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NYC & Company News for the Travel Trade — February 2015
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Historic Kings Theatre Reopens in Brooklyn
The Kings Theatre was built in the late '20s as one of Loew's five Wonder Theatres—opulent movie palaces inspired by the French Renaissance Revival style of Versailles and the Paris Opera House. After the theater closed in 1977, its future was uncertain for many years, but a public-private partnership has financed a $94 million renovation project restoring the Kings to its original glory, and it's now primed to host a wide variety of music, dance, theater and other performing arts attractions. Diana Ross played the grand reopening February 3.
The space formerly known as the World Financial Center is sporting a new name and a new look as part of a $250 million transformation that's bringing top shopping and fine dining downtown. Saks, Hermès, Theory and Diane von Furstenberg are just of a few the high-end retailers opening their doors this spring. Eats will be available from an artisanal market as well as from the Torrisi folks and top chef Joël Robuchon. An ice rink is already open, and there's a full slate of free concerts, films and art installations under the glass of the Winter Garden.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
The past, present and future of jazz converge at Jazz at Lincoln Center's glassy venue, Frederick P. Rose Hall, which floats five stories above Columbus Circle. In this complex, you can dine and hear world-class music at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, take in a show with stunning views of Central Park in The Appel Room or sit in one of the best concert halls in town in the Rose Theater. Programming is overseen by renowned trumpeter and jazz historian Wynton Marsalis. Groups can enjoy complimentary additions including pre-concert educational discussions, post-show meet and greets with performers, backstage tours and cultural festivals.
Upcoming Events & Exhibitions
Keep tabs on what's hot at the City's coolest cultural institutions and what's on the menu for the months ahead with our art preview, winter and spring guides and events calendar.
Björk at MoMA
March 7–June 7
Iceland's most renowned icon (and iconoclast), Björk has been remaking the boundaries of music, art, video and fashion for more than 25 years. MoMA's retrospective documents her wide-ranging collaborations and features a brand-new "immersive music and film experience" she will be creating for the occasion.
Macy's Annual Flower Show
March 22–April 4
Every year Macy's rings in spring with flowers, mixing traditional arrangements inside and outside the store with au courant floral inspiration from experts at special lectures and demonstrations. Look for news on this year's theme and a full schedule of events, including activities for children and musical performances, at macys.com
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McCarren Hotel & Pool
Brooklyn – Williamsburg District
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NYC & Company Signature Programs
This winter, visitors to New York City can take advantage of some of our most popular programs.
The official showcase for the City's thriving design sector, NYCxDesign brings together top architects, designers, artists, makers and thinkers from around the world for major exhibitions and expos (including Frieze New York and the ICFF) and hundreds of other events, panels, showcases, open studios and, of course, parties. The celebration runs from May 8 to May 19.
Reminder: NYC Restaurant Week℠ and Off-Broadway Week
Don't miss great ways to save on dining and theater this season. The winter 2015 edition of NYC Restaurant Week runs from February 16 to March 6. You can also enjoy two-for-one ticket deals to some of the City's best plays and most-innovative musicals during Off-Broadway Week (Hair, Rent and Avenue Q are all "Off" alums). The promotion runs from February 23 to March 8, and tickets are on sale now.
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 more.