in the neighborhood. It offers some of the most spacious rooms in Manhattan while providing fantastic views at a reasonable price for the quality and the area. You’re just south of the famed Murray Hill area of New York and close to Macy’s flagship store, as well as other shopping and entertainment venues on the surrounding blocks of the hotel.

It doesn’t matter how many trips I take to New York or where I stay — it’s always new and exciting.

What city can you visit over and over again? 

This article is part of a Hipmunk Travel Series.

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Hipmunk Hotels: Boutique Hotels for Tourist in New York City

Boutique Hotels for tourists in New York City via @DishOurTown

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Finding accommodations in New York City can be daunting for a tourist. As a New Yorker, I believe that location is most important, especially for first-timers and families. Don’t pay for transportation when you can situate yourself with a place to stay where it’s convenient to get to most top tourist sites.


Some of the best Hotel offerings are in the Boutique Category. Often you will get Five-Star Service and accommodations for a price much less than you would from the more renowned names in the industry. Below are some top picks:


The Iroquois Hotel


As one of the Top Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this gem of a hotel, located near the Heart of Times Square, lives up to its billing. Upscale service and amenities include Frette Sheets, turndown service with some Le Belge Chocolates, Molton Brown Bathroom Products, and complimentary coffee/tea and an afternoon beverage in the lobby. Theatres, Top Restaurants, Shopping right outside your front door. Starting at $116/night. WiFi and Fitness Center.


The Shelburne


Those who are looking to travel as a family, this hotel is a top choice. Located near Grand Central Station, The Empire State Building and Macy’s. The rooms are a nice mix of 60’s retro and modern design. Suites have a kitchenette, and the hotel offers “kid-friendly” amenities, such as board games and a shop for children’s sundries. For adults, there is a wonderful rooftop bar to enjoy a post-sightseeing or pre-dinner drink. Suites start at $132/night. WiFi and Fitness Center.


Club Quarters Midtown


Few are better located than this lovely boutique hotel. Just right off World Famous Fifth Avenue, staying here brings the guest within walking distance of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and some of the best shopping in the world. The rooms are well appointed, affixed with luxurious leather and wooden features. There are unlimited chilled bottle water and complimentary in-room coffee. Starting at $149/night. WiFi and Fitness Center.


The Benjamin New York


This hotel prides itself on client experience. Upon walking in, one can’t help but admire the beautiful photography hung throughout. The service is impeccable and the rooms luxuriously appointed with lush beds and high thread count sheets. The aesthetic is muted, with relaxing neutral colors. There is a fine restaurant connected named, The National Bar and Dining Room, created by renowned chef, Geoffrey Zakarian. A great getaway, especially for a romantic one. Within walking distance to all major sights, which include the Museum of Modern Art and Central Park. Rooms start at $179/night. WiFi and Fitness Center.


Ink48 New York


With a high energy lobby and a popular rooftop bar, this is the fashionable choice. This very stylized hotel is located in, the now popular, Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood. Views of the Hudson River from most rooms. Set within the center of the Theatre District, this hotel is a treat for a culture seeking traveler. Starting at $199/night. WiFi and Fitness Center.

Kelly’s Quest by Jennifer Ann – Cover Reveal

I had the honor of beta reading this book and it is so good. Unfortunately, you have to wait until October to read it, but the cover reveal will have to hold you until then.



Shunned by her family back home, she followed her best friend to New York with aspirations to start over. Now broke and homeless with two guys vying for her affection, she realizes she made a colossal mistake. If she gives in to her desires, will she only be breaking the rule she set for herself, or will she also be proving she’s the disappointment her family sees her as?

Kelly Cavenaugh is a lot of things: intelligent, sexy, vivacious, and a great friend. But the one thing she’s determined to prove to herself and others is that she’s not promiscuous. So why do a spoiled rich boy with a dark past and a former Marine with a high-powered job have to come along and try to break her resolve?

Theo Roberts and Erik Murphy only have two things in common: they’re both dangerously gorgeous, and have their sights set on Kelly. Everyone tells her Erik isn’t someone she wants to get involved with, however, and Theo seems to be the total package. If Kelly allows herself to be with one of them, the choice should be easy. But it’s complicated, and she’ll find herself struggling to separate passion from reality while trying to establish her new life.


Author Bio:

JenniferWhen Jennifer Ann isn’t writing heart wrenching romance novels with hot scenes or chasing her children around southern Minnesota, she either has her nose stuck in someone else’s book, is curled up watching a movie, can be found taking pictures of other people (not in a creepy way), or is rocking out at a concert. Her debut novel ADAM’S LIST is set for release June 17, 2014.

Jennifer also writes YA paranormal under Jen Naumann.

Author links:

Goodreads | Facebook | Pinterest | Blog | Twitter



O – Dallas Observer

a-to-z-letters-oMy second trip to New York, I was 17 years old and pushing the limits of my parents patience with my quest for independence. They humored me by taking me on a college tour even though they had no intentions of allowing me to attend university there.   I was roaming the streets and shops of The Village and picked up a copy of the Village Voice.  I devoured the quirky and eclectic stories and features. Little did I know, we had our own version in Dallas called the Dallas Observer. Even today, I read it every week either in print or the online version.


Let me share a few of the stories from a recent issues:

Did I mention it was free? Does your town have a paper that features the not so normal side of the news?  

My Weekly Update – I Love New York

I have been in New York for 4 days, now. Thanks to Ava J. Easterby.  Her post Location, Location, Location (For your Novel) got my mind thinking, I need to visit some of the spots in my last few projects to make sure I have the locations correct. This is also my first time in the US in 2 years.

I love food. I love shopping with my mom. I love walking the streets with a latte in my hand in the cool crisp air. I love winter and I love New York.  Some things never change.

I will warn you right now, I see several New York/New Jersey related post in the future.

But, I will tease you with this for starters.


Blog Award

inspiring-bloggerThank you so much EM Castellan for this beautiful award.  I am a rebel award winner, I am going to refer to my And You Are? Bloghop post in lieu of sharing another 7 things about myself.

I would like to nominate the people in the Posts to Read below. They all inspire me to no end.

Flashback Blog Hop – The Peasant Revolt

909406_83318260-2-1-300x213The Peasants and Felicia Scotzig are celebrating her first blogoversary! To join in on the fun, the rules are simple:

  • Sign up at Flashback Blog Hop.
  • Look back at your work from January 2012–blog posts, stories, poetry, etc.–and find something you’d like to share. Whether you wonder, “What was I thinking?” or find something that you’re still proud of and want to share with a larger audience, I’d like everyone to share a piece of their work or a short reflection.
  • Hop around to the other blogs and meet all of the great folks participating.
  • At the end of the week, everyone who participates will be eligible to enter a giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card.
  • You can also earn additional entries, by answering questions about some of the sponsoring blogs (questions will be released here on January 4, 2012).
Posts to Read
Update on the Plan from Angi Black – Haters need to lay off Angi, she is doing her thing. 
Go Deep! Deeper! YES! Deep POV Rules in Fiction from Donya Lynne – great lessons on writing
Adding Humour in our Stories from Rachna – if you want to be funny
Fake It ‘Til You Make It from R.C. Lewis – i had to do this, too.
What Type of Writer are You from Philip Overby – i am a combo of all of these
Write Romance?  Get Your Beat Sheet Here! from Jami Gold – for the organized romance writer
Post Inspired by our Great Writers
Vonnegut on Creating Characters
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Top 10 Tips for Writers
New Followers
The Fitzroy
Beyond the Hill 45
Rhonda Albom
Next Weeks Schedule
Monday – Book Club Blog Hop
Tuesday – Tattoo Tuesday – Jennifer 
Wednesday -Jennifer George Guest Post
Friday – E – Book Challenge
Sunday – My Weekly Update