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FALL 2011
NYC & Company's Travel Trade Newsletter

Autumn in New York is a season for the senses, filled with excitement and romance. The green leaves of Central Park turn to orange, yellow and red. Markets and city farms fill with fresh local harvest. And the air turns crisp before the flurry of snowflakes and the holidays. The Village Halloween Parade and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade transform the streets, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree glows in Midtown, and so much more.

New in NYC
9/11 Memorial & Museum
The 9/11 Memorial is now open to the public. While construction of the museum continues, free access to the memorial is managed through an online timed-reservation system. Group visitors are encouraged to use official transportation partners to travel to the memorial. In doing so, visitors can also plan itineraries that encourage them to experience other historic sites and attractions in Lower Manhattan.

New-York Historical Society
The oldest museum in New York City will reopen on Veterans Day (November 11) after a nearly three-year, $65 million renovation, which includes an innovative children's museum and library. Upcoming exhibitions for the opening include Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn and Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié's Miniatures of Society Women.

Brooklyn TV & Movie Sites Tour
On Location Tours, the world's largest TV and movie tour company, now offers a Brooklyn bus jaunt with stops at sites from Bored to Death; Boardwalk Empire; Gossip Girl; American Gangster; Eat Pray Love; I Am Legend; You Don't Know Jack and more.

Gray Line New York Eat & Play Card
Save 10% to 50% off the entire bill for up to four people at more than 100 of Manhattan's most popular places, including restaurants, lounges, attractions, retailers, tours, Broadway shows and more, with no blackout dates and unlimited use over a 30-day period.

Statue of Liberty
Just after the celebration of its 125th anniversary on October 28, 2011, the iconic statue begins a year of renovations. While visitors may not enter the statue during construction, the outside view will be free from obstruction and Liberty Island will remain open for all to enjoy.

Planning for the Holidays
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
November 11, 2011–January 2, 2012
The world-famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the stunning Rockettes at the legendary Radio City Music Hall, returns with old favorites like the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and the "Living Nativity," replete with dramatic costumes and dazzling choreography, plus brand-new numbers and a new "3DLIVE" scene.

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
November 19, 2011–January 16, 2012
This holiday classic features model trains that weave in and out of handcrafted miniatures of New York City's built environment, made entirely out of plants and natural material.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 24
The annual Thanksgiving spectacle that includes celebrities, Broadway performers, balloon characters, marching bands and Santa's first appearance of the season has marched in Manhattan for 85 years. The parade begins at 9am at West 77th Street and Central Park West, proceeding south; it then moves east along Central Park South and heads down Seventh Avenue, where it will then turn east on West 42nd Street and continue south on Sixth Avenue, ending at the Macy's flagship store at Seventh Avenue and West 34th Street. While prime street-viewing spots can fill up quickly, hotels along the parade route offer rooms with a view. We suggest trying any of the following hotels: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton New York City–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 Hotel Times Square; Residence Inn Times Square; Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers; Trump International Hotel & Tower; W New York – Times Square; and The Wellington Hotel.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
November 25–December 31
The New York City Ballet has performed George Balanchine's classic annually since 1954, making it one of the City's signature family-friendly holiday traditions.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
November 30
The annual lighting of the towering Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree marks the start of the holiday season. The special ceremony begins at 7pm and will feature celebrity guests, live performances and music.

A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour
December 2–30
More than 100,000 people flock to the festive homes of Dyker Heights each holiday season to see the over-the-top Christmas decorations. This tour passes through the colorful neighborhoods and ends at an Italian pastry shop with a toasty cappuccino and tasty cannoli.

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah
December 21–28
Welcome Hanukkah in a big way with the lighting of the world's largest menorah, a 32-foot-high, 4,000-pound steel icon, at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. A candle will be lit each night throughout the holiday.

New Year's Eve in Times Square
December 31
An estimated 1 million New Yorkers and visitors gather under the City's lights to welcome the New Year each December 31. The opening ceremony begins at 6pm, and is followed by special appearances and performances by musicians, entertainers, politicians and more. To stay cozy and catch the ball drop with a great view indoors, several Times Square restaurants and hotels provide great options. Try Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.; DoubleTree Suites by Hilton New York City–Times Square; the Millennium Broadway; the New York Marriott Marquis; the Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square and its swanky hangout, R Lounge at Two Times Square; and the W New York – Times Square.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions
performing arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Opening Seasons
Fall rings in opening seasons at Lincoln Center, from Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera to the New York City Ballet and New York Philharmonic.

Carnegie Hall Opening Season
This year's season highlights include Carnegie Hall's 120th Anniversary Celebration.


Columbus Day Parade
October 10
The country's largest celebration of Italian-American culture draws approximately 35,000 marchers and 1 million spectators. Over 100 groups, including bands and floats, march along Fifth Avenue.

Open House New York Weekend
October 15–16
Get a glimpse of NYC's rarely seen spaces during Open House New York's Weekend, America's largest architect and design event, now in its ninth year. A wide variety of sites host the event, from boardrooms to bedrooms, crypts to clubs, factories to firehouses, lighthouses to lookouts, monuments to mansions, and skyscrapers to substations.

Village Halloween Parade
October 31
Every Halloween, more than 50,000 costumed folks—some scary, others silly—parade up Sixth Avenue while floats, live bands and other performing acts march along, complementing the ghoulish revelry.

ING New York City Marathon
November 6
The 26.2-mile race draws more than 100,000 applicants annually, many of whom run for charity to the finish line in Central Park, as well as more than 2 million local spectators.

Comedy Week
November 9–13
A festival of laughs takes over the City's comedy clubs, including big names like Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Bill Maher and Wanda Sykes, not to mention plenty of up-and-comers.

New York Chocolate Show
November 10–13
The annual New York Chocolate Show presents the world's finest chocolates and chocolatiers in the biggest event of its kind. In addition to sweet—and sometimes savory—chocolate samples, the show also includes live cooking demonstrations, book signings by award-winning authors and a special kids' zone for the young ones.

museum exhibitions

De Kooning: A Retrospective
Museum of Modern Art
Sept. 18, 2011—January 9, 2012
MoMA presents the first major museum exhibition dedicated to the full career of Willem de Kooning, from his early academic days in Holland, before his move to the US in 1926, through the late 1980s. The retrospective of the abstract expressionist's work is the first to occupy the museum's entire sixth-floor gallery space.

Picasso's Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition
The Frick Collection
October 4, 2011–January 8, 2012
This exhibition examines Pablo Picasso's artistic experiments and techniques over a 30-year period, from academic exercises from his youth to sketches of his classic works during his prime.

Kandinsky's Painting with White Border
The Guggenheim Museum
October 21, 2011–January 15, 2012
This exhibition brings together the final version of Vasily Kandinsky's Painting with White Border, inspired by a 1912 visit to his native Russia, from 1913 with 12 related drawings and watercolors and one major oil sketch.

Opening of the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 1, 2011
The Met will reopen this suite of 15 galleries housing the museum's renowned collection of Islamic art with an expanded and reconceived concept.

Maurizio Cattelan: All
The Guggenheim Museum
November 4, 2011–January 22, 2012
This retrospective survey of more than 130 works by the Italian-born "provocateur, prankster and tragic poet" ranges from the late 1980s to the present.

Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
November 13, 2011–May 14, 2012
Diego Rivera's visit to MoMA in 1931 was the museum's second-ever monographic exhibition, and helped set new attendance records. Along with the mural panels created specifically during his visit, the exhibition will include full-scale drawings, smaller working drawings and archival materials.

Opening of the Portico Gallery for Decorative Arts and Sculpture
The Frick Collection
December 13, 2011
The first major addition to the museum's display spaces in nearly 35 years opens with the exhibition White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain.

Opening of the New American Wing Galleries of Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 16, 2012
The 24 new galleries will focus on the history of American art from the 18th through the early 20th centuries.

Theater Updates

The upcoming theater season brings revivals of classics like Follies and a new theatrical take on Bonnie & Clyde. Coming soon: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; and An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.

Hotel Updates

recently opened hotels

From Lower Manhattan to Queens, the City is adding hundreds of rooms to its inventory.

Conrad New York
Lower Manhattan, opens late 2011
463 rooms

Hotel 718
Downtown Brooklyn, opens fall 2011
128 rooms

TRYP Times Square South
Hell's Kitchen, opens fall 2011
173 rooms

Wyndham Garden Long Island City/Manhattan View
Long Island City, Queens, opens fall 2011
128 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet.

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