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Omar S. Bennett

Looking to get a good bite of the Big Apple? Omar S. Bennett is the man to show you around.

Navigator Biography

Navigator Omar S. Bennett feeds off the raw energy of his Times Square locale to help guests get acquainted with the star-studded streets of New York. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Omar has worked for the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel for a number of years — but not always in a Navigator capacity. In fact, he started out as a nighttime room service server and only found his calling after fulfilling a number of roles within the hotel. His epiphany came while working as a bellhop. “I became enamored with the way the Navigator would graciously coordinate the many inquiries and requests from guests without breaking a sweat,” he remembers. “I knew right there and then that the Navigator role would be a good challenge for me.” And so it has proved, with Omar now tasked with helping the hotel’s eager Discoverers hone their Big Apple itineraries. To do so, he voraciously consumes the city’s magazines for inspiration and meets regularly with a local concierge association, NYCAHC. He also continues to explore the neighborhood himself, and, if he can drag himself away from his beloved tea house, visits a new bar or restaurant each week. Omar’s zest for life in his home city has never waned and he is proud and humbled to be able to guide others as a Navigator. He says, “I’m delighted to share this exciting city with them. Aside from being a self-confessed tea connoisseur, Omar has a long list of hobbies, which includes cooking (his high school nickname was “Kook” in a nod to his skills), cycling, boxing and traveling. So he is well suited to New York City, where truly anything is possible.


The Paley Center for Media - find
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The Paley Center for Media

Tracing media's trajectory, the nostalgic archive revisits iconic moments like President Kennedy’s assassination and The Simpsons' debut.
William S. Paley played a significant role in shaping radio and television broadcasting in the 20th Century. The Paley Center for Media is at the forefront of the ever-evolving global media and examines its effect on society. They are curators of over 150,000 television shows, radio productions and commercials, as well as key events in history like Neil Armstrong’s voice clip from the moon. Listen to radio programs from back in the day or watch re-runs of I Love Lucy, a feat that promises a nostalgic experience for entertainment history buffs and television junkies. Visitors can also glance through their collection on their online database.
Address: 25 West 52 Street, New York, 10019, United States
Phone: +1 212 621 6800
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 0.6 mi
New York Vintage - find
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New York Vintage

Secondhand doesn't mean low-quality at one of New York's most exclusive 80s and 90s vintage boutiques, New York Vintage.
With innumerable boutiques lining up in Chelsea neighborhood, this upscale haunt is another feather in the cap of New York's fashion hub. If you prefer the classic 80's, you need not doubt your choice with New York Vintage. This popular store offers an exclusive collection of vintage clothing and accessories inspired from the 1980s and 90's style. If you have a few classic outfits or accessories from your mother's or granny's collection, get them here. If they are good enough, in-store buyers will appraise them for you. By merely watching the who's-who of tinsel town frequent this store, you can guess the price range of their stylish wear. But you're sure to forget the steep price after you are loaded with compliments! So step in and flaunt this luxurious look.
Address: 117 West 25th Street, New York, 10001, United States
Phone: +1 212 647 1107
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 1.2 mi

International Center of Photography

See amazing historic and contemporary photographs at this inspiring center dedicated to educating the public.
The International Center of Photography works to educate the public through classes and exhibitions on photography. It was founded in 1974 by Cornell Capa, a photojournalist, and has since then hosted over 500 exhibitions relating to captured images. See images from the past and contemporary photographs as well. Classes relating to photography techniques and the history of the art take place at the School of the International Center of Photography.  
Address: 1133 Avenue of the Americas, #1A, New York, 10036, United States
Phone: +1 212 857 0000
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM,Friday from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM,Saturday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 0.3 mi
Madison Square Park - find
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Madison Square Park

Come to Madison Square Park to take refuge from the urban jungle, and enjoy art on display and community events.
Madison Square Park excels at providing the Flatiron District with a green, open space to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Sculptures and other artworks are displayed here throughout the year, and there's plenty of space on this seven-acre (3-hectare) space to run and play. If you work up an appetite, pay a visit to the Shake Shack in the park, which serves delicious burgers. 
Address: East 23rd Street and Madison Avenue, New York, 10010, United States
Phone: +1 212 538 1884
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 1.3 mi
The Tippler - find
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The Tippler

The Tippler's architectural accents and traditional cocktails create a trendy speakeasy vibe that's a hard secret to keep.
The Tippler is ensconced underneath Chelsea Market in a space that has been out of use for over 100 years. The bar, probably because of its basement location, has a real speakeasy feel, while still providing a warm and comfortable atmosphere with exposed beams, wrought iron work and marble table and bar tops. The cocktail menu is impressive, featuring libations they have borrowed from various other establishments around the country, as well as their own originals and of course, the classics. There is also a good selection of wines and craft beers, as well as light bar dishes like toasts, sandwiches, jars and salads.
Address: 425 West 15th Street, Chelsea Market Basement Level, New York, 10011, United States
Phone: +1 212 206 0000
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 05:00 PM to 02:00 AM,Friday to Saturday from 05:00 PM to 04:00 AM
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 1.9 mi
Hanjan - find
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Hanjan

Old and new entwine on Hanjan's menu, offering a taste of the traditional or something marvelously modern.
Right in the heart of the Flatiron District, Chef Hooni Kim's second venture, Hanjan, is already causing something of a sensation. Modeled after the Korean joomak, a low-cost destination for travelers to eat and relax, the cuisine revolves around street-style small plates, some old-fashioned and some dreamed up by Chef Kim himself. The menu is split right down the middle, allowing guests to choose between these dichotomous styles, although a third column of savory skewers lets diners chow down on something a little more timeless. Of course, such delicate cuisine would not be possible without quality ingredients, another area in which Hanjan outdoes themselves. Antibiotic and hormone free meat, wild-caught fish and organic vegetables are the exclusive inventory of the kitchen. For a masterful melding of Korea's culinary traditions, Hanjan is the perfect destination.
Address: 36 West 26th Street, New York, 10010, United States
Phone: +1 212 206 7226
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 02:30 PM,Monday to Wednesday from 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM,,Thursday to Saturday from 05:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 1.1 mi
Cookshop - find
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Cookshop

It may not have the ambiance of a traditional cookshop, but warm, friendly service and simple food will make you feel like you're in one.
In keeping with the typical cookshop concept of all-things-fresh, co-owners of Tenth Avenue Cookshop, Chef Marc Meyer and Chef Vicki Freeman, source local ingredients and produce for their food preparation. To bring out the best taste from the natural food, traditional methods such as wood-fired ovens are used. The Virginia farmers’ cross center cut pork chop and the wilted spinach, red onion and Sarvecchio cheese pizza are favorites here. The cocktails are innovative concoctions with a twist that change with available seasonal flavors. Try the tea prepared using Bergamot and oranges that comes highly recommended. The ambiance is nothing like what a traditional restaurant would be and has soft lighting that reflects the warm tone of the wooden ceiling, creating a beautiful glow. The tables are closely laid out in the L-shaped dining section. The dessert list has tempting offerings that make for perfect endings.
Address: 156 10th Avenue, New York, 10011, United States
Phone: +1 212 924 4440
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00 AM to 11:00 AM,Monday to Friday from 11:30 AM to 04:00 PM,Monday to Friday from 05:30 PM to 11:30 PM,Saturday to Sunday from 10:30 AM to 04:00 PM,Saturday to Sunday from 05:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 1.8 mi
The Raines Law Room - find
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The Raines Law Room

Contemporary cocktail creations await guests at speakeasy-style Raines Law Room, an old-school craft bar on the edge of Chelsea.
Touted as having one of the world's best cocktail menus, Raines Law Room is a haven for any cocktail connoisseur. Velvet couches, curtains, romantic lighting and classic murals give it an awe-inspiring twenties appeal. The cocktail list is packed with mixes to suit every preference including crisp, stirred, spicy, bitter, subtle and strong. You could enjoy your drink in the warmth of the lounge or in the candlelit garden area or even in the privacy of the banquet style parlor. There is also a good selection of beers, champagne and wine.
Address: 48 West 17th Street, New York, 10011, United States
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 05:00 PM to 02:00 AM,Friday to Saturday from 05:00 PM to 03:00 AM,,Sunday from 07:00 PM to 01:00 AM
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 1.6 mi
Sarabeth's - find
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Sarabeth's

Follow a visit to Central Park with a legendary brunch of eggs benedict and a muffin basket at this restaurant's park-facing dining area.
Renowned pastry chef Sarabeth Levine expands her eponymous restaurant chain with this Central Park location. Their menu is a contemporary take on American comfort food. Signature dishes include pumpkin waffles, farmer's omelets, cream of tomato soup, strawberry shortcake, club sandwiches and muscovy duck breast. Complement your meal with a selection from coffee, wine, craft beer or specialty cocktails. Stylish interiors and a charming atmosphere convey a home-style ambiance.
Address: 40 Central Park South, New York, 10019, United States
Phone: +1 212 826 5959
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 AM to 11:00 PM,Sunday from 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 1 mi
La Pulperia - find
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La Pulperia

Oyster shooters at the raw bar are followed by Latin-inspired cuisine and cocktails. Their rustic ambiance is created by handmade decor.
La Pulperia is a great addition to Hell’s Kitchen’s dining scene. This charming restaurant is named after the Spanish word for grocery store, and recreates a vibe akin to traditional pulperias in South America. Owner and chef Carlos Barroz designs a menu around Latin American and Mediterranean flavors. Enjoy their seafood tower, sangria-braised short ribs, beef empanadas and taquitos with impressive cocktails. A classic margarita, cachaça-based Samba Brazil or Coquito Passion of coconut rum and passion fruit are excellent choices. Exposed brick walls, handcrafted brass lamps and Mexican floor tiles contribute to a rustic ambiance.
Address: 371 West 46th Street, New York, 10036, United States
Phone: +1 212 956 3055
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 02:00 AM
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 0.3 mi
Forbidden Planet - find
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Forbidden Planet

Take a trip to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away to Forbidden Planet for science fiction and pop culture collectibles.
Forbidden Planet is a science fiction mega store, with everything from esoteric comics to manga models for the nerd in all of us. You will of course find vintage Star Trek paraphernalia in addition to other hit shows over the years from Land of the Lost to Star Wars. Trivia lovers will also go wild for the other classics like KISS and Batman dolls, they even have one for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans. There are plenty of other eclectic items to discover within this shop on 12th St and Broadway.
Address: 840 Broadway, New York, 10003, NY, United States
Phone: +1 212 473 1576
Opening hours: Sunday to Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM,Wednesday from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM,Thursday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 2.3 mi
Isabel Marant - find
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Isabel Marant

Cutting-edge fashions from Isabel Marant combine tomboy tailoring with effortless bohemian chic at this internationally renowned boutique.
Isabel Marant has slowly added bits and pieces to her repertoire since founding her first self-titled boutique in 1994. Starting with accessories and moving to knitwear, Ms. Marant's fashion sensibilities have evolved to a mixture of bohemian easiness with a decidedly urban attitude. The cuts tend to be masculine offering women an option right in the middle of elegance and comfortability. Marant's collections continue to develop over time, meaning that even repeat shoppers will be delighted with the fresh new fashions brought in with each season.
Address: 469 Broome Street, New York, 10013, NY, United States
Phone: +1 212 219 2284
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11:00 AM to 07:00 PM,Saturday from 11:00 AM to 08:00 PM,Sunday from 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Hotel: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Distance: 2.3 mi