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Harry’s New York Bar

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Every year while in New York, my boyfriend and I make it a point to stop into the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel located on 59th Street.  I love stepping inside the Park Lane’s beautiful lobby with its grand winding staircases, red antique rugs, and twinkling crystal chandeliers.  I don’t know what it is about the Park Lane that I like so much, as it is not the grandest of New York hotels.  Though I do believe it is the friendliest.  Despite once being owned by Leona Helmsley, aka the “Queen of Mean”, the hotel’s lobby is warm and inviting and the staff is extremely friendly.  Walking into the Park Lane feels more like walking into a friend’s home than a hotel.  I just love it!  The hotel was first owned by New York billionaire Harry Helmsley.  When he passed away in 1997, he left his entire $5.5 billion dollar fortune to his wife Leona.  Part of that fortune included the Park Lane Hotel.   After Harry’s death, Leona kept a duplex apartment at the Park Lane and would frequently be seen in the lobby and restaurant.  When Leona died, she left $12 million to her Maltese poodle named Trouble.  After it was made public that the dog was worth a fortune, Trouble started to receive death threats and security (for the dog) had to be hired at a cost of $100,000 per year!  LOL  I am not kidding. 

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 This year, on our last day in New York, I happened to poke my head into Harry’s, the Park Lane Hotel bar, to see if it looked like a cool place to grab a drink.  While poking around I struck up a conversation with a cocktail waitress who told me that the bar is somewhat of a celeb hang out.  So, of course, I dragged my parents and boyfriend back there later that night to grab a drink and do some star stalking.  🙂  Sadly, while stalking Harry’s we did not spot any celebs.  According to our cocktail waitress, though, both John Voight and Keanu Reeves had made an appearance at Harry’s the previous night.  Apparently John Voight is something of a regular and always visits Harry’s when he’s in town.  Unfortunately, as much as I begged her, our waitress couldn’t remember the names of the other celebs who had frequented Harry’s in the past.  New Yorkers crack me up – it seems that none of them really care all that much about celebrities.  LOL 

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Even though we didn’t spot any celebs, Harry’s was still a very cool place to grab a drink and I highly recommend stalking it.  With it’s dark wood paneling and long marble bar, Harry’s definitely evokes a feeling of Old New York and it was the perfect place to spend our last night in the Big Apple.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Harry’s New York Bar is located on the second floor of the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel which is situated at 36 Central Park South in New York.

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“He Tied Me to a Chair and Stole My Car!”

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On Thanksgiving my mom and I did a little stalking in South Pasadena – we aren’t much for football games or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  🙂  Anyway, one of the places we stalked was John Voight’s home from the movies National Treasure  and National Treasure : Book of Secrets.  Mike, from MovieShotsLA , had found the house long ago, but I had yet to go out and stalk it.

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In the first National Treasure, Nicolas Cage, along with his cohorts Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha (LOVE him!!), show up at this house, which is supposedly located in Philadelphia, carrying a stolen copy of the Declaration of Independence.  After using lemon juice and heat to uncover a code located on the back of the historical document, the trio tie John Voight to a chair and steal his car.  LOL  The house also shows up a few times in the second National Treasure  movie.

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When I first saw National Treasure, I remember thinking that John Voight’s house looked like a Pasadena house, despite the writing that appears onscreen which says otherwise (pictured above).  LOL  Sure enough, I was right.  The white clapboard residence does have an East Coast feel to it, though, which is probably why the producers chose it.  Pasadena is chock full of Colonial style homes like this one, and many of them have made appearances in movies, such as the Father of the Bride  house, the Mr. and Mrs. Smith  house, and the Catch Me If You Can  house

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Seeing so many similar Pasadena houses appearing in movies really makes me wonder what makes producers choose one over another.  While the National Treasure  house is very cute in person, for some reason the two octagon shaped windows located above the front door kind of creep me out.  I guess someone on the location team liked them, though.  🙂     

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The National Treasure house is located at 1030 Buena Vista Avenue in South Pasadena, just down the street from Lady Heather’s house.

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