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Take the NYC Snow Bus and Enjoy the Slopes

For many, the winter months mean it’s time to take the skis out of storage and gear up to hit the slopes. While New York may not be the state most skiers associate with a snowy skiing retreat, New Yorkers have plenty of options close to home for squeezing in a session — for everyone from those learning how to snowplow  on the bunny slopes to veterans tearing through double black diamonds. Residents of the Midtown West luxury rentals at 555TEN are conveniently located near the NYC Snow Bus, which offers chartered trips to some of the region’s most desirable skiing destinations, many of which are just a short distance from the city and ideal for a weekend getaway.

Just 90 minutes from New York City is Mountain Creek, which offers a series of packages that include bus trips, all-access lift tickets, rentals for snowboards or skis, or all-access packages that include rentals and lessons for beginners. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there is on-site tubing. Mountain Creek boasts the area’s highest vertical and only All-Mountain Terrain Park, with 17 dedicated terrain park traits . There are four distinct peaks available, with night skiing options. Those who want a variety of activities can enjoy the zipline and alpine park roller coaster. Lodgings are available for overnight stays, with the requisite wood-burning fireplaces for warming up after a day in the snow.

Another nearby option is Hunter Mountain, which boasts the closest big mountain to the city, with three discrete peaks that offer skiers a range of terrains and difficulty levels. Windham Mountain, located within 200 miles of the city, offers 258 acres of skiable terrain, with 54 trails and six terrain parks. Windham also offers night skiing, where skiers can take a break by the campfire before getting back on the lift.

Whiteface Mountain offers between 500 and 750 acres, with terrain for cross-country as well as downhill skiers. The resort boasts the highest vertical drop in the Northeast, as well as being the only mountain with double black diamond backcountry for true experts. But with a choice of 87 trails, there are plenty of options for beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert skiers alike. Gore Mountain offers wide trails covering more than 500 acres, with plenty of terrain for a mix of skill levels and cross-country skiers. And a midpeak  rustic base lodge is the perfect destination for taking in views of the Adirondacks and Vermont while replenishing your energy for more skiing ahead.

With a wealth of skiing destinations to be discovered close to New York City, 555TEN can make it from the Midtown Manhattan apartments to the slopes in record time.

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The Travel & Adventure Show at Javits Center

Living in the Midtown rentals at 555TEN makes it a breeze to check out the many events and conventions held at the nearby Javits Center. It’s a constant hive of activity, where people in an industry can garner top tips from the experts—plus, once in a while, there are great public events too. In fact, this month, you can see the Travel & Adventure Show. Here’s a whistle-stop tour of what to expect.

What is the Travel & Adventure Show?

Sure, you love your Midtown Manhattan apartment, but it’s only natural to feel the urge to travel once in a while. This month, learn to go globetrotting in style, courtesy of the Travel & Adventure Show—taking place at Javits Center on the weekend of January 28-29. It’s been called “America’s Favorite Travel Show!”—and you’re about to find out why.

Who’s going to be there?

Plenty of people in the know! The floors will be packed with travel gurus representing cruise liners, tourism companies, airlines, and more. Wherever you want to get to (and however you want to get there), hundreds of experts are on hand to talk through your vacation goals and help you plan the trip of your dreams.

And are there expert speakers?

Lots! The Travel & Adventure Show has three theaters dedicated to travel talks throughout the weekend. At the Travel Theater, you’ll have the chance to hear from famous names in the world of travel, with 2023 keynote speakers including Pauline Frommer, Peter Greenberg, and Andrew McCarthy. The Savvy Traveler Theater will teach you how to be just that—dishing out tips on everything from the hottest travel tech to getting around solo and packing light. Got a short list of places you’d like to visit? The Destination Theater features 30-minute sessions on a whole range of global locations, so you can get focused, up-to-date advice on countless countries and cities.

Anything else to look out for?

From book signings to VR experiences, goodie bags, and competitions where you could win dream travel trips, your appetite for adventure is sure to be sharpened. In fact, visiting the Travel & Adventure Show is a memorable trip in its own right!

What else is on at the Javits Center?

There’s an ongoing calendar of events—many of them aimed at industry professionals. Whether your business is coffee or cosmetics, fintech or floristry, there’s something for you. Check out the full list of events here.

Discover your dream luxury rental in NYC—contact the 555TEN team today.

Buzzy New Midtown Restaurants

One of the best parts of living in NYC is being at the center of the world’s culinary universe. And with old-school standard go-tos and new, buzzy restaurants opening up at a rapid clip, Midtown West is becoming a hotter than hot spot for chefs and foodies from around the world. Lucky residents of the NYC luxury rentals at 555TEN have access to all of the latest fine spots that have just opened or are about to open in the neighborhood.

From a high-end French restaurant to a grab-and-go panini paradise, get ready to explore and feast on some of the most delicious food in the city.

Le Rock | 45 Rockefeller Plaza

Anyone familiar with the dining scene in Manhattan knows that Frenchette is a must-visit for those in the know. Now, the team behind that modern classic has opened Le Rock in the iconic Rockefeller Center. The New York Times notes that with Le Rock launching this past summer, there’s no reason to head to Tribeca to get a fully “Downtown” dining experience. With nods to the building’s art-deco inspo, Le Rock is a throwback experience with unparalleled service and world-class food. While the decor is gorgeous, it’s the menu of haute dishes that really stands out. Start with a plate of rich garlicky escargot, then take your time as you indulge in the expertly seasoned duck aux épices.

Lodi | 1 Rockefeller Plaza

Close to Le Rock in Rockefeller Center is an atmospheric and tiny place that transports you to the spirited streets of cosmopolitan Milan. This piccolo cafe is modeled after those in that Italian fashion capital. Located right across the street from Rockefeller Center’s iconic skating rink, this is a great place to start an early morning with an espresso and a pastry or grab an aperitivo before you head to a big dinner after work. And don’t forget to try a signature panini—you won’t be disappointed.

Pebble Bar | 67 West 49th Street

If you’ve ever looked at Rockefeller Center from across 6th Avenue, you may have noticed two incongruous townhouses on either side of the colossal building. These holdouts have been around for well over a century and a half. The second and third floor of one of these historic buildings was once known as Hurley’s, a bar where the likes of Johnny Carson and David Letterman had a post-show tipple or two. Now you can join in the grand tradition and have a sip yourself at Pebble Bar, which occupies the former space of Hurley’s. Whether you want a handcrafted cocktail on the second floor or some tasty bites, like steak tartare or oysters, on the third, the Pebble Bar is the newest place to see and be seen.

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Still hungry? Be on the lookout for Jupiter opening soon.

As you can see, Midtown West is not only a prime spot to live in luxury, no-fee NYC apartments at 555TEN but also to dine in style. Contact our sales team to learn more.

A New Theater/Restaurant Combination Brings Action and Flavor to Manhattan

A new, intimate theater and restaurant combo has opened in Manhattan West, mere blocks from the Midtown rentals at 555TEN. Dubbed the Midnight Theatre, this variety venue is already turning heads with its range of shows and the mouthwatering fare at its companion eatery, Hidden Leaf. Keep reading to learn more about this new destination in the heart of Manhattan.

The Midnight Theatre and Hidden Leaf are the brainchildren of creative director Warren Adcock, restaurateur Josh Cohen, and Cycle Projects, and the result is an immersive art deco-inspired theater replete with technology meant to bring the audience into contact with the performers. Projection mapping screens (with 270-degree coverage) surround the 160-seat audience area, while a diverse cocktail and five-course tasting menu delivers preshow tastes to pair with the entertainment, creating a sensory overload sure to leave audiences jonesing for more.

The lineup at the Midnight Theatre runs the gamut from comedy and magic to music and live podcast tapings, with more shows being added every day. Recurring events like the Midnight Theatre Soccer Club, where soccer enthusiasts can enjoy their favorite clubs facing off in style, and the Mingus Big Band Residency are sure to cultivate loyal fans, while the weekly stage magic showcase introduces new faces weekly.

The theater is far enough from Broadway to have its own identity while still being located close enough to the Theater District to take advantage of the area’s density of fine dining, though many audience members will likely choose to dine at Hidden Leaf, the venue’s sister eatery, where Executive Chef Chai Trivedi has concocted a menu that draws from many Asian influences. Open for lunch and dinner, Hidden Leaf offers dishes inspired by cuisine from locales as diverse as Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos, as well cocktails by mixologist Iain Griffiths, whose new permanent home is behind the bar at Midnight Cafe, the venue’s street-level cocktail bar.

Together, the Midnight Theatre, Hidden Leaf, and Midnight Cafe represent a new way to spend the after-work cocktail hour with friends, grab a bite to eat, and settle in for a sidesplittingly funny night of entertainment. And, of course, residents of the nearby Midtown Manhattan apartments at 555TEN can swing by for lunch, thanks to the venue’s proximity. Check out the Midnight Theatre’s calendar to identify which shows you want to see. Then check out the available rentals at 555TEN and put this exciting venue just a few blocks from home.

Holiday Happenings in Midtown West

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Winter Village at Bryant Park, the annual ball drop in Times Square—Midtown Manhattan is synonymous with the holiday season, and residents of the rentals at 555TEN couldn’t be in a finer spot to enjoy NYC’s festive revelry.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

One of the most iconic events on the NYC calendar, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade wends its way from Central Park West to the famous Macy’s department store on November 24 in a cavalcade of colorful floats, marching bands, dancers, and circus performers. From your Midtown luxury apartment, you’re in prime position—less than a 15-minute walk from the parade route on 6th Avenue. In 2022, keep your eyes peeled for new balloons in the shape of Stuart the Minion and Bluey, as well as beloved classics like Astronaut Snoopy.

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Once again, Bryant Park is transformed into a winter wonderland, bristling with cozy igloos, a curling cafe, and a European-inspired open-air market selling everything from mulled wine to artisan crafts. At the heart of the Winter Village at Bryant Park is a 17,000-square-foot rink where you can watch professional shows and take to the ice yourself—bring your own skates, and you don’t pay a dime. Seeing as the park’s just 15 minutes away from 555TEN’s Midtown West apartments, it’s probably time you bought a pair!

Hudson Yards New York

Not only is Hudson Yards a wonderful place to do your festive gift shopping, but it’s also hosting a myriad of seasonal events this November and December, including cookie decorating, photos with Santa, performances from the New York City Gospel Choir and Brooklyn Ballet—and even hip-hop-dancing toy soldiers! The centerpiece of this year’s enchanting celebrations is Shine Bright, an installation of two million lights, making the neighborhood shimmer—with a glittering 32-foot hot-air balloon “floating” among the shops.

New Year’s Eve, Times Square

The New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square is broadcast on screens the world over, but residents at 555TEN need only walk a few blocks to see it in real life. This year, be in the thick of the action yourself by either making your way to Times Square around 6 pm for the beginning of the celebrations or booking yourself into one of the VIP parties taking place around the neighborhood and seeing in 2023 with cocktails, canapes, and delicious views of Midtown NYC.

With a Midtown West apartment rental, you’re in the heart of all these holiday happenings and many more. Speak to the 555TEN team today.

A Park Rises from the Hudson River

Residents of the Midtown luxury rentals at 555TEN live a mere two blocks away from the Hudson River Greenway and its host of trendy new features. From the shopping and entertainment paradise at Hudson Yards to the iconic High Line, strolling along the West Side of Manhattan has never been better. One new addition to this stretch of Manhattan, the futuristic-looking Little Island public park, opened to visitors last year and has been slowly gathering acclaim as more New Yorkers explore its meticulously landscaped 2.4-acre grounds. Keep reading to learn more about this unique patch of greenery suspended above the waters of the Hudson River.

Little Island began as the dream of English designer Thomas Heatherwick, whose Vessel has been turning heads in Hudson Yards since its installation. In a New York tradition that produced enduring civic institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Heatherwick’s proposal was picked up and championed by billionaire philanthropist Barry Diller, who guided the project through a lengthy approvals process and has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money to pay for the park’s upkeep.

Heatherwick’s vision called for a grassy park perched on columns that create a visual continuity with the pylons that hold up the piers stretching out into the river from the shore. The columns, which expand into tulip shapes as they rise from the waves, are arranged at various heights, creating a park that features a central hill, on top of which visitors can get a panoramic view of the surrounding city and river, as well as a low point where an amphitheater looks out over the water. The plantings were planned and executed by Signe Nielsen, a cofounder of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, and the dense foliage masks the park’s artificial base and transports visitors into an atmosphere like a grassy plain or wooded glen.

The central hill features a crow’s nest, while the amphitheater has a rotating schedule of concerts and dances, many of which are, like entry to the park itself, free of charge. Ample play space and winding paths make Little Island a great place for a family outing, while the lofty crow’s nest will serve as the backdrop for many a romantic moment. When you’ve taken in the sights that Little Island has to offer, head back inland and take the High Line north back to your spacious Midtown Manhattan apartment at 555TEN.

 

Celebrate Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is not just a German celebration of—and with—beer but a state of mind that erupts every fall in certain corners of New York City. Luckily for residents of 555TEN, Midtown West is one of the hot spots where the uncannily perfect combination of beer and autumn weather can be yours all month long at these standout local bars, all of which feature some of the most sought-after craft beers in the city.

Beer Culture is just what its name says—a place where drinking beer is so much more than an act of refreshment. It’s a world unto itself (with a menu of October activities). This month, for example, the brewer of Westmalle Dubbel is making a visit to meet and greet people at the bar. For more of that European flavor, you’ll find Duvel, a classic strong beer from Belgium, and Brussels Calling, which features notes of malt, citrus, and spice. 

Beer Authority, just steps from Times Square, has the perfect setup for a true Oktoberfest celebration in New York, thanks to its three floors of space in which to toast your pints and relax with friends for a beer and a bite after work and a rooftop space where you can while away the weekend hours with a pint or two and a full menu. Pair a Brauerei Reissdorf Kölsch with a NY Strip Steak or a platter of sliders for the table, and you’ll be ready for more rounds well into the evening.

As Is NYC is featured both on the Infatuation and Time Out New York’s lists of best beer bars in the city, and it’s easy to see why. As the Infatuation has it, “​​If you spend time in Hell’s Kitchen or the Theater District, it’s important that you know about As Is. It’s a busy spot with hardwood floors and potted plants, and it’s perfect for a first date, a drink before a show, or a meeting with your local run club (which is something we’ve definitely witnessed here).” It turns out the bar does, in fact, have its own run club, with beer- and food-filled celebrations at the finish line, which could be an interesting twist on Oktoberfest (or on your work/play balance all year long). But for a truly luxurious Oktoberfest beer tasting with a real New York edge, come to this elegant spot for a Swords and Gourds Pumpkin Ale with some roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, and the spirit of the season will be coursing through you in no time. 

With its wood paneling and old-school light fixtures, Midtown’s District Tap House offers an Oktoberfest experience as a midcentury New York tycoon might have designed it, with a plentiful food menu and beers like the Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen that all alone will turn you into a regular. 

Then there is Hellcat Annie’s Tap Room, a place that straddles all the best of Hell’s Kitchen, past and present, and offers you a chance to cozy up to the season in an environment that captures the essence of your neighborhood at 555TEN, where the beer is as plentiful and varied as the rainbow of falling leaves by the river near these Midtown West luxury apartments. 

Contact the team today to learn more about all the adventures you can have in and around 555TEN.

A World of Cuisine Just Blocks From Home

When it’s time to pick a spot for dinner, living in Midtown Manhattan can be a blessing and a curse. Sure, every type of cuisine under the sun is just moments away, but how are you supposed to choose? And what if you and your dining partners are craving something completely different? Well, residents of the Midtown Manhattan apartments at 555TEN are in luck, thanks to the new Citizens New York food hall, where diners can select from a dozen counter-service eateries, a pair of full-service restaurants, and a bakery-turned-bar. Here’s a rundown of what residents can expect to find at this comprehensive food hall.

Open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Citizens New York is home to 10 food kiosks, a coffee shop, a cookie stand, a pair of sit-down restaurants anchored by renowned chefs, two bars, and a to-go shop, all housed in a 40,000-square-foot hall with plenty of seating. The kiosks are great when your party can’t agree on a restaurant, allowing everyone to get something they want and still sit and eat together. Choose from vendors and cuisines including Mediterranean bites at Soom Soom, classic burgers from Umami, succulent sandwiches from Sam’s Crispy Chicken, hearty meals from Stonie Bowls, and more. Vegetarian guests will love Plant Nation, while visitors with a sweet tooth will want to swing by Cindy Lou’s Cookies on the way out.

For a more formal dining experience, choose between the two full-service restaurants, which offer cuisines from different sides of the globe. Chef Katsuya Uechi’s eponymous eatery combines traditional Japanese cuisine with a California twist, serving a wide variety of exquisite sushi as well as entrees like a massive 14-ounce Australian Wagyu ribeye and Thai snapper with ginger chili sauce. On the other side of the hall, visitors will find Casa Dani, the latest creation from Michelin-star chef Dani García. From small tapas plates to family-sized slabs of aged beef and whole Spanish turbot, Casa Dani brings Spain to Midtown with a comprehensive menu that spans the Iberian Peninsula.

Whether you’re a gourmand on the hunt for the latest and greatest dish or just looking to explore some new flavors, Citizens New York is the perfect place to grab dinner with friends and family. Best of all, once you’ve eaten your fill and picked up some tasty to-go treats for a midnight snack, your spacious 555TEN rental is less than 10 minutes away! Head to the availability page and secure your Midtown West home today, so you can eat to your heart’s content tomorrow.

Cooling Off at 650 Feet

Deep into summer, New Yorkers are on the lookout for ways to cool off while still enjoying a bit of sun. Let’s be honest: Amazing as it is, Midtown Manhattan, with its colossal towers and sweltering sidewalks, is far from what most of us think of when imagining the perfect place to chill out in August. But far above the bustling Midtown streets rests a sparkling oasis, where 555TEN residents can treat themselves to the sunny luxuries afforded by their favorite beachfront resort. Keep reading to discover just what makes this collection of Midtown West apartments for rent the best place to live when the summer heat hits the city.

Residents of these spacious NYC luxury rentals have access to a suite of amenities, ranging from a fitness center and covered outdoor dog park to a fully equipped game room and comprehensive bicycle service and storage facilities. Sitting atop all of these is 555TEN’s rooftop pool, sundeck, and club room — which are open in all seasons and offer panoramic views of the city.

Surrounded by chaise lounges and private cabanas, 555TEN’s rooftop pool is a haven of refreshment in the heart of New York City. Cool off on the hottest days of the year while taking in the sweeping Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey views afforded by the 650-foot-high observation deck. When the sun sets, the deck becomes a lively club area warmed by a stylish indoor/outdoor fireplace that keeps the party bumping all year long.

And when winter does eventually come, residents will love the indoor lounge beside the outdoor deck, where floor-to-ceiling windows reveal the same vistas visible from the observation deck. If the fire isn’t enough to heat up residents, they’ll surely find something behind the fully equipped bar to help keep them toasty while they relax in the well-appointed lounge.

Access to this exclusive rooftop deck and lounge is just one of the perks of living at 555TEN. These luxury rentals are located in the heart of Manhattan, with world-class dining and shopping just moments away from the stylish lobby. Commuters will love the easy access to a host of subway lines, while others will relish the fact that their Midtown office is only a few minutes from home. 

So, reach out to the 555TEN team today to learn more about this singular building and begin your journey to living an elevator ride away from one of Midtown Manhattan’s most exclusive rooftop pools and lounges!



An Intimate Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat

For summer 2022, renowned architect David Adjaye has transformed the ground floor of the iconic Starrett-Lehigh Building into a biographical exhibition celebrating one of New York’s most notable modern artists. “King Pleasure” takes visitors on an immersive journey through the life and art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose work captured the complex intersection of art, culture, and politics as experienced by Black Americans as the 20th century drew to a close. Keep reading to learn more about Basquiat’s life and work and to get information on this unique exhibition, which is located just minutes from the Midtown rentals at 555TEN.

Jean-Michel Basquiat made a huge impact on the art world during his tragically brief career. He was raised in Brooklyn by his Puerto Rican mother and Haitian father, who encouraged their precocious son to learn multiple languages and express himself in myriad ways. By the time Basquiat was in high school, he had begun to develop his unique artistic style, which combined street culture influences like graffiti and rap with classical and literary forms.

Basquiat’s paintings soon caught the attention of art dealers in New York and Italy, and he became a part of a hip set of New York creatives, which included artist Andy Warhol, filmmaker Vincent Gallo, and musician Debbie Harry. The artist’s fame only increased after his untimely death at age 27, with one of his paintings, “Untitled,” selling for more than $100 million in 2017.

“King Pleasure” seeks to create an intimate portrait of this complicated artist by displaying more than 200 never-before-seen and rarely displayed works. The exhibit includes personal objects as well as rare paintings and drawings, all curated by the Basquiat family to tell the artist’s life story as only they know it. Overseen by David Adjaye, “King Pleasure” features distinct, immersive spaces that bring visitors into Basquiat’s world, giving them a peek behind the scenes at the artist’s influences — both personal and political.

Residents of the luxury rentals at 555TEN need only head west toward the Hudson River to reach the Starrett-Lehigh Building and experience “King Pleasure.” The exhibition’s website recommends reserving tickets ahead of time, which guarantees your ability to get in and (with the purchase of tickets at a special rate) allows you and your group to skip the line. Secure your tickets today.

And, if you’re looking for a home base from which to explore more great art and cultural landmarks, check out the availability at 555TEN, and find the perfect rental for your family.

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