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May 2017

All About the Outer Boroughs of New York City

If you’re visiting the Big Apple, step outside Manhattan and get to know all the different facets of this great metropolis.

Visit the outer boroughs of New York City and get the full NYC experience. Each borough has its own unique character, flair, landmarks, and attractions – so start exploring. 

Here’s a Short Guide to New York’s Outer Boroughs  

Discover all there is to NYC when you visit its outer boroughs.

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Staten Island

Take a ferry to the island and discover NYC’s most remote borough. Here you’ll find lots of natural spaces – parks, beaches, and forests, like the Staten Island Green Belt. Don’t forget to visit one of the many museums or historical landmarks, like Historic Richmond Town or the National Lighthouse Museum.

Brooklyn

This iconic borough is almost like a city within a city. While you’re here, experience the unique sights, like the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights promenade (and its signature brownstones), Prospect Park, or cool and trendy Williamsburg. Don’t forget classic Coney Island on the coast, a mainstay since the late 19th century.

Queens

NYC’s most diverse borough is also its largest. The array of cultures is best on display through the food and art, whether it’s Greek, Chinese, Mexican, Peruvian, Cuban, and more. Here you’ll also find Citi Field, home of the NY Mets, and lots of world-class museums, including the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.

The Bronx

Possibly best known as the home of Yankee Stadium, this borough offers a plethora of things. There’s Little Italy on Arthur Avenue, with a covetable street market that includes meats, fish stalls, fresh produce, and quaint cafes. Don’t forget the New York Botanical Gardens and the Grand Concourse, which is rich with art deco appeal.

Make your NYC visit complete – book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel to endcap your adventures in all the boroughs.

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Revivals, Classics, and New Hits Are All on Broadway

One of New York City’s staples, going to a show on Broadway, delivers everything from laughs to tears, to wonder, to awe and amazement. Sit in the audience and discover the magic of this time-honored tradition yourself.

Broadway Musicals to Enjoy for All AgesLOCATIONS_CITY_NY-Broadway-SignThe line-up in the Theater District this season features classic shows, revivals, and fresh hits that the whole family will enjoy. Take your pick for matinee or an evening of excitement.

Wicked™

A new classic, Wicked is the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West. See her rivalry with Glinda as it unfolds from the beginning, and follow her story up to Dorothy’s famous visit to Oz.

The Phantom of the Opera™

This long-running, timeless musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber is based on a book of the same name. The Broadway revival follows Christine, an ingenue at the Paris Opera House, and her mysterious mentor, the Phantom who stays hidden in the shadows.

Amelie™

Originally a cult-favorite, quirky French film from 2000, Amelie takes the story of the shy-but-kind title character, who has to take a chance on love, to the stage.

Anastasia™

Another film favorite is turned into a stage musical with Anastasia. Hear all the beloved songs from the movie, including Once Upon a December and Journey to the Past, and see the story of the lost Russian princess unfold.

Waitress™

A new hit for the New York stage is Waitress, another musical adapted from a movie of the same name. With music and lyrics written by famous singer Sara Bareilles, the story is about a pregnant diner waitress with dreams of opening her own pie shop and leaving her abusive husband.

Be close to all the excitement happening on Broadway and book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.

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Memorial Day Weekend in NYC 2017

The last Monday in May is when the U.S. makes its yearly tribute to fallen soldiers. It’s also the unofficial beginning to summer. Celebrate our country’s heroes, enjoy the anticipation of the warmest months, and take part in some of these fun events for Memorial Day weekend 2017 in NYC.

Enjoy the Unofficial Start of Summer in NYC

     Memorial Day weekend has also become about parades, concerts, and enjoying a picnic at NYC's public parks and beaches.

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Parades

The largest parade in the city is the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade in New York. Now in its 90th year, the festivities will include commemoration of World War I’s centennial, and a tribute to the Air Force. Stay after the parade for a free performance from the official U.S. Air Force band, The Blue Aces.

Concerts

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have been mainstays on the alternative rock scene for 30 years, and will be playing at Kings Theatre for the holiday weekend. See them live on May 26th or 27th.

Vision Festival 22 is a jazz fest with music, films, and more. It starts on Memorial Day and runs through June 3rd at Judson Memorial Church.

NYC Public Parks and Beaches

Hit a public park or beach for the holiday weekend and relax with some sand, surf, or a picnic.

If you’re looking for a secluded spot away from the crowds, pack a picnic basket and bike or hike to Fort Tilden Beach.

For more excitement, people-watching, food vendors, and fun, try Coney Island Beach, Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, or Long Beach.

For carefree wandering, relaxing in the shade, or a game of frisbee, try Sheep Meadow at Central Park. For evening entertainment, take in an outdoor movie at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

For more fun during the unofficial start of the summer of  2017, stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.

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At the Queens Pride Parade 2017, March for LGBTQ Support and Pride

Show your support for diversity and the LGBTQ community by attending the Queens Pride Parade 2017. The parade demonstrates community dedication to social justice and equality and is a display of solidarity.

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The parade will happen on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 12 noon in Jackson Heights, Queens. The march will follow 37th Avenue (and the lavender line) from 89th Street to 75th Street.

Information for Spectators and Participants

If you’d like to march in the parade, you can register on the parade’s website. All parade participants will be up for the Queenie Awards — your parade group could win for the best display of color (think: clothing/costumes, vehicles, banners, etc.), for having the best sound (cheers, chants, music, singing, etc.), for best interpretation of this year’s theme, or even for best drag.

Spectators can park themselves along the parade route, or there will be a reviewing stand at the intersection of 37th Avenue and 79-80th Streets.

If you’d like to donate to the Queens Pride organization in support of their mission, visit their donate page of their website.

Queens Pride Festival

The Queens Pride Festival starts up after the parade at 2 p.m., at the intersection of 75th Street and 37th Road.

Two stages will feature entertainment like comedians, dance groups, musicians, drag acts, and even more talent. You’ll also find vendors, booths from social and community groups, and lots of food. The whole event will close with a performance from the festival headliner.

If you will be traveling to NYC to support this special event, make sure to book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.

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Fleet Week in NYC 2017

A week-long celebration of all things sea-faring, Fleet Week in NYC 2017, pays homage to the military branches dedicated to protecting the U.S. by water. This includes the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Coast Guard.

Things to Do During Fleet Week in NYC

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Take your pick from a bevy of fun events happening in the harbor, at various piers, parks and monuments throughout the city.

Opening day of Fleet Week is May 24, so start planning your activities right now.

Parade of Ships

Fleet Week opens with the traditional Parade of Ships, featuring warships, aircraft carriers, and other grand vessels as they cruise down the Hudson River. Parks that line the shores make for the perfect place to watch.

Events

Free events will be going on all week. Just a few include:

  • Navy Band Concerts. See a Navy cover band perform at Central Park and Military Island in Times Square.
  • Ship Tours. Explore military vessels at locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island for free from Thursday – Monday of Fleet Week.
  • Freedom Run. Participating sea service men and women along with first responders from the New York City area will run on May 28th from the North Cove Marina to the 9/11 Memorial. After the run, the U.S. Marine Corps Battle Colors Detachment will perform.

Festivals

Jam out at the Fleet Week Music Festival hosted by Flagship Brewery on Staten Island. Enjoy free performances from local acts as well as Rhode Island Sound, a U.S. Navy band.

Air Show Demonstrations

Memorial Day weekend will showcase U.S. Marine and Navy planes buzzing above in the skies and showing off their high-flying displays in amazing air show demonstrations across the city.

Visit the Intrepid

The Intrepid is a huge aircraft carrier, as well as an air, sea, and space museum. Take a visit and tour the ship, see open-air movies on the Flight Deck, attend the Memorial Day Celebration, see displays on the pier, attend the Meet the Pilots event – plus more.

If you’ll be in NYC for Fleet Week, come and stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.

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