Travel Trade Newsletter – October 2015

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The 7 Line Extends to Javits Center and Hudson Yards
The opening of the 34th Street/Hudson Yards subway station last month brings the 7 train to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center's front door. The new station is set within a new public park, a pleasant oasis from which to watch the Hudson Yards complex—a vast office, residential and retail development—rise higher and higher. Work on the yards is still underway, but soon opportunities for shopping (Neiman Marcus) and eating (curated by Per Se's Thomas Keller) will be abundant.

Itinerary Idea

Corona, Queens 
Once an Italian-American enclave, the lively neighborhood of Corona has, in recent years, attracted immigrants from all over Latin America. See how old and new coexist, with Italian latticini shops standing just down the street from family-run Mexican tortillerias. Corona was also home to a number of jazz greats, chief among them Louis Armstrong, whose modest home has been turned into a museum dedicated to his life and music. Nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home to two World's Fairs, is a world in itself. Highlights include the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum's must-see Panorama of the City of New York and the National Tennis Center

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

In October, the stars align in New York sports: the Mets and Yankees head into the playoffs, the Islanders debut at their new Brooklyn home, and the City's pro basketball, football and hockey teams begin their seasons. Our sports calendar has the details. For more to do in all five boroughs, take a look at our arts and culture roundup, NYC Fall Guide and comprehensive events calendar.

Events

Village Halloween Parade 
October 31
What started out in 1974 as a modest neighborhood celebration has become a monstrous annual event. With tens of thousands of zombies and ghouls marching through the West Village and more than a million people lining the streets to take in the spectacle. To join the parade, don your costume and head over to Sixth Avenue and Canal Street, starting at 7pm. 

New York Comedy Festival 
November 10–15
Do you like comedy? The City's annual laugh fest has plenty of big names on the bill: Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, John Leguizamo, Margaret Cho, Judd Apatow, Trevor Noah, Kathy Griffin among them. And they're playing some big rooms, including BAM, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden, which hosts the main event, a fund-raiser headlined by Jon Stewart and Bruce Springsteen.

Exhibitions

Superheroes in Gotham at the New-York Historical Society 
October 9–February 21, 2016
New York City (aka "Metropolis" or "Gotham") has been home to superheroes—and to the artists who created them—ever since Clark Kent first donned his cape in 1938. The show will display a number of rare comic books, including a copy of Superman's debut in the super valuable Action Comics #1, and trace the transition superheroes have made from page to screen, as well as the continuing effect they have on the City's contemporary artists and cultural life. 

Jackson Pollock: A Survey at the Museum of Modern Art 
November 22–March 13, 2016
Only MoMA could mount a major Jackson Pollock show solely from its own holdings. And here it is: Some 50 works from the museum's collection, including rarely seen drawings, engravings and lithographs. The centerpiece is Pollock's iconic drip-painting masterwork One: Number 31, 1950, but the thrill of the show is in seeing how abstract expressionism took shape over time in his thinking and on his canvases. 

Hotel Updates

Newly Rebranded
The Evelyn
Manhattan – NoMad
145 rooms

Newly Redesigned
Room Mate Grace
Manhattan – Times Square
139 rooms

Opening Soon
Even Hotel Times Square South
Manhattan – Times Square
150 rooms

Opening Soon
Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York
Manhattan – Lower East Side
293 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 NYC 2015 Official Travel Planner. It brings together a rundown of what’s new for travelers visiting the City in 2015, updated events calendars, our curated “Things to See and Do Guide,” and extensive listings for the City’s hotels and event service providers. 

For More Information

Should you have any questions or require additional information, feel free to contact us directly 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.