Travel Trade Newsletter - June 2016

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The Hills Are Unveiled at Governors Island
After more than two centuries as a military installation, historic Governors Island continues its transformation into a buzzworthy recreational and cultural destination with the opening of the Hills on July 19. Consisting of four landscaped peaks over 10 acres, the Hills offer a variety of terrains—low-lying Grassy Hill, which faces back toward the island and Manhattan; playful Slide Hill, designed for kids, which, as its name implies, features actual slides; Discovery Hill’s site-specific sculpture; and Outlook Hill, the highest of the four, providing panoramic views of the harbor. Ferries to Governors Island leaves from Lower Manhattan all seven days and runs from Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. The island is open daily through September 25. 

The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk 
The City‘s newest music venue brings together cooling sea breezes and some of the brightest stars in the pop firmament (Sting & Peter Gabriel! The Beach Boys!—and that’s just for the July 4 opening weekend). Spanning genres and decades, the slate for the inaugural season includes Jane’s Addiction, Public Enemy, Erykah Badu, Boston, Counting Crows and Rick Springfield. The 5,000-seat covered open-air venue, which is incorporating the landmark Childs Restaurant building, will also be the new home of the free Seaside Summer Concert Series.

Itinerary Ideas

Rockaway Jet Ski and Thai Rock   
For fun in the sun, gear up and hit the waves at Rockaway Beach. There’s no better first stop than Rockaway Jet Ski, which, true to its name, rents Jet Skis (as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards) and offers a variety of four-hour tours and private events. For post-ocean-adventure refueling, look no further than next-door neighbor Thai Rock, which exemplifies the area’s vibe, with authentic (and Michelin-recommended) Thai cuisine, live music Thursdays through Sundays and a spacious outdoor deck right on the water.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

As the mercury rises, cool cocktails become a necessity, so we’ve compiled a list of local mixologists’ most ingenious summertime inventions. For the season’s big events, from Shakespeare in the Park to outdoor music festivals to the US Open in August, consult our summer guide. And all the goings-on all over town can be found in our comprehensive events calendar.

Events

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks 
July 4
First held for the US bicentennial in 1976, the 40th anniversary Macy’s fireworks bash maintains its pride of place as the nation’s largest. Millions of people from near and far line the East River waterfront in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan to catch live performances by top pop stars and the rockets’ red glare of tens of thousands of shells lighting up the summer sky. 

Exhibitions

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 
July 9–October 31
It’s been 50 years since the maiden voyage of the starship Enterprise, and to mark the anniversary, the museum is hosting an interactive, immersive Starfleet Academy extravaganza. "Cadets" train in such subjects as navigation, medicine and engineering, engaging them with today’s emerging technologies and the real science underpinning Star Trek’s science fiction. Yes, there will be phasers, transporters and "fully functional" tricorders, along with a display of the shuttlecraft Galileo. And yes, cadets will get to test their mettle against the academy’s most infamous training exercise, the Kobayashi Maru.

Extended Stay Hotels

Homewood Suites By Hilton/Midtown Manhattan Times Square – South
Manhattan – Midtown West
293 studios

Residence Inn by Marriott World Trade Center
Manhattan – Lower Manhattan
242 studios/suites

Home2 Suites by Hilton Long Island City/Manhattan View
Queens – Long Island City
115 studios/suites

Staybridge Suites Times Square New York City
Manhattan – Midtown West
310 studios

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NYC & Company Signature Programs

NYC Restaurant Week®
Returning for its 25th summer season, NYC Restaurant Week offers three-course prix-fixe meals ($29 lunch, $42 dinner) at hundreds of the 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 nycgo.com for more details and to sign up for email updates.

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.