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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Use your Perks Card to access deals and discounts at restaurants, businesses, cultural institutions and for services throughout the neighborhood. Check the Perks Page to see all of the current deals. Click here to offer a Partnership Perk or to request a Perks Card

As always; follow us on Twitter at @holidayinnlic and Like us on Facebook today!

A New Year is Upon Us

Ringing in the New Year is always exciting, from house parties to quiet dinners, everyone across the globe has their way of celebrating. In case you should find yourself without a plan this chilly New Year’s Eve, see one of our suggestions below and ring the new year in right. As always, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Happy Holidays to you and yours – Holiday Inn Manhattan View.

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Manhattan

Watch the Ball Drop in Times Square

42nd to 47th Streets between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Midtown – free

Run Through Central Park at Midnight

Race starts on the 72nd Street Transverse inside Central Park – $60 for NYRR members and $65 for non-members

Go Clubbing, ‘Jersey Shore’ Style

AMC 34th Street, 312 W. 34th St Chelsea – $55 including open bar – your ticket gets you into the after-hours party at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., beginning at 2am

Party Into New Year’s Day at Webster Hall

125 E. 11th Street, East Village – $50 general admission to the after hours party beginning at 3:30am

Antibalas Afrobeat at SOB’s – 204 Varick Street – TriBeCa – $40 in advance

Brooklyn

Watch the Prospect Park Fireworks

Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights – Free

Get in the Afrobeat Groove at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg – $60 in advance, $70 on New Year’s Eve

Rock-n-Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg – $40 at the door

Queens

Toast 2014 in an Astoria Beer Garden

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria – $80 per person

Breathe in the New Year with Yoga and Meditation

The Giving Tree Yoga Studio, 22-56 31st St., Astoria – $25, $5 for members

The Bronx

Dance All Night at Salsa Con Fuego

2297 Cedar., University Avenue – free admission

Staten Island

Have Family-Friendly Fun at the Staten Island Children’s Museum

1000 Richmond Terrace, Randall Manor – Free with museum admission, $6 for people 1 year old or older

Winter Wonderland

The holiday season brings out the joy in all of us and the memories created are almost never forgotten. As we prepare to spend these memorable days with family and friends, we at Holiday Inn Manhattan View would like to wish you all many merry days.

Largest Gingerbread Village in the World

“GingerBread Lane” is a 1.5-ton, 300-square-foot village, currently on display at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has been named the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records.

The village consists of 160 houses made completely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy, was created by Jon Lovitch and has been on display since November.

GingerBread Lane will be on display through January 12 from Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm, and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm.

Donate clothing and toys this holiday season

The Queens Courier will be collecting toys and clothing to be donated this year to the Queens Centers for Progress’ Apple Preschool in Jamaica for their annual holiday gift drive.

The Apple Preschool program offers children with disabilities between three to five years old a large variety of educational and therapeutic services, including speech, occupational and physical therapy and counseling.

The Apple Preschool is asking for new, unused and unwrapped donations for their students, 31 girls and 52 boys between the ages of three and four.

Donations can be dropped off at The Queens Courier’s office, located at 38-15 Bell Boulevard in Bayside or at People’s United Bank branches in Glendale and Long Island City.

Book Early and Save!

Book a stay with us at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View between December 19 – 25 and save 14%. Contact us for more information on this great promotion.

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Thanksgivukkah, Macy’s Parade and More

thanksgivukkah_largelogo2_icontextAside from preparing for the once in a lifetime crossing of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, spending quality time with family and friends is always something to look forward to. Enjoy a well thought out meal, relax on the couch for an afternoon of football, or travel to an exotic destination if that’s more your speed.

Staying in town or visiting New York City? The 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is a must see. Giant balloon floats, marching bands from around the country all line up to mesmerize the spectators. Hitting the streets of Manhattan since 1924, this magical event never gets old and is a huge staple of the holidays in New York City. Watch the parade live from your hotel or on the parade route if you’re in town or tune in to NBC.

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The Macy’s Parade begins at 9 am on Thursday and lasts for about three hours, kicking off at 77th Street and Central Park West on the southeast corner of the American Museum of Natural History and ending at 7th Avenue and 34th Street.

 

Get acquainted with your local businesses

small_business_saturday1The Long Island City Business Community has some exciting upcoming events, making this holiday weekend all the more exciting. American Express is sponsoring Small Business Saturday on November 30 where small businesses throughout the city and country are offering special deals, which get cross-promoted through the Amex program. The promo can also be customized for individual businesses or neighborhoods using resources provided on the Small Business Saturday website.

Take advantage of a free ride

Headquartered in Long Island City, Uber, an app-based car service company is also coordinating promotions through their offer of free rides to Queens on November 29, 30 and December 1. Uber is looking to partner with local restaurants, café’s, bars, etc. Businesses would offer a deal that could be accessed when patrons show their Uber receipt to Queens. They will be actively promoting the businesses to the 300K+ New Yorkers who use their service as a preferred Uber partner.

And 8 local restaurants are participating in a food-tasting crawl on Saturday, Nov 30 – come out and show your support!

Other exciting events

Clean-the-world

Holiday Inn Manhattan View LIC has joined the Clean the World foundation. The organization is committed to the prevention of death caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease across the globe. Clean the World recycles donated soap and shampoo so those less fortunate can practice good personal hygiene and hand washing.

LIC Flea Market opens in December and runs three weekends in December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 days and hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 6pm

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @holidayinnlic and Like us on Facebook!