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Hotel Giraffe
Credit: Hotel Giraffe Facebook Page

Hotel Giraffe has definitely earned its ranking as the 3rd best overall hotel in New York City according to TripAdvisor (out of 467 hotels, mind you).  One of the four exquisite locations of the Library Hotel Collection, Hotel Giraffe is one of the best parts of the Flatiron area for so many different reasons, that i had to head back there a couple of days ago to remind myself of what makes this hotel simply splendid.

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GLSEN
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Former Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden speaks onstage during the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for GLSEN)

The 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards took place this past Monday night at Cipriani’s on 42nd street.  GLSEN is the leading education organization creating safe and inclusive schools for all students. GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  This is an incredibly important organization for me and so many others who identify as LGBTQ, and I was absolutely honored to cover it.

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Ethyl's Alcohol & Food
Credit: Noah Fecks

Ethyl’s Alcohol & Food is quite the interesting experience for anyone who wants to have a blast from the past while dining on some delicious bar bites.  Ethyl’s essentially brings you back to the 1970’s with its blaring soundtrack playing throughout the location and its wall which is plastered with photos, ads and more from the decade that brought us Fleetwood Mac, The Jackson 5 and more.  Now, they have developed an awesome late night menu for you to enjoy until 4:00 AM.  Yay!

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Turner
Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner

The 2017 Turner Upfronts were held inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden yesterday, where a packed house came to see what is new and returning for the variety of networks under their amazing umbrella.  Some fantastic stars were there to showcase what they have in stores for the 2017-2018 television season, all while driving home the point that Turner is definitely the future not only for what you watch on TV but how connecting to the right audience is the key to their recent success.

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nyfos
Sky-Pony Photo by Cherylynn Tsushima.

New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) is not typically known for concerts involving rainbow colored colonial wigs, pink patent leather pumps, and animal masks, but its founders, Michael Barrett and Steven Blier took a walk on the wilder side last Wednesday night at the hip Brooklyn venue, National Sawdust.

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Hotel Elysee
Credit: Hotel Elysee Facebook Page

The Library Hotel Collection in Manhattan continues to be one of the best (if not the best) set of hotels you will find here in the city that never sleeps.  Hotel Elysee, located in the heart of Midtown East on E. 54th Street between Madison and Park, is a standout here in Manhattan as well as their collection as they truly take old New York and incorporate it into 2017 in an incredible way.  With the hotel season getting ready for one of their busiest times of the year, I will give you a couple of good reasons why you should stay at the Hotel Elysee.

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Club Getaway
Credit: Club Getaway

Breathe easy, fellow Manhattanites, the warm weather is finally freaking here!  And with this weather comes the idea to getaway and get out of the city for some amazing vacations this summer!  Speaking of the word “getaway”, there is an amazing vacation spot that is only 90 miles away from The Big Apple in Kent, Connecticut and it is called Club Getaway!  This is our travel spotlight for the week and here’s why you need to pack your bags and head east.

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iPic
Credit: iPic Theaters

iPic Theaters wants to give you the movie going pleasure of Beyonce’s song and legitimately Upgrade U. With the ever present popularity of streaming movies and staying home, it is hard to find a reason to head to the actual theaters for the latest films you are dying to see.  iPic gives you so many reasons to get off your butt and head down to their South Street Seaport location that go beyond the basic semi-comfortable chair and burnt popcorn experience.  I stopped by there with a friend on Saturday and was truly enchanted by it all.

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Doughnuts
Credit: Tuck Room

What do art, amazing cocktails, scrumptious doughnuts,  a DJ spinning some tunes on vintage vinyl, comfort food, and Breaking Bad have in common? The Tuck Room.

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Migguel Anggelo
Photo by Mau Quiros

“Shy” is not an adjective one would use to describe Migguel Anggelo.  The Brooklyn based singer, songwriter, dancer, and performer is an animated, fireball of positive charm whose sincere concern for the world and love of music is expressed through nearly every word he speaks. His vibe is so infectious that he’s attracted the attention of famous celebrities, as well as Tony winning costume designer, Clint Ramos. Ramos saw one of Anggelo’s shows years ago and insisted on creating lavish pieces for him.