The Best Holiday Windows in NYC

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The streets of Midtown Manhattan are never more alive than during the holiday season, when they’re laced with strings of lights and bustling with package-laden shoppers. As a guest at 48LEX, you’re in the perfect position to take full advantage of the festivities. The city’s most glamorous holiday window displays, gilding the windows of world-famous department stores, are all within easy walking distance. To make the most of your Christmas season, check out these festive spectacles.

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What to See at the Bryant Park Winter Village


Just steps from Hotel 48LEX New York, Bryant Park transforms every holiday season into New York’s true winter wonderland. From holiday shopping to a pop-up food hall and New York’s only free ice-skating rink, don’t miss this quintessential holiday activity.

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Shopping Local in Manhattan’s Midtown East

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Installation view of GNY: 5 Year Review at MoMA PS1, May 7–October 18, 2010. Photo: Matthew Septimus

The holiday season is upon us and with Hotel 48LEX’s Cyber Monday Sale – you’ll have plenty of savings to get out there and shop, dine and see the city. Lucky for you we’re located in one of the premier neighborhoods for holiday festivities – from the tree in Rockefeller Center to 5th Avenue shopping. But there’s plenty of other Midtown gems as well. Use some of those savings to explore and support the businesses that make Midtown so magical this time of year.

Lexington Brass


You don’t have to go far for an authentic New York holiday meal. Settle in to the plush leather seating, order our exclusive, three-course $30 prix fixe dinner for guests-only, and take in the classic views of Lexington Avenue from Lexington Brass.

Little Collins


Popular with the locals, this little café serves up strong espresso and an Australian-inspired brekkie. The Smash (avocado toast) has wide appeal, but a Pick Me Up (omelet sandwich with tabasco, tomatoes and caramelized onions) to start your day is highly recommended.

The Museum of Modern Art


Enhance your stay in Midtown with a visit to The Museum of Modern Art. In addition to its renowned permanent collection, MoMA presents special exhibitions that are often among the best tickets in town.


If you’re late to an outing or suffered a last-minute spill—or you’re just looking for the next big thing in suit shopping—try out Suitsupply. It’s the Zara of high-end suits (and provides all the uniforms for our staff!), a suit store on the fast fashion model. Most pieces are off the rack but tailoring is available. While the store prides itself on being accessible to everyone, don’t worry—you can still get all the Italian wool you want.

Café Grumpy


Café Grumpy lets their coffee speak for itself. The company started roasting its own beans in 2009 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It’s since expanded to locations around the city, and still focuses on quality and selecting beans from socially and environmentally responsible producers worldwide. Stop at the Grand Central Terminal shop for espresso, brewed coffee, and locally-sourced pastries. Don’t miss an excellent opportunity for people watching as busy commuters make their way in and out of the terminal.

The Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in NYC


Since 1907, Manhattan revelers have gathered in Times Square to watch the ball drop, welcoming them into the New Year. Though over a million spectators continue to gather amidst the neon glow of Times Square, there’s more to New York than the brilliant lights and dazzling energy. Here’s how insiders spend New Year’s Eve in NYC.

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How to Do Thanksgiving in NYC Like a New Yorker


The holidays in NYC have been chronicled in countless movies, but living the magic yourself is a whole new experience. While many empty out of the city for Thanksgiving, like transplants who return home, the locals stay behind. From the spectacle of the world’s most famous parade to an array of outdoor events that will make the city feel like a world all your own, here’s how to do Thanksgiving like a real New Yorker.

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How to Plan the Perfect Mother’s Day in NYC


Spending Mother’s Day in NYC? All mom really wants is some quality time with the people she loves, and maybe a few special treats. At 48LEX, we consider ourselves pretty good at making people feel appreciated and well cared for, so we’ve got some suggestions for making this special day as outstanding as mom.

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What to Do on Earth Day 2018 in NYC


Earth Day 2018 is a celebration of the modern environmental movement beginning in the 1970s. Every year on April 22, more than one billion people around the world participate in education and public policy campaigns, making earth day the largest civic observance in the world. While the holiday champions helping the environment, it’s also about celebrating it. If you’re in New York City this spring, be sure to get out and enjoy some of the city’s best green spaces.

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