Travel Trade Newsletter - August 2016

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Brooklyn Chocolate Tour Makes Its Debut 
Artisanal Brooklyn chocolate is as easy as ABC with A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours’ new chocolate tour, which hits the very best of the borough’s small-batch makers, including Jacques Torres, the Chocolate Room, Raaka Chocolate, Baked and Li-Lac Chocolates. At each stop on the four-and-a-half-hour guided bus tour, participants sample the wares, meet the chocolatiers and get a behind-the-scenes look at the production process (“from bean to bar”). The tour company’s Brooklyn-born guides provide the inside scoop on all the neighborhoods along the way.

Arthur Ashe Stadium Sports New Top for the US Open  
A brand-new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, the centerpiece of a $550 million renovation of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center facilities in Flushing Meadows, will be in operation in time for the US Open. It’s a timely addition, as late-summer cloudbursts are not uncommon in the City; neither fans nor players will miss the rain delays of years past. Also part of the renovations, a new 8,000-seat Grandstand Stadium debuts this year, and further on the horizon, fans can look forward to a new Louis Armstrong Stadium, with a roof of its own.

Itinerary Ideas

Big Onion Walking Tours  
Big Onion celebrates its 25th anniversary this October. The tour company’s licensed, expert guides all hold advanced degrees and have teaching experience, so they can take visitors deep into the heart of NYC, its history and its neighborhoods. Tour goers can feed their Hamilton fever with Big Onion’s Revolutionary New York tour; walk on the wild side with the Art, Sex and Rock & Roll tour; experience the City’s ethnic mosaic with tours of Historic Harlem, Irish New York or the Jewish Lower East Side; and dive deep into the City’s grandest districts and landmarks with tours of Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, Financial District and Times Square. Group and private tours can be arranged.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

In August alternative events take center stage, like the bursting-at-the-seams theatrical lineup of the New York International Fringe Festival and the don’t-stop bebop of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Check out these and all our don’t-miss August picks, and for plenty more to see and do this summer and in the seasons ahead, consult our comprehensive events calendar.

Events

Feast of San Gennaro 
September 15–25 
There will be zeppole. There will be braciole. There will be rides and Kewpie dolls. There will be live music every night on the bandstand. Most important, there will be the annual religious procession honoring San Gennaro, patron saint of Naples, in which his statue is carried by the faithful through the streets of Little Italy. A tradition for 90 years, the feast brings everyone back to the old neighborhood for one of the City’s most beloved street parties. 

New York Comic Con 
October 6–9 
How big are comic books these days? Witness the magnitude of New York Comic Con, which will have the Javits Center bursting at the seams for four days this fall. The convention is a big tent, encompassing the interlocking pop-culture worlds of graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, movies and, yes, comic books, from the small presses to the big boys at Marvel and DC. More than 100,000 aficionados gather for panels, screenings, cosplay and fanfic competitions, and the chance to meet titans like Stan Lee and Carrie Fisher, as well as many of the artists and writers who bring the comics to life.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
HGU New York
Manhattan – Murray Hill 
90 rooms

Newly Opened
Even Hotel Brooklyn
Brooklyn – Downtown Brooklyn
202 rooms

Opening Soon
Hyatt House New York Chelsea
Manhattan – Chelsea 
150 rooms

Newly Redesigned
Gild Hall – A Thompson Hotel
Manhattan – Financial District
130 rooms

Newly Redesigned
Park South Hotel 
Manhattan – NoMad
131 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet

NYC & Company Signature Programs

NYC Restaurant Week®
NYC Restaurant Week returns for its 25th summer season, offering three-course prix-fixe meals ($29 lunch, $42 dinner) at hundreds of New York City’s hottest—and coolest—eateries. The program runs through August 19. Visit nycgo.com for more details and to sign up for email updates

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 nycgo.com 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 nycgo.com 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 nycgo.com/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 to download your copy of the 2016 NYC Official Travel Planner.   

For More Information

For questions or additional information, contact us 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.