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Selling NYC is easy with this comprehensive guide to the City's accommodations, dining, nightlife, transportation and more. The 2014 NYC Official Travel Planner is now available online.
Minton's and The Cecil Now Open in Harlem
Two new eateries are making their mark on Harlem's dining scene. First, jazz club Minton's, inside the former Minton's Playhouse, serves up music alongside Southern fare. The site once hosted the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Next door, the Cecil has a menu full of Afro-Asian-American cuisine from chef Alexander Smalls.
Tavern on the Green Reopens in January
The restaurant inside Central Park has been closed for several years, but the famed space is set to welcome guests again this year. The new eatery is the project of restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama, with a menu from chef Katy Sparks focusing on locally grown and raised food. The modernized Tavern on the Green will also feature a cafe and bar.
The Met's Costume Institute Reopens
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's celebrated Costume Institute will reopen in May after two years of renovations. The high-tech improvements will allow for more-frequent exhibitions, the first of which is Charles James: Beyond Fashion, a tribute to the couturier famous for the ball gowns he created from the 1930s to the 1950s.
St. Patrick's Cathedral Tour
St. Patrick's Cathedral, long renowned for its striking architecture and rich history, is now offering free guided tours on select walk-in dates. (Groups of 10 or more must call beforehand to schedule a visit.) Also new at St. Patrick's is an app available on iTunes or Google Play that provides a self-guided audio tour, complete with photography and video. There are different versions for adults and children, and a Spanish version as well.
Spotlight on Broadway
The Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment has teamed with the Broadway League on a multimedia documentation of stage stories, actor accounts, history and architecture behind the Great White Way's rich history. The website, spotlightonbroadway.com, features 40 mini-documentaries filled with narration by legends of the stage. A permanent interactive map in Duffy Square (the triangle bound by Broadway and Seventh Avenue between West 46th and West 47th Streets) helps guide theatergoers through Times Square.
9/11 Memorial Museum Opens This Spring
The long-awaited 9/11 Memorial Museum is scheduled to open its doors in Lower Manhattan this spring. The 9/11 Memorial has welcomed millions of visitors since its debut, and the below-ground museum will complement this solemn place of reflection. Guests can expect artifacts and stories honoring survivors, first-responders, and those who lost their lives in the attacks.
SusanSez Farm to Fork Tour
SusanSez NYC Walkabouts takes visitors on carefully planned outings throughout the boroughs. Themed tours target a range of interests, including chocolate, knitting and neighborhood-centric adventures. The new Farm to Fork Tour guides foodies through the East Village with stops at the Tompkin's Square Greenmarket, restaurants, ingredient shops, community gardens and more, complete with historical perspectives and plenty of tastings.
Urban Oyster Brewery, Winery and Distillery Tour
Travel beyond the main tourist attractions with Urban Oyster, a tour company that places an emphasis on fun local finds. On the Brewery, Winery and Distillery Tour, discover Brooklyn's drink culture with stops at the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Winery and New York Distilling, plus get the background behind each sip.
A selection of upcoming events and exhibitions is detailed below. For more comprehensive listings on annual events, weekly agendas, museum exhibitions, concerts, kids' activities and free offerings, visit nycgo.com/events.
Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
The highlight of this celebration, taking place in the heart of Chinatown, is a colorful dragon parade featuring floats, bands, magicians, lion and dragon dances, acrobats and more.
Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl Boulevard
The NFL's biggest event of the year comes to the NYC area for the first time. Fans can check out Super Bowl Boulevard, a free interactive experience on Broadway between 34th and 44th Streets taking place from January 29 to February 1, noon to 11pm.
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
America's most prestigious dog show attracts thousands of dogs competing for "Best in Show." The family-friendly event will take place at Madison Square Garden and Piers 92/94. This year also brings the premiere of the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster, taking place on February 8.
The Orchid Show
March 1–April 21
The New York Botanical Garden's famed orchid exhibition features thousands of intricately arranged flowers, plus tours, Q&A sessions, demonstrations and presentations. This year's theme is Key West Contemporary.
Armory Arts Week
This annual event includes alternative art fairs, art tours citywide, parties and museum discounts, but the highlight is the Armory Art Show, a showcase featuring hundreds of international galleries at Piers 92/94 that starts on March 6.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
In this all-out display of Irish pride, bagpipers, marching bands and other revelers travels up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 86th Streets.
Isa Genzken: Retrospective
Museum of Modern Art - MoMA
Through March 10
This comprehensive survey of German artist Isa Genzken's highly regarded career includes 3D pieces, photos, drawings, collages, film and sculpture. Close to 150 objects are on view in the United States for the first time.
Whitney Museum of American Art
March 7–May 25
Once every two years, the Whitney Museum of American Art puts on a showcase of dance, film, music and performance. The collaborative creative talents of curators Stuart Comer (Museum of Modern Art), Anthony Elms (Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia) and Michelle Grabner (Chicago's School of the Art Institute) come together for the biennial.
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties
March 7–July 6
Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this exhibition highlights the projects of 66 influential artists of diverse backgrounds whose paintings, sculptures, photos and graphics served as social commentary on the era.
The Museum of Modern Art
March 8–June 8
This exhibition featuring the work of modernist painter and sculpture Paul Gauguin focuses on the prints and transfer drawings he created from 1889 until his death in 1903. Visitors can take in 120 paper works and 30 related sculptures and paintings.
Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces
Museum of the City of New York
Opens March 26
This exhibition highlights the patented tile archway work of the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company, the father-son team responsible for more than 200 structures installed throughout New York City from 1872 to 1950, including at Grand Central Terminal, the Bronx Zoo and Carnegie Hall.
Andy Warhol's 13 Most Wanted Men and the 1964 World's Fair
April 20–September 7
The Queens Museum is home to more than 10,000 objects from the 1939–40 and 1964–65 World's Fairs. In 2014 the institution will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Fair with Andy Warhol's 13 Most Wanted Men, inspired by the artist's public-art piece depicting the NYPD's most-wanted criminals that was painted over by World's Fair officials before the opening.
Heart and Lights
Radio City Music Hall
March 27–May 4
The Rockettes present a new show at Radio City Music Hall. The story follows two cousins as they explore New York City as they uncover family secrets. The performance features original music, animatronics and 3D special effects.
Early 2014 brings a fresh lineup of exciting Broadway shows for all ages and interests. Among the productions set to premiere are Disney's Aladdin, Rocky, The Bridges of Madison County and Bronx Bombers. Also on the lineup is a revival of Raisin in the Sun and star-studded productions like Bullets over Broadway with Zach Braff and Vincent Pastore, and Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
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The Bronx — South Bronx
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Queens — Jamaica
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Manhattan — Midtown West
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Manhattan — Midtown West
Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island
Staten Island — Bloomfield
Home2 Suites by Hilton Long Island City/Manhattan View
Projected Opening: February
Queens — Long Island City
The Parc Hotel
Projected opening: February
Queens — Flushing
Neighborhood x Neighborhood
NYC & Company's neighborhood guides are all about getting the most out of New York's diverse neighborhoods. Our most recent spotlight, East Harlem and El Barrio, takes visitors through the vibrant history, dining, shopping and nightlife of the culture-packed uptown destination.
January 21–February 6
February 17–March 2
Broadway Week and Off-Broadway Week offer theatergoers two-for-one tickets to popular shows. This year's participating Broadway shows include Kinky Boots, Wicked and The Lion King. Off-Broadway shows include Avenue Q and Hand to God.
NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2014
February 17–March 7
This signature dining program offers prix-fixe meals at hundreds of New York City's finest restaurants.
Sunday Night Stays
Along with great Sunday-night hotel value, visitors can take advantage of greater availability with restaurant reservations, exclusive Sunday Suppers, great seats to Broadway shows and more.
NYC & Company Resources for the Travel Trade
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