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FALL 2010
NYC & Company''s Travel Trade Newsletter

It''s hard to believe that the leaves in Central Park and beyond are already turning vibrant shades of red and orange. But the change in seasons is always welcome in New York City, bringing with it beautiful colors, crisp autumn air and a variety of festive fall activities and holiday events. From the world-renowned Halloween and Thanksgiving Day parades to performances and events celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas, the fall and winter holidays are some of New York''s busiest and most exciting times.

Value-added offers
Autumn welcomes the return of Get More NYC, a program spotlighting New York City as the place where everyone can see more, be more and get more. Visitors can get more with great hotel deals starting October 15, as well as terrific shopping and entertainment offers rolling out throughout the rest of 2010. Check the website for Get More NYC offers.

New in NYC
More than just a tour, The Ride is a moving entertainment experience on NYC''s tallest vehicle. The seats face sideways, and the City becomes a stage for a show-while-you-go scripted and performed by writers and comedians from Saturday Night Live, the Daily Show and New York''s vibrant comedy circuit.

The Museum of the Moving Image, the nation''s largest institution dedicated to the art, technology and social impact of film, television and digital media, will reopen in January 2011 after a monumental renovation.

Eataly, the enormous new Italian food market on Fifth Avenue, is the creation of Mario Batali and his partners, Joseph Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich and Oscar Marinetti, who founded the original Eataly back in Turin. The New York emporium features multiple restaurants—from pizza to fine dining—a rooftop beer garden and microbrewery, as well as lots of retail space dedicated to Italian food and housewares. There''s even a cooking school.

Looking for new itinerary ideas?
Ghosts, Murders and Mayhem Walking Tours are a must for any fear fanatic or amateur NYC historian, and a perfect activity during the Halloween season. Your guide will lead you through various neighborhoods around town and tell tales of bedlam, hauntings and murders. The tours are not recommended for children, but the spooky sites and stories provide great fun for grown-ups.

The New York City Police Museum, the number-one destination to learn about "New York''s Finest," is one of the City''s hidden gems. Learn history, facts and trivia about police work and the development of modern law enforcement in New York City, see real NYPD artifacts, hear the accounts of 9/11 first responders and much more.

For more to do, check out this season''s list of top tours, and the complete list of tours at

Planning for the holidays
The Macy''s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the biggest annual events the City has to offer. The giant balloons, festive floats and marching bands make their way from the Upper West Side through Midtown to the iconic Macy''s flagship store on 34th Street. Here is a list of hotels that offer prime viewing along the parade route:
Doubletree Guest Suites Times Square
Mandarin Oriental, New York
The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel
Michelangelo Hotel
New York Marriott Marquis
Park Central New York
Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
Residence Inn Times Square
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
Trump International Hotel & Tower
W New York – Times Square
Wellington Hotel

The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting on November 30 is a great way to kick off the holiday season. Watch as one of the world''s largest Christmas trees illuminates the sky.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes, has been a holiday tradition for revelers young and old for more than 75 years. It runs this year from November 5 to December 30.

Enjoy George Balanchine''s classic ballet, The Nutcracker, performed by the world-class New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, from November 26 to January 2, 2011.

The Theater at Madison Square Garden hosts Wintuk, a high-flying, jaw-dropping Cirque du Soleil performance about a young boy on a perilous journey in search of snow, running November 17 to January 2, 2011.

The New York Botanical Garden''s annual Holiday Train Show portrays an NYC wonderland with more than 100 landmarks—including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the original Yankee Stadium—skillfully crafted from all-natural materials ranging from cinnamon sticks to pinecones. It opens November 20 and runs through January 9, 2011.

Seeing the Lights of Dyker Heights is another annual NYC tradition. Residents of this Brooklyn neighborhood illuminate their homes with colorful lights—millions in all—and Christmas decorations in a dazzling display of holiday spirit.

The Jewish Museum''s biennial exhibition The Hanukkah Project, which opens November 21 and runs through the end of January, presents an installation piece by architect Daniel Libeskind that incorporates menorahs from the museum''s collection.

As the holiday season progresses, please check the NYC Department of Transportation''s Charter Bus Holiday Parking Guidelines, issued in November.

Group-friendly restaurants
Little Italy is known for its delicious Italian cuisine and culture, but not necessarily for its spaciousness. If you''re looking for a restaurant in the neighborhood that can accommodate large groups, La Mela is the place to go. With family-style and à la carte menus and a variety of private dining rooms, La Mela is a great group-friendly spot for dinner before or after an event downtown.

The Village Pourhouse, an East Village favorite for years, has opened a roomy new outpost on Restaurant Row, perfect for accommodating large groups for pre- or post-theater dining. They even offer private rooms without bars for student groups.

Looking for a restaurant for your group? Accent on Dining can help you find the ideal atmosphere. Their list of restaurants that specialize in large parties is categorized by neighborhood, making it easy to find a nearby dinner spot for any itinerary.

Read about recently opened restaurants, as well as other dining tips and information, at

Upcoming special events and exhibitions
Special events
The Film Society of Lincoln Center''s venerable New York Film Festival returns from September 24 to October 10. The Next Wave Festival, featuring emerging and established avant-garde artists from around the world, is happening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from September 21 through December 19.

Openhousenewyork Weekend, the country''s largest architecture and design event, featuring architectural tours, discussions, performances and more, returns on October 9 and 10.

The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, which runs from October 19 to 23, presents hundreds of indie bands rocking out at venues all over NYC.

The Village Halloween Parade, the largest Halloween celebration in the United States, is now in its 37th year. Don''t miss all the crazy costumes, giant floats and spooky fun on October 31.

From November 11 to 14, chocoholics of all ages unite at the Chocolate Show. Enjoy chocolate tastings, displays, demonstrations—even a fashion show with models sporting designs made entirely of chocolate.

The Museum of Modern Art
Abstract Expressionist New York, October 3–April 25, 2011
Displaying roughly 300 pieces from its own collection, MoMA celebrates not only the genius of such artists as Pollock, de Kooning and Rothko, but also its own role in the movement.

Whitney Museum of American Art
Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time, October 28–April 10, 2011
The Whitney is exhibiting the works of beloved New York artist Edward Hopper among the works of his contemporaries to create a narrative about realism in early-20th-century American art and the changes in American life it reflected.

The Jewish Museum
Houdini: Art and Magic, October 29–March 27, 2011
This exhibit, the first at a major American art museum to focus on the renowned escape artist, presents both the life and career of the magician himself and his impact on popular culture and the evolution of his legend over the course of more than a century.

The American Museum of Natural History
Brain: The Inside Story, November 20–August 14, 2011
Explore how the human brain and nervous system work, how the brain evolves over the course of a lifetime, and how new technology can help us understand and even repair our brains.

For more special events and exhibits, visit the calendar of events at

Theater updates
Vanessa Redgrave, Al Pacino, James Earl Jones, Laura Linney—even Paul Reubens (better known as Pee-wee Herman)—all grace the Broadway stage this season. From sports-themed plays (Lombardi) to historical emo-rock musicals (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), there''s something for everyone on the Great White Way this autumn. Check out the fall Broadway preview on for more.

Hotel updates
The following hotels have recently opened:

Andaz 5th Avenue
This sleek hotel matches the fashionable vibe of the nearby Bryant Park neighborhood. The 184 modern guest rooms are enticing, as is the swanky bar and restaurant, which uses ingredients from farms around New York State. The complimentary state-of-the-art gym is open all hours.

Cassa Hotel and Residences
Cassa Hotel and Residences focuses on graceful design inside and out, with intriguing architecture and design books in the guest rooms. Relax with luxury sheets, 42-inch LCD TVs and in-room spa treatments.

InterContinental New York Times Square
This upscale 36-story hotel in Midtown Manhattan offers 607 rooms with views, including 29 suites. Among the dining options is Ça Va, a Todd English restaurant.

The James New York
The James New York beautifully blends the artistic and industrial aesthetics of its surrounding neighborhoods, SoHo and TriBeCa. Its nontraditional approach to luxury makes it stylish, yet comfortable, with a lush urban garden, a rooftop escape with a bar and lounge, and a pool and spa.

W New York – Downtown
Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan''s Financial District, the newest W New York provides insider access to all of the City''s downtown treasures. Guests can enjoy dinner at the BLT Bar & Grill, cocktails at the Living Room Bar & Terrace or the hotel''s signature Whatever/Whenever service in any of the 217 guest rooms.

The following hotels are opening soon:

Aloft Harlem
Aloft Harlem brings loft-style comfort and design to one of Manhattan''s trendiest up-and-coming neighborhoods. With amenities from Bliss Spa, laundry facilities for guests and a buzzing social scene, Aloft Harlem is as relaxing as it is exciting. (Opening in October.)

Courtyard New York Manhattan/SoHo
Enjoy the comfort of Courtyard by Marriott in the trendy SoHo neighborhood, minutes from some of the City''s best shopping. The hotel offers free wireless Internet access, flat-screen HD televisions, complimentary refreshments and more. (Opening in October.)

The Setai Fifth Avenue
The Setai offers child-care services, 24-hour assistants, a full-service salon and spa and many more luxurious amenities, all right near great Fifth Avenue shopping destinations. (Opening in November.)

Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel
The upcoming addition to the New York Sheraton family includes an Internet lounge with computers and free WiFi, a Starbucks cafe, a gym that''s open 24/7 and the Sheraton Club Lounge for participating guests. (Opening November 11.)

Element New York Times Square West
With a fitness center, healthy food options, public social spaces and its signature Heavenly Beds and fully equipped kitchens, the Element is about as close to real NYC living as you can get. (Opening November 18.)

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