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Fourth of July

July marks Independence Day! As always New York is going to be buzzing with celebrations with countless places to view the fireworks from! Rock The Boat will be hosting their annual July 4th cruise with tickets still available and Pier 15 hosting their Annual Freedom party as well! For the family friendly cruises, Pier 81 is an absolute go-to. Additionally if you’re looking for the best place to view the fireworks, there are several options. While the Brooklyn Bridge is a popular go-to, located just a short walk from the hotel on the corner of FDR Drive and Houston St is a small park area full scale view of the East River that will have some of the best views of the fireworks as well as on East 6th St and FDR Drive! For tickets or additional information, please see your Concierge. 

Bastille Day

This year Bastille Day on July 14th will mark 230 years since the start of the French Revolution and there will be several places in NYC celebrating the occasion! While the most popular Bastille Day celebration takes place on 60th Street between Lexington Avenue and 5th Avenue- there are several other events happening to check out! All throughout the weekend there will be countless restaurants participating in the celebration so if you’re looking for the finest French food- look no further! Please see your Concierge for further information.

City Of Water Day

City of Water Day is a free annual festival organized by the Waterfront Alliance to get people to New York Harbor and its surrounding waterways. This year’s main festival will take place at Pier 17 on July 16th on the far Lower East Side of Manhattan. Attendees will experience the region’s largest harbor festival right where the great city we know today got its start! The historic seaport is ready to welcome and connect New Yorkers and visitors alike to the waterfront and all it has to offer. From Kayak Races to Boat Tours to activities for children (face painting, musical performances, arts and crafts, etc) to a plethora of food vendors representing some of the finest food in NYC- City Of Water Day is a perfect way to spend an NYC Summer Day! Please see your Concierge for more information.

Art Exhibits

This July will be hosting breathtaking art installations all over Manhattan! Running from July 10th the 14th, prolific painter Mark Anthony Hill premieres powerful collection in Tribeca to memorialize the legacy of Black artists from the Harlem Renaissance and their influence on today's artists at the Harlem Renaissance Rebirth Art Exhibition at One Art Space on Warren Street. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings, On Wednesday July 17th, Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989 is a long-awaited and groundbreaking survey that features over 200 works of art and related visual materials exploring the impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) liberation movement on visual culture. The exhibition will commence at 2 different locations- New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Additionally the Museum of Modern Art will be holding several exhibitions running through the entire year with the late Donald Judd’s exhibition- titled simply “Judd” concluding on July 11th. Please see your Concierge for additional information.

Live Concerts

While smaller venue shows this July aren’t as frequent, some of the biggest names will be performing at New York City’s most renowned venues this month! Pop Innovator Robyn will be taking over the Barclays Center on July 18th and 19th with Heavy Metal legends Iron Maiden taking the stage at Barclays on July 25th and 26th. New York’s own Jennifer Lopez will be taking Madison Square Garden by storm on July 12th and 13th with the guitar great John Mayer taking the stage of MSG on the 25th. The great Aimee Mann will be performing at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 17th and Post-Hardcore staples Anberlin will be performing at Irving Plaza on July 6th and 7th. Please see your Concierge for additional information.

Local Lower East Side

Lower East Side is buzzing with local events and activities all month long! Hester Street will be holding it’s street fairs throughout the month featuring countless food and crafts vendors. Bowery Electric will be hosting SPESHFX Live Podcast & Launch Battle featuring a live beatboxing battle. Every Thursday the Tenement Museum will be hosting their Late Night Thursday series with different programs delving into the history of the Lower East Side every week and last but not least, Emo legends The Get Up Kids will be performing at the Bowery Ballroom on July 25th. Please see your Concierge for additional information.

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.