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    Kayak Under the Brooklyn Bridge

    August 01

    Perhaps you've seen Manhattan by foot, walked the Brooklyn Promenade, taken the subway to Harlem, ferried to Ellis Island, and biked around Randall's Island. But have you kayaked under the Brooklyn Bridge?

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    Pinknic on Randall's Island

    July 01

    Third time's a charm for one trending New York summertime tradition. In three years, Pinknic has grown so big, it needs an island, Randall's Island, all to itself! What's all the fuss about? Where else are you asked to wear pink and white while eating, drinking, and dancing the day away? That's what we thought.

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    Go Sight Sailing with Lobster and Beer

    June 03

    When the city gets too hot, too sticky and too crowded, take to the water. Shy of getting wet, what better way to cool off than with Clipper City Lobster and Beer Lovers Sail. On the first and third Tuesdays of the June, starting at 7:00 pm, climb aboard a two-hour sight-sailing excursion. 

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    Watch a Movie on the Intrepid

    May 01

    The end of May marks the unofficial beginning of summer and New York offers an endless number of ways to kick off the season of long sunny days and late nights. It might not have occurred to you that a ship deck could be a great place to spend one of those evenings, but right onboard the Intrepid, docked on the shore of the Hudson River, you can! 

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    Tartan Day Parade

    April 01

    It's kind of a big deal even if you aren't Scottish! Sixth Avenue will be overrun with everything Tartan, so why not join tens of thousands of other revelers and have some fun? April 6th is the date of this year's Tartan Day Parade in New York.

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    Celebrate Fashion in Style

    March 04

    Sightseeing couldn't be easier when you have a museum for a neighbor. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is celebrating its 50th anniversary and it's showing off in style.

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    A Sweet Deal for Your Sweetheart

    February 01

    It's Valentine's Day, and you want chocolate for your other half. Flowers, too. And some bubbly to toast to the sweet medley of it all. But you've waited until the last minute and the florist's phone is busy. What will you do? Book a room at Hotel Hayden!

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    Extend the Holidays at the New York Botanical Garden Train Show

    January 01

    All aboard! One of New York City’s favorite holiday traditions is back and chugging through the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory in the Bronx Botanical Gardens

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  • Make Dyker Heights' Christmas Lights a New Tradition

    December 03

    Grab a pair of sunglasses and join the crowds in Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. A beloved Christmas tradition for tourists and locals alike, this stroll through the neighborhood will outshine any home lights display you've ever seen.

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  • Mr. Brainwash Draws Attention to A Good Cause

    November 05

    Mr. Brainwash does it again. The world-famous graffiti artist has returned to New York to capture imaginations and tug at the heartstrings of believers fighting for the lives of head and neck cancer patients.

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  • I AM a Robot!: The 45th Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

    October 01

    Now in its 45th year, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade—hailed as the most outrageously creative public participatory parade in the country—will once again light up the NYC streets on October 31 at 7 pm As part of this year’s festivities, Hotel Hayden is thrilled to announce that we have been named the Official Hotel of the Parade.

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  • Lights, Camera, Action!

    September 03

    When you think of the movie industry, the first image that pops into your head probably has something to do with the glitz and celebrity of Hollywood. Here in NYC, though, there’s no shortage of fantastic celebrations of cinema.

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  • Jazzing Up Summer on Governors Island

    August 06

    Though we’re still two years away from the 2020s, we’re only weeks away from the 1920s. On August 25 and 26, from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M., thousands of partygoers will ferry over to Governors Island for the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party.

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  • Shakespeare in the Park: A Night of Comedy

    July 02

    When New York’s Public Theater opened its doors in 1967 for the world premiere of Hair, a musical about the sexual revolution and anti-war protest, the venue immediately made its mark on the New York drama scene.

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  • New York Has Pride

    June 03

    In June 1969 the Stonewall Riots took place in New York’s Greenwich Village, catalyzing the modern LGBT rights movement. Now, nearly 50 years later, June is widely recognized as LGBT Pride Month with celebrations in towns and cities around the world.

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  • Japan Day in Central Park

    May 09

    If you’re in New York on Sunday, May 13, there are two things you must remember to do: number 1, call your mom to wish her a happy Mother’s Day, and number 2, venture out to Central Park to enjoy the 12th annual Japan Day, a major cultural festival that celebrates all things having to do with the Land of the Rising Sun. 

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  • The New York City Ballet Celebrates Jerome Robbins

    April 01

    One of the world’s most acclaimed dance companies, the New York City Ballet has delighted audiences for 70 years. Now, as they open their spring 2018 season, the NYCB prepares to pay tribute to one of its founding choreographers, Jerome Robbins, in a series of performances that run from May 3rd through the 20th.

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  • The Forty-Fourth Annual Macy’s Flower Show

    March 06

    If you’re anything like us, you’re definitely fantasizing about hanging up that winter coat for the last time and finally getting to enjoy the warm spring sun again. As it turns out, one of the best places to welcome the spring in New York City is actually indoors.

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  • Mardi Gras in New York City

    February 06

    New Orleans may be over a thousand miles away, but here in New York, we still know how to do Mardi Gras right. If you’re looking to celebrate on February 13, check out these hotspots for a little Big Easy in the Big Apple.

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  • Warm Up Winter with Some Cool Jazz in NYC

    January 08

    With Mardi Gras just a month away, we thought you might appreciate a rundown of some of our favorite jazz clubs. The Big Apple turns Big Easy at these Manhattan hot spots.

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  • The Stunning Window Displays of Fifth Avenue

    December 06

    The Christmas season is a magical time in New York. When you’re ready to get some serious shopping done, head over to 5th Avenue, where you’ll find not only world-class merchandise but some of the most impressive window displays you’ve ever seen. 

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  • The Largest Parade on Earth

    November 06

    In some cities across America, once Halloween has run its course, folks eagerly turn their attention directly to Christmas. Here in New York, however, we know that November means Thanksgiving, and, if you’re one of the 50 million viewers who tune in to NBC on Thanksgiving Day, you know that the morning of Thursday, November 23, means just one thing: the 94th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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  • The Rink at Rockefeller Center

    October 07

    One of New York City’s most famous complexes, Rockefeller Center comprises 19 high-rise buildings and 22 acres of prime Midtown real estate. At the heart of this vibrant commercial center is The Rink.

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  • The New York Film Festival: An Entire World of Cinema at Lincoln Center

    September 04

    Now in its 55th year, the New York Film Festival promises once again to live up to the reputation it has established as one of the foremost events in world cinema.

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  • A Soiree Fit for F. Scott Fitzgerald: New York's Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

    August 07

    The Great Gatsby, perhaps the pre-eminent 20th-century American novel, has captured imaginations for almost a hundred years now, inspiring not one but two hit movies and endless cultural references in literature, film, and TV. Regardless which Gatsby you prefer—Robert Redford or Leonardo DiCaprio—you’ve probably thought about what it would have been like to attend one of those lavish parties of the 1920s.

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  • Shakespeare in the Park: Classic, Cutting-Edge, Controversial

    July 02

    Since 1962, Shakespeare in the Park, a series staged by NYC’s Public Theater, has brought world-class summertime productions of Shakespeare’s most beloved works to Central Park’s open-air Delacorte Theater. 

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  • Celebrate Pride Month

    June 03

    For almost fifty years, New York City has been at the forefront of the push for LGBT rights and visibility. Now, as major metropolises around the world celebrate June as Pride Month, our great city is getting ready to host its 48th annual Pride March, which is sure to bring hundreds of thousands of celebrants out onto the streets.

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  • A Japanese Spring

    May 01

    Spring is finally in full bloom, and as folks emerge in droves to enjoy the sunshine, we’re reminded of our city’s unique cosmopolitan status that makes New York one of the most culturally rich and diverse spots in the world.

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  • A Mythic Dining Experience

    April 02

    According to myth, the Greek island of Mykonos was the stage for an epic battle between Zeus and the Titans, in which Hercules sided with the God of Thunder to slay the once supreme giants. 

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  • Don We Now Our Green Apparel

    March 04

    Don’t be caught without a piece of green linen when another holiday parade comes marching and bagpiping down those long Manhattan boulevards. If you haven’t brought a change of clothes, any four-leaf clover will do. It’s the top of the morning in New York City and we’re already thirsty on this Saint Patrick’s Day. Rowdy lots of college kids can be seen staggering between Irish pubs, but you’re looking for something a little more traditional.

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  • Dearly Beloveds Gather Here and There

    February 03

    Witness the union of bubbling champagne and tempting chocolate, three-story-high marquees, and proposals of marriage. This month in New York City is lovely, indeed.

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  • Laughing All the Way to the Bar

    January 09

    There will be time enough for sledding in the coming winter months. Start the first one with a full-body laugh, sure to warm you up!

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