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.

Secure Safe Parking and Accommodations While at the GMA Concert Series this Summer

What you need to know about the GMA concert series

the GMA Concert

Summer is here again and. New York City offers you numerous activities to engage in this season. One that tops the list is the Good Morning America free concerts in Central Park.

Among the star-studded line up: Demi Lovato, Blink 182, Brad Paisley, and Sia. Check out the concerts schedule and featuring artists that happen every Friday at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.

Helpful tips for the GMA Concert Series

  • Although the concerts are free, you will be expected to acquire a ticket a week prior to the event as there is limited space.
  • Show up for the concert an hour before it begins. Usually, the doors are open an hour earlier.
  • Expect to go through a security check before entering the summer stage. 
  • Bags and backpacks are not allowed into the venue.
  • No flash cameras, SLR cameras, video cameras, bikes, skateboards, roller blades, pets, glass bottles, cans and chairs.
  • No alcoholic beverages.

If you drive for the shows, The Manhattan Club offers the TMC parking package to take care of your parking and accommodation needs. Enjoy valet parking throughout your stay and suite accommodation. The TMC parking package gives you peace of mind to enjoy free concerts in Central Park, and other activities in New York.

Don’t Miss This Year’s Lincoln Center Festival Performances

We have the info on who is headlining the Lincoln Center summer festival  Lincoln Center Festival Performances

Judging by the incredible event lineup this year, you will not want to miss out on the annual Lincoln Center festival performances.

The Lincoln Center Summer Festival brings a variety of performances to the stage every year. This year’s events will run from July 13 through August 31, 2016. Celebrating the arts, including opera, music, dance and theater from around the globe,  it is the perfect way to see great entertainment from a wide variety of cultures without having to travel the world.

Lincoln Center Festival performances include

•    Okina and Hagoromo
•    Paradise Interrupted
•    Sumida Gawa, Busshi, Shakkyo
•    Goran Bregovic and the Wedding and Funeral Orchestra
•    Okina and Aoi No Ue
•    Reich/Reverberations: Drumming
•    The Winter’s Tale
•    So Percussion

If you’re coming to the city especially for some of the performances, book your stay with us here at The Manhattan Club. We are right in the middle of Midtown Manhattan and close to many top attractions. We offer spacious accommodations and all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay in the city.

Get Ready for Independence Day in Manhattan

Where to See the Fireworks on the 4th of July in New York City

Independence Day in Manhattan
If you’re planning on spending Independence Day in Manhattan this year, there are a myriad of exciting things to see and do. In particular, the 4th of July in New York City means fireworks!

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks can be seen over the East River from about 9:20pm. From 9:30pm you will be able to catch the Statue of Liberty and Jersey City fireworks. All three displays will last around 30 minutes. Some of the best spots to watch the fireworks from include:
•    Brooklyn Bridge Park
•    Berry Park
•    Surf City

If you’re planning on a family weekend getaway in Midtown Manhattan, why not take a Revolutionary War Walking Tour and learn about life in the city during the 1770s.

There’s also always something to see, do and explore in Central Park. This is the perfect time of year to spend the day wandering through the park.

Don’t forget to book your Independence Day weekend accommodations in NYC with us at The Manhattan Club and enjoy comfortable accommodations and a variety of amenities.

Treat Yourself with a Weekend Getaway in Midtown Manhattan

The Manhattan Weekend Getaway Package

weekend getaway in midtown Manhattan

The weather’s heating up and we’re nearly half way through the year. Surely it’s time you planned a weekend getaway in Midtown Manhattan? With our Manhattan weekend getaway package, you can enjoy luxury accommodations, a great location and a range of other benefits.

The Big Apple has something to see, do and enjoy for everyone. Fortunately, our hotel is right in the middle of it all. From the best shopping on 5th Avenue to a sunny summer walk in Central Park, you can choose to spend a laid back weekend or immerse yourself in the bustle of NYC.

Our Weekend Getaway in New York City includes:
•    Complimentary Wi-Fi
•    Complimentary Continental breakfast
•    Luxury suite accommodations
•    Access to the hotel’s fitness center

Plenty to See and Do

There’s no doubt you will enjoy being within walking distance to an array of major attractions. Whether you want to catch a show on Broadway, visit museums, check out landmarks or simply enjoy fine NYC dining, it’s all on our doorstep. If you don’t feel like spending the weekend walking, all kinds of public transportation are right outside our door, ready to transport you to both uptown and downtown New York City.

However, if you’ve packed those walking shoes and are ready to get out onto the streets, you will be able to visit Carnegie Hall, Madison Avenue, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue and Radio City Music Hall all on foot.

After all that sightseeing, head back to The Manhattan Club and retire in luxury accommodations with all the amenities you could need for a convenient and memorable weekend.

Spend an Unforgettable Father’s Day in NYC

Treat Dad right this Father’s Day in NYC

  Father's Day in NYC

Isn’t it about time you did better than socks and cologne for the man you love? Plan a memorable Father’s Day in NYC this year. There’s plenty to do that the whole family are sure to enjoy.

Hop Aboard a Father’s Day Cruise
A Father’s Day Cruise  with Hornblower is a great opportunity to start a brand-new tradition with Dad. The two-hour cruise includes a tasty brunch buffet, dessert station, signature herbal teas and coffee, a live DJ and jazz band and a Hornblower Beer Mug that Dad can use for the free-flowing beers and mimosas.

Take Dad to the Market
If your dad loves fresh foods and wandering around a market, take him to Smorgasburg flea and food market, held on Saturdays at the East River State Park. On Sundays the market is held at Prospect Park. Both locations are open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and feature a variety of fresh foods, beverages and up to 100 vendors.

Sports-Mad Dad Will Love Tickets to a Game
Check out the NYC Mets schedule and treat dad to a game at Citi Field this Father’s Day weekend.

After a great day out, take Dad for a delicious steak dinner. Whether he prefers his rare or well-done, there are plenty of top-rated spots in NYC. Some favorite steakhouses include St. Anselm, Peter Luger Steak House, Benjamin Steak House and Porter House Bar and Grill.

Don’t forget to book your Father’s Day weekend stay with us at The Manhattan Club. We’re situated in midtown Manhattan, close to a variety of NYC attractions, so you and Dad won’t be short of things to see and do. Enjoy spacious and comfortable accommodations with incredible views of the city.

We look forward to helping you make Dad feel extra special this year.