Travel Trade Newsletter - April 2016

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The Oculus Opens at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub  
From the outside, the Oculus has the appearance of a majestic white bird about to take flight; from the inside, the vast, sunlit space has the grandeur of a cathedral. The Oculus, which opened this March, is much more than a transit hub—it's a destination in its own right, both as a modern architectural marvel, designed by Santiago Calatrava, and a hot new shopping hub. More than 125 shops will be opening later this year, including high-end retailers (Apple, Tom Ford, Tiffany), popular chains (H&M, Sephora, Banana Republic) and food and drink (Daniel Boulud, Eataly, La Colombe Torrefaction).

Dinosaurs Among Us at the American Museum of Natural History 
March 19–January 2, 2017
No matter how extensive its holdings, ranging from anthropology to zoology, the American Museum of Natural History will always be most beloved as the home of the dinosaurs. Following up on the unveiling of its 122-foot long titanosaur earlier this year, AMNH's latest exhibition traces the transition one group of dinosaurs made into the birds we see all around us. Rarely seen fossils and life-size models (notably a 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur) illustrate a grand evolutionary narrative that extends from the Jurassic era to the present day.

Itinerary Ideas

Alternative New York Street Art Tour with Inside Out Tours 
Street art was a key ingredient of New York's emerging hip-hop culture back in the 1970s. Over the decades, a few artists, notably Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, made the transition to galleries while many more continued to bring their vision to the vast canvas of the City itself. Inside Out Tours' three-hour tour of Bushwick and Williamsburg takes in some of the most cutting-edge street murals being done today—and provides illuminating historical context. The tour finishes up with a chance to sample the best in new Brooklyn food and retail.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

The modern game of baseball was invented in New York City back in 1845, and locals can't help but associate April with Opening Day. Read all about the goings on at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field in our baseball guide. We've also got the best in spring arts and culture covered too, and daily listings of happenings, indoors and outside, in our comprehensive events calendar.

Events

Frieze New York 
May 5–8
For the fifth year, Frieze pitches its tent on Randall’s Island, creating an art world unto itself. Frieze attracts some 200 galleries, bringing together a blend of what's cool and what's hot in contemporary art. Among the attractions at the four-day fair are solo shows, emerging galleries, commissioned new works, talks and special events. What's more, Frieze New York is just one participant in the citywide NYCxDESIGN extravaganza.

Exhibitions

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at the Museum of Modern Art 
March 26–July 24
Degas is famous for his indelible portraits of ballet rehearsals and café scenes that launched a thousand picture postcards. MoMA's latest show provides a welcome new perspective on the artist through Degas’ monotype printing, in which a drawing of ink on metal yields a single, unique print. Some 120 of his monotypes and 60 related works, many of them depicting the Paris demimonde so familiar from his canvases, illuminate the methods of a master who embraced both careful iteration and daring experimentation.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
Boro Hotel
Queens – Long Island City
108 rooms

Opening Soon
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Manhattan World Trade Center Area
Manhattan – Financial District
317 rooms

Opening Soon
The Bernic Hotel
Manhattan – Midtown East
95 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet

NYC & Company Resources for the Travel Trade

NYC & Company has all your travel trade needs covered. Visit nycgo.com/traveltrade to access the NYC 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 to download your copy of the 2016 NYC Official Travel Planner.

For More Information

For questions or additional information, email us 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.