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NYC Film Festival News

NYC Film Festival

September 30 through October 16, the NYC Film Festival gears up for its 54th year.  Put on by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, It’s a celebration of US and International filmmaking and features the best from celebrated filmmakers as well as new and emerging talent. It’s not only films, though – there are also panel discussions, talks with filmmakers, screenings of restored classics, and an Avant-Garde showcase, among other events. Read on for more information, including details for the biggest screening events.

Lincoln Center Film Society Schedule
The NYFF showcases featured screenings that represent the best of the event and the year’s most fascinating and engaging films, and the lion’s share of these are either world premieres or U.S. premieres. The main events are followed by invitation-only after-parties. Members of the Film Society at the Film Buff level get advance ticket access to these and more.

Opening Night
The Lincoln Center Film Society schedule starts up the whole film festival with a special, invitation-only screening of the Opening Night film selection. This year it’s the world premiere of Ava DuVernay’s The 13th, a documentary focusing on the U.S.’s long history of racial inequality and how this ties into the prison industry.

The featured film selected for screening during the Centerpiece event is Mike Mills’ 20th Century Woman.

The Revivals section of the festival showcases classic films, masterpieces, and never-before seen films from celebrated filmmakers that have been restored to their former glory.

Closing Night
Closing Night will feature James Gray’s The Lost City of Z and will end the festival on a high note.

The film festival is sure to be an exciting affair for film buffs and movie lovers alike. We invite you to stay with us at The Manhattan Club while you get your fill of great filmmaking.

Insider’s Guide to Popular NYC Attractions

Your New York City Getaway Guide

  Insider's guide to popular NYC attractions

There’s so much to do and see in NYC, it can be hard to limit your trip to just a few spots. Make it easier on yourself and check out our insider’s guide to popular NYC attractions.

Central Park
One of the most famous urban parks in the world, Central Park is an oasis of shady green trees in the midst of a concrete jungle. Just a few of the things you can do here include boating, taking in the Shakespeare and Conservatory gardens, having a picnic or a Frisbee toss on the Great Lawn, or taking a stroll along the Mall, a lane flanked by dozens of towering elm trees.

One World Observatory
Head to the top of the new One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, to experience One World Observatory. Here you can take in 360 degree, breathtaking views of the city.

The High Line
The High Line is an innovative park that sits above the city, along an elevated freight rail line. The park features scenic walks, lush gardens, open air cafés, food carts, art, and much more.

Rockefeller Center
Famous Rockefeller Center has it all: dining, attractions, events, and shopping. Tour Radio City Music Hall or NBC Studios. Head to the Top of the Rock for fantastic city views. Shop and dine, or visit the Channel Gardens.

Statue of Liberty
See America’s iconic landmark for yourself. The Statue of Liberty is a giant copper statue that symbolizes freedom and democracy. You can wander around inside the pedestal or climb up to the crown for a magnificent view.

Seaport District
The Seaport District describes itself as “a hub for cultural, dining, fashion, and entertainment experiences.” It’s not yet fully open to the public, but visitors can still enjoy great dining and shopping options along NYC’s historic waterfront.

While enjoying your trip and visiting places listed on this New York City getaway guide, come and stay with us at The Manhattan Club.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2017

New York Fashion Week Spring 2017 with new and favorite designers’ collections

New York Fashion Week spring 2017
In the fashion world, New York Fashion Week is one of the biggest events of the year. Held every spring and fall, up-and-coming designers as well as huge names preview their newest collections. Luckily, these runway shows are not limited to just insiders – several are open to the public with an R.S.V.P.

ASC Fashion Week
Friday, September 9th starting at 5:30 p.m., see fashions from all over the world at this free event. The show features international design talent, letting you take a peek at what’s in store for the spring 2017 season, not just at home in the U.S., but also abroad.

SMGlobal Catwalk
On Saturday, September 10th at 7 p.m., show up at the red carpet dressed to impress for this event. You’ll get to watch lots of models walk the runway wearing a range of designer clothing. There will be vendors selling products as well as an after party with the designers and models at 10 p.m. (21 and over only).

See the calendar for public events here

Budding designers and fashionistas will be enthralled with the variety of clothes they can see, not to mention the amount of creativity and talent on display. To round out NYFW, make sure to stay at The Manhattan Club.

Fun and Funky Events to Check Out During Labor Day Weekend in NYC

The Low-Down: Where to Go For Labor Day Weekend in New York

Labor Day weekend in NYC
Do you have plans for the upcoming Labor Day weekend in New York? There are a ton of fun and funky events that will make for an unforgettable weekend!  

Nothing says “New York” like a Broadway show. During the upcoming holiday, Broadway Week in NYC begins September 5th and runs through the 18th with BOGO tickets.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit - Started by Jackson Pollock in 1931, this exhibit showcases local and international artists in a variety of artistic mediums. You’ll be able to see stunning paintings, photography, crafts and sculptures.

The US Open is the ultimate spectacle for tennis lovers. See greats like Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic as they put all of their training to work to win one of the greatest prizes in tennis.

The NYC Unicycle Festival is one of the funkier events on our list. This festival runs from September 1st through the 4th and includes demonstrations, a long distance ride and unicycle hockey.

Holiday Weekends In Manhattan—Something You Will Never Forget

Once you’ve found “where to go” for Labor Day weekend in New York, make sure to book your “where to stay” at The Manhattan Club. We offer the ideal place to put your tired head after a long day of fun and funky activities during the holiday weekend.

One Last Getaway This Season: Summer Hotel Special in Midtown Manhattan

NYC Summer Hotel Specials at The Manhattan Club

summer hotel special in Midtown Manhattan
No matter how exciting the upcoming school year promises to be, it’s always sad when summer ends. However, you don’t have to go out mildly; in fact, when you want to experience one last big event before school starts, consider taking advantage of the Summer in NYC Package at The Manhattan Club.

For your New York City adventure of the season, take advantage of the  Manhattan Club’s Summer in NYC Package.  It comes with a variety of perks that will allow you to experience all of the exciting attractions NYC has to offer. 

•    Luxury suite accommodations
•    Complimentary/continental breakfast
•    Discounted shopping coupons
•    Use of our onsite fitness center
•    Complimentary Wi-Fi

Relax in the comfort of one of the spacious hotel suites, or have a quiet breakfast in the private club lounge, where the windows provide an outstanding view of the many architectural styles of the City. Return to the lounge for evening cocktails, and enjoy an amazing view of the City lights.

Summer in New York: The Experience of a Lifetime!

Centrally located in Midtown Manhattan, our boutique hotel is convenient to many of New York City’s extraordinary and exciting attractions. If you are here for the theater, museums, to experience the gourmet cuisine prepared by internationally acclaimed chefs, for business, or to stroll through New York’s numerous and fascinating neighborhoods; you will appreciate being close to it all at The Manhattan Club.

Take advantage of our summer hotel special in Midtown Manhattan - the end of summer doesn’t have to be sad; in fact, it can be the gateway into new adventure!

Summer Streets in NYC: Discover the Excitement of the Big Apple Like Never Before!

Family Friendly Fun This Summer in Manhattan = Summer Streets in NYC.

Summer Streets in NYC
For three consecutive Saturdays in August, visitors and residents of NYC can experience the Big Apple in a whole new way. To encourage healthy recreation and more sustainable transportation, the city opens seven miles of its streets to the public for biking, riding, running, walking, and playing. No matter what you decide to do, this exciting event is guaranteed to offer quality entertainment for all ages!

Summer Streets in NYC is an annual celebration that strives to remind participants of the beauty of the City. New Yorkers and visitors have embraced this tradition with open arms, and in 2015, hundreds of thousands of people took advantage of the open streets to rediscover lower Manhattan’s culture, commerce, and history, and to partake in communal appreciation for their city. Details of this special event include:

  • For three Saturdays this summer - August 6, 13 and 20, streets are open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Extends from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, winding around Park Avenue and other connecting streets.
  • Open to all ages. 
  • Welcomes a variety of participants, including motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

With so much open road, the possibilities are endless. Plus, practically all of the activities at New York City Summer Streets are free, so make sure you take full advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.

The Manhattan Club is here to provide you with quality accommodations when you want to take a break from your NYC adventures.

Summertime Fun at the New York Fringe Festival

The Most Exciting Arts Festival in New York City

New York Fringe Festival

Make plans to attend The New York Fringe Festival this summer, the largest multi-arts festival in North America. Featuring over 200 groups from all over the world for 16 days in 16 venues, this exciting arts festival in New York City is like no other. Each August, FringeNYC brings together talent and culture like no other event does. From musicals to comedy and dance shows to clowns, the Fringe Festival has it all in one city.

With so many performances to choose from, it may be difficult to choose just a few. Head over to the website and choose a show by genre, venue, or cultural tag as you pick your favorites. Tickets can be purchased online and presented on your mobile phone the day of the show. 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the International Fringe Festival, and this year is sure to be one of the best with over 1,000 performances featured.

Since 1997, FringeNYC has hosted over 3000 performance groups from every continent and has launched both Off-Broadway and Broadway shows. Check out FringeJr for the younger crowd, featuring age-appropriate fun in the big city. Other unique shows include multi-media theater, burlesque, and improv.

New York City has much to offer, and the International Fringe Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience. No matter your taste, this summer spectacular has something for everyone.

Relax After the Fringe Festival

Take some time to unwind and relax in a spacious hotel suite at The Manhattan Club. Start your morning off with a delicious breakfast and cap off the day with an evening cocktail in the lounge. This luxury suite hotel is just what you need as you enjoy New York City and the Fringe Festival, a comfortable and inviting space with great service.

This Summer, Get Free Broadway Shows in Bryant Park

Culture is hot in NYC thanks to the opportunity to catch free Broadway performances in Bryant Park -Manhattan

Free Broadway shows in Bryant Park

No Manhattan summer would be complete without a visit to the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, or Central Park. However, if all the shopping and sightseeing has left you craving a more artistic experience, then spare an afternoon for Bryant Park, which will be hosting free Broadway performances in Manhattan all summer.

Every Thursday, from July 7th to August 11th, at 12:30, the central lawn of Bryant Park will become a plaza for moving renditions of Broadway hits. Small scenes from upcoming Broadway shows are also played, interspersed by occasional surprise appearances by some of theater's most famous names.

Performances include: Wicked, STOMP, The Color Purple, Matilda, Chicago, The Fantastiks, Motown, Finding Neverland, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, Fuerza Bruta, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Waitress, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Kinky Boots, Fun Home, Himself & Nora, Beautiful, An American In Paris, Avenue Q, Holiday Inn, Phantom of the Opera, Something Rotten, Cagney and Ruthless.

These free Broadway shows in Bryant Park are joining an already extensive program of accessible arts and learning performances at the Park. Located behind the New York Public Library, the park also hosts Shakespeare plays, dancing performances, yoga classes, and even beginner Portuguese, Italian, and Japanese lessons - just like with Manhattan, it is impossible to be bored at Bryant Park!

If you're planning to explore this and many other gems hidden around New York City this summer, then make sure to book a room close to the heart of the action. The Manhattan Club hotel is located in the middle of Midtown, and has luxurious rooms and amenities to match.

Plan Ahead: Summer Restaurant Week in Manhattan is Coming

Summer Restaurant Week in Manhattan is a foodie celebration

summer restaurant week in Manhattan

NYC Restaurant Week® is a celebration for your tastebuds.  From July 25–August 19, participating restaurants will offer prix fixe dining menus with a minimum of three choices for appetizers, three choices for entrées and at least two desserts. Several restaurants may also offer drink specials, supplemental items and other à la carte options for an additional price.

This one of the best times of the year when it comes to sampling the many different kinds of fare the city's eclectic collection of establishments has to offer. The last event this winter boasted over 300 restaurants offering 3-course meals lunch and dinner. With some amazing prices -dining in the Big Apple is more affordable than ever. Try all kinds of wonderful food including pizza, dessert, bagels, healthy options, Mexican, Cuban, and even classics like steak and burgers.

Join thousands of food enthusiasts as they try dishes from well-known and up-and-coming restaurants alike. You're sure to discover some surprises along the way and try something you've never had before. The possibilities are endless when it comes to Prix Fixe dining in NYC.

Where can I find the participating restaurants for Summer Restaurant Week in Manhattan?

The event website will be updated on July 11th, so check back to make your reservations!  

Make a night of it and reserve your accommodations at The Manhattan Club. We are centrally located to ensure an easy trip to your new favorite eatery!

Family Friendly Things to Do in Manhattan This Summer

There are many kid-friendly attractions in New York City  family friendly things to do in Manhattan

Any grown-up fun needs to have its kid friendly counterpart. Although best known for being the city that never sleeps, there is a side of Manhattan that is ideal for the younger set.

For example, a classic New York landmark like the Empire State Building will make for an unforgettable event this summer. The 360º degree view will be the only thing not to pale in comparison to the fun you’ll have while climbing onto the top deck at a manually-operated, old-school Otis elevator.

An equally enticing opportunity for some outdoorsy fun is The High Line. This 1.4-mile-long public park, which was built on top of the old West Side rail line, will provide enough room for your kids to run and play so that they will give you no trouble once their bedtime arrives.

If your idea of family-friendly things to do in Manhattan is more akin to educational opportunities, then it's a matter of choosing either earth or space. The American Museum of Natural History is best known for its hyper-realistic dinosaur exhibits, but it has engaging multimedia material on anything from exotic ecosystems to the human body.

If you (and your kids) prefer to keep your head in space, then the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum should be your next destination. Located inside a real aircraft carrier (the Intrepid), it has fascinating exhibits on history and science, as well as a Star Trek-themed one.

Your upcoming family holiday will also need a family friendly hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The Manhattan Club has comfortable, spacious rooms and is located just steps away from the center of everything - exactly what you'll need to make this trip a complete success.