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NYC News for the Travel Trade – August 2014

New in NYC
National Lighthouse Museum Opens
This fall New York City's newest museum is opening on the Staten Island waterfront, right next to the ferry terminal. Built as a depot by the US Lighthouse Service more than 150 years ago, the 10-acre cluster of historic buildings is being transformed into a family-friendly museum that will bring the history of lighthouses—and the stories of the people who operated them—to life through its collection of historical artifacts, interactive displays and special exhibitions.

Rainbow Room Reopens
Synonymous with sophistication since it opened in 1934, the dining and dancing destination is reopening its doors this October for brunch on Sundays and a la carte dining and entertainment on Monday evenings. The city landmark's elegant interior, including its signature crystal chandelier and rotating dance floor, has been retained. The views from its aerie on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza remain breathtaking, and the menu, under chef Jonathan Wright, will offer contemporary American farm-to-table fare with French accents. The venue will begin taking reservations for the fall later this summer.

New Itinerary Ideas
Harbor Sailing from Manhattan by Sail and Classic Harbor Line
Summer is an ideal time for sailing in New York City's harbor and waterways while taking in the City's skyline. Manhattan by Sail and Classic Harbor Line offer an array of regular scheduled tours on their fleets of sailing ships, including daytime, sunset, and evening city-lights voyages, as well as special food and wine-tasting excursions. Private group charters can also be arranged, with a variety of custom catering options and special themes.

Summer Concert and Movie Calendars
Check out our summer concert and summer movie series calendars for more free summer festivals and events.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions
With Labor Day approaching, New York's cultural calendar starts filling up fast. Keep tabs on all the happenings around town with our fall guide, art preview and comprehensive events calendar.

US Open Tennis Championships
August 25–September 8
Fans can catch the world's best tennis players as they square off for the final Grand Slam tournament of the year at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park—and the early rounds provide plenty of chances to see star players ply their trade at close range.

West Indian American Day Carnival
September 1
More than a million spectators turn out along Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn for the City's massive, exuberant celebration of Caribbean culture, saturated with the sounds of reggae and calypso music and revelers in elaborate, colorful costumes. Vendors offer up plenty of fresh island delicacies, artwork, clothing and crafts all along the parade route.

BAM Next Wave Festival
September 9–December 20
The Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival has been defining and redefining the avant-garde in performance since 1983 with provocative works from established and emerging artists. Among this year's highlights are theater from Robert Wilson with music by Rufus Wainwright, a Dutch-language production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America; music from Philip Glass, Meredith Monk and Vijay Iyer; and dance from Benjamin Millepied, William Forsythe and Justin Peck.

Open House New York
October 11–12
Every year Open House New York opens the doors to some of the City's most fascinating private spaces to the general public—from boardrooms to bedrooms, crypts to clubs, factories to firehouses, lighthouses to lookouts, monuments to mansions, skyscrapers to substations. Almost all of the hundreds of open houses, behind-the-scenes guided tours and special events are free, though some have a limited capacity and require reservations.

Columbus Day Parade
October 13
A cherished New York City tradition for 85 years, the Columbus Day Parade attracts 35,000 marchers and nearly a million spectators to Fifth Avenue for a celebration of Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage and the Italian-American community's rich contributions to the City's history and cultural life. Past celebrity grand marshals have included Tony Bennett, Lidia Bastianich and Luciano Pavarotti.

Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness
July 27–November 2
Christopher Williams' seemingly straightforward photographs slyly adhere to—and reveal—the conventions of familiar genres, gaining him a reputation as the leading conceptual artist of his generation. This first career retrospective brings together his major photographic series, as well as his Super 8 films and work with vinyl "supergraphics" and display architecture.

Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face
The Frick Collection
August 5–October 26
The Frick puts one of its most treasured holdings in the spotlight, El Greco's portrait Vincenzo Anastagi, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the artist's birth. Created during his years in Rome, the painting is complemented by another portrait of an armored figure, Jacopo Boncompagni, by contemporary Roman painter Scipione Pulzone. The museum follows up with El Greco at the Frick later in fall.

Hotel Updates
Newly Opened
Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport

Queens – Flushing
168 rooms

Recently Redesigned
Nu Hotel – Brooklyn

Brooklyn – Downtown
93 rooms

Neighborhood x Neighborhood
NYC & Company's neighborhood guides take visitors deep into the heart of the City's distinctive districts. This month we head to the Bronx to explore the picturesque charm of City Island, a fishing village on the Long Island Sound, and enjoy the nature preserves, golf course, hiking trails and sandy beaches of nearby Pelham Bay Park. Click through all our neighborhoods to check out everything that makes NYC so diverse and exciting.

NYC & Company Signature Programs
Official NYC Family Ambassador: Curious George
NYC & Company is partnering with Curious George to encourage families to visit and explore family-friendly activities across New York City, from zoos and museums, to parks and beaches. Visit to learn more.

Broadway Week
Broadway Week returns for its annual fall engagement with two-for-one tickets to more than 20 of Broadway's best and brightest shows. The program runs from September 1 to 14; tickets go on sale August 18.

NYC & Company Resources for the Travel Trade
NYC & Company has all your travel trade needs covered. Visit 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 more.

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