The INNSiDE Track

Sometimes, it pays to step out of your comfort zone. At our pet-friendly New York hotel, it’s easy to do just that — everything from niche museums to national theater can be found a few blocks away. Explore to your heart’s content; our staff picks will point you in the right direction.

Marvel at the Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square

With Halloween out of the way, it’s officially the season of “not too early for winter holiday events.” For the past 20 years, Lincoln Square has been home to the largest outdoor holiday event that Manhattan has to offer, and on Monday, December 2, you’re invited to see what all of the commotion is about.

The party will take over and decorate the entire square—and help you get into the holiday spirit. The festivities will begin with a little music and dancing to all of the best holiday songs! For those interested, there will be delicious sweets and gourmet samples from over 30 local legends at the Outdoor Food Tasting pavilion for a small fee.

After the tree is lit, it will remain lit so you and your family can be reminded of this festival anytime you walk by Lincoln Square. So bring a smile and welcome the cold weather with your family and friends as you light up the night with Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square!

A Halloween Parade to End Them All

Here in New York City, you’ll have no trouble finding the ghouls in their costumes on Halloween. However, nothing the city has to offer can come close to the Village Halloween Parade. This massive nighttime parade will feature thousands of locals adorned in the most extravagant costumes around. On October 31, Greenwich Village of Lower Manhattan will transform into a spooky playground for your enjoyment!

This parade takes itself seriously and you will find yourself legitimately in awe at how creative some of these costumes can be. If you want to walk the parade, a costume will be needed but if you just want an up-close glimpse of the magic, you’ll be able to join the thousands of spectators on the sidelines.

Even though anybody can participate in the walk, there will be professional dancers, bands, and other artists dedicated to making this night unforgettable. This year, treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration with the Village Halloween Parade.

Stumble Upon the Steuben Parade

It’s no secret that German heritage lies at the heart of New York. It’s also no secret that it is almost that time of the year when the world gathers to celebrate German culture with beers, brats, and jubilation. I am, of course, talking about Oktoberfest! This September 21, the city of New York is kicking off Oktoberfest with one of the best parades of the year - the 2019 Steuben Parade.

Starting at noon, Fifth Avenue and E 78th Street will be proudly flying the German flag from every nook and cranny of available street space. Marvel at the authentic dance groups and maybe learn a new move or two for the club. Leidenhosen and other traditional wears are encouraged, but if you feel a bit shy don’t worry too much since there will be plenty around for your enjoyment.

The floats will begin at noon so make sure to arrive early for a good spot. Tickets are on sale and selling quickly so don’t wait too long! Once the parade is over, you can make your way to Central Park for round 2 of Oktoberfest. We look forward to seeing you there and can’t wait to share a brat with you.

Food Festival Fun

Delicious food, great company, and that lively New York City vibe are all coming together this summer to bring you the best weekends you could ever ask for. Every weekend this August, and well past, Mardi Gras Productions is bringing you street fairs done the right way. We're talking the best street food the city has to offer and pop-up shops with unique crafts and gadgets.

However you want to experience these street fairs, we know you’ll have a fun time. Any excuse to escape the cars and construction for a couple of hours is worth it alone, but luckily you don’t have to compromise. This free event brings together a wide diversity of local vendors for your pleasure and encourages you to bring the whole family—pooch included.

Altogether, there are over a dozen different street fairs that will repeat every month so make sure to check out which interest you the most. A couple of the largest, most well known and attended ones for August will be listed below. Hope to see you there!

Columbus Avenue Fair, August 11

  • On Columbus Avenue from 96th - 106th st.

Swing Street Block Party, August 18

  • On 52nd St. from 5th - 6th Ave.

Times Square Summer Expo, August 31

  • On Broadway from 47th to 52nd St.

Summers are for Broadway

No visit to Manhattan is complete without seeing at least one Broadway show. While any day is a great day to see a Broadway show, this summer boasts an exceptional selection. When you stay with Innside New York by Melia, you will always be close to the action which means you can really take advantage of all Broadway has to offer.

Whether you want to visit the Richard Rodgers Theatre to experience a modern take on American history with Hamilton or stroll over to the Minskoff Theatre for a more classic jungle experience with Disney’s The Lion King, there’s sure to be a show for everyone’s taste. Maybe you heard about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and want to see what the commotion is about.

Tickets sell quickly for the more popular shows so make sure to reserve your favorite show in time. Most shows perform multiple nights each week so there’s a lot of flexibility!

Rev Your Engines At The New York International Auto Show

No matter how many thousands of cars you pass every day, there will always be a hidden group of cars too elusive to spot. That is, until now. Every year, the New York International Auto Show brings you the world’s finest next generation dream cars in a giant showcase that boasts being the world’s largest show of its kind.

Whether you want to check out the latest Bugatti supercar or the new line of next-generation vehicles from your favorite manufacturer, this auto show will be one you definitely don’t want to miss. There will be over 1,000 unique cars and trucks on display from 37 of the world’s top manufacturers. The show goes live April 19 - April 28 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center - about one and a half mile walk away from INNSIDE New York Nomad by Melia.

Get Lost In The Cosmos At The Macy's Flower Show

Beautifully crafted floral arrangements have a unique way of enchanting us with their mystique. Every year, Macy’s Herald Square puts on a free floral show that is sure to dazzle and impress. With a theme of, “mystery of the cosmos,” this year’s arrangements will attempt to give a glimpse into the universe via majestic flowers and their professional displays.

From Sunday, March 24th through Sunday, April 7 visitors of the Macy’s Herald Square can pop in anytime during business hours to witness these one-of-a-kind decorations. Let INNSiDE New York Nomad by Melia and its half-mile walk be your perfect gateway to the Macy’s Flower Show. So clear your airways and get ready to experience a new kind of New York scent and check out this blooming masterpiece.

Get Your Con On

Who says you need to be on the West Coast to experience an authentic Comic Con? This spring, come see your favorite heroes and villains leave their comic book and big screen homes as Big Apple Comic Con brings them to life at Penn Plaza Pavilion. This two-day event, March 9 and 10, will let you meet celebrity guests like William Shatner and mingle with the writers and artists who created your favorite fantasy icons. Who knows, you may even be able to snap a selfie or two.

With dozens of guests and exhibitions, Big Apple Comic Con will keep you entertained all day. So throw on your wildest costume or just show up to see the seasoned veterans flaunting theirs. Tickets are now on sale and the event is less than half of a mile walk from INNSiDE New York Nomad!

Experience The Winter Jam-Boree

Who says that you need to be in Upstate New York to shred some slopes? Ok, maybe you won’t find any black diamonds jam-packed into Central Park, but on January, 26 (February 2 if it rains) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Winter Jam is taking over and filling the Bandshell Area of the park with more white powder than a donut factory.

This free winter ice festival will give attendees the opportunity to learn how to ski while jamming out to some local tunes. Come watch chainsaw-wielding artists carve life-size ice sculptures or take a pleasant stroll through the Ice Sculpture Garden to see some already assembled masterpieces.

All ages and walks of life are welcome to sled downhill and participate in friendly snowball fights. Even pseudo-snow eventually melts so make sure to beat the traffic jam early and come see Central Park in a whole new light!

Explore The Sweet Side of NYC

If your fave film is “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” or Candyland is still your go-to board game, Candytopia is a limited-run NYC attraction you can’t afford to miss. A sugar buzz for the senses, it features more than a dozen interactive, candy-coated settings to explore and, yes, nibble your way through. (Cotton candy, anyone?)

Think of Candytopia as an artistic sanctuary of sugary bliss, complete with flying unicorn pigs, a marshmallow pit, and lots of colossal confections, all dreamed up by Hollywood Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin and fabricated (of candy floss and taffy) Zac Hartog, to delight your wildest sugar-fueled fantasies. Score tickets soon - this candy kingdom closes its doors on November 15!

Candytopia is located at Penn Plaza, just across from Penn Station on 32nd Street. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (11:00 a.m. on Sundays). Cameras optional, sweet tooth required.