Foraging - New York’s New F Word

An EXCLUSIVE Foraging Package With nyma, the new york manhattan hotel


While thoughts of Manhattan typically conjure images of endless concrete skyscrapers, there are actually a lot of green and pleasant places tucked away between the blocks, on the city’s rooftops and along its coastline. What’s more, these parks, gardens and farms are feeding New York’s new urban obsession for wild foods, and supplying a handful of pop-ups and restaurants with locally sourced and foraged blossoms, berries, bulbs and greens. For the perfect base to enjoy New York’s bountiful wild foods, stay at the fresh and modern nyma, the new york manhattan hotel, which is offering an exclusive foraging tour promotion on stays this June.

Situated in Midtown Manhattan, between the beautiful green spaces of Gramercy Park and Central Park, nyma, the new york manhattan hotel offers free daily breakfast and is a great hotel for those wanting to enjoy a ‘grab and go’ take-out of fruit or yoghurt in the morning sunshine. It is also central enough for visitors wanting to make the most of the great wild restaurants dotted across Manhattan, with ACME (serving wild mushrooms) and Daniel (serving vitamin-packed pine needles) just short subway rides away.

However, for those wanting to hunt through New York’s woods, parks and ponds to find tasty, edible plants, roots and shoots, nyma has paired up with one of the city’s best known foragers ‘Wild Man’ Steve Brill to offer an exclusive package. Steve has actually been collecting food from parks since 1982, and now makes a healthy living from his weekly tours, in which he promises to produce a meal out of the berries, bark, mushrooms and herbs that he discovers.

While the wild food revolution is predominantly a herbivorous activity, one of New York’s tiniest creatures is being revered and cared for across the city’s rooftops, with beekeeping becoming increasingly popular. The High Line started it with a bee-friendly wildflower meadow elevated 30 feet above the street on an historic freight rail line, and now there is even a New York Beekeeping Association which offers lessons! But these rooftop oases don’t just produce honey. There are also now a handful of rooftop farms growing a healthy harvest of fruit and vegetables, which end up in cakes, conserves and pickles that can be bought at farmers’ markets, while some of the city’s restaurants tend to their own private hothouses and vegetable patches.

Centrally situated on West 32nd street, nyma, the new york manhattan hotel provides guests with a host of FREE amenities, including free continental breakfast, free wi-fi and national phone calls, a free fitness suite open 24 hours a day and free stays for children aged 12 and under.

Enjoy a foraging tour with stays this June, from US$274.99 per room per night (which equates to £91 per person). The rate is based on two sharing and includes one night’s stay and a foraging tour per couple, worth $40. To book, call freephone 0808 178 6363 or visit and quote the code FORAGE.

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nyma - the new york manhattan hotel Conveniently situated between Broadway and Fifth Avenue, with the Empire State Building, Macy's, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden on its doorstep, the 171-room nyma offers affordable, stylish accommodation and first-class facilities in the heart of midtown New York City. Location: 6 West 32nd Street, New York Websites: Telephone Number: (UK) 0808 178 6363 (USA) 001 212 790 2710 Opened: May 2011 General Manager: Rafeeq Mohammed Accommodation: 171 guest rooms. Facilities include: • Free continental breakfast• Free wi-fi in rooms and public spaces• Free phone calls within the USA• Flat screen Cable television with movies on demand and Nintendo video games• Cordless speakerphones with voicemail• In-room personal safe• Complimentary in-room coffee maker and coffee• Complimentary weekday newspapers • Alarm clock with iPhone docking station• In-room iron and ironing board• Hair dryer• Keyless card entry system • Access to nearby business centre with computer, fax and copier• Laundry and valet services • Fitness centre• Shoe shine machine• Non-smoking rooms• Reduced rate parking• Children aged 13 and under stay free when sharing their parents’ or grandparents’ room• Paris Baguette bakery located next to nyma Rates: From $134.99 (excluding accommodation taxes) Time Difference: GMT -5 hours nyma, the new york manhattan hotel is owned by Apple Core Hotels who own and manage two other independent hotels in New York. The Hotel @ Times Square and Broadway @ Times Square Hotel. The three distinctive brands offer affordable, stylish accommodation with first-class facilities for those cost-conscious travellers that want to be right in the heart of midtown New York. Complimentary facilities at all Apple Core Hotels include wi-fi, continental breakfast and national phone calls. BACKGROUND AND MANAGEMENT Since 2009, Apple Core Hotels has repositioned and renovated these two midtown chain hotels in to stylish, independent, budget properties. The company’s development has been spearheaded by Apple Core Hotels’ president and COO, Vijay Dandapani. A graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Vijay Dandapani brings with him over two decades of top-level hotel management experience holding numerous key operational positions in hotels around the world, including vice president of operations for Chatwal Hotels and operations analyst for Grand Champions Resorts Corporation. Mr Dandapani is also a member of the Board of Directors for the following associations: Hotel Association of New York City; NYC & Company; NYSHTA (New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association); and the International Hotel Motel & Restaurant Show at Javits. He has spoken on hospitality issues at many forums sponsored by such organisations as Arthur Anderson, University of California at Los Angeles, Columbia University and New York University. In 1998, Mr Dandapani was recognised by Crain’s New York Business as one of the top 100 minority business leaders in New York City. In 2002, the Asian American Business Development Center, New York selected him as one of 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business.




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