Holidays in Manhattan

By Linda Oatman High

Magical, miraculous Manhattan is a most fantastic getaway for the holiday season. There’s plenty to do and see and experience for all ages, and the glitter and glitz is on full sparkle for visitors and residents alike.

One of the best places to stay is the Casablanca Hotel by the Library Hotel Collection. Nestled beautifully into 43rd Street, in the heart of Times Square, the Casablanca welcomes guests of all ages and abilities.

Fresh flowers and fruit, fine furniture, polished wood, and antique touches all lend themselves well to infusing the Casablanca with an elegant yet comfortable feel. The rooms are quiet, clean, and oh-so-comfortable, and within walking distance of lots of famed attractions.

Right next door and on the ground floor to the hotel is Tony’s Di Napoli Restaurant, a great dining choice for families, couples, and business travelers alike. Delicious authentic Italian cuisine is served up by a friendly staff, and the atmosphere is upbeat and fun.

An amazing show for all ages may be found at the Astor Place Theatre, with the long-running Blue Man Group. Full of antics, percussion, and audience participation the show delights even the youngest of theatre-goers.

Before or after the show, be sure to visit Ellen’s Stardust Diner, a long-established landmark in Times Square. Singing and dancing waiters and waitresses (many of whom are actors) entertain visitors, and the food is affordable and good.

If you’ve never been to the Big Apple during holiday season, there’s no time like the present.