Things to do in New York City

The Beat Goes On All Summer Long at SummerStage in Central Park!

The sweet sounds of summer in New York City have arrived with the 33rd anniversary of SummerStage!

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Since the 1980’s, there’s been one iconic music festival that has highlighted summer in New York City. And when we say New York City, we mean all five boroughs, as SummerStage includes events that occur almost every day and cannot be contained to one city park. No matter your preferred genre, you’ll be sure to discover that one of these mostly free concerts in NYC has the music that speaks to your soul.

Running this year from June 2nd to September 27th, there will be over one hundred shows with the main-stage being at the iconic Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. There's so many, that just reading through the SummerStage schedule  is a fun event in and of itself.

Some of the more high-profile events, including Jason Mraz (August 9) and Mac DeMarco (September 8), require tickets, but most of the concerts are free. It is truly a highlight of the summer, and many of us feel that the line-up gives us some of the best free concerts in NYC for the entire year. Along with the amazing tunes, there will be lots of local food vendors, so be sure to show up early, get a prime spot in the park, and get ready for some great summer music. 

If you're plans include getting lost in the beauty of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet (July 25th) or being inspired by the new generation of social justice warriors in VOICES of a People’s History (August 28th), then book a room with us at The Manhattan Club. Only a quick walk away from all of the wonderful events, we're the perfect home base for enjoying this perennial NYC summer highlight!

Sun’s Out, Fun’s Here with These Summer Events at Lincoln Center

Have Fun in the Sun with some of our Favorite Summer Events at Lincoln Center

New York City may be ever-changing, but there are some perennial events that can’t be missed. The schedule of summer events at Lincoln Center is always a full one, so here's some of our favorites to get you started. 

Lincoln Center Out of Doors provides three weeks of diverse events that are completely free and open to the public. With a variety of food trucks to please any palate and a Kid Zone to keep the young ones entertained, Lincoln Center Out of Doors opens on July 24 and continues through August 12.

  • Saturday, July 28: Family Day – A day of dancing and singing for the whole family around the iconic Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center.
  • Sunday, August 5: Heritage Sunday – A celebration of live music in NYC that reflects the diversity found in the city’s eclectic neighborhoods.
  • Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5: La Casita – Part of Lincoln Center’s Heritage Sunday, this event full of poetry, music and dance focuses on the everyday heroes who give voice to upholding human rights through artistic activism.

Midsummer Night Swing is three weeks of dancing under the stars at Damrosch Park. It doesn’t matter if you fancy yourself a professional or are a complete novice in the art of the dance, everyone is welcome.

  • Starting at 6:00 pm, from June 26 to July 14 on Tuesday through Saturday, strap on your dancing shoes, listen to some of the finest live music in NYC, learn some new steps, and get down with your new dance floor pals.

Are your bags packed already? Whether from out-of-town or planning a local staycation, book a suite with us at The Manhattan Club. Less than a mile away from Damrosch Park, we're the perfect home base for all the summer events at Lincoln Center.

Start Spreading the News: The 4th of July Fireworks in Manhattan Are On Their Way!

The nation’s largest fireworks display, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, is ready to light up the Empire State!

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Expressions of patriotism come in a variety of forms, but for many Americans, there is no bigger and brighter display of love of country than the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. This is a day for all those who bleed red, white and blue to feel pride for Old Glory and no one does it better than the Melting Pot of America! Just imagine taking in the display of the firework bombs “bursting through air” over the East River when the NYC 4th of July celebrations begin.

Even though it seems like the 4th of July fireworks in Manhattan can be seen from The Battery to The Bronx, there are a few spots that ensure you’ll have the best view when taking in this patriotic light show (at approximately 9:25PM):

  • Manhattan’s FDR Drive (between Houston Street and Midtown East): This is the “Official Viewing Site” for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show. It’s perfectly parallel to the barges that set off the show, promising the best views. Yet a word of warning: CROWDED!
  • Lower Manhattan’s East River Park, Brooklyn’s Grand Ferry Park, and Queens’ Gantry Plaza State Park: All three boroughs’ premier parks stay open on the evening of the NYC 4th of July celebrations and are the perfect venues to take in the amazing show overhead.
  • iverPark, Little River Beer Garden, Salvation Taco Rooftop: Want some grub while you enjoy the 4th of July Fireworks in Manhattan? These three restaurants along the river always promise a foodie-fun time (space is limited).

If you are heading to the city (or staying) to check out the show, plan ahead and book a room with us at The Manhattan Club. Our comfortable accommodations are the perfect home-base, no matter where you decide to watch the “bombs” burst!

Celebrate Pride Week in New York City

Plenty of Pride Events in New York City All Week Long

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Get ready to celebrate LGBTQ Pride in New York City! This June, events, parties and the march are in store over one rainbow filled month, all culminating to the biggest events of the season.

What are some highlighted events can you expect?

NYC Pride Family Movie Night takes place at Hudson River Park's Pier 45 with a free, family-friendly movie.

Enjoy Cosplay & Pride on Friday, June 22nd at Hudson River Park's Pier 40.

The annual Pride Rally at the Stonewall National Monument takes place Friday, June 22nd.

Pride Island takes place Hudson River Park’s, Pier 97 June 23rd and 24th.. This event brings soul music all the way to indie pop bands, for an inclusive experience that serves as the center of all Pride celebration.

Make sure to mark your calendar for the Pride Parade and March on Sunday, June 24th and PrideFest, which will be going into its 25th year in 2018. This LGBTQIA+ street fair will be fun for all with exhibitors, entertainers and activities.

There is also plenty of exciting nightlife all week long at various venues with different unique themes.

Don't Miss the NYC LGBT Pride March and Other Summer Events in NYC

If you're planning a trip for Pride Week in New York City or any other festivals in NYC this summer, consider staying with us at The Manhattan Club. We're a boutique style hotel in the heart of downtown Manhattan with access to all of the summer events in NYC just steps away.

Enjoy a Romantic Summer Getaway in New York City

Summer is the ideal time to enjoy a romantic summer getaway in New York City.

Enjoy a Romantic Summer Getaway in NYC

Plan a Couples NYC Getaway with the Romance and Relax Package

NYC date ideas can't get much easier than our summer getaway package in Manhattan. Our Romance and Relax Package has everything you'll need to enjoy a long weekend in New York with that special someone.

The two of you will receive wine and chocolates with your luxurious boutique-style room in the heart of Manhattan. This package also includes grab-and-go breakfast for two so you can enjoy a romantic breakfast together each morning before you head out the door.

Some Interesting NYC Date Ideas

Spend some time together during the day at a few of New York's unique date destinations:

Plan a picnic near Bow Bridge in Central Park. This iconic bridge is featured in movies like Autumn in New York and Keeping the Faith.

Stroll through the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History. A butterfly landing on your shoulder makes the perfect photo opportunity.

Get Ready for Some Romance in New York City at The Manhattan Club

If you're looking for romance in New York City, take advantage of our summer getaway package in Manhattan. At The Manhattan Club, we have everything you'll need to make your couples NYC getaway extra special.

Our hotel perfectly combines luxurious suites with vacation retreats. Plus, all the excitement of Manhattan is right outside our door!

Don't Miss This Summer Film Festival in New York City

This Summer Film Festival in New York City will continue to introduce independent films, putting Brooklyn on the map as a cinematic center.

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What's Happening at the Annual Summer Festival in Brooklyn?

This year's Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) features 130 film premiers at seven unique venues where you can immerse yourself in Brooklyn's unique culture. This year's theme, dubbed "THRESHOLD," highlights the festivals coming of age and the amazing art that emerges from challenging times in history.

This film festival in New York City has something for movie lovers of all ages to enjoy. The BFF has an entire festival devoted to films from young filmmakers. The Kid's Film Festival on Saturday June 2nd includes animated shorts, documentaries, and live-action features – all rated "G."

Patrons can also take part in special events for networking with filmmakers and others in the industry. Don't miss the Award Ceremony and Closing Night Party on Sunday June 10th.

Plan Your Trip to the Brooklyn Film Festival in New York City

The Brooklyn Film Festival runs every day from Friday, June 1st through Sunday June 10th. Weekday events start at 6:00 or 6:30 PM, while Saturday and Sunday events start earlier in the afternoon at 2:00 PM or 2:30 PM.

Main venues include Windmill Studios NYC and Wythe Hotel Cinema with screenings at an additional five smaller venues.

If you're planning a trip to NYC for the BFF or any summer festival in Brooklyn, consider staying with us at The Manhattan Club. We're a residential style boutique hotel in the heart of New York City with luxurious accommodations.

Brew Up a Special Father’s Day in NYC This Year

Whether dad likes a day on the water, a cold brew in his hand, or both — there are many ways to plan the perfect Father’s Day in NYC.

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Treat Dad to a Brew-haha at these Fabulous Breweries in NYC

It wouldn’t be summer in NYC without a cold one on a hot afternoon. Take dad to one of the craft breweries located throughout the city and treat him to a genuine NYC brew.

Breweries located everywhere from the Bronx to Long Island are serving up ales, stouts, lagers, and more to keep dad happy on his special day.

Celebrate Father’s Day in NYC by Hangin’ on the Hudson

Bet you never thought of New York as a kayaking destination. Yet kayaking in NYC is as common as, well, breweries! With three convenient locations at Piers 26, 84, and 96, dad can take a kayak trip along the Hudson and enjoy the New York skyline at the same time. Lessons are available, so don’t be afraid to get out and enjoy the sun and water while bonding with dad.

Afterwards, visit a local restaurant like Keen’s Steakhouse or the Minetta Tavern to treat dad to a real, New York-style meal.

Do Summer in NYC and Father’s Day Right at The Manhattan Club

The midtown Manhattan location of The Manhattan Club makes exploring the Hudson and stopping for a brew and bite to eat easy and fun. Plus, we have the amenities to help you feel at home while you celebrate fun, sun, and family in the Big Apple this Father’s Day.

Don't Miss the Free Museum Mile Festival in NYC

The Museum Mile Festival in NYC is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the best artwork the city has to offer.

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An Interesting and Free Event: Rain or Shine

Although the Museum Mile Festival in NYC began as a way to draw in new patrons during the financial crisis of the 1970s, organizers have kept it going ever since due to its overwhelming success. Now, tourists from around the country plan annual trips for this event.

This festival brings people of all classes and backgrounds together to celebrate art and New York's rich culture.

What's Happening at the Festival?

Tour NYC museums like El Museo del Barrio, Neue Galerie New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many others – for free. Is your favorite museum on the roster?

Art in the street gives you an opportunity to experience culture hands-on. You can create musical instruments, people-watch with drop-in drawing, or participate in design activities with the imagination playground.

Don't miss live entertainment from acts like Banda de los Muertos, Sarah King and the Smoke Rings, DJ Shabbakano and kid-friendly performances from Silly Billy.

Get Ready for this Summer's Free Festivals in NYC

This festival takes place June 12th at 2:00 PM. You can stroll through museums along Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th streets.

If you're planning a trip for this summer's free festivals in NYC, consider staying in the heart of the city with us at The Manhattan Club. Our residential-style boutique hotel isn't far from the event.

Don't Miss Free Shakespeare in Central Park

It's nearly summer which means don't miss free performances of Shakespeare in Central Park at Delacorte Theater. Free Shakespeare in Central ParkFree Shakespeare Performances at the Central Park Theater

Othello will begin the season running May 29th through June 24th. Shakespeare in the Park veteran and Tony Winner, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, will direct this production. This classic tragedy is set in the 17th century Mediterranean but remains relevant today with themes like love, jealousy, race, and revenge.

A musical adaptation of Twelfth Night starts on July 17th and runs for five weeks through August 19th. This Public Theater initiative celebrates five years of Public Works with a rotating lineup of diverse community members from all five boroughs. These Twelfth Night performances will feature music from renowned songwriter Shaina Taub highlighting love in all its disguises.

A musical adaptation of Twelfth Night starts on July 17th and runs for five weeks through August 19th. This Public Theater initiative celebrates five years of Public Works with a rotating lineup of diverse community members from all five boroughs. These Twelfth Night performances will feature music from renowned songwriter Shaina Taub highlighting love in all its disguises.

How to Enjoy Performances at Delacorte Theater
Performances take place nearly every day from the end of May through August. On select nights, partners can enjoy backstage dinners with the cast and crew. Sign language and captioned performances are also available on select nights.

To qualify for free tickets, sign up for the lottery at the Public Theater on Lafayette Street at Astor Place. Vouchers are distributed on the same day of performances in-person. You can also sign up for the digital lottery to win tickets online.

If you're thinking of visiting Central Park for a free performance, consider staying with us at the Manhattan Club. We're a boutique hotel conveniently located just a few blocks from Central Park.

A Week to Remember—Fleet Week in New York City

Make Memories with Fleet Week in New York City at the Intrepid

Fleet Week in New York City

One of the most exciting events to attend during your Memorial Day getaway in Manhattan is Fleet Week.

This year’s celebration will run May 23-29 and includes ship visitations, military band concerts, and aviation events designed to honor the Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen that make up our brave sea services.

Enjoy Fleet Week in New York City with a stop at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Located aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, the museum features historic video footage, original artifacts like the space shuttle Enterprise, and even a tour of a “top secret” guided missile submarine, the Growler.

From the flight deck of the carrier, you can watch a screening of Top Gun on May 25, see the parade of ships in the Hudson River, celebrate with a night of swing dancing on May 26, or pay tribute to service members at a special ceremony on Pier 86 on Memorial Day.

In their honor, veterans and service members receive free admission to the Intrepid in New York City and all activities on the Pier during Fleet Week are free to the public.

The Best Memorial Day Getaway in Manhattan

Planning a fun and exciting getaway during Fleet Week is easy when you stay at the Manhattan Club hotel.

Just 14 minutes from the Fleet Week excitement, the Manhattan Club offers spacious suites, family-friendly amenities, a concierge staff to help you plan your days, and everything else you need for a getaway to remember!