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Welcome To New York City

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.


Tourism In New York City

In 2017, New York City welcomed an estimated 62.8 million visitors, an all-time high.

New York City has the most active hotel development pipeline in the country, with approximately 116,000 hotel rooms as of February 2018 and an expected inventory of 138,000 hotel rooms by end of 2020. Noteworthy hotel property openings include Hotel 50 Bowery (May 2017), The James New York – NoMad (June 2017), Public, an Ian Schrager Hotel (June 2017), ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport (July 2017), Aloft New York LaGuardia Airport (August 2017), Moxy Times Square (September 2017), Mondrian Park Avenue (October 2017), Cachet Boutique NYC (November 2017), AC Hotel New York Times Square (December 2017), Freehand New York (January 2018), The New York Edition Times Square (Spring 2018), The Hoxton Williamsburg (Summer 2018), Mr C. Seaport Hotel, (April 2018), Equinox Hotels (2019).


What's New: NYC & Company Programs

NYC & Company’s promotions make visiting New York City even more affordable. The first and largest dining program of its kind, NYC Restaurant Week® offers discounted three-course prix-fixe menus at more than 350 restaurants every January/February and July/August. Summer 2018 reservations will open on July 9 and the program will be live from July 23–August 17 (nycgo.com/restaurantweek).

Launched in 2011, NYC Broadway WeekSM and NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM, launched in 2009, are designed to increase ticket sales during typically slower periods of attendance every winter and fall and offer visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to see some of NYC’s best shows, with 2-for-1 tickets (nycgo.com/broadwayweek and nycgo.com/offbroadwayweek).

NYC Must-See WeekSM will return in 2019 with 2-for-1 admission to attractions, museums, tours and performing arts venues across all five boroughs (nycgo.com/must-see-week).

NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s celebration of global design, will run May 11–23, 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).

In November 2017, NYC & Company launched a new global tourism campaign, True York City. With corresponding “Famous Original NYC” advertising and media in 17 markets, it is the organization’s most expansive campaign to date. True York City showcases the unique culture produced by the 8.5 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 June 2017, NYC & Company kicked off a two-year countdown to WorldPride 2019 in New York City with the launch of the One World, One Pride, One New York City – Unite in 2019 invitational campaign. Set to take place in New York City in June 2019, the global celebration of Pride will coincide with the historic 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots—the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement—making it a year to underscore New York City’s progress and resilience as a global LGBTQ capital (nycgo.com/worldpride).

In December 2016, NYC & Company launched the fifth iteration of its See Your City campaign, encouraging visitors and New Yorkers to explore New York City’s five boroughs like a local. The campaign features 13 custom videos that spotlight diverse and inspirational itinerary content in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. The program encourages people to use the hashtag #SeeYourCity when experiencing the sights, tastes, history and culture of the City, and includes online content generated by social media ambassadors from cultural institutions and local neighborhood influencers (nycgo.com/seeyourcity).

Growing the family segment is a key focus for NYC & Company. Since the launch of its Official NYC Family Ambassador program in 2009, family travel to New York City has increased by more than 30 percent. The program was created to help position New York City as a welcoming family-friendly destination, encourage families to visit year-round and invite those who have already visited New York City to return and enjoy all the new attractions the City has to offer. In April 2016, NYC & Company announced its newest Official NYC Family Ambassadors, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as part of a two-year partnership with Nickelodeon. The program began its second iteration on May 31, 2017, with new campaign artwork and new itinerary content on NYCgo.com. The new creative assets feature the turtles exploring NYC through itinerary-style illustrations as well as interactive SMS technology for visitor engagement (nycgo.com/family).

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.

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 winter, check out NYC & Company’s winter guide at nycgo.com/winter.  

For general information on New York City, visit nycgo.com and for press information, visit nycgo.com/press. For images, go to nycgo.com/pressphotos.

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


What's New: Infrastructure Investments

Recently Opened

As of November 2017, more than 1,000 state-of-the-art LinkNYC kiosks have been installed in New York City’s five boroughs, offering free high-speed Internet, phone calls and device charging for residents and visitors. The WiFi hot spots, which are replacing old NYC pay phones, offer wireless Internet browsing and touch screen tablets. By 2024, 7,500 kiosks are expected to be installed (link.nyc).

As of September 2017, new Citi Bike stations have opened in Long Island City, Astoria, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights and Harlem, completing a two-year expansion. Initially launched in Queens in May of 2013, the popular bike-share program now provides more than 600 docking stations and 10,000 bikes in 55 neighborhoods throughout the City (citibikenyc.com).

In August 2017, NYC Ferry launched its fourth route, servicing a new landing at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Queens, adding to existing landings in Astoria, the Rockaways and South Brooklyn. 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 (2018) and Soundview in the Bronx (2018). Once complete, 21 total landings will be connected (ferry.nyc).

As of February 2017, all 279 New York City underground subway stations have free WiFi access, along with full cellular coverage from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon (transitwirelesswifi.com).

On January 1, 2017, the MTA’s Second Avenue Subway opened to the public. 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 by 10 minutes or more for many riders traveling 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).

Completed in May 2016, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, known for its Calatrava-designed Oculus, serves more than 200,000 daily commuters and millions of annual visitors. The WTC Transportation Hub connects visitors to 11 subway lines, the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system, Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, the World Trade Center Memorial Site, WTC Towers 1, 2, 3, and 4, Brookfield Place and the Winter Garden (panynj.gov).

Upcoming

On January 3, 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 of 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 Seaport District is New York’s original commercial hub, located on the East River in Lower Manhattan with unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the city skyline. It is currently being revitalized by the Howard Hughes Corporation and will encompass seven buildings on several city blocks totaling more than 400,000 square feet of cutting-edge culinary, fashion, entertainment and cultural experiences. Highlights include the new Pier 17, set to open in summer of 2018 and poised to become an iconic entertainment destination with a 1.5-acre rooftop that will become a year-round community amenity, including a restaurant, outdoor bars and a venue for concerts and special events. Waterfront restaurants inside the building from culinary powerhouses Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the Momofuku Group led by David Chang are the first to be announced in what will become a range of dining options in the district. The Seaport District 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, and is the first Manhattan location of premier cinema operator iPic Theaters that opened fall 2016. An essential part of New York for over 300 years, the re-envisioned Seaport District will continue to function as a much needed community anchor and a “port of discovery” for the rapidly growing population of Lower Manhattan (seaportdistrict.nyc).

Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. The site will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space; more than 100 shops; a collection of restaurants; approximately 4,000 residences; The Shed, a new center for artistic invention; 14 acres of public open space; an Equinox branded luxury hotel and more.

In January 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to transform Penn Station and the historic James A. Farley Post Office into a world-class transportation hub known as the Empire Station Complex. The Penn Station Redevelopment will widen existing corridors, reconfigure ticketing and waiting areas, simplify navigation and reduce congestion, expand and upgrade retail offerings and passenger amenities, include WiFi, modernized train information displays and streamlined ticketing. The Farley Post Office, which sits across Eighth Avenue from Penn Station, will be redeveloped into a state-of-the-art train hall for Amtrak, with services for passengers of the Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and the proposed Air Train to LaGuardia Airport. The train hall will be connected to Penn Station via an underground pedestrian concourse, and increase the station’s size by 50 percent. Construction is underway and is expected to be completed by December 2020 (governor.ny.gov).

On July 27, 2015, Governor Cuomo and former Vice President Joe Biden unveiled the vision for a comprehensive redesign of LaGuardia Airport, which 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. The airport is expected to open in phases between 2018 and 2021 (governor.ny.gov).

On January 4, 2017, Governor Cuomo unveiled his new vision plan to transform John F. Kennedy International Airport into a unified, world-class airport. The $10 billion investment will focus on expanding and connecting newer terminals, a complete redesign of the airport’s roadways, expansion of parking lots and taxiways, state-of-the-art security technology and additional amenities, including the new TWA Flight Center Hotel that is expected to open in 2018 (governor.ny.gov). 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 will provide 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 experiencing 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).


What's New: Meeting In New York City

New York City’s five boroughs have no shortage of options for meeting planners, no matter a group’s size or budget. From unique venues and hotels to only-in-NYC group activities, the City is the ideal place to host a meeting. In 2016, the City welcome an estimated 6.2 million meetings and conventions delegates from across the globe.

NYC & Company’s Make it NYC meetings and conventions marketing campaign is led by the tagline “Meet Where You Want to Be.” The campaign is accompanied by iconic imagery that showcases the vibrancy and the anticipation of holding meetings in New York City. Make it NYC originally launched in 2013, followed by a refresh in 2015, and continues to highlight the many benefits of hosting a meeting or event in the City’s five boroughs with the campaign name serving as a call to action to planners (nycgo.com/makeitnyc).

NYC & Company offers a Delegate Discount Pass to all meeting and convention attendees, exhibitors, meeting planners and event staff, offering savings at a selection of New York City attractions, restaurants, shops and more. Delegates can access the pass by emailing destinationservices@nycgo.com.

In January 2016, Governor Cuomo announced the $1.5 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, adding more than 1 million square feet of event space. This 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).


What's New: Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Recently Opened

Spyscape: Interactive Spy Museum
Midtown Manhattan

The world’s largest interactive spy museum, featuring world-class architecture, artifacts, technology and experiences, will debut in Midtown Manhattan. Visitors will be able to test hacking, code breaking and espionage skills to discover their inner spy. Tickets are available now at $39 for adults and $32 for children (spyscape.com).

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 was opened in October 2017. It’s NYC’s largest building dedicated to dance, with three new floors, four dance studios, two flexible classrooms, additional office space and more (alvinailey.org).

Brooklyn Museum Arts of Korea Gallery
Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Unveiled September 15, 2017, the Brooklyn Museum’s renovated Arts of Korea gallery is triple its original size and displays many works of art, some on view for the first time or after multiple decades in storage. The Brooklyn Museum has amassed one of the country's premier Korean collections and was one of the first museums in the United States to establish a permanent Korean art gallery. (brooklynmuseum.org).

9/11 Tribute Museum
Lower Manhattan

On June 13, 2017, more than a decade after it first opened, the expanded 9/11 Tribute Museum opened in its new location at 92 Greenwich Street. Since its inception, over four million visitors from around the world have experienced the core programming of the museum, to share authentic personal stories from those impacted by 9/11. The new facility is designed by Huntsman Architectural Group, and the added capacity contributes to the continual efforts to preserve the history of the attacks and their aftermath, by allowing more visitors access to the stories of those directly affected (911tributemuseum.org).

Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO
Dumbo, Brooklyn

On May 19, 2017, 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. The inaugural exhibition, called Shifting Perspective, features several photographs of Brooklyn’s waterfront communities. An exhibition opening in December 2017 called Waterfront will tell the global and local story of the borough’s waterfronts, its ecosystems and industries (brooklynhistory.org).

Center for the Study of Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
Upper West Side, Manhattan

On April 29, 2017, the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library unveiled the transformation of its fourth-floor Henry Luce III Center to a permanent space devoted to women’s history exhibitions and scholarship—the first of its kind in a US museum. The exhibit’s centerpiece features a preeminent collection of Tiffany lamps in a sparkling gallery designed by architect Eva Jiřičná (nyhistory.org).

Brooklyn Steel
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

In April 2017, Brooklyn’s largest general admission music venue, Brooklyn Steel, opened to the public. The venue, which accommodates up to 1,800, hosts year-round performances by local and international bands. It features three bars, an expansive mezzanine and raised platforms throughout the venue (bowerypresents.com).

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

On March 10, 2017, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art reopened in SoHo 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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Upper East Side

Under an updated admissions policy as of March 1, 2018, the Met will honor 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 will continue to be admitted for free. Admission for residents of New York State and students from New Jersey and Connecticut will continue to be pay-as-you-wish (metmuseum.org).

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex
Midtown Far West, Manhattan

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid. In celebration, the museum will present cultural and educational programs all year, including a pop-up exhibition on Intrepid’s history and highlights from the museum’s collection and a budding playwright research residency for students from NYC. The annual Fleet Week festival, including the museum’s Salute to Freedom gala and Memorial Day ceremony and a new performance series highlighting the different eras of the ship’s service, are also planned. The culmination of the yearlong celebration will take place from Thursday, August 16, through Sunday, August 19, 2018. During this weekend, hundreds of former crew members and their families will return, and special programs to mark the 75th anniversary of the day the ship was commissioned will take place, including a ceremony with remarks by the Chief of Naval Operations, among other planned events (intrepidmuseum.org).

Helen Hayes Theatre
Midtown, Manhattan

In March 2018, Broadway’s smallest theater—with less than 600 seats—will reopen with a production of Lobby Hero. Second Stage Theater, a not-for-profit Off-Broadway company, purchased the landmark theater in April 2015 with the intent to produce works from America's most dynamic writers of the 21st century. Built in 1912, the space was originally designed to look like a colonial New England house in neo-Georgian style. Upon reopening, the theater will boast a new larger LED marquee, a rebuilt four-story annex, an expanded stage and lobby, nearly double the number of restrooms, ADA accessibility and improved interiors, among other upgrades (2stonbroadway.com).

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
Bronx, New York

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).

Sri Lankan Museum
61 Canal Street, Lower East Side

After opening in the lower level of Lakruwana Restaurant in Staten Island in March of 2017, the world’s only Sri Lankan museum outside of Sri Lanka will be relocating to the Lower East Side . The collection of religious statues, cultural artifacts, musical instruments, trunks, artisan wares and artwork is curated by the founder, Julia Wijesinghe. Admission to her not-for-profit organization is $5 USD and proceeds are donated to The Lakruwana Foundation, which provides money for children and schools in Sri Lanka (website forthcoming).

Staten Island Zoo Aquarium
West Brighton, Staten Island

On November 4, 2016, the Staten Island Zoo broke ground on its brand-new $8 million aquarium that is expected to open spring 2018. The new building will replace the current aquarium and will feature four large floor-to-ceiling tanks, representing marine life from Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans (statenislandzoo.org).

The High Line Plinth
Far West Side, Manhattan

Opening in fall 2018, the High Line will debut a new space dedicated specifically to art called the High Line Plinth. The new area on West 30th Street and Tenth Avenue, inspired by the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square, will be a destination for major public art commissions and feature rotating exhibitions from global contemporary artists (art.thehighline.org).

Museum of the Dog
Midtown East, Manhattan

The American Kennel Club has announced it will return the AKC Museum of the Dog to its original home City of New York, after it was temporarily relocated to St. Louis in 1987. Originally opened in 1982, the location of the museum will now be at 101 Park Avenue on floors 1 through 3. Set to open in January 2019, the focus will be on 18th- and 19th-century dog art (museumofthedog.org).

The Bronx Children’s Museum
Grand Concourse, The Bronx

The museum, which will provide educational programs and exhibits to children and families throughout the Bronx when it opens in 2019, broke ground in 2016 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 possess studio space for community gatherings and meetings (bronxchildrensmuseum.org).

WorldPride 2019
Citywide

As part of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, 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).

Jackie Robinson Museum
Lower Manhattan

Several decades in the making, the Jackie Robinson Museum is projected to open in spring 2019 honoring baseball great Jackie Robinson. The museum, to be located at One Hudson Square in Lower Manhattan, will feature memorabilia from Robinson’s career, including autographed photos, baseball bats and video documentaries (jackierobinson.org).

The Shed
Far West Side, Manhattan

A multi-arts center located in the new Hudson Yards neighborhood, The Shed will be New York City’s new center for artistic invention, dedicated to international and local displays of visual art, design, media and performances when it debuts in 2019. Designed by world-renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, the 200,000-square-foot venue will contract and expand on wheels to accommodate a variety of works, events and programs (theshed.org).

Statue of Liberty Museum
Liberty Island, New York Harbor

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).

The Museum of Modern Art Expansion
Midtown Manhattan

A renovation and expansion project is underway at MoMA, 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).

Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems at the American Museum of Natural History
Upper West Side, Manhattan

The Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems will reopen in 2019 as the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems, in celebration of the museum’s 150th anniversary. With new large-scale pieces, exhibits in the 11,000-square-foot space will tell the story of how Earth’s approximately 4,500 different minerals came to be (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: Exhibitions

Recently Opened

The ’60s: The Years that Changed America – A Carnegie Hall Festival
Various locations throughout the boroughs
The festival kicked off January 14—inspired by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert A. Caro, the first figure outside the music world from whom the cultural organization has drawn inspiration—and seeks to capture the turbulent times in which music served as a vehicle to inspire change. The festival’s programming highlights the connection between music, protest and progress. This special exploration of the 1960s extends citywide with music, lectures, panels, exhibitions, films and more, thanks to partner programming created by leading cultural institutions, through March 24 (carnegiehall.org).

King in New York at the Museum of the City of New York
Upper East Side, Manhattan
On January 13, 2018, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of Martin Luther King Jr., the photo exhibition King In New York opened. Split into three sections: King on the New York Stage, King on the Global Stage and Remembering King, the exhibit explores the civil rights icon’s connection to the five boroughs from the 1950s through his assassination in 1968. Imagery from events at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the Park Sheraton Hotel, Riverside Church and Carnegie Hall, among others, are on view through June 1, 2018 (mcny.org).

Metropolitan Opera 2017–18 Season
Lincoln Square, Manhattan
On September 25, The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017–18 season kicked off at Lincoln Center, featuring 220 opera performances of 26 works. The company’s 133rd season launched with Vincenzo Bellini’s bel canto tragedy Norma. There will also be two Met premieres, featuring composer Thomas Adès’ 2016 opera The Exterminating Angel and Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon, which is based on the story of Cinderella (metopera.org).

Leonard Bernstein at 100
New York City
Leonard Bernstein at 100 is a two-year global celebration of the career and life of the legendary composer. New York City programming takes place at the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall, as well as several ballets choreographed to his music at the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater. In addition, the Grammy Museum has prepared a traveling exhibition of artifacts housed at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts through March 24, 2018. (leonardbernstein.com).

New York Philharmonic 2017–18 Season
Lincoln Square, Manhattan
On September 19, 2017, the New York Philharmonic kicked off its 2017–18 season with new Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. For its 176th season, the New York Philharmonic is featuring several world premieres, including the Star Wars – Film Concert Series (occurred September 15–October 7) and Philip Glass’ Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, featuring soloists Katia and Marielle Labèque (nyphil.org).

Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress at the Jewish Museum
Upper East Side, Manhattan
The first comprehensive US exhibition drawn from the Israel Museum’s world-renowned collection of Jewish costumes opened at the Jewish Museum on November 3 and remains on view through March 18, 2018. The exhibit showcases more than 100 articles of clothing from the 18th to 20th centuries, from over 20 countries on four continents, offering an opportunity for audiences to view many facets of Jewish identity and culture through rarely seen garments (thejewishmuseum.org).

Under One Roof at The Tenement Museum
Lower East Side, Manhattan
In October 2017, The Tenement Museum launched a new permanent exhibit entitled Under One Roof. Highlighting the lives of three immigrant and migrant families from China, Puerto Rico and Poland, the exhibition is housed in 103 Orchard Street and captures the post–World War II era of growing diversity on the Lower East Side. The Tenement Museum is now housed in two historic tenement buildings, 97 and 103 Orchard Street (tenement.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 on July 22, 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 will also showcase his sketches, storyboards, scripts and video clips (movingimage.us).

Hop, Skip, Jump, and Fly: Escape from Gravity at the High Line
Meatpacking District, Manhattan

Through March 2018, Friends of the High Line is displaying a large-scale fiber wire art installation by American artist Sheila Hicks. The vibrant installation comprises twisted color tubes that crawl along the rail lines at the Western Rail Yards along the 30th Street and Eleventh Avenue section of the High Line, taking inspiration from construction vehicles at the rail yards, city streetscapes and surrounding architecture (art.thehighline.org).

KONG: Skull Island Experience at Madame Tussauds New York
Times Square, Manhattan

In March 2017, Madame Tussauds New York unveiled a new permanent multisensory experience coinciding with the movie release of Kong: Skull Island. Featuring an 18-foot-high interactive King Kong animatronic head, visitors will journey through a bamboo jungle trek inside the wax museum, where they will come face-to-face with King Kong himself (madametussauds.com).

Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens at the China Institute
Battery Park City, Manhattan

Set to open February 8, this exhibition will honor the role of mountains in Chinese legend, culture and ritual. Sixty-three photographs by 26 contemporary photographers will be divided into three sections—Lofty Mountains: Revered in History; Pure Sound: Chinese Landscape Aesthetics; and New Landscape Photography—presenting the geography, history, culture, life and art associated with or derived from mountains, through December 2 (chinainstitute.org).

Tennessee Williams: No Refuge but Writing at the Morgan Library
Murray Hill, Manhattan

February 2–May 13, Tennessee Williams: No Refuge but Writing will highlight the creative process of the playwright behind iconic works including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The exhibit will unite his original drafts, private diaries and personal letters with paintings, photographs, production stills and more to convey his ongoing struggle for self-expression and how it altered the landscape of American drama (themorgan.org).

Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Upper East Side, Manhattan

The first comprehensive survey in the US of work by Danish artist Danh Vo will fill the ramps of the Guggenheim’s rotunda from February 9, prompting visitors to ponder the legacy of colonialism and the fraught status of refugees. The exhibit incorporates photographs, works on paper and re-deconstructed found items to create a commentary on the image of the United States in its own collective imagination and in that of the world, through May 9 (guggenheim.org).

Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil at the Museum of Modern Art
Midtown, Manhattan

MoMA and the Art Institute of Chicago are pleased to debut the first exhibition in North America exclusively dedicated to the pioneering work of Tarsila do Amaral, one of the greatest Brazilian artists of the 20th century. On view in New York City from February 11 through June 3, the exhibition will focus on Do Amaral’s pivotal production from the 1920s, tracing the path of her groundbreaking contributions through approximately 130 works, including paintings, drawings, sketchbooks and photographs drawn from collections across the United States, Latin America and Europe. (moma.org)

Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr at New-York Historical Society
Upper West Side, Manhattan

In an exhibit opening on February 16, the New-York Historical Society will examine the overlapping trajectory of the lives of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr, although they were born worlds apart. Through images taken by some of the era’s top photojournalists―along with original correspondences―their deepening tie and shared concerns for the poor and opposition to the war in Vietnam will be highlighted, through May 20 (nyhistory.org). 

David Bowie is at the Brooklyn Museum
Crown Heights, Brooklyn

David Bowie is will arrive 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 within 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 will include 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).

Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables at the Whitney Museum
Meatpacking District, NYC

This new exhibit open from March 2 to June 10 will highlight the career arc, life and times of Grant Wood. Most widely known for American Gothic—the double portrait of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and a woman many believe to be his wife—Wood’s career arc spanned decorative objects and Impressionist oils, mature paintings, murals and book illustrations. Created in the context of the Great Depression, the bucolic nature of his works intended to speak to societal unrest, and yet the anxiety of being a closeted gay man in the Midwest in the 1930s was also reflected in his art (whitney.org).

Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s at Neue Galerie Museum for German and Austrian Art
Upper East Side, Manhattan

An exhibition on arts in Germany and Austria leading up to World War II will open on March 8 at the Neue Galerie. Central topics will include reactions to historical and political events from some artists, as well as the personal fate of others. The show assembles key works by leading artists such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Oskar Kokoschka, and Alfred Kubin, and a number of artists whom have never before been exhibited in the United States (neuegalerie.org).

Upcoming

Visitors to Versailles (1682–1789) at the Met Fifth Avenue
Upper East Side, Manhattan

From April 16 to July 29, the Tisch Galleries will display paintings, portraits, furniture, tapestries, uniforms, porcelain, gold boxes, sculpture, arms and armor, engravings and more to illustrate what visitors to the Palace of Versailles might once have witnessed. Artifacts in the exhibit reflect the aesthetic of the palace from when Louis XIV moved his court there in 1682 through 1789, when Louis XVI (1774–1792) and the royal family were forced to return to Paris (metmuseum.org).

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

Debuting May 19, the New York Botanical Garden will focus on legendary American artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s immersion in the Hawaiian Islands in 1939. The exhibition will run through October 28, and 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 O’Keeffe (nybg.org).

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

From May 10 to October 8, the Costume Institute’s Spring 2018 Exhibition will examine the ever-evolving relationship between art and religion. Papal robes and approximately 50 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Simultaneously, the Met’s Medieval and Byzantine galleries at the Met Cloisters will showcase fashions from the early 20th century to the present, alongside religious artworks. This is the first time the Costume Institute will exhibit at the Met Cloisters (metmuseum.org).

Impractical Jokers: Homecoming at the Staten Island Museum
Snug Harbor, Staten island

Set to open in June, the exhibition will give visitors access to costumes and behind-the-scenes clips and stories from truTV’s series Impractical Jokers, which centers on four comedians and lifelong friends from Staten Island who compete in outrageous dares. This original exhibition, open through February 2019, will explore the “Jokers’” journey from Monsignor Farrell High School in Staten Island to TV and even Madison Square Garden (statenislandmuseum.org).

Giacometti at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Upper East Side, Manhattan

From June 8 through September 12, the Guggenheim will have more than 175 works by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti on exhibition. The show incorporates historical photographs documenting his relationship with the Guggenheim and New York City. Giacometti’s works have not been on view in a major American museum in 15 years, and this revisitation of the preeminent modernist’s works highlight plaster sculptures, paintings, drawings and more (guggenheim.org).

Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection at the Met Breuer
Upper East Side, Manhattan

Approximately 50 paintings by artists of the school of Paris plus a group of erotic watercolors, drawings and prints of mainly nude subjects—by Gustave Klimt, Egon Schiele and Pablo Picasso—will be displayed together for the first time beginning July 3. The exhibition (through October 7) marks the centenary of the death of Klimt and Schiele (metmuseum.org).

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

Scheduled to be completed in 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).

 

What’s New: Broadway & Off-Broadway

Recently Opened

The Parisian Woman 
Broadway (November 9, 2017)

Starring Uma Thurman
(parisianwomanbroadway.com)

Once On This Island The Musical
Broadway (November 9, 2017)

Tony Award®-winning writers of Anastasia and Ragtime
(onceonthisisland.com)

SpongeBob SquarePants 
Broadway (November 6, 2017)

A new musical opening at the Palace Theatre
(spongebobbroadway.com)

Anastasia, The New Musical 
Broadway (April 24, 2017) 

Starring Christy Altomare and Derek Klena
(anastasiabroadway.com)

In & Of Itself
Off-Broadway (April 5, 2017)

Directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Frank Oz
Executive Producer Neil Patrick Harris
(inandofitselfshow.com)

Hello, Dolly!
Broadway (March 15, 2017)

Starring Bette Midler Bernadette Peters and David Hyde Piere
(hellodollyonbroadway.com)

Come From Away, A New Musical 
Broadway (March 12, 2017)

Directed by Christopher Ashley
(comefromaway.com)

Dear Evan Hansen
Broadway (November 22, 2016)

Tony Award–winning Best Musical of 2017
(dearevanhansen.com)

Upcoming

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL 
Broadway (February 28, 2018)
Directed by three-time Tony Aw
ard winner Jack O’Brien
First time on Broadway in over two decades
(carouselbroadway.com)

Frozen, The Broadway Musical
Broadway (February 2018)

Starring Caissie Leby and Patti Murin
(frozenthemusical.com)

Mean Girls
Broadway (March 12, 2018)

Book by Tina Fey
(meangirlsonbroadway.com)

My Fair Lady (Lincoln Center Theater)
Broadway (March 15, 2018)

Adapted from Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
(http://www.lct.org/shows/my-fair-lady/)

The Iceman Cometh
Broadway (March 22, 2018)

Limited Engagement Starring Denzel Washington
(icemanonbroadway.com)

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Broadway (March 28, 2018)

Juke Box Musical; 20 + Donna Summer Hits
(thedonnasummermusical.com)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Broadway (April 22, 2018)

Opening at the new Lyric Theatre
(harrypottertheplay.com)

Pretty Woman: The Musical
Broadway (July 20, 2018)
Based on the iconic film
(website forthcoming)

King Kong
Broadway (October 5, 2018)

Opening at the Broadway Theatre
(kingkongonbroadway.com)

To Kill a Mockingbird
Broadway (December 13, 2018)

Directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher
(Website forthcoming)

For more information about Broadway and Off-Broadway, go to nycgo.com/broadway and nycgo.com/off-broadway.

 

What's New: Attractions, Tours & Sports

Recently Opened

NFL Experience Times Square
Midtown Manhattan

Upon opening in December of 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
Times Square, Manhattan

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).

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey  
Times Square, Manhattan

On October 6, 2017, National Geographic and SPE Partners’ debuted their groundbreaking walk-through attraction in Times Square, 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).

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. The zoo also opened 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 the 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).

Gulliver’s Gate
Times Square, Manhattan

On May 9, 2017, Gulliver’s Gate became the newest addition to Midtown Manhattan. The attraction features 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).

Yankee Stadium 2017 Enhancements
South Bronx

In April 2017, Yankee Stadium debuted major additions that are designed to enhance the fan experience. A 2,850-square-foot Sunrun Kids Clubhouse, the stadium’s first children’s zone, features a miniature baseball field and a playground for younger fans, complete with a 6-foot-high replica World Series trophy. Several new lounges have also either opened or been expanded, including the MasterCard Batter’s Eye Deck adding an additional 3,500 square feet, the AT&T Sports Lounge with full bar and cocktail offerings, new Budweiser Party Decks and the new left- and right-field Bullpen Landings (yankees.com).

THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE, powered by THE RIDE
Lower Manhattan

In April 2017, THE RIDE introduced a brand-new experiential bus tour that takes visitors around Lower Manhattan’s most notable landmarks and history. THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE is a multimedia historical adventure featuring some of THE RIDE's signature performance interludes and enhanced with the advanced technology of our partner Timelooper. Highlighted by the magic of six virtual reality visualizations, it allows visitors to travel back in time and relive iconic historical moments (experiencetheride.com).

Choco-Story New York, The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres
Hudson Square, Manhattan

On March 7, 2017, renowned chocolatier Jacques Torres opened New York City’s first chocolate museum inside his Hudson Square chocolate store. The new 5,000-square-foot museum brings visitors on a self-guided tour on the origins of chocolate and how it’s made. Tastings include Mayan hot chocolate and bonbons (mrchocolate.com/museum).

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing, Queens

As part of a $600 million renovation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the US Tennis Association debuted its $150 million retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium in August 2016 in time for the 2016 US Open. Additional improvements throughout the complex include a new 6,000-seat Grandstand Stadium, an expanded and enhanced entry plaza for visitors, new LED lighting and a chilled-water ventilation system inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 2018 US Open will take place August 27–September 9, 2018 (usta.com).

The Hills
Governors Island, New York Harbor

The final phase of Governors Island Park, The Hills, opened to the public on July 19, 2016. The Hills comprises four man-made hills, rising 25 to 70 feet above the island, with dramatic new experiences and views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and the Lower Manhattan skyline. New dining offerings, including a pop-up oyster bar called Island Oyster, zip-lining, the longest slide in NYC and other adventure activities await. Governors Island will reopen to the public for the 2018 season from May 1 to October 31 (govisland.com).  

Upcoming

New York Wheel
St. George, Staten Island

Located on the northeastern side of Staten Island near the St. George Ferry Terminal, the 630-foot-tall New York Wheel will be the tallest observation wheel in the world and the only one in New York City. The Wheel will feature a 38-minute ride in one of its 36 capsules, and will be home to a 10,000 square-foot playground, as well as an outdoor beer garden. Its green roof will be one of the largest in North America, hosting concerts, festivals, and other events. Coming soon, The Wheel is expected to attract as many as 30,000 visitors per day and an anticipated 4 million visitors per year when it opens (newyorkwheel.com).

Vessel at Hudson Yards
Far West Side, Manhattan

Expected to open in early 2019, Vessel is the centerpiece of the Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardens. Designed by British designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick, Vessel will feature 154 interconnecting flights of stairs and more than 2,500 individual steps with 80 landings. At 15 stories high, visitors are invited to explore its pathways and take in amazing views of New York City’s skyline (hudsonyardsnewyork.com).

Pier 55
Hudson River Park, Manhattan

Pier 55, a 2.7-acre pier that broke ground summer 2016, will run alongside Manhattan’s lower west side, from Bloomfield Street to 14th Street. Funded primarily by the Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the pier will consist of a public park complete with lush lawns and pathways, and a performance space that is expected to become one of New York City’s premier venues for music, dance, theater and public art. The park is expected to be completed by 2019 (hudsonriverpark.org).

The Observation Deck at Hudson Yards
Far West Side, Manhattan

Scheduled to be completed in 2019, 30 Hudson Yards will be home to New York City’s highest outdoor observation deck at 1,296 feet, featuring river-to-river panoramic views of the City’s skyline (hudsonyardsnewyork.com).

One Vanderbilt Skydeck
Midtown Manhattan

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, featuring stunning views of the nearby Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal below. Visitors will be able to access the new observation deck through a direct entrance inside Grand Central Terminal, just steps from its main concourse (onevanderbilt.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, intended to debut from 2020 onward, 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).

The Lowline
Lower East Side, Manhattan

After a successful testing period that ended February 2017, The Lowline Lab is making way for The Lowline, New York City’s first underground park on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The Lowline Lab at the former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal was designed to test and showcase how the site will grow and sustain plants underground. The new 60,000-square-foot park will be built just down the street from the former lab, using solar technology to transmit sunlight to allow for plant growth. The project is expected to be completed by 2021 as the world’s first underground park (thelowline.org).


What's New: NYC Retail

Recently Opened

Madison Avenue Business Improvement District
Midtown East, Manhattan

Between July and December of 2017, Madison Avenue between East 57th Street and East 86th Street welcomed approximately 20 new stores and galleries. Fashion, footwear, jewelry brands as well as art galleries and rare book purveyors were among the new retail to open in the area. Visitors to NYC with a taste for designer women’s apparel and accessories will appreciate the opening of a second brick-and-mortar Stella McCartney in New York City, a 4,340-square-foot store at 929 Madison Avenue (madisonavenuebid.org).

American Girl Place
Midtown East, 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

On October 20, 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).  

Toys “R” Us 
Midtown West, Manhattan

In August 2017, Toys “R” Us announced it would open a 35,000-square-foot store in the Knickerbocker Building on Broadway near 42nd Street for the holidays. In a nod to the original Times Square store, closed in 2015, the new venue will include an animatronic dinosaur, and new experiential play areas with toy demos. Long-haul domestic and international visitors staying over the winter holidays can take advantage of online ordering and in-store pickup (toysrus.com).

City Point Center
Downtown Brooklyn

City Point is the largest and most visible mixed-use center in Downtown Brooklyn. The center includes retail, residential and office components totaling 1.8 million square feet. The 675,000-square-foot retail center is home to Century 21, Target, and a 796-seat Alamo Drafthouse cinema, which all opened October 2016. The 35,000-square-foot DeKalb Market Hall at City Point, is one of the largest food halls in New York City and opened in spring 2017 (citypointbrooklyn.com).

Saks Fifth Avenue
Lower Manhattan

Saks Fifth Avenue opened its 16,750-square-foot men’s store at the end of February 2017. The store is in the Brookfield Place shopping and dining complex, joining a previously opened 85,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue store exclusively for women at Brookfield Place (saksfifthavenue.com).

Westfield World Trade Center
Lower Manhattan

Opened August 16, 2016, Westfield World Trade Center is one of the most complete retail destinations in New York City. Westfield World Trade Center provides Lower Manhattan with 350,000 square feet of fashion, culinary and artistic experiences and is home to a diverse mix of 150 global and local fashion, lifestyle, technology and culinary brands; an exquisite collection of casual and upscale dining; the City’s second Eataly food hall; a range of New York–centric services and amenities powered by state-of-the-art technology; and must-see cultural experiences (wtc.westfield.com).

Upcoming

Nike Flagship
Midtown East, Manhattan

Nike’s new flagship store, upon opening in early 2019, will cover more than 69,000 square feet at 650 Fifth Avenue at West 52nd Street. Tailored to the modern sports apparel and footwear enthusiast, the fifth floor will be a NikePlus members-only destination, with access to one-on-one Nike Expert sessions—members will also be able to skip the line and purchase products in the brand app. The current Niketown New York store at 6 E. 57th St. will close in spring 2018 (about.nike.com).

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 in 2018, 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).

Hudson Yards Shops & Restaurants
Far West Side, Manhattan

Hudson Yards will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops including retail tenants H&M, Rolex, Sephora, Stuart Weitzman, Tory Burch, Van Cleef, Watches of Switzerland, Zara and many more. The retail space will also include New York City’s first Neiman Marcus. (hudsonyardsnewyork.com).

Forty Five Ten
Far West Side, Manhattan

In March 2019, Dallas luxury retailer Forty Five Ten will open its inaugural New York City location and second largest store overall in the The Shops at Hudson Yards. Its design concept, created in partnership with Snarkitecture, an NYC-based firm, will highlight the curious and unusual (fortyfiveten.com)

Empire Outlets
St. George, Staten Island

Located in St. George, Staten Island, the Empire Outlets will debut in August 30, 2018, with 1.1 million square feet of retail space including approximately 100 shops and an extensive array of waterfront food and beverage concepts, in addition to a 190-room boutique hotel (empireoutletsnyc.com).

Nordstrom
Columbus Circle, Manhattan

New York City’s first Nordstrom department store, expected to open in two phases over the course of 2018, will occupy the first seven floors of a new luxury high-rise building on West 57th Street, known as “Billionaires’ Row.” The Nordstrom men’s store will open in spring 2018, followed by the Nordstrom flagship opening in fall 2019. (shop.nordstrom.com).

Hermès
Meatpacking District, Manhattan

Expected to open in spring 2019, luxury brand Hermès will open its three-level 100,000-square-foot store in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. 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

Scarpetta
Nomad, Manhattan

The newly renovated James New York – NoMad will debut its restaurant Scarpetta and a cocktail bar on February 7. It will be managed by critically acclaimed New York–based restaurant group LDV Hospitality (jameshotels.com).

Studio, 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. Already open, 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. Simon & The Whale opened in February, and serves more traditionally American cuisine when it opens. Studio and the George Washington Bar opened in January 2018. All three projects evoke a similar ambience and gastronomic flare as Stulman’s original restaurants but are larger venues (freehandhotels.com).

West~Bourne
Soho, Manhattan

New to the NYC dining scene as of January 2018, West~Bourne brings “California Cool” to New York City. An open kitchen informs the casual all-day café atmosphere and the interior design concept incorporates handcrafted tiles and ceramics, reclaimed wood and more. Culinary director Amy Yi (Upland, Jean-Georges) has created a hearty serving of grain bowls on the menu (westbourne.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).

Aviator Grill
Midtown Far West, Manhattan

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum opened a new restaurant in December 2017. The Legends Hospitality–run restaurant serves classic American fare including burgers, pizza and more. Now guests of the museum can conveniently dine on-site at the ship moored in the Hudson River (intrepidmuseum.org).

The Lobster Club
Midtown Manhattan

The Lobster Club, the first Japanese restaurant by Major Food Group (known for crowd favorites Carbone and The Grill) debuted in Midtown in November 2017. The menu, created by chef Tasuku Murakami, highlights classic Japanese cooking techniques and is served in a unique space designed by Peter Marino (thelobsterclub.com).

Don Angie
West Village, Manhattan

In October 2017, the husband-wife team behind Quality Italian’s famed Chicken Parm Pizza opened Don Angie, serving Italian-American classics, including handmade pastas, with a refined twist. Flooded with natural light, the 60-seat restaurant boasts a unique decor featuring dark blues, woods and gold accents (donangie.com).  

Eleven Madison Park
Flatiron District, Manhattan

Three Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park reopened October 6, 2017, following a four-month interior redesign. The dining room’s focal point is a piece of art by Rita Ackermann as well as other artworks by Daniel Turner, Sol LeWitt, and Olympia Scarry. New royal blue banquettes keep guests comfortable through chef Daniel Humm’s multicourse tasting menus, and an abridged tasting menu for bar guests is both more affordable and expedient (elevenmadisonpark.com).

The Aviary
Columbus Circle, Manhattan

The Aviary is a concept restaurant from Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas of the Alinea Group that opened at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, on September 27, 2017. The new restaurant has sweeping views from the hotel’s 35th floor overlooking Central Park, along with 90 seats for diners and an adjacent speakeasy-style space called The Office. With an open kitchen design, the restaurant offers an interactive experience and inventive cocktails (aviarynyc.com).

Martina
East Village, Manhattan

Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group launched its newest restaurant in August 2017 in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood. The new fast-casual establishment seats can accommodate 50 guests seated, 70 standing as a private event space. The restaurant features Rome-inspired specialty made pizzas, plus wine and beer (ushgnyc.com).

Cote
Flatiron, Manhattan

Merging the high-end meat selection of an NYC steakhouse with the popular Korean barbecue concept, Cote offers a quality dining experience thanks to restaurateur Simon Kim’s oversight and team transfer from Michelin-starred Piora in the West Village. Live cooking, a dry-aging room on-site and meats sourced from DeBragga & Spitler add to the overall experience. The signature butcher’s USDA Prime feast and à la carte dining are both available along with a selection of Korean staples such as bibimbap topped with fried eggs. An extensive craft cocktail program incorporates traditional Korean liquor along with classic cocktails at this new establishment, which opened in June 2017 (cotenyc.com).

The Grill
Midtown Manhattan

The famed Four Seasons restaurant inside the Seagram Building reopened as THE GRILL in May 2017. Operator Major Food Group worked together with restaurateurs Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick to modernize the space, which features two restaurants. Diners can experience classic American cuisine in the GRILL or enjoy modern seafood dishes at THE POOL, which will include the Four Seasons’ original in-restaurant pool (majorfood.com).

Yellow Magnolia Café
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Patina Group’s newest restaurant, Yellow Magnolia Café, opened to the public on April 11, 2017, inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Named for the distinctive yellow magnolias in the garden, the restaurant serves vegetable-focused cuisine made from ingredients that are sourced from local farms and purveyors, including produce picked right from the gardens on-site (yellowmagnoliacafe.com).

Atla
Noho, Manhattan

On March 31, 2017, Atla debuted as the second NYC restaurant collaboration between celebrated Mexican chef Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes (the latter recognized by Thrillist as the Best Chef of 2017.) The venue serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is more casual than Cosme, the duo’s first major project. Vegetables and other healthy ingredients inform the concept of the light Mexican fare, and an extensive menu of nonalcoholic drinks provide wellness travelers and New Yorkers alike with alternative beverage options (atlanyc.com).

Clinton Hall
Belmont, The Bronx

With its unique selection of beer and burgers, Clinton Hall opened its second New York City location in the Bronx on March 23, 2017. The new outpost offers giant-size board games including Connect Four, Scrabble and Jenga, as well as additional food offerings such as the Cheetos Burger, grilled cheese and donuts (clintonhallny.com).

The Whitby Bar
Upper Midtown, Manhattan

Firmdale Hotels’ second New York City hotel, The Whitby opened to the public on February 27, 2017. The hotel’s restaurant, The Whitby Bar, offers a unique dining experience in a contemporary art-and-design setting, complete with warehouse-style windows and hanging basket fixtures. Innovative cocktails are served at its 30-foot pewter bar, along with all-day dining and traditional afternoon tea (firmdalehotels.com).

abcV
Flatiron District, Manhattan

In February 2017, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened his third restaurant in New York City. Taking inspiration from abc kitchen and plant-based diets, the new abcV restaurant has room for 75 diners, serving vegetarian and vegan dishes that embrace wellness for both the body and planet (abchome.com).

Upcoming

North End Food Hall
Washington Heights, Manhattan

North End Food Hall is set to open in early 2018 and will be the first food and beer hall in Upper Manhattan. Featuring 6,000 square feet of space with six kiosks and a hip design, the food destination will be easily accessible by the A subway line (northendnyc.com).

Mission Chinese
Bushwick, Brooklyn

The San Francisco Sichuan-inspired restaurant Mission Chinese, helmed by chef Danny Bowien, is headed to Bushwick, Brooklyn, in March 2018, joining its Lower East Side outpost (missionchinesefood.com).

The Marketplace at Empire Outlets (MRKTPL)
St. George, Staten Island

The Marketplace at Empire Outlets, or MRKTPL, will hold 12,000 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).

Japan Village
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Tony Yoshida and Takuya Yoshida, owners of Michelin-starred Kyo Ya, are opening a 20,000-square-foot food hall in Industry City Building 4, in Sunset Park. Being marketed as a “Japanese Eataly,” the project will consist of six food stalls, an izakaya, a sake store, specialty grocery and more and will open by spring 2018 (website forthcoming).

Essex Street Market at Essex Crossing
Lower East Side, Manhattan

Featuring more than 30 market vendors, a brand-new Essex Street Market is expected to debut in June 2018 as part of the Essex Crossing redevelopment project on the Lower East Side. The 37,000-square-foot underground market will replace the current Essex Street Market, featuring local tenants including clothing boutiques, artisans, galleries, food purveyors and more (essexcrossingnyc.com).

Hudson Yards Shops & Restaurants
Far West Side, Manhattan

Hudson Yards will be home to The Shops & Restaurants, opening in 2019, which include restaurants by world-renowned chefs including D&D London, rhubarb, José Andrés, Thomas Keller, Michael Lomonaco, David Chang and Costas Spiliadis. José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup will debut a unique new Spanish concept with globally renowned, experimental Catalan chefs, the Adrià brothers—a 35,000-square-foot gathering space celebrating all things España (hudsonyardsnewyork.com).

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Edited 3/8/2018