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Stonewall 50/WorldPride NYC 2019

In addition to Pride month and the Pride parade on June 30th, 2019 brings the 50 year anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots thus making this months celebrations all the more special as it reflects back on the history of the LGBTQ community and the strives the movement has made in the 50 years since. With everything from kicking off the month at the Barclays Center with Whoopi Goldberg, Cyndi Lauper, Ciara, Chaka Khan and Billy Porter to exclusive bar events to guided walking tours of Greenwich Village delving into important historical moments of the movement- this month is an extra special Pride Month to experience. The whole month will culminate with the Pride Parade on June 30th beginning at 12:00 PM starting at 26th St and 5th Ave and concluding on 23rd St and 7th Ave. Please see your Concierge for additional information.

SummerStage 2019

June kicks off this years SummerStage! This year's festival runs from June 1 through September 24. Events happen almost every day of the summer including free concerts, dance parties, live theater, ballet and an outdoor opera series. Notable artists appearing this year are George Clinton, The B-52s, Pharoahe Monch, Big Freedia and countless others. For a complete list of events you can visit the SummerStage website here. Please see your Concierge for additional information.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade returns to one of the best Brooklyn attractions for its 37th year. Thousands of spectators flock to Surf Avenue to watch King Neptune and Queen Mermaid lead a procession of beglittered marchers in costumes during one of the best NYC events in June. The annual event, started by Coney Island USA founder Dick Zigun in 1983, has become a neighborhood mainstay ever since. The Mermaid Parade begins on June 22nd at 1:00 PM at Surf Avenue and W 21st Street, traveling along Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk before ending at Steeplechase Plaza. Please see your Concierge for additional information.

Live Concerts

Summer concerts are always for the books and this year is no different! June will see the Prince of Darkness himself- Ozzy Osbourne performing at Madison Square Garden on June 11th while Pop Princess Ariana Grande will be performing 2 dates- June 14th and 18th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Swedish Electropop pioneer Robyn will be performing at Barclays as well on June 19th with legendary Metal band Iron Maiden performing on June 26th. Terminal 5 will be hosting 2 night sets of recently reunited Canadian Post-Hardcore legends Alexisonfire on June 7th and 8th, English Singer/Songwriter heavyweight Dido on June 18th and 19th and Bay Area Punk legends Rancid on June 20th and 21st. Bowery Ballroom will be hosting up and coming Neo-Soul singer Ari Lennox on June 4th and 18th and Rough Trade NYC will be hosting the critically revered Sludge Metal band Baroness on June 14th and Indie Punk provocateurs Titus Andronicus on June 21st. For tickets or additional information, please see your Concierge.

BookCon 2019

The Jacob Javitz Center will be hosting this years annual BookCon on June 1st and 2nd this year! Attend talks, panels and readings with leading authors, or just peruse with fellow book nerds while checking out works from publishers far and wide. This years panel includes a star studded affair featuring Alyssa Milano, Maggie Stiefvater, Tegan & Sara, Tomi Adeyemi, Nicola Yoon, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Eoin Colfer and many more. Please see your Concierge for additional information.

Citi Summer in the Square

Back again this year is Citi Summer in the Square! Every Thursday during the summer, Union Square Park hosts a full day of free activities, including yoga, cardio and bootcamp classes, lunchtime jazz, screenings of classic flicks and a series of dueling performances, wherein pianists, beatboxers, dancers and guitarists square off to see who can put on the best show. Please see your Concierge for more information.

Art Exhibits

This June will be hosting breathtaking art installations all over Manhattan! The Museum of the City of New York will be holding several exhibits to celebrate Pride month such as The Voice of the Village and PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah and exhibits just in time for Fathers Day such as In The Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend and Cycling in the City: A 200 Year History. The Whitney will be premiering their Selections from 1900 to 1965 exhibit which displays 120 pieces of art from the Whitney’s collection inspired by the founding history of the Museum. Additionally the MOMA will be showing Nancy Spero’s Paper Mirror exhibit displaying her radical body of work that confronted oppression and inequality while challenging the aesthetic orthodoxies of contemporary art. The exhibit will conclude on June 23rd. 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 and June 6th through 8th will have the original Max’s Kansas City team (Max’s Kansas City was what CBGBs was to NYC before CBGBs existed) taking over Arlene’s Grocery for a night of historic Punk Rock and New Wave. The Richard Tattinger Gallery will be hosting the “Delicate History” exhibition featuring the work of Frances Goodman, Jorge Mayet, Pascale Marthine Tayou, and Eric Van Hove. On June 10th, the Tenement Museum will be hosting “In Search of Home: LGBTQ Refugees in NYC” featuring a free panel discussion on the challenges LGBTQ refugees face in their search to find a home. 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.