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There’s so much more to New York City than Times Square and the Empire State Building. The city is cooler than ever, and it's overflowing with culture and cutting edge accommodations.

A must on every traveler’s bucket list is a Broadway show. And while Off-Broadway doesn’t always have the same glitz and glamour, the productions are often just as spectacular. And right now, NYC Off-Broadway Week is offering two-for-one tickets on more than 35 Off-Broadway shows through October 8. 

There’s a show for everyone from the New York premiere of A Clockwork Orange, Shakespeare’s As You Like It featuring Ellen Burstyn, Drunk Shakespeare, and Blue Man Group.

Ellen Burstyn and Hannah Cabellby in "As You Like It" (Credit Lenny Stucker)
Bit if shows don't catch client's fancy, The Rubin Museum of Art will soon be showcasing the next iteration its ongoing “Sacred Spaces” exhibition. 

Featured in the exhibition is artist Ghiora Aharoni’s series “The Road to Sanchi.” 

Aharoni’s series of sculptures, which are being shown for the first time, reimagines obsolete vintage taxi meters from India. Video screens embedded in the meters capture the artist’s rickshaw rides in India to sacred sites for Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists. The work explores what the act of pilgrimage actually is as well as India’s history, cultural plurality, and what it means to be a modern secular country. In addition, it asks viewers to think about their own journeys. 

Also up will be the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room, an immersive installation inspired by traditional Tibetan household shrines. The space is filled with flickering butter lamps, the scent of incense, and the sounds of chanting conveying the feeling of a space that would be used for offering, devotion, prayer, and contemplation.

Both “The Road to Sanchi” and the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room will be on display November 17 through October 15, 2018.

Ghiora Aharoni The Road to Sanchi (Credit Michael Kleinberg)
Meanwhile, the videos “Kora” and “Saga Dawa,” created by Arthur Liou, explore aspects of Tibetan Buddhist ritual and celebration as they take place in the environment around Tibet’s holiest mountain, Mount Kailash. The work is meant to challenge the distinction between landscape, sacred site, and personal devotional practice. The videos will be shown in succession, beginning with “Kora” on view through April 30.

For clients, especially Millennials, staying in the Big Apple, make sure they check out Moxy Times Square in Midtown. The hip new hotel is housed in the former New Mills Hotel originally built in 1907 and is designed to be more fun than a standard hotel. 

Moxy Times Square offers 612 bedrooms ranging from quad rooms with twin bunks to king suites. All rooms include Yabu Pushelberg designed versatile foldaway furniture, large walk-in rain showers, wood-frame beds with storage, and open pegboard closets. Also included is free Wi-Fi, Bluetooth soundbars, and large flat-screen HDTVs with personal screencasting technology allowing guests to stream Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and more.

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Bar Moxy, the second floor lobby lounge, offers guests a welcome cocktail on the house. The space is filled with natural light thanks to the triple-height atrium skylight. At night, a DJ booth brings the space to life. 

Guests can also head upstairs to Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge, where an “urban amusement park” concept and skyline views await. 

The lobby of the Magic Hour has giant funhouse mirrors and leads to five unique spaces. There are two separate outdoor areas: one that overlooks the Empire State Building and has elegant garden-party fixtures, and another with a carnival theme, complete with a seating area on a rotating antique carousel.

Finally, make sure clients check out Foreplay, a miniature putt-putt course that, instead of windmills, has colossal-size animals in compromising poses.

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