New York City Events May 2016

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NYC May Activities, Things to Do and Events Calendar

New York City Events May 2016 include Pearl Jam, Justin Bieber and Billy Joel in concert, Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Fleet Week, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Five Boro Bike Tour and so much more.

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May New York City Shows, Concerts and Events

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Sports New York City Events May 2016

May is a great sports month in NYC! Baseball and Football Club seasons are well under way and hopefully we have a basketball or hockey team in the Playoffs. The sports atmosphere in New York is exhilarating year round and some of the most intense competition is within our own rivalries.

If the Rangers, Islanders, Nets or Knicks (ha!) are in the the playoffs, schedules will be posted here. Make sure to add a NYC Game Day to your NYC vacation – it’s an absolute MUST in NYC! NHL hockey playoffs start April 13th and NBA basketball playoffs start April 16th.

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Memorial Day Weekend NYC

Memorial Day NYC

May 27-30, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend New York City offers a ton of choices for enjoying NYC and paying tribute to those who fought in our US Armed Forces. Free Museum Admission for Military Members, FREE outdoor movies, Art Exhibits and much more!

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Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) Rooftop Open

Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) Roof

April 19 – October 31, 2016
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden

Skyline Views, Art and Cocktails – what more could you ask for?

Every summer, the Met opens the Martini Bar on the Roof Garden Café, an 8,000-square-foot, informal, outdoor setting with breathtaking panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park.

More info: Met Roof Martini Bar Schedule

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May Things to do with Kids in New York

Festivals, Cirque du Soleil, Baseball, Central Park, the Zoo and more. Great things to do with kids in May include:

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Star Wars & Vikings in Times Square

See 70 hand-crafted costumes from the first six blockbuster Star Wars™ films, more than 500 groundbreaking archaeological discoveries at the Vikings Exhibition and learn what makes you move, what makes you tick, and what makes you unique.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume

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Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

Ninth Avenue Food Festival NYC

May 14-15, 2016; 12:00 – 5:00 pm
42nd-57th Sts, along 9th Avenue

Voted the Best Street Fair in NYC, taste the best of the best Manhattan food, on the cheap, on one street. Kids and adults will be entertained and fed until you’re stuffed! Admission free, food costs vary.

Info: www.ninthavenuefoodfestival.com

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Where to Stay during Spring in New York City

Spring is the perfect time to check into one of our hotels with free bicycles, an awesome roofdeck or right next to Central Park. Take advantage of the many free perks offered by NYC hotels to help you explore more of NYC, see amazing skyline views and dive into the nooks and crannies of New York City you can't see any other way!

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit – FREE

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit NYC

Memorial Day Weekend 2016
May 28-30 and June 4-5; 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.

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NYC Insider Print Map and Guide to Manhattan

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May Broadway Show Picks

Check out our newest Broadway Shows and top NYC Insider Picks for May!

American Psycho Musical Broadway

American Psycho Musical

Set in the excess of the 1980’s Manhattan, where young and handsome Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman pursues his darkest American dreams. Previews March 24; opens April 20.

Tuck Everlasting Broadway Musical

Tuck Everlasting Broadway Musical

Based on the bestselling novel, Winnie Foster meets Jesse Tuck, and discovers his family is immortal. She is tempted to join them by drinking from a magic spring, but then a mysterious stranger arrives and threatens to expose them. Opens Apr 26

Shuffle Along Broadway Musical – Starring Audra McDonald & Billy Porter

In May 1921, Shuffle Along became the unlikeliest of hits, stumbling into the NYC Broadway scene after a back-breaking pre-Broadway tour, serious debt, and set to open at a remote Broadway house. Shuffle Along’s infectious jazz score and exuberant dancing ignited the Broadway scene. The 2016 Shuffle Along brings the original show back to glorious life, while simultaneously telling the unknown backstage saga of its creation.

Hamilton Broadway Musical

Hamilton Broadway MusicalHOTTEST NEW SHOW!!

Nominated for 16 Tony Awards (a record!) Hamilton, is the rap-and-hip-hop infused new musical about Alexander Hamilton, our most controversial founding father. From orphan, immigrant bastard to George Washington’s top aide, Hamilton rises to the top of the newborn government as he survives the country’s first sex scandal.

Lincoln Center - Opera, Ballet, NY Philharmonic, Jazz, Broadway

You really haven't been to NYC until you experience THE beating heart of our Arts & Culture scene, Lincoln Center, home to the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Ballet, Julliard School, Broadway and so much more. See what NYC's (always amazing) classic cultural scene has to offer while you are here.

Lincoln Center NYC

More: Lincoln Center Venue Guide

NYC Ballet Spring Season: April 19 – May 29, 2016

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Shakespeare in the Park 2016

Shakespeare in the Park NYC

May 24 – August 14, 2016
Delacorte Theater, Central Park

Every year, stars such as Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and James Earl Jones perform modern interpretations of various Shakespeare plays in Central Park at the 1,800 seat open-air theater and they are attended by over 80,000 people. 2016 Shakespeare in the Park plays are The Taming of the Shrew and Troilus and Cressida.

More Info: Shakespeare in the Park 2016

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Fleet Week New York City

Fleet Week New York City

May 25-31, 2016

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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Annual Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series

Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series

May 27 – August 5, 2016 (Full Schedule TBD)

Enjoy FREE sea, air & space themed movies under the stars all summer long on the Flight Deck! 2016 Movies: Top Gun, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Galaxy Quest, Big Hero 6 and more!

Doors open at 7:30, film begins at sunset. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, however no outside alcohol is permitted.

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Taste of Tribeca

Taste of Tribeca

May 21, 2016

A great event for both adults and kids, this culinary festival brings together Tribeca’s best restaurants: Bouley, Bubby’s, Chanterelle, Tribeca Grill and more. Prior event cook offs included the Lamb Meatball Masters Challenge and Tang’s Natural Dumpling Challenge. General tickets allow for 6 tastes from some of New York’s finest chefs. $40 advance, $45 day of. Info: www.tasteoftribeca.org

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Fun Things to do in New York in Spring

Things to do in New York in Spring

There are hundreds of fun things to do in New York in Spring. With the cherry blossoms, green foliage, sparkling rivers and warm weather as your backdrop, Spring is the time to take advantage of rooftops, biking, tennis, volleyball, walking tours and so much more.

Here are some of our top picks for Fun Things to do in New York in Spring.

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Mothers Day in New York City

Mothers Day in New York City

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother’s Day in New York City offers a ton of choices for every budget and interest.

Choose from special Brunches and Dinners, free cocktails and open bars, tons of special Manhattan Cruises, chocolate tours, the Mets, Broadway, private movie screenings and so much more.

More Info: Mothers Day in New York City

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Five Boro Bike Tour (by TD Bank)

NYC Five Boro Bike Tour

Sunday, May 1, 2016
(usually the first Sunday in May)

Watch or ride with over 32,000 cyclists spinning 42 miles through all five NYC boroughs, ending in Staten Island, where a fun outdoor Festival awaits. See bike demos, a mountain bike stunt show, food, product samples, massage and more.

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