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.