Kick Off Summer in New York City

For New Yorkers, Memorial Day weekend functions as the unofficial starting point of summer: barbeques, festivals, Central Park picnics, and warm weather draw the city out of its slumber and the streets spring to life. There’s something special about spending this long weekend in the city, celebrating the return of the sun – no matter if you’re attending Memorial Day events, indulging in seasonal dishes and drinks, or visiting family-friendly destinations.

The New York Palace offers a great start to your Memorial Day weekend in NYC! Book The New York Palace Memorial Week Special to receive up to 20% off accommodation and stay steps away from all that NYC has to offer this holiday weekend.


Memorial Day Weekend Events in NYC

 New York Philharmonic Memorial Day Concert

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
8 p.m., May 25
One of New York City’s most esteemed venues hosts one of the world’s premier musical collectives this coming Memorial Day – and entry is absolutely free. The New York Philharmonic will play at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 25. The church, located in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood, boasts rich acoustics in its 2,200-capacity space.

 Fleet Week New York

various locations in NYC
May 18 – May 26
One of the city’s most patriotic bi-annual events overlaps with Memorial Day weekend this spring. Fleet Week brings thousands of members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy to New York City to celebrate with live demos, band concerts, parades, and much more.

Military Band Concert

Military Plaza (43rd – 44th Street + Broadway in Times Square)
5 p.m., May 23
This free, open-air concert will lend Times Square an uncharacteristically refined flair on the evening of Saturday, May 23. The lineup includes the U.S. Coast Guard’s Silent Drill Team and the Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” group.

Memorial Day Weekend Cuisine + Cocktails

Whether you’re interested in breakfast, brunch, dinner or a midnight snack, New York City offers myriad options – classic, new, affordable, and high-end. Explore some of the top restaurants within walking distance of The Palace to enjoy the complete NYC experience this holiday weekend.


40 Central Park South
Brunch is practically a New York City institution, and Sarabeth’s is a standard of the high-end NYC brunch scene. Situated across the street from Central Park, Sarabeth’s is known for its comprehensive menu of omelettes, entrees, and flaky, ever-so-sweet desserts. Don’t forget to order a Pickled Bloody Mary – holiday weekends are for celebrating, after all.

 Little Collins

667 Lexington Avenue
This tiny café, tucked into an unremarkable storefront on Lexington Avenue, serves breakfast bites and espresso drinks that stand among the city’s best. Locals come to Little Collins for Aussie-inflected favorites like the Flat White – a light, fluffy, espresso-based mini-latte – and smashed Avocado Toast, sprinkled with chili flakes and pumpkin seeds.

Trouble’s Trust

455 Madison Avenue (enter beneath The New York Palace’s Lobby Grand Staircase)
Trouble’s Trust provides a refined respite after a busy day of exploring the city. The bar’s carefully crafted cocktails complement its modern design theme, coming together to create one of Midtown’s most unique nightlife experiences. The bar serves specialty and vintage specialty cocktails, beer, wine, fine spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages daily from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.

 NYC Sightseeing Options on Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend offers one of the first opportunities for NYC locals and visitors to get outside, soak up the sun and relax in some of the city’s shared spaces. It’s also a great weekend for exploring New York City attractions well-known, off-the-beaten-path, and everywhere in between.

Sheep Meadow Picnic at Central Park

Central Park
65th Street Transverse
Gather some provisions, head uptown to New York City’s most fabled green space, toss down a blanket and relax. It’s the weekend activity of choice for thousands of New Yorkers for a reason: there’s no sensation quite like basking in the sun’s rays while taking in Midtown’s skyline behind the park’s tree line.

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue
Open Saturday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
The Morgan Library & Museum and The New York Palace have in common their status as pieces of the city’s living history. This museum – located a few blocks from the hotel in Midtown – blends the elegance of its triple-tier bronze-and-Circassian walnut bookshelves with a surprisingly contemporary collection of exhibits housed in a Renzo Piano-designed addition.

“Iconic Paintings of New York City” at the Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle
Open Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
The Museum of Arts and Design (or MAD) showcases the city-centric Photorealist-style paintings of Richard Estes, a quintessential New York artist. Pulled from the mid-1960s through present day, showcasing the full range of Estes’ work and the scope of the city’s grand changes over the past 50 years.

Book now and receive a guaranteed upgrade to a Premier Skyline View Room

 The most scenic way to enjoy New York City over the upcoming holiday weekend is The New York Palace’s Memorial Week Special. Stay at The New York Palace Memorial Day Monday, or the Sunday before Memorial Day to receive up to 20% off accommodation.

Reserve now and enjoy unobstructed views of the Midtown Manhattan skyline

*Terms and Conditions:  Must stay Memorial Day Monday or Sunday before Memorial Day. Early Departures will be charged the full length of the reservation.


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Enter for a Chance to Win a Cruise Along the Danube or a Stay in Honolulu

Vote now in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Survey to rate your favorite travel experiences and you might win a breathtaking vacation. By sharing your expertise and opinions on the world’s top cities, islands, hotels, resorts, spas, beaches and other destinations, you’ll be entered to win one of two trips for two:

• An eight-day journey along the Danube with Viking River Cruises, or
• A five-night stay in a suite at the Halekulani Hotel in Honolulu

As an added bonus, The New York Palace is giving out a “special treat” to anyone who votes for The Palace. Simply tag @newyorkpalace on Instagram and use #IVotedNYP to receive a surprise on your next stay at our legendary New York City luxury hotel.

To enter this year’s sweepstakes, please fill out the official survey. Entries are accepted through June 1, 2015.

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Introducing ‘People of the Palace,’ A Spotlight on Our Talented Team

Introducing our newest initiative, #PeopleOfThePalace. Each month we’ll be highlighting the amazing talent here at The New York Palace through our social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn). Whether they are right in the center of the action, or behind the scenes making sure the hotel runs smoothly for our guests, The Palace appreciates each and every one of our employees for bringing a unique personality to the hotel.

We kick this month off with Leonardo Lorenzo, our Associate Director of Catering. Below is the full interview for this month’s Employee Showcase:

[The New York Palace]: How long have you been working at The Palace?
[Leonardo Lorenzo]: I’ve been here for a year and 4 months now.

[NYP]: Tell us a little more about what you do here – what’s your day-to-day?
[LL]: We sell our event space for social events, corporate events, as well as non-profit events. After the selling process takes place, we also plan events and execute them. So, it’s a one stop shop for our clients. We get to be with them from Day 1 when they inquired about our space, all the way to the end of their event. We have a team of 6 on the catering side. It’s a great team, I’m very proud of them. We also have fantastic Banquet, Culinary and Steward Teams that really make it happen and deliver on the day of the event.

[NYP]: Did you start in Catering Sales?
[LL]: I’ve pretty much known I wanted to work in hotels since high school. So, I went to school for hotel management, and started in Operations. I worked the Front Desk, I did Housekeeping, I had internships in every possible department – including security – I worked in the kitchen, I did it all in terms of the hotel business. 13 years ago is when I made the big switch of moving from Operations to the Catering side of the operation. That’s when I said ‘This is it, this is where I want to be.’ So I’ve been doing this for quite a bit now.

[NYP]: What’s your favorite part about The New York Palace?
[LL]: It’s been an amazing experience. I would have to say our incredible Courtyard is a unique feature that our property has. It really sets the tone and tells a story of our history. It’s really beautiful. Secondly, the team. We have an amazing, amazing team in every single department and it’s so pleasant to work with them all.

[NYP]: Where do you live now?
[LL]: I’ve been in the States since 2002, but I’m originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now I’ve lived in Hell’s Kitchen ever since I moved to New York in 2009.

[NYP]: Tell us a little about your favorite place to eat?
[LL]: I can tell you all about my favorite spots in the city. I love going to this little Italian tapas place in my neighborhood called Briciola on 51st and 9th. It’s just so cozy – it’s tiny. You sit at one long communal table surrounded by wine racks. All the servers are European. It’s super fun.

[NYP]: What’s been your most memorable moment here at The Palace?
[LL]: When I booked my first wedding. That was the most rewarding moment when I first started, was when I got that first signed contract for a Villard Ballroom wedding. It’s because it’s a trust that you’ve gained after several site visits and appointments with a possible bride and her family. It’s a very sentimental decision that this family is making. They’re spending their own money and they really create that connection with you.

[NYP]: Share a fun fact about yourself that we may not know. Any hobbies, etc.?
[LL]: I really like to entertain other people. I like to have a good time when I’m here and when I’m not here. I like to spend time with friends, laugh and be positive.

[NYP]: What’s your favorite event in NYC?
[LL]: I love The Nutcracker. It’s a beautiful ballet. I love musicals. I’m one of those people that go and wait in line for the lottery. I just saw the Book of Mormon, it was great. I saw Kinky Boots, Hedwig and the Angry Inch – it’s really cool to win tickets through the lottery.

Thank you, Leo for sharing your experience with The New York Palace. We’re happy to have you on board!

Leonardo Lorenzo - ©Hechler

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