Category: History

December 05 2018

The Nutcracker: A New York City Ballet Christmas Tradition

The year was 1892, and the St. Petersburg audience had packed into the theater on a frigid December evening to see Iolanta, a new opera by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Also on the program was the composer’s latest ballet, which, by all contemporary accounts, turned out to be mediocre at best. Today, The Nutcracker is universally recognized as one of the finest ballets of the 19th century and a tradition virtually synonymous with Christmas. Now through December 30, you have the … Read More

November 06 2018

The Sacred Grandeur of St. Patrick’s Cathedral

As a guest of the Lotte New York Palace, not only will you enjoy the Old World opulence of the hotel itself, you’ll also be treated to the many vibrant and venerable cultural attractions that make Midtown Manhattan one of the world’s most iconic locations. Mere steps from the Lotte, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest Neo-Gothic-style house of worship on the continent, spans an entire city block, with its main entrance on 5th Avenue flanked by a pair of imposing … Read More

August 12 2018

A Festival Fit for Jay Gatsby at the Annual Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn Party

Overwhelmed by the oppressive summer heat, the main characters of The Great Gatsby—Tom, Daisy, Nick, and Gatsby himself—decide to drive from Long Island into Manhattan, where they take a suite at the Plaza Hotel and order an enormous bucket of ice to cool rising temps and tempers. This August, we recommend a little adventure in the opposite direction—no, not to Long Island, but to Governors Island for the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Just a short ferry ride from the … Read More