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Memorial Day Weekend NYC

Boat Cruise, Festivals, Fleet Week

Monday, May 29, 2023 – Memorial Day Weekend New York City offers a ton of choices for enjoying NYC and paying tribute to those who fight in our US Armed Forces. From Fleet Week, Free Museums, Yankees and Mets Baseball, military discounts to Art Fairs and Parades, you’ll find plenty of things to do on Memorial Day and weekend events.

NYC Insider Guide (and me, Melissa, personally) are grateful to all of you and your families who sacrifice to protect and serve our country.


Yankees vs. Padres

New York Yankee Tickets

What could possibly be more American than a baseball game????

  • Yankees take on the San Diego Padres @ Yankee Stadium May 26-28, 2023
  • The Mets are away this year

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Fleet Week New York City

Fleet Week New York City

May 24-30, 2023

Thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships have come to NYC nearly every year since 1984. Fleet Week is the City’s celebration of the sea services and provides an opportunity to see the latest capabilities of today’s Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Team.

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NYC Military Tours & Attractions


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Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade

May 29, 2023, 11am
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s 156th Memorial Day Parade steps off at 11:00AM on 3rd Ave & 78th St, proceeds down 3rd Ave to Marine Ave, up to 4th Ave and over to John Paul Jones Park for their memorial service that includes Bag Pipes, Flag Raising, Wreath Laying by Veteran Service Organizations, a 21-gun Salute by the Veteran Corps of Artillery and the playing of Taps.

Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade


Affordable Times Square Hotels

Some of our top value picks in Times Square include:

Cheap Hotels in Times Square

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Free NYC Museum Admission for Military Families

Free NYC Museum Admission for Military Families
American Museum of Natural History

Memorial Day through Labor Day

Free NYC Museum Admission for Military Families is being offered all summer at more than 40 New York City Museums and gardens. The program, sponsored by Blue Star, allows all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families access to 1,600 art exhibits, science centers, and amazing museums all over the nation.

More Info: Free NYC Museum Admission for Military Families Summer and Year Round NYC Military Discounts.

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Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit – FREE

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit NYC

Memorial Day Weekend 2023
May 27-29 and June 3-4; 12pm – 6pm

Walk around Greenwich Village browsing tons of artwork displayed by original artists. Paintings, sculpture, eco-friendly art and lots of other unique pieces to see or purchase, at far less than gallery prices.

More Info: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

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Which is the BEST New York City Attractions Pass?

Get savings coupons and find the best New York Discount Pass for your NYC vacation. Unbiased reviews of the New York City Sightseeing Passes. Which is the BEST – NYC Sightseeing Pass, Explorer Pass or New York Pass?

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Celebrities on Broadway

Merrily We Roll Along Broadway Musical

  • Gutenberg! The Musical - Starring Andrew Rannells & Josh Gad - the original Book of Mormon Cast(Sept 15 - January 28, 2024)
  • Merrily We Roll Along - Jonathan Groff, Daniel Radcliffe & Lindsay Mendez (Sept 19, 2023 – March 24, 2024)
  • Sweeney Todd - Josh Groban & Annaleigh Ashford (Will be Aaron Tveit & Sutton Foster starting February 9, 2024)
  • I Need That - Danny DeVito (October 13 - December 30, 2023)
  • Mother Play - Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons (April 2, 2024 - ?)
  • Mary Jane - Rachel McAdams (April 2024)

See More: List of Broadway Shows

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Annual Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series

Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series

June 30, July 28 & August 25, 2023

Pending Memorial Day Weekend Updates. Sea, air & space themed movies all summer long! Join the Intrepid Museum for its annual Summer Movie Series and enjoy a FREE feature film under the stars on the flight deck!

More Info: Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series

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TODAY and GMA Summer Concert Series

TODAY Show Toyota Summer Concert Series

Both the Today Show Summer Concert Series and Good Morning America Summer Concert Series usually kick off the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend.

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Fun Things to do in New York in Summer

Free Things to Do in New York in Summer


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Newest NYC Experiences - Be The First!


Best New York City Hotel Rooftops

NYC Hotel Rooftops offer some of the best skyline views in the whole City, along with cocktails and food, views, pools, cabanas, sundecks and retractable roofs. Our top picks for the most surreal views and cocktails include:

New York City Hotel Rooftops

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Museums

Museums and attractions are open, some with reduced capacity, safety protocols, reservations and vaccination proof. Check out the new Museum of Ice Cream (SoHo), Guggenheim, MoMA, Whitney and so many more NYC Museums from which to choose.


New York City Museums


Attractions & Sightseeing

NYC attractions are open, some with reservations required. Whether you want to sightsee from the sky or selfie with celebs @ Madame Tussauds, you can be safe and explore.

Go HIGH or Go Home

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory, Edge or the new SUMMIT? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

Edge NYC Observation Deck

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) Highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)
  • Summit One Vanderbilt - (91-93 floors) Opened Oct 2021, all glass elevator, indoor and outdoor decks and glass terraces off the side of the building. One of the hottest tickets in town


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Sightsee from the Sky

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory, Edge or Summit? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

Edge NYC Observation Deck

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) Highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)
  • Summit One Vanderbilt - (91-93 floors) Opens Oct 2021, all glass elevator, indoor and outdoor decks and glass terraces off the side of the building

See All: Top New York City Tourist Attractions

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New York City Night Cruises

See our beautiful Skyline from all angles - in any weather!

Sunset Sail aboard the Schooner Adirondack

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NYC Premiere Dinner & Skyline Cruise

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Champagne City Lights Cruise on Yacht Manhattan

Price starting at US$56
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Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise

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Price starting at US$33
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New York City Lights Dinner Cruise

Likely to sell out
Price starting at US$161
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Around Manhattan Architecture

Price starting at US$74
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Take in ALL the Tours, Landmarks and Attractions and SAVE

NY Sightseeing Pass, New York Pass, NY Explorer Pass, CityPASS Compared

New York City Passes Compared

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Secret NYC Insider Tours

Explore our subways secrets with a local guide, go behind-the-scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, uncover surprising gems and historical tales of Grand Central Station, cocktail your way through Manhattan’s best and most secretive speakeasies and much more!


Things to do in New York with Kids

One of the best parts of NYC is that what is fun for kids is usually just as much fun for adults. If you are joining us in NYC for a family vacation, then please read all about our local kid's favorites, along with special tips just for visitors.

Things to Do in New York With Kids

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FREE Things to do in New York City

There are tons of free things to do in New York all day, every day! Tours, attractions, museums, events, shows, sports, movie and more. Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy...you name it!

Free Things to Do in New York City

See All: Free Things to Do in NYC - weekly calendar of all free walking tours, free museum admissions, free things to do by season and more

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New York City Shopping Guides

New York City Shopping


New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

New York City Nightlife

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Save HUGE $$$$ in NYC

New York City Coupons


Romantic Things to Do in NYC

There are tons of things to do on your romantic New York City vacation. Attractions open late with skyline views, Central Park Tours, VIP Experiences, a helicopter ride. Some of the most popular romantic ways to see NYC include:

Romantic NYC Hotel Deals

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Romantic NYC Champagne & Skyline Cruises

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Private Central Park Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

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New York City Private Helicopter Tour

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Romantic Broadway Show Picks

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Valentines Dinner Cruise with the NYC Skyline

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See more romantic things to do at: Romantic New York City Vacation and Valentine's Day in NYC


Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

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Spot Celebrities in NYC

Celebrities in NYC

Where to find celebrities in NYC or which celebrities are living in NYC today are common questions by all, but celebrity sightings in NYC are way easier than you may think and happen all the time. You will, of course, see them on the subway, in Central Park, at the gym, in restaurants, at all the current hotspots, at shows and more. But here are some unique ways to see celebrities all over the city.

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Get Out of Town for a Day

NYC is within 3 hours of so many other cities and areas you can visit for just one day. Easily head to Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, the Hamptons, Woodbury Common Shopping Outlets and more. Whether you live in NY or are visiting, and no matter how much you love NYC, escaping for a day is a treat for everyone. Top choices for 1-day Out of Town:

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CLOSED – Discount NYC Hotels for Military Families

With rooms from $25 per night, one of the best discount NYC Hotels is reserved for Military Personnel and their eligible dependents and spouses. If you fall into one of their categories, such as Military, Police, Fire from the US or any of our allies, these Discount NYC Hotels are a steal and in a great location.

Discount NYC Hotels

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Welcome! I'm Melissa, a fourth generation New Yorker, who has been lucky enough to live in New York for over 30 years. I love just about everything in New York City, the very reason I started this web site, and I look forward to sharing it all with you. Please explore the New York City Insider Guide at your own pace. I hope it helps you plan your New York City Vacation, so you not only go home as a NYC Insider, but plan to visit us again soon.

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