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NYC & Company's Travel Trade Newsletter

The arrival of another new year in New York City offers the chance to look back at the thrilling new attractions, additions and relaunches that occurred in 2011, including the City's first casino; the reopening of the New-York Historical Society and the opening of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Islamic art galleries; and the launch of Century 21's first uptown store. And there's plenty to look forward to in 2012: new hotels, major art shows, new museum galleries, supper clubs, special events and so much more.

New in NYC

Resorts World Casino
The City's first casino is now open in Queens, with slot machines, electronic table games, dining, nightlife and private-event space. The casino is accessible by subway and bus.

New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture and 18th-Century Decorative Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's new and expanded galleries will provide visitors with a rich history of American art from the 18th through the early 20th century. The galleries will make their debut on January 16.

The Copacabana
The legendary lounge has reopened in Times Square as a supper club with dining (also available for groups), live entertainment, a nightclub and rooftop bar.

Century 21 opens uptown
The discount designer department store, long a City staple in the Financial District, is bringing its bargains uptown, with a new location on the Upper West Side.

The Peopling of America® Center
Ellis Island opened The Peopling of America Center in conjunction with the Statue of Liberty's 125th anniversary. The new attraction explores the path of American immigration, starting with immigrants from even before the Ellis Island era.

Yankee Stadium Bilingual Tours
Yankee Stadium now offers scheduled bilingual tours in Italian/English and Spanish/English. Private group tours can also be arranged in either language.

NYC Shop
NYC & Company recently relaunched its official online shop to feature products such as coffee mugs, water bottles, key rings and limited-edition five borough T-shirts and vintage-style FDNY and NYPD T-shirts. The site ships to all 50 states and 97 countries, and the products make great client giveaways. Contact Regina Gatti at for details regarding bulk discounts.

New Itinerary Ideas

A Taste of Harlem—jazz music workshop, performance and tour
Visitors can experience the historic jazz neighborhood of Harlem with a music theory workshop, a live saxophone performance and tour of a church with a tower that that houses a 42-bell carillon, the second largest in the City.

Brooklyn Winery
The borough's first winery offers terrific interactive options for groups, with tastings, classes and the chance to make your own wine.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

Discovery Times Square Center
Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times
The Dead Sea Scrolls and a stone from the Western Wall of the Second Temple in Jerusalem are highlights of this exhibition, which features more than 500 never-before-seen artifacts from biblical times.

CSI: The Experience
Pay a crime scene investigator solving a mystery at this interactive exhibition.

The Frick
Renoir, Impressionism, and the Full-Length Format

Feb. 7–May 13
The Frick Collection presents the first comprehensive look at the French artist's works on full-length, grand canvases.

New Museum
The Generational

Feb. 15–April 22
The 2012 New Museum Triennial will feature works by 35 modern artists from around the world and will feature new commissions, performance, salons and more.

Whitney Museum
Whitney Biennial 2012

March 1–May 27
Every two years the museum curates an impressive representation of the whole of contemporary American art.

Performances Lincoln Center
American Songbook: 2012 Season
Jan. 11–Feb. 11

New York City Ballet
2012 Winter Repertory Season
Jan. 17–Feb. 26

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
2012 Winter/Spring Season
Jan. 10–June 3

New York City Center's 19th Encores! Season

Special Events


New York Boat Show
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Jewish Film Festival
The Jewish Museum

Winter Antiques Show
Park Avenue Armory


Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Chinese New Year

Westminster Dog Show
Madison Square Garden

The Orchid Show
New York Botanical Garden


St. Patrick's Day Parade
Fifth Ave. from 44th St. to 86th St.

The Armory Show
Piers 92/94

Macy's Flower Show
Macy's Herald Square

Theater Updates

Coming to Broadway this spring: The Columnist, starring John Lithgow; Evita, starring Ricky Martin, Jesus Christ Superstar and Wit, starring Cynthia Nixon.

Off-Broadway, touted as the breeding ground for the next generation of talented actors, will also offer plenty of tempting theater options in the upcoming seasons—including Traces, an experimental acrobatic show great for student groups; My Sinatra, a favorite for fans of Ol' Blue Eyes; and Accomplice, a unique melding of theater, game and tour into an interactive show.

Recently Renovated Hotels

Affinia Manhattan
Manhattan – Fashion District
618 rooms

Grand Hyatt New York
Manhattan – Midtown East
399 rooms

Holiday Inn SoHo
Manhattan – SoHo
227 rooms

Hotel Lola (formerly Hotel Thirty Thirty)
Manhattan – Murray Hill
276 rooms

New York Marriott Marquis
Manhattan – Times Square
1,949 rooms

Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
Manhattan – Midtown West
1,780 rooms

The Roosevelt Hotel
Manhattan – Midtown East
1,015 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet.

NYC & Company Signature Programs

NYC Restaurant Week
Jan. 16–Feb. 10
This dining program, now in its 20th year, offers consumers prix-fixe meals ($24.07 lunches and $35.00 dinners) at hundreds of New York City's finest restaurants.

Broadway Week (Jan. 17–Feb. 4) and Off-Broadway Week (Jan. 30–Feb. 12) As part of the Get More NYC marketing program, Broadway Week and Off-Broadway Week offer consumers 2-for-1 tickets to select Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

NYC Travel Training Academy

Become a New York City Specialist and learn insider information on the City's hotels, shopping, dining, culture and more. Register now at The program is currently available in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Benelux, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The NYC & Company Travel Trade Pass, which provides special offers for travel professionals visiting the City, includes additional offers exclusive to New York City Specialists who have successfully completed the NYC Travel Training Academy.

Get the NYC Official Travel Planner Online

Selling NYC is easy with this comprehensive guide to the City's accommodations, dining, nightlife, transportation and more. Plus, the NYC Official Travel Planner is available online.

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