Travel Trade Newsletter – June 2015

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One World Observatory Opens Its Doors
The top of the world is officially open for visitors. The new One World Observatory stands more than 1,250 feet in the air, but the excitement begins on the Sky Pod ride to the top, immersing visitors in a time-lapse trip through the history of the City’s skyline. The high-tech marvels continue at the summit: Images stream in from the streets below in the Sky Portal, and City Pulse, an “interactive skyline concierge,” puts New York’s sights at visitors’ fingertips. The true marvel, of course, is the observatory’s unparalleled 360-degree views of the City itself.

Itinerary Idea

Circle Line
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the Circle Line has unveiled Circle Line Premier, offering a VIP experience—no lines, a private patio, seat-side service—on its traditional 2.5-hour Best of NYC Cruise, which circumnavigates Manhattan, and shorter 1.5-hour Landmark Cruise. Group rates are available on all of Circle Line’s tours, including the Harbor Lights sunset cruise, holiday fireworks cruises and the thrilling Beast speedboat ride. Also, the Circle Line can accommodate private events and charters—everything from kids’ birthday parties and school outings to cocktail parties and corporate get-togethers.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Events

Summer is (almost) upon us, so we’ve scouted out the best of what to do around the City all summer long. Our special guide, Hello Summer, includes festivals, free outdoor concerts, thrilling rides and rooftop bars, while our comprehensive events calendar covers all the action, big and small.

Mermaid Parade
June 20
Since 1983, Coney Island has been kicking off the summer season with a joyfully rambunctious parade that celebrates enchanting sea creatures of every shape and size. Expect DIY floats, makeshift marching bands, skimpy costumes and lots and lots of body paint. Hundreds of thousands of spectators line Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk, so arrive early, pick up a hot dog with everything at Nathan’s Famous and enjoy the only-in-NYC pageantry. 

Pride Week
June 23–28
Pride Week gives New York’s LGBT community a chance to savor the civil rights victories of recent years—and commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which touched off the gay rights movement back in 1969. A series of neighborhood events (extending across the month of June) and blowout parties are capped by the big rally on June 27 and a march down Fifth Avenue on June 28.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions
Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland at the Morgan Library
June 26–October 11
For 150 years, children have been following Alice down the rabbit hole to a topsy-turvy world where madness reigns, and language and logic (and Alice herself) lose all proportion. The Morgan Library celebrates the book’s sesquicentennial with an exhibition featuring Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript, rarely seen on these shores, and a rich trove of drawings, letters and objects associated with the story. 

Neighborhood Spotlight

Must-See Flatiron
The beloved Flatiron Building has become the namesake for the surrounding district, a food lover’s paradise anchored by Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen, Daniel Humm’s multi-Michelin-starred 11 Madison Park and the Italian food emporium Eataly. There’s also specialty shopping and a hopping nightlife scene, along with landmark buildings and historic sights in every direction. Get all the details in this month’s Insider Guide. Then click through to our previous guides, because the best way to explore New York is one neighborhood at a time.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Financial District
Manhattan – Financial District
176 Rooms

Opening Soon
Tommie Hudson Square
Manhattan – Hudson Square
325 Rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet

NYC & Company Resources for the Travel Trade

NYC & Company has all your travel trade needs covered. Visit nycandcompany.org/traveltrade 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 more.

NYC Official Travel Planner 2015

Selling NYC is made easy with this comprehensive guide to the City's accommodations, dining, nightlife, transportation and more. Click here to view the Official Travel Planner online or email publications@nycgo.com to request a printed copy.

For More Information

Should you have any questions or require additional information, feel free to contact us directly at traveltrade@nycgo.com or contact your local office. For general information, including a calendar of events and other essential information about New York City, please visit nycgo.com.