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.


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


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.


  • 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!

Holiday Inn Manhattan View Celebrates July 4th

Holiday Inn Manhattan View Celebrates July 4th

Come celebrate with us!

That sound of whistles and whoops you may be hearing from where you are right now is coming from Long Island City…and all along the Queens’ side of the East River.  Yes! We are ecstatic and triumphant here at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View, as we know our guests, (hmm, and the staff) after too many July 4th holidays on the Hudson, will join with eastside New Yorkers for the spectacle.

WJuly 4th in NYCith the Brooklyn Bridge as the heart of the evening’s high-flying production, Macy’s has planned an unforgettable display that brings out our love of America. The display will be even more stupendous when the pyrotechnics are also set off from barges in the East River.  The show officially starts at 9pm, with the anticipation building through late afternoon.

Long Island City will offer an ideal viewing site.  And our guests will be well protected should the weatherman pull a mean one and rain on our fireworks parade! You can plan a full day doing what you gotta-do, relax in the Holiday Inn Manhattan View with old and new friends, then celebrate. With a radio or TV turned on, holiday themed music brings the celebration to an unforgettable peak.

All holiday weekend there’ll be so much happening—as there always is in New York City. The brand new LIC Art Bus—FREE, Saturdays and Sundays—started this month of May and our guests will be treated to a whole-art experience on summer weekends.  And Sunday, July 6, 11am-6pm, there’s the Astoria Festival. Your July 4th  week or weekend, overflowing with Selfies and souvenirs, with the Holiday Inn Manhattan View for your choice hotel, will last for many great-holidays.

For great rates, book your stay with us.


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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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


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


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

Craft Beer Takes New York!

It’s no secret that craft beer has seen explosive growth across America. There are now more than 2,500 breweries either in operation or about to open, and the country’s taste for full, flavorful beers only continues to grow. That trend towards artisanal beer is sweeping through New York City, too, where a number of breweries and many fantastic beer bars are now operating to great success. Some are even right here in Long Island City

craft-beer-photoAlewife  is among the most celebrated beer bars in Long Island City, Queens. Featuring nearly 30 great beers on draft and an impressively creative food menu, it’s a stop that will satisfy anyone, beer lover or not.

Another impressive Long Island City eatery is John Brown Smokehouse, which features great BBQ and a small but carefully cultivated selection of craft beers on tap.

New on the scene but already winning raves for its food is Alobar,  another great establishment not far from Holiday Inn Manhattan View. Their craft beer menu is short but each choice is a winner, and their food is excellent.

Queens is even getting its own breweries! Queens Brewery will soon be opening its doors, while nearby, Singlecut Beersmiths are making a name for themselves as a great new brewery in the area. Throw in great craft brewers in nearby Brooklyn such as Sixpoint and the legendary Brooklyn Brewery and it’s clear that New York is quickly becoming a great beer city – all of it easily accessible from Holiday Inn Manhattan View!

If you’re staying at a hotel in New York City, be sure to check out the city’s great craft beer scene. And be sure to visit us on Facebook!