As dependable as the swallows of Capistrano, and quite possibly as majestic, there's no surer sign that Spring has sprung (as well as your libido) than the annual invasion of our Men in White. For those of in you New York City – or fans of Sex in the City re-runs – you know what I'm talking about, and for those of you watching from afar, here's two simple words you'll remember forever once you experience it: Fleet! Week!
Since 1984 a small armada of vessels dock in NYC harbor to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. over Memorial Day Weekend – this year May 26 to June 2 – releasing their uniformed crew the to carouse with the locals, titillate the tourists, and all around impress with their starched sculptedness. And of course, feature military demonstrations, tours of boats, musical performances, yada yada . . . Did we mention there are sailor balls?! This year, you can also get in on the action with some exclusive hotel deals.
Conveniently located on 42nd St west of Time's Square, near Hell's Kitchen and the epicenter of the action, the U.S.S. Intrepid Museum, The OUT NYC is kicking off a Served with Pride Package this Fleet Week – and continuing it indefinitely. Guests with a valid military ID (any branch) will receive:
- 30 percent off of the best available rate
- “Served with Pride” t-shirt or tank top of their choice
- Free Wi-Fi and Continental breakfast
- Offer based on double occupancy and available Sunday–Thursday. This offer is non-transferable or combinable with other resort offers. Based on availability.
As New York's first straight-friendly urban resort, and with the happy repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, we imagine even if you don't qualify for the discount, this will be the hub of the newly-out action. The city's biggest gay club, XL Nightclub, is on the first floor.
Farther down the west side near the Meatpacking District, the nautically-themed Maritime Hotel? is offering rooms for just $99 per night for any active-duty sailor in uniform (based on double occupancy, may not be booked in advance). And for thirsty sailors and civilians alike, the hotel’s open-air restaurant, La Bottega, is offering a special cocktail menu including drinks like The Anchor, The Albatross, and even the Please Ask, Do Tell. Because this Fleet Week we're definitely hoping for something to talk about . . .
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