Travel Trade Newsletter - July 2016

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Shopping Starts at Westfield World Trade Center This Summer 
The World Trade Center’s swooping, soaring white-ribbed transit hub, designed by superstar architect Santiago Calatrava, will spread its wings as a top retail destination this August, when more than 100 shops, cafés and restaurants open their doors in the Oculus and throughout the center. Expect a mix of top international brands, boutiques and local favorites, including Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, Longines, Epicerie Boulud, Eataly and others. The complex will also host performances and cutting-edge cultural events.

Itinerary Ideas

Food on Foot Tours  
The best way to get to know a neighborhood is head where the locals eat. That’s where Food on Foot Tours comes in. The emphasis is on the eating, with multiple surprise stops and plenty of options. Nosh your way across the Brooklyn waterfront, the East Village, Midtown or the Queens “International Express” circuit, to list just a few of the options. Private group and custom tours can be arranged. 

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Make the most of New York’s dreamy summer nights at one of the City’s scores of free outdoor concerts and movies. We’ve selected some of the season’s biggest and best events in our summer guide. And for the latest on what’s going on in all five boroughs, visit our comprehensive events calendar.


Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 
August 6–7
An age-old tradition in China, dragon boat racing came to New York in 1990—and it has taken root. This year, more than 120 teams from across the US will compete for cash and prizes. But the races are just part of a weekend-long multicultural extravaganza, featuring traditional and modern musical performances, dragon dancing, taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations by Shaolin Temple masters and plenty of food and drink from local vendors.

US Open Tennis Championships 
August 29–September 11
At the end of August, the City’s thoughts will turn to tennis, as the 136th US Open unfolds at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Will Serena capture her seventh crown? Will the big four, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and returning champ Novak Djokovic, once again dominate the men’s competition? Titles aside, some of the Open’s greatest pleasures—and best bargains—are to be found on the side courts, in the earlier rounds, where the action is up close and personal.


Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks of Six Dynasties China, 3rd‒6th Centuries at the China Institute 
September 30, 2016–March 19, 2017
A consequence of China’s forward-looking transformation has been the unearthing of treasures from its past in archaeological excavations across the country. For its first exhibition in its new, roomier downtown home, the China Institute presents more than a hundred such works, ceramics, sculptures, calligraphy and paintings from the tumultuous Six Dynasties era, a period of political upheaval and intense artistic development whose new modes of expression continue to have resonance in China today.

Alma Thomas at The Studio Museum in Harlem 
July 14–October 30
A barrier-breaking pioneer (she was the first African-American woman to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art), Alma Thomas didn’t have an opportunity to paint full-time until she was 69, following a long career as a junior high school art teacher. This much-deserved show charts her evolution through some 50 paintings over 20 years, from earlier figurative works to a range of abstract experiments with color, pattern and movement that still remained deeply rooted in the natural world.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
11 Howard
Manhattan – SoHo
227 rooms

Opening Soon
Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
Manhattan – Financial District 
185 rooms

Opening Soon
The Bernic Hotel
Manhattan – Midtown East 
95 rooms

Opening Soon
50 Bowery
Manhattan – Chinatown
229 rooms

Newly Redesigned
Duane Street Hotel
Manhattan – Tribeca
43 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet

NYC & Company Signature Programs

NYC Restaurant Week®
Restaurant Week returns for its 25th summer season, offering three-course prix-fixe meals ($29 lunch, $42 dinner) at hundreds of New York City’s hottest—and coolest—eateries. The program runs from July 25 to August 19, and a list of participating restaurants will be released July 11. Visit for more details, and to sign up for email updates

NYC & Company Relaunches

The revitalized emphasizes visual storytelling, featuring beautiful images, videos and extensive content in a brand-new format. Travel planners will find the site easy to navigate, with features including relational content, neighborhood maps and a responsive design that reconfigures the site seamlessly across all platforms and devices—a great way to discover new product ideas and see the City at a glance. And this is only the first phase: the site will continue to expand with exciting functionality and features, including a refreshed section for the travel trade in the coming months. Explore the new today.

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 2016 NYC Official Travel Planner.  

For More Information

For questions or additional information, email us at or contact your local office. For general information, including a calendar of events and other essential information about New York City, please visit