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Planning an unforgettable (and value-filled) Midtown Manhattan getaway just got a little bit easier. Browse our budget travel blog below to discover the best tips and tricks for experiencing New York City.

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    The 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    November 04

    Since it was first televised nationally in 1952, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become a staple of the holiday in millions of American households, where families gather round to watch spectacular floats, live musical entertainment, and enormous balloons float above Manhattan's city streets.

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    Take a Spin on the Ice at Rockefeller Center Plaza

    October 07

    Constructed eighty years ago by visionary industrialist John D. Rockefeller, Rockefeller Center has been featured prominently in numerous films and television shows over the years, making it one of the most recognizable sights in all of New York City.

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    The 57th Annual New York Film Festival Celebrates the Best of the Silver Screen

    September 03

    As one of the world’s most culturally vibrant metropolises, New York City has long been a center of the cinematic arts. From Friday, September 27, through Sunday, October 13, the biggest names in the film industry will join enthusiasts from across the globe to celebrate the awe-inspiring achievements of new and established talent at the 57th Annual New York Film Festival.

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    The Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn Party

    August 05

    One of the most dynamic decades of the 20th century, the Roaring Twenties were a time of soaring wealth, unbridled ambition, and near-endless partying for the Jay Gatsby set. If you’ve ever dreamt of living large in the era immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel, then you have to check out NYC’s 14th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party.

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    Dance Beneath the Stars at Midsummer Night Swing

    July 01

    Midsummer Night Swing, one of Manhattan’s coolest outdoor festivals, is now underway, and if you happen to enjoy dancing, it’s an absolute must-do for your summer calendar.

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    NYC Pride is WorldPride

    June 03

    Since 1970 New York City has hosted an annual NYC Pride celebration that has grown to become one of the most popular in the world, regularly attracting hundreds of thousands of celebrants for the famous Pride March at the end of June.

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    New York City’s World Famous Summer Shakespeare Series

    May 06

    In 1962 Shakespeare in the Park (known then as the New York Shakespeare Festival) staged its first Delacorte Theater performance, a production of The Merchant of Venice starring George C. Scott and James Earl Jones.

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    STEP BACK IN TIME TO THE PREHISTORIC ERA AT AMNH

    April 09

    Just in time for its 150th birthday, the renowned American Museum of Natural History is celebrating big-time with everyone’s favorite (pre-)historic figure: the T. rex!

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    THE 10 BEST NEW YORK ATTRACTIONS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF PENN STATION

    November 25

    New York City is one of the most walkable cities in the world. According to Walkable, the city as a whole has a Walk Score of 85 out of 100That means, when you’re staying at the Hotel Penn, you have plenty of options for stuff to do near Penn Station.

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    6 SCARY NEW YORK HAUNTED HOTELS TO MAKE YOUR STAY A NIGHTMARE

    August 05

    In a city like New York, there are endless options for hotels to stay in. For adventurous travelers, staying at a haunted hotel can bring a fun spin to luxurious comfort that is sure to keep them on edge.

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    PENN STATION TRIVIA: 20 INTERESTING FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

    April 12

    Pennsylvania Station, or Penn Station, is a travel mecca that sees hundreds of thousands of people pass through its doors each day. We’ve gathered 20 Penn Station facts, tidbits, and trivia to help you uncover its interesting past and present.

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    DECEMBER 2017 IN NYC

    November 14

    There is so much going on for Christmas and the holiday season, it’s nearly impossible to do it all. That’s why we’re trying to make it simple for you. 

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    NOVEMBER’S CAN’T MISS EVENTS AT MSG

    October 18

    2017 is flying by but there is still a lot of time left to see some pretty amazing shows at Madison Square Garden. While many venues are home to a couple of sporting events and concerts, The Garden continues to be a hub for any and all major events.

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    THE GARDEN’S SEPTEMBER CONCERTS LOOK AMAZING!

    August 22

    Our neighbors across the street are one of the most iconic venues in North America. As such, they bring in some of the most iconic music acts in the world every year. This September is no different.

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    BEST ICE CREAM SPOTS NEAR MIDTOWN NYC

    July 10

    Summer in the city can be hot. While we love the NYC summer, it can get a little hot. We could complain about that or look on the bright side and see the great opportunity that lays before us. 

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    BASKETBALL: THE NEW YORK CITY GAME

    February 27

    While baseball may be America’s pastime, basketball is a sport that has helped shape, and been shaped by, New York City for over 50 years. So it seems only fitting that New York is home to the longest running college basketball tournaments to be held at one site: the Big East Conference at Madison Square Garden.

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    THINGS TO DO THIS WINTER IN NYC

    January 23

    It’s true, NYC never stops. While most think about hibernating during the winter months, NYC is full of exciting activities that will make you forget about the cold brisk winter air.

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    BLACK FRIDAY IN THE CITY

    November 25

    What better place to be than the shopping capital of the world on the biggest day for shopping? Come to Hotel Penn for the ultimate shopping experience this Thanksgiving weekend.

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    THANKSGIVING AT HOTEL PENN

    November 24

    Give thanks with Hotel Pennsylvania this year in New York City. On Thursday, November 24th the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off the perfect Thanksgiving weekend.

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    SHOPAHOLIC’S GUIDE TO NEW YORK: SHOPPING AT HOTEL PENN

    May 27

    This city is home to some of the savviest deal-hunters, rack combers and brand aficionados in the world. Stay with us and you’ll have a chance to join them at some of the most legendary shopping destinations.

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    PRESENTING NEW HOTEL PENN SURROUNDINGS: THE PENN 5000 CLUB ROOMS REDONE

    April 21

    After extensive renovations, Hotel Pennsylvania is proud to present our guests with the all-new Penn 5000 Club rooms. Boasting the best in luxury amenities for New York City travelers on the go.

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    CONCIERGE PICKS: LET OUR CHOICES BE YOUR GUIDE

    March 24

    New York is best enjoyed alongside someone who knows the town by heart. That’s where our Concierge Picks come in.

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    RING IN THE NEW YEAR IN CLASSIC NYC STYLE

    December 17

    If you’ve never watched the ball drop in the heart of Times Square, or seen fireworks light up the sky from some glamorous rooftop, or danced the night away before an epic champagne toast, why not start a new tradition?

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    HOTEL PENN’S HAUNTED TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN NYC 2015

    October 23

    Spooky, scary and spectacular fun is easy to come by this time of year in New York City – and we should know: Hotel Penn is located near some of NYC’s favorite Halloween locales, ranging from haunted landmarks to witchy watering holes. 

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    HOP ON THE TRAIN AT PENN STATION

    July 16

    Hotel Penn is conveniently located across the street from Penn Station, which gives you access to all the events in New Jersey and upstate New York. Plan a day trip to experience the happenings just outside of the city.

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    THE BEST OF FASHION WEEK

    February 11

    Fashion Week overtakes New York City this February with a week of events for fashion legends, press, stylists, emerging designers, and spectators. From indie designers to global megabrands, this celebration of chic has something for everyone to enjoy. 

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