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Introducing the Barclay the Bee Comic Book

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About Barclay the Bee

About Barclay the Bee

Barclay is a honeybee that lives on the rooftop of the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel. The hotel believes in supporting a healthy environment. That is why it has invited honeybee colonies or hives, to live on its rooftop next to the hotel’s garden. Giving Barclay and her mates a home helps them pollinate the city’s flowers and trees to keep our city’s nature healthy.

The Other Characters

Barclay has many different neighbors in her hive and in the hives next door – each has a job to do! She also encounters all kinds of people, creatures and pollinators in the streets, parks and rooftops of New York. Here are some of the delightful characters that populate Barclay’s world.

Barclay the Bee


Cami the Bee


Cami is a forager honey bee. This position is reserved for the oldest in the hive. She helps Barclay on her first foraging mission.


Lily is a friendly butterfly who also pollinates flowers. Lily lives on her own so she doesn’t have to gather nectar for later.

Lily the Butterfly

The Wasp

The Wasp

The wasp does some pollination, but will attack weak hives and rob them too.


Sam is Barclay’s younger friend, whose job it is to make honey. Since Barclay did this job when she was younger, she shows Sami what to do.

Sam the Bee

Queen Bee

The Queen Bee

The Queen Bee is the mother of most of the bees in the hive. She lays lots of eggs, one per cell. She is attended to by worker bees who help feed her and take care of all her needs.

Nurse Bees

Nurse bees, like Jamie, are responsible for putting food into the cells for the growing baby bees and keeping them warm. Other bees also have their own jobs and together they maintain the hive.

Nurse Bee

Worker Bees

Worker Bees

Worker bees do different jobs at different times in their life, like clean the hive, circulate air and build and maintain the honeycomb.

Guard Bees

Guard bees protect the hive from intruders, like wasps and ants, and only allow family members and lost bees to enter.

Guard Bee

Barclay the Bee

About Pollination

Pollination is the process of distributing pollen to plants to help them grow and multiply. It makes sure that plants produce full-bodied fruit and a full set of healthy seeds. Pollination happens when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, or other animals, or by the wind.

Why is Pollination Important?

Pollination helps many of these plants to produce plentiful and well-formed fruit Many vegetables and fruits grown in Community gardens and “Urban Farms” are insect pollinated for example: zucchini, squash, pumpkins, melons, cucumbers.

Barclay the Bee

Barclay the Bee

Are Pollinators in Trouble?

There is evidence that pollinators have suffered from loss of a place to live, chemical misuse, diseases and parasites. It is important for all of us to support honeybees and other pollinators!

About 11 months ago by Barbara Bahny |  No Comments   comment

Barclay Holiday Vocal Arts Celebration Schedule 2013

The InterContinental New York Barclay’s fifth annual free live choral program is one of New York’s most comprehensive, with a wide array of exciting vocal ensembles from the New York metropolitan area. Over a dozen choral performances take place weeknights from December 2 through 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please join us in celebrating the sounds of music in the elegant grandeur of the Barclay’s famous lobby.

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December 2 – Uncommon Chord
Pop-jazz vocal ensemble in New York City comprised of accomplished vocalists who sing contemporary music for the love of it

December 3 – The Canticum Novum Singers
Chamber choir recognized for its stylistic versatility, vocal blend, and expressive range.

December 4 – Voices of Gotham
Barbershop Chorus in New York City, we are an all male a cappella chorus and a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society

December 5 – New York City Master Chorale
Trained musicians from the greater New York City area, performs a full range of musical styles at the highest level of quality.

December 6 – PS 150 Select Chorus
A premiere New York young person’s chorus

December 9 – The SymphoNY Chorus
Choir with a passion for sacred and holiday music.

December 10 – Big Apple Chorus
“Extraordinary group of ordinary men” with New York attitude, love of Broadway, in its 26th year.

December 11- Holy Trinity Select Choir
High school ensemble performs classical to pop music, have appeared at Radio City.

December 12 – Harmony Celebration Chorus
An exciting women’s ensemble which sings four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.

December 13 – Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Chamber Chorus
A group of 25 singers performing a cappella ensemble music from FSSA founded by Tony Bennett.

December 16 – Greenwich Village Chamber Singers
Known for originality and diversity of its programming and the beauty of its sound.

December 17 – Khorikos
A cappella ensemble dedicated to distinctive interpretations of musical works ranging from medieval polyphony to contemporary sound sculpture.

December 18 – Sirens of Gotham
A fresh take on women’s a cappella and member of Manhattan chapter of Sweet Adelines International.

December 19 – The Renaissance Street Singers
Performing of 15th and 16th century sacred music.

December 20 – Big Apple Chorus
“Extraordinary group of ordinary men” with New York attitude, love of Broadway, in its 26th year.

December 23 – MORE Opera Holiday Choral Ensemble
Ensemble of opera singers performing holiday music from around the world.

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Barclay Now TripAdvisor GreenLeader and #1 NY Green Hotel

InterContinental New York Barclay is now a “Gold level” GreenLeader in the new TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program. The program helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations  across the U.S.

facadewithbikecabAdditionally, the hotel is currently ranked as the #1 Green Hotel in New York on TripAdvisor® – a nod to the InterContinental New York Barclay’s assertive sustainability program which includes 100% wind powered energy, organic, seasonal, natural or local food, waste management to include onsite composting, recycling and reduced paper, compact fluorescent bulb lighting, roof top garden with honeybee maintenance, and an energetic variety of volunteer, mentorship and charitable efforts.

Chefs on the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel Rooftop Garden

According to TripAdvisor, GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site.  Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.Intercontinental Barclay is a TripAdvisor GreenLeader Hotel

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.

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Imbibing for Trees! Organic Spirits at Barclay Bar

Did you know that Barclay Bar offers a 45-bottle strong 100% USDA approved organic wine and spirits menu?

In partnering with the Green Bar Collective, http://www.greenbar.biz , the InterContinental New York Barclay aims to conserve the environment. Using certified organic ingredients, the spirits offered at the hotel help to maintain clean farmland and groundwater, and prevents adding artificial fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or genetically modified organisms to the world.

The menu includes organic versions of Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Whisky, Rye, liquors, cordials, wine, dessert wine and beer, prices start at $8. Some of the spirits included are TRU and Square One Organic Vodkas, Lion’s Pride Whiskey and Art in the Age of Root, Fonseca Port Wine and Bonterra Organic, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, California. The wines and spirits are packaged in lightweight bottles and 100% post consumer waste recycled labels help to reduce packaging pollution.

bottles on shelf

For each bottle purchased by the hotel through the Green Bar Collective, one tree is planted in the rainforests of Central America. This helps provide not only carbon absorption, but also shade for fair trade crops of coffee and cacao local farmers and their families. Additionally, for each cocktail purchased, a donation is made by the InterContinental New York Barclay toward the creation of a clean water job initiative fund.


The menu and organic cocktail selection is available at The Barclay Bar and for private banquet events.

The bar is currently featuring four organic cocktails ($15 each) which are not only all natural, local and organic, but visually evocative of natural earth cycles.

These include Sunny Day ($15) made with Organic Coconut and Aloe Water, Organic Square One Vodka and Organic Agave Nectar. The cocktail looks like a sunny day in its glass with a “ground” of organic chocolate, a micro-green planted as a “tree” solidified in a base of organic gelatin, while the cocktail is topped with a “sky” of organic blue foam and organic lemon twist. Other cocktails receiving a similar elaborate organic treatment are the organic Honey Drop, the fruity Ooh La La and the Full Moon ($15) which depicts the solstice moon, and features Organic Mint, Organic Square One Vodka, Organic Chocolate abstract, Organic Agave Nectar. This one has similar base to the Sunny Day, but is dark in hue and garnished with an organic Marshmallow.

A Sunny Day orgnic cocktail, created by mixologist Jose Torrella at Barclay Bar ($15)

A Sunny Day cocktail, created by mixologist Jose Torrella at Barclay Bar ($15)

Organic spirit created by mixologist Jose Torrella, available at Barclay Bar ($15)

Created by mixologist Jose Torrella, available at Barclay Bar ($15)

About 2 years ago by Barbara Bahny |  No Comments   comment

Service to Others in the Wake of Sandy:A Sense of Community Prevails

Hailed as the largest storm the Atlantic has ever seen, Hurricane Sandy left thousands without homes, power and water.

New York City shutdown on Sunday, October 28th, 2012 in anticipation of the storm.  The surges rose up to several feet in much of Lower East Side and downtown Manhattan in a matter of minutes.  Though Manhattan did not sustain the worst parts of the storm, there were several scenes of despair noted throughout the duration of the storm.

An 80-ton crane dangling from a construction site in Midtown Manhattan from extreme wind.


An apartment in Chelsea destroyed from the storm.

Subway stations flooded.

At our hotel, we were fortunate enough to have power throughout the duration of the storm and provide a place of refuge for several New Yorkers and their families.

A complimentary children’s entertainment room and indoor dog park was provided throughout the days that followed Hurricane Sandy for our patrons traveling with children and pets.  The children particularly took to Magician John Born.

We didn’t forget about Halloween!  Facepainting and lobby trick-or-treating was available for our younger guests.

The fact that our hotel was able to provide a “home-away-from-home” to many of our guests during Hurricane Sandy is a true testament to the amazing, dedicated staff of the InterContinental New York Barclay.

Here are some guest comments from our Facebook page:








Our employees are more than just colleagues.  They are true heroes.  Several team members came into work on Sunday, many leaving their families at home, and stayed on property through Thursday to ensure that our guests were well taken care of.  We are so proud of our Barclay heroes for a job well done!

Colleagues at the Barclay and at our sister property, InterContinental Times Square, even took catnaps between shifts to offer around-the-clock-service.

It is truly inspiring to see everyone come together in the face of tragedy.  Our parent company, IHG, has already opened our Corporate Responsibility initiative, Shelter in The Storm Program.


This program is built up through fundraising activities in our hotels and corporate offices throughout the year and enables us to respond as soon as disaster strikes (instead of waiting to raise funds after the fact) and provide vital assistance right away.  In addition, our hotel has partnered with Food Bank for New York to also help New Yorkers during this vital time.

If you would like to make a donation to either IHG’s Shelter in a Storm Program, click here: http://www.ihgplc.com/index.asp?pageid=853 and/or https://secure3.convio.net/fbnyc/site/Donation2?idb=1474389737&df_id=2781&2781.donation=form1

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