Art (for a rainy day?)

Of course, saying New York is known for its great art museums would be an understatement.  Any lovers of contemporary art looking for a special opportunity might want to consider checking out the Whitney Biennial, located at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  Held every two years (as you might guess), this is the most important contemporary art show in the country, running this year only until May 27th.  It’s not for everyone, but if you’re adventurous and want to see provocative, trend-setting art by the top level of up-and-coming artists, definitely place this on your list of destinations!


Jazz.  The quintessential American art form.  It’s as synonymous with Greenwich Village as it is with New Orleans, Kansas City or Harlem.  It often causes people to write like they’re stuck in a Ken Burns voice-over.  Any Jazz fan worth his salt knows of the “big-name” NYC Jazz Clubs:  The Village Vanguard, Birdland, The Blue Note, Iridium…just to name a few.  But the Village area is home to some other high-quality, less-well-known and more accessible locales where one can catch some of the latest up-and-comers in a burgeoning and constantly evolving scene.  A few places worth checking out in this area:  Smalls Jazz Club, The Fat Cat (very laid back and inexpensive, like hanging in your cool college friend’s basement), and The Cornelia Street Cafe (which has been known on occasion to mix physics powerpoint presentations with their jazz).  Of course, there are more, and if you have some time, try venturing further uptown, crosstown and into Brooklyn, where further musical delights await.  Pick up a Village Voice for the listings or check out an online site like Gotham Jazz.  Happy Swingin’!



1 WTC – April 2012

Be it a 3,000th hit or a 10,000th Broadway show performance, iconic milestones have long inspired intense fascination, especially for New Yorkers.  One of those recent milestones was reached on April 30th when One World Trade Center officially became the tallest building in New York City.  The indelible symbolism of this feat notwithstanding, the building is an impressive sight, visible from far-off vantage points all around the city and beyond, especially at night.  For an up-close look, you can head downtown or, better yet, sign up for a guided visit as part of our NYC Orientation Tour.  For this and information about other CHEP tours being offered, go here, but hurry because registration will be closing very soon!

Take A Walk On The Wild (West) Side

Springtime in NYC is a great time to visit one of the many famous city parks.  The CHEP conference happens to be just across the street from Washington Square Park, which is great for people watching or just lounging about.  Those wishing to venture further afoot, however, can find one of the most unique and rewarding parks in the city, running just over their heads up the west side.  The High Line Park opened in the Summer of 2009 on the site of a 1930’s elevated railway line that had been lying moribund and slated for destruction since the 1980’s.  Today, the park offers the casual stroller surprises around just about every corner, from unique views of the west side and the Hudson River, to alluring public art and state-of-the-art sustainable gardens.  The park is open daily from 7am-10pm and the closest access point is a short cab ride away on Gansevoort at Washington St.  Check it out and bring your camera!

Anchors Aweigh NY!

It’s mid-week at CHEP and, for some reason, you seem to be noticing groups of sailors, decked out in their crisp service uni’s, out and about everywhere you turn.  The product of your overactive imagination?  Hardly!  It turns out that this year’s CHEP coincides with NYC Fleet Week, a big event in the city for most of the past three decades.  The tall ships will be out in force as thousands of Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard sailors descend upon the metropolis.  This will be a big year, in particular, as Fleet Week commemorates the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the last time a dispute with our British brethren got a wee bit out of hand.  For our guests coming in from the UK, we promise you’ll get a much warmer welcome this time!

For information on Fleet Week events and ship tours, check out