Travel Trade Newsletter – August 2015

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SeaGlass Carousel
More than 70 years after the demise of the original New York Aquarium (which was relocated in 1941), the wonders of the deep return to Battery Park with the grand opening of the SeaGlass Carousel on August 20. George Tsypin, the man behind Broadway’s biggest spectacles (Spider-Man, The Little Mermaid) has designed an aquatic carousel for the 21st century, with 30 shimmering, translucent fish, 9 feet high, gliding about an immersive “underwater” seascape.

New York City Football Club
With its name alone, the New York City Football Club—Major League Soccer’s newest team—boldly proclaims the world’s most popular sport will no longer play second fiddle to “the other football.” NYCFC is co-owned by the New York Yankees and Premier League powerhouse Manchester City F.C. and shares the Yankees’ historic Bronx home. In its inaugural season, the club has drawn big crowds and should get an on-field boost from the recent addition of top Manchester midfielder Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, formerly of Juventus.

Itinerary Idea

Governors Island
Since opening its gates to the public in 2003 after nearly 200 years’ service as a military base, Governors Island has blossomed into the very model of a thriving “mixed-use recreational area”—a historical site, art installation space, festival fairground (notably Figment NYC and the Jazz Age Lawn Party), and one of the best picnicking and bike riding spots in the City all rolled into one. Ferry service is available daily from Manhattan, and on weekends from Brooklyn ($2 r/t for adults; free on weekend mornings).

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

The Central Park Conservancy caps off the free outdoor movie season, with its own over-the-top five-day festival of 1980’s greatest hits. August also brings plenty of alfresco art, concerts, and cocktails. We’ve mapped out all the action in our summer weekend itinerary, a complement to our annual Summer Guide and events calendar.  

Events

New York International Fringe Festival
August 14–30
Every August, when the City’s theater scene is at its sleepiest, the Fringe Fest takes center stage. In fact, the festival fills more than 20 venues, with 200 companies putting on 1,200 performances for 75,000 spectators. It’s live theater of every flavor—comedy, drama, musicals, spoken word, vaudeville, performance art, puppetry—for prices ($18 tickets) that can’t be beat.

West Indian American Day Carnival
September 7
Started by Caribbean immigrants as a traditional Mardi Gras celebration (subsequently relocated to Labor Day as a concession to New York’s winter weather), the parade has become the City’s biggest and most exuberant, drawing more than 2 million people to Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, for some serious music and dancing, colorful costumes and plentiful island food. 

Exhibitions

Isamu Noguchi at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
September 8–December 13
To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of its Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden presents 15 works by Isamu Noguchi throughout its grounds. Noguchi, one of the premier sculptors of the 20th century, brought modernist and traditional approaches together in his work, creating a thoughtful dialogue that unfolded over the course of his long, fruitful career. 

Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars at the Morgan Library & Museum 
September 25, 2015–January 31, 2016
Given the attention Hemingway has commanded during his life and in the years since his death, it’s worth noting that this is the very first museum exhibition to explore his life and work. Close to a hundred artifacts, letters, and rare drafts, typescripts and manuscripts will be on display, organized chronologically—from his apprenticeship as a writer before WWI to his final years as the larger-than-life “Papa Hemingway.” 

Hotel Updates

Opening Soon
Dazzler Brooklyn Hotel
Brooklyn – Downtown Brooklyn
174 Rooms

Newly Opened
The Gregory
Manhattan – Herald Square
132 Rooms

Newly Opened
The Leon Hotel
Manhattan – Chinatown
40 Rooms

Newly Rebranded
Tryp New York Times Square Hotel
Manhattan – Times Square
336 Rooms

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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 to download your copy of the NYC 2015 Official Travel Planner. It brings together a rundown of what’s new for travelers visiting the City in 2015, updated events calendars, our curated “Things to See and Do Guide,” and extensive listings for the City’s hotels and event service providers.

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.