New York City Staff Picks

New York City is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world—and for good reason. With over 60 million visitors each year and a vast array of art museums, film festivals, holiday parades, and fashion shows, it’s easy to stay entertained. Read up on our staff’s favorite attractions and events below.

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    Your Downtown Manhattan Essentials

    April 06

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

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    Spring into Festivals

    March 02

    March is a month of festivals in New York City. We’ve highlighted a few that are certain to satisfy travelers of all tastes—from coffee and indie bands to cultural celebrations and classical music competitions.

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    Winter Wonderland

    February 03

    You think you know New York City—until you discover a new way to enjoy it in the winter. While February can be—at times a bit frigid—everyone knows that dining, museums, and shows are easily accessible for a good time in the Big Apple no matter the weather. But you may not have considered a stroll through Central Park.

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    The Year of the Rat

    January 06

    Our Lower East Side location puts you adjacent to one of the greatest cultural celebrations in Manhattan. Stroll over to Chinatown for the Lunar New Year, where you’re sure to be dazzled with the colors and customs that commemorate the restart of the traditional Chinese calendar. There is more than one opportunity to ring in the Year of the Rat.

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    Holiday Folk Art & Music

    December 02

    What a city in which to celebrate the holidays. From snow in Central Park to the Rockettes to shopping bonanzas, New York is like nowhere else during the month of December. So much takes place right here in the Lower East Side area surrounding the Leon Hotel—so we’ve highlighted a few unique events that will all take place in Lower Manhattan.

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    Traditions of the Season

    November 01

    And just like that, it’s that time of year again. November is the month of anticipation in New York City. Temperatures may drop significantly, but spirits are high as the holidays approach. A couple of traditions come to town that simply can’t be ignored.

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    For Foodies & Photographers

    October 01

    The busy fall season brings opportunities to merge a good time with some networking and professional development. Visitors to NYC in October can attend the city’s largest food festival as well as its largest photography event.

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    Little Italy's Biggest Festa

    September 03

    The Lower East Side buzzes with activity during the month of September. As heavy summer tourism trickles off, locals return to the city refreshed from their own vacations and ready to roll—and it’s an inspiring time to visit! Let the neighborhood welcome you with two beloved events.

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    From the Jazz Age to the Future

    August 01

    August is a revelrous month in New York City, as high summer culminates with outdoor movies, concerts, festivals, and fairs. But a few events are particularly unique to the Big Apple this month.

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    The Most Memorable Movie Nights

    July 01

    You could watch a movie, or you could watch a movie al fresco in New York City. This month is chock-full of opportunities to catch an outdoor flick—in some cases, with very scenic backdrops.

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    Music & Art Al Fresco

    June 03

    There’s no better time than the month of June to experience the arts outdoors in New York City. The days are balmy and breezy and there’s a sense of summertime serenity.

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    Neighborhood Parades & Music in the Park

    May 01

    May is a festive time in New York City, and this month brings a few Manhattan events that are a blast to be a part of. On May 18, catch the annual Dance Parade & Festival, which showcases over 80 styles of dance from around the world. The parade will begin at 1 pm on Broadway & 21st Street and end in nearby Tompkins Square Park with the festival from 3-7 pm.

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    Sunrise Soirées, Beer & Film Fests, and Yoga

    April 01

    Sunlight is lingering longer, and it’s easy to fill your day with fun in New York City this April. If you’ve never danced your heart out in the morning, you’ll have to check out Party Animals. Daybreaker NYC will bring their sunrise soirées to the American Museum of Natural History to kick off EarthFest on Saturday, April 13. 

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    How To: The Met (Part One)

    March 04

    Our neighborhood is full of stunning historical and iconic landmarks, but few are as highly patronized or lauded over as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you’ve never been to The Met before, you’re in for a treat—a large treat. The museum is enormous, covering almost a half square mile of a city block in addition to being nestled within Central Park grounds. 

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    What You Didn’t Know About Little Italy Will Surprise You

    February 04

    Only a few short blocks from our hotel lies a staple of American and New York history in the neighborhood of Little Italy. Read on for how Little Italy has shaped our city.

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    Close to Everywhere You Want to Be—Manhattan Bridge

    January 07

    Our hotel is centrally located near the best the Big Apple has to offer, in part because of our close proximity to the famed Manhattan Bridge which is one three suspension bridges connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn over the East River. Read on for some interesting facts about this major landmark of our city.

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  • Take a Ride on the Nostalgia Train

    December 03

    New York is packed full of thrilling modern attractions and activities to fit the tourism style of any visitor to the greatest city on Earth, but during the holiday season, it’s an echo from the past which quickly becomes the place to be in the Big Apple.

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  • Discover Fusion Art in LES

    November 05

    Our city, particularly the Lower East Side, is known in the art scene for bending the rules, setting the stride, and making the impossible a reality. Contemporary art is at it’s best here, unpretentious, reflective of the people, and incorporates a new spin on 21st-century pieces: Fusion Art.

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  • Calling All Coffee Lovers

    October 01

    It’s a brew-tiful day! For the New Yorker that wakes up dreaming of their first cup, The New York Coffee Festival is here. Taste your way through local roasts, specialty lattes, and coffee-infused cocktails. This three-day festival is taking place from October 12th - 14th at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located within easy driving distance from the Leon Hotel. 

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  • Nighttime Spots in the Lower East Side

    September 04

    Every trip to New York City is an opportunity to head out and explore. Let us be your guide to the best nighttime spots in the Lower East Side. Whether you are in the mood for a bar scene or you want expertly crafted cocktails, it's all just steps from Leon Hotel.

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  • Brunch in the Lower East Side

    August 06

    Brunching and New York city go hand-in-hand. Fortunately, the Lower East Side is a mecca for “brunchers” all over the city. Unforgettable meals are just blocks from our hotel. Follow our lead--the next stop is Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas.

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  • Admire the Iconic Flatiron Building

    July 09

    In a city filled with architectural masterpieces, carve out some time to visit one of the most stunning buildings in Manhattan. Located just a quick 20-minute stroll or subway ride from our hotel, head towards Madison Square Garden for the best view of the iconic Flatiron building.

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  • David Bowie Is

    June 01

    Among the many great artists of our time, there is none who exemplified boundary-breaking personas and performances as consistently as David Bowie. From now until June 15, you can experience the internationally-renowned exhibition David Bowie Is, at the Brooklyn Museum, under 30 minutes away from our hotel by car or train. David Bowie Is originated in London, spent the past five years traveling around the world, and is now on display in New York before its final curtain call.

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