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The Farewell Concert of Charles Aznavour is scheduled for the Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 20. Tickets are on sale August 1 at ticketmaster.com or 800.745.3000.

The Asian American Internation Film Festival (through August 2) includes panel discussions, workshops and screenings sponsored by Asian CineVision. Screenings are at various locations including City Cinemas Village East and the Asia Society. Visit aaiff.org/2014 for details.

BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK - each Thursday through August 14 from 1230pm - is a series of free lunchtime performances. Avenue of the Americas at 40th Street. Call 212.768.4242 or visit bryantpark.org.

The New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show is set for November 15 through January 19. The train and trolleys wind their way through replicas of more than 140 New York landmarks including the Empire State Building, the original Yankee Stadium and Grand Central Terminal....and it's all within the warmth of the Country's largest Victorian-style glasshouse. Group discounts are available. Call 718.817.8687 or email grouptours@nybg.org.

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises at 42nd Street, sailing since 1945, is owned and operated by New York Cruise Lines, Inc, New York’s oldest and largest provider of scheduled and chartered sightseeing and special event cruises. Locals and tourists can choose from five leisurely tours - a Full Island Cruise, a Semi-Circle Cruise, the Liberty Cruise, the twilight Harbor Lights Cruise or a 30-minute thriller boat ride aboard The Beast. Convenient schedules, state-of-the-art vessels, first class service and attentive crews provide the best viewing opportunities and are informative, comfortable and entertaining.

Ellis Island is open, although with some restrictions, as the National Park Service continues to repair the damage from Hurricane Sandy. The historic Baggage Room and Great Hall are both open, as are the American Family Immigration History Center and many of the museum exhibits. Visitors may take the self-guided audio tour, but guided school group tours are not available at this time. ellisisland.org. For ferry information: statuecruises.com

Through the summer, the Central Park Conservancy offers regularly scheduled guided tours of the park's highlights and history, including tours of The Ramble, the North Woods, Belvedere Castle and the park's many artworks. Tickets must be purchased in advance for some "premier tours"; others are free. Customized group tours, self-guided and audio tours are also available. www.centralpark.com

July is National Ice Cream Month.  Our neighbor across 55th Street, Myzel's Chocolate & Gifts, sells some of the best including my favorite, Pistachio.  They also have a huge variety of chocolates, cookies and gifts.  Stop in and tell Kamila Myzel the Wellington sent you!

The Apollo Theater's 2014/15 season will include the music of New Orleans (November 8), a tribute to Bob Marley (November 29) and Ellington at Christmas (December 13-14).  More information is available at apollotheater.org.

Sandemans New York Free Tour, the two-hour walking tour, departs every day at 11am from the Museum of the American Indian just in front of the Subway line 4, 5 Bowling Green Exit. Look for the guides in red Sandemans New York T-shirts and umbrellas. The tour is free because the self-employed, licensed guides work on a tip-only basis. Sandemans suggests a tip of $15-20 but says "feel free to give as much as or as little as you think the tour was worth!" Sandemans 2.5 hour Midtown Tour is $20 and departs at 3pm from under the clock in Grand Central Terminal. You will see the same red T-shirts. Details for groups and other information can be found at sandemansnewyork.com.

New York's Restaurant Row is home to Swing46 where there is live music every night. Bands play from 830pm to 1130pm Sunday to Thursday and 930pm to 1am Friday and Saturday. A full menu is available and there is a per person music charge (at this writing, $15).

NYCWFF - New York City Wine & Food Festival - is October 16-19. Tickets are now available at nycwff.org.

New York's City Center's ENCORES! season will begin on February 4, with LADY, BE GOOD. Running through February 8, the musical includes favorites such as "Fascinating Rhythm".

$25 for lunch. $38 for dinner. Three courses. Plus tax, gratuities and beverages. July 21 to August 15, 2014 except Saturdays. 23 days x 2 (lunch & dinner) = 46 great dining opportunities. Summer Restaurant Week 2014!!! Reservations begin July 9. For a list of the more than 200 participating restaurants visit nycgo.com.

The Empire State Building has a family event scheduled where in addition to enjoying the Observatory’s world-famous 360-degree views, admission includes a fun, educational and engaging multimedia tour to interact with exhibits, view tower light show videos, take quizzes, and hear anecdotes about ESB—using a state-of-the-art audio tour device. Tickets are available now at 350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets or esbnyc.com.

Tickets are on sale for the 2014 US Open, August 25 to September 8. For details visit USOpen.org.

The Joyce Theatre's fall and winter lineup will include dance companies from France, The Hague and Denmark. The season will open on September 9 with the National Ballet of Canada's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Also scheduled are the Royal Danish Ballet, the French-Argentinean tango group Cia Union Tanguera and the flamenco dancer Soledad Barrio.

Governors Island is open seven days a week. There are thirty newly landscaped acres of park equipped with 50 red hammocks as well as new ball fields and art.

River Cafe is open. One Water Street Brooklyn. 716.522.5200 or therivercafe.com.

At 54 Below: Patti LuPone July 21 to August 2; Nellie McKay August 5 to 9. 254 West 54th Street 646.476.3551 or 54below.com.

Tickets are now on sale for Expanding Horizons at Weill Hall. Green Music Center and Sonoma State University present the 2014-15 season beginning Friday, September 20. Featured are Michael Feinstein, Audra McDonald, Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, The Mutter - Bronfman - Hell Trio and more. 866.955.6040 or gmc.sonoma.edu.

This year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk will be on Sunday, October 19, in Central Park. Visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY14EA?pg=entry&fr_id=62564. for full details.

Tickets to Radio City's fabulous Christmas Spectacular are on sale. Performance dates are November 7 through December 31. There is a special offer for groups starting at just $40...tickets are valid for specific seats and performances and must be purchased and fully paid by June 27. Special package options are also available. 212.465.6080 or group.sales@msg.com or christmasspectaculargroups.com.

Update on The Rainbow Room: now scheduled to open in October, a chef has been announced. He is Jonathan Wright, who has been executive chef at Raffles in Singapore, the Sandy Lane in Barbados, the Setai in Miami and the Windsor Court in New Orleans. Closed since 2009, the Rainbow Room will serve Sunday brunch and Monday night dinners with dancing on a rotating floor beneath the newly gold-leafed domed ceiling. They are currently planning to be open on Thanksgiving and other holidays; however, most nghts will be reserved for private parties. Reservations will start to be taken in July. The former Pavillion is now SixtyFive and will be open to the public Monday to Friday evenings starting in late September. There will be a cocktail lounge with an outdoor terrace. 212.632.5000 or rainbowroom.com.

"On Your Feet" is a new musical about the lives of the Estefans...Gloria and Emilio. It is scheduled to open on Broadway in the fall of 2015. The Nederlander Organization, who owns nine Broadway theatres, is one of the producers.

The schedule at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park includes "Much Ado About Nothing" (June 3 to July 6), "King Lear" starring John Lithgow and Annette Bening (July 22 go August 17) and "The Winter's Tale".

The Lincoln Center Festival will have Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert and Elizabeth Debicki in "The Maids August 6 to 16. 212.721.6500 or lincolncenterfestival.org.

Mostly Mozart (July 25 to August 23) will include nine concerts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra conducted by Louis Langree. 212.721.6500 or mostlymozart.org.

The New York Water Taxi Westside Commuter Ferry service is just $4.50 to go from Pier 84 (Hudson River at 44th Street) to the World Financial Center in Battery Park City or the reverse. Visit www.nywatertaxi.com.

The Upper West Side headquarters of ABC News at 47 West 66th Street between Central Park and Lincoln Center has been renamed the Barbara Walters Building. Ms. Walters is retiring from full-time broadcast journalism this week after spending almost forty years at ABC. Prior to joining ABC, Ms. Walters was on NBC's TODAY where she was the first woman to anchor a network TV morning show. She ws also the first woman to anchor an evening newscast.

A one-night event at Madison Square Garden on August 5, will bring back to the stage JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Featured performs including Ben Forster, Brandon Boyd, Michelle Williams, JC Chasez and John Rotten Lydon. Visit jesuschristsuperstar.com or ticketmaster.com or 1 866 858 0008.

Our fun Street Fairs - almost every weekend in spring and summer - are back. Check Spare Times in Friday's New York Times for locations.

The South Street Seaport has launched the OLD SEAPORT KIDS ACADEMY with classes in rolling sushi, making pizza, decorating cupcakes, flower arranging, pet care and building burgers. Kids from 5 to 12 are welcome (under 7 requires a parent in attendance). Classes are 1-2 hours and cost $25 per class (20% go to the Old Seaport Alliance). For more information visit olseaportny.com/events. For reservations email info@oldseaportny.com

For reservations at the new Tavern on the Green call 212 877 8684 and press 1.

Chris Barrett is at the piano Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at LaRivista/Broadway Joe's - Restaurant Row, 313 West 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Chris performs BARRETT'S BROADWAY and other great songs along with requests from 8pm until midnight. Call 212.245.1707 for dinner reservations or just stop in at the bar.

Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014-15 season from September through June 2015 will be performed in the newly-renamed Appel Room. The schedule includes mini festivals and music from North and South America including Cuba and the Antilles. Schedule and ticket information is available at jalc.org.

The Wellington does not have meeting or banquet space but our neighbor - CONVENE, located just two very short blocks away - does. We can put you in touch with CONVENE any time you need more than sleeping rooms.

If you book directly with the Wellington and stay ten nights in one calendar year you get a free night.

The Wellington Hotel has been awarded the Rakuten Travel Customer Satisfaction Award out of 206 hotels in North America! We are thrilled and delighted to thank Rakuten for this award.

Every package offered on our Specials and Packages page includes all taxes. Nothing extra...what you see is what you pay...except what you sign to your room during your stay. And you still get 10% off when enjoying a beverage and/or dining at the bar at Molyvos and Abbocatto beginning at 8pm Monday through Saturday.

The Norwegian Travel Trade was asked "what country do you believe does the best job taking care of your clients?" We were there, on January 9, when the winner was announced: the United States! For the second year in a row the award was accepted by Brand USA.

New York City welcomed more than 54 million tourists in 2013, another record. THANK YOU to each and every one of you!

The Berlin Philharmonic will open the 2014-15 season at Carnegie Hall on October 1.

For the second year in a row the USA has won the 'Best Destination' award at the recent Travel Media awards in Dublin.

Thursday matinees are here! The 2pm performances are available for Cinderella, Mamma Mia and The Phantomn of the Opera.

Guests of the Wellington Hotel will enjoy a 10% discount at both Molyvos (lobby level) and Abboccato (55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues) while drinking and/or dining at the bar. This offer is available at the bar in both restaurants Monday to Saturday from 8pm to closing and all day Sunday. You will have to show identification that you are a guest at the Wellington

On Location Tours, the 2013 Concierge Choice Award Winner for Sightseeing and Tours, is one of the world’s largest TV and movie tour companies. New York City tours offered include New York TV & Movie Sites, Sex and the City Hotspots, Gossip Girl Sites, Sopranos Sites, TMZ Tour NYC, TCM Classic Film Tour, Central Park TV & Movie Sites, and Holiday Lights & Movie Sites. Guests of the Wellington can save 5% on tickets by using code WH5 when purchasing tickets via onlocationtours.com or calling (212) 913-9780!

For the third year in a row the Danish Travel Awards has named the United States 'the best holiday destination outside Europe'. The more than 271,000 Danish visitors helps bring the Nordic Region to the fourth largest tourism market for the US. The total number of Nordic visitors to the US In 2012 was 1.1 million.

The restoration at St. Patrick's Cathedral will continue for another two years, at least. You can still visit, as St. Pat's is open during the project.

South Street Seaport is open; however, Pier 17 remains closed for renovation.

New York City was named the "Best North America Destination" by The Irish Trade. The vote was compiled by more than 6000 individual travel industry employees.

Yes, the Statue of Liberty is open...and tickets are going fast! Ticket reservations are available for Liberty Island, the pedestal and the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Ferry transportation and the three ticket types to the park are sold by Statue Cruises. Liberty Island access allows you to take a ferry to Liberty Island for the best view of the Statue. These tickets do NOT allow access to inside the Statue or pedestal. Pedestal tickets allow access inside the monument just below the copper structure. The pedestal includes museum exhibit areas and an excellent view of New York Harbor from the balcony. This is the option recommended for visitors with small children or who have difficulty climbing hundreds of stairs to the crown. Crown tickets allow access up inside the crown itself. Crown tickets are limited to a few hundred a day and are in extremely high demand. There are a lot of details to know so please visit www.statuecruises.com for information including height restrictions. You can also call 877-523-9849 or 201-604-2800 for further information.

The Observation Deck at the new 1 World Trade Center is scheduled to open in 2015.

To ride the New York City 24-hour transit system, you need a MetroCard for the subway. For buses you can use a MetroCard or exact change in coins. The fare is $2.50. Visit mta.com for lots of travel information.

The Macy's Visitor Savings Pass is good for 10% off most items available at Macy's. Call 877-797-7227 or email visitor@macys.com.

BROADWAY NOTES

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER; ACT ONE - Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana will both play the playwright and theatre director Moss Hart at different times of his life in the new production based on the 1959 autobiography; ALADDIN; BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY; CABARET with Alan Cummings and Michelle Williams at Studio 54; CHICAGO; Rogers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is at the very close by Broadway Theatre; HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH; IF/THEN; JERSEY BOYS sings on at the August Wilson Theatre; KINKY BOOTS; LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL starring Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday; LES MIZ; THE LION KING continues to roar at the Minskoff; MAMMA MIA at the Broadhurst Theatre has audiences dancing in aisles at every performance; Roald Dahl's MATILDA The Musical is at the Shubert; MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL is an evening of some of the greatest R&B music; NEWSIES; OF MICE AND MEN; ONCE, set in Dublin, continues at the Jacobs Theatre; PIPPIN shares its energy nightly at the Music Box; ROCKY; THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of 9 Tony awards, is at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre; THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Majestic; VIOLET with Sutton Foster; WICKED.

Coming:

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a new musical adaptation of the 1951 Gene Kelly film will arrive on Broadway next spring. Previews at the Palace Theatre will begin on March 13 with opening night scheduled for April 12.

Glenn Close and John Lithgow will head the cast of A DELICATE BALANCE at the Golden Theatre for eighteen weeks. Previews begin October 20, with opening night planned for November 20.

Jake Gyllenhaal is scheduled to make his Broadway debut in CONSTELLATIONS. A limited-run Manhattan Theatre Club preentation, previews begin December 16, with opening scheduled for January 13.

ELEPHANT MAN with Bradley Cooper, is scheduled for a fourteen week run through February 15. Previews start in October.

Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley will begin previews on November 8 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in HONEYMOON IN VEGAS. Based on the 1992 movie, the opening night is scheduled for January 15.

Kristin Chenoweth will return to Broadway in February as Lily Garland in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. Peter Gallagher will be Oscar Jaffee.

The Lincoln Center Theater production of the Rogers and Hammertein classic THE KING AND I, starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe, is scheduled to begin previews on March 12. An opening date is set for April 16, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. This will be the fourth revival since the original 1951 premiere.

Hugh Jackman will begin performances on October 31, at the Circle in the Square, in THE RIVER. It will be a limited engagement, through January 25. A limited number of seats priced at $35 are to be available for each performance.

ON THE TOWN is coming to the Lyric.

STOP HITTING YOURSELF.

THE LAST SHIP, with words and music by Sting, is coming to the Neil Simon Theater on September 30.

Curtain Time:

You don’t want to miss the curtain going up so be sure to check your tickets as there are a variety of starting times...and remember, there are some Thursday matinees!

MUSEUM HAPPENINGS

The Asia Society...Tuesday through Sunday 11am to 6pm at 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street. www.asiasociety.org/NYC.

The International Center of Photography - 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street. 212.857.0000 or icp.org.

The National September 11th Memorial and Museum is open. 

The New Museum. 235 Bowery. newmuseum.org.

After a $79 million dollar three-year renovation that adds 6,000 square feet (60%) of gallery space and new exhibits, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum will re-open in the fall.

The New York Hall of Science will host numerous interactive displays when an exhibit called "Connected World," about environmental sustainability reopens its Great Hall in the fall. The museum is aiming at keeping younger visitors who, they say, typically stop coming after they reach the age of 12.

*At the American Museum of Natural History: Pterosaurs:  Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs - enter the world of the largest flying animals that ever existed. Explore hands-on interactive life-size models and rare fossils. Central Park West at 79th St. 212.769.5100 or amnh.org.

At the Frick Collection: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection. Through July 20, The Poetry f Parmigianino's Schiava Turca. 1 East 70th St at Fifth Av. frick.org or 212.288.0700.

The Space Shuttle Pavilion is open at the INTREPID Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. Through August 24: Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage. Pier 86 (West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue). intrepidmuseum.org.

Now on view at MoMA: Robert Heinecke: Object Matter; Jasper Johns: Regrets; A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio; Designing Modern Women 1890-1990; Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema; Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New; A collection of Ideas; Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal; Through August 3, Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010; Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988; opening August 2 - Christopher Williams: The Production of Line of Happiness. Through March 1, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters features more than 100 of the Belle Epoch artist's work. Tickets are $35 except on Friday from 4 to 8pm when admission is free. Museum of Modern Art, located at 11 West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, is a very short walk from the Wellington. The museum is open until 830pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday...and Friday night is free. 212.708.9400 or moma.org.

At the Met:  LOST KINGDOMS: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, Fifth to Eighth Century, through July 27; CHARLES JAMES:  Beyond Fashion; GARRY WINOGRAND; Garry Winogrand Retrospective - 25 years of New York and American life from the 1950s through the early 1980s - through September 21.  More than 175 images, unseen prints and the famed series of photos made at the 1969 Centennial of the Met.  Sol LeWitt's 1968 hand drawing on the wal will remain on view through September 7, 2015, when it will be painted over.  Summer programs include Brush and Water:  Chinese Calligraphy - July 6 and 20, 1-4pm in Gallery 217; Creating Fashion, July 26, 1-4pm Carson Family Hall and the Met Roof Garden - sandwiches, snacks, dessert and beverage service is available at the Roof Garden Cafe from 10am until closing.  There is also a martini bar Friday and Saturday 530 to 8pm.  Express admission tickets to the Met are available online, allowing you to avoid waiting in admission lines. Simply redeem the print-at-home ticket for an admission button at any Admission, Information or Will Call desk. Tickets include admission to the Met's collection and all special exhibitions and same-day admission to The Cloisters museum and gardens. Tickets are valid for up to one year after the date of purchase. Go to www.metmuseum.org/visit. The museum is open seven days a week. Hours are Sunday through Thursday: 10am to 530pm; Friday and Saturday: 10am to 9pm. The Met is closed January 1, the first Monday in May, Thanksgiving and December 25. Call 212.535.7710 or go to www.metmuseum.org/visit for more information.

Hours at the Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park (www.metmuseum.org/cloisters) are: March through October: 10am to 515pm; November through February: 10am to 445pm. The Cloisters is closed January 1, Thanksgiving and December 25.

At the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: MOTOWN: The Truth is a Hit. Exploring the sociocultural impact of the record label. The first hit? Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want) was followed by the million-seller from Smokey Robinson and the Miracles "Shop Around" and the number 1 hit "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes. Through July 26. 515 Malcolm X Bl. 212.491.2200.

At the Whitney: Jeff Koons: A Retrospective. More than 100 works in many media June 27 through October 19; AMERICAN LEGENDS: FROM CALDER TO O'KEEFE - ongoing. 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street. whitney.org

VISIONS AND NIGHTMARES: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings through May 11;
Admission to the Morgan Library's McKim rooms is without charge during the following times: Tuesday - 3-5pm; Friday - 7-9pm; Sunday 4-6pm. The Morgan is open holiday Mondays. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop, Morgan Cafe or Morgan Dining Room. Visit www.themorgan.org or call 212.685.0008. 225 Madison Avenue at 36 Street.

At the Guggenheim: Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe. Through September 1; UNDER THE SAME SUN Art From Latin America Today; 40 artists from 15 countries - through October 1. 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street. 212.423.3500 or guggenheim.org.

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is closed for a major expansion but is hosting a free exhibition of contemporary graphic design on Governors Island. The museum, located in the Carnegie Mansion, highlights the importance of design in everything. When it re-opens later this year with its new name - the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum -it will present an interactive experience to draw more people who will keep coming back. The third floor has been transformed into a 6,000 square foot gallery for temporary exhibitions. The newly landscaped garden will be free to the public and seat 180 and will have a new canopied entrance on 90th Street. The new second floor includes "the immersion room" where visitors can pick from 500 examples of the Cooper-Hewitt's 10,000-piece collection of wallcoverings - or design their own - and have it projected on two walls. The museum plans to encouage each visitor to use a special electronic pen that collects information from works on view by tapping wall labels. The information can be downloaded for further study and the system will remember patrons the next time they visit. Stayed tuned for a specific re-opening date.

At the Jewish Museum: Featuring sculptures by artists working in the 1960s in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa; the second part of OTHER PRIMARY STRUCTURES: Others 2 - 1970 to 1970 through August 3; and Mel Bochner STRONG LANGUAGE through September 21. Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street. thejewishmuseum.org.

The Museum at FIT, located at Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, is open Tuesday to Friday noon to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm. For more information visit museumfitnyc.edu/museum

Now at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library: Audubon's Aviary: Parts Unknown through May 26; The Style of the City Bill Cunningham: Facades through June 15; the Black Fives through July 20; Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Contest in the Civil War April 4 through August 24. 170 Central Park West at 77th Street. nyhistory.org

At the Rubin Museum of Art: Through September 8, Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine. 150 West 17th Street. rubinmuseum.org.


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