Eric Goode is one of New York’s most renowned hoteliers, so it may come as a surprise to some that he is also a dedicated turtle conservationist. Eric established the Turtle Conservancy (and Behler Chelonian Center), a non-profit NGO, in 2005 when he transformed his property in southern California into a tortoise and freshwater turtle conservation center. The center serves as an assurance colony for over 25 species of threatened and endangered species. With two-thirds of the world’s turtles and tortoises threatened with extinction, Eric made it his personal mission to do whatever he could to save the last remaining populations.
Until February 20th, Live Urban Walls will be projecting images of swimming turtles along with thought-provoking messages and images from other non-profit organizations like Charity : Water and Razia Said, at the corner of Bowery and Houston. For more videos, information, and how to submit a tax-deductible donation go to: www.turtleconservancy.org/support.
Amongst all the wonderful sandwich shops, cafes and lunch spots in the East Village, we’re always grateful to have Porchetta within walking distance of the hotel. Chef Sara Jenkins and Matt Lindemulder opened their little shop in 2008 and it was an instant hit. Serving crispy, tasty sandwiches full of aromatic seasoning, Porchetta is entirely worth a wander to 7th Street for a unique bite of Italy in NYC. And if you want to take even more than the sandwich home with you, their salt seasoning is available for purchase!
Yesterday, celebrations were taking place in Chinatown to welcome in the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dragon! In the spirit of the festivities, here is a video about one of our favorite spots in Chinatown… Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street. Enjoy!