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Attractions, Tours & Sports

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Recently Opened

DreamWorks Trolls © The Experience
Midtown West, Manhattan

Opened mid-November 2018, this 12,000-square-foot immersive attraction includes Cupcakes & Rainbows café and a gift shop. Families are guided on an interactive rainbow path with vibrant, shareable social moments. Children enjoy a sing-along dance party—enhanced by 3D glasses and DJ Suki—with Poppy and Troll Village friends. Collectables, makeover accessories, temporary tattoos and a starter scrapbook are complimentary mementos (trollstheexperience.com).

Staten Island Zoo’s Newly-Renovated Aquarium
West Brighton, Staten Island

A 30-year staple of the Staten Island Zoo, the aquarium debuted nearly $10 million in renovations at the end of 2018. The 3,642-square-foot space now boasts a floor-to-ceiling immersive experience with aquatic life from four oceanic regions: Tropical Coral Reef, Pacific Kelp Forest, Southeast Asian Freshwater Habitat and Atlantic/Caribbean Sea Life (statenislandzoo.org).

Turnstile Tours’ Wafels & Dinges & Prospect Park Tours
New York City

One of the largest tour operators in New York City recently introduced two new tours that further their goal of showing unique sides of New York City. The Wafels & Dinges tour gives you a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most popular food truck chains in the City, from the factory and headquarters to the various carts, trucks, kiosks and cafés of the beloved street food brand. Meanwhile, the recently launched Prospect Park Tour explores the history of architecture, recreation and conservation of the largest park in Brooklyn (turnstiletours.com).

Museum of Illusions
Chelsea, Manhattan

An original concept launched in Zagreb, Croatia, with additional locations worldwide, the museum brings more than 70 exhibits centered on science, mathematics, biology and psychology to New York City as of September 20, 2018, with 45 illusions exclusive to the destination. Optical illusions, a didactic playroom, Mirror Room, Infinity Room and more intend to educate visitors about perception and the human brain in a playful and social media–friendly manner (newyork.museumofillusions.us).

New York Botanical Garden Edible Academy
Bedford Park, the Bronx

An indoor-outdoor $28-million expansion of the NYBG’s acclaimed garden-based education program opened in July, 2018 doubling the program’s capacity to accommodate 100,000 annually. Sustainably designed by the architecture firm Cooper Robertson, the campus includes a 5,300-square-foot building with demonstration kitchen and tech-enabled classroom, a teaching greenhouse, two outdoor pavilions—including one at treetop level—a tiered lawn amphitheater with seating for 350 and a spacious garden (nybg.org).

Domino Park
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Opened June 2018 and designed by the same architecture firm behind the High Line, this public park integrates the history of the landmarked Domino Sugar refinery building that operated on-site for more than a century. The park also features a waterfront esplanade with views of the Manhattan skyline and Williamsburg Bridge (fieldoperations.net).

LGBT Memorial
Meatpacking District, Manhattan

In June 2018, New York’s official monument honoring the LGBTQ community—including victims of hate and intolerance and those lost in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016—was unveiled in Hudson River Park. Glass that connects nine boulders situated in a circular pattern is designed to project a rainbow pattern when refracting light, symbolizing the color spectrum that has come to represent the community’s diversity (governor.ny.gov).

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

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium opened an exhibition entitled Ocean Wonders: Sharks! in the summer of 2018. The 57,000-square-foot building houses more than 115 species of marine wildlife, including sharks, skates and rays (nyaquarium.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, in addition to Nature Trek, a kid-friendly adventure course that includes a tree house and nature-themed playground (bronxzootreetop.com).

Upcoming

2019 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix
Red Hook, Brooklyn

The fully electric Formula-E racing championship will return to Brooklyn for its fourth year July 13–14, 2019. Serving as the final two rounds of the 2018–2019 season of the ABB FIA Formula-E Championship, drivers reaching speeds up to 140 mph will navigate 14 turns along the Brooklyn waterfront with views of the Manhattan skyline in the background (fiaformulae.com).

WrestleMania 35
New York/New Jersey

New York and New Jersey will play host to WrestleMania 35 come April 2019, welcoming the WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza to the New York City area. In addition to the showcase at MetLife Stadium on April 7, various programming and events will take place throughout the week at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (wwe.com).

Luna Park Expansion
Coney Island, Brooklyn

Coney Island’s iconic amusement district—home to national treasures The Cyclone and The Thunderbolt—will welcome a new adventure park with ropes course and zip line in 2019, with a log flume to follow in 2020. Additional elements of the adventure park will be a public plaza including open air dining and an arcade, plus a nostalgically lit entrance leading from the subway. In all, the Luna Park attractions area will increase by 50 percent from 300,000 square feet to 450,000 square feet (lunaparknyc.com.)

Bronx Commons & Bronx Music Hall
South Bronx

In 2019 the Melrose Commons neighborhood expects to welcome a 426,000 square foot arts-based, mixed-used affordable housing and community development project including 305 apartments, 22,000 square feet of retail, green space & a public plaza. Bronx Music Hall is a 250-seat music and arts venue integral to the development. Envisioned to honor the Bronx’s diverse musical legacy, including that as El Condado de la Salsa (The Borough of Salsa), the venue will also evoke the destination’s designation as the birthplace of hip hop, a home to two major centers of early R&B and a thriving jazz scene. Today, the drums of the Garifuna, the plucked kora strings from the Gambia, and bachata from the Dominican Republic are the neighborhood soundscape (whedco.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 (govisland.com).

Bronx Point & Universal Hip-Hop Museum
Lower Concourse, Bronx

A $300 million project to reshape an area along the Harlem River into a cultural hub for locals and visitors to enjoy is underway. In addition to a 2.3-acre waterfront esplanade, 600 units of affordable housing, an outdoor theater and new food hall, Bronx Point is set to be the home of the Universal Hip-Hop Museum, where curators will seek to preserve and celebrate hip-hop culture through an immersive experience including thematic music, artifacts, video, photography and live performances. Set to break ground in 2019, the project is scheduled for competition in 2022 (nycedc.com).

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