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!

Always Fresh, Always Bold: New York Fashion Week 2018

Fabulously Styled & Classically Designed, New York Fashion Week 2018 Delights In Taking Over The City

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Just as foodies have Restaurant Week, fashionistas have New York Fashion Week. For months now, we have been waiting as designers carefully curate the finishing touches to their runway shows, and from Thursday, September 6 to Friday, September 14, this stylish takeover will finally descend upon us with excitement and all kinds of unexpected fabulousness.

Fashion Week is truly about experiencing the buzz throughout the city rather than attending just one event. While many of the highly-anticipated fashion shows are by invitation only, that doesn’t matter because the streets of New York will be overflowing with colorful photo-ops and random flashes of beauty.

Already, the thrill of wandering the city streets promises a host of unique discoveries, and during Fashion Week you can expect your explorations to take on an even more dazzlingly, design dynamic. Many of the best shops around the city are offering wonderful sales, free events and parties that celebrate the world of fashion and beauty, and Model and celebrity sightings will become an everyday occurrence (even more than normal). New Yorkers love a challenge and many of them will find themselves amping up their style game and dressing to the nines just to keep up.

Yet for loyal, fierce Fashion Week fashionistas… 

Fear not! All of your favorite mainstays will be on hand to assert their runway royalty status. From Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren to Tory Burch and Oscar de la Renta, expect these heavy-hitters to bring their stylish A-game to the Spring 2019 slate of fashions. Just as exciting is the much-anticipated return of Vivienne Westwood, and the arrival of newcomers Rodarte and Kozaburo Akasaka - both coming off successful pre-NYFW campaigns to earn a coveted spot on the schedule.

Making your way to the city for the most stylish week on NYC’s calendar of events? Book a suite with us at The Manhattan Club. Located in the heart of the action in Midtown, our luxurious, yet comfortable accommodations are beautifully designed to make you feel right at home.

Cinephiles and Movie Buffs, Rejoice! The 56th New York Film Festival is Almost Here!

Now In Its 56th Year, The New York Film Festival Returns To Celebrate Our Love Of Film

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Fall is fast approaching, and its return heralds in one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year - the 56th New York Film Festival (NYFF56).

Running from September 28 to October 14, screenings will soon start to light up the various venues at Lincoln Center. Founded in 1963, the mission of celebrating and bringing together the work of both the legendary actors and filmmakers, as well as celebrating fresh new talent from around the globe remains the same. So to remains the process of carefully curating all of the new movies that are shown throughout the entire two week period.

All sections of the Film Festival are not equal

Even though the New York Film Festival has the distinction of being a non-competitive event, there are specific designations paid to the most significant premieres that still set them apart from the rest. Annually, 30 films are selected for the festival’s Main Slate. These are the films that you can expect to see peppering the critics’ “Best Of” lists at year’s end. And, with an even further pronouncement of their importance, three films are given the illustrious labels that set them apart from the other 27. This years picks are:

  • Opening Night - The Favourite (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • Centerpiece – Roma (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Closing Night – At Eternity’s Gate (dir. Julian Schnabel)

The Main Slate selections may romance and win us over in the press, but there are others that deserve just as much acclaim. These “spotlights” on Documentary, Projections (avant-garde film), Convergence (interactive storytelling), and Revivals (restorations and rediscoveries) round out the festival, promising something for every movie buff and devoted cinephile.

Never being limited to just movie screenings, the festival also entertains us with a wide variety of glamorous events and lively, interactive panel discussions with the actors, directors and filmmakers.  

With the excitement building, The New York Film Festival is already being marked on everyone's calendar. And, lucky for us, The Manhattan Club is just a short walk away from Lincoln Center, making us the perfect destination for your silver screen stopover.  

Ever Wonder What’s Free in NYC?

Discover some of the best that our city has to offer with our list of what's free in NYC!

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Our city might not be known for being budget-friendly, but it really is possible to enjoy a fabulous NYC getaway without breaking the bank. If you're planning to visit, or even if you live here, why not save when you can, so that you can splurge when you want? Here's how!

Research the “free admission” hours for many of the top NYC museums.
It's a well-kept secret, but many of our museums have “pay what you wish” or "donation only" hours, so check their websites before you go, and plan your visit accordingly. One of the most popular museums, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) even has a Free Friday promotion between the hours of 4 and 8 pm,  

Warm weather means many “priceless” activities to explore.

  • Visit the many public beaches, or take in the sights and sounds of Coney Island (it's free to walk the colorful boardwalk or splash your feet in the ocean, so why not indulge in some delicious carnival eats while you're there).
  • Enjoy the NYC skyline from the decks of the always free, Staten Island Ferry.
  • Take a “Free Tours by Foot” in Central Park, either with a personal tour-guide or with your handy digital device leading the way (thanks to a downloadable app).
  • Check out the free 20 minute kayak rentals on the Hudson River at Pier 26, Pier 96, or Governors Island.
  • Get your best Namaste on while relaxing with some outdoor yoga at Bryant Park (Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings)!

Take in a show for free.

Many of the top daytime and late night shows have free audience taping and backstage tours. See Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, and many other comedy greats - while free, tickets go quickly and should be reserved in advance. And, depending on the time of year, the public parks are also full of free entertainment from concerts, movies, and even Shakespeare!

As always, The Manhattan Club has a variety of special offers and packages that will keep you well within your budget, without limiting any of your fun! 

It’s Not Hard to Find Fun for Kids in NYC

These “hidden gems” will ensure your next family vacation to the city is the best one yet!

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New York City is chock full of can’t-miss destinations. There are the iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, or the tried and true attractions like the Central Park Zoo and Museum of Natural History. Yet for those who are looking for more obscure fun, we've compiled a list of family friendly in NYC “hidden gems!”

SeaGlass Carousel – Housed in Manhattan’s Battery Park, ride your favorite aquatic beast while a changing LED light display creates an underwater ambiance.

The High Line – Incorporating natural greenery and public art, this abandoned elevated train line cuts across the Meatpacking District, providing awe-inspiring views of the picturesque cityscape.

Brooklyn Bridge Park – This area is a treasure trove of activities for the young and young at heart. The carousel’s a surefire delight, but don’t miss out on the amazing playgrounds along the nearby Pier 6!

Pier 51 Hudson River Park – Speaking of “treasure”, this pirate-theme water play park is the perfect way to beat the heat on a sunny summer day!

Teardrop Park – Hidden within Battery City Park, this lush forest of fun doesn’t seem to fit within the urban jungle of NYC! But look up… and the skyscrapers will remind you!

Children’s Museum of the Arts – Three levels of fun dedicated to kids and their enjoyment of art!

MoMath – Don’t let anyone tell you mathematics can’t be cool! Take a trip through the Pythagorean funhouse and you’ll be convinced (along with your kids)!

Now that you know all the hidden places that are fun for kids in NYC, put the cherry on top of this unforgettable sundae of a vacation by booking a suite at The Manhattan Club. Our spacious accommodations offer families all the comfort of home with the luxury and grandeur of NYC!

Come Celebrate 50 Years of the US Open in NYC!

Come and Celebrate the Tennis Championship of the Year with the US Open in NYC 

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It’s hard to beat the final Grand Slam tennis championship of the year in terms of annual attendance. Taking place in 2018 from Monday, August 27 through Sunday, September 9 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the US Open in NYC is expected to draw approximately 700,000 fans to Flushing Meadows.

Tickets are on sale all summer, and although reserved seating for the marquee court at Arthur Ashe Stadium can be limited, most attendees say that the best way to truly experience this phenomenal event is with a “Grounds Pass”, allowing access to all of the other courts at the Center.

No ticket? Don’t worry! New York City fully embraces being the home of the final tennis championship of the year and the excitement cannot be held within the gates of the Center. There are other fun events like US Open Community Day which opens up the grounds for free, allowing all to watch the doubles and juniors compete. Also, the entire week leading up to the tournament has been lovingly dubbed “Fan Week”, with many free events highlighting the lively atmosphere of this “only in New York” tennis event!

If you don’t plan on going to Flushing Meadows, they’re many other ways to catch the action. Bars and restaurants throughout the city host boisterous viewing parties and tennis becomes larger-than-life on the big screen at US Open Live in Madison Square Park and Rockefeller Center.

Why not celebrate the final tennis championship in Grand Slam style with us at The Manhattan Club. Located with convenient access to all of these tennis-inspired attractions, the luxurious comfort of our suites will provide you with the perfect home base for your own personal US Open adventure.

Leave the Wheels at Home and Join Us for Summer Streets in NYC!

See the city like you've never seen it before - Summer Streets in NYC is back

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New York City may be the “city that never sleeps”, with its taxi-laden streets an iconic global image, yet on three consecutive Saturdays in August, a seven-mile stretch of normal cab territory is turned into a breathtaking, pedestrian’s paradise. Say goodbye to gridlock and honking horns, and hello to the Summer Streets in NYC.

During one of the best free events in NYC all summer, more than 75 blocks of Manhattan – from the Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd Street along Park and Lafayette – are closed to traffic. The seven-mile asphalt route will still be laden with thousands of travelers, only this time they will be running, walking, and biking through our beautiful city. Held between 7:00AM to 1:00PM, this trio of six-hour events, sponsored by the Department of Transportation to encourage more sustainable forms of transportation, also celebrates the benefits of a healthy lifestyle with the main emphasis being on fun.

Inspired by similar global events, the iconic Manhattan architecture creates a unique backdrop that is like no other. Along with spectacular views, there are also activities along the way - from the customary rock climbing walls and zip lines, to walking tours and art installations, this annual celebration of the streets of New York is a can’t-miss, free summer event. Last year’s incarnation saw a 270-foot water slide added into the mix. We're hoping it will return, but we'll just have to wait until August 4, 11, and 18 to find out.

Yet don’t wait to plan your perfect Summer Streets getaway at The Manhattan Club - the luxury of our comfortable suites will be sure to provide you with the perfect haven for your pre- and post- pedestrian adventures.

Take in the Bright Lights of Broadway in Bryant Park This Summer!

Lunchtime Just Got Better! Add A Little Bit Of Broadway In Bryant Park To Your NYC Summer

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See the dancing feet that are still on 42nd Street – out of costume and out of their theatres, in one of the best series of free events in NYC all year!

Every year, the top talents that nightly grace the many stages of Broadway get together in one venue to put on a show to the delight of their adoring public. We’re not speaking of the annual Tony Awards, but the outdoor summer concert series, Broadway in Bryant Park. Instead of watching the bright stars on a television screen, or even from the seats of your favorite Broadway theatre, this highly-anticipated event gives us an entirely different perspective and just has to be one of the best ways to spend your lunch hour.  

No costumes, no sets and no real staging. Broadway in Bryant Park, presented by 106.7 Lite FM, is hosted by their popular radio personalities and performed by talented Broadway cast members.

Always considered one of the best free events in NYC during the summer months, this showcase of Broadway’s brightest takes place on The Lawn at Bryant Park every Thursday at 12:30PM (the final installment is set for August 16). The scheduled shows run the gamut of tried and true favorites such as Wicked and Chicago, to the newcomers just waiting to make a splash like SpongeBob SquarePants and The Band’s Visit.

From summer tourists to the business workers taking a Broadway-inspired lunch break, the lawn of Bryant Park will be filled with toe-tapping patrons of the arts!

These performances are always spectacular, so why not plan ahead and allow us to provide the perfect encore by booking a room at The Manhattan Club. Less than a mile from Bryant Park, the comfort of our modernly-appointed suites and the variety of our on-site amenities provide the perfect luxurious haven for relaxation either before or after your special Broadway experience.