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Even with a chill in the air, New York City is alive in the winter with seasonal events and world-class dining experiences and filled with opportunities to duck inside for a day of arts, culture, shopping or entertainment. The start of a new year brings a fresh crop of exciting exhibitions, like a tribute to Matisse at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; brand-new theater experiences, including Jekyll & Hyde and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella; and kickoffs to anniversaries throughout the City that last well into 2013.

New in NYC

Grand Central Terminal Centennial
New York City's iconic transportation hub marks a milestone in 2013 with a celebration that lasts all year long. Scheduled events include a terminal rededication, a multimedia exhibit in February and March, a parade of historic trains in May, panel discussions, guided tours and more.

Macy's Herald Square Renovation
Renovations continue as America's largest department store undergoes a four-year, $400 million project to make shopping at Macy's an even more memorable experience. Luxury brands Burberry, Gucci and Longchamp will set up shop at the flagship, where most of the "World's Largest Shoe Floor"—when completed it will take up the space of an entire city block—is already open to foot traffic. Additions include the opening of the Herald Square Cafe and other aesthetic and technological upgrades.

The Shops at Columbus Circle
The Shops at Columbus Circle recently added even more options to the complex's specialty retailers, restaurants, entertainment offerings and hotel accommodations. Now, visitors can stock up at L.K. Bennett, J.Crew Mens Shop, Papyrus and Lucky Brand Jeans. Other new highlights include the addition of a beauty studio inside makeup destination Sephora and the first H&M men's suit shop.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
A project 40 years in the making opened on Roosevelt Island in 2012. Located on the southern tip of the East River isle, the park, featuring picturesque views of New York City's skyline, pays tribute to FDR's legacy. The park is accessible by subway and the Roosevelt Island Tram.

New Itinerary Ideas

Artigo Tours
Get an insider's look at New York's extensive art world with Artigo Tours. Guides take groups beyond the basics on outings that last from two hours to several days and feature private gallery visits, stops at artists' studios, art talks and tours of top institutions.

Ben's Kosher Restaurant & Delicatessen
Dine at a renowned kosher deli in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Ben's Kosher Restaurant & Delicatessen is all about tradition, serving pastrami sandwiches, potato pancakes and other classics for over 40 years. With ample space and an affordable menu, Ben's is a must-stop dining destination for both groups and individuals.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions


Progressive New York Boat Show
January 3–6
Whether you're in the market for a new boat or just want to check out the nautical offerings, the Progressive New York Boat Show showcases everything from old-school wooden Starcrafts to cigarette boats inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Visitors can also browse exhibits and attend DIY seminars and meet-and-greets with celebrities of the boating world.

New York City Ballet Winter 2013 Season
January 15–February 24
A two-week Tchaikovsky celebration, featuring performances of nine works by George Balanchine set to Tchaikovsky's music, kicks off the New York City Ballet's winter season. The schedule also includes a new ballet by Peter Martins and 13 performances of Martin's The Sleeping Beauty.

BAM Winter/Spring Season
January 17–June 9
The Brooklyn Academy of Music kicks off 2013 with a season brimming with international talent in line with the venue's penchant for fresh and innovative programming. Highlights include the annual DanceAfrica showcase and a lineup of talented artists taking the stage at BAM Café, plus film screenings, artist talks and visual-art displays.

American Songbook
January 30–April 20
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts presents the 15th annual American Songbook series, which celebrates the diversity of American popular music. Performances take place in the Allen Room and Kaplan Penthouse; featured artists include Lea Salonga, Kristin Chenoweth, Mavis Staples, Ingrid Michaelson and Cristin Milioti.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
February 11–12
Each year, dog lovers gather at Madison Square Garden for the country's first and only champions-only dog show. Only 2,000 dogs are entered into the competition, which showcases some of the most beloved (and rarest) breeds in the world.

Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
February 17
Chinatown's Lunar New Year celebration brings stunning visuals, traditional treats and colorful performances to the streets of Lower Manhattan. To take in all the action along the parade route, walk from Little Italy through Chinatown, where the main streets are lined with vendors, food and activities.

The Orchid Show
March 2–April 22
Each spring orchids take center stage at the New York Botanical Garden's conservatory. Last year's show, Patrick Blanc's Vertical Gardens, showcased the work of the famed French botanist and artist; the 2013 theme will be announced soon.

The Armory Show Centennial Edition
March 7–10
The Armory Show marks its 100th anniversary in 2013. The show presents 20th- and 21st-century art at Piers 92/94 on the Hudson River. And March 5–10, Armory Arts Week features displays at high-profile galleries, events and museum exhibitions throughout the City.



Matisse: In Search of True Painting
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 17
The Metropolitan Museum of Art delves into the world of the perfectionist painter, who repeatedly painted the same subjects in an effort to make new discoveries and discover new themes. Highlights include Young Sailor I and II and Le Luxe I and II.

Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s
Museum of the City of New York
Through March 31
The Museum of the City of New York presents an exhibition exploring the role of six expositions that took place during the Great Depression, when highways, skyscrapers, electric toasters and television served as aspirations for the future. The exhibit focuses on fairs in Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, New York, San Diego and San Francisco between 1933 and 1940.

How Much Do I Owe You?
Long Island City
Through March 13
Contemporary art collective No Longer Empty takes to Long Island City's Clock Tower for its latest public art project. Participants can explore the vaults of what was once the Bank of Manhattan building in an immersive exhibit featuring varying media (including film, sculptures and participatory art) that questions modern ideas about money.

Theater Updates

Broadway gets a fresh crop of exciting productions in 2013. In the mix is Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, a stage adaptation of the duo's 1957 television program. Also heading to the Great White Way are Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical, coming off of a record Olivier Award–winning run in London's West End, and Motown the Musical, written by and about the record label's founder, Berry Gordy. And more than 10 years after its original Broadway run, Jekyll & Hyde returns with a starring role by American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
Nesva Hotel – New York City Vista
Opened September 2012
Queens – Long Island City
32 rooms

Wyndham Garden Chinatown
Opened October 2012
Manhattan – Chinatown
106 rooms

Newly Redesigned
The Westin New York Grand Central
Manhattan – Midtown East
774 rooms

St. Giles Hotel New York – The Tuscany
Manhattan – Midtown East
120 rooms

Opening Soon
Residence Inn Manhattan Midtown East
Opening December 2012
Manhattan – Midtown East
221 rooms

The Jade Hotel Greenwich Village
Opening December 2012
Manhattan – Greenwich Village
113 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet.

NYC & Company Signature Programs

Broadway Week and Off-Broadway Week

Broadway Week and Off-Broadway Week offer consumers two-for-one tickets to select shows. Last year's participating shows included The Lion King, War Horse and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

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