Thursday, June 18, 2015

The One World Observatory

There's a new attraction in town that includes breathtaking views of the city from 1,250 feet above ground. The One World Observatory opened to the public at the end of May 2014, and includes the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors.

The One World Observatory offers expansive, 360-degree views in all directions, taking in the iconic sights, surrounding waters and panoramic views of the city and beyond. Manhattan is laid out in front of you while another window features an aerial view of Ellis Island the Statue of Liberty. 

The Global Welcome Center includes a generated world map of visitors and two videos. "Voices" features stories from the people who built the Freedom Tower, while "Foundations" highlights the construction of the tallest building in the United States.

Even the elevators have a unique twist to them. Called the "Sky Pods", the elevators race to the 102nd flood in less than 60 seconds and feature LED screens that broadcast a time-lapse view of NYC development from the 1600s to 2015. City Pulse global ambassadors will guide guests through important landmarks and the history of the city. 

Visitors can enjoy the view from 9am to midnight, the last ticket is sold at 11.15pm during the summer. More info and book your tickets here.

To get there from the Salisbury Hotel via subway: Walk to 57th St. & 7th Avenue, and take the downtown R train to Cortlandt Street.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


 Al, our Bell Captain, was born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and came to New York when he was just 6 months old. He loved playing basketball as a young boy in the Bronx. He started his employment at the Salisbury Hotel 32 years ago and mentions that the best thing about working here are the friendly and professional people he works with. 

Al likes to spend his free-time with his family and enjoys cooking Japanese cuisine such as Okonomiyaki (savory pancakes containing a variety of ingredients), Nabe (hot pot dish), Udon (noodle dish) and Zosui (rice soup). Why Japanese cuisine? That's because he loves traveling to Japan. Al has been there multiple times and seen Fuji, Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, Use, Arashiyama and many, many other places. 

Al's home borough, the Bronx, is also a great place to visit if Japan is too far for you. It is the only New York borough that's physically attached to the mainland and it's most famous for these three attractions: the beautiful New York Botanical Gardens, The Bronx Zoo and The Yankee Stadium. 

Hop on the train to the Bronx and spend some quiet time in the nature.  The Botanical Garden spans some 250 acres of Bronx Park and includes a 50-acre forest, featuring some of the oldest trees in the city.
The Bronx Zoo is one of New York's most popular attractions, with more than 4,000 animals housed on its 265 acres. Common favorites, including gorillas and polar bears, reside at the nature park. Keep an eye out for the daily penguin and sea lion feedings, plus other rotating activities and demonstrations. 
The Yankees are one of the most famous sports teams in the world. On a guided tour you'll be able to admire the enormity of the most expensive baseball stadium ever built, and admire the ballpark from Monument Park - an open-air museum where the retired numbers and plaques honoring Yankee greats like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig are displayed.
Arthur Avenue - The Bronx's own Little Italy Just south of the Botanical Gardens, Arthur Avenue runs north to south through the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx. The area is known for the high quality and great value of its fantastic assortment of Italian-American restaurants, delis, grocers, pasta-makers, butchers, fish markets, bakeries, gourmet coffeehouses and other shops and services.

 Founded in 1971 and featuring more than 800 works, this multicultural art museum shines a spotlight on 20th- and 21st-century artists who are either Bronx-based or of African, Asian or Latino ancestry. 

Pay homage to Poe in the very house where he wrote literary gems including “Annabel Lee” and “The Bells.” From 1846 through 1849, the cottage housed the writer and, until her death from tuberculosis, his wife, Virginia. It is now overseen by the Bronx County Historical Society.