Discover New York City – “Through the Lens” Photography Experience

New York city is the city that never sleeps. Millions of people live in the Big Apple and either visit or conduct business there. Now you can view New York City from a different angle with “Through the Lens” photography experience being offered by Brite Spokes.

Get a chance to capture the true essence of NYC along with photographer professionals. You’ll learn to view and shoot a wide variety of subjects including landscape, fashion, action, boudoir, plus aerial photography.

The “Through the Lens” travel adventure package is six-days and five-night and includes an exclusive workshop hosted by leading photography brand, Adorama.

The course will give travelers a unique experience to try a variety of camera styles. You will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art camera equipment in addition to learning clever camera techniques prior to venturing out into the heart of New York City and start shooting.

Two of the photographers you will work with include aerial photographer Alex MacLean and boudoir photographer Jessica Lark. These fascinating photo sessions are a great way to learn the tips of the trade and improve your own skills.

In addition, your package includes a VIP tour of the International Center of Photography. You will take to the skies with a helicopter trip that will provide a memorable aerial photo session. There is a night photo safari plus get pampered with a a hair and make-up experience in preparation for a private photo shoot at a local NYC portrait studio.

What is included in the “Through the Lens” travel adventure package is nightly accommodations at a leading New York City hotel, select meals during your stay, luxury motor coach transportation to your various outings and excursions, 24/7 customer service, the assistance of an experienced trip manager, plus your porterage fees, gratuities and taxes.

If you would like to learn more and book a reservation and experience the “Through the Lens” travel adventure package in New York City, please contact The Life of Luxury. Return often to read about other exciting luxury travel packages published in our luxury blog.

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Experience the New Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition in New York City

New York City has always been a city of firsts. Well now you can enjoy a new, must-see exhibition – Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The first Marvel’s Avengers blockbuster movie opened in 2012 and was a smashing success. Now you can enjoy a first-ever interactive, immersive Marvel Super Hero experience.

The new Marvel experience is based on the record breaking Hollywood movie series – Marvel’s The Avengers. The exhibition is a result of a creative collaboration between Marvel Entertainment, Victory Hill Exhibitions, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plus the National Academy of Sciences.

The incredible Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition will be located at Discovery Times Square in New York City and premieres this Friday, May 30, 2014.

Now you can morph into the world of The Avengers with this incredibly immersive, interactive exhibit experience!

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is a thrilling joy

ride that brings the science behind Marvel Super Heroes to life. Gamedesk is leading EdTech innovator and developed S.T.E.M. which stands for – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics specifically for this exhibition.

As part of the experience, you’ll interact with various Marvel’s The Avengers characters, including: Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, plus others.

Uncover the secret origins of these fictional characters. It’s a deep dive into the world of Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can discover a wide variety of classified studies, intelligence files, in addition to amazing experiments that helps define who these characters really are and how they came to be.

For those fans who remember the mighty Battle of New York, you’ll be granted secret access to some of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most highly guarded, recovered artifacts. For example, view first hand – Loki’s Scepter, the Tesseract Portal Device, Captain America’s Birth Pod, plus the hermetically sealed Chitauri.

You’ll feel you’re really involved in a simulated recruitment, just like being trained as a top agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

For astronomy lovers, visitors can map out the stars to find Asgard. In addition, other exhibits include learning how to operate the suit worn by Iron Man, personally test your physical abilities against Captain America, and even view the neurological effects when mild Bruce Banner transforms into the great green, beast – the Hulk.

The new Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N Exhibition in New York City should not be missed. It will leave you with a lasting impression and memories of being superhuman for a day.

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. tickets are now available for sale at the box office or online at: http://www.discoverytsx.com/exhibitions/avengers

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View Modern Art at Inaugural Downtown Fair in New York City

New York City will hold the inaugural Downtown Fair between May 8 and 11, 2014. Downtown Fair will be a new modern and contemporary art fair that’s produced by the same ownership team of highly popular Art Miami show in Florida.

The new show coincides with Frieze Week in New York City, which is one of the busiest and exciting weeks of NYC’s 2014 art and cultural season. The event expects large numbers of art collectors, art enthusiasts, art advisers, curators and international visitors to attend.

On May 8th, there will be a luxurious, invitation only High-Tea VIP Preview between 2-5 PM. The art show’s preview will be offering a first glimpse for VIP collectors and accredited members of the press.

The Downtown Fair caters to a wide range of seasoned plus new art collectors, who search for nothing but the very best. The global contemporary art market will descend upon New York City in May is expected to be a huge success.

Event attendees will be able to view art pieces from both emergent talent and mid-career cutting-edge artists. There will also be a fresh selection of secondary market works by top name artists from the Modern as well as Post-War eras. It’s expected that almost 600 artists representing more than 35 countries will showcase their artwork at the Downtown Fair.

The Downtown Fair’s formal dealer selection / advisory committee had a difficult time choosing from over 200 dealer submissions. The committee finally chose the top 50 galleries to display stunning 20th & 21st century art. The goal was to select art pieces that are carefully-curated, rich-in-content, and quality presentation.

The art event will be held near the amazing backdrop of the historic 69th Regiment Armory, which is a 30,000 square foot beaux-arts landmark found at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 25th Street, in the center of the Flatiron District.

If you plan to attend Frieze Week, all Frieze VIP cardholders will be offered complimentary admittance to Downtown Fair, plus you can utilize a courtesy shuttle service to and from the Frieze Ferry.

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The painting shown above is by Don Eddy (Long Beach, CA 1944) and titled “Seasonal City IV”. It’s available at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York.

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Celebrate Easter at The Plaza Hotel and Conrad New York

If you are traveling to New York this week, then celebrate Easter at either The Plaza Hotel and Conrad New York.

The Plaza Hotel is an iconic property in Manhattan. This urban resort offers elegance and VIP service. The luxury amenities are endless as hotel guests can choose from a wide variety of sophisticated dining, shopping, entertainment, as well as leisure and wellness options, all under a single roof.

At The Plaza Hotel will be offering a delicious Easter brunch Sunday, April 20 that will be served in the iconic Palm Court.
· Pricing is $95 per person and diners will enjoy the prix-fixe brunch menu.
· Pricing is $65 for person for all children 12 years and younger. They will enjoy a special meal made just for them.
In addition, guests can stay at The Plaza Hotel. This luxury hotel in NYC is offering several Easter holiday weekend packages.

Family Fun
The Plaza Hotel is only steps away from Central Park and located in the heart of the Big Apple. This luxury hotel is the ideal spot to take in the very best of vibrant Manhattan. A new Family Fun package at The Plaza offers a 50% off rate for a second guest room when a one bedroom suite is booked. This package deal was announced just in time to help accommodate families headed to Manhattan this Easter holiday season. This travel package Includes:

o Accommodations in a one bedroom suite with an adjacent room or additional guest room at 50% off the best available rate
o Rates begin at $1,199 USD per night
o Available year-round, subject to availability

A Suite Reward
Enjoy a luxurious stay at The Plaza Hotel between now and September 30, 2014 and receive up to 2,000 United MileagePlus© award miles when you book either a high-tiered suite or lavish guestroom. This travel package Includes:

o 1,000 United MileagePlus® award miles and American breakfast when you book a Deluxe Room, Deluxe Courtyard Room or Signature Room
o 1,500 United MileagePlus® award miles, American breakfast and Butler service when you book a Rose Suite, Deluxe Rose Suite or Edwardian Suite
o 2,000 United MileagePlus® award miles, American breakfast, Butler service and one-way airport transfer when you book an Edwardian Fifth Avenue Suite, Edwardian Park Suite, Terrace Suite or a Plaza Suite
o Hotel package rates start at $645 USD per night

The Conrad New York hotel is also celebrating this Easter holiday weekend with two prix-fixe brunch menus on Sunday, April 20. The brunch meals will be served at the luxury hotel’s Atrio Wine Bar and Restaurant. This dining establishment offers delicious Mediterranean fare served in a causal, family-friendly setting.

o Pricing is $55 per person for guests to enjoy a choice of one Bloody Mary, Bellini or Mimosa and one of nine mouth-watering dishes.
o Pricing is $30 per person for a children’s menu that offers fresh pressed juice, hot chocolate or chocolate milk, and a variety of classic kid-favorite dishes
o In addition, The Conrad New York luxury hotel will be hosting an Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt on the hotel property throughout the day. It’s a great way for families to enjoy a relaxing event either before or after your scrumptious brunch.

To enjoy a luxury stay at either The Plaza Hotel and Conrad New York this Easter, please contact The Life of Luxury and we can help book your entire, luxury travel itinerary. Follow our luxury blog and find additional travel deals throughout the year.

Experience the Full Story of Central Park from Official Central Park Tours

Found in the eastern portion of the central-upper West Side of Manhattan, world famous Central Park is a true icon of New York City.

This urban NYC park is truly one of the most famous parks in the world. Central Park first opened in in 1857 on almost 800 acres of land that was owned by the city of New York. Amid a sea of towering skyscrapers, Central Park is New York’s backyard.

Now you can learn and experience the full story of Central Park’s history, design and ecology by participating in one of the park’s tours from Official Central Park Tours.

Launching this March 1st, Official Central Park Tours offers the only Central Park tours that were designed and led by Central Park Conservancy. This organization over 30 years of experience both restoring and maintaining the iconic New York city park.

Central Park offers something for everybody including sports, guided tours, sightseeing or simply relaxing amongst the park’s endless beauty.

Today, Central Park encompasses 843 acres of beautiful lawns, ponds and woodlands. It’s a memorable locale anytime of the year. The new park tours provide information on the historic, design, and horticultural details of New York City’s Central Park.

There are several dozen Central Park tours available. A few sample tours include:
Welcome Tours: Beginning your tour from the perimeter of Central Park, Welcome Tours will focus on the general history and design of Central Park. Tour guests will be led through the Park’s gorgeous landscapes to a Conservancy visitor center. Lasting about 45 minutes in length, this tour is free and is a terrific intro to Central Park for a first-time visitor.

Premier Tours: 90 minutes long, these enhanced tours provide visitors a closer look at the Park from a unique insider perspectives. Covered topics include the park’s history, ecology and design. Ticket pricing starts at $15 per person.

Custom Tours: Need an individualized tour with no comparison? Custom tours are ideal for a small group of people who desire taking a tour designed by Central Park Conservancy experts and focus on their specific, Central Park interests. Pricing for the custom tours begin at $150. Also available are van tours for up to six people.

The mission of Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park. The organization works closely in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future generations to come. To gain additional information on Central Park Conservancy, please visit www.centralparknyc.org

All of the available Central Park tours are available at www.centralparknyc.org/tours

If you have always wanted to visit New York City and experience everything the Big Apple offers, contact The Life of Luxury today. A travel concierge assistant will help you plan and book all your luxury travel trip reservations. Luxury New York awaits you.

Romantic Valentine’s Day at The Plaza Hotel in New York City

Considered by most as the premiere New York City luxury hotel, The Plaza Hotel is located across from world famous Central Park in Manhattan.

This historic landmark, New York City luxury hotel is 20 stories high and offers breathtaking views of Central Park and the New York city skyline.

Consider spending Valentine’s Day in this iconic hotel. The Plaza hotel is offering several extravagant deals that shouldn’t be missed.

· Romance at The Plaza:

It’s time to celebrate your romance at New York’s The Plaza hotel. Create long lasting memories with a romantic getaway stay. This package includes the following:

o Luxurious The Plaza accommodations in a gorgeous guest room or suite
o Welcome amenity of chocolate truffles, Champagne, and a keepsake gift of 2 Champagne flutes etched with The Plaza logo
o Floral arrangement from Gramercy Park Flowers
o Breakfast in bed
o Availability is between Thursday, February 13, 2014 and Tuesday, February 18, 2014
o Package rate is from $960 USD per night – required two night minimum stay

· Delectable Devotion:
– Enjoy the ideal Valentine’s Day weekend with an experience catered for food connoisseurs. Guests at The Plaza will partake in an exclusive Osetra Caviar Trio tasting at the new Olma Caviar Boutique & Bar at The Plaza. Select your favorite caviar to take home with you. Next you will meet with Executive Chef Steven Crocker of the Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza. Experience a private cooking lesson to prepare as well as cook your own meal. This package includes the following:

o Luxurious The Plaza accommodations in a stunning guest room or suite
o Private Osetra Caviar Trio tasting at the Olma Caviar Boutique and Bar at The Plaza
o Two of Siberian Osetra Baerii caviar with Creme Fraiche on mini French blini
o Two of White Sturgeon caviar with Creme Fraiche on mini French blini
o Two of Russian Osetra Karat with Creme Fraiche on mini French blini
o Two glasses of delicious Louis Roederer Champagne
o Take home one 2 ounce caviar glass jar of your favorite, two mother of pearl spoons, blinis, and Creme Fraiche
o Private cooking lesson with Executive Chef Steven Crocker of The Todd English Food Hall. Prep and cook your romantic meal with Chef Crocker that you will later enjoy together, including wine pairings
o Daily breakfast in bed
o In-room welcome amenity of flowers, chocolate truffles, Champagne, and 2 Champagne glasses etched with The Plaza logo to take home
o Availability is between Thursday, February 13, 2014 and Tuesday, February 18, 2014
o Package rate is from $1,333 USD per night, based on double occupancy – required three night minimum stay. Only two packages are available so book early!

Plan now for your romantic Valentine’s Day getaway at the luxurious The Plaza hotel in Manhattan. Please contact The Life of Luxury and one of our travel concierge agents will assist booking your trip.

The Ritz-Carlton New York Offers “The Summer in the Park” Package

The Ritz-Carlton New York - Battery Park Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton New York – Battery Park

The Ritz-Carlton New York is Manhattan’s only luxury waterfront hotel. This luxurious AAA five diamond hotel provides incredible views over New York Harbor, Ellis Island, and the monumental Statue of Liberty.

The 39-story, 298-room luxury hotel is found in Battery Park’s scenic esplanade, nearby some of New York’s top cultural sites and historical landmarks, including Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, and South Street Seaport, and within minutes of the hip nightclubs, chic restaurants and eclectic boutiques of Soho, Tribeca, and the Meatpacking District.

To enjoy Lower Manhattan, The Ritz-Carlton New York is offering their “The Summer in the Park” package. It’s the chance for both locals and visitors to experience unparalleled luxury at the downtown New York City hotel, enjoying lavish accommodations, breathtaking views of the New York Harbor and superlative service.

The Ritz-Carlton New York - Battery Park
The Ritz-Carlton New York

The new package allows hotel guests to make The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park their home base and indulge in exciting New York-centric summer activities: rediscover the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with a sail for two around Lower Manhattan with Manhattan by Sail; pedal along the Hudson River and Riverside Park with bike rentals provided by Bike and Roll; and enjoy the many concerts, festivals, outdoor movies and art exhibitions throughout the parks with a delicious picnic basket for two prepared by Chef Dangler.

With a deep knowledge of all he major New York City attractions, the hotel’s gracious concierge team will work tirelessly to create customized itineraries for guests to explore quintessential sites of downtown Manhattan. Using a mix of must-see landmarks and local favorites, the friendly experts will craft unique adventures based on each guest’s whims and passions.

The lower Manhattan hotel package includes luxurious accommodations, daily continental breakfast, a day bike rental for two, a 90-minute sail for two, a picnic blanket to take home and a picnic basket with gourmet petite sandwiches, salads and specialty desserts. The package begins at $425 per night and is available through Labor Day weekend. A minimum two-night stay is required.

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The Carlton in Manhattan – Mother’s Day Pampering Package

The Carlton Manhattan hotel
The Carlton Hotel

The Carlton Hotel is a truly, luxury hotel located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The property offers guests 317 deluxe guestrooms, premier amenities, and event space.

As one of the top boutique hotels in Manhattan, the luxurious New York City hotel is within walking distance of the Fashion District. The popular Carlton blends old-world luxury and Beaux-Arts flourishes with stylish modernism.

Now the Carlton Hotel is offering a wonderful Mother’s Day package that will combine two days of both pampering and glam fit for the true princess in every mother.

The Caravan Stylist Studio is an innovative wardrobe and beauty concept that pairs actresses, tastemakers and media influencers with top fashion designers and beauty experts. The Carlton is partnering with the studio and will be presenting a pop up in one of the hotel’s luxurious suites.

Moms, it’s time for you to get pampered. Enjoy a wide range of services including hair styling, make up application, mini skincare-spa treatments and nail design.

The Mother’s Day Pampering Package will include the following lavish offerings:
* Two night’s accommodation in Executive King room and/or Executive Dbl/Dbl rooms (minimum 2 Night)
* $100 F&B credit at Millesime Restaurant per stay
* Two champagne cocktails at Millesime Restaurant per stay
* A style session for two (Mother and Daughter) including light refreshments
* Style session includes hair and makeup

The Mother’s Day package starts at $798 plus tax for two nights and is available Thursday, May 9 – Sun, May 12.

To book a reservation at The Carlton in Manhattan, New York City, please contact us using the below form.

Crosby Street Hotel in New York City

Crosby Street Hotel - luxury boutique SoHo hotel
Crosby Street Hotel – New York City

The Crosby Street Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel in New York City, that is a favorite of its five-star clientele.

Opened in October 2009, the Crosby Street Hotel is in a luxury 85,000-square-foot, 11-story building with 86 guest rooms.

The British owners of New York City’s Crosby Street Hotel have brought their proud tradition to the U.S. They currently own seven total boutique hotels, including Crosby Street Hotel.

Crosby Street Hotel offers a quintessential SoHo loft on its quiet, cobbled street in the famous New York neighborhood known for its eclectic mix of galleries, fine restaurants and upscale retail shops.

The intimacy level of the luxury Crosby Street Hotel, contributes to the hotel’s exclusivity as a destination catering to a high-end, discriminating clientele.

Crosby Street Hotel has a green roof with a garden that produces vegetables for its restaurant.

Another appealing feature for guests staying at the Crosby Street Hotel, is their guest room windows open up for fresh air.

The Crosby Street Hotel in New York also includes a luxurious 99 seat screening room, in addition to a fully equipped gym.

Crosby Street Hotel
(212) 226 6400

St. Giles New York, The Tuscany and The Court

St. Giles New York hotel
St. Giles New York hotel

In New York City, the St. Giles New York, The Tuscany and The Court are offering “Park and Play”, a value-added package that
features a complimentary upgrade to deluxe accommodations, daily American breakfast, and premium amenity parking.

This hotel special is just in time for the holidays and another reason to visit world famous New York City.

The 199-room The Court and 121-room The Tuscany have long enjoyed a storied history in the heart of historic Murray Hill, which was recently named to New York Magazine’s “the best place to live in New York” list.

These properties were originally built in 1927 as apartments, but then converted into hotels in the 1950’s.

One of the best amenities is the size of the rooms. The St. Giles offers the largest hotel rooms and suites with standard guestrooms averaging almost 500 sq. ft of space.

The St Giles New York is centrally located and within walking distance of New York City landmarks and holiday festivities
such as: Grand Central Station holiday bazaar and exhibits, Radio City Music Hall world famous Rockettes, The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, as well as the Christmas Spectacular along with the shops of Fifth Avenue.

Named one of New York City”s newest hot spots, LexBar is located in the The Court New York. LexBar features an upscale
contemporary motif, premium liquors and fine vintages, plus the latest musical releases against a celebrity backdrop.

Prices for the “Park and Play” range from $299 -$349 per night through Christmas 2010.

To learn more or book the “Park and Play” package, please visit www.stgilesnewyork.com (use promo code – PARKPLAY)

The Michelangelo in New York City

Michelangelo New York - lobby
Michelangelo New York hotel – lobby

The luxury Michelangelo in New York City is located amidst the shining lights of Manhattan’s Theater District and just steps from some of New York City’s major sites – Rockefeller Center, the boutiques of Fifth and Madison Avenues, and the non-stop buzz of Times Square.

The Michelangelo exudes the old world charm of an Italian Grande Dame hotel with all the modern touches today’s urban travelers have come to expect.

The four-star, five-diamond Michelangelo hotel is owned and operated by Italy-based Starhotels group and is a proud member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts. The Michelangelo becomes the brand’s first luxury property in the U.S.

The Michelangelo hotel features 123 guest room, 56 suites, and 28 residences. With some of the largest rooms in the Big Apple, customers can enjoy an average of 475 square feet of living space.

Michelangelo New York - lobby
Michelangelo New York hotel – Exec room

The elegant decor at the Michelangelo consists of marble, cherry wood, and black and brass accents that are softened by rich silks and velvets, many of which were custom woven exclusively for the property.

You will also discover many pieces of original artwork of both Italian and European origin throughout the hotel, including the grand lobby, lounges, meeting rooms, plus private spaces that add to the hotel’s palatial feel.

For an Italian heritage, fine-dining experience, try the Insieme restaurant. Under the culinary creative direction of new Executive Chef Andres Grundy, Insieme (“together” in Italian) offers patrons a feast that intertwines the cuisines of Italy, France, and Spain. Each dish on Insieme’s seasonally-changing menu will showcase Chef Grundy’s personal gourmet inspirations.

For additional information or to book a reservation, please visit: The Michelangelo in New York City