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the historic hoffman house hotel in nyc

This is how you make the perfect Hoffman House Fizz, a classic NoMad Manhattan cocktail. Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Scotch 2 oz. Gin 1 oz. Lemon Juice 1/4 oz. Maraschino Liqueur 1/4 oz. Cream 1 tsp. Sugar Fill Club Soda

The platonic ideal of the Martini type cocktail. Ingredients: 2 Dashes Orange Bitters. (1 dash Fee’s Orange Bitters, 1 dash Regan’s Orange) 1/3 French Vermouth. (3/4 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth) 2/3 Plymouth Gin. (1 1/2 oz Plymouth Gin) Mixing instructions: Shake (stir, please) well and strain into cocktail glass. Squeeze lemon peel on top.

Over 13 years ago, the area running roughly from Sixth to Lexington Avenues, from 23rd to 30th Streets was first identified as NoMad, but over the years, the area has had varying geographic definitions. In 1999, New York City formally established the Madison Square Park North Historic District, which lies in the center of No (North) Mad (Madison Square). In […]

June 9, 2012

Drinking in NoMad

NoMad has always been one of the best neighborhoods when drinking in New York. As Robert Simonson of the New York Sun points out:  At the turn of the 19th/20th Centuries, “this was where the action was — socially, theatrically, politically and alcoholically.” The History of NoMad and Mixology: The elegance of Madison Square Park and Fifth Avenue contained the finest […]

NoMad New York is featured in Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation… Edwin (John Wilkes Booth’s brother) would have loved his statue in Gramercy Park—the first statue of an actor in the city. He warranted a stained-glass window too—a multicolored Shakespearean portrait in the Church of the Transfiguration on Twenty‑ninth. Known as the Little Church Around the Corner, it became an actors’ […]

  The NoMad District neighborhood has always been home to the creative types of New York City. As we explore the New York history of the 19th and 20th Centuries, most of the country’s important music publishers had offices on 28th street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues — this street that would later become known as “Tin Pan Alley.” The […]

The NoMad neighborhood is breathing new life into the infamous Tenderloin District of New York City.

Manhattan Unlocked is a great blog for finding about New York history — in depth. Recently in an article on the Haymarket and NoMad, Manhattan Unlocked noted that the New York City neighborhood of NoMad is on the rise and is bringing life to an area left unfilled because of its wild and notorious past during New York’s gilded age. […]

The NoMad District is featured in New York literature like O. Henry’s “The Sparrows in Madison Square”… The young man in straitened circumstances who comes to New York City to enter literature has but one thing to do, provided he has studied carefully his field in advance. He must go straight to Madison Square, write an article about the sparrows […]

  Marble Collegiate Church, “America’s Hometown Church,” at 29th Street and Fifth Avenue in NoMad New York is the oldest corporation in the United States. It is an amazing landmark and another great destination for New York history in the neighborhood of NoMad. Marble Collegiate Church is also the oldest Protestant organization in North America with continuous service for 382 […]

The NoMad District pops up all over the history of New York literature including Thomas Mallon’s Two Moons… By the time Madison Square appeared, like a great frozen plain, he could move with only a quarter the speed he’d had starting out. But Roscoe Conkling would make it across this last expanse and into The Hoffman House, whose outline, behind the great […]