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New Year’s Eve

It is that time to say goodbye to 2018 and welcome in fresh new start, The Year: 2019. This is a year with new opportunities and many chances to spend time with family & friends, create new opportunities, enjoy many adventures and make lasting memories! We are hoping that you will stay with us and welcome in the New Year here at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side! The main attraction of NYE in NYC is the Times Square Ball Drop and ring in the New Year with loved ones. To watch the ball drop, you will have to get there very early in the day because of crowd restrictions as the festivities start around 8 PM (Try to arrive as early as possible!). There are also tons of venues that have access to see the ball drop… various hotels, bars and restaurants have events in the evening but the trick is finding what works for you (budget, age restrictions, ETC…). For more information regarding NYE in Times Square please go to As well, you can check out the NYE WISHING WALL, to post your NYE’s wishes!

Christmas Time Marketplaces

In New York there are a number of Christmas markets that you can visit during your stay but the best two by far are Bryant Park and Union Square markets. The Bryant Park Christmas Market starts on October 27th until January 2nd, 2019. This is a large market and where you can also go ice skating and enjoy the many cafes, it’s the perfect Christmas experience. The Union Square Christmas Market is closer to the hotel and has tons to offer as well. It is great for shopping for souvenirs, gifts and Christmas snacks. It’s from now to December 24th 2018. Bryant Park is at 42nd Street and 6th Avenue. Union Square is located at 14th Street and Union Sq. East and West. Also check out Hotel Indigo LES’s own Iram Murra website for all your Christmas stocking stuffer gifts!

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is performed by the New York City Ballet each year during the holiday season, starting from the end of November until the beginning of January. With music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Balanchine, it’s a classic piece loved and watched by many. If you’re in New York, you can enjoy the magical Christmas world, including the toy soldiers, and incredible visual effects at the David H. Koch Theater. SEE CONCIERGE FOR TICKET INFORMATION

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

In Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. The World Premiere Recording includes cast members from the original Broadway cast and features the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" from the beloved original animated series, plus a bonus recording of Where Are You Christmas from the live action Grinch movie. With additional music and lyrics by Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical breathes new life into the timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical runs from December 13th until December 30th at Madison Square Garden. SEE CONCIERGE FOR TICKET INFORMATION

Christmas tree Lightings in NYC

Tis the Season for Christmas tree lighting ceremonies around New York City. The Rockefeller tree at Rockefeller center was lit on Nov. 28th but do not fret as you don’t have to miss out on the NYC Christmas tree lighting festivities! 

Handel’s Messiah

The Messiah of all Messiahs! The New York Philharmonic’s Messiah is the must-see, must-hear holiday event. Every bar of Handel’s greatest masterpiece — whether upon first encounter or at a yearly ritual — speaks to us with passion, beauty, spirituality, and joy. Dazzling solos, instrumental fireworks, and the most glorious choral writing of all time never fail to thrill. Handel’s Messiah is running December 11th thru December 15th at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

MatzoBall NYC

Bigger and better than ever, MatzoBall, the nation’s leading Jewish single’s event, kicks off its 32nd year with an unforgettable Jewcy adventure. With over three decades of experience, nobody can do it bigger or better than Matzoball and this year will prove to be no different. Matzoball sets the stage for the ultimate party experience that you do not want to miss out on!!  Gather a group of friends and get ready for the most epic one-night-stand of the year and join us for what USA Today dubs “The Number 1 Holiday Party of the Year”.  MatzoBall NYC is December 24th at Capitale, 130 Bowery, 9 PM until 2 AM.

American Museum of Natural History

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a great museum and discover a true NYC gem. The American Museum of Natural History is truly a one of a kind experience for all ages. Founded in 1869, this Upper West Side institution is home to exhibits of the natural and anthropological variety and also boasts a world-class planetarium—the Hayden Planetarium in the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Check out the gigantic whale in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life and the museum is also ideal for dinosaur fans. This is a must see! Central Park West and 79th Street

Come From Away

Come from Away is a musical with book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. It is set in the week following the September 11 attacks and tells the true story of what transpired when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. The characters in the musical are based on (and in most cases share the names of) real Gander residents as well as some of the 7,000 stranded travelers they housed and fed. Come from Away is currently playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th Street. SEE CONCIERGE FOR TICKET INFORMATION

Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

From Campbell soups to Coca-Cola, Andrew Warhol played with the icons of his time, while tirelessly documenting his own life and work, to the point of becoming a brand himself. Spanning three floors, "Andy Warhol -- From A to B and Back Again" will present the silver-haired artist's career as a whole, from his early advertising illustrations to his abstract explorations. The exhibition is running now until March 31st, 2019 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, located at 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014. 

Famous New Yorkers Born In December: Stan Lee

Face front, true believer! Stanley Martin Lieber AKA Stan Lee (December 28th, 1922 - November 12th, 2018) was born in Manhattan, New York City. He is an iconic American comic-book writer, editor, film executive producer, actor, and publisher. He was formerly editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, later its publisher and chairman before leaving the company to become its chairman emeritus, as well as a member of the editorial board. Excelsior! With the help of comic legends Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created fictional characters including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, and, with the addition of co-writer Larry Lieber, the characters Ant-Man, Iron Man and Thor. To quote Stan - "Another definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people's well-being, and will go out of his or her way to help them -- even if there is no chance of a reward. That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero." ‘Nuff Said!

Graff Tours

We’ve partnered with graffiti tour company Graff Tours to bring you a unique new way to experience the Lower East Side neighborhood and its vibrant street art scene. Sign up at our concierge desk for a tour, a graffiti lesson with a local artist, or both!

The 90 minute tour starts with a visit to Jean-Michel Basquiat's old studio and the old home of The CBGB Rock Venue, then winds through the Centre-fuge Art Project that is using the New York City Subway as its canvas and finishes where Keith Haring once stood underneath Manhattan's largest street art mural.

If you opt for the lesson, you’ll learn tips and techniques of aerosol art from an authentic NYC graffiti artist. This unique hands-on lesson allows you to create your own art project to take home at the end of the experience. Paint, canvas, and gloves are all provided.

Tour ( $150 for up to 5 people), Daily at 1pm*
Meeting Location: Meet at Think Coffee 1 Bleecker St. in Manhattan Northwest Corner of Bleecker St. and The Bowery . The tour ends where it begins.
Lesson ($150 for up to 5 people), Daily at 3pm
Meeting Location: First Street Green Park located on first street between First and Second Avenue.
Tour & Lesson ($250 for up to 5 people)

*The Tour start time can also be tailored upon request.