Four Places That Should Be On Everyone’s List of Holiday Shopping in NYC Destinations!

A returning favorite joins a list of traditional and contemporary destinations to ensure you make the most out of your holiday shopping in NYC!

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The magical feeling of the holiday season is on full display throughout the streets of New York City, making our beloved metropolis a top destination for gift shopping. From the standard department stores to the ever-present holiday markets in NYC, The Manhattan Club has compiled a list of four can’t-miss spots to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season while checking off the names on your list!

Bryant Park Holiday Market
We’ve already spotlighted this homage to the traditional European open-air markets of yore, yet The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park should be on every shopper’s list of can’t-miss gift giving destinations. Over 100 vendors line aisles of festive outdoor stalls and offer a wide variety of gifts from artisan crafts to designer goods and delicious homemade treats.

A true landmark of our city and known for its festive spirit worldwide (from the spectacular Thanksgiving Day Parade to the film “Miracle on 34th Street”), this retail giant still brings the holiday cheer. Taking up an entire city block, this destination is also famous for its beautifully festive window displays.

Dylan’s Candy Bar
Kids and those young-at-heart won’t want to miss this three-story shop of all things candy. A great place to fill up those stockings, you’ll find sugary delights from every era!

FAO Schwarz
“Return to Wonder” as this NYC landmark returns home after closing its doors in 2015. In a new location at 30 Rock, all of your favorite, larger-than-life, features (such as that giant piano) will return to this Wonderful World of Toys (opening November 16th).

Shopping at any time in The City That Never Sleeps is a fun-filled yet hectic activity. For the holiday season, ensure you have a place to wind down and relax after all of the action when you book a suite with us at The Manhattan Club.

Vacation in New York City Like a Local with an Extended Stay!

Feel like a local with our Stay Longer rates – the perfect choice for your next vacation in NYC!

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It’s always a great time to visit The City That Never Sleeps! New York City has earned this iconic designation for being just that – a city that’s always chock-full of things to do and explore. To get the most out of your vacation in NYC, plan an extended stay to The Big Apple, where bigger is always better!

The Manhattan Club, with its residence-style accommodations, is the perfect home-away-from-home for your extended vacation. Situated in the heart of Manhattan, you’ll be immersed in everything New York, having free reign to explore our diverse neighborhoods and attractions all the while knowing you have a comfortable “home” to return to.

To make visiting our beloved metropolis more practical, we proudly offer our guests a variety of “Stay Longer” rates that all include the grandeur of our accommodations but at an amazing value. Reside with all of the comforts of home in our luxury suites, complete with complimentary Wi-Fi and use of our on-site business center. Keep up with your normal wellness regimen with access to our on-site fitness center. Have daily housekeeping refreshing of your accommodations and the personalized guest service of our dedicated team to ensure your stay is the vacation of your dreams.

With these savings, no length of stay is too great. Just want a weekend in the city to see a show? Stay two nights and save 10%! Want to check out the latest restaurant opening with your trip to The Great White Way? Stay three nights and save 15%! Or save 20% by adding one day more! Yet the biggest savings come from those true wannabe NYC residents who will save 30% when they book six days or more at The Manhattan Club!
Well… what are you waiting for? NYC and The Manhattan Club are ready to welcome you “home”!

Check “Spending New Year’s Eve in NYC” Off Your Bucket List This Year!

It's never too early to start planning - discover the many places you can belt out your best rendition of Auld Lang Syne when celebrating New Year’s Eve in NYC!

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in NYC should be on everyone’s dream destination experiences! Watching the magnificent crystal ball drop is exhilarating from behind the television screen but imagine if you were experiencing it in person?! As we've discovered, this time honored tradition isn’t the only place to bust out the “Auld Lang Syne” in NYC...

Watch “The Ball” Drop!

The quintessential event: join a few million other revelers and watch the ball drop from Times Square on New Year’s Eve! Even though the descent is only mere seconds, to get the best view, be prepared to spend all day gathered together in the “Crossroads of the World”.

Party at the New York Road Runner's Midnight Run

For a unique look at the city in winter (and for those looking to shed some extra holiday pounds) know that there’s an entrant’s fee to participate in this annual four-mile run through Central Park, but at 10:00pm it opens up to a free party and costume contest to get everyone in a festive mood.

Listen to the Concert for Peace

There are always a bevy of concerts taking place in NYC on December 31st. One of the most celebrated is the New Year's Eve Concert for Peace at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

Watch the Fireworks in Prospect Park

The perfect place to catch the festive firework “bombs blasting in air” is at Grand Army Plaza off Prospect Park. Starting at 11:00pm, this loudly spectacular light-show comes complete with some complimentary hot cocoa and live music!

* No matter how you choose to ring in the New Year, remember to arrive at your choice of festive event early.

Another tip – check out our special offers and book a suite with us at The Manhattan Club. Start the year off right and make the warmth and comfort of our luxuriously-appointed accommodations your home-away-from-home for all of your NYC

Spend Cold Days with Warm Hearts During the Winter Village Bryant Park!

The annual pop-up village, arguably the top must-see attraction of winter in NYC, opens its doors this Saturday, October 27

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Snow might not be in the forecast just yet, but winter is coming to Manhattan early this year! Starting on Saturday, October 27, and running through the New Year (January 2), the annual tradition known as the Winter Village at Bryant Park will set up shop over much of this beloved NYC green. There’s no shortage of festive fun to be had, from seasonal activities such as ice skating to perusing holiday markets consisting of some of the city’s top food and artisan vendors.

Unsure what makes this winter wonderland a “can’t miss” attraction for tourists and locals alike? The Manhattan Club has five reasons why your visit during winter in NYC should include a swing by Bryant Park!

Conquer the ice on NYC’s only admission free skating rink

The true centerpiece of the Village is the 17,000-square-foot rink, open daily through the season (weather permitting). Admission is free with skate rentals, reserved time slots, and other additional perks available for a small fee.

Finish procuring your holiday gift list early

With a multitude of different retail vendors from designer brands to unique holiday gifts, there’ll be something for everyone in this European-inspired open-air market.

Enjoy some festive foods

Interspersed in the custom-designed kiosks, amongst the retail vendors, is a delicious smorgasbord of food vendors with foods ranging from the most savory to the sweet!

Let the special events melt your heart

Come in for the tree lighting! Take part in a skate school! Join in with the New York City Opera Caroling!

Keep out of the cold!

Booking a suite with us at The Manhattan Club is the perfect complement to any NYC adventure. The classic luxury of our modernly-appointed accommodations provides you with a comfortable, cozy home-base to relax and recharge while exploring our amazing city and nearby Bryant Park!

See The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall Kick Off The Holiday Season in Style!

Always considered a top reason to visit the city during the holidays, this year’s Christmas Spectacular in NYC promises to be the can’t miss festive event of the season!

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Have you only ever witnessed the perfectly in-sync, high kicks of these iconic dancers during the television broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? This is how many of us become captivated, but it’s only a glimmer of the magic that is performed four times a day at Radio City Music Hall each winter. Starting on Friday, November 9, 2018 and running through Tuesday, January 1, 2019, the Rockettes will take the stage in the all-new Christmas Spectacular in NYC!

A Time-Honored Tradition Meets the 21st Century! 

It may be hard to believe but these dancers, so long synonymous with NYC, got their start in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall started in 1932, and a year after their arrival, the 30-minute Christmas Spectacular was born! Fast-forward through the decades, and this show now truly lives up to its “spectacular” name – over 90 minutes full of holiday-themed dance numbers and theatrical elements that pay homage to the old but with an eye on the future.

Favorite features such as the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the Living Nativity remain. Yet new for 2018, technology meets tradition as they introduce a brand-new finale that will transform the entire Hall into a “groundbreaking magical holiday light-show”. Over 100 drones will take flight and promise to leave audiences, young and old, entranced by this wonderfully new "Christmas Light”!

Add your own personal memory to this NYC holiday tradition

Planning on spending the most wonderful time of the year in New York? Then why not start by booking a suite with us, here at The Manhattan Club. Only three blocks from Radio City Music Hall, as well as being near everything in the city that makes the holidays so bright, our comfortable accommodations are the perfect home base for all of your NYC holiday explorations.

Three of Our Favorite Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in NYC

A simple harvest festival no longer, The Manhattan Club has got you covered with the perfect ways to enjoy the fall weather and celebrate Thanksgiving in NYC.

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Once the costumes are put away until the next All Hallows’ Eve, the attention turns to giving thanks. While always a time of reflecting on the many things in our lives to be thankful for, this November holiday has many traditions that have become celebrated over time. Turkey dinners, football games, preparing for Black Friday shopping – all customary events that will take place across the Red, White, and Blue! Yet, if you’re looking to start a new tradition this year, The Manhattan Club has three unique and fabulous events to help you celebrate your Thanksgiving in New York City!

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Whether you take in the pre-flight Balloon Inflation, or wish to see the finished product make its way down 34th Street, the magic that started 93 years ago will surely leave you spellbound. One warning – watching from home will never be the same again!

The Radio City Rockettes

Kick off the holiday season on the proper foot by swinging by Radio City Music Hall to see the legendary Rockettes perform their Christmas Spectacular.

Prospect Park Turkey Trot

Always a fun way to start off the day, the annual 5K run through the fall foliage of Prospect Park is actually early on Thanksgiving morning - a wonderful way to bring everyone together for a joyful celebration of the season, a healthy start to a delicious food-filled day, and a great gathering of the community.    

Thanksgiving is also a great time to experience all of the everyday wonders of visiting NYC. Have your Thanksgiving meal at a classic restaurant, take in the holiday window displays as you get in some early gift shopping, or just visit a few of the iconic sites that we are thankful to have as part of our Never Sleeping city. Another holiday tradition to start: stay with us at The Manhattan Club. A truly classic NYC hotel, our luxurious suite accommodations we will make sure that you still feel right at home while making new traditions in the Empire State.

From Creative Cuisine to Spectacular Spirits: What To Expect at the NYC Wine and Food Festival

Calling all foodies and wine lovers: the 2018 NYC Wine and Food Festival is right around the corner!

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If you’ve ever attended a Food and Wine Festival, you know what to expect - a variety of different tastings, some interesting hands-on demonstrations, and a chance to mingle with like-minded foodies from all around the area. Picture that scene, but to “the nth degree”, and you have the always wonderful NYC Wine and Food Festival.

Taking place this year from Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14, not only does this four-day event bring together a smorgasbord of the top international culinary talents to a variety of venues throughout the city, but all of the proceeds go toward the No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank for New York City in an attempt to eradicate hunger in the local area.

With more than 80 events spanning the city, you can expect to find something for every palate and any budget. Intimate dinners at participating restaurants, cooking classes to tempt your creativity, or a fun, casual large-scale room tasting – the choices are endless.

Some of your top picks will be sure to feature some of the renowned celebrity chefs in NYC. Want something for the whole family? Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes and the reality-show “Ace of Cakes” will be hosting his own Family Ice Cream Fun-dae. Looking for something for the 21 and over crowd? Then, you won’t want to miss the Tacos & Tequila event hosted by Aaron Sanchez of “Chopped” fame.

With over 500 world-renowned culinary personalities on hand, be sure to take a look at the New York City Wine & Food Festival calendar to find the perfect event for you. They even have event packages which will give you a tremendous variety to choose from, making sure you don’t miss out on your favorite culinary experience (and perhaps stretching your NYCWFF budget even further).

This event is just one of the reasons that we love being right in the middle of New York City! Everything is within reach, and there’s always something new happening. It's very much anticipated here at The Manhattan Club and we hope you're also planning to visit and enjoy this incomparable New York City celebration of food!  

5 Reasons to Visit the Farmers Markets in NYC!

Taking A Trip to a Farmers Market in NYC is the perfect Empire State Fall Activity!

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There are many iconic fall activities that spring to mind when you think of visiting New York City. You can take in the fall foliage at Central Park, or come and see an annual tradition such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade, yet one of our most favorite things to do may surprise you – visiting a local farmers market.

Our urban jungle is actually filled with many amazing markets, strewn beautifully throughout every borough and open all-year-round. Here's our top five reasons why we think you should
visit a farmers market in NYC this fall:

Eat clean and green

The produce that you’ll buy will be the freshest around. Straight from the farm and seasonally inspired, you’ll discover an ever-changing regional bounty of crops. At the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket, you’ll browse wares from 140 local farmers, fishermen, and bakers. It’s considered by many to be the quintessential Empire State market experience. You don't want to miss it.

Know your farmer

It makes the world of difference when you know where your food comes from. If you wish to discover where your fresh food grows, the internationally-known Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn is for you. Set atop a three-story warehouse, this world-wide acclaimed, organic vegetable patch will give you an entirely new perspective on food and farming.

Learn cooking tips and recipes

Cooking demonstrations and recipe exchanges, like the ones regularly held at the Tribeca Saturday Greenmarket, make you curious to try new flavors and teach you how to use your fresh produce in new and inventive ways.

Kid-friendly, parent-approved

Farmers markets are for all ages, with many, such as the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, hosting a variety of weekly family-friendly activities.

Connect with the community

The 79th Street Greenmarket, one of the closest to The Manhattan Club, is a true hub for everyone in the community. Friendly faces and a warm welcome bring us a slice of rural, small-town values smack dab in the center of the Big Apple!

Whether you choose to explore all five, or spend a few hours wandering around just one of these fabulous outdoor farmers markets, we know that you'll have fun and discover a completely different side of New York City in the fall.

Discover the “Wonder” of Central Park in NYC!

No matter the time of year, the best things to do in NYC will always include a trip to this iconic landmark!

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The Great Pyramid, The Hanging Gardens … many know the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – constructions from antiquity that were deemed to be popular among ancient tourists. Today, only one of these magnificent constructions is standing, but a new “modern list” has been created. We here at The Manhattan Club think that a beloved National Historic Landmark in our own great Empire State belongs to this esteemed group.

If there was a Seven Wonders of NYC list, Central Park would be at the top!

The City may have many defining “wonders”, but the longevity and breadth of points-of-interest have put the country’s most visited urban park at the very top. Central Park in NYC is iconic through all facets of culture, popping up in works of art both written and visual since its construction in 1857! This historic landmark may not inspire the instantaneous awe of Lady Liberty or bear the musical legacy of Carnegie Hall, but when you see it in person you understand its magic. Situated in the middle of our city, this breathtaking piece of green is filled with activity from morning till night, and even those who consider themselves connoisseurs of the Park are always finding new things to discover. It's evolution keeps it unique, yet its consistency is what makes it so beloved.

Central Park was designed to be a microcosm of the Empire State

The 843 acres of topography may mimic the city and suburban areas of our great state, but the vast amount of things to do in Central Park are just as much of a representation of our NYC Melting Pot. From the beloved Central Park Zoo to the Conservatory Gardens, to the lesser-known finds such as Hallett Nature Preserve and the Delacorte Musical Clock, you’ll never be at a loss of internal “wonders” to discover and explore all year round. Where else can you ride a carousel on a summer afternoon, then return in the winter to ice skate in that very same spot? Wollman Rink is just one of the places that transforms itself throughout the year, easily adjusting to the everchanging New York seasons.   

We never tire of wandering through Central Park, and as The Manhattan Club is just a short three-block walk away, we go as often as we can - and just know that you will too!

“How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?”

Two ways – with “practice” or by walking across the street from The Manhattan Club

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New York City has long been lauded as the place that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere! For any musician, no matter their genre or personal style, this dream takes the form of finally being able to perform on stage at one of the most iconic buildings in New York: Carnegie Hall.

Since 1981, when famed composer Tchaikovsky commanded the baton as he conducted his orchestra on opening night, legendary musicians and young dreamers alike have graced the stage to make their own musical magic. It is estimated that close to 50,000 performances have taken place throughout the years and the Hall shows no signs of stopping.

Why has Carnegie Hall stood the test of time?

In the ever-changing metropolis that is New York City, how does a concert hall from the turn of the last century continue to thrive? Maybe it’s that the three stages that make up the complex are known to have some of the best acoustics across the globe. Or maybe it is the iconic status, having hosted almost every conceivable world-renowned artist from Pavarotti to The Beatles. There is no singular reason for its everlasting nature, but its continued dominance of the global music scene will always have its events near the top of the list of things to do in NYC!

Celebrate this grand history with The Manhattan Club! 

The 2018-2019 Season at Carnegie Hall is about to begin (with Opening Night taking place on Wednesday, October 3, 2018). From the long-time subscribers to those ready to attend their first event, let The Manhattan Club help make your musical journey just as legendary as this American cultural touchstone. Right across the street from this beloved building, the comfort of our luxurious suites will provide you with the perfect standing ovation-worthy encore!