Travel Trade Newsletter - May 2016

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The International Center of Photography Moves into Its New Downtown Home 
In recent years, the Bowery has become one of the City’s most bustling thoroughfares. With that in mind, the International Center of Photography’s new museum is built with a glass-walled public space at street level, inviting pedestrians to free exhibitions and events outside the ticket-required galleries. In the main gallery, the inaugural show Public, Private, Secret explores the ever-expanding domain of the image in the digital era, including the work of Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin and Andy Warhol. It’s a fitting new beginning for an institution that has focused on the social and political power of photography since its founding in 1974. 

LinkNYC Brings Free WiFi, Phone Service and More to the Streets of NYC 
The LinkNYC initiative is transforming street-corner pay phones into digital hubs that offer free WiFI, telephone service, device charging and Internet access via touch-screen tablet. The first wave of new kiosks are up and running, and thousands more are on the way.

Itinerary Ideas

Historic Woodlawn Cemetery 
In the Gilded Era, bucolic Woodlawn Cemetery in the North Bronx became a proving ground for the nation’s wealthiest plutocrats to build ever grander mausoleums and monuments. Visitors can admire the art—and pay their respects to the likes of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Herman Melville, Duke Ellington and hundreds of thousands of less well-known individuals interred here. The cemetery offers themed group tours, including those focused on architecture and jazz history, as well as a variety of events. Woodlawn is easily accessible by subway and commuter rail.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Summer—the season of sunny beach days, outdoor concerts and breezy nights at rooftop bars—is nearly here. You can catch all the fireworks with the help of NYCgo.com’s summer guide. And no matter what the season, our comprehensive events calendar covers all the action in all five boroughs.  

Events

Museum Mile Festival 
June 14
Every year, the museums along Fifth Avenue close the streets to traffic and throw a mile-long block party for art lovers of all ages. Outside activities include artists’ demonstrations, face painting and chalk drawing, with live music and entertainment along the route. Inside, the participating museums—the Met Fifth Avenue, Cooper-Hewitt, Guggenheim, Neue Galerie, Jewish Museum, Museo del Barrio and Museum of the City of New York—offer free admission. The festivities run from 6 to 9pm, rain or shine.

The Mermaid Parade
June 18
Joining together the spirit of old Brooklyn and new Brooklyn in true Coney Island fashion, the Mermaid Parade is a DIY extravaganza of body paint, seashells, outrageous costumes, floats, cars, marching bands and aquatic creatures of every variety. The event draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to the Boardwalk every year. 

Exhibitions

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present at the Brooklyn Museum 
July 15–January 8, 2017
A comprehensive history of sports photography told through more than 400 images, Who Shot Sports explores the classical appeal of depicting competition and the aesthetics of the human body in motion, as well as the genre’s social and cultural significance. Among the 170 photographers represented are Eadweard Muybridge, Leni Riefenstahl and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning at the Met Breuer
July 12–November 27
The Met Breuer turns its attention to the early work of Diane Arbus, whose most famous shots captured the everyday strangeness of the world with an unsettling intimacy. The show, spanning the years 1956 to 1962, includes many photos that have never been seen before, tracing the development of Arbus’ idiosyncratic and poignant approach to portraiture and street photography.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
Even Hotel Times Square South
Manhattan – Garment District
150 rooms

Opening Soon
AKA Wall Street
Manhattan – Financial District
132 rooms

Newly Rebranded
Walker Hotel Greenwich Village
Manhattan – Greenwich Village
113 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet

NYC & Company Signature Programs

Discover NYC with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 
The world’s coolest superturtles have emerged from underground to show kids and their parents the City’s finest treasures and funnest thrill rides. Discover the City through educational and entertaining family-friendly itineraries: explore science with Donatello, monuments with Leonardo, food and fun with Michelangelo and the great outdoors with Raphael.

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, email 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.