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90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made every year. Did you know that 76% of people eat the ears first? Only 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.

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 For reservations email

The renovated Tavern on the Green is scheduled to open next week...reservations are now being accepted: 212 877 8684 and press 1.

A new outdoor concert space is planned for this summer at Pier 97 (West 57th Street and the Hudson River). To be called JBL Live at Pier 97, it is being planned to accommodate more than 5000 people. Already scheduled for July 9 is the Fray followed by 311, Soulshine Tour and more.

Tickets are on sale for The National 9/11 Memorial Museum. On opening day, May 21, Conde Nast will pay the entrance fee for expected 5,000 visitors. The regular entrance fee is $24. Advance reservations for museum tickets are available at There are various discount programs and admission is free from 5-8pm on Tuesdays. Admission to the Memorial remains free.

The American Ballet Theatre, which performs at the Metropolitan Opera House, is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

At the Cloisters through May 18: RADIANT LIGHT - Stained glass from Canterbury Cathedral. Visit for more information.

Some really big names have signed on for the fourth annual Blue Note Jazz Festival: Michael Bolton (Lehman Center for the Performing Arts June 7); Aretha Franklin (Radio City June 14 and 15); Bobby McFerrin (Town Hall June 13); Reggie Watts (Town Hall June 18).

Chris Barrett returns to LaRivista - Restaurant Row, 313 West 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues - on Monday, April 28. Chris will perform BARRETT'S BROADWAY Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8pm.
Call 212.245.1707 for dinner reservations.

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

Across the street at Carnegie Hall from May 5 to 10, the fourth annual - and last - Spring for Music festival takes place. Orchestras as selected for Spring for Music for the artistic creativity they exhibit in their planned programs. Call 212.247.7800 or visit

The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Falon is broadcast at 30 Rockefeller Center, just a short walk from the Wellington Hotel.

Visit the new exhibit at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street contains items - pages from the original manuscript, photos of the original cast and a program - relating to the original 1959 Broadway production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN. The revival of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, starring Denzel Washington, is in previews.

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.

The 114th New York International Automobile Show takes place at the Javits Convention Center from April 18 to 27. More than 1,000 cars from all over the world will be on display. Entrance is $15 per person (Monday to Saturday 10am to 10pm and Sunday 10am to 7pm) but the Wellington has a limited number of coupons offering $2 off the entrance fee. Coupons will be at the front desk 'while supplies last' beginning April 18.

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

The Apollo Theatre turns 80 this year.

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.

It is fifty years since the Beatles first appeared on US television...Sunday, February 9...the Ed Sullivan Show on CBS. The Ed Sullivan Theatre, on Broadway between West 53rd and West 54th Streets, is just a two minute walk from the Wellington. To celebrate this historic event the New York Public Library and the Grammy Museum are collaborating on a multimedia exhibition, "Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!" The exhibition will run through May 10 at the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Included will be tour memorabilia, historic film clips, video interviews with musicians as well as interactive exhibits.

Thursday matinees are coming to Broadway! At the moment, three shows - Cinderella, Mamma Mia and The Phantom of the Opera - are planning to offer 2pm performances on Thursdays begnning in April.

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 or calling (212) 913-9780!

Ellis Island has re-opened, with limitations.

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.

Hugh Jackman will host the 2014 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8 at Radio City Music Hall...a very short walk from the Wellington.

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 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 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

Michael Buble at Madison Square Garden...July 8.


A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER; Denzel Washington in a limited engagment of A RAISIN IN THE SUN; ACT ONE; AFTER MIDNIGHT; ALADDIN; ALL THE WAY; ALMOST MAINE; BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY; CABARET with Alan Cummings and Michelle Williams at Studio 54; CHICAGO; Fran Drescher, of the Nanny fame, is on Broadway in CINDERELLA through April 15; I CALL MY BROTHERS; THE CORRESPONDENT; A TIME TO KILL; BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical, is at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre; MACHINAL; 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; MACHINAL is in previews at the American Airlines Theatre on 42nd Street; MAMMA MIA at the Broadhurst Theatre has audiences dancing in aisles at every performance; Roald Dahl's MATILDA The Musical is at the Shubert; MOTHERS AND SONS with Tyne Daly; MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL is an evening of some of the greatest R&B music; NEWSIES; ROMEO AND JULIET; NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT; OF MICE AND MEN; ONCE, set in Dublin, continues at the Jacobs Theatre; PIPPIN shares its energy nightly at the Music Box; ROCK OF AGES is at the Helen Hayes; ROCKY; RODGER'S AND HAMMERSTEINS'S CINDERELLA; THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of 9 Tony awards, is at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre; THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY; THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN with Daniel Radcliffe; THE LION KING; THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Majestic is celebrating 25 years on Broadway; TONY & TINA'S WEDDING; TWELFTH NIGHT and RICHARD III; VIOLET with Sutton Foster; WICKED is still a tough ticket; OUTSIDE MULINGAR is in previews.


Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella will begin performances on April 1 of VELOCITY OF AUTUMN; 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 of "Act One" which is based on the 1959 autobiography; BILL W. AND DR. BOB; FIDLER ON THE ROOF is coming back to Broadway; THE CAPABLES, THE DESIGNATED MOURNER; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and MURDER FOR TWO are in previews; ON THE TOWN is coming to the Lyric; STOP HITTING YOURSELF; THE LAST SHIP, with words and music by Sting, is comming 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.


At the Asia Society: through May 18, Golden Visions of Densatil A TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONASTERY; NALINI MALANI: TRANSGRESSIONS. The exhibition will feature a video/shadow play in addition to a selection of Ms. Malani's artist books; TALES OF WONDER: Indian Art from the Asia Society Museum Collection. Tuesday through Sunday 11am to 6pm at 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street.

At the International Center of Photography: CAPA in color through May 4. 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street. 212.857.0000 or

The National September 11th Memorial and Museum is scheduled to open in mid-May. While the Memorial will continue to be free, there will be an entrance charge of $24 for adults to enter the Museum. Discounted entrance fees for the Museum will be set for seniors, students and other groups.

The New Museum. 235 Bowery.

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 opens April 5. 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

At the Frick Collection: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection. Opening April 1 Enlightenment and Beauty, sculptures by Houdon and Clodion. 1 East 70th St at Fifth Av. 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).

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; GAUGUIN: Metamorphoses through June 8; April 19 through August 3, Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010; opening May 10 - Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988; opening August 2 - Christopher Williams: The Production of Line of Happiness. The 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

At the Met: Past as Present in Contemporary China through April 6; American West in Bronze through April 13; opening April 14 - LOST KINGDOMS: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, Fifth to Eighth Century; CHARLES JAMES: Beyond Fashion opens May 8; the Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux through May 26; Cleopatra's Needle through June 8; GARRY WINOGRAND opens June 27.

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 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 for more information.

Hours at the Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park ( 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.

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 or call 212.685.0008. 225 Madison Avenue at 36 Street.

At the Guggenheim: Ialian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe. Through September 1. 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street. 212.423.3500 or

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has closed for a two-year major expansion but is hosting a free exhibition of contemporary graphic design on Governors Island.

At the Jewish Museum: Featuring sculptures by artists working in the 1960s in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, the two-part OTHER PRIMARY STRUCTURES: Others 1 - 1960 to 1967 through May 18; Others 2 - 1970 to 1970 May 25 through August 3. Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street.

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

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.

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


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