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It’s been another prolonged winter, with the nastiest bit saved for last, but finally this week temps are rising and if you can step over the puddles you’ll do just fine…especially in our central part of NYC which is well traveled and therefore well maintained. So don’t be scared off – Boston and Chicago have had it much worse – for urban research and a taste of NE winter, we are ready to receive you!

If you are not choosing to enjoy a repast at Focus Plus, I would encourage you to explore the city from a gastronomic point of view. It’s no “news” that NYC is among one of the world’s top cities for epicurean delights both classic and new …Peter Luger’s aged steaks (celebrating their 125 th anniversary at the restaurant and always cited as the best steak meal in NYC) are pricey but all in all the beef and the experience are worth it; it’s RIGHT over the Williamsburg Bridge, an easy and reasonable ride from lower Manhattan. Likewise, Lombardi’s apparently was the FIRST pizzeria in NYC (located on Spring Street) and is often referred to as the best….be prepared to wait at the bar for 15 minutes for a seat at this popular place, but again, it’s worth it. So do take time, if you have it, to explore the city as a foodie….we’ve been to the newest and oldest (Fraunces Tavern) places and never have been disappointed by the variance of ambience or menu.

Glenn Close is getting unsurprisingly wonderful reviews as Norma Desmond at the Palace theatre in “Sunset Boulevard”. In case we didn’t mention it before, we had the pleasure of seeing the “Book of Mormon” just after the holidays, but it was beautifully acted and hilarious. Recommended! More shows in the offing, including yet another rendition of “The Glass Menagerie”, etc. When my theater friend returns from CA I’ll get and share the real lowdown on what to expect in the spring and summer. (We know lots of folks are looking forward to walks along the Highline, theater in its own way, as well as making use of free Citibank bikes – best along the Westside Hwy bike path….lots to look forward to on all fronts in this city!)

Skipping ahead, come June, the NY Historical Society will participate in a traveling exhibit of four Norman Rockwell paintings. Having visited his studio twice I can’t begin to understand how they chose four – or why – but nonetheless I wholeheartedly recommended going uptown to see them (and the permanent collection there which is also fascinating). The situational and actual realism of Rockwell’s paintings and the deep empathy he clearly exhibits for his “subjects” is moving and hypnotizing.

OK, that’s an “as of this moment” update; more to follow! Hope all’s well with you and your families.

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With the kids back in school, the leaves starting to turn, and the air finally cooling, it's time to think of all that autumn offers here in NYC. This blog installment, true of most, is complete cherry-picking on our part; the things to do, watch, taste, listen to, etc. are so vast and varied that it truly is an embarrassment of riches. Here's an assortment that we recommend this fall that are a bit off the beaten path.

We recently reviewed the vast array of performances/talks/readings and incredible cultural access available at the 92nd Street Y. The good news is that they book their guests quite in advance so you can sync your visit to us with a fabulous evening there (stay an extra night if you must!), planning both in advance. Go to 92Y.org to see all they have to offer. There's definitely something or someone to interest everyone.

Likewise, check out "Times Talks", "...part of global dialogue, film, theater, television, music, art, books, styles, ideas." In other words, the NYT "come to life". Check out their guests at TimesTalks.com.

There is so much theater heading towards us that we'll highlight just some of the things that we are interested in seeing. Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber join in a limited engagement in les Liaisons Dangereuses starting in previews 10/8 at the Booth Theater.

In a completely different vein, we'll have to find some good little boys and girls to see "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical". We hope they like it; we know we'll be amused by this first time ever theatrical interpretation! 12/1-18, Madison Square Garden, rudolphthemusical.com. Finally, in February it'll be a toss up between two we've seen before but not in years..."Sweeney Todd", off Broadway at the Barrow Street Theater starting 2/14… Or "Burn This" with Jake Gyllenhaal, starting in previews at the Hudson Theater in February.

In addition to a variety of sporting events, principally the Knicks and the Rangers, MSG is host to concerts by the likes of Adele, Amy Schumer, Bill Joel, Andrea Bocelli and more in the months to come.

Also, right down the street at the FIT Museum – 7th Avenue at 27th Street is Proust's Muse, The Countess Geffulhe, 9/23-1/7. Not everyone's cup of tea, but in addition to this temporary exhibition is an unbelievable permanent collection of style, creativity, and fashion.

Finally, if you're not taking advantage of our catering services, our neighborhood restaurant recommendation of the season is ½ a block from our office – Delmonico's Kitchen, 207 West 36th Street.

Enjoy!

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Thought it doesn't seem to have "sprung" yet, spring IS here and with it are lots of new and exciting events in the city. Come, let us help you get your work done…and then reward yourself with something of a cultural nature that you can only find in NYC!

The Crucible is getting rave reviews and runs for 14 weeks at the Walter Kerr Theater, 219 W. 48th St. Get your tickets at Tickmaster.com

The Book of Mormon (Eugene O'Neill Theater, 230 W. 49th St.) AND Hamilton (Richard Rogers Theater, 226 W. 46th St.) continue to "wow 'em" indefinitely. Get your tickets at Tickmaster.com

The Metropolitan Opera kicks off its spring season with La Boheme, Othello and others. Tickets start at $27! Get tickets at Metropera.org

Finally, the New York City Ballet has too much to list during their "New Era", running 4/19-5/29. $30 seats available at NYCBallet.com

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With the holidays nipping at our heels, there's no better time to book your projects at Focus Plus and, perhaps, plan a little holiday cheer at the same time. Despite all the louche stores along Madison and Fifth Avenue, Macy's in Herald Square, the center of NYC, becomes THE store of the holiday, with windows, snowflakes, and THE MAN himself, right in the middle of his own workshop. Truly, it's a sight to see, and if you're not into it, bring someone elbow height and watch from their perspective! This is the definitive holiday emporium!

On another note, NYC is increasingly becoming known for its Christmas fairs a la Vienna, Bruges, etc. While still not quite there, they offer a cheery outdoor stroll to look at unique merchandise in a bustly old fashioned sort of way, to see the tiny symbolic gifts, not wheelbarrows laden with bows and price tags. The craftsman deserve our attention and a reciprocation of their goodwill.

A bit more cultural, off the beaten path, check out The Merchants House...Life at home in the mid 19th Century (www.merchantshouse.org) is very much worth a visit, especially this time of year with all of their holiday put upons and celebrations.

A bit further afield, but also within easy reach are the MOMA, MET (Angel Tree, anyone?!), the (hardly!) standard Balanchine Nutcracker at Lincoln Center plus wonderful opera, and even Radio City's Christmas Spectacular! Believe me, we've done IT ALL and then some, and truly recommend it all, kids or not, it's just plain fun and inspiring.

Whatever your taste, think AHEAD and book Focus Plus in the center on Manhattan and for the best work and play available! Cheers! And a peaceful New Year to All!

Step out our front door and walk 2 blocks to the newly refurbished Madison Square Garden – the greatest entertainment venue in the world. Home of the Knicks, Rangers and host to the finest concerts & events in the world. Last week MSG unveiled their three-year, $ 1 billion renovation including two "Chase Bridges" high above the floor, a remodeled 7th Avenue entrance with two 600-square-foot video screens, state-of-the-art scoreboard, new suites & food options, and renovated concourses. Visit Madison Square Garden for info on upcoming concerts and sporting events.

Or just walk across the street to Macy's flagship Herald Square location. A $400 million renovation of this retail mecca is currently underway, including new Ralph Lauren and Lacoste sections, The Art of the Shave and the 260 seat Stella 34 Trattoria. With views of the Empire State building, this modern Italian restaurant features all imported ingredients from Naples, San Marzano and Mount Vesuvius – and an all-Italian wine list of more than 100 bottles. Duck out between sessions and you can complete all of your holiday shopping at the World's Largest Store!

The all new Focus Plus Innovative Qualitative Center features the largest focus & viewing rooms in Manhattan, state of the art A/V and webcasting, and spectacular 18th floor views.

Email back for a quick-response bid:

midtown@focusplusny.com or call (800) 340-8846.

John G. Markham, Partner

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No puddles, no ice – now is the perfect Indian summer to visit New York City.

Among other things— HURRY...nycgo.com is offering 2 Broadway tickets for the price of one, 9/9 through 9/17.

Or give yourself a little more time to see the uproariously funny "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" or, Al Pacino in a brand new Mamet play starting 10/21.

Otherwise, of course there's always our across the street neighbor Macy's (already abuzz with preholiday shoppers), but there's also the intriguing grand opening of the Cost Plus World Market (620 6th Avenue), an easy walk from Focus Plus.

A bit farther afield is the newly reopened Whitney Museum, featuring massive and unobstructed viewing of its collection of American art. With inside and outdoor exhibition space, exquisite architectural design and a restaurant helmed by the consummate restaurateur, Danny Meyers, it's not to be missed. Located in the meatpacking district, a quick cab ride away, at 99 Gansevoort Street, Mon., Wed., Sun 10:30-6:00; Thur., Fri., Sat., 10:30-10:00 p.m.

Finally, just down the block at Madison Square Garden, here's a short list of upcoming concerts: Billy Joel, The Who, Dead & Co., and Stevie Wonder.

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We've been remiss...hit hard by the ferocious winter and coping with a broken foot (or nursing of same), we can now glorify in the warming weather...and the safe arrival of Rakel's son, Mekhi. Congratulations to Rakel and her whole family!! We'll also take this opportunity to share some quick updates about what's happening in springtime NYC and our neighborhood in particular...

We can personally attest to Bradley Cooper's remarkable transformation into the "Elephant Man" and his portrayal of J. Merrick's poignant life, as well as recommending Larry David's hilarious turn as well, Larry David in "Fish in the Dark." Next up is "It's Only A Play", T. McNally's popular comedy with Matthew Broderick and Martin Short taking over Nathan Lane's part. (We saw Broderick and Lane in the "The Producers" years ago so we're excited to see Broderick partnered with Short).

Our young adult daughters are aching to see "The Heidi Chronicles" for a taste of "feminism" a la Wendy Wasserstein and starring Elizabeth Moss from "Ad Men" fame. Anyway, lots of good stuff on Broadway now and in the foreseeable future.

Speaking of hipsters, come and see the nation's largest Urban Outfitters just opened in Herald Square. Complete with their "standard" urban outfits and accessories, this emporium also has its own salon and a coffee shop! Or check out the multi-level LIBERTY AVENUE for an after work drink (29 West 35th St) or bite if you feel like conjuring up a bit of classy NYC nitelife a la the turn of the century...this place, with its 18th foot ceilings and enormous bar, will take you "there."

Finally, the Fashion Institute of NY owns one of the largest, most impressive clothing, textile, and accessory collections in the world – spanning the 5th century (!) to modern day. Whether you are a fashionista or a student of social history (or social life), there's something for everyone here. FIT, 7th & 27th Street. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to us – like NYC, we're always innovating!

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DID THIS:
  • Times Square TKTS Booth
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • A Day in Central Park
  • Explore the High Line
  • Afternoon snack at Serendipity
  • Cocktails at South Street Seaport
  • Hit Golf Balls at Chelsea Piers
TRY THIS:
  • Deep discounts & no lines: BroadwayBox.com
  • Sleep No More (off-Bway)
  • Waterfront Esplande in Battery City Park
  • Roosevelt Tramway
  • The Chic Café at Neue Galerie
  • Drinks at the Flying Plan, a salvagaed Lightship at Pier 66
  • Bowl at Bowlmore Lane also at C. Piers
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SPRING IS FINALLY HERE and we want to tell you about some fun warm weather activities that are about to kick up in our wonderful neighborhood around 462 7th Avenue

March 23: Macy's 2014 Flower Show, Secret Garden, opens on the 23rd and features lavish garden displays, bouquets, and all kinds of things that will help reawaken dormant senses! (through 7/6/14).

April 16: The Tribeca Film Festival returns, showcasing promising independent filmmakers at locations throughout NYC (through 7/27). More info at www.tribecafilm.com

May 12: NY Yankees vs. NY Mets at Yankee Stadium. Need we say more? www.yankees.com

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Let's face it, this has been a ROUGH winter, and NYC may have seemed inhospitable at times (even to us), and so we have put a great deal of thought into making our facility as welcoming and comfortable as possible, full of CREATURE COMFORTS and "extras" to make our clients feel well, if not warm and fuzzy, at least thoroughly taken care of.

To wit, upon arrival at Focus Plus clients are guided into comfortable client lounges, with an array of hot and cold beverages, including red or white wine, as well as a selection of snacks (together with a complimentary assortment of locally produced macaroons).

Each client lounge also has its own computer, a direct link line to the host desk, and a tourism kiosk, should you have time to kill between sessions.

Once you are in our viewing rooms, take advantage of another assortment of nibbles…and "work them off" by using our hand weights to keep in shape while you do!

In the main hallway, on the way to our private client bathroom facilities, there is a "Take One, Bring One" book cart, mostly filled with books (fiction and non-fiction) about NYC (from "Taschen's Guide to NYC" to Brendan Gill's "This New York"). Leave one if you like, but, more to the point, please feel free to take one with you, whether you climb on board with it on your way back to the office or bring it back to your apartment, please enjoy reading about our wonderful city.

So apart from building hearths in all our suites, we've done what we could to keep your comfort in mind.

Stay warm, watch the puddles, and know that Spring is just around the corner!

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With the holidays nipping at our heels, there's no better time to book your projects at Focus Plus and, perhaps, plan a little holiday cheer at the same time. Despite all the louche stores along Madison and Fifth Avenue, Macy's in Herald Square, the center of NYC, becomes THE store of the holiday, with windows, snowflakes, and THE MAN himself, right in the middle of his own workshop. Truly, it's a sight to see, and if you're not into it, bring someone elbow height and watch from their perspective! This is the definitive holiday emporium!

On another note, NYC is increasingly becoming known for its Christmas fairs a la Vienna, Bruges, etc. While still not quite there, they offer a cheery outdoor stroll to look at unique merchandise in a bustly old fashioned sort of way, to see the tiny symbolic gifts, not wheelbarrows laden with bows and price tags. The craftsman deserve our attention and a reciprocation of their goodwill.

A bit more cultural, off the beaten path, check out The Merchants House...Life at home in the mid 19th Century (www.merchantshouse.org) is very much worth a visit, especially this time of year with all of their holiday put upons and celebrations.

A bit further afield, but also within easy reach are the MOMA, MET (Angel Tree, anyone?!), the (hardly!) standard Balanchine Nutcracker at Lincoln Center plus wonderful opera, and even Radio City's Christmas Spectacular! Believe me, we've done IT ALL and then some, and truly recommend it all, kids or not, it's just plain fun and inspiring. This year, we're taking another turn, opting to see the fantastic Cherry Jones and Zackery Quinto in the smash-hit "The Glass Menagerie" at the Booth Theatre (runs through 2/23/14).

Whatever your taste, think AHEAD and book Focus Plus in the center on Manhattan and for the best work and play available! Cheers! And a peaceful New Year to All!

Step out our front door and walk 2 blocks to the newly refurbished Madison Square Garden – the greatest entertainment venue in the world. Home of the Knicks, Rangers and host to the finest concerts & events in the world. Last week MSG unveiled their three-year, $ 1 billion renovation including two "Chase Bridges" high above the floor, a remodeled 7th Avenue entrance with two 600-square-foot video screens, state-of-the-art scoreboard, new suites & food options, and renovated concourses. Visit Madison Square Garden for info on upcoming concerts and sporting events.

Or just walk across the street to Macy's flagship Herald Square location. A $400 million renovation of this retail mecca is currently underway, including new Ralph Lauren and Lacoste sections, The Art of the Shave and the 260 seat Stella 34 Trattoria. With views of the Empire State building, this modern Italian restaurant features all imported ingredients from Naples, San Marzano and Mount Vesuvius – and an all-Italian wine list of more than 100 bottles. Duck out between sessions and you can complete all of your holiday shopping at the World's Largest Store!

The all new Focus Plus Innovative Qualitative Center features the largest focus & viewing rooms in Manhattan, state of the art A/V and webcasting, and spectacular 18th floor views.

Email back for a quick-response bid:

midtown@focusplusny.com or call (800) 340-8846.

John G. Markham, Partner