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Our Best Big Apple Bets

Count on your friends at INNSIDE to introduce you to the best the city has to offer. From sample sales to Broadway shows, we’ve got the inside track on everything you need to know to make the most of your New York City stay.

Become Inspired at the Intrepid Museum

If you’ve ever driven or walked along the Hudson, you probably noticed the giant aircraft carrier just north of the Lincoln Tunnel - it is very hard to miss. Believe it or not, this mammoth of a ship isn’t just casually patrolling the Hudson, but rather is an amazing museum open to the public!

The Intrepid first launched in 1943 as a U.S. aircraft carrier during WWII. It managed to survive kamikaze attacks, torpedo strikes and was even repurposed as a NASA shuttle recovery vessel in the ’60s. Following its decommissioning in 1974, it was turned into a museum dedicated to preserving and exhibiting its history, science, and service.

Those visiting can plan to be here quite a bit as there is a lot to see and do. The ship itself is entirely tourable as well as several additional exhibits. You will be able to marvel at a real space shuttle at the Space Shuttle Pavilion or make your way down into a submarine at the Growler. The Intrepid Museum is also hosting a summer movie series starting May 24th, free with museum tickets, that will let you enjoy classic movies on the flight deck. With so much to experience and only 2 miles away from Innside New York Nomad by Melia, this is one museum you will definitely want to check out.

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.