Fleet Week NYC Starts May 25th!

With Memorial Day Weekend approaching, it’s hard not to get excited about all the summer activities that New York City has to offer. A tradition in New York since 1984, Fleet Week is one of the greatest annual events of the season. Fleet Week is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard tradition when active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews explore the city, while us city folks get to explore the ships and other activities that coincide with the event. For a complete list of ships docking this year, click here.

Fleet Week is full of exciting events from military demonstrations to the public tours of the ships. Click here for the full schedule, but here are some of our favs!

Public Ship Tours:
Daily from 8 am-5 pm
Pier 88, 48th St/West Side Highway

May 25th
Parade of Ships

Mark the start of Fleet Week along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side and watch the ships roll in.
8:30 am – Noon

May 27th
USMC Day in Times Square
Featuring performances by the Navy Band NE & USMC Band
9 am-6 pm  (Times Square)

Broadway Showcase
Casts from some of the top shows currently on Broadway put on a spectacular one-hour showcase. Acts include: Jersey Boys, Chicago, Mamma Mia, and Rock of Ages.
12-1pm (Intrepid Museum)

Intrepid Summer Movie Series featuring “Top Gun”
Free admission. Doors open at 7:30pm and movie starts at sunset.
4 pm ( Flight Deck at the Intrepid Museum)

May 29th
Annual Athletic Competition – Tug of War
2-4 pm (Pier 86/Intrepid Museum)

May 30th
Memorial Day Ceremony
Ceremonial wreath laying, a Three Volley Salute, the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag and a fly-over of military aircraft in the missing man formation.
11 am (Flight Deck /Intrepid Museum)

Be sure to also check out the full schedule of events held by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (One Intrepid Square, 12th Avenue and 46th Street, New York 10036).  If you’re not into running around the Pier, stay local and entertain all them men and women here to enjoy our city!  After all, New York LOVES sailors!


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The Flavor of Midtown: Grand Gourmet at Grand Central

Love food?  Love Midtown? Well, then you are in luck!   On May 12th the  Grand Central Partnership will be hosting the Grand Gourmet: The Flavor of Midtown right inside Grand Central Terminal at the Vanderbilt Hall.  This event brings together more than 30 of Midtown’s best restaurants to celebrate and raise money for the Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services Corporation, the largest not-for-profit homeless services provider in New York City. The event draws nearly 1,000 guests, including elected officials, business and community leaders, neighborhood stakeholders, local residents and culinary enthusiasts. Enjoy food and beverage from the culinary teams from Asia de Cuba, Cibo, The Campbell Apartment, Pera, Naples 45 and many more.  Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

Grand Gourmet – The Flavor of Midtown
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal
East 42nd St at Park Ave

Thursday, May 12, 2011
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

General Admission: $100 (Tickets)

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3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Event at mad46

Watch the Race for the Roses in Style at the 3rd Annual mad46 Kentucky Derby Party!  We’re rolling out the red carpet for “Millionaire’s Row” on 46th street this year for the 137th Kentucky Derby. Fanciful hats, seersucker suits and mint juleps will be present The Roosevelt Hotel’s rooftop lounge, mad46, from 4 pm to 10 pm while guests watch the Derby broadcasts live from flat screen TVs. Atop the 19th floor of the hotel, mad46 guests will enjoy traditional Derby cocktails like the Mint Julep and sample Woodford Reserve cocktails like the Oaks Lilly and Woodford Reserve Sweet Bourbon Punch

Dress to impress and enter to win our “Best Derby Attire” contest for the title of “Most Polished Gentleman,” “Most Derby Chic Lady”, as well as prizes for the top three most stylish Derby hats.You can also try your luck in our Derby Prize Pool for a chance to win prizes from mad46, Woodford Reserve, The Roosevelt Hotel, Vander Bar and Madison Club Lounge.

To reserve a table for the event, email reservations@mad46.com

3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Party
mad46 Rooftop Lounge
Saturday, May 7th 2011
4:00pm – 10:00pm

Madison Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017

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