"One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years." So pronounced American author Tom Wolfe, and we agree wholeheartedly. Whether this is your first time in Manhattan or your thirty-first, every trip has the potential to be wildly different from the last,
thanks to the limitless things to do at any given moment. Conveniently, Kimpton Hotels give you no fewer than four midtown hotels in the center of all the action. Because while this city never sleeps, we highly suggest you do at some point.
So pick from the best events in NYC, pick a Kimpton Hotel, and get ready to claim this town as your own.
Antiques at the Armory: Everything and the (Very Old) Kitchen Sink
JANUARY: (Jan. 25-27) Where can you find an Art Nouveau silver cane with sapphires, a seven-inch watercolor of an 1830s American girl, a 100-year-old wooden mask from the Congo and a turn-of-the-century Italian marble bench—all under one roof? Only at the Antiques at the Armory show, of course. Step off the streets of modern Manhattan and find yourself slipping back in time as you browse the offerings of 100 exhibitors who specialize in unique (and often affordable) antiques. Who knows? You might just find the pre-1900s milk glass oil lamp of your dreams.
FEBRUARY: (Feb. 1) You're invited to the birthday party of one of New York's most famous landmarks: Grand Central. The terminal, which turns 100 in 2013, is more than just a train station: it's an icon, a stunning Beaux Arts building, complete with 60-foot arched windows, Tennessee marble floors and a ceiling mural of the night sky in cerulean blue and gold leaf. Other invited guests include Caroline Kennedy, Spike Lee and other well-known New Yorkers. We'll be there, and we hope you will too. (Party hats optional. But you know you want to.)
FEBRUARY: (Feb. 11-12) If you love our furry friends as much as we do, you'll flip for the Westminster Dog Show. Watch thousands of perfectly coiffed pooches compete for Best in Show, and root for your favorite, or for the underdog. (We've heard two new breeds will be at the show this year—congrats to the Russell Terrier and the Treeing Walker Coonhound!) Bring Fido with you; all Kimpton hotels are pet friendly and we want our four-legged guests to feel as pampered as our two-legged ones.
MARCH: (Mar. 12-15) The cheers of the crowd. The squeal of shoes against a freshly polished court. The swish of the net. The adrenaline, the sweat, the glory of winning and the pain of defeat. Get swept up in the competition at the NCAA men's basketball Big East tournament in Madison Square Garden, where teams have been vying for top spot for over three decades. Conveniently, our Eventi Hotel is an easy seven-minute walk away. And while you won't hear the sounds of the court from your room, you just might catch a bit of March Madness in the air.
APRIL: (Apr. 9-10) For five days each spring, New York City welcomes young musical hopefuls to the International Music Festival. Six high school music groups and two college ensembles are selected by audition to visit the big city and fine-tune their acts. Their experience is capped off by two nights of performances at Carnegie Hall—which is where you come in. Whether you’re a fan of Glee or just can’t get enough choreographed group numbers, the festival performances are sure to satisfy your craving for all-things-song-and-dance.
MAY: (May 23-30, 2013) No need for a periscope—Fleet Week New York will be an obvious spectacle. Each year in May, thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen come ashore in Manhattan to honor the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. It's your chance to tour visiting ships and witness the latest capabilities of today's sea services. Not to mention a touching Memorial Day ceremony and perhaps most striking of all: The Parade of Sail, a procession of ships entering New York Harbor around to Manhattan's starboard side (a.k.a. West Side). The views of the Parade of Sail should be especially stunning from Kimpton's Ink 48.
JUNE: You can count on New York to make Pride Week larger than life. It all starts on Friday June 28 with a kickoff Rally at the East River Bandshell. From there, count on a non-stop Pride ride through Family Night, VIP Rooftop Party, Rapture on the River, PrideFest, The March and finally, kick up your heels once last time at the Dance on the Pier Sunday June 30.
JULY: If you've never done it, you really should celebrate the Fourth of July in Manhattan. The fireworks display alone is reason to book your trip: picture 40,000 shells launched from six barges on the Hudson River. Located closest to the action, Kimpton's Ink 48 has unobstructed views of this dramatic light show, synchronized with a medley of musical styles. While the sun's still up, you can try to beat last year's winner of the famous Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, who ate 68 in 10 minutes. But a picnic in Central Park would be just as American.
AUGUST: (Aug. 26-Sept. 9) Tennis connoisseur or not, you can't help but get revved up about the sport when you're watching the world's most elite players battle it out on the court. Extreme physical prowess blends with pure desire to win, and there are sure to be surprises along the way. And you'll just have to be here and see for yourself. Conveniently, our own 70 Park Avenue Hotel is just four blocks from Grand Central terminal, and from there the 7 subway train will take you directly to the U.S. Open.
SEPTEMBER: (Sept. 5-12) Want a sneak peek at next year's chic? The biannual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is your runway to all things stylish. Held at the illustrious Lincoln Center, Fashion Week showcases hot new designers, exciting collaborations, new faces of the modeling world and more. And don't forget the parties—practical application for those designer ensembles.
OCTOBER: (Oct. 10-13) Calling all fans of pop culture: New York Comic Con is the East Coast's largest celebration of comics, toys, TV, movies, games, anime and manga (Japanese comics). Yes, this is that convention where people dress up as their favorite comic book and anime heroes. So don't be surprised if you spot Hellboy strolling through Hell's Kitchen or Super Woman strutting through Central Park. We can't think of a more colorful time to come visit New York.
NOVEMBER: (Nov. 28) What better way to kick off the holiday season than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City? The two-hour spectacle is a Thanksgiving feast for the eyes, with phenomenal floats, TV and movie stars, marching bands and those colossal balloons in the shapes of characters we love. You can even watch the balloons as they are inflated at 3PM on Wednesday Nov. 27 at 79th St. and Columbus Ave. Just a little insider tip from us to you.
(Nov. 8 - Dec. 30) Even if it hasn't yet snowed in New York by December, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular will spark your holiday spirit. In the signature "Parade of Wooden Soldiers," the Rockettes entrance the audience as they line up sideways and fall backward in slow motion. The New York Times compared the performance to "something by Dalí." Then there's the Living Nativity, the first Christmas unfolding in splendor before your eyes. All at the world's largest indoor theater, which happens to be just blocks away from The Muse New York. Spectacular? We have to agree.