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There's nothing quite like summertime in New York City. Free concert and movie screenings take over parks, festivals crop up in every borough and crowds flock to area beaches, eager to soak up the sunlight. The reasons to visit are in no short supply, including the Statue of Liberty's eagerly anticipated reopening on July 4th—just in time for Macy's iconic Fourth of July fireworks display—the US Open Tennis Championships, in Queens, and exciting milestones like the International Center of Photography's triennial and The Cloisters' 75th anniversary.

Tourism Cares for New York City: A Special Thanks to Our Local NYC Host Committee Sponsors
Tourism Cares celebrated its 10th anniversary on May 30–31 in NYC. More than 600 tourism professionals participated in restoration projects throughout Coney Island, Brooklyn and Jamaica Bay, Queens while networking with industry professionals and exploring the City's neighborhoods. NYC & Company would like to thank all of the volunteers as well as our local NYC host committee sponsors. Event Sponsors: Academy Bus, Bonjour USA Tours,, Circle Line Downtown, Entertainment Cruises, Fresco on the Go by Scotto,">Golden Touch Transportation of NY, Inc., Gray Line New York Sightseeing, Luna Park at Coney Island, New York Water Taxi, Ovelia Psistaria, SuperShuttle,
Supporting Sponsors: ‘21’ Club, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Chris Limo USA, Denihan Hospitality Group, First Protocol, Harlem One Stop, Hornblower Cruises & Events, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania, Madame Tussauds New York, Mamma Mia!, Museum of Arts and Design, NBCUniversal, New World Travel, The New York Botanical Garden, Norwegian Cruise Line, Real Hospitality Group, Sky Room, Smart Destinations, Inc., Spectacular Ventures, Tasti D-Lite Times Square, The Westin New York Grand Central.

New in NYC

Lower Manhattan Tool Kit
NYC & Company's latest neighborhood tool kit will help to familiarize you with the history- and culture-rich Lower Manhattan. These guides, which are also available for Long Island City, in Queens, and Downtown Brooklyn and nearby neighborhoods, are designed to help trade professionals package and sell different areas of the City.

Official NYC Information Center at Macy's Herald Square
The newest Official NYC Information Center will open at Macy's Herald Square this summer. Located at the store's mezzanine level, the center will feature interactive kiosks and charging stations and include services like restaurant and ticket reservations, transportation arrangements and Macy's visitor coupons.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Reopens Space Shuttle Pavilion
On July 10, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will reopen the Space Shuttle Pavilion, which houses Enterprise, the original NASA orbiter that paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program. The structure was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Visitors will again be able to walk underneath Enterprise, which is displayed 10 feet off the ground, view it from an observation platform and watch a film narrated by actor Leonard Nimoy. In addition, the pavilion will house a Russian Soyuz space capsule and incorporate new experiences designed to immerse visitors of all ages in the sights, sounds and stories of the space shuttle program.

South Street Seaport’s Summer Offerings
An array of new seasonal programming, popup retail stores, and fresh culinary and cultural offerings are just some of the exciting things happening on South Street Seaport’s historic cobblestone streets this summer. The summer lineup, which kicked off Memorial Day weekend, is part of the area’s ongoing efforts to recover from Hurricane Sandy and build a revitalized Seaport district.

Statue of Liberty Reopens
After undergoing repairs due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, Liberty Island will reopen on the Fourth of July. Statue Cruises is taking reservations now. Security screenings for visitors to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum have been moved to Ellis Island. Once screened at Ellis Island, visitors will continue to Liberty Island. A secondary screening is still required for visitors entering the Statue of Liberty monument. Although the Ellis Island Immigration Museum remains closed, visitors will have limited access to Ellis Island, including the Wall of Honor, a permanent exhibition celebrating American immigrants.

Wave Hill House Reopens
On July 6–7 Wave Hill House will reopen after a two-year renovation that added a theater, an expanded cafe, and an upgraded learning center and special events space. Wave Hill, a Bronx garden and cultural center overlooking the picturesque New Jersey Palisades, is home to spectacular floral displays and a calendar packed with programming for all ages.

Gray Line New York Sightseeing Available in 11 Languages
Tour-goers aboard Gray Line New York's uptown and downtown hop-on/hop-off routes now will have access to audio tracks in 11 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian and Hebrew. Gray Line provides tours to more than 50 must-see sites.

BRIC House
BRIC House will provide space for art, performances and media programming inside the former Strand Theater in Brooklyn. At 40,000 square feet, the venue will be the borough's biggest space for contemporary art and feature a project room, television studios, editing suites and a cafe.

Free Summer Concerts and Free Summer Movies
Summertime in New York City is full of outdoor concerts and film screenings—the majority of which are free. Click through our summer calendars to see what shows are playing throughout the season.

New Itinerary Ideas

New York Aquarium
After sustaining significant damage from Hurricane Sandy, Coney Island's New York Aquarium is partially reopened. Visitors can explore Glover's Reef and exhibitions in Conservation Hall as well as the outdoor habitats of walruses, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins. The aquarium also debuted an updated theater, which features a new demonstration about sea lions. New York Aquarium is only one of the must-see sites in the neighborhood. Other highlights include Cyclones baseball at MCU Park, rides and other amusements at Luna Park, and the soon-to-open Steeplechase Plaza, a site for performances, art displays, shops and a warm-weather water feature.

Related link: Must-See Coney Island

Snug Harbor
One of Staten Island's highlights is the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, an 83-acre complex that houses the Staten Island Museum and Staten Island Children's Museum, in addition to an expansive botanical garden and performing arts space. Before you board the ferry back to Manhattan, be sure to check out the borough's other highlights, among them the Staten Island Zoo, Historic Richmond Town and the St. George Theatre.

Related Link: Must-See Staten Island

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions


Midsummer Night Swing
June 25–July 13
Lincoln Center's popular summer dance series swings into town for its 25th season. Enjoy three weeks of outdoor dancing, including big band, swing, tango and soul. Admission also includes dance instruction from top NYC teachers.

37th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
July 4
Celebrate America's birthday with Macy's fireworks. The display, set to music, takes place over the Hudson River, with close to 40,000 shells launching from six barges between West 24th and West 50th Streets. Millions watch the colorful show on TV, but it’s even better in person.

Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest
July 4
Top hot-dog eaters will assemble in Coney Island for this annual competition of consumption. When the clock strikes noon, competitors start eating Nathan's hot dogs for 10 minutes straight. Folklore has it that the tradition started in 1916 with four competitors; now the event brings out screaming fans every year.

Harlem Week
July 27–August 24
Harlem Week got its start in 1974 as a single-day tribute to the neighborhood. Since then it has evolved into a monthlong celebration of the community's economic, political and cultural history. Programming includes fairs, festivals and special events throughout parks and other venues.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
August 10–11
This festival traditionally takes place on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. Throughout the weekend, enjoy traditional Chinese foods and performances, plus watch more than 120 dragon-boat teams from across the country competing on the water.

US Open Tennis Championships
August 26–September 9
For two weeks each year, the US Open takes over the USTA Billie Jean King National Center, in Flush Meadows–Corona Park. This event is the final Grand Slam tournament of the year and can make or break a player's season.

West Indian American Day Carnival
August 29–September 1
Listen to reggae and calypso music, sample fresh-made delicacies and see extravagant costumes throughout the streets of Brooklyn.

Feast of San Gennaro
September 12–22
This longstanding Little Italy tradition, which fetes the patron saint of Naples with parades, food stands, even a cannoli-eating contest, will celebrate its 87th year.

New York Film Festival
September 28¬–October 14
The festival, which is organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will screen classics, documentaries and full-length features as well as hold special events.

Performing Arts

The Metropolitan Opera 2013–2014 Season
September 23–May 10
Highlights include six new productions, including the American premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys, 20 revivals and a holiday production of The Magic Flute.

New York City Ballet 2013–2014 Repertory Season
September 17–June 8
Celebrating 50 years at Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet marks its 2013–2014 season with a remarkable 50 ballets, among them Carnival of the Animals, written by John Lithgow and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, with choreography by George Balanchine and music by Felix Mendelssohn.

BAM Next Wave Festival
September 17–December 22
BAM's always-daring festival of progressive arts takes over the Downtown Brooklyn venue each fall. The season-long celebration brings music, dance, artist talks, theater, visual art and more from up-and-coming artists and top industry talents.


Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store
The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 5
MoMA's survey of Oldenburg's career includes two of the artist’s most notable installations: The Street (1960) and The Store (1961), both inspired by his Lower East Side neighborhood.

Search for the Unicorn: An Exhibition in Honor of The Cloisters’ 75th Anniversary
The Cloisters Museum & Gardens
May 15–August 18
Centered around the seven Unicorn Tapestries that were bequeathed to the museum for The Cloisters' opening in 1938, this exhibit highlights works of art from the Middle Ages inspired by this mythical creature.

A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial
International Center of Photography
May 17–September 8
Every three years, the International Center of Photography presents the best photo and video work from around the world. This year's installment centers around political, social and economic instability and features work from 28 international photographers, videographers, filmmakers and new media professionals.

Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room
Rubin Museum of Art
Opening July 18
The museum's new Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room will feature close to 130 objects, including paintings, sculptures, portraits and furniture. Other objects on display include items that are used during Tibetan rituals, such as butter lamps, drums, prayer beds and offering bowls.

Theater Updates

The 2013 Tony Awards took place on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall. Among the contenders were revivals like Annie and Pippin; adaptations like Kinky Boots and Matilda the Musical; and star-studded shows like Lucky Guy (Tom Hanks), The Trip to Bountiful (Cicely Tyson) and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (David Hyde Pierce). Read our roundup of the night's top winners here.

Hotel Updates

Recently Reopened
Holiday Inn Express New York City Wall Street
Reopened April 2013
Manhattan – Financial District
111 rooms

Newly Opened
Courtyard by Marriott Manhattan/Herald Square
Opened May 2013
Manhattan – Midtown West
167 rooms

Newly Opened
Hampton Inn Manhattan/United Nations
Opened March 2013
Manhattan – Midtown East
148 rooms

Holiday Inn Lower East Side
Opened March 2013
Manhattan – Lower East Side
132 rooms

SpringHill Suites by Marriott New York Midtown Manhattan/Fifth Avenue
Opened May 2013
Manhattan – Garment District
173 rooms

Newly Redesigned
Hilton Times Square
Renovation completed Spring 2013
Manhattan – Times Square
460 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet

NYC & Company Signature Programs

Where’s Waldo?
As New York City's new Official Family Ambassador, Waldo will help families find unique NYC experiences at stores, cultural institutions, parks and attractions around the five boroughs.

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2013
This signature dining program offers prix-fixe meals at hundreds of New York City's finest restaurants.

Broadway Week and Off-Broadway Week
Broadway Week and Off-Broadway Week offer theatergoers two-for-one tickets to popular shows. Last year's Broadway shows included Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher and War Horse. Off-Broadway shows included Avenue Q, Rent and STOMP.

NYC Culture Collection
See inspiring artwork. Hear live music. Watch daring cinema. Experience everything New York City's cultural institutions have to offer. Take advantage of NYC Culture Collection deals at exciting exhibitions, performances and other events.

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 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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