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SPRING 2014
NYC & Company's Travel Trade Newsletter

Selling NYC is easy with the 2014 NYC Official Travel Planner, available online. This comprehensive guide covers the City's accommodations, dining, nightlife, transportation and more. For this spring's highlights, read on.

NEW IN NYC

nycgo.com Mobile Site
Head to nycgo.com on your smartphone for instant access to must-see sites, event listings, hotels, attraction passes, dining and more—right at your fingertips. Our easy-to-use mobile site has everything you need to explore NYC.

New Empire State Building Multimedia Experience
This must-see sight just got even better. Now admission to the Empire State Building includes a new multimedia experience featuring a high-tech handheld device with maps, quizzes, videos and images that brings even more history and context to the landmark. Available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Japanese and Korean, the device is equipped with audio and visual guides covering an exhibition on sustainability; Dare to Dream, which details the building's construction; and about the 86th and 102th Floor Observatories.

9/11 Memorial Museum Opens in May
The 9/11 Memorial Museum opens on May 21. The museum documents the events of September 11, 2001, and examines their significance as well as commemorates the nearly 3,000 men, women and children killed on 9/11 and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Individual tickets are now on sale at 911memorial.org. For group sales, email groups@911memorial.org.

Thunderbolt Roller Coaster to Open in Coney Island
Coney Island will become an even more exciting destination this summer when the new Thunderbolt roller coaster opens at Luna Park. Located where the original ride of the same name once stood, this coaster's 2,000 feet of track will reach speeds of 65 miles per hour and heights up to 125 feet. The Thunderbolt, scheduled to open on Memorial Day, will join Luna Park's other amusements, which include an exciting selection of thrill rides, eateries, carnival games and kiddie rides for the little ones.

NEW ITINERARY IDEAS

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
This storied Manhattan institution, once a tenement building that had housed working-class New Yorkers, is dedicated to preserving the tales of immigrants who called the City home in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Tenement Museum is also a great place for group visits—just be sure to book at least four to five months in advance.

Hush Hip Hop Tours
Hush Hip Hop Tours takes music enthusiasts on a soundtrack-backed journey through Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens. Along the way, tour-goers will be schooled in hip hop history and its NYC roots, guided by musicians who were responsible for making a name for the genre.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

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.

Events
 
Frieze Art Fair New York
May 9–12
Taking place inside a custom structure at Randall's Island Park, Frieze Art Fair New York highlights work from an international roster of contemporary art galleries. The celebrated event also features discussions, artist commissions and impressive dining options.

NYCxDESIGN
May 9–20
Design is celebrated throughout New York City during this multipurpose event, now in its second year. Projects from top architects, graphic designers, fashion-world entrepreneurs, furniture craftsmen and more take center stage as the City's cultural and artistic landscape is highlighted during talks, exhibitions, installations and studio sessions. Highlights include BKLYN DESIGNS (May 9–11) and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (May 17–20).

Museum Mile Festival
June 10
Once a year, museumgoers flock to Museum Mile for an evening of free access to nine cultural institutions along Fifth Avenue. Participating museums include El Museo del Barrio; The Jewish Museum; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Out on the street, which is closed to cars, visitors will be treated to face painting, live music and other entertainment.

NYC Pride Week
June 21–29
New York City is home to one of the most vibrant, thriving LGBT communities in the world. During this weeklong celebration, neighborhoods across the five boroughs celebrate the progress made since the Stonewall Riots. It all starts with a kickoff rally on June 27 and ends with a parade down Fifth Avenue on June 29.
Exhibitions

City as Canvas: New York Graffiti from the Martin Wong Collection
Museum of the City of New York
Through August 24
Street art comes indoors in the museum's first exhibition featuring the work of graffiti-art buyer Martin Wong. The collection details the history of street art and its role as a tool for self-expression. City as Canvas includes work from Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink and Futura 2000.

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective
Whitney Museum of American Art
June 27–October 19
Before moving to its new location in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney will celebrate the work of Jeff Koons. The groundbreaking retrospective is the artist's first major New York project and also the first to fill most of the Whitney's Marcel Breuer building. It highlights 120 pieces from 1979 to the present, showcasing Koons's ability to create projects that got people talking and reimagined the role of art and artists in society.

THEATER UPDATES

The spring Broadway season is packed with new shows and star-studded productions making their mark on the Great White Way, including The Realistic Joneses with Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei; Tony winner Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams in Cabaret; and Tony winner Sutton Foster in Violet . Other can't-miss shows include Disney's Aladdin and the return to Broadway of the celebrated Les Misérables. For more on the spring Broadway season, see our Broadway Guide on nycgo.com.

HOTEL UPDATES

Newly Opened
Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Chelsea
Manhattan — Chelsea
273 rooms

Redesigned
Loews Regency Hotel New York
Manhattan — Upper East Side
379 rooms

Redesigned
Hotel Belleclaire
Manhattan — Upper West Side
240 rooms

Redesigned
Warwick New York Hotel
Manhattan — Midtown West
426 rooms

Rebranded
Row NYC
Manhattan — Times Square
1,331 rooms

Rebranded
Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
Manhattan — Midtown West
912 rooms

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NEIGHBORHOOD x NEIGHBORHOOD

NYC & Company's neighborhood guides are all about getting the most out of New York's many neighborhoods. Our most recent spotlight, Staten Island, helps visitors explore all the dining, arts and culture and sightseeing the borough has to offer. Click through all of our neighborhoods to check out everything that makes NYC so diverse and exciting.

NYC & COMPANY RESOURCES FOR THE TRAVEL TRADE

NYC & Company has all your travel trade needs covered. Visit nycandcompany.org/traveltrade to access the 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.