Travel Trade Newsletter – May 2015

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Whitney Museum Relocates Downtown
The Whitney Museum of American Art, which started out in 1914 as the Whitney Studio in the West Village, returns downtown on May 1 with the opening of its new Renzo Piano–designed home in the heart of the Meatpacking District. The new building has plenty of room to show off a collection that spans a century of contemporary American art, and that’s just what the Whitney is doing with the debut exhibition, America Is Hard to See, which includes 600-plus works by some 400 artists. Fans of Untitled, the Danny Meyer restaurant at the old Whitney, will be happy to hear that he is opening new eateries at the new location.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Broad green lawns, athletic facilities of every stripe, and cultural gems are among the attractions at Flushing Meadows. Just past the grand steel Unisphere, built as the centerpiece for the ’64 World’s Fair, is the Queens Museum, home to the extraordinary Panorama of the City of New York, a 9,335-square-foot model of the entire city (it’s the world’s largest scale model). Nearby, the Queens Theatre hosts comedy, dance, film screenings, plays and more. Families love the New York Hall of Science for its hands-on exhibits for all ages, as well as the Queens Zoo, for its sea lions and tiny pudu deer. The sprawling Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home to the US Open in late summer, is open to the public most other times. There are fields for soccer and baseball (including Citi Field, home of the Mets), as well as basketball, golf, ice-skating, paddle boating and kayaking.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

There’s plenty brewing in all five boroughs this May and the warmer months beyond; we’ve compiled some top picks—including ballet at Lincoln Center, barbecue in Madison Square and Fourth of July fireworks lighting up the skyline—in our spring and summer roundups. For the full picture of what’s going on, check out our art calendar, Broadway spring theater preview, revamped Free in NYC section and comprehensive year-round events calendar.  

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden
May 16–November 1
At Casa Azul, her studio and garden in Mexico City, Frida Kahlo built a living expression of the deep interconnection between her art, her life and the natural world. The New York Botanical Garden “reimagines” Casa Azul, bringing the plants, the colors and materials, and the traditional folk-art objects of Kahlo’s Mexico to the Bronx, providing a unique lens for viewing her life and work. Fourteen of her paintings and drawings will be on view, and a lineup of cultural programming includes folk music and dance performances, lectures and “Frida al Fresco” evenings. For details on group ticketing, visit nybg.org

Museum Mile Festival
June 9
“New York’s biggest block party” returns for the 37th year, as nine world-class museums along a mile-long stretch of Fifth Avenue throw their annual outdoor extravaganza, with food, music, arts and crafts for the kids and much more. The icing on the cake? Free admission to the museums themselves—The Metropolitan Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Hewitt, The Jewish Museum, National Academy Museum, Neue Galerie and Museum of the City of New York (the ninth institution, The Africa Center, is under construction and won’t be open to the public). Festivities start at 6pm, come rain or come shine.

Hotel Updates

Newly Redesigned
Hotel Chandler
Manhattan – Murray Hill
148 Rooms

Newly Opened
Cambria Hotel & Suites New York - Chelsea
Manhattan – Chelsea
135 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.

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.