December is an exciting time in Long Island City for many reasons, and one of our absolute favorites is TheNYCGrind Ultra Art Bash, an annual festival that will go up this year on Saturday, December 16, from 7 P.M. to midnight.... View Details >
When we were growing up, Thanksgiving meant three things: family, food, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.... View Details >
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).... View Details >
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.... View Details >
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:
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.
Address: 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
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
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.... 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 >
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 >
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 >