New York

 

One belongs to New York instantly; one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” – Thomas Wolfe.

NYC: Endless miles of steel and concrete puncturing the sky. The cacophony of sound surrounds you yet at the same time you could almost reduce it to white noise. Diverse crowds from all walks of life provide endless opportunities to meet some of the most fascinating people in the world. No matter where you are from, New York will make you feel at home. A city so nice they named it twice, New York is the most populous city in the United States with over 8 million residents! This number does not take into account the 40 million tourists (both domestic and international) it receives annually.

The city of New York is divided into 5 boroughs: Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Each borough has unique characteristics that separate it from the others. You could almost say that each has a certain “look and feel” to it. Even the neighborhoods within the borough differ from each other. Manhattan is often referred to as “the city” by locals and is the most recognized borough to travelers.

The list of things to experience in New York is quite literally endless. Visit some of the world’s most famous museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, or the Museum of Modern Art. Be swept away by the view at the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. Take in a game at Yankee Stadium or Madison Square Garden. Be moved by the music and theater of the Metropolitan Opera or those of Broadway. Satisfy your love of shopping at all the wonderful boutiques in Soho or the Fifth Avenue Stretch. And when it comes to food, Michelin starred restaurants to food trucks, we have it.

Welcome to the city! Come grab a drink with me!

local business etiquette and customs

Welcome to the city that claims its favorite color is black. Dress code for the business professionals in NYC really depends on each company’s culture. Finance and banking industries tend to be more formal (A suit ensemble, blouse and pants/skirt, or dress in professional colors like black, navy, and white) whereas creative or tech industries are a little more casual. You can never go wrong with a little black dress. I’m also a stylist too so if you have any questions definitely private message me!

FEMALE FRIENDLY HOTELS 

Refinery BedroomTHE REFINERY HOTEL ***

Just voted in the top ten new hotels of the world the old hat factory turned hotel caters to the most discerning travellers. Hotel hallways are well-lit, with cameras and always has 24 hour security in the city that never sleeps. Guest rooms boast LeLabo bath amenities, bright airy bathrooms with plenty of space, full strength blow dryers & makeup mirrors. Venues within the hotel are dynamic and varied enough to accomplish all your entertaining right on property.

Member offer: Quote NGMAIDEN to receive a discounted, welcome amenity and upgrades based upon availability at the time of check in. Discount will vary between 5-10%.  Book here.

 

Iroquois New YorkTHE IROQUOIS HOTEL ****

The Iroquois New York, a 4-star luxury Manhattan hotel, is perfectly located on the iconic tree lined block of 44th Street. Located only minutes from 5th Avenue shopping, the Theatre District of Broadway, the lights of Time Square and the rich history of Grand Central Station, Bryant Park and Rockefeller Centre. Our Mid-town luxury hotel offers 114 elegantly decorated guest rooms and suites, along with well-lit hallways, security cameras and 24-hour staff. Guest rooms boast Molton Brown bath amenities, fluffy Frette robes, full strength blow dryers & makeup mirrors. Venues within the hotel are dynamic and varied enough to accomplish all your entertaining right on property.

Member offer: 10% off Best Available Rate, please use promo code MAIDEN when booking your reservation either by phone or online at http://www.iroquoisny.com. Members also receive a welcome amenity and a pair of Iroquois slippers during your stay. Book here

The Plaza, New York Guestroom 130x130THE PLAZA HOTEL *****

The Plaza is an iconic hotel located at the prestigious corner of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South. The 282 spacious guestrooms and suites boast sumptuous furnishings, iPads to access guest services and Butler Service for suites. Each elegantly appointed room features a luxurious bathroom designed to provide a soothing setting for respite and relaxation, with Sherle Wagner fixtures, mosaic tiles, and exclusive bath products by Caudalie.The storied Palm Court is New York’s premier destination for Afternoon Tea, while other culinary destinations include The Plaza Food Hall, The Rose Club, and The Champagne Bar. Amenities include the Shops at The Plaza, Caudalie Vinothérapie®Spa, Warren-Tricomi Salon and La Palestra Fitness.

Member offer: Quote PMDM to receive a complimentary blow-dry at the Warren-Tricomi salon (one per stay) $50 Breakfast credit (daily). Roundtrip sedan airport transfer to/from LaGuardia, JFK, or Newark (applicable for Edwardian Fifth Avenue Suite, Edwardian Park Suite, Plaza Suite, and Terrace Suites). Book here

Washington Jefferson bedroom NY130THE WASHINGTON JEFFERSON ***

The Washington Jefferson is a safe, centrally located boutique hotel with 24/7 front desk offering intimate and affordable accommodation. Located just 5 minutes walking distance to Times Square, in the famous Broadway Theatre District and surrounded by a vast range of local restaurants. The Washington Jefferson Hotel prides itself on providing a personalised service to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and the famous C.O Bigelow Apothecary bathroom amenities. As a rare room option for New York – a solo twin room for the lone traveller. An affordable room option that comes with all of the same amenities as a standard room.

Member offer: Quote PMDM to receive a complimentary blow-dry at the Warren-Tricomi salon (one per stay) $50 Breakfast credit (daily). Roundtrip sedan airport transfer to/from LaGuardia, JFK, or Newark (applicable for Edwardian Fifth Avenue Suite, Edwardian Park Suite, Plaza Suite, and Terrace Suites). Book here

Hotel Chandler DeluxeRmQueen 130HOTEL CHANDLER ****½

The Hotel Chandler a 4.5 star luxury hotel is located in the Flatiron district, providing comfortable accommodations and upscale amenities. All guest rooms offer complimentary Molton Brown toiletries, well lit bathrooms, deadbolts, eye viewer, complimentary coffee and tea 24 hours, security system, in room safes, valet dry cleaning, main entrance is locked down every evening at 11:00 pm and can only be accessed by guests of hotel. Deluxe rooms and above offer makeup mirror in bathrooms.

Member Offer: 10% off Best Available Rate, please use promo code MAIDEN when booking your reservation either by phone or online at http://www.hotelchandler.com. Members also receive complimentary WiFi throughout their stay.Book here

 Belleclaire NY Broadway King130HOTEL BELLECLAIRE ***½

The Hotel Belleclaire is located in Manhattan’s desirable Upper West Side neighborhood, boasting spectacular views of Broadway and Hudson River. Nearby attractions include The American Museum of Natural History, Beacon Theatre, Central Park and Lincoln Center – with Times Square ten minutes away. Our newly renovated guest rooms and suites exude the perfect combination of comfort, convenience and style; featuring luxurious Frette linens, sleek laminate-wood floors, flat screen HDTV’s, and ipod docking stations. Hotel amenities include complimentary high-speed wireless, 24-hour fitness center, meeting space, media and business lounge, coffee bar, 24-hour staff, security cameras and well-lit hallways and public spaces.

Member Offer: Quote MAIDEN to receive 15% off your stay plus daily continental breakfast provided by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (located in lobby) and bottled water/slippers provided upon arrival. Book here

Hotel Edison King RoomHOTEL EDISON ***½

An architectural art deco masterpiece built in 1931, Hotel Edison is a NYC landmark with a rich history from the moment famed American inventor, Thomas Edison turned on the light at the grand opening of the hotel to playing host to countless notables to movie and television appearances. Hotel Edison is located in the heart of Times Square, amidst the excitement of Broadway Theatres, fine dining and shopping and within steps of Midtown Manhattan’s premier business and leisure destinations. The hotel boasts one of the most appealing bars called The Rum Bar, where live music is often played. There is also a wine and cheese reception every Tuesday and Friday. Their fitness center is open 24 hours to accommodate any schedules..

Member Offer: Quote MAIDEN to receive 10% off Best Available Rates plus complimentary WiFi for Classic Deluxe and Signature rooms and suites.

Book here

TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT

We do not wish to “toot our own horn” (pun very much intended) but our Mass Transit is the most complex and extensive in North America. Whether you wish to travel by car, plane, train, subway, bus, bicycle, foot, ferry, or horse, we have it all! Most of our Mass transit runs 24 hours a day, giving full right to the description of “the city that never sleeps.”

There are two main airports in the city of New York. La Guardia Airport (LGA) located in East Elmhurst, Queens and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) located in Jamaica, Queens. Both offer easy transportation to Manhattan and the other boroughs.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is responsible for the public transportation in the state of New York. Subways, buses, or yellow cabs (taxis) are the preferred method of transportation for most people. Subways are easy to navigate and are accessible in almost all areas of New York City. Buses are a bit more difficult as the routes are not quite as defined and do not run as often as the subways. However, buses are great for when you want to get across town, particularly in Manhattan, and most of the other boroughs use buses for areas that are further out.

All transportation systems do run on a different schedule over the weekend and holidays so it is very useful to go towww.mta.info to help you plan your visit.  The New York taxi is one of the most recognizable vehicles being bright yellow, but as of June 6th, 2013, Mayor Bloomberg announced a new fleet of taxis to join the well -known “Yellow Cabs”: the Boro Taxis, which are bright green in color. The Boro taxis were designed to meet the demand for taxis in the northern region of Manhattan and the other boroughs. In Mahattan, the Boro taxis are only able to pick up and drop off patrons above 110th Street on the west side and 96th Street on the east side. All licenced taxis have the NYC logo with a black circle and a T in the middle.

Other car services have also risen in popularity like UBER and LYFT. These car services at times can be useful and may sometimes be a cheaper option to the NY taxi but one must use it at one’s discretion as companies like Uber have surge pricing depending on the demand.

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dining and bars

You could literally eat at a new restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every single day and you would still not begin to make a dent in the endless amounts of restaurants here.

Most of us New Yorkers love the app “Yelp” as it assists in finding what is around your location and has many filters to help you narrow down the choices.

Because it is quite a daunting task to tackle the restaurants in NYC, I will be listing several of my favorite go-to spots in some of my favorite neighborhoods. If you ever need a recommendation for a specific part of the city, for a specific cuisine, or for a specific atmosphere, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Without further do and in no particular order here are my recommendations:

Upper West Side:

Jacob’s Pickles

Southern/ Comfort Food. Recommendations: Biscuits & fixins and BBQ smothered pepper jack chicken sandwich. Rustic feel. Very busy at Brunch and dinner. Accepts Credit Cards!

Kefi

Greek, Mediterranean food. Recommendations: Sheep’s Milk Dumplings and Grilled Octupus. Open, rustic feel. Accepts reservations and Credit Cards!

Sushi Yasaka

Japanese Sushi Bar. Recommendations: Everything! My favorite is the Umi No Sachi (Chirashi). Gorgeously minimalistic. Accepts Reservations and Credit Cards!

Shalel Lounge

Lounge/Morrocan. Recommendations: The cocktails, the flatbread, and the bacon-wrapped dates are to die for!. It’s almost a speakeasy! Just follow the rose petals! Cozy and intimate. Accepts Credit Cards.

Hummus Place

Vegetarian, Middle Eastern Recommendations: Shakshuka and EVERYTHING on the menu. Seriously. You can’t go wrong here! And save room for dessert and order the Kadaif!.  It’s a tiny cozy restaurant. It gets quite busy very fast! Accepts Credit Cards.

Midtown West:

Becco

Italian Recommendation: They have unlimited 3 style pasta table service! Delicious!. It’s a cozy restaurant and because it is in the theater district, you get the theater crowd! They do full service at the bar and it’s great to sit and chat with the bartender. Very attentive! Accepts Credit Cards.

Lillie’s Victorian Bar and Restaurant

American (Traditional) Recommendations: Their Shepard’s pie is delicious and small plates to share are great. It’s beautifully decorated with pieces from a famous actress’s home. Accepts Credit Cards

Toto Ramen

Ramen/Japanese Recommendations: Miso Paitan ramen all the way! It gets crowded QUICK. There are lines. But I believe their broth is the best out of all the ramens I have tried in the city. Cash only!

Medi Winebar

Mediterranean, Italian Recommendations: This place changes their menu seasonally but I have never been disappointed. Wonderfully rustic and with a backyard garden for seating as well! Accepts credit cards!

The Little Beet

Gluten-Free, Salad, Vegan friendly lunch place that I adore. Some seating upstairs and downstairs midtown lunch space. Accepts credit cards!

Koreatown:

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Korean Food court with a variety of types of Korean/Japanese/Chinese food you can try! Modern décor and quite busy. Accepts credit cards!

Bonchon

Korean Fried chicken! The best kind of fried chicken! Modern, dark décor. Accepts credit cards!

Wine: 30

Wine Bars, American food. Really wonderfully cozy décor with a gorgeous outdoor space that is open year round. Accepts Credit Cards!

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

Korean BBQ!! By far the best around! Delicious. Although it is better to go with more than one person! Wood design and a bustling atmosphere! Accepts credit cards!

West Village:

Blue Ribbon

Wine Bar, New American. DELICIOUS PLACE! Bone Marrow is a MUST TRY! Lovely cozy décor, wood and marble. Accepts Credit Cards!

Westville (Various Locations)

American (Traditional) Vegetarian friendly! Delicious sides that you can make into a full meal. This place gets busy VERY fast. Bar seating! Country home and sunny mood. Accepts Credit Cards

If you have something specific you’re looking for, definitely let me know and I can assist in finding something for you!

beauty and fitness

If you’re in town and you’re looking to do a workout while you’re here, I would highly recommend SOUL CYCLE, an indoor cycling class that is super fun! With several locations in the city, SOUL CYCLE offers a pay as you go system so you’re only purchasing classes that you actually use (IDEAL for a traveler) The instructors are super awesome and the staff very accommodating. Check out their website to learn more! (www.soul-cycle.com)

women’s networks and events

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SAFETY and emergency services

Despite the tremendous number of people residing and visiting New York, the city is one of the safest of all the largest cities in the United States. New York Police and Fire Department are very present and work round the clock in all boroughs. Most police departments offer translator services in various languages for those who would feel more comfortable speaking in their native language. But with all metropolitan cities, one must always be aware of one’s surroundings. Common sense applies.  Always be sure to keep your personal belongings near or on you at all times. Avoid certain areas at night that appear to be desolate or unfriendly. If it feels like a scam, it most likely is. Make sure to take only licenced New York Taxis. You can visit www.nyc.gov , the official website of the city of New York, that will provide you with information regarding safety, precinct locations, how to report a crime, and much more.

ambassador: SOMIE PAK

Often described as chocolate dipped in spicy Sriracha with a sparkler shoved right through it, I am a traveller and lover of food at my very core. Before the age of 12, I had lived in 10 different states and 2 countries, but I refer to my home state as Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan, I followed my dream and moved to NYC. I currently work at a global Real Estate Investment Trust in the Asset Management department and am simultaneously pursuing a career in costume design.

I also am a freelance stylist! My free time is spent scouring the city for costume pieces, fabric and trimming for my latest show, learning about the new trends, new restaurants, speakeasies, and hidden bars. I enjoy walking immensely and spend most of my time ambling around all five boroughs in search of something new. So don’t be shy! Drop me a line if you’re ever in the city that never sleeps. If you have any further questions or would like any further tips for traveling to New York, please feel free to contact me via email. Follow me on Instagram!

ambassador: Edith Cabrera-penate

Edith Cabrera-Penate offers more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, 14 of those being with Hilton Worldwide.  Her career with Hilton Worldwide began at the Hilton Newark Airport hotel as a Senior Manager in Business Travel, transitioning to Hilton Worldwide Global Sales to her current role as a Director, Global Business Travel Sales. Edith earned her Certified Corporate Travel Executive (CCTE) from GBTA and has been active with both the global and local chapter Business Travel Associations.

Continuing her passion for travel and desire to share with others, Edith also serves as a NYC Ambassador to Maiden Voyage.  In this role, Edith connects with other female business travelers from around the world during their business trips to NYC.  Meeting over dinner or quick correspondence, Edith helps a fellow females discover her city safely.

Edith resides in Manhattan, New York with her husband and their dog.  When she’s not spending quality time with her family you can find Edith reading, shopping, traveling, and boating during the summer months off the east end of Long Island.

Feel free to contact her on Edith.cabrera-penate@hilton.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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