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.

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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.

U.S. Tennis Open 2014 August 25 – September 8

 

 

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Most of the world’s major tennis matches have been played so far this year. New champions’ names are added to the list of best-in-the-world. But until they play the US Open, it’s still game on! This year’s prize money has risen to a record $38.3 million, with $3 million awarded to each of the singles winners.  Time to make your plans for this very special week in New York City. Holiday Inn Manhattan View is a first-choice as your plans are finalized. Space is still available–book now!

Billy Jean King Stadium is a short 7.8 mile drive from the hotel. The famous Number 7 subway’s station is within a few blocks from the hotel, dropping our guests right at the stadium. Private transportation can be reserved, and as far in advance as possible. Our staff is always ready to assist, answer all questions relating to your US Open experience.

 

Don’t forget–you also have everything else in NYC to enjoy during your stay. Be in Midtown in minutes for Broadway shows, museums and shopping on your list.  Tennis usually starts at 11am and 7pm each day–your  schedule fits right in the middle!  Relax in our Rio Grande lounge area for big screen viewing as part of your Big Apple Day. So, book early, lock in your ideal US Open stay at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View.

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School’s Out! The Family’s Coming to New York City!

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Holiday Inn Manhattan View always takes pleasure in welcoming families to our hotel.  While that first encounter with our Front Desk associates may find tired kids and harried parents looking for credit cards or backpacks, by day two everyone is rested and anxious to see all the “great stuff” that is New York.   We share our own favorites, help with city subways and buses, give great hints on where to eat, how to save money, and where much needed breaks can also be special.  Of course, selecting the Holiday Inn Manhattan View is the first best-choice of the visit, assuring our guests comfort and convenience, spectacular city views, a chance to be part of a real city neighborhood…and affordable rates. Every visitor knows Manhattan’s  iconic highlights, but we’d like to recommend several special places and events of SUMMER 2014 in the Big Apple that could turn out to be among the best…and for all ages.  We start with our own corner of the city, Long Island City and Astoria, just across from Midtown Manhattan.

Try the neighborhood’s ethnic restaurants in   Astoria and Long Island City .

Our Palette of Suggestions for a Great Summer 2014:

Visit LIC Flea  and Astoria Flea, the largest outdoor markets in Queens. Vintage clothes, antiques, gifts, food, and more. Check on Facebook for the weekly special events. LIC Flea, each Saturday at 5-25 46th Ave, and Astoria Flea, every Sunday at Kaufman Astoria Studios– from 10AM to 6PM. Our Front Desk team will assist with information.

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  • Museum of the Moving Image  The USA’s  only museum dedicated to exploring the art, history, and technology of the moving image
  • The Queens Museum  Reborn, redesigned, our borough’s amazing museum
  • Electric Zoo   The annual electric museum 3-day events draws thousands of fans to Randall’s Island. (This is a biggie—not for the little kids)

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Chelsea art walk

 

For adults and pretty sophisticated kids, here’s a one-evening treat:

The multitude of Chelsea’s contemporary art galleries celebrates from 5-8pm on July 24,  featuring group exhibitions, artist talks, receptions and other special events. Enjoy a stroll along the High Line as part of the memorable experience, hopefully a breathtaking sunset over the Hudson River.  Restaurants and pubs align this neighborhood 16th to 29th streets, between 9th and 11th avenues.  

Have a great New York Visit,we look forward to welcoming you to the Holiday Inn Manhattan View!

Watching the World Cup in the Big Apple

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New York City–specifically the borough of Queens–has been declared the most ethnically diverse community in the world! No wonder World Cup 2014 frenzy has taken over, and we can boast our local fans from 100 nations, shouting out  in 138 languages, will be among the world’s noisiest. While competitive soccer is still a sport with much growth into the future in the USA, The World’s City will be the setting for a United Nations of Soccer. Eight groups and 32 teams are competing  in Brazil.

The Holiday Inn Manhattan View wants all our guests to have the best choices possible for viewing starting  today, and we offer many suggestions so that on each day of telecasting, visitors can still enjoy their sightseeing and shopping, then join fans in a convenient pub or beer garden or local ethnic bar of their own country. You can return to us and watch from “home” at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View. We have suggestions for all over the city. Of course, our local neighborhood pubs and restaurants are a great choice.

Our very own  Rio Grande Churrassaria will be opening the patio for soccer viewing and great dining. Please check  their  Facebook page and plan to enjoy World Cup viewing and Brazilian dining with us.

Our Queens neighborhood suggestions:

    Suggestions all over in Manhattan — Brooklyn — Queens:   

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Festivals and Fairs Celebrating Summer 2014

With this dreadful Polar Ice winter finally behind us and, so far, this spring a very mixed bag, we all—New Yorkers and Visitors—dream and long for an amazing summer, June through September, possibly October.  With so many local and citywide events planned, some part of a national effort, calendars are filling with urls, notes and plans. Can’t do them all, sometimes we can do even 2-3 on a particular.  The Holiday Inn Manhattan View has researched events for our guests with much pleasure.

The Long Island City Partnership Schedule of Events 2014

 

Celebrate Brooklyn!     June 4 – August 9

Prospect Park, BrooklynKicking off the 2014 Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Band shell’s season in intergalactic style and a free concert featuring Janelle Monaade on Wednesday, June 4. Star-studded line-up includes the R&B-soul-pop, reunited bluegrass superstars  Nickel  Creek, a tribute to jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, the otherworldly St. Vincent, as well as salsa, movies, dance, hip-hop, reggae,  jazz, rock, folk and much, much more.

Governors Island     May 24 – September 28

Weekdays, 10 AM to 6 PM. Weekends, Memorial Day and Labor Day, 10 AM to 7 PM.   2014 is filled with amazing events and the views from the island are spectacular.  Daily ferries from Lower Manhattan, from Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day.  $2.00 adult fare round trip.  Children under 12 free; seniors’ fares half price. Morning ferries (10 AM and 11 AM)  Saturdays and Sundays are free for all. No surcharge for bicycles. Tickets at the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan or Pier 6 in Brooklyn. Also available online in advance. Bring your bicycle or rent one on the island.  Free Bike Mornings: a new program allows visitors to borrow a bike free on Governors Island for up to one hour every weekday between 10 AM and noon.

Conception Long Island City Emerging Artists Festival      June 6 – 13

Long Island City Conception Events invites artists of all backgrounds to submit works for this exhibit. Celebrate “up and coming talent” to showcase them to as many people as possible. The Holiday Inn Manhattan View joins with other venues to make this a truly exceptional event.                                                 

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party      Saturday – Sunday   June 7–8  

Pit masters from NYC, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and other locations near and far descend on Madison Square Park for the annual lip-smacking food festival. In addition to some seriously tender vittles (only $9 a plate!), folks can enjoy live blues, rock and country music (and catch seminars on the art and science behind the brisket and ribs). Madison Square Park is always fun, set in a hip neighborhood just above the iconic Flatiron Building.

Museum Mile       Tuesday,  June 10       6 -9 PM

Museum Mile NYCDon’t miss this annual festival, offering free access to museums along 23 blocks of Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile during extended evening hours. The eight museums along the mile are El Museo del Barrio, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsoninan gardens (galleries closed for renovation), the Jewish Museum, the National Academy Museum, Neue Galerie and the Museum of the City of New York. Along with the opportunity to see some of the world’s finest art collections, the avenue is alive with international entertainment, live music, face painting chalk drawing and new events each year. Kicks off at 6pm, rain or shine. This is surely a yearly favorite with New Yorkers, and we love to share the experience and photo ops with everyone.

Summer Stage     June 17 – August 13

For more than 25 years, SummerStage has been the City’s preeminent outdoor concert series. A number of high-profile benefit shows fund a slate of more than 100 free performances, including readings by famous authors, opera, kid-friendly events, parties with bands from around the world and theatrical and dance productions. The festival remains in Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, but now, the sponsored concerts and events are performed in all five boroughs.

River to River Festival      June 19 – 29 

An annual arts festival since 2002, River To River has become a welcome feature of Lower Manhattan culture, providing lively way to experience the waterfronts, parks, plazas, hotels, historic landmarks, temporarily vacant office spaces, and other sites downtown.  Much has changed since that first season, with new venues and open spaces, performances for everyone in housing projects, parks, historic landmarks, along the waterfront and On Governors Island.  Come and socialize with the festival artists and everyone else!

Make Music Summer 2014     Saturday, June 21     10 AM – 10 PM

Now in its eighth year, called “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham” here is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City on the first day of summer, simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 726 cities around the world.  MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions. From hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock performing on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, in cemeteries, parks and gardens.

MoMA PS1 Warmup Saturday      June 28–September 6

Celebrating its 17th year, the museum’s highly anticipated outdoor music series will continue its tradition of introducing audiences to the best in experimental live music, sound, and DJs—both local and international—across a range of genres. Warm Up supports both established and emerging artists by creating a platform that allows for experimentation and provides a space for collaboration, new material, and side-projects.

Annual City of Water Day     Saturday, July 12    10 AM-4PM

Our city opens its stunning waterfront for all to celebrate.  Free ferry rides and boat tours, shoreline foods and hundreds of activities, music,  Governors Island celebrations.  Long Island City and New York share the day with New Jersey, just as we share the harbor. What a great day to plan for during your visit!

 

Bastille Day Week and Bastille Day Manhattan     Saturday, July 12

Bastille Day NY in Brooklyn      Sunday,    July 13 

Downtown Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan vie this day for the title of Biggest Bastille Day Bash, when the crowds storm the stands for crepes, pastis, pommes frites, fromages, éclairs, wines and beers…and lots of other treats.  Tri Coleurs flags are everywhere and there’s music! In Brooklyn, the heart of the festivities—the petanque tournament!  This is huge (well, for America and NYC) and bocce fans enjoy this French version that uses steel balls instead of wood.  It’s also French Restaurant Week in the city, with special celebration menus.

Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival      Saturday–Sunday   August 9-10

Held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, it has become a multicultural annual sporting event. 120 teams from across America participate, with the competitive race just part of a day celebrating the fifth month on the lunar calendar.  That means: traditional Chinese foods, performances, colorful souvenirs and a really special day of memories. Cash prizes and trophies for the winners,  and it’s free for everyone, with  a rain or shine promise for the day.

US Tennis Open     August 25 – September 8

The tennis greats from throughout the world challenge, and challenge again, as they move towards this final Grand Slam tournament of the year.  Careers take off or, unfortunately, fall apart at the US Open. If you can be there only during the early days, tickets can be very reasonable and viewers can watch several sets.  The last days of play—sell out, all thrills. An easy commute from the Holiday Inn Manhattan View.

 

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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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