With rainy April days behind us, May is one of the best months to visit New York City! Take full advantage of the warmer weather by participating in the many outdoor activities the city has to offer. The concierges at Library Hotel Collection put together a list of their favorite things to do during a May visit to the ‘City that Never Sleeps’.
Mother’s Day Weekend
Make mom feel special Mother’s Day and plan a fun weekend. New York Botanical Garden hosts a spectacular garden party with live music, games, picnicking, and more. Advanced reservations are needed for the picnic brunch from STARR. For more info visit: www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2017/weekends/mothers-day-weekend/index.php
Memorial Day Weekend
Before heading off to a barbecue party, first consider honoring and remembering the fallen heroes who served the United States in times of war with the annual parades held all over the five boroughs. Memorial Day is on the last Monday in May every year and for this year, it falls May 29th. For more information on the locations for the parades visit: www.nycgo.com/events/memorial-day-parade
One would assume that you cannot see stars in New York City but that’s not entirely true! Any Tuesday, starting in April until October, you will have the opportunity to peer through high-powered telescopes to see beautiful stars when you visit the High Line. The telescopes are located on the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck on the High Line at 14th Street. It is free, no need to RSVP! For more information visit: www.thehighline.org/activities/stargazing
Get your boogie on at the Annual Dance Parade on Saturday, May 20th! The parade kicks off at 1PM starting at 21st Street and Broadway. The dancers will dance down Broadway in history of dance order. Enjoy African beats, Samba, Tango, Waltz and many more beautiful diverse dance styles. The parade ends in the Tomkins Square Park where you can also take some free dance lessons! For more information visit: www.danceparade.org/
An exciting tradition beginning in 1984 is a week dedicated to honoring US Navy and Marine Corps all throughout New York City. Starting May 24th until May 30th, the public are invited to visit the ships and enjoy various performances throughout the city. Often the highlight of the week is a Memorial Day remembrance of those who have fallen for the United States. For more information visit: www.militarynews.com/app/fleetweeknewyork/
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
A festival perfect for all food lovers! The weekend of May 20-21, 9th avenue closes to cars and for two days the streets fill with scents from delicious dishes. Food is not the only attraction though; visitors can enjoy music and dance shows. For more information visit: www.ninthavenuefoodfestival.com
Five Borough Bike Tour
Discover NYC on a bike by riding 42 miles through all five boroughs. This event is one of the biggest bike events in the United States. This year, the Five Borough Bike Tour takes place on May 7th. If you are interested, registration is required ahead of time. The tour starts in Lower Manhattan, riding up North to Central Park then Harlem and the Bronx before returning south along the East River on the FDR Drive. The tour continues towards Queens and Brooklyn where bikers will take the highway before getting on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Staten Island.
For more information visit: www.bike.nyc/events/td-five-boro-bike-tour
The Five Boro Craft Beer Festival
Calling all beer lovers! On May 12th, visit Brooklyn to partake in the festival no craft beer fan would want to miss. You pay one price for the evening, which allows you to choose from over 100 brews. Catered food and live music is provided as well. Get your tickets soon as space is limited. For more information visit: fiveborocraftbeerfest.com
Food Book Fair
Between May 11 and 14th, you can find your new favorite cookbook at the Food Book Fair. During this three day event you can enjoy a wide range of events from author talks, to tastings, to fairs with indie food publications. A few of the speakers are: Mario Batali, chef, author, educator, TV host; Christine Muhlke, editor-at-large, Bon Appétit; Genevieve Ko, author, “Better Baking.” For more information visit: http://www.foodbookfair.com
Spring has sprung! If you are visiting New York City, there is no shortage of fun and exciting activities to keep you entertained. The Library Hotel Collection Concierge team would love to help you plan your upcoming stay with us so please contact us with any questions.
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Let’s face it, there is no bad time to visit New York City. Manhattan is a good idea, no matter when you decide to come. It just depends on why you want to visit or if you enjoy crowds or perhaps you like to enjoy a bit of peace (hard to find in this city that doesn’t sleep). With 2016 coming to a close and the fantasies of 2017 nearing, we know you all want to get a head start booking your city escape! But when is the best time? That’s the question! You can come during fashion week (oh! the clothes!), or maybe US Open (got to LOVE tennis), there is also shopper’s weekends (crowds, crowds, crowds!) Whatever blows your hair back, we want to make sure you get the most out of your trip. See the most economical times to visit and the days you might want to book in advance before prices start to increase! Dates in green will get you the most for your money and dates in red signify that you should book as early as possible.
- BOOK EARLY! ROOMS GO QUICKLY ON: Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
- GREAT DEALS ON: Sundays, Mondays, and Fridays!
- HOLIDAY WEEKENDS: New Year’s, Martin Luther King Day
- RESTAURANT WEEK: Great time to enjoy NYC fine dining at discounted prices!!
At the Library Hotel Collection, we want each of our guests to have the best experience possible while staying with us! We are so fortunate to have four unique properties in New York City, all of which offer our Signature Style of Hospitality to travelers from around the world. We would love to assist you in finding the best hotel for your visit to ‘The Big Apple’, so please don’t hesitate to contact our skilled Guest Service Agents with any questions! You may not have to, though… because if you’re planning an NYC getaway that the entire family will love, look no further than our very own Hotel Giraffe. We’ve already shared how family-friendly this hidden gem is, but their new ‘Not Just 4 Kids’ program is so great we want to shout it from the rooftops. Family travel has never been cooler.