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August 2015

Urban Adventure Race

August 29

Who says that you’re too old to take part in a fun and challenging scavenger hunt? Especially when the venue is the greatest city landscape in the world—Manhattan. Urban Adventure Race is coming to New York City this August. Walk around the city and ride the subway while solving clues around town in a bid to earn prize money and become the day’s champion. A challenge for your body and your mind, the event brings a childlike wonder to this…

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Hudson River Park Blues BBQ

August 22

Blues music and tangy meaty barbecue on the Hudson River, doesn’t that sound like a pretty sweet way to spend an afternoon in New York City this summer? The 16th edition of this fun and tasty party, this year’s Hudson River Park Blues BBQ will take place at a new, picturesque venue at Pier 26. Performances by the Otis Taylor Band, and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens will headline a lineup of other notable blues artists. Come out, jam…

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August 16

New York City’s 27th annual Ecofest is returning to Times Square this August. The full-blown, go green event features an array of fun activities for kids and families, who can get into the action at the Recycling Olympics or at the eco fashion show on the solar stage. Focused on sharing ideas about conserving natural resources, the free one day event offers seminars, workshops, and product exhibitions surrounding the festival’s nearly three-decade long effort to make the world a better…

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July 2015

Puerto Rican Day Parade

July 14

Every second Sunday in June, New York City hosts the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, one of the largest outdoor events in the country. Home to the most significant population of Puerto Ricans outside of the island itself, New York is a natural site for the parade. According to the 2010 census, Puerto Ricans make up 8.9% of New York City’s population, and that number has been on the rise in the last few years. There has been an established Puerto Rican…

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Lincoln Center Festival

July 6 @ 8:00 am - August 2 @ 5:00 pm

A near month-long run of unique and modern performances including dance, theater, and music, the Lincoln Center Festival is a New York event like no other. This year, Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton will carry its momentum to Lincoln Center after sold out performance runs in London and Los Angeles. Also on tap: author Haruki Murakami’s rarely adapted story Kafka on the Shore will be performed on stage and the Cleveland Orchestra will perform Strauss’s Daphne.…

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NYC Fireworks

July 4

For the second year in a row, New York City will celebrate our nation’s birthday with a fireworks show on the East River. This relatively new blast-off point sits between Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. According to NBC New York, the extravaganza will feature over 40,000 pyrotechnic shells taking off in a 25-minute long show. Just a short walk from the Duane Street Hotel, guests can easily take part in this grand celebration on Independence Day. When Saturday, July 4th Where…

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June 2015

Asian Film Festival NYC

June 27 - July 14

From kung fu and martial arts to anime, Asian cinema has long held a revered and distinguished role in the film industry. In an effort to celebrate the classic and modern accomplishments in the field, the Asian Film Festival will bring an array of new and old films to New York City this June and July. In addition to a plethora of screenings, the event will also feature appearances by several extraordinary figures in the world of Asian film. These…

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23rd Annual Poets House Showcase

June 26

Embrace the literary Mecca that is New York City and visit the Poets House library and museum during your stay with us at the Duane Street Hotel. This summer, the organization hosts its 23rd Annual Poets House Poetry Publication Showcase. Ambitiously, the exhibition will feature every new poetry book and poetry-related text published in the United States within the last year. The number of these texts stretches to nearly 700, and they come from commercial, university and independent presses. To…

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Midsummer Night Swing

June 23 @ 8:00 am - June 27 @ 5:00 pm

For three consecutive weeks this summer, the Lincoln Center will host five straight nights of swing dance music events as a part of the Midsummer Night Swing series. The first installation of this fun and interactive happening at New York City’s leading center for the performing arts will take place the week of June 23rd. June 23rd The opening event will feature Jonathan Stout’s All-Star Orchestra with Hilary Alexander. This big band swing group plays music from the 30’s and…

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Taste of Tribeca

June 16

The Taste of TriBeCa is one of New York City’s most popular annual food and culture events. In addition to the lively, street market-style food fair, the Taste of TriBeCa’s main mission is to raise funds for arts and enrichment programs at two local public schools, P.S. 150 and P.S. 234. More than 80 renowned restaurants from the TriBeCa neighborhood have joined the effort to support arts education and to create an unparalleled food experience for locals and visitors alike.…

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