Travel Trade Newsletter — November 2014

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NYC & Company News for the Travel Trade: November 2014

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Reopens
After closing for renovations in 2011, a vastly expanded Cooper Hewitt reopens its doors on December 12. The character of the historic Carnegie Hill mansion (it was originally Andrew Carnegie's mansion) has been retained, but there's now 60 percent more gallery space, including a 6,000-square-foot gallery on the third floor that has never been used for public exhibitions. In a cutting-edge touch, visitors will be loaned digital pens to "collect" objects in the museum and learn more about them at interactive tables located throughout the galleries.

Today Show Now Offering Group Reservations
Early-bird visitors to Rockefeller Center have long enjoyed catching NBC's Today show live. Now the program is offering reserved space for tour groups, making it easier to watch Matt Lauer and the gang do segments in the open air—and maybe even meet them! Email Courtney Ceto to reserve a date for your group.

New York Hall of Science Celebrates 50th Anniversary
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration this year, the New York Hall of Science—built for the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park—recently opened its Design Lab. Located in its Central Pavilion, the permanent exhibition encompasses five activity areas that encourage visitors to dig in and get creative as they experiment with structures, circuits, simple materials, tools and more.

Holiday Season Is Here
New York has no shortage of beloved holiday traditions. Chief among them is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, marking the arrival of Santa, accompanied by balloons of Spidey, Kermit, Snoopy and more, as well as scores of marching bands. The inflating of the balloons on Thanksgiving Eve has become a must-see event as well.

The curtain also rises in November for the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall's Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the snowflakes and sugarplum fairies of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. Find crafts from local makers and gifts galore at the City's outdoor holiday markets. And commemorate the holidays in New York fashion with a visit to the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and the world's largest Hanukkah menorah, just across from The Plaza hotel.

New Year's Eve Celebrations
Every December 31, millions gather in Midtown for the nationally televised Times Square Ball Drop. For tips on attending, check out our comprehensive guide. A number of hotels offer a view of the New Year's Eve festivities at Times Square, including the Renaissance New York Times Square, the New York Marriott Marquis and Novotel New York Times Square. Contact these hotels for information on special New Year's parties and packages.

Other New Year's Eve activities include Brooklyn's fireworks display at Grand Army Plaza and New York Road Runners' annual 4-mile Midnight Run in Central Park, complete with costume party, dancing and fireworks.

Check out our roundup of holiday events and winter event guide for these and plenty more.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

As the weather cools, the City's cultural calendar heats up—our art preview, fall guide and comprehensive events calendar provide full coverage of what's going on in all five boroughs.

Events

Ice-Skating Rinks Open
Come Halloween, the Zamboni machines are putting a high polish on the ice at the City's outdoor skating rinks. Do double axels at Rockefeller Center's rink or for a more bucolic setting, head toward the Wollman Rink in Central Park. Our skating guide provides the skinny on more than a dozen rinks all over town. Afterward, tradition dictates recharging with a leisurely hot cocoa.

Exhibitions

El Greco in New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
and
El Greco at the Frick Collection
The Frick Collection
Through February 1
The 400th anniversary of El Greco's death is being duly commemorated with two special exhibitions in NYC. El Greco in New York, a collaboration between The Met and the Hispanic Society of America, presents 15 of his paintings, providing the richest opportunity to explore his work outside Madrid's Museo Nacional del Prado. In conjunction, the Frick is bringing together its three works by El Greco—Purification of the Temple, St. Jerome and the portrait of Vincenzo Anastagi—on the same wall in the same gallery, for the first time.

After Midnight: Indian Modernism To Contemporary India 1947/1997
Queens Museum
March 1–June 28
The years 1947 and 1997 serve as milestones for the first major exhibition of modern Indian art to be mounted in this country. The former marks the year of Indian independence and the latter, its 50th anniversary—spanning the emergence of the Progressive Artists Group to contemporary artists grappling with the more recent shifts in Indian society.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
Holiday Inn Manhattan – Financial District
Manhattan – Financial District
492 rooms

Newly Redesigned
Park Central New York
Manhattan – Midtown West
761 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet.

Neighborhood x Neighborhood: Astoria

The only way to explore New York is one neighborhood at a time, and that's where NYC & Company's comprehensive guides come in. The spotlight falls this month on Astoria, Queens, traditionally a Greek neighborhood famous for its cafes and nightlife, its seafood and souvlaki. More recently it's become known for its robust cultural scene, anchored by the Museum of the Moving Image and Socrates Sculpture Park. Click through all of our featured neighborhoods to check out everything that makes NYC so diverse and exciting.

NYC & Company Signature Programs

Off-Broadway Week
You can get two-for-one tickets to some of the best theater the City has to offer during this fall's presentation of Off-Broadway Week, which runs from September 29 to October 12. Tickets go on sale September 15; check nycgo.com for updates on participating shows.

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 more.