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.

Which Lower Manhattan Neighborhood Suits You?

Just like New York’s five boroughs, Manhattan neighborhoods each have their own personality. Some are but a 5-10 minute walk from the Innside by Meliá, yet you’ll be surprised how easy it is to recognize the distinct characteristics of each neighborhood.

If you got a penchant for food — and really, who doesn’t? — then the Flatiron District neighborhood is for you. For the past few decades, this compact district covering roughly 18th to 27th street has been synonymous with the best dining experiences in New York City, including Michelin-star restaurants and world-famous Eataly, a massive Italian marketplace and al fresco dining area.

Long considered a part of the Lower East Side, Bowery distinguishes itself with a vibrant art scene and eclectic architecture, thanks to the renovation of once run-down industrial buildings. Whether you consider yourself an artist or casual creative, you’ll be delighted by Bowery’s street art like the famed Bowery Mural or inspired venues like the Bowery Poetry Club.

Want that classic New York City ritz and laid-back downtown vibes? Chelsea has the best of both worlds. The stylish neighborhood boasts high-end art galleries, historic 19th-century townhouses, and glass highrises in equal parts. Chelsea is also home to High Line, a lush public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

Can’t decide which one suits you best? It’s okay; you’re a complex person. Just remember that all of Manhattan is a New York Minute away from our hotel. Stay Curious!

The Best View of the City

Some people think the best view in New York City is one from the top of a skyscraper, but don’t be fooled: the real one is right on the ground. Anyone who has visited New York City has wandered around aimlessly for hours just marveling at everything around them. This approach works great, but with a city this large, it’s much better to take the path of least resistance with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour.

With its big red busses that zoom around the city throughout the day, New York City Tour has become a tradition. These double-decker busses are usable through the purchase of a 48-hour tour pass. Now, you’re always welcome to stay the full 48 hours, but we recommend taking advantage of smaller 2-hour tours in that 48-hour window at your convenience.

These tours are the best way to see the city and they offer extra perks. Your ticket comes with free admission to a sightseeing ferry and free admission to either the Museum of the City of New York or the New-York Historical Society and Library. Additionally, your pass comes with an Eat&Play pass that offers generous discounts at over 100 different New York restaurants and venues. Grab your pass today and see the city the way it was meant to be seen—in style! 

The Luck of the Irish Comes to Manhattan

When you are in a huge city with tons of Irish influence, you may assume that St. Patrick’s Day is a huge celebration taken very seriously. If you did assume that, then, well, you would be correct! If you are staying with INNSIDE New York NoMad by Melia in the middle of March, you will always be close to St. Paddy’s Day festivities.

Manhattan is no stranger to world-class Irish pubs. One of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to swing by one of the local establishments and drink a pint with those who know Irish spirit best. Stop by local legends like Molly’s Pub or McSorley’s Old Ale House and you won’t be disappointed.

If you would like to be a bit more organized with your heavy consumption of green beer, maybe the Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl is in your future. This giant pub crawl features well over 50 establishments and is so grand that it stretches from March 13 to March 17. You will make your way through countless neighborhoods around Manhattan and will be swimming in a sea of green the whole way.

For a more family-friendly experience, check out the 2020 New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. This famous parade will begin at 11:00 am on March 17 and it is so huge that it will run until 5:00 pm. The parade can be viewed along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street so you have plenty of opportunities to grab a good viewing spot. Get a taste of Irish culture with custom floats, live performers, and everything else Irish.

January is for Food Festivals

This year, make your New Year’s resolution a bit more exciting. Shift your focus from abstaining to indulging with the Resident New York Winter Food, Spirits, and Wine Festival. This brand new festival aims to bring you the best winter culinary delights and is sure to become a local tradition in the coming years.

Start your festival experience by warming up with a hand-crafted cocktail or specially chosen wine. Drink in hand, you’ll be hopping around to over 30 different stations, each showcasing a new bite or meal. Vendors will be featuring everything from quick finger-food bites to rich chocolate to vegan options. The theme is "Winter" so expect cuisine that emphasizes coziness and warmth.

This toasty event will take place on January 27, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Tickets are available online or at the door so grab yours and start tasting!

Become a Part of the World’s Greatest New Year’s Eve Tradition

It’s unlikely that anybody in New York still needs to be told about the existence of New Year’s Eve in Times Square, but there is so much to learn about the event for those who have never experienced the magic! When you stay at Innside New York Nomad by Melia, you’re less than a mile away from the action. So make this year the one you join in on this time-honored tradition.

When the ball descends from the top of One Times Square and ushers in a new year of possibilities, you’ll naturally want to be close to all the action. The ball can be seen best on Broadway anywhere from 43rd to 50th Street. Since this event is so popular, if you want an up-close experience, you’ll need to arrive hours ahead of time. However, if you don’t think you can last that long, the ball can still be well seen from further away, so don’t worry about it too much.

The ball itself will be raised at 6:00 pm, and this is considered the start of the party. From then on, multiple live acts will fill the stages in Times Square and bring you hours of entertainment as you approach midnight. You’ll get a chance to see top musicians and some of the world’s most popular performers—all for free! Grab your warmest clothes and make your way over to Times Square this New Year’s Eve for a truly unforgettable experience.

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.