Travel Trade Newsletter – September 2015

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Staten Island Museum Expands to Snug Harbor
Fifty years ago, the Staten Island Museum played a key role in saving Snug Harbor, which was built in the 19th century as a retirement community for sailors, and transforming it into a thriving cultural center. This month the museum is opening “new” quarters of its own in the complex, a LEED-certified retrofit of a historic 1879 Greek Revival dormitory building. Inaugural exhibitions explore Staten Island’s history and natural environment as well as work by local artists. 

High Bridge
With its high stone arches recalling the Roman aqueducts, the High Bridge was a key part of the system that brought the City its drinking water from upstate for more than 100 years. After decades of disrepair and a multiyear renovation, the City’s oldest standing bridge has reopened to the public, reconnecting the Bronx and Washington Heights to foot and bike traffic and affording fine views of the City from high above the Harlem River

High Bridge
With its high stone arches recalling the Roman aqueducts, the High Bridge was a key part of the system that brought the City its drinking water from upstate for more than 100 years. After decades of disrepair and a multiyear renovation, the City’s oldest standing bridge has reopened to the public, reconnecting the Bronx and Washington Heights to foot and bike traffic and affording fine views of the City from high above the Harlem River.

Itinerary Idea

Haunted Manhattan
New York is America’s safest large city, but it can still feel scary with the help of Haunted Manhattan. The company's three neighborhood walking tours—of the West Village, Greenwich Village and East Village—are chock-full of forgotten history, secret graveyards and tales of “unexplained phenomena.” Haunted Manhattan can also arrange private group tours.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

The fall season brings big names to Broadway (Al Pacino, Clive Owen, Keira Knightley), as well as blockbuster shows to the City’s museums and cultural institutions. We’ve got all the details in our fall theater and arts and culture roundups. For more major goings-on all around the town, check out our NYC Fall Guide and comprehensive events calendar.

Events

New York Film Festival
September 25–October 11
Biopics dominate the 53rd annual NYFF, including Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs; Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk, which tells the story of Philippe Petit’s high-altitude journey across the Twin Towers; and Miles Ahead, written, directed by and starring Don Cheadle as legendary trumpeter Miles Davis. New films by Steven Spielberg, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Todd Haynes and Chantal Akerman are also on the main slate.

New York Comic Con 
October 8–11
Encompassing the vast worlds of comic books, graphic novels, anime, cosplay and manga, New York Comic Con covers a lot of ground at the Javits Center. With more than 150,000 attendees, a thousand-plus exhibitors, myriad famous guests, panels, screenings and special events, it’s become the biggest pop-culture convention in the country. 

Exhibitions

Pixar: The Design of Story at the Cooper Hewitt
October 8–August 7, 2016
The secret to Pixar’s success is less about its technological achievements than the good old-fashioned storytelling that forges a bond between characters and audience. This new exhibition, mounted in the Cooper Hewitt’s interactive Process Lab, explores the company’s storytelling principles and collaborative process through sketches, artwork, sculptures and storyboards from such favorites as Toy Story, Wall-E and Cars

Frank Stella: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum
October 30–February 7, 2016
The Whitney puts its big, new Meatpacking District home to good use with a comprehensive show surveying the long, splendid career of Frank Stella. More than a hundred of Stella’s paintings, sculptures and other works chart his 50-plus-year journey from the forefront of minimalism to increasingly complex engagements with the possibilities of abstraction.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
The Marmara Park Avenue
Manhattan – Kips Bay
128 rooms

Newly Opened
Hampton Inn Manhattan Times Square Central
Manhattan – Times Square
300 rooms

Newly Rebranded
Hotel 48Lex New York
Manhattan – Midtown East
116 rooms

Newly Redesigned
Paramount Hotel New York
Manhattan – Times Square
597 rooms

Newly Redesigned
LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
Queens – Elmhurst
358 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.