Travel Trade Newsletter - October 2016

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What's New

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute Moves to Harlem 
The lauded cultural institution celebrates the move to its new home, a landmark former firehouse on 125th Street, with a grand opening weekend, October 15–16. The inaugural group-show exhibition, Home, Memory, and Future, investigates Harlem’s complex history and its role as a haven for reimagining and renewing cultural traditions on new soil. The center will continue its mission of presenting performances, arts education and programming that explores the rich traditions of the African diaspora, spanning the Caribbean, the Americas and the entire world.

Turnstile Tours Offers New "Inside Industry" Look at Brooklyn Navy Yard 
For more than 150 years, some of the Navy’s most storied ships were built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In recent years, the complex has transformed itself into an incubator for small-scale manufacturing, joining technology and traditional craftsmanship. The 90-minute guided tour showcases what Brooklyn’s designers and artisans are making—along with how they’re making it. Each tour spotlights a particular workshop, giving visitors a chance to watch the production process and meet the people behind the scenes.

Itinerary Ideas

Harlem Spirituals/New York Visions 
Harlem Spirituals’ guided tours go deep into the history and living heart of the neighborhood that’s been hailed as the capital of black America for nearly a century. The Soul Food and Jazz Tours include live music and dinner at legendary Sylvia’s, and Gospel Tours take in a Sunday gospel service, followed by a soul food brunch. Special group and VIP packages are available, as are tours in various languages.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

October means apples are in season, the weather’s just right, and there’s so much going on all over town. Keep tabs on the action with our guide to the City’s Best Fall Events, as well as our Fall Broadway Guide, Art Guide, and comprehensive events calendar.

Events

New York Comedy Festival
November 1–6
This festival brings out the stars: the kickoff fundraising event at Madison Square Garden features Louis C.K, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Bruce Springsteen. Beyond that, Tracy Morgan and Tig Notaro play Carnegie Hall; Patton Oswalt plays the Beacon Theatre; Hannibal Buress plays the Apollo. In all, hundreds of comedians take the stage at scores of shows all over the City.

Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden 
November 19–January 16, 2017
This miniature winter wonderland is extraordinary, enchanting and almost beyond description. Trains travel through a landscape of more than 150 NYC buildings and landmarks fashioned entirely out of natural materials—twigs and bark, seeds, pinecones and the like. Coney Island’s Cyclone roller coaster and Wonder Wheel make their debut this year. Special events include the annual tree lighting, concerts, screenings and a reading by New York Botanical Garden poet laureate Billy Collins.

Exhibitions

Tales of Our Time at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
November 4–March 10, 2017
The Guggenheim has commissioned works by an intriguing roster of contemporary artists from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan—Chia-En Jao, Kan Xuan, Sun Xun, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Tsang Kin-Wah, Yangjiang Group and Zhou Tao—providing a survey of their distinctive approaches to aesthetics and politics, as well as personal and historical narratives, in a range of mediums.

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion at the Met Fifth Avenue 
November 18–February 5, 2017
The Met is preparing to “unpack” some 60 masterworks acquired by the museum’s Costume Institute in recent years, including pieces by Jeanne Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel and Issey Miyake. Some works will be paired with historical items from the collection, for example, a Galliano dress with a Balenciaga gown and a Halston gown with a Vionnet gown.

Hotels Along the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Route

This year’s parade takes place on November 24, 2016, starting at 9am (Eastern). Learn more.

Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Herald Square
Manhattan – Herald Square
167 rooms

JW Marriott Essex House New York
Manhattan – Midtown West
511 rooms

Mandarin Oriental, New York
Manhattan – Upper West Side
244 rooms

New York Hilton Midtown
Manhattan – Times Square
1,931 rooms

Residence Inn Times Square
Manhattan – Midtown West
357 rooms

The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park
Manhattan – Midtown West
259 rooms

Trump International Hotel & Tower
Manhattan – Upper West Side
176 rooms

1 Hotel Central Park
Manhattan – Midtown West
229 rooms

Warwick New York Hotel
Manhattan – Midtown West
425 rooms

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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, contact 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.