Courtesy, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

THE FIVE BOROUGHS

No city in the world can match New York City’s unparalleled energy or the tremendous pride New Yorkers take in opening their arms to the City’s visitors. There is always something fun, exciting, new and inviting to do here, no matter what kind of experience you prefer. With Broadway shows, outdoor movies or concerts, tours of museums or historical attractions, cuisine from every world culture and more, there are endless opportunities of discovery in each of the City’s five boroughs—the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

TRAVEL & TOURISM BY THE NUMBERS

  • New York City welcomed record 62.8 million total visitors in 2017, comprising 49.7 million domestic and 13.1 million international travelers.
  • 79% of visitors traveled for leisure, while 21% traveled for business.
  • New York City has the most active hotel development pipeline in the country, with approximately 116,000 hotel rooms as of May 2018 and an expected inventory of 137,000 hotel rooms by the end of 2020.

NYC & COMPANY PROGRAMS

Visiting New York City is even more affordable with NYC & Company’s value promotions, including:

  • The first and largest dining program of its kind, NYC Restaurant Week® offers discounted prix-fixe menus at more than 350 restaurants every January/February and July/August (nycgo.com/restaurantweek).
    • Summer 2018 reservations open July 9, for dining from July 23–August 17.
    • Winter 2019 reservations open January 7, for dining from January 21–February 8.
    • Summer 2019 reservations open July 8, for dining July 22–August 16, 2019.
  • NYC Broadway WeekSM and NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM are designed to increase ticket sales every winter and fall, offering visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to see some of NYC's best shows, with 2-for-1 tickets (nycgo.com/broadwayweek & nycgo.com/offbroadwayweek).
    • NYC Broadway Week fall 2018 tickets are on sale August 15, for performances September 3–16; and winter 2019 tickets are on sale January 10, for performances January 22–February 10, 2019.
    • NYC Off-Broadway Week fall 2018 tickets are on sale September 10, for performances September 24–October 7; and winter 2019 tickets are on sale January 28, for performances February 11–February 24, 2019.
  • NYC Must-See WeekSM will return January 28–February 10, 2019, with tickets on sale January 17, offering 2-for-1 admission to attractions, museums, tours and performing arts venues across all five boroughs (nycgo.com/must-see-week).

In November 2017, NYC & Company launched a new global tourism campaign, True York City. With corresponding "Famous Original NYC" advertising and media that ran in 17 markets, it is the organization’s most expansive campaign to date. True York City showcases the unique culture produced by the 8.6 million residents of New York City’s five boroughs and invites travelers to discover both iconic experiences and lesser-known aspects of the City (nycgo.com/famous-original-nyc).

In April 2018, NYC & Company celebrated 500,000 hashtag uses of #SeeYourCity on Instagram, a component of the ongoing See Your City marketing campaign that encourages visitors and residents to explore New York City’s five boroughs like a local. Through the initiative, Instagram users are encouraged to use #SeeYourCity when experiencing the sights, tastes, history and culture of the City, which also includes online content generated by social media ambassadors from cultural institutions and local neighborhood influencers (nycgo.com/seeyourcity).

QUICK LINKS

In addition to the Webby Award–winning relaunch of nycgo.com in 2017, this past March NYC & Company debuted a new B2B website with enhanced features for members, the travel trade, meeting planners and press. To see the changes, explore business.nycgo.com. For images, go to nycgo.com/pressphotos.

For a list of annual events taking place in New York City’s five boroughs, visit nycgo.com/annualevents. For a list of things to do around New York City this summer, check out NYC & Company’s summer guide at nycgo.com/summer.

For tips on the best free activities in New York City, including events, museums, tours, TV tapings, attractions and more, check out NYC & Company’s Free in NYC guide at nycgo.com/free.

Up-to-date information on dining and nightlife can be found at nycgo.com/articles/best-new-nyc-restaurants and nycgo.com/articles/best-new-bars-nyc.

For information on planning a meeting in New York City, visit nycgo.com/makeitnyc.

To follow NYC & Company’s press team on social media, check out @nycgo_press on Twitter and Instagram.

 

MAJOR INVESTMENTS

Infrastructure

The comprehensive redesign of LaGuardia Airport broke ground mid-summer 2016. The airport will be transformed into a single, structurally unified main terminal with expanded transportation access, significantly increased taxiway space and best-in-class passenger amenities, and is expected to open in phases between 2018 and 2021 (governor.ny.gov)

John F. Kennedy International Airport is currently undergoing an extensive transformation into a unified, world-class airport. The $10 billion multiyear investment will focus on expanding and connecting newer terminals, a complete redesign of the airport’s roadways, expansion of parking lots and taxiways, and state-of-the-art security technology (ny.gov). Additional amenities will include the new 512-room TWA Hotel that is expected to open in 2018 (twahotel.com). In addition, the first phase of the ARK at JFK, a 178,000-square-foot pet terminal, opened in February 2017. The new pet terminal provides fliers’ pets and livestock with pre- and post-travel care, including an on-site veterinarian, overnight kennels and special boarding assistance (arkjfk.com).

Newark Liberty International Airport is also undergoing redevelopment with a $2.4 billion investment program to include a new 1-million-square-foot terminal, roadway system, a 3,000-space parking garage and more. The new terminal is expected to be partially open in 2020, with a full opening by late 2022 (panynj.gov).

In January 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $34 million investment in Stewart International Airport, rebranding the airport to New York International at Stewart Field and expanding international passenger service. In June 2017, the airport began offering transatlantic flights for the first time via Norwegian Airlines, in addition to enhanced 80-minute Stewart Express Bus Service to and from Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. A new permanent US Customs and Border Protection federal inspection station will allow the airport to handle both domestic and international flights. Project design will be completed by Q3, 2018, and construction is expected to be complete by Q1, 2021 (governor.ny.gov).

The recently launched NYC Ferry now has four routes, servicing South Brooklyn, plus Long Island City, Astoria and the Rockaways in Queens. The same cost as a one-way subway ticket ($2.75), the new ferry service connects locals and visitors to different neighborhoods throughout the City. Future routes will include the Lower East Side and Soundview in the Bronx, both coming in summer 2018. Once complete, 21 total landings will be connected (ferry.nyc).

The MTA’s Second Avenue Subway opened to the public in January 2017. As New York City’s first major expansion of the subway system in more than 50 years, the newly extended Q line serves approximately 200,000 daily riders, reducing travel time for many going to and from the Upper East Side. The project includes an expanded 63rd Street station, along with new stations at 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets. When fully completed, the line will stretch 8.5 miles along Manhattan’s east side, from Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan to 125th Street in Harlem (mta.info).

In September 2015, the MTA’s 7 line subway arrived at a brand-new station, 34 St-Hudson Yards, located at the heart of what will be Manhattan’s newest neighborhood on the Far West Side. This $2.4 billion transportation project, the City’s first new subway station in 26 years, extended the line by 1.5 miles (mta.info).

NEIGHBORHOODS

Hudson Yards

Neighboring the High Line and Javits Center on Manhattan’s Far West Side, Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States, including more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops, a collection of restaurants, approximately 4,000 residences, a new center for artistic invention, 14 acres of public open space, and more. Highlights include:

  • The $1.5 billion expansion of the Javits Center, adding more than 1 million square feet of event space, is currently underway. The project includes a 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall, rooftop terrace, additional meeting rooms and a 55,000-square-foot ballroom, which will be the largest such space in the Northeast. Design firm LendLease Turner was chosen in January 2017 to lead the project, which broke ground on March 1, 2017. Completion is expected in 2021 (governor.ny.gov).
  • The Shed will be the first arts center designed to commission, produce and present all types of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture, when it debuts in spring 2019. Designed by world-renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, the 200,000-square-foot, 8-level venue’s telescoping outer shell will contract and expand on wheels to accommodate a variety of works, events and programs (theshed.org).
  • Expected to open in March 2019, Vessel is the centerpiece of the Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardens. Designed by British designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick, the 15-story Vessel will feature 154 interconnecting flights of stairs and more than 2,500 individual steps with 80 landings (hudsonyardsnewyork.com).
  • 30 Hudson Yards will boast New York City’s highest outdoor observation deck, The Observation Deck at Hudson Yards, at 1,296 feet, come late 2019, featuring river-to-river panoramic views of the City’s skyline (hudsonyardsnewyork.com).
  • Hudson Yards will be home to 100 shops including retail tenants H&M, Rolex, Sephora, Stuart Weitzman, Tory Burch, Van Cleef, Watches of Switzerland, Zara and many more, in addition to New York City’s first Neiman Marcus department store (hudsonyardsnewyork.com).
  • Dining options in Hudson Yards include projects by celebrity chefs Thomas Keller, David Chang, José Andrés and more, in addition to nearby restaurant Legacy Records, by the team behind beloved restaurants Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones (legacyrecordsnyc.com) (hudsonyardsnewyork.com).
  • New hotels in the Hudson Yards neighborhood include the Courtyard by Marriott coming late this year, and a brand-new Equinox Hotel and aloft New York Hudson Yards, both coming next year.

 

Lower Manhattan

With the opening of the One World Observatory in 2015, plus countless new accommodation, dining and shopping offerings, Lower Manhattan continues to evolve as a must-see destination in New York City. New developments include:

  • Seaport District NYC’s revitalization by the Howard Hughes Corporation will encompass seven buildings, totaling more than 400,000 square feet of cutting-edge culinary, fashion, entertainment and cultural experiences, when it debuts in summer 2018. Highlights include the new Pier 17, which includes a 1.5-acre rooftop with unparalleled views of New York City’s waterfront and skyline, restaurants by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Momofuku Group’s David Chang, outdoor bars and a venue for concerts and special events. Seaport District NYC will also be home to the only US location of Carla Sozzani’s pioneering experiential concept store 10 Corso Como, a 50,000-square-foot food market by Jean-Georges in the restored Tin Building (coming 2019), in addition to the recently opened premier iPic Theater cinema (seaportdistrict.nyc).
  • A brand-new $70 million museum will enhance the visitor experience at the Statue of Liberty when it opens to the public in 2019. The Statue of Liberty Museum, a partnership between the National Park Service and Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation, will feature interactive displays, museum galleries and an immersive theater experience depicting the history of the statue and what it represents to our country. The museum will have unobstructed views of the iconic statue, all housed inside a state-of-the-art LEED Gold–certified building complete with a green roof (libertyellisfoundation.org).
  • North Cove Marina now offers visitors several opportunities to experience New York City’s waterfront up close, such as Classic Harbor Line excursions that launched from the marina last month, including a Sunset Cocktail Cruise, 1-hour Harbor Sightseeing Cruise and more.
  • New hotels in Lower Manhattan include a new luxury hotel by the Cipriani family, Mr. C Seaport, Marriott’s new AC Downtown and affordable luxury properties CitizenM Bowery and Moxy, all expected to open in summer 2018.

 

Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan is known for its luxury hotels, diverse retailers, iconic sights including the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, and so much more. Over the last year, the neighborhood has seen several major new attraction openings, offering activities for first-timers and repeat visitors alike. New developments include:

  • Gulliver’s Gate opened in May 2017, featuring more than 300 miniature buildings and more than 1,000 model train cars, including 3D printed replicas of Times Square, Grand Central Terminal and parts of Lower Manhattan, along with scenes from around the world. The 23,000-square-foot space occupies the ground floor of the former New York Times building (gulliversgate.com).
  • In October 2017, National Geographic and SPE Partners’ debuted their groundbreaking walk-through attraction in Times Square, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey. Visitors are transported on an underwater journey in the heart of Times Square without getting wet, thanks to cutting-edge technology and National Geographic’s rich history of storytelling (natgeoencounter.com).
  • Upon opening in December 2017, the NFL Experience Times Square brought the world of professional football to life. Including a 4D film with exclusive footage, interactive displays that dive into the NFL training regimen and game plan, physical challenges that allow guests to measure up against the pros and championship memorabilia, the first-of-its-kind attraction takes fans from the stands to the field (nflexperience.com).
  • Opry City Stage, a four-story 27,000-square-foot entertainment complex dedicated to country music and Southern culture, opened in December of 2017, giving guests a taste of country in the city. With live country music from a stage in the restaurant and bar, a menu of Southern favorites from renowned chefs, a listening room featuring intimate ticketed shows and songwriter’s series, the venue brings Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry to New York City (oprycitystage.com).
  • Spyscape, the world’s largest interactive spy museum, featuring world-class architecture, artifacts, technology and experiences, opened in early February in Midtown Manhattan. Visitors can test hacking, code breaking and espionage skills to discover their inner spy (spyscape.com).
  • A renovation and expansion project is underway at the Museum of Modern Art, which will enhance its galleries and public spaces. By 2019, the museum will have increased gallery space by a third and will be able to show significantly more of the collection in both new and renovated galleries. During construction, the museum will remain open with a full program of exhibitions. (moma.org).
  • Lionsgate Entertainment City is coming to Times Square in 2019, as a result of a partnership by global content leader Lionsgate and Parques Reunidos, one of the leading leisure park operators in the world. The indoor entertainment center—the first of many—will allow visitors to experience interactive dining and activities, themed to Mad Men, The Hunger Games, John Wick and more (prnewswire.com).
  • Manhattan’s second-tallest skyscraper, One Vanderbilt, will debut in 2020 at more than 1,400 feet. In addition to a new 11,000-square-foot restaurant and café from top chef Daniel Boulud, the building will include an indoor-outdoor observation deck at 1,100 feet above street level. Visitors will be able to access the new observation deck through an entrance inside Grand Central Terminal (onevanderbilt.com).
  • New hotels in Midtown Manhattan include the recently opened AC Hotel New York Times Square, the long-anticipated Times Square Edition by Ian Schrager (2018), two properties by Portuguese hotel group Pestana (2019) and the Aman New York, coming in 2020.
  • A visit to Broadway and Off-Broadway is a must-do on any New York City itinerary.
*Indicates Tony Award Nominee for Best Musical, Best Revival of a Musical, Best Play or Best Revival of a Play for the 2018 awards.

** Indicates Tony Award Winner for the above categories, previous years.

 

St. George, Staten Island

Staten Island, renowned for its museums, historic landmarks, beaches and parkland, is currently undergoing a major transformation, with new attractions, shopping, accommodations and dining coming to the island’s North Shore. New developments in St. George include:

  • The Empire Outlets will debut in fall 2018, with 1.1 million square feet of retail space including approximately 100 shops: Nordstrom Rack, Nike Factory, Gap Outlet, Polo and more, plus an extensive array of waterfront food and beverage concepts. Empire Outlets is a category-defining retail destination and New York City's first and only shopping outlet. It will be the retail centerpiece of New York City’s newest entertainment district of Staten Island’s waterfront (empireoutletsnyc.com).
  • Lighthouse Point, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, is a live-work-play community, including luxury residences, offices, restaurants, event space and a full-service hotel, surrounded by landscaped open space overlooking New York Harbor (nycedc.com).
  • The Marketplace “MRKTPL” at Empire Outlets will hold 13,000 square feet of local and international food spots, with another 3,000 square feet of outdoor dining. The artisanal food hall will be Staten Island’s first and will be run by Manny Del Castillo and Jamie Hinojos, the creative director and director of operations at the Gansevoort Market (empireoutletsnyc.com).
  • New hotels include Westin New York Staten Island, coming to Lighthouse Point by mid-2019, complete with 160+ guest rooms, rooftop pool and bar and 15,000 square feet of event space. Hampton Inn & Suites Staten Island is also undergoing a renovation and expansion, adding 100 rooms to accommodate even more visitors to the borough.

EVENTS & ANNIVERSARIES

  • NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s celebration of global design, will run through May 23, 2018. Taking place each year in May for the past six years, the program is a platform to showcase established and emerging NYC artistry. It is overseen by NYCEDC along with a committee of leaders and leading institutions across most design disciplines (nycxdesign.com).
  • June 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic 1969 Stonewall Uprising, globally known as the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ rights movement (stonewall50.org).
  • In celebration of the 50th anniversary, New York City was chosen as the host city for WorldPride 2019, marking the first time that the global event will be held in the United States. With a theme of “Millions of Moments of Pride,” WorldPride 2019 will feature two months of programs and events, alongside NYC Pride’s march and PrideFest in June 2019, among other events (stonewall50.org/worldpride2019).
  • Several cultural institutions are celebrating major anniversaries, including the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (75th anniversary of the Intrepid’s commission, 2018), American Museum of Natural History (150th anniversary, 2019–20) and Guggenheim Museum (60th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building, 2019).

WHAT’S NEW: ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Recently Opened

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination at the Met Fifth Avenue and the Met Cloisters
Upper East Side and Inwood Heights, Manhattan

Through October 8, the Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition examines the ever-evolving relationship between art and religion. Papal robes and approximately 50 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy are on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Simultaneously, the Met’s Medieval and Byzantine galleries at the Met Cloisters are showcasing fashions from the early 20th century to the present, alongside religious artworks. This is the first time the Costume Institute is exhibiting at the Met Cloisters (metmuseum.org).

David Bowie is at the Brooklyn Museum
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

David Bowie is arrived at the Brooklyn Museum on March 2, after touring globally for five years. Consisting of approximately 400 original costumes, handwritten lyric sheets, original album art, photographs and videos—presented in an immersive, multimedia installation—Bowie’s personal archive traces his creative process through his final days as a NYC resident. An additional, extensive calendar of public programs includes screenings of films featuring Bowie, live music events, a dance party, a themed family night, a tribute to 1970s glam rock and more, through July 15 (brooklynmuseum.org).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Admission Policy
Upper East Side

Under an updated admissions policy, which was implemented on March 1, 2018, the Met now honors full-price admissions tickets ($25 USD) for three consecutive days, giving visitors more time to experience each of the museum's three locations. All children under 12 continue to be admitted for free. Admission for residents of New York State and students from New Jersey and Connecticut continues to be pay-as-you-wish (metmuseum.org).

Joan Weill Center for Dance
Midtown West, Manhattan

The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation’s $25 million 10,000-square-foot expansion of Ailey’s Joan Weill Center for Dance opened in October 2017. It is NYC’s largest building dedicated to dance, with three new floors, four dance studios, two flexible classrooms, additional office space and more (alvinailey.org).

Jim Henson: The Exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image
Astoria, Queens

A new permanent Jim Henson gallery debuted at the Museum of the Moving Image in July 2017, with nearly 300 puppets, props and costumes donated by his family and The Jim Henson Company. Best known for his Sesame Street and Muppets characters, Henson will live on in the 2,200-square-foot Henson Gallery, which also showcases his sketches, storyboards, scripts and video clips (movingimage.us).

Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO
Dumbo, Brooklyn

In May 2017, the Brooklyn Historical Society opened its second location on Water Street in Brooklyn’s iconic Dumbo neighborhood. The new space tells the history of Brooklyn’s waterfronts and features a 3,200-square-foot exhibition space, a gift shop and breathtaking views of the New York skyline (brooklynhistory.org).

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Soho, Manhattan

In March 2017, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art reopened on Wooster Street, following a 5,600-square-foot expansion that doubled its exhibition space. As the first and only dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world, the year-round museum features over 30,000 objects that tell the story of LGBTQ history through works of art, documentaries, exhibitions and annual programs (leslielohman.org).

Upcoming

Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i at the New York Botanical Garden
Bedford Park, The Bronx

From May 19 through October 28, the exhibition will focus on legendary American artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s immersion in the Hawaiian Islands in 1939. It will feature more than 15 original O’Keeffe paintings not seen together in New York since their 1940 debut, along with a lush flower show evoking the gardens and landscapes that inspired her (nybg.org).

SummerStage 2018
New York City, All Five Boroughs

Returning for its 33rd year, the citywide music series is poised for another impressive summer with free concerts, dance parties, live theater and even ballet. The series is scheduled to take place in New York City parks from June 6 until September 27 (cityparksfoundation.org).

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Brooklyn Museum Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
After a critically acclaimed run at London’s Tate Modern, followed by transfer to the Museum of American Art, Arkansas, this exhibition will find a home at the Brooklyn Museum beginning September 7. Showcasing 150 Civil Rights era–defining artworks—created between 1963 and1983—by more than 60 mainly African American artists, Soul of a Nation includes murals, collage, photography, clothing design, sculptures and more. It also incorporates paintings honoring leaders of the era—Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Angela Davis, John Coltrane, Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali—on exhibit through February 3, 2019 (brooklynmuseum.org).

Harry Potter: A History of Magic at New-York Historical Society
Upper West Side, Manhattan

Harry Potter fans can celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone exploring where the legend began at Harry Potter: A History of Magic during its brief showing at the New-York Historical Society, from October 5, 2018–January 27, 2019. Highlights of the comprehensive, upcoming exhibit will include artwork from the original texts, J.K. Rowling’s original illustrations, books and manuscripts about the history of magic, and set models from Harry Potter: The Cursed Child, currently running on Broadway (nyhistory.org).

Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again at Whitney Museum of American Art
Meatpacking District, Manhattan

The tribute to one of America’s most iconic artists will exhibit at the Whitney from November 12, 2018, through March 31, 2019. The presentation will delve into Warhol’s legendary career, which spanned nearly four decades, and venture into the worlds of commercial illustration, pop, ready-made abstraction and film while uncovering new complexities to his work (whitney.org).

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
Bedford Park, The Bronx

On November 29, 2017, a ceremonial groundbreaking launched a $15.4 million addition and renovation to the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, the premier concert hall in the Bronx. The largest venue of its kind in the Bronx, with 2,310 seats in the concert hall, the center will benefit from approximately 5,600 square feet of added space, an expanded box office, new back and front of house, an elevator and other ADA compliant additions. Operations will continue throughout the project, as work will be scheduled for when the space is not in use (lehmancenter.org).

Bronx Children’s Museum
South Bronx

The museum, which will provide educational programs and exhibits to children and families throughout the Bronx when it opens in 2020, broke ground in 2017 on a 12,800-square-foot space at the historic Bronx Terminal Market Powerhouse at Mill Pond Park. Kids’ Powerhouse Discovery Center will serve nearly 75,000 children each year and will feature age-appropriate permanent and temporary interactive exhibits exploring the richness of the Bronx in the arts, culture, community, natural resources, greening and energy. It will also include studio space for community gatherings and meetings (bronxchildrensmuseum.org).

American Museum of Natural History
Upper West Side, Manhattan

The American Museum of Natural History is currently undergoing a $300 million expansion—scheduled for completion in 2020—that starkly diverges from the buildings Gothic Revival architectural style. The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation will boast an innovative design inspired by how materials are deposited over time in nature and house exhibits showcasing scientific topics and labs in a 135,000-square-foot facility (amnh.org).

Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center
Lower Manhattan

In 2020, an expansive 90,000-square-foot performing arts center will open at the World Trade Center, with celebrity chairman Barbra Streisand leading the theater’s board. Constructed with translucent marble and glass, the venue will glow at night with internal light from performances inside its three tractable theaters, which can be combined to hold up to 1,200 guests. The flexible space will be home to a cultural hub for dance, music and other arts, as well as a lobby restaurant and bar space (theperelman.org).

 

WHAT’S NEW: ATTRACTIONS, TOURS & SPORTS

Recently Opened

Zip Line and Nature Trek at the Bronx Zoo
Fordham, The Bronx

The Bronx Zoo opened a zip line in the summer of 2017, which takes riders 45 feet above the Bronx River, in addition to Nature Trek, a new kid-friendly adventure course that includes a tree house and nature-themed playground (bronxzootreetop.com).

The Sightseeing Pass
Citywide

With 1-,2-,3-,5- or 7-day all-inclusive passes, the Sightseeing Pass offers access and significant savings at more than 90 New York City attractions. The Sightseeing Pass is the only attraction pass to include admission to One World Observatory and offers up to five Hop-On, Hop-Off double-decker bus loops. Visitors can also choose a Flex option, allowing them to pick a few select attractions; all passes can be purchased for mobile use (sightseeingpass.com).

Upcoming

Domino Park
Dumbo, Brooklyn

Domino Park will open this June, designed by James Corner Field Operations, the lead landscape architecture firm behind the famed High Line. Nods to the history of the landmarked Domino Sugar refinery building—which operated on-site for more than a century—include a five-block Artifact Walk of salvaged machinery, Syrup Tank Garden and a children’s play area inspired by the sugar refining process. The park also features a waterfront esplanade with views of the Manhattan skyline and Williamsburg Bridge. Three distinct areas include the active recreation park to the south, with bocce courts, a dog run, playing field and sand volleyball court; Water Square, with seating steps overlooking the East River; and the Passive Recreation Park to the north, featuring a picnic area, food kiosk, sloping lawn and urban beach (fieldoperations.net).

2018 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix
Red Hook, Brooklyn

Motor racing’s youngest worldwide phenomenon, founded in 2014, concludes its 2017–2018 season and crowns a champion in New York City at the 2018 Qatar Airways NYC E-Prix on July 14. Reaching speeds as fast as 140 mph, drivers will navigate 14 turns along the Brooklyn waterfront with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty in the background (fiaformulae.com).

International Champions Cup
East Rutherford, New Jersey

Less than a month after the 2018 World Cup concludes, some of the top soccer teams on the planet from pro leagues in England, Spain, Italy and Portugal will put their skills on display in the New York City area as part of a worldwide tournament spanning three continents and nine countries. The International Champions Cup provides the opportunity to see Manchester City, Liverpool FC and more this summer (internationalchampionscup.com).

Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at New York Aquarium
Coney Island, Brooklyn

Scheduled to be completed in summer 2018, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium will open an exhibition entitled Ocean Wonders: Sharks! The 57,000-square-foot building will house more than 115 species of marine wildlife, including sharks, skates and rays. A historic groundbreaking event earlier this year marked the beginning of the rebuilding and transformation of the New York Aquarium post–Hurricane Sandy (nyaquarium.com).

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk Parks
Rockaway, Queens

In October 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that seven parks projects would be undertaken to protect the Rockaways from future flooding. The initiative, which will debut from 2020, intends to restore native wetlands as a natural buffer along Jamaica Bay and raise shorelines destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, while also adding sports fields, play areas and a kayaking park (nycgovparks.org).

QC Terme Destination Day Spa
Governors Island

Three of Governors Island’s historic buildings will be converted into a 78,000-square-foot waterfront-facing day spa, including spaces for saunas, two restaurants, treatment rooms and outdoor pools with unobstructed views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. The spa is anticipated to open in 2021, with construction commencing shortly (govisland.com).

 

WHAT’S NEW: NYC RETAIL

Recently Opened

Nordstrom Men’s Store
Midtown West, Manhattan

Nordstrom’s introduction to New York City began this April, with the opening of a men’s store in Columbus Circle, which includes the Clubhouse Bar and a coffee shop, custom denim designs, personal stylists, shoe shining, grooming and more. The larger women’s flagship store will follow in fall 2019 (shop.nordstrom.com).

Karl Lagerfeld Flagship
Soho, Manhattan

Karl Lagerfeld—Chanel’s creative director—has opened a flagship American retail location in New York City as of April, catering to both men and women. Inspired by the home and studio design of the label’s namesake and founder, the store’s unique aesthetic incorporates antique mirrors, a wall of bookshelves, velvet chairs and a playful sculpture of Lagerfeld with his beloved cat (karl.com/us).

American Girl Place
Midtown West, Manhattan

In November 2017, Rockefeller Plaza welcomed a new 40,000-square-foot flagship location of American Girl Place, after the closing of the Fifth Avenue store. The new two-floor destination includes an American Girl Café with seats for dolls and their children, an American Girl beauty salon that pierces ears of dolls and kids, a doll hospital to refresh well-loved companions, the create-your-own station and more (americangirl.com).

Tiffany & Co.
Midtown Manhattan

Two new concept stores by Tiffany & Co. opened autumn 2017 in iconic Midtown Manhattan locations at Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal. The pop-ups will remain for 12–18 months, through early to mid-2019 (tiffany.com).

Bulgari
Midtown East, Manhattan

In October 2017, Bulgari reopened its flagship Fifth Avenue store, with a redesign by architect Peter Marino, taking inspiration from the Bulgari flagship store on Via Condotti in Rome. The new Bulgari New York Collection celebrates the reimagining and relaunch of the store, four decades after its debut, in one of the City’s most strategic retail locations (bulgari.com).

Upcoming

Harry Winston Flagship
Midtown East, Manhattan

As one of New York City’s most historic brands, iconic jewelry salon Harry Winston is currently undergoing an extensive renovation of its 56-year-old flagship store. Set to be completed this year, the exclusive jewelry company will reopen its flagship location on Fifth Avenue, joining more than 30 other Harry Winston jewelry salons around the world (harrywinston.com).

Nike Flagship
Midtown East, Manhattan

After opening an innovative new store in Soho in 2016—with a mini field to determine the consumer’s ideal soccer cleats and a test court to sample basketball sneakers, among other exciting elements—Nike has announced that in 2019, it will open a new flagship in Midtown East, after the spring 2018 closing of its original Niketown location. The new flagship will be grounded by Hyperlive on the lower level, a small-format retail concept with speed lockers for easy pick-ups and returns, a sneaker bar for style advice and more. Four floors of merchandise and unannounced experiences will attract consumers worldwide, while “sneakerheads” (enthusiasts) will be pleased with the NikePlus members-only fifth-floor destination, home to customized apparel and offering Nike Expert Sessions, among other exclusive offerings (news.nike.com).

Hermès
Meatpacking District, Manhattan

Expected to open in spring 2019, luxury brand Hermès will open its three-level 100,000-square-foot store. Featuring a new retail concept combined with high-tech amenities, the new store will offer high-end fragrances, scarves, enamel bracelets and silver jewelry. The store will have a casual look and feel, as well as a rooftop terrace for events (hermes.com).

 

WHAT’S NEW: NYC DINING

Recently Opened

The Alley Cat Amateur Theatre
Lower Manhattan

A 2,500-square-foot industrial space, designed with the ambience of a theater’s backstage in mind, greets visitors at the newest restaurant and bar at the Beekman Hotel. Set back on Theatre Alley, the name and inspiration for the speakeasy designed by Serge Becker (also behind Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater) is derived from the area’s history as New York City’s old theater district. In continuity with the theatrical, guests will enjoy live performances and DJ sets, depending on the evening. Izakaya vibes are created thanks to Tom Colicchio’s menu, which infuses Japanese ingredients in both cocktails and dishes (thebeekman.com).

The Woodstock
Meatpacking District, Manhattan

Situated at the entrance to the High Line, this new 60s-themed bar offers $10 cocktails served in unique vessels (such as light bulbs) and pizza named for icons of the era, such as Yoko Ono and Janis Joplin. The setting evokes a den, with brown leather couches, vibrant vinyl chairs, lava lamps and a color palette evoking the 1960s. Additionally, 24 original Salvador Dali paintings, snapshots from the Woodstock festival, JFK campaign posters and more add to the homey, retro aesthetic (thewoodstocknyc.com).

Beebe’s
Long Island City, Queens

Chef Lou Tomczak, formerly of Detroit-style parlor Emmy Squared and wood-fired pizza destination Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint, just invaded the Queens pizza market with Beebe’s. The shop, housed in the Boro Hotel since April 2018, serves thin-crust wood-oven slice pizza along with an all day and all-American menu including breakfast sandwiches, burgers and adult beverages sourced from Long Island breweries (beebesnyc.com).

Mikkeller Brewing NYC
Flushing, Queens

A beloved Danish brewery, which until recently had only one US location in San Diego, has opened its first East Coast brewery, bar and restaurant at Citi Field—home of the Mets—as of March 2018. The 10,000-square-foot space seats 120, boasts 60 rotating taps, a 20-barrel brewhouse and a menu from a number of chefs, who contributed three dishes each. Open year-round for tours and tastings, the venue will also host events (mikkellernyc.com).

Gem
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Gem, the first brick-and-mortar establishment for teenage chef sensation Flynn McGarry, who developed a cult following throwing dinner parties out of his mother’s house and at his numerous pop-ups in Los Angeles and New York, opened in February 2018. A coffee shop by day, the venue transforms to a dinner party by night with 12–15 course bite-size meals, a menu the New Yorker declares “masters the rules of fine dining” (gem-nyc.com).

Scarpetta
Nomad, Manhattan

The newly renovated James New York – NoMad welcomed restaurant Scarpetta (previously located on West 14th Street for 10 years) and a cocktail bar on February 7, 2018. Managed by critically acclaimed New York–based restaurant group LDV Hospitality, the new location includes a 50-seat bar and a private dining room ideal for intimate events, in addition to the main dining room (jameshotels.com).

Studio and Simon & The Whale
Flatiron District, Manhattan

The new Freehand hotel is home to three culinary hot spots by restaurateur Gabriel Stulman, known for restaurant Joseph Leonard in the West Village. Studio is an all-day restaurant on the hotel’s second floor, serving cuisine with flavors from countries including Turkey, Israel, Lebanon and Georgia and North Africa. The George Washington Bar offers sophisticated cocktails. Studio and the George Washington Bar opened in January. Simon & The Whale opened in February and serves more traditionally American cuisine. All three projects evoke a similar ambience and gastronomic flare as Stulman’s original restaurants but are larger venues (freehandhotels.com).

Brooklyn Kura
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

In January, Industry City became home to New York State’s only sake distillery and tap room by business partners Brandon Doughan—a biochemist and now brewmaster hailing from Portland, Oregon—and Brooklynite and brewery president Brian Polen. Brooklyn Kura offers five flagship junmai brews, using only four ingredients—sake rice from California and Arkansas, koji (a rice mold), yeast and NYC water—this “pure rice” variety of sake does not feature added alcohol or sugar. The taproom also serves pours from lesser-known US and Japanese distillers (brooklynkura.com).

DaDong
Midtown West, Manhattan

Super-chef Dong Zhenxiang’s roast duck chain, which owns multiple Michelin stars thanks to his innovative method for preparing duck, opened its first international branch in December 2017 on the border of beautiful Bryant Park. Now in its 18th year, the DaDong franchise has 16 locations in China among numerous casual spinoffs, but this location is the first outside its home country. Guests can expect an upscale version of typical New York City Chinese establishments, complete with a wraparound cocktail bar, extravagant dining room and a fine-dining menu that hails wood-oven roasted duck as its signature dish (dadongny.com).

Brooklyn Cider House
Bushwick, Brooklyn

A new upscale yet approachable cidery is looking to transfer the unique brand of community found in Astigarraga, Spain—an epicenter for Basque-style “sidra” (cider)—and its sagardotegi (or cider house) culture to Brooklyn. Their prix-fixe four-course menu is served at communal wooden tables for a traditional dining experience (vegetarian options also available). Serving cider made from apples grown at their Twin Star Orchards in New Paltz, New York, and from both barrels and tanks on-site results in a local, authentic experience for their guests. Flights of cider at the bar and a controlled “txotx” (cider catching) experience are additional highlights (brooklynciderhouse.com).

Fausto
Park Slope, Brooklyn

With a tagline of “A Brooklyn restaurant with an Italian soul,” this Park Slope eatery launched in the space that was formerly home to another Italian restaurant, neighborhood favorite Franny’s, in December of 2017. Featuring Venetian-plastered walls, a travertine-and-marble bar and terrazzo-inlaid tables, the sophisticated yet casual interiors are paired with Italian wines and regional Italian dishes comprising ingredients sourced from the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, located within walking distance (faustobrooklyn.com).

Upcoming

Pastis
Meatpacking District, Manhattan

The famed French restaurant that helped transform the Meatpacking District in the early 2000s will reopen a block from its original location on Gansevoort St. next year. James Beard Award–winning restaurateurs Keith McNally and Stephen Starr are partnering on the venture to bring the piece of Paris back to NYC that left four years ago when the original building was sold and demolished. (pastisny.com)

Essex Street Market
East Village, New York

NYC’s most historic public market just announced the four vendors it will add when it moves to its new home in the Essex Crossing complex this summer: Samesa, a Middle Eastern pita shop touting delicious offerings such as chicken shawarma and beef kofta meatballs; Josephine’s Feast! with its homemade jams and fruit butter spreads; Flower Power, a 24-year-old herbal apothecary; and Saffron, a Fort Greene florist (essexstreetmarket.com).