Travel Trade Newsletter - September 2016

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Discover More NYC

Visitors continue to seek out new and authentic ways to experience New York City. NYC & Company works with local businesses and attractions to address the needs of travel professionals. The City offers an incredible range of product—tours, cultural attractions, dining, shopping and more—in exciting new neighborhoods across all five boroughs. Looking for new ways to enhance your NYC product? Reach out to for customized suggestions to meet your planning needs.

Itinerary Ideas

New York Philharmonic Celebrates Its 175th Anniversary 
The nation’s oldest orchestra continues to mount new productions, premiering new works by John Corigliano, Wynton Marsalis, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and composer-in-residence Esa-Pekka Salonen. The opening night gala for the Philharmonic’s 175th season features two legendary world premieres from years past: Gershwin’s Concerto in F (1925) and Dvořák’s New World Symphony (1893). Also this season, audiences will be bidding their adieus to Alan Gilbert, who enters his final year as music director, and becoming acquainted with his successor, Jaap van Zweden, who takes the baton for a guest stint in November, conducting a mixed program of Wagner, Tchaikovsky and a new viola concerto by Julia Adolphe.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Fall brings big Broadway openings, blockbuster exhibitions at the major museums, and the City’s very finest weather for strolling the streets. Keep track of all the autumnal activities around town with our comprehensive events calendar


Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden at the New York Botanical Garden
October 8–30
The flowering of the chrysanthemum, or kiku, heralds the arrival of fall in Japan—and in recent years, the Bronx as well. The botanical garden’s kiku experts shape and tend to the flowers all year, employing such traditional techniques as kengai (cascade) and ozukuri (thousand bloom), with spectacular results. To complement the pleasures of hanami, or flower viewing, weekend programs provide background on the significance of the chrysanthemum to Japanese culture, as well as traditional activities such as ikebana (flower arranging), taiko drumming, haiku workshops and meditation walks. 

Open House New York
October 15–16
Every year, hundreds of New York’s most fascinating architectural, technological, historical and cultural treasures open their doors to the public, affording a rare look into the City’s private spaces and behind-the-scenes recesses. In recent years, these have included the Grand Masonic Lodge in Chelsea, the vast Brooklyn Army Terminal, the majestic Kings Theatre, Eero Saarinen’s landmark TWA terminal at JFK, and insider tours of the High Line and Hudson Yards. Spots are limited for many sites, so stay tuned for announcements on the 2016 weekend.


Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America at the Museum of China in America
October 6–March 26
Savoring the complexities and vast cultural landscape encompassed by the familiar words “Chinese food,” this exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America brings together more than 30 chefs and restaurateurs, including locals Eddie Huang (BaoHaus), Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food) and Anita Lo (Annisa), for an immersive conversation delving into the personal and professional, and the intricate interplay between food, ethnic identity and immigrant experience. A monumental dinner table, set with items selected by the chefs, forms the show’s centerpiece. 

Cosima von Bonin and Aki Sasamoto Solo Shows at SculptureCenter
September 19–January 2
SculptureCenter presents intriguing work from two very different avant-garde artists this fall. WithWho's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea? Cologne-based artist Cosima von Bonin’s stuffed cartoon-like lobsters and sharks contrast the simple sunny pleasures of a day at the beach with the mysteries of the deep. Meanwhile, Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based performance and installation artist Aki Sasamoto, who was seen last summer on the High Line performing micro-narratives from the confines of a custom-built food cart, receives her first solo show—entirely new work created specifically for SculptureCenter's lower levels. 

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
The Gregory
Manhattan - Herald Square
132 rooms

Newly Opened
Riu Plaza New York Times Square Hotel
Manhattan – Times Square
647 rooms

Newly Opened
Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown
Brooklyn – Downtown Brooklyn
245 rooms

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NYC & Company Signature Programs

NYC Broadway WeekSM
From September 5 to 18, NYC Broadway Week offers two-for-one tickets to smash Broadway musicals and plays, including Cats, The Lion King and Wicked. Tickets go on sale August 18. Visit for more details and to sign up for email updates.

NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM
NYC Off-Broadway Week runs from September 26 to October 9, offering two-for-one tickets to hit Off-Broadway productions like Blue Man Group, Avenue Q and STOMP. Tickets go on sale September 12. Visit for more details and to sign up for email updates.

NYC & Company Resources for the Travel Trade

NYC & Company has all your travel trade needs covered. Visit to access the NYC Travel Training Academy, browse neighborhood tool kits to help you sell select neighborhoods throughout the City, order collateral materials, find trip planning tips, download NYC videos and images, and to download your copy of the 2016 NYC Official Travel Planner.   

For More Information

For questions or additional information, contact us at or contact your local office. For general information, including a calendar of events and other essential information about New York City, please visit