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Attractions, Tours & Sports

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Recently Opened

Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari
The Bronx

The largest dinosaur ride in America opened at the Bronx Zoo this April. Visitors are guided amongst forty animatronic and life-size dinosaurs in a safari-like vehicle through a two-acre wooded area within the park and educated about the physical and behavioral adaptations of our prehistoric relatives. (bronxzoo.com)

Luna Park Expansion
Coney Island, Brooklyn

Coney Island’s iconic amusement district—home to national treasures The Cyclone and The Thunderbolt— debuts a new adventure park with ropes course and zip line and a log flume in 2020. Additional elements of the adventure park include a public plaza with an 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.)

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).

Times Square Food Tour and Sustainable Brooklyn Tour - Like a Local Tours
Midtown, Manhattan and Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Like a Local Tours recently announced two new tours that showcase the authentic sides of two popular New York City neighborhoods. The Times Square Food Tour features the art, history and eateries that make the area an iconic symbol of the City’s ongoing renaissance. The Sustainable Brooklyn Tour is led by local Sustainable Fashion and Textile designer, Amalya Meira and incorporates sustainable chefs, designers and entrepreneurs (likealocaltours.com).

East Village Walking Tour- On Location Tours
East Village, Manhattan

On Location Tours will offer a new walking tour of the East Village featuring more than 35 locations seen in popular films and TV series. Launching in June 2019, coinciding with On Location Tours’ 20-year anniversary, the tour helps fan experience their favorite characters and scenes from TV and film classics such as Law & Order: SVU, When Harry Met Sally and The Godfather: Part II (onlocationtours.com).

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).

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).

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).

SailGP
Lower Manhattan

The global sailboat racing series makes its only stop on the eastern half of the Americas on June 21-22. On the Lower Hudson River, the teams will reach speeds up to 60 mph, while fans onshore can experience the Race Village located at Brookfield Place (SailGP.com).

Bronx Commons & Bronx Music Hall
South Bronx

This year 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.)

Luna Park Expansion
Coney Island, Brooklyn

Coney Island’s iconic amusement district—home to national treasures The Cyclone and The Thunderbolt— debuts a new adventure park with ropes course and zip line and a log flume in 2020. Additional elements of the adventure park include a public plaza with an 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.)

TSX Broadway
Time Square, Manhattan

Times square will get even more breathtaking when a 46-story building with innovative retail, hospitality, and performance spaces opens in 2021. In addition to a 669-room hotel, TSX Broadway will be home to 75,000 sqft of retail space spread across 10 floors, a 10,000 sqft outdoor terrace, the only permanent Times Square stage 30 ft above street level and the largest LED sign in the area. (TSXBroadway.com)

Manhattans First Public Beach
West Village, Manhattan

On a 5.5-acre peninsula stretching into the Hudson River The West Village, The Hudson River Park Trust, which runs the public green space stretching along Manhattan's western coast, has announced plans to open Manhattans first public beach. With the help of James Corner Field Operations, the designers behind Domino Park and The High Line, the beach is expected to open in 2022 and will include a public art project commissioned by the nearby Whitney Museum. (HudsonRiverPark.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).