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Over the past the couple decades, as Manhattan real estate has continued to price out young artists trying to make a name for themselves, Queens has emerged as a haven for today’s best up-and-coming artists. One of the most venerable anchoring institutions of the Queens art community is the Noguchi Museum, founded in 1985 by famed Japanese-American artists Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988).

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A testament to the bohemian grit of the Long Island City artistic community, Socrates Sculpture Park is the result of a 1986 effort by American sculptor Mark di Suvero to transform an illegal dumping ground into an outdoor public space for local artists.

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Given NYC’s ever increasing number of bike lanes, coupled with the popular Citi Bike program, we recommend you check out our gorgeous metropolis in the most eco-conscious and healthy way possible. Here are a few of our favorite trails to get you started.

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For most of us, the words “ramen noodles” conjure up visions of spartan dorm rooms and late nights poring over problem sets or term papers. But those lucky folks who’ve experienced Mu Ramen know better.

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Bust out your limericks and get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Lock arms with the one you love and accompany a guide for these charming walkthroughs, inspired by Valentine’s Day.

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Turning your attention to warmer things makes cold weather a snap.

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Stage productions in Manhattan are flecked with white through the winter season.

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A cherished Manhattan tradition, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual pageant of giant floats and larger-than-life-sized festivities.

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Catch sight of creepy reptiles, black bats, and much more in the New York Botanical Garden.

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The United States' first competition exclusive to street food are the Vendy Awards at La Marqueta in East Harlem, New York. 

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There may be no better time to be strolling through Queens than mid to late-September.

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Sneaking through the East Village, browsing the sketchy parts of Chelsea, or catching the train north you’re bombarded with slick bills advertising the biggest acts.

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Want to see NYC in a whole new way? With a growing number of bike lanes and a Citi Bike program, New York is quickly becoming of the more bike-friendly cities. And what better way to see the city sights and enjoy the city breeze than on two wheels? When you ride in NYC, you see so many interesting things that you wouldn’t be able to see by any other mode of transportation. Celebrate Bike Month and check out some of our favorite NYC Bike Routes near our Long Island City hotel:

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If ramen makes you think of the cheap packets of supermarket noodles, then that just means you haven’t checked out Mu Ramen yet. 

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Are you an art lover? A fan of fine arts? Then this is the event for you! Every March artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York City their destination during Armory Arts Week. 

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Most people visiting New York City know about the MoMA, but they might not be aware of its offshoot, the MoMA PS1, an exhibition space in what used to be a public school that had been abandoned that is dedicated to showcasing lesser-known and emerging contemporary artists. Located just five minutes from our Long Island City hotel, the museum’s current exhibition, "Greater New York," focuses on works from artists living and working in the city. A huge facility, it’s easy to spend the better part of a day there, and the café is a great place to break for lunch. The museum also puts on many different events and programs, including Warm Up, an outdoor music series that serves as a platform for experimental live music. The MoMA PS1 is beloved by locals, criminally overlooked by visitors, and completely worth checking out. 

MoMA PS1
Address: 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

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If you’re a fan of craft beer, you’ve probably already sampled most of the bigger breweries the Big Apple has to offer, but you might’ve missed Singlecut Beer Smiths. The first microbrewery in Queens since the days of Prohibition, Singlecut is small enough to dip under people’s radars, but after a sip of one of their flagship beers like Billy, their Full Stack IPA, and you’ll be converted into a fan. Located less than fifteen minutes from our Long Island City hotel, Singlecut’s taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday and offers free brewery tours, no reservation needed. While visitors can enjoy drinks, food and even live music in the taproom, they also have the option of getting a growler to go. So go check out Singlecut before they take off and you can say you knew them when. 

Address: 19-33 37th Street, New York

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In New York City, the options for celebrating New Year’s Eve are endless, whether you are looking for something low-key, all-out spectacular or an activity somewhere in the middle.

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You’re already seeing wrapping paper, holiday decorations and TV commercials to alert you – the official launch of the holiday season is almost upon us! And, New York City continues to bustle with tons of fun and spirited activities for you to enjoy. Here’s some of what we’re looking forward to over the next few weeks.

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Halloween is just a few days away, and then within the blink of eye, Thanksgiving and the holidays will be upon us âÂ?" and there is a near-endless list of fun activity to enjoy in New York City. Here's a glimpse of what we're looking forward to next month.... View Details >
We're in the throes of another New York City fall enjoying apple picking, visiting fall festivals, wandering corn mazes, and of course eating and drinking everything pumpkin! Here are a few picks for some great places where you can satisfy your taste buds with this spectacular, seasonal flavor.... View Details >
If you’re looking for a unique Halloween experience, check out Central Park Conservancy’s Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla. Located about... View Details >
New York City pulsates with a captivating cultural vibe embracing cinema, gastronomy, music and more âÂ?" and that showcase thrives during festivals throughout the year. September, in particular, is a busy time for festival fever here!... View Details >
New York City is a city full to bursting with museums, and while you’ve most likely already planned to check... View Details >
Labor Day weekend is just a few weeks away but there’s still enough time to make the remaining days –... View Details >
If you’re looking for a peaceful place to relax that also happens to have a killer view, we recommend checking... View Details >
The summer beckons us to embrace the outdoors at every turn – think the beach, swimming, exploring all corners of... View Details >
With July being National Hot Dog Month – and coming off the July 4th Nathan’s hot dog eating contest –... View Details >
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the break-neck pace of New York City and looking for a place to relax and... View Details >
New York City is one of the best places to be in the country when it comes to celebrating July 4. And, our home borough of Queens will be one of the optimum places to experience the 2015 Macy's fireworks celebration. ... View Details >
On June 20th, Coney Island is being taken over by denizens of the deep for the 33rd annual Mermaid Parade.... View Details >
One of our favorite things about summer is how New York City completely embraces the idea of being outside, especially when it comes to free movies, concerts and theater. ... View Details >
Everyone's going to MOMA, the Met and the Museum of Natural History, but less than ten minutes from the Holiday... View Details >
We've weathered the winter and now Memorial Day weekend is almost here! It's the official kick-off of summer, and there are endless activities in New York City for you to enjoy with friends and family over the holiday weekend.... View Details >
Spring is here in New York City, and the abundance of parks throughout the five boroughs beckons the outdoor-lover in all of us. Call it an "active awakening" if you will. Exploring local parks with their wide open spaces for walking, running, biking, dog-walking and relaxing is an ideal way to spend the day with friends and family.... View Details >
If you're visiting Manhattan, you'll likely be spending the entire day tied up in meetings or taking in all of... View Details >
It's tax day âÂ?" April 15 âÂ?" and we hope you're one of the lucky to qualify for a refund. Once you've got that deposit in hand, or in your account, the next decision is whether to save or spend. We're thinking spendâÂ?¦... View Details >
Now that spring is officially here in New York City, it's a fantastic time of year to celebrate the rich and diverse tapestry of activities found throughout our home.... View Details >
Today is the first day of spring, and we are thrilled to welcome the new season in New York City! We love the warming temperatures, but one of our favorite reasons for our love affair with spring is baseball. Pitchers and catchers signal to us that spring is indeed here!... View Details >
Flea & Food, one of our favorite Long Island City events returns in April (at last!), bringing with it one of the most finely curated seasonal markets we've ever seen. ... View Details >
The upcoming Easter and Passover holidays remind us of the importance of spending time together with family, friends and those closest to our hearts. Creating memories over old rituals âÂ?" and activities that may inspire new traditions âÂ?" are very much at the core of meaningful holiday expression. ... View Details >
Beyond the frigid temperatures that we expect from winter in New York City, we look forward to a "spring awakening" coming next month. From among the snow and ice, we welcome the warmth of spring activities to defrost our spirits inside and out!... View Details >
In March, celebrate Manhattan's Irish history and heritage at the country's oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade, which has been marching up Fifth Avenue (between 44th and 79th Streets) for more than 250 years. ... View Details >
Even though for many in New York City it wasn't the blizzard we thought it would be, it's still winter so snow isn't a surprise. We love the change of seasons in our home city where the landscape is an idyllic complement to winter, spring, summer or fall.... View Details >
As we all know, February heralds romance more than probably any other month of the year. And, choosing how to celebrate can be challenging when there are countless way of doing so in a city as vibrant and full of love and life as New York City.... View Details >
With all the hoopla surrounding The Interview, it's fun to take a look back at the history, technique and technology that surrounds filmmaking and other forms of moving image. ... View Details >
The New Year is around the corner so the time is right to start planning your trip (and hopefully multiple trips) to New York City in January and February.... View Details >
The holiday experiences in our area continue to awe and inspire city-goers. Whether you call New York City or the surrounding suburbs your home, or if you're vacationing in the five boroughs âÂ?" New York City is a delightful place to be this month!... View Details >
If you love a great Manhattan walk, we've got one you won't want to miss this holiday season: the High Line. Once an old freight train line than ran between 11th and 34th Streets, it's a prime (and quite beautiful) example of how to create green space in the crowded concrete jungle of Manhattan.... View Details >
New Year's Eve is one of those occasions where the ways in which people celebrate truly run the gamut from sedate (including sleeping through midnight) to all-out spectacular. However you opt to ring in 2015, the options are endless in New York City.... View Details >
The list of ways to relish the holiday season and spirit in New York is endless - viewing the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, holiday shopping, holiday shows, and so much more!... View Details >
Just three miles from our New York hotel, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) is arguably the most influential museum of modern art in the entire world, and no art lover's trip to New York is complete without spending at least few hours there.... View Details >
Beyond making a list of holiday gifts you plan to purchase, try your hand at writing a list for you and your family, of NYC winter experiences to delight in during the festive season. Let us help you get started!... View Details >
It's hard to believe, but turkey time and Christmas presents are just around the corner. So, it's not too early to start thinking about how you can enjoy Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holidays in New York City, a place like no other when it comes to celebrating the spirit of the season.... View Details >
Sure, neighboring New York City has its fair share of inspiring spaces but it's not always necessary to head to the Big Apple for a cultural fix. One of our favorite Long Island City attractions is the SculptureCenter, an airy and open space dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. ... View Details >
Fall is a fantastic time of year in New York City. The crisp, colorful leaves are gorgeous and the coolness of the air is delightful, and what complements the season are the fun and exciting things you can do throughout the boroughs. So, consider the Holiday Inn Manhattan View your home base during your fall-time stay in the city.... View Details >
A celebration of Chinese culture is taking place in our home borough of Queens this weekend the 24th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival comes to Flushing Meadows Corona Park (at Meadow Lake) Saturday, August 9 to Sunday, August 10. ... View Details >
Most of the world's major tennis matches have been played so far this year. New champions' names are added to the list of best-in-the-world. But until they play the US Open, it's still game on! This year's prize money has risen to a record $38.3 million, with $3 million awarded to each of the singles winners.... View Details >
Holiday Inn Manhattan View always takes pleasure in welcoming families to our hotel. While that first encounter with our Front Desk associates may find tired kids and harried parents looking for credit cards or backpacks, by day two everyone is rested and anxious to see all the "great stuff" that is New York. We share our own favorites, help with city subways and buses, give great hints on where to eat, how to save money, and where much needed breaks can also be special. ... View Details >
New York City - specifically the borough of Queens - has been declared the most ethnically diverse community in the world! No wonder World Cup 2014 frenzy has taken over, and we can boast our local fans from 100 nations, shouting out in 138 languages, will be among the world's noisiest. ... View Details >
There is but one Coney Island and it is only in Brooklyn! There is no Coney Island Las Vegas, or Coney Island II. And each ride and every food stand is individually owned, this is not a corporate amusement park, it is Coney Island! ... View Details >
With this dreadful Polar Ice winter finally behind us and, so far, this spring a very mixed bag, we New Yorkers and Visitors dream and long for an amazing summer, June through September, possibly October. With so many local and citywide events planned, some part of a national effort, calendars are filling with urls, notes and plans.The Holiday Inn Manhattan View has researched events for our guests with much... View Details >
Holiday Inn Manhattan View Celebrates July 4th! Come celebrate with us! That sound of whistles and whoops you may be hearing from where you are right now is coming from Long Island City; and all along the Queens' side of the East River... View Details >
It's Fat Tuesday!! Looking for a place to celebrate tonight?! Check out the list below for suggestions! ... View Details >
February in its entirety now seems like a blur. During this short month, we've seen everything from crazy snowstorms to the Olympics to political controversy; In case this month was a blur for you as well, here's a recap!... View Details >
Let the fun begin! Super Bowl weekend in New York City is going to be more than amazing. If you're in town make sure you add these fun events to your list.... View Details >
Extend your healthy habits beyond January! Health guru Cassandra Bodzak is on a mission to get everyone healthy, happy and having their cake and eating it, too. Bodzak, 26, is a health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and also runs GoSweetandSkinny.com, a website filled with yummy recipes, helpful tips and information.... View Details >
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Ringing in the New Year is always exciting, from house parties to quiet dinners, everyone across the globe has their way of celebrating. In case you should find yourself without a plan this chilly New Year's Eve, see one of our suggestions below and ring the new year in right. ... View Details >
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The holiday season brings out the joy in all of us and the memories created are almost never forgotten. As we prepare to spend these memorable days with family and friends, we at Holiday Inn Manhattan View would like to wish you all many merry days. ... View Details >
Enjoy a well thought out meal, relax on the couch for an afternoon of football, or travel to an exotic destination if that's more your speed. Staying in town or visiting New York City? The 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is a must see!... View Details >
November brings along with it the changing of the leaves, cooler weather and the slight smell of the approaching holiday season. It's the time to celebrate what we are thankful for and what we have to look forward to in the coming year. Whether you celebrate the holidays in the most traditional way or prefer to take a different approach, New York City has something for everyone to enjoy, locals and visitors alike.... View Details >
You're so excited to go on vacation and so concerned about whether you packed enough, you forget to lock the back door. You don't remember until the first day of your trip, and then spend precious relaxation time trying to get in touch with someone at home who can lock the door. That doesn't sound like a way to relax during your stay in a New York City hotel, does it? That is why we have created this list of tips to make sure you enjoy peace of mind while you're away.... View Details >
How many times have you found yourself overwhelmed while trying to pack? You don't need to be overwhelmed anymore! Traveling can be a great experience, especially if you learn how to pack light and efficiently. It is a lot easier to enjoy yourself when you aren't worried about carrying tons of luggage, and you'll save some money too! If you'll be staying at a New York City hotel, these tips will help you pack light!... View Details >
If you're spending time in a New York City hotel and want to tour Manhattan, you can see the sights pretty easily; and in this case, you can do it with a twist! The Ride gives passengers the quintessential New York with a kick. This isn't just a bus ride, it's a bus ride combined with a theatrical experience. Turning the city into a stage with music, dance, and loads of info about the city, The Ride is a super-sized, technologically amped bus that travels the streets of the city. ... View Details >
At first, getting around New York City can seem intimidating to visitors. In truth, however, it's very easy especially since New York has the most extensive and varied public transportation system in the country. Your options are many. Here are the basics!... View Details >
t's the weekend that kicks off all the good times that will follow for the next three months. The idea is a nice one. But it's important to remember that Memorial Day is not about celebrating the start of the summer months. No, this holiday weekend is about something much more important than that: Honoring the men and women who have given their lives in the Armed Forces.... View Details >
When it comes to sports rivalries, New York City is involved in perhaps the biggest one in all of sports: The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. No rivalry is more heated or has existed longer. But a less well known but equally heated rivalry exists in this town that doesn't sleep: The friendly rivalry between the Mets and Yankees. ... View Details >
It's no secret that craft beer has seen explosive growth across America. There are now more than 2,500 breweries either in operation or about to open, and the country's taste for full, flavorful beers only continues to grow. That trend towards artisanal beer is sweeping through New York City, too, where a number of breweries and many fantastic beer bars are now operating to great success. Some are even right here in Long Island City!... View Details >
New York City is known for its sports, nightlife, and hustle and bustle, but when it comes to spending time in New York, it also boasts something else worth talking about: Some of the world's best museums. Here are five of the best you HAVE to see when you are staying in New York hotels.... View Details >
While many hunker down with blankets and hot chocolate during the colder months, many others like to travel or have to travel for business reasons. Traveling to New York City, or anywhere else for that matter, may seem like a hassle during the winter, but these tips can help you keep your sanity and make your trip easier.... View Details >
There is something special about Christmastime in New York City. There is magic in the air. If you plan to visit New York City, there are few better times than during the holiday season. The city is glowing with even more lights than usual, there are countless things to do, and the welcoming atmosphere gives the lie to the idea that New Yorkers are a tough bunch. ... View Details >