Travel Trade Newsletter - November 2016

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Museum of the City of New York Unveils Its New Permanent Exhibition
Tracing the transformation of a small fur trading post into the financial, commercial and cultural capital of the world, New York at Its Core presents four centuries of history through interactive galleries that focus on four interconnected themes—money, density, diversity and creativity—and weave colorful local legends such as Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Emma Goldman and Jay-Z into the action along the way. The grand opening is November 18.

TurnStyle Shopping Concourse Adds Flair Under Columbus Circle
A bright, bustling retail corridor has sprung up in a once underutilized, utilitarian passageway between West 57th Street and the Columbus Circle subway hub. Now nearly 40 eateries, stores and pop-up shops offer various artisanal twists on coffee, donuts and other rush-hour pick-me-ups, as well as more filling fare. On-the-go shopping options include everything from stylish eyeglass frames and cable-knit dog sweaters to replaced-while-you-wait new smartphone screens.

Itinerary Ideas

Historic Richmond Town 
A historic village tucked away within a metropolis, Richmond Town presents the lives and work and ways of (small-town) New Yorkers from the 17th century through the present day, aided by live interpreters and the Staten Island Historical Society’s collection of more than 130,000 objects and artifacts. Sites include a 200-year-old working farm and a 17th-century house that’s one of the oldest in the country. Special tours and programs are available for school groups, as well as for corporate and private events.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

The cool nights and bright lights signal the start of the holiday season—keep track of the shopping, shows and celebrations with our Holidays in NYC guide. And we cover what’s going on in all five boroughs, seven days a week in our comprehensive events calendar.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 
November 24
The 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will serve up famous floats, marching bands, Broadway performers and, most important, the arrival of Santa on his sleigh. For a list of hotels on the parade route, consult our handy guide. And on Thanksgiving Eve, head to the Upper West Side for the inflation of the balloons, a holiday tradition in its own right.

Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center 
November 30
Decked out with more than 30,000 lights, a towering Norway spruce goes electric with the flip of a switch at the annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting celebration. The nationally televised extravaganza will be a star-studded affair, hosted by the Today show gang. The tree will preside over the plaza until January 7.

Times Square Ball Drop 
December 31
Times Square hosts the last (and most raucous) of the City’s holiday-season spectacles, with more than a million revelers turning out to watch the Waterford Crystal ball drop from atop its perch above 1 Times Square, marking the final seconds of the year. Top-name musical performers will be on hand to pump up the volume at the nation’s largest New Year’s Eve party.


Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones at Industria 
November 12–March 12
The Rolling Stones unlock their vast private archives for Exhibitionism, an immersive and interactive experience that spans the band’s 50-year-plus career. The show features hundreds of rare items, including instruments, onstage and offstage clothes, works of art, handwritten lyric books, personal diaries, recordings, unseen film and photos, and an interactive recording studio. Exhibitionism culminates in an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3-D concert experience.

Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing at the New-York Historical Society 
December 16–March 12, 2017
This show captures the friendship and professional collaboration that developed between Muhammad Ali and the popular painter and illustrator LeRoy Neiman through Neiman’s depictions of some of Ali’s most glorious moments in the ring, as well as memorabilia of Ali’s and sketches drawn by the boxer himself.

Hotel Updates

Newly Redesigned and Re-Opened
InterContinental New York Barclay
Manhattan – Midtown East
702 rooms

Newly Redesigned
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn – Brooklyn Heights
665 rooms

Newly Opened
Courtyard Long Island City/New York Manhattan View
Queens – Long Island City
160 rooms

Newly Opened
Arlo Hudson Square
Manhattan – Hudson Square
325 rooms

Newly Opened
Four Points by Sheraton New York Downtown
Manhattan – Financial District
261 rooms

Opening Soon
Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West
Manhattan – Hell's Kitchen
148 rooms

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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

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