NEW YORK CITY 2006 ANNUAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS


New York, NY (July 1, 2006) – The Big Apple is buzzing with exciting events this year. From first-rate festivals to world-class parades and holiday celebrations, New York City’s events calendar is incomparable. For complete information about New York City events visit the official visitor information web site of New York City at www.nycvisit.com.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Summer Breaks: July 1 - September 4, Citywide
The free Summer Breaks savings card provides discounts, exclusively for American Express Cardmembers, at hundreds of New York City’s best hotels, restaurants, retail stores, museums, attractions, tours, Broadway shows and more. www.nycvisit.com, 212-484-1222

Taste and Tour: July 1-September 4, Citywide
Explore more of New York City with special itineraries that showcase the sights and delights of 15 diverse neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. www.nycvisit.com, 212-484-1222

Summer Restaurant Week: July 10-14 and July 17-21, Citywide
More than 100 of NYC’s best restaurants will offer bargain three-course prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners during Summer Restaurant Week. Visit www.nycvisit.com for a list of participating restaurants. www.nycvisit.com, 212-484-1222

Shop 4 Class: August 25 – September 8, Citywide Retailers throughout the city will donate a portion of proceeds to support the improvement of New York City public school libraries through a contribution to the Fund for Public Schools. www.nycvisit.com, 212-484-1222

NYC Half Marathon Presented by Nike: August 27, Manhattan More than 10,000 athletes will run a 13.1-mile course that starts in Central Park, winds through Times Square and finishes in Lower Manhattan. A finish line in Battery Park will follow the race. www.nyrr.org, 212-860-4455

US Open: August 28 – September 10, Queens The world’s premiere tennis players come to Queens for the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. www.usta.com, 718-760-6200