Lower Manhattan in summertime
Billy Joel pretty much sums it up in his famous song “New York State of Mind”: there’s really no need to go on holiday when you’ve got the chance to explore New York City in the summertime. New York in summer is absolutely vibrant: there’s something new to see or do every day, and the great weather makes it even better!
In this article, we’ll give you some examples of fun activities to do and things to see in New York City during the summer of 2013. From outdoor movies at Bryant Park to free festivals such as Celebrate Brooklyn! – we’ve got you covered! Read the entire story here…»
Every year, people across the globe ask the same question: where will I celebrate New Year’s Eve this year? If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous and spectacular than your regular New Year’s Eve celebration, celebrate New Year’s Eve away from home this year, in a global city where you can party like never before!
New York City, London and Paris all offer New Year’s Eve celebrations that will make December 31st 2012 a night to remember! For something else entirely, you can also try one of the bubbly cities in the South of France, such as Cannes or Nice, where the New Year’s Eve parties last all night long.
Let yourself be inspired by the New Year’s Eve celebrations across the globe listed in this article to ensure you’ll have the best New Year’s Eve yet!
New Year’s Eve in New York City
The ball drops in New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York City is nothing short of spectacular! Every year crowds gather in Times Square to watch the ball drop as a new year begins, and parties can be found across the city! Read the entire story here…»
Autumn in New York City’s Central Park
On November 22, 2012, Thanksgiving will be celebrated across the United States of America. Originally a harvest thanksgiving ceremony, today the celebration is one of the biggest holidays in the year.
In New York City, the holiday is celebrated with family dinners, a Thanksgiving Parade featuring parade floats, a shopping spree on Black Friday and even an entire Thanksgiving weekend! If you want to experience the phenomenon that is Thanksgiving, New York City is definitely the place to be come November.
In this article we’ll give a short explanation of the history of Thanksgiving, highlight the holiday activities in New York City and give you some accommodation ideas for this family holiday! Read the entire story here…»
A spooky puppet scares the crowd at New York City’s Village Halloween Parade
Throughout the States, October 31st is cause for a grand celebration: Halloween. Every year, children dress up to go trick-or-treating, pumpkins are carved into the most fantastical shapes and horror parties are held throughout the country.
In New York City, it’s not just the kids who dress up. Every year, people from all over the world join the biggest public Halloween event in the States: New York City’s Village Halloween Parade. This popular night parade features giant puppets, performers, musicians and of course people dressed up in the most bizarre costumes! Each year, more than 50,000 people walk in the parade, which is watched by another 2 million people standing along the NYC sidewalks. Read the entire story here…»
UPDATE – November, 2 2012: The New York Marathon has been CANCELLED, as the New York region is still recovering after Hurricane Sandy
New York City Marathon runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
New York City is home to one of the largest and most famous marathons in the world: the ING New York City Marathon. It has been held annually since 1970, and crosses all 5 boroughs of the city.
The race starts in Staten Island near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which takes the runners to Brooklyn. In Brooklyn the runners pass through several neighborhoods, and then continue on to Queens, where the runners take the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan. The runners continue north to the Bronx, and finally end in Manhattan, where the finish line is located in Central Park. This year, the 42-kilometer (26-miles) race will take place on November 4th, 2012. Almost 50,000 runners will compete, and it is estimated that there’ll be more than 2 million people watching the race in the different boroughs.
Whether you’re one of the lucky people who acquired a spot in the marathon, or you’re just coming to New York to cheer on the runners, you’ll be looking for a place to stay. Our New York City vacation rentals and Bed & Breakfasts offer all the amenities you’re used to having at home, as well as the chance to experience the city like a local! Read the entire story here…»
US Open at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens
Every year at the end of the summer, New York City is visited by tennis fanatics from all over the world for the US Open! This year, the famous tennis tournament will take place from Monday August 27th to Sunday September 9th 2012. Since 1978, the US Open has been hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. This means that US Open visitors also- have the chance to explore New York City during the two-week tournament. In fact, many visitors choose to book accommodation in Manhattan, since there is convenient public transportation from Manhattan to Queens.
If you’re coming to New York to enjoy the US Open with your friends and family, choosing a vacation rental is definitely an option to consider! Offering space and unique amenities like a kitchen, your vacation rental will provide you and your friends with a unique experience. You can make this place your home, come and go easily thanks to the convenient proximity of the New York subway, and enjoy the US Open with your loved ones from the comfort of your home away from home! Furthermore, if you choose to stay in a vacation rental apartment in Midtown, Manhattan, you get both a great connection to the US Open and the opportunity to stay in a bustling neighborhood, where you can enjoy visiting many NYC landmarks in between the tennis matches, such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and Times Square! Read the entire story here…»
Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater in New York City
Harlem is one of New York City’s most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. It has also played an extremely important part in the history of the city and the nation. During the Civil Rights Movement, Harlem hosted speakers such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, who actually lived in Harlem for some time. The neighborhood also became known for its unique culture and art. Nowadays, Harlem’s gospel choirs, Jazz music and soul food have become famous throughout the world, as has the iconic Apollo Theater.
Panorama of the Harlem River, Harlem, Central Park and Midtown Manhattan in the background, seen from the Bronx in New York City
To find out more about the neighborhood, check out our video tour of Central and West Harlem. Every year, the neighborhood’s diversity, culture and art is celebrated during Harlem Week: a unique tribute that organizes many events during the summer.
What started in the ‘70’s as just one day of celebrating Harlem has turned into an event that stretches across several weeks. In fact, this year Harlem Week events will begin July 28th 2012 and last until August 25th, for what will be the 38th year of Harlem Week. During this period, the neighborhood’s rich African American, Hispanic, Caribbean and European history will be celebrated with events including concerts, performances, exhibitions, sports events, family programs and, of course, Jazz.
You can check out the full program at the official Harlem Week website, and we will highlight some of the summer’s main events here. Read the entire story here…»
In the first part of this Bastille Day blog series, we highlighted le quatorze Juillet festivities in Paris and Nice, where the 14th of July is one of the biggest holidays of the year. In other countries, the holiday may not be as big an event as it is in France, but there are still many festivities held in cities all over the world! In this second part of the series, we’ll take you across the English Channel to London and then across the Atlantic to end with Bastille Day in New York City. Whether you are an expat who misses the French culture, a true Francophile, or simply someone who enjoys baguettes, crêpes and macarons, Bastille Day 2012 in New York City and London will bring France right to you!
Bastille Day Festival in London
Bastille Festival in London
London is only 2 hours away from Paris by train, so it comes as no surprise that the capital city of the United Kingdom celebrates Bastille Day extensively!
For example, starting July 8th, the Lion & Unicorn Theatre and the Echange Theatre Company in London will even celebrate with an entire Bastille Week! Meanwhile, on the day itself there will be a Bastille Day Celebration at Canada Square Park in Canary Wharf.
The largest free event in London on July 14th 2012, however, will be the Bastille Festival. This festival has been celebrated at Bankside for five consecutive years now. The festival will take place on the southern bank of the Thames River roughly between Southwark Bridge and London Bridge. The free festival’s main locations are the Borough Market between Stoney Street and Bedale Street, and Park Street which will house the French Street Market. Read the entire story here…»
4th of July fireworks in New York City
In our first part of this blog series about Independence Day we presented some of our favorite activities to celebrate the 4th of July 2012 in New York City during the day. In this second part of the series, we will talk about one nightly event only. Namely, if you’re in NYC on the evening of the 4th of July, you simply cannot miss Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacle! Macy’s boasts the largest fireworks display in America, with over 40,000 fireworks exploding across the sky over the Hudson River for almost half an hour. To enjoy the fireworks display to the fullest in NYC, you have to know the best places to watch! So that’s why we’ve assembled a list of the top locations to watch Macy’s Fireworks on the 4th of July, 2012.
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A FDNY fireboat sprays red, white and blue water up in the NYC skies for the 4th of July.
Every year, people from all over the world flock to New York City for one of the biggest holidays of the year: the 4th of July. This year, New Yorkers celebrate the 236th birthday of their nation. Independence Day is a federal holiday filled with celebrations, culminating in New York with the largest pyrotechnic display of the night: Macy’s Fireworks. This event is definitely a must-see, but what to do during the day?
You can take part in a historic walking tour, watch red, white and blue water spray up in the air at the FDNY Fireboat Water Show, go to a parade, or partake in any of the countless other activities in the city. If you’re in NYC for the fourth of July, you’ll have to make a choice as there’s simply too much to see and do in one day! So that’s why we’ve assembled a little guide for you with activities to do during the morning and afternoon. Furthermore, we’ll put together a list of the best places to watch the fireworks at night in the second part of this blog series about the 4th of July. Read the entire story here…»