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Some of New York City's most anticipated celebrations happen in the fall, providing a whirlwind of entertainment that includes October's Halloween events, November's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Times Square Ball Drop on New Year's Eve. In between those banner events, your clients can find unforgettable performances like George Balanchine's timeless production of The Nutcracker, shop to their heart’s content at holiday markets citywide and celebrate at festivals galore. Though the City is bustling with activities, fall is also a great time for a quiet stroll to take in the vibrant colors of more than 2 million trees, lining blocks and filling parks across the five boroughs.
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New in NYC
New Official NYC Information Center at Macy’s
Macy's Herald Square, which is undergoing a $400 million renovation, and NYC & Company have teamed up to offer a new Official NYC Information Center at Macy’s 34th Street flagship store in Midtown Manhattan. Shoppers can stop by to get a 10 percent Visitors Shopping Pass for the store and discover what else to see and do in NYC.
Queens Museum Reopens After Renovations
The Queens Museum will reopen its doors in October after undergoing a major expansion, doubling its size and adding new galleries, event spaces, a café and a gift shop. The institution is best known for The Panorama, which spans 9,335 square feet and depicts every building constructed in NYC before 1992.
Planet Hollywood and Buca di Beppo in Times Square
There are two exciting new changes to Times Square's dining scene this fall. Planet Hollywood reopens its doors with the addition of Italian eatery Buca di Beppo to its three-story space. Planet Hollywood, which offers an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is packed with photo-worthy memorabilia from Broadway and Hollywood, while Buca di Beppo serves family-style Italian dishes and features themed tables, perfect for larger parties. Both restaurants are experienced in serving the group market.
Theater for a New Audience Moves to Brooklyn
Theater for a New Audience moves across the bridge from the West Village to Brooklyn, taking along its dedication to the Bard and the work of other classic dramatists. The theater begins programming this fall with A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed on the Elizabethan courtyard-style main stage.
BRIC House Opens
The Downtown Brooklyn arts scene is heating up this season. Opening October 3, BRIC House will be a destination for art, performances, classes and media programming inside the former Strand Theater.
Planning for the Holidays
New York celebrates Halloween all October long. Events include Enchanted Wave Hill in the Bronx, the Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch at Queens Botanical Garden, the Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park and Arts Brookfield's Screamin' Green Halloween. It all culminates in the most iconic NYC Halloween spectacle of all—the Village Halloween Parade.
Complete your holiday gift list with unexpected finds from local vendors—ornaments, clothing, accessories, even edible treats—at New York City's pop-up holiday markets. The largest and most popular are in Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal and Union Square.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
November 8–December 30
The Rockettes take the stage at Radio City Music Hall for this annual holiday tradition. It's a family-friendly affair with music, dancing, lights and that famous kick line.
New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show
November 16–January 12
Model trains and trolleys travel along bridges and winding tracks, past scale replicas of New York City landmarks handcrafted by award-winning designers using natural elements such as orange slices, cinnamon sticks, poppy pods and pinecones.
Origami Holiday Tree
November 25–January 5
Holiday decor gets a historical makeover with American Museum of Natural History's annual 13-foot Origami Holiday Tree. This year, the museum draws inspiration from its own items for the 500 folded-paper works, constructed by volunteers beginning in July.
Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah
November 27–December 5
Each night of Hanukkah, gather around the 32-foot, 4,000-pound steel menorah at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. After the lighting, enjoy live music, singing, dancing, hot potato pancakes and gelt for children. A candle will be illuminated each night throughout the holiday.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Thanksgiving tradition continues, with celebrities, Broadway performers, balloon creatures, floats and the debut of Santa. The parade will begin at West 77th Street and head down Central Park West, traveling east along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue. Then it will proceed south from West 59th Street to West 34th Street, ending in front of Macy's flagship store in Herald Square. Pick a spot along the sidelines or book a hotel with views of the parade, including the new Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square. A list of hotels along the route is available here.
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
November 29–January 4
The New York City Ballet has performed this holiday classic each year since 1954, making it one of the City's signature family-friendly traditions.
A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights & Cannoli Tour
Participate in a Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, tradition. More than 100,000 people flock to this neighborhood to see its over-the-top Christmas decorations. The tour ends at an Italian pastry shop for hot chocolate and cannolis.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
The holiday season kicks off with the lighting of this celebrated tree in Rockefeller Center. The ceremony features celebrity guests, musical performances and more. Thousands of people fill the area to see the annual conifer towering above the ice rink.
Christmas in Historic Richmond Town
Staten Island's historic town hosts a classic Christmas celebration with treats, carolers and storytelling, culminating in a tree-lighting ceremony at the end of the day. Tour the village, decorated for the holiday, and listen to the bell choir inside the museum, shop for gifts, take photos with Santa or settle in for a horse-drawn carriage ride.
’Tis the Season: Historic Holiday House Tours
On this special holiday tour, see the Louis Armstrong House Museum covered in bright decorations inspired by Armstrong and wife Lucille's own traditions. Along the way, hear recordings of Armstrong reading Clement Clark Moore’s poem A Visit from St. Nicholas as well as his song “’Zat You Santa Claus?”
A Christmas Story: The Musical
The Theater at Madison Square Garden stages the musical version of this 1983 film, a holiday classic. The musical, directed by John Rando with choreography by Warren Carlyle, follows Ralphie Parker on his quest to get his dream Christmas present.
New Year's Eve in Times Square
Count down to 2014 with the annual Times Square Ball Drop. Nothing compares to the exhilaration of watching it live, plus you can catch music and other performances before and after the midnight hour.
Hotels with views of the event include (be sure to ask for rooms overlooking the ball when booking):
New Year's Eve Grand Army Plaza Fireworks
Brooklyn throws its own New Year's Eve celebration in Grand Army Plaza, just off Prospect Park. The free event features fireworks at midnight and the best viewing spots are along Prospect Park's West Drive and between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
Upcoming Events and Exhibitions
New Yorker Festival
This three-day event brings together the premier talents and top minds from politics, the arts, journalism, television and everything in between. Last year's speakers included Margaret Atwood, Jennifer Egan, Joyce Carol Oates and Malcolm Gladwell.
New York Comic Con and Anime Festival
Comic Con brings together the latest in American and Japanese pop culture, showcasing the finest comic books, anime, manga, video games, live-action Japanese cinema, fashion and food.
Open House New York
Get an insider's look at nearly 200 sites of architectural and design significance, including many that are normally closed to the public. The weekend also features talks, tours, performances and family-friendly workshops—all free.
Columbus Day Parade
Nearly a million spectators gather along Fifth Avenue for the famed Columbus Day Parade, a tradition since 1929. Marching bands and floats make their way from 44th to 72nd Streets in a celebration of contributions Italian-Americans have made to their country.
CMJ Music Marathon
For five days and nights, more than 1,300 artists and 120,000 fans take over more than 80 of the City’s nightclubs and theaters for New York's largest music festival. Also on the schedule are seminars, parties, meet-and-greets and panels. Past events have showcased the likes of U2, Lady Gaga and R.E.M.
ING New York City Marathon
Millions of New Yorkers cheer on 40,000 athletes as they race the 26.2-mile course through all five boroughs, ending in Central Park.
New York Comedy Festival
If you're a fan of comedy—especially stand-up—you'd better mark your calendar. This year's five-day fest brings a mix of famous acts and up-and-coming favorites, among them Larry David, Wanda Sykes, Kathy Griffin and Jim Jeffries. Shows take place throughout the City at famed venues like the Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall and Carolines on Broadway.
New York City Ballet: 2013–2014 Repertory Season
September 17–June 8
Celebrating its 50th year at Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet will bring audiences 50 ballets, including John Lithgow and Christopher Wheeldon's Carnival of the Animals and George Balanchine and Felix Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Carnegie Hall 2013–2014 Season
October 2–June 3
From Vienna: City of Dreams to a celebration of the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten, Carnegie Hall's 2013–2014 season features an amazing array of premieres, debuts, anniversaries and annual favorites. Highlights include a six-concert Zankel Hall series in honor of Zankel Hall's 10th anniversary and the New York recital debut of French soprano Natalie Dessay.
Big Apple Circus
October 20–January 13
In Luminocity, Big Apple Circus' newest show, the Circus celebrates the city it calls home with a focus on Times Square, complete with double trapeze artists, clowns and more.
Picturing Central Park: Paintings by Janet Ruttenberg
Museum of the City of New York
September 13–January 5
Ruttenberg's love of Central Park is well documented. In this exhibition, the artist uses watercolors, oils and video to highlight the park's role as a New York City treasure.
Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul
The Morgan Library & Museum
October 4–January 26
Inspired by the preface to Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, this Morgan exhibition explores Poe's poetry, fiction and literary criticism, including his influence on later writers.
Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends
October 11–January 5
This exhibition presents projects from the designers, artists, scientists, technologists and educators who participated in the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile laboratory about urban life.
The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution
New-York Historical Society
October 11–February 23
The New-York Historical Society explores the famous 1913 New York Armory Show, which introduced European avant-garde art to the nation, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary from an art history perspective and its context within US history.
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis
The Frick Collection
October 22–January 19
On loan from Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, this touring exhibition features 15 works from the 17th century, including Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer and Carel Fabritius' The Goldfinch.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
October 25–February 23
The first international exhibition of Gaultier's work is made up of six thematic sections, moving from fashion to pop culture, and covers film, dance and concert costumes.
Gilded New York
Museum of the City of New York
Opening November 13
The Harlem institution debuts its new Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery with a showcase of nearly 100 costumes, portraits, jewelry and decorative items that speak to the lavish lifestyles of New York City’s elite at the turn of the 19th century.
It's a busy fall and winter season for Broadway, with a number of new shows coming to the Great White Way. Among the productions making their debut are Rocky, Aladdin and The Bridges of Madison County. Also on the lineup are star-studded productions, including Orlando Bloom in Romeo and Juliet, Ethan Hawke in Macbeth, Sarah Jessica Parker in Commons of Pensacola and Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in Betrayal.
Courtyard by Marriott Times Square West
Manhattan – Garment District
Hyatt Times Square
Projected opening: November
Manhattan – Times Square
Projected opening: October
Manhattan – Midtown West
Viceroy New York
Projected opening: October
Manhattan – Midtown West
The New York Palace
Manhattan – Midtown East
Manhattan – Times Square
NYLO New York City
Manhattan – Upper West Side
NYC & Company Signature Programs
Comedy Week celebrates NYC as the comedy capital of the world and offers 2-for-1 tickets to comedy shows across the City.
Neighborhood x Neighborhood
Neighborhood x Neighborhood highlights great places to visit across the five boroughs by focusing on a new neighborhood each month, along with great information for new and repeat visitors to NYC.
Super Bowl XLVIII
NYC & Company’s new section on nycgo.com provides information about what to see and do in NYC leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, a great resource for those looking to plan their trip. In addition, your clients can enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Super Bowl XLVIII Experience, including free tickets to the big game.
NYC Travel Training Academy
Become a New York City Specialist and learn insider information about the City's hotels, shopping, dining, culture and more. Register now at nycgo.com/training. The program is available in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The NYC & Company Travel Trade Pass, which provides special offers for travel professionals visiting the City, now includes additional offers exclusive to New York City Specialists who have successfully completed the NYC Travel Training Academy.
Get the 2013 NYC Official Travel Planner Online
Selling NYC is easy with this comprehensive guide to the City's accommodations, dining, nightlife, transportation and more. Plus the 2013 NYC Official Travel Planner is now available online.
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