Do’s and Don’ts on Broadway

Attending a Broadway show is an iconic New York experience that everybody should do at least once in their lifetime. However, for those planning to see a performance for the very first time, make sure that you are aware of all of the important Broadway do’s and don’ts beforehand.

Don’t Bring Food With You
Most theaters sport a concession stand at the entrance, allowing theater-goers to buy beverages and candy to bring to the show with them. While it may be tempting to sneak in a larger meal, this is not only considered to be rude to the rest of the audience, but also disrespectful to those performing, as the sounds and smells of your meal will be incredibly distracting. For those that missed the pre-theater special at their favorite restaurant, wait until the intermission, as you will be able to purchase a few snacks to tide you over until the end.

Broadway Show Signs

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Do Arrive on Time
Arriving late to a Broadway performance will likely mean that you will not be able to access your seat until the second act, meaning that you will miss the entire first act. Theater doors usually open around 30 minutes before curtain, and if you are sitting in a center seat, it is vital that you arrive at this time, in order to avoid having to climb over everybody else. For those that have an aisle seat, it would be best to wait until about 15 minutes before curtain to make your way to your seat, otherwise you may have to repeatedly stand in order to let those with the center seats pass through.

Don’t Talk During the Show
While a quick whisper to the person sitting next to you is perfectly acceptable during a performance, having a louder conversation is definitely not. While you may be desperate to share your theories on upcoming plot twists, the rest of the audience around you most likely does not want to hear this, and would much rather watch the show in peace, making it important that you refrain from talking.

Broadway show line

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Do Dress Comfortably
Many choose to dress up when attending a Broadway show, but there is actually no strict dress code, meaning that you can wear anything that you want, although this is often different for opening night performances. While this is not an invitation to turn up in some tiny shorts and a pair of flip flops, it is important that you dress comfortably, so that you can focus on enjoying the show. You must also keep in mind that many theaters also turn up the air conditioning during performances, so you may want to bring a warmer garment with you for the show.

No matter what type of Broadway show you choose to attend, these guidelines will still apply. From using your seat number to work out when to arrive, to knowing what to wear, these tips will help you to make the most of your next Broadway performance, and give you an idea of the Broadway etiquette that is required of you.

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New York Luxury Shopping Guide

With sprawling iconic department stores and extravagant high-end flagship shops, it is no surprise that New York is known for being a shopper’s paradise. From the old-school decadence of Fifth Avenue to the big-name designers on Madison Avenue, this luxury shopping guide highlights the very best retail therapy that New York City has to offer.

Jack Rogers sandals store on Madison Avenue

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Madison Avenue
Considered by many to be the most lavish shopping area in all of New York, Madison Avenue is lined with flagship stores from the biggest designers, with names ranging from Vera Wang’s Bridal House to Ralph Lauren to Prada to Jimmy Choo. In addition to being filled with the most tempting of goods, each boutique here also boasts extraordinary architecture, such as the Ralph Lauren store that is located in a stunning renovated mansion.

The Meatpacking District
The Meatpacking District earned itself the status of being quite the edgy neighborhood a few years ago, and it did not take long for a number of big-name designers to open their doors in the area’s renovated butcher shops. From Stella McCartney to Alexander McQueen to Christian Louboutin, there are some luxury boutiques here that are definitely worth exploring.

Nolita
The quieter counterpart of SoHo, Nolita boasts a range of up and coming designers that produce the most exquisite products. These one-of-a-kind boutiques make for quite a thrilling shopping experience, as each store focuses on high fashion garments, but with an emphasis on individuality. Designer names that you will find here include Jil Sander and Derek Lam, while some boutiques worth stopping off at include Saja, Vince, Poppy and Sigerson Morrison. You will also find several boutiques here that stock some exquisite homeware pieces, from ceramics to luxury textiles.

Saks Fifth Avenue

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Fifth Avenue
Running north to south all the way through Manhattan, the most luxurious section of Fifth Avenue, which is considered to be the very heart of Manhattan retail, can be found from 14th Street to 59th Street. There are a number of iconic mainstays to be found here, from the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store, which is considered to be somewhat of a New York institution, to the world-famous Tiffany & Co, to the massive Louis Vuitton flagship store to Versace, Chanel and Dior. In addition to Saks Fifth Avenue, there are a couple of other high-end department stores here, including Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel.

Lafayette Street – SoHo to NoHo
Lafayette Street is quite distinct from the rest of SoHo, and this section of it is known for being the best place in the city to find the finest of antiques, especially when it comes to furniture. Gallery 440 is where you will find furniture from high end European designers, while Alan Moss Studios, as well as Elan Antiques, boasts one-of-a-kind antique pieces, both domestic as well as international.

When it comes to luxury shopping, there is no better city to turn to than New York. From the opulent flagship stores that line Madison Avenue to the one-of-a-kind antique finds at Lafayette Street, New York is a retail haven that offers the ultimate shopping experience.

Valentine’s Day Brunch

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With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, a long romantic lie-in followed by an indulgent and delicious brunch may just be the perfect way to spend the day.

Valentine’s Jazz Brunch, Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston
The Boston Harbor Hotel is hosting a whole weekend of fantastic Valentine’s activities, and their Valentine’s Jazz Brunch is a fantastic finale to this romantic event. With panoramic views across Boston Harbor, guests will be able to sip Moet & Chandon champagne while indulging in a lavish buffet spread. The dishes served will be an interpretation of traditional Creole cuisine by the hotel’s talented chef, and specific wines will be chosen to complement the food. To top it all off, the brunch will be accompanied by performances from a New Orleans jazz band, providing a brunch like no other!

Square 1682, Philadelphia
Square 1682 offers seasonal menus that feature fresh, local produce, and for this Valentine’s Day, they are serving up a brunch that you won’t want to miss. Some of the special dishes available include the Red Velvet Pancakes served with a vanilla bean whipped cream and a vahlrona chocolate sauce, and Cinnamon Banana Monkey Bread served with salted caramel and fresh strawberries. For those of you who want to celebrate the day with your children, the restaurant is running a special Valentine’s Day cookie-making session for little ones while they wait for their food to be prepared.

Juniper, Washington DC
From 11:30 AM until 14:00 PM, Juniper will be serving up a decadent Valentine’s Day brunch. Dishes are served up buffet style, with a huge emphasis placed on organic produce wherever possible. There will also be a colorful spread of fresh market salads, breakfast pastries, fresh fruit, the restaurant’s signature crab cakes, and, to top it all off, an interactive omelet station. The Valentine’s Day brunch will be served up alongside seasonal brunch cocktails, or an unlimited flow of the finest French champagne.

Valentine’s Day Brunch Cruise, New York
For those of you who want to do slightly different, how about enjoying an elegant Valentine’s Day brunch hosted by Hornblower, aboard a luxury yacht cruising down the Hudson? While taking in the city’s magnificent skyline, you and your partner can enjoy bottomless mimosas and the finest brunch spread, including dishes such as braised short ribs, Applewood smoked bacon, specialty breakfast sausages, grilled salmon, and so much more, as well as dedicated carving and dessert stations. Guests will also be able to enjoy Hornblower’s unlimited signature coffee, as well as their herbal teas. Each group of guests will have their own private table, and a live jazz band will be performing to add to the romantic atmosphere.

While a Valentine’s Day dinner may be standard for most couples, a Valentine’s Day brunch is a much more unique way to spend the day. Whether it may be cruising down the Hudson River sipping on mimosas, or enjoying a Creole spread overlooking Boston Harbor, these brunches will ensure that this Valentine’s Day is a romantic and unforgettable one for you and your partner.