At the beloved Ballroom at the Bowery presents some of the most admired musicians from both the past and the present. For instance, last Saturday night the impressive 72-year old Tom Jones was on hand with a four-piece band backing him up, and he proved our admiration is well-deserved.
Jones is a mighty presence on stage. He is tall, with a wonderfully deep, resonant voice that fills the room with energy. Jones also likes to show off a bit. He also loves to engage the audience with chitchat between songs, with much humor and warmth. At one point he remembered when he first arrived in New York, “48 years ago. I thought, ‘How can that be? I’m only 35!” From the audience’s response, that comment struck a chord.
Tom Jones’ 96-minute performance was a wonderful venture into the musician’s world of swampy blues, rock, soul and country. Unbelievably, it was Jones’ first appearance at the Bowery Ballroom, and it was a show to remember.
Tribeca’s Cosmopolitan Hotel
As New Yorkers continue the work needed to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, businesses are pushing forward fast and furious to get life back to normal as quickly as possible. Sandy’s wrath disappointed thousands by forcing the cancellation of one of New York’s crowning jewels for tourism, the NYC Marathon. Thousands of out-of-towners were turned away, and millions in revenue were lost when Mayor Bloomberg made the difficult, but necessary decision to cancel the highly popular race.
Now that the storm is long gone and recovery is in full speed ahead mode, it is time to once again welcome visitors from all over the country, and the world, as the holiday season approaches. One of New York’s pre-eminent pillars in the tourist trade is the fine collection of Shimmie Horn’s Triumph Hotels. Located in some of New York’s most popular neighborhoods, these hotels offer guests luxury, convenience and style.
One such hotel, located in the Tribeca section of Lower Manhattan, is the Cosmopolitan. Only minutes away from the Bowery, one of Manhattan’s most talked-about places; and smack in between avant-garde SoHo and posh Tribeca, Shimmie Horn’s Cosmopolitan Hotel is the perfect combination of comfort, convenience and calming luxury. With only 130 rooms the Cosmopolitan boasts a private, quiet atmosphere hard to match in any other well-placed hotel.
As New York’s recovery continues a-pace, there is no better time to visit New York and enjoy with the residents there the excitement of the holidays, the beauty of the season, and the joy of overcoming adversity with the spirit of thanksgiving.