Travel Trade Newsletter – December 2015

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Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling
The museum is the cultural component of the acclaimed Sugar Hill Project, a residential building and community resource for the renowned Harlem neighborhood, designed by world-class architect David Adjaye. Programs encourage children (and their families) to engage with art and storytelling by seeing, hearing and doing. At regularly scheduled story hours, professional performers and storytellers bring kids into the process of telling stories, inspiring them to create new ones of their own. And in addition to rotating exhibitions in the galleries, the museum's artist in residence leads sessions that use his work as a springboard for children to make art in the studios.

King Tut Comes to Fifth Avenue
Ever since the British archaeologist Howard Carter first explored King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922, Egypt's 3,000-year-old boy king has mesmerized the world. The Discovery of King Tut, at Premier Exhibitions at 5th Avenue in Midtown, presents a meticulous re-creation of the tomb's three chambers and the thousands of objects within. The exhibit is accompanied by an audio tour and explanatory text compiled from Carter's own papers.

Itinerary Ideas

New Museum
The New Museum, a home for contemporary art for nearly 40 years, has really been able to spread its wings since moving into its own building on the Bowery—giving it room for multiple exhibitions by major living artists, performances and special events. And the building, an off-kilter assemblage of "stacked boxes" by the Japanese firm SANAA, is a work of contemporary art in itself.

NYC Subway Art Tour
Over the past 30 years, the MTA has commissioned an impressive collection of public art in its underground galleries (aka subway stations). Rather than rushing past them, join licensed guide Darryl Reilly on this three-hour, multi-stop tour of more than a dozen mosaics, sculptures and other pieces in Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

In December the holiday spirit descends upon New York City, and we've got it covered with our guide to the season's biggest events, best gift shopping and hottest New Year's Eve festivities. Find more top arts and culture picks in our winter guide and our comprehensive events calendar.


New York Boat Show
January 6–10, 2016
For more than 100 years, the New York Boat Show has given old salts a chance to check out all the new models, from yachts to fishing boats to kayaks, along with the latest in gear, marine accessories and electronics. There's also a full slate of seminars, speakers and activities for seafarers of all ages.

The New York Times Travel Show
January 9–10
Don't miss the chance to learn about a wide range of travel destinations. Attend seminars with travel experts from the likes of Trafalgar, Frommer's and Phocuswright, and hear from influential media figures like Ruth Reichl and Caroline Eubanks. Enter special sweepstakes, taste a variety of global cuisines and meet food stars Ellie Krieger and Joan Nathan. Admission to the show is free for children under 18. For more information, visit, and for two-for-one tickets enter code TRAVEL16.


Fairy Tale Fashion at the Museum at FIT 
January 15–April 16, 2016
Costume is essential to fairy tales, whether as a sign of identity or as a tool for magical transformation—consider, for example, Cinderella's slippers or Little Red Riding Hood's cloak. FIT's show brings together works by renowned designers (Noritaka Tatehana and Alexander McQueen, for example) inspired by these and a dozen other classic fairy tales.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
Cambria Hotel & Suites New York Times Square
Manhattan – Midtown West
196 rooms

Newly Opened
Q&A Hotel by Furnished Quarters
Manhattan – Financial District
132 rooms

Newly Opened
Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park
Brooklyn – Sunset Park
70 rooms

Opening Soon
Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel
Manhattan – Garment District
348 rooms

Newly Redesigned
AKA Central Park
Manhattan – Midtown West
134 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet

NYC & Company Signature Programs

Unlock NYC™
NYC & Company's new promotion opens the door to a wealth of New York City experiences that visitors might otherwise miss. Find a winter less ordinary.

NYC Restaurant Week®
Running from January 18 to February 5, the Winter 2016 edition of NYC Restaurant Week offers three-course prix-fixe lunch ($25) and dinner ($38) at hundreds of the City's most exclusive eateries. Sign up for updates on reservations and participating restaurants.

NYC Broadway Week and NYC Off-Broadway Week
This winter get two-for-one tickets to the best new plays and musicals (and revivals of old favorites) both on Broadway (January 19–February 5) and Off-Broadway (February 1–14).

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 to download your copy of the NYC 2015 Official Travel Planner. It brings together a rundown of what’s new for travelers visiting the City in 2015, updated events calendars, our curated “Things to See and Do Guide,” and extensive listings for the City’s hotels and event service providers.

For More Information

Should you have any questions or require additional information, feel free to contact us directly at or contact your local office. For general information, including a calendar of events and other essential information about New York City, please visit