Travel Trade Newsletter – March 2016

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National Jazz Museum in Harlem Reopens at New Location  
With its recent move to a new street-level space right off Lenox Avenue, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem raises its profile. The museum mounts special exhibitions, maintains archives of historic jazz recordings and presents concerts, special series and educational programs for all ages. Jazz greats stop by regularly; this March Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Steve Coleman will be on hand to present their Desert Island Discs. Guided visits can be arranged for student and tour groups.

Itinerary Ideas

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
A beloved NYC institution for generations, Circle Line Cruises has some fresh offerings for 2016. Its Hello Brooklyn waterfront cruise covers the borough's history from the early Dutch days to its recent renaissance as the capital of cool. New, bigger boats boast a third deck, improved dining and amenities and free WiFi, along with a new tour app in seven languages. Passengers can skip lines and enjoy private patios with Premier Class tickets. Later this year, the floating seafood lounge Fish Bar will join North River Lobster Company as a convenient pre- or post-cruise dining option right next to the Circle Line's Midtown terminal.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Springtime brings the City's cultural life into full bloom with a crop of shows opening on Broadway and don't-miss events and exhibitions popping up all over town. For day-by-day listings of what's going on, visit our comprehensive events calendar.

Events

Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden 
April 30–May 1
The annual cherry blossom festival marks the arrival of spring with a weekend celebration of Japanese culture, featuring events for all ages. Highlights include taiko drumming, a samurai sword demonstration, a J-pop dance party, origami, tea ceremonies each afternoon and anime and manga drawing. The festival serves as a grand finale for the monthlong cherry blossom season. Check the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's online CherryWatch Blossom Status Map for updates during April.

NYCxDESIGN™ 
May 3–17
The official New York City design extravaganza returns with a roster of more than 500 events at hundreds of venues citywide. Exhibitions, talks, installations, conferences and open studios explore the broad landscape of design—with a focus on the latest trends, practices and emerging opportunities for designers here in New York City. Participating shows include Frieze New York, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and the Architectural Digest Design Show.

Exhibitions

The Art of Whimsy of Mo Willems at the New-York Historical Society
March 18–September 25
The author and illustrator of already-classic children's books Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny receives a full-scale career retrospective at the New-York Historical Society. There will be plenty of materials and drawings from Willems' works on display and storytelling and sketching workshops for the kids. Willems will appear in person several times over the course of the show.

Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk at the Queens Museum
April 10–July 31
Forty years ago, four kids from Forest Hills made their way to the legendary downtown club CBGBs and launched a blitzkrieg on rock and roll. The Queens Museum captures the band's lasting impact on music, fine art and popular culture through flyers, photos, concert footage, original lyrics manuscripts, their leather jackets and contributions from such artists as Matt Groening, Mark Kostabi and Shepard Fairey.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
Innside New York NoMad
Manhattan – Chelsea
313 rooms

Newly Redesigned
The High Line Hotel
Manhattan – Chelsea
60 rooms

Newly Redesigned
The Muse Hotel
Manhattan – Times Square
200 rooms

Opening Soon
The William Vale Hotel
Brooklyn – Williamsburg
183 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.