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May 2016

Pratt Graduation

May 17

Looks like your young writer, artist, or designer is finally about to take a diploma and head off into the real world. Those heading into town for Pratt’s 2016 Commencement this May should stay in Manhattan, where the actually ceremony takes place, and where there are more options for celebratory dinners and last-minute shopping then one could dream of. For recommendations, check out the Duane Street Hotel Neighborhood Guide. Book here to stay with us during the Pratt’s 2016 Commencement…

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NYU Graduation

May 18

New York University’s 184th commencement ceremony will take place this spring, bringing thousands of proud parents, friends and families to the city. Located a short ride from campus, Duane Street Hotel is in touch with everything you need for a memorable graduation weekend. Exceptional restaurants within walking distance like Tribeca Grill and Nobu serve as exceptional venues for celebratory dinners and lunches. Nearby attractions like the Freedom Tower, Hudson River Park and Battery Park City offer travelers plenty to do…

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New School Graduation

May 18 - 20

Friends and families of New School seniors will roll into town this May to celebrate their loved one’s graduation. Whether they plan to attend ceremonies for the schools of Drama, Jazz, or Design, everyone who comes out for the ceremony is sure to enjoy. Not only will commencement take place at one of the city’s most spacious and respectable venues, but it will also be within striking distance of some of the Manhattan’s best attractions. Graduation attendees staying with the…

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Pace University Graduation

May 19

One of New York City’s most well known and popular institutions of higher learning, Pace University will celebrate yet another round of graduates this May. Those coming into town to celebrate their loved ones have the Big Apple as an exciting and electric backdrop to the jovial weekend. Check out the Duane Street Hotel Neighborhood Guides to find what restaurants to celebrate your loved one at, and where to pick up that last-minute dress or suit. Book here to stay…

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June 2016

The Governor’s Ball Music Festival

June 3 - 5

What’s better than a summer day on an island with friends listening to famous bands, drinking beer and noshing on gourmet eats? Known to some as East Coast answer to Coachella, the lineup for Gov Ball (as it is affectionately called by New Yorkers) this year may just be its most exciting yet. The three-day outdoor music festival on New York City’s picturesque Randall Island (located between Manhattan and Queens) will host Kanye, Beck, The Strokes, Robyn, The Killers, Of…

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Atlantic Cup Sailing Race

June 4

The Atlantic Cup is a sailing race series that showcases some of the top Class 40 sailors in the world competing in a 3-leg event. The first leg of the race begins in Charleston, SC and ends in Manhattan, a long offshore leg covering 640 nautical miles (3+ days). The second leg will be a shorter 360 nautical miles (2+ days) from NYC up to Portland, ME. Both the offshore legs will demand high physical input and provide little rest.…

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party

June 11 - 12

Twice every year, thousands of people throw on striped blazers and flapper headbands to bring the roaring 20’s to Governor’s Island. In addition to performances by vintage-inspire musical acts, there’s a number of activities to enjoy including a 1920’s Motorcar Exhibition, Charleston Dance Contest, and carnival games for kids. The refreshments are as on point as the programming at this unique celebration with St.Germain cocktails, and artisanal treats like goat cheese fritters and charcuterie picnic baskets. Book here to stay…

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Museum Mile

June 14

One evening every year, a stretch of New York City’s most iconic museums open their doors and offer free admission to all. Some of the more notable participants include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie, and The Jewish Museum. Along the route, a number of family-friendly attractions pop up in the street. From chalk drawing to silly clown performances and face painting, there’s essentially a fair to accompany this day of complimentary culture. Book here to…

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NYC Pride

June 21 - 26

One of the most popular and expansive pride celebrations in the world, this week in NYC makes memories for thousands. The series of events will kick off with Family Night, which centers around an outdoor film screening at Hudson River Park’s Pier 63. Following the next day, the NYC Pride Rally will perpetuate a decades-old tradition of celebrating equality on the streets of the Big Apple. The rest of the week will consist of fantastical performances, rooftop and club parties,…

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July 2016

Fresh Fruit Festival

July 11 - 24

The Fresh Fruit Festival is a celebration of LGBTQ arts and culture, now entering its 14th year. Featuring two full weeks of live performances—ranging from plays to musicals to dance to cabaret—the festival takes place in the funky Alphabet City neighborhood, at the WILD Project Theater. Additionally, in the weeks leading up to the main event, the festival will sponsor a reading series and a slam poetry event. Book here to stay with the Duane Street Hotel during the 2016…

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