Memorial Day Weekend in New York City

Memorial Day Weekend in New York City

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial celebration of the start to summer. Pools will open, rooftop restaurants will flourish and beaches will welcome the masses. You don’t have to travel far to celebrate this grandiose event just because you’re residing within the concrete jungle. Here’s a guide to fun, easy-to-access, activities in and around New York City this Memorial Day Weekend: Go to the beach. New York City is an island and islands have beaches, right? Yes! There are plenty of beaches all within an hour’s train ride to and from downtown Manhattan. Depending what type of crowd you are looking for, there’s a beach for everyone. Want to be surrounded by dozens of Manhattanites celebrating a paid vacation? Venture out to Jones Beach on Long Island. Looking for something relaxing and away from the hustle and bustle of NYC? Head over to Fort Tilden Beach in Queens near Far Rockaway and rent a bicycle to access the premises. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, head down to Sandy Hook Beach in New Jersey. Go to the park. Manhattan has over 28,000 acres of municipal parkland. We’re not asking you to trek through all of 28,000 acres but grab a towel (or blanket), snacks, beverages, a good book and some friends (if you’re feeling social) and choose from one of many parks located in and around NYC. For a complete list of which park is best or closest to you, visit the NYC Parks & Recreation website. Go to the parade(s). Truly celebrate Memorial Day by honoring the men and women who sacrifice their lives while serving this country. Choose...
USAToday.com: Lower Manhattan’s boom draws business travelers

USAToday.com: Lower Manhattan’s boom draws business travelers

Lower Manhattan’s boom draws business travelers Charisse Jones The AKA Wall Street is scheduled to open in June, 2016. Of the 27 hotels currently in lower Manhattan, only five existed prior to 2001, according to the Downtown Alliance. In recent years, business travelers visiting New York City often made a beeline for Midtown. But the massive redevelopment that has transformed lower Manhattan into a bustling cultural and business destination is leading a growing number of road warriors to stay, meet and socialize downtown. “It’s only natural that Lower Manhattan is becoming a destination of choice for business travelers,’’ Jessica Lappin, president of the Downtown Alliance, lower Manhattan’s business improvement district,  said in an emailed statement. “We have an array of great new hotel options, a hot dining scene emerging, a retail revolution underway and many of New York City’s most iconic sights.” 12.3 million business travelers visited New York City last year, a number that is expected to see a moderate uptick in 2016, according to NYC & Company, the city’s tourism organization. And many chose to stay south of Chambers Street.  Booking.com says that in both 2015 and 2016 more than one in five of the business travel reservations made through their site were for a room in lower Manhattan. The ability to stay downtown has greatly increased thanks to a hotel building boom over the last several years. Of the 27 hotels currently in lower Manhattan, only five existed prior to 2001, according to the Downtown Alliance. Visitors can now choose from among 5,688 rooms, and another 3,105 rooms are currently in the pipeline. “There were relatively few hotel options downtown so they...
WJLA-TV: Top 6 Pet-Friendly Hotels for Summer Travel

WJLA-TV: Top 6 Pet-Friendly Hotels for Summer Travel

Pet-Friendly Hotels for Summer Travel | WJLA wjla.com/news/lets-talk/pet-friendly-hotels-for-summer-travel (VIDEO) 05/24/16 — For some families, pets are not just a mans best friend, but also a member of the family. Sery Kim, freelance travel and food writer, told us the top six pet-friendly hotels in the US that will treat your pet as well as any...
Canmua.net: Lower Manhattan’s boom draws business travelers

Canmua.net: Lower Manhattan’s boom draws business travelers

Lower Manhattan’s boom draws business travelers canmua.net/new-york/lower-manhattans-boom-draws-business-travelers-829006.html New hotel construction, dining, nightlife and attractions lure visitors from Midtown. In recent years, business travelers visiting New York City often made a beeline for Midtown. But the massive redevelopment that has transformed lower Manhattan into a bustling cultural and business destination is leading a growing number of road warriors to stay, meet and socialize downtown. “It’s only natural that Lower Manhattan is becoming a destination of choice for business travelers,’’ Jessica Lappin, president of the Downtown Alliance, lower Manhattan’s business improvement district,  said in an emailed statement. “We have an array of great new hotel options, a hot dining scene emerging, a retail revolution underway and many of New York City’s most iconic sights.” 12.3 million business travelers visited New York City last year, a number that is expected to see a moderate uptick in 2016, according to NYC & Company, the city’s tourism organization. And many chose to stay south of Chambers Street.  Booking.com says that in both 2015 and 2016 more than one in five of the business travel reservations made through their site were for a room in lower Manhattan. The ability to stay downtown has greatly increased thanks to a hotel building boom over the last several years. Of the 27 hotels currently in lower Manhattan, only five existed prior to 2001, according to the Downtown Alliance. Visitors can now choose from among 5,688 rooms, and another 3,105 rooms are currently in the pipeline. “There were relatively few hotel options downtown so they didn’t have much choice,’’ Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company says of business travelers. “The majority of...
TravelSkills.com: 4 brand new hotels in New York City

TravelSkills.com: 4 brand new hotels in New York City

4 brand new hotels in New York City travelskills.com/2016/05/19/4-new-hotels-new-york/ So many new hotels have been opening in New York City that we haven’t been able to keep up with them all in our periodic new hotel updates. So in an effort to catch up, here’s an all-New York update on some of the latest developments on the Big Apple lodging scene. Spacious accommodations at the Q&A Residential Hotel. (Image: Furnished Quarters) In lower Manhattan, longer-stay travelers have a couple of new lodging options. One is the Q&A Residential Hotel, the first commercial hotel from the business apartment company Furnished Quarters. Guest units of 500 to 1,400 square feet are designed to serve as apartment-style accommodations for business travelers (although there is no minimum stay requirement), most of them no doubt in the financial services industry. Located at 70 Pine Street – the old art-deco landmark AIG Building –the hotel is just a couple of blocks from the New York Stock Exchange. Guest units have full-sized kitchens, smart TVs and walk-in closets; some have washers and dryers. Advance purchase rates start at $371. Not far away at 84 William Street is the newest Manhattan location for AKA, which operates buildings with serviced residential-style suites for longer-stay business travelers. The new 132-unit AKA Wall Street has studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with hardwood floors, kitchens, free premium cable TV services including HBO, free local phone calls with voicemail, and free Wi-Fi, among other amenities. It has a 24-hour staffed front desk, free laundry facilities, housekeeping, and same-day dry cleaning, as well as a fitness center and business center. The property is...