Festival Flair in New York City

New York City embodies a lively, dynamic and engaging spirit of street fairs and art exhibitions – and this month, when the weather is delightful for walking around city streets, you can explore and absorb the cool vibe at every corner. Combine visits to several of these experiences into a stay with us at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View. A convenient subway ride from our hotel delivers you into the heart of the action! Below is just a snapshot of the countless fairs and festivals around us this fall for you to consider.

New York’s largest independent exhibition, the annual Governors Island Art Fair showcases the vision of 100 individuals who are each given a single room (in an abandoned military barracks) to present their artistic form – including paintings, photography, sculpture, installation, video and sound art. Organized by 4heads, the exhibition takes place Saturdays and Sundays between September 6 and 28. Admission is free.

Considered a “sidewalk show,” the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, opened this past weekend and continues September 6-7. Situated on the sidewalks of University Place in Greenwich Village, this outdoor exhibit is a wonderful display of fine arts (such as graphics, mixed media, watercolor and sculpture), jewelry, metal work, ceramics, fiber, wood and more.

Both the beginning and the end of September delivers added excitement to Sixth Avenue with the Sixth Avenue Festival on September 6 (between Houston Street and Waverly Place) and the Sixth Avenue Fair on September 27 (between 42 and 56th streets). There’s food, arts, crafts and much more for the entire family to enjoy.

Among the best-loved festivals on the west side of the city – thanks to fantastic entertainment, delicious food and exquisite crafts – the 38th annual Columbus Avenue Festival is slated for September 21 between 68th and 86th streets.

If you’re seeking an unrivaled selection of treasures and bargains, head to the New York City Big Flea Market September 27-28 at Pier 94 in Manhattan. You can peruse over 600 booths of one-of-a-kind finds.

The number of street fairs, festivals, art exhibitions and cultural events within our reach is endless. Check out TimeOut New York and SocialEyesNYC for more calendar listings.

Fun in the Sun at New York Beaches

We’re near the end of summer but there is still time to hit the many beaches in New York before Labor Day. And, the Holiday Inn Manhattan View is a conveniently situated home base as you explore many of these stunning, sunny shores!  

It’s no surprise that Jones Beach State Park is one of New York’s most popular beaches. You can swim in the Atlantic Ocean, walk or run along the boardwalk, go fishing, have a picnic, and so much more.  

Past Jones Beach in Long Island is Robert Moses State Park where five miles of gorgeous sand and ocean breezes beckon beach-goers to relax, relax, relax.   

Popularized by the popular Ramones’ song, Rockaway Beach in Queens features a beautiful beach, playgrounds and more. The city did a great job of reviving the beach following Hurricane Sandy.  

The Coney Island experience for many embodies not just this Brooklyn beach but also tons of thrills on rides and attractions in the amusement area (home of the Cyclone rollercoaster), and a meal at the original Nathan’s.  

Don’t forget a day-trip to the tony Hamptons, car-free Fire Island or breathtaking Montauk. They are iconic New York!  

Once summer is over, you can still discover many of these beaches through the fall and winter. Better yet, make a trip during multiple seasons and consider the differences – from the look of the sky and sand to the power of the waves.  

We only mentioned a few of the gems along our extensive New York coastline that we are fortunate to have so close to our home. As a great guide, check out a story from Time Out New York highlighting the top 10 beaches in New York City.  

Be sure to visit our hotel concierge who can advise you on the best way to reach your beach destination via subway, the Long Island Railroad or car.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Takes to the Water This Weekend

A celebration of Chinese culture is taking place in our home borough of Queens this weekend – the 24th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival comes to Flushing Meadows Corona Park (at Meadow Lake) Saturday, August 9 to Sunday, August 10. It’s another great opportunity to explore the rich ethnic kaleidoscope of New York City while you’re staying with us at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View!

Rain or shine, the event is happening from 9 am to 5 pm – and it’s free! Plus, our hotel is located just a 15-minute drive from Flushing Meadows or you can ride the 7 subway (the station is just a few blocks from us).

The annual multi-cultural experience – highlighted by more than 120 colorful and customized teak dragon boats from across North America, Chinese food, and performances of music, dance and martial arts – offers a window into the intriguing traditions of the country.

Click here for more information about the history of the festival, and explore the full schedule of events so you can plan your visit.

And, if the boat festival inspires you to take in more Chinese culture, ask our concierge to point you in the direction of amazing local restaurants or other experiences that will decidedly enrich your stay with us.

Happy Mardi Gras!!!

It’s Fat Tuesday!! Looking for a place to celebrate tonight?! Check out the list below for suggestions!

Virgil’s Real Barbecue: featuring Dixie Voodoo Lagers and Virgil’s Hurricanes 152 W. 44th St.

Feast: featuring a prix fixe menu $68 per person, $104 per person with wine parings. Reservations recommended. 102 Third Ave

Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room: featuring crispy alligator and spiced Louisiana redfish. Reservations recommended. 6 W. 24th St.

Bourbon Street Bar & Grill: featuring face painting, hurricanes, po’boys and chicken and sausage jambalaya. 346 W. 46th St.

W New York – Downtown: featuring the Taylor Bird Sazerac and King Cake. 123 Washington St.

DBGB Kitchen & Bar: featuring a plethora of beads and unlimited Abita beer and family-style feast. 299 Bowery

Catfish: featuring baked crawfish mac and cheese, shrimp and grits and vegan ratatouille. 1433 Bedford Ave., Crown Heights

MexiBBQ: featuring potent tequila and bourbon cocktails. 1633 Second Avenue. and 37-11 30th Ave. Queens

Louro: featuring Creole-style fare that includes okra hush puppies, frog legs and more. 142 W. 10th St.

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Fast February!

February in its entirety now seems like a blur. During this short month, we’ve seen everything from crazy snowstorms to the Olympics to political controversy.  In case this month was a blur for you as well, here’s a recap.

black-history-month-250px The Smithsonian Museum celebrates Black History Month by hosting events throughout the month.

Jason Collins, center for the Brooklyn Nets is the first openly gay NBA player.

 

NYC Restaurant Week runs February 17 through March 7

UnknownWinter Olympics in Sochi, Russia February 7 – 23. US took home 28 medals.

Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden February 10 – 11. Westminster-Kennel-Cl_Desk_20130212074255_640_480

 

Toy Industry Association Toy Fair at the Javits Center

Jimmy Fallon became the new host of The Tonight Show on February 17.

Seth Myers’ new Late Night show aired February 24.

Lots of snow! NYC and surrounding areas saw more than 60 inches of snow. Central_Park_under_snow,_NYC,_February_2010

Super Bowl 2014!

Let the fun begin! Super Bowl weekend in New York City is going to be more than amazing. If you’re in town make sure you add these fun events to your list.

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1. Times Square’s Super Bowl Boulevard on Jan. 29-Feb. 1

For the four days before the Super Bowl, GMC is turning much of Times Square into a winter wonderland devoted to all things football. Take a ride down the 180-foot-long tobaggan run, check out Macy’s video projections of NFL footage, or take a picture with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

DETAILS: 12pm-10pm; free; Broadway between 34th and 44th Sts.; nfl.com

2. The Puppy Bowl Experience at Discovery Times Square on Jan. 27-Feb. 1

For those who care more about the puppy halftime show than the game itself, Discovery Times Square is providing you a chance to get up close and personal with the adorable athletes. Learn about the history of the puppy bowl and watch some real-time competition on the field, then consider bringing home a furry friend of your own at one of the onsite adoption events.

DETAILS: hours vary; free; 226 W 44th St.; discoverytsx.com

3. DirecTV’s Celebrity Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on Feb. 1st

While many Super Bowl events are invite-only, this star-studded beach football is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis (so get there early). Watch celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, Tracy Morgan and Guy Fieri square off against NFL stars like Joe Montana and Deion Sanders; then enjoy a post-game performance from pop-rock giant Paramore. Evening brings a VIP concert; past headliners include Justin Timberlake, Usher and Katy Perry, so you know it’s going to be big.

DETAILS: 10am-4pm; free; Pier 40, 353 West St.; facebook.com/directv/

4. Shape and Men’s Fitness Super Bowl Party at Cipriani on 42nd Street on Jan. 31

Mary J. Blige, John Legend and  Marc Anthony are slated to perform at a swanky, 800-person sit-down dinner. American stand-up comedian Jeff Ross emcees, and there will be a fashion show put on by Czech model Petra Nemcova. Tickets are available to the general public, but they’ll cost you …

DETAILS: 7pm-11:30pm; $1,500 per seat; 110 E 42nd St.; wf-site.com

5. Bud Light Hotel at Pier 86 on Jan. 30-Feb. 2

A few thousand lucky VIPs, business associates of Bud Light and contest winners are about to spend four days living it up on this decked-out cruise ship complete with guest rooms, late-night dance parties, and a 300,000-square-foot event space. The Foo Fighters, The Roots and Imagine Dragons each headline their respective nights, with a tailgate party on Sunday.

DETAILS: 24/7; free with invite; Pier 88, W 48th St. and 12th Ave.; budlighthotel.com

6. ESPN Super Bowl party at Pier 36 on Jan. 31

Another invite-only concert, ESPN’s 10th annual Super Bowl bash features twerking connoisseur Robin Thicke and thoughtful rapper Kendrick Lamar alongside the DJing talents of Jermaine Dupri.

DETAILS: 9pm; free with invite; Pier 36 (299 South St.)

7. The 50 Yard Lounge and Jets House at 1 Penn Plaza on Jan. 29-Feb.2

For those willing to shell out for the VIP experience, the 50 Yard Lounge and Jets House is an appealing option. The food aspect is emphasized, with celebrity chefs including “Iron Chefs” Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Forgione. Come hungry and thirsty to get your money’s worth. There will also be pro-athletes galore, celebrated mixologists and musical guests TBA.

DETAILS: 9am-3am; $400 per day; One Penn Plaza; 50yardlounge.com

8. Leather and Laces at Liberty Square Theater on Jan. 31-Feb. 1

For 11 years now, the Leather and Laces Super Bowl party has given regular Joes the chance to rub elbows with Victoria’s Secret angels and celebrities … provided they could afford the ticket price. This year’s proceedings are being hosted by the crazy beautiful Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Brooklyn Decker and Bar Rafaeli, with performances from magicians and select members of Cirque de Soleil, plus complimentary sushi and “specialty desserts.” Sexy!

DETAILS: 10pm-4am; from $950; 234 W. 42nd St.; leatherandlaces.com

9. Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers on Feb. 1

Amateur bowlers will team up with NFL players, members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Wounded Warriors Project to compete in this tournament benefiting the non-profit NFL foundation. Each bowler will go home with a limited edition Super Bowl XLVIII  commemorative Bowling Ball, pin and shirt, and everyone is free to sample the “NY/NJ neighborhood of foods” buffet, as well as to attend the auction.

DETAILS: registration 10am, first ball 12pm; $750 to bowl, $250 to watch; Pier 60 (23rd St. and the West Side Highway); nynjsuperbowl.com

10. Gospel Celebration starring Patti LaBelle at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 31

Those looking to get a little last-minute prayer in before placing a bet on the game might consider this giant gospel concert headlined by none other than Patti LaBelle, plus Natalie Grant, Tamela Mann and more. The officially sanctioned celebration donates a portion of its proceeds to charity; this year it’s St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

DETAILS: 7:30pm; from $58; 7th Ave and 32nd St.; superbowlgospel.com

11. VH1′s Super Bowl Blitz Concert Series on Jan. 27-Feb. 1 in NYC

VH1 is taking things to the next level this year with a series of concerts around the city. On Monday, Jan. 27, J. Cole kicks things off in Queens, followed by Janelle Monae in the Bronx on Jan. 28, Fall Out Boy in Brooklyn on Jan. 29, TLC in Manhattan on Jan. 30, the Goo Goo Dolls in Staten Island on Jan. 31 and Gavin DeGraw in New Jersey on Feb. 1. Don’t despair if you can’t score tickets, as the shows will be streaming live on VH1.

DETAILS: various times; various prices; various locations; vh1.com

12. BrisketTown Super Tailgate Bowl-B-Cue at Villain on Feb. 2nd

If the sight of the pigskin makes you want to eat an actual pig, put on your fat pants and get thee to Villain, where Williamsburg’s Brisket Town is hosting an evening of beer, barbecue, and Big Game watchin’. A mere $55 gets you your first drink and a big pile o’ meat, while $99 renders your drinks unlimited.

DETAILS: 4pm-10pm; from $55; 50 N 3rd St., Brooklyn; briskettowntailgate.com

Take a bite out of something sweet!

Extend your healthy habits beyond January!

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Cassandra Bodzak

 

Health guru Cassandra Bodzak is on a mission to get everyone healthy, happy and having their cake and eating it, too. Bodzak, 26, is a health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and also runs GoSweetandSkinny.com, a website filled with yummy recipes, helpful tips and information.

The Long Island City resident, originally from New Jersey, has a passion for teaching others how to practice a healthy lifestyle and how to achieve it without strict diets and extreme weight loss.

Bodzak started to blog her recipes and tips and spreading the word that healthy does not mean being on a restrictive diet, but that healthy is simply eating clean foods and mindfulness and Bodzak puts a big emphasis on selecting foods that are local, organic and GMO-free.

If you are interested in a free 30-minute breakthrough session which serves as an introduction for both the potential client and the coach, to see if you are compatible, contact Bodzak here. For more information on the Jumpstart 2014 program, or to sign up for the free newsletter, including recipies and information, visit http://www.gosweetandskinny.com

New Long Island City banners hit the Streets street flag

LIC Partnership’s Banner Program brightens the streets and promotes vitality of Long Island city. The banners highlight the diversity of LIC’s community throughout their featured messaging: “Visit”, “Live”, “Work”, and “Create”. Contact the LIC Partnership organization for more information.

 

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