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Discover New York City this January & February

8th January 2020 - 3:30pm

Tryphavana Cross (NYC & Company), Tom Travers (The Beacon Hotel) and Don Shearer (Travelbiz)

Tryphavana Cross (NYC & Company), Tom Travers (The Beacon Hotel) and Don Shearer (Travelbiz)

NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization of NYC, invites you to explore the city. Fred Dixon (NYC & Company President & CEO) said. “With shorter lines at attractions and museums, lower hotel rates and attractive deals on theatre and dining, January and February are two of the most attractive months of the year to explore the five boroughs”.


A few recommendations for NYC - Ice Skating & Sledding: Pier 17 in Seaport District NYC has the city’s only rooftop ice-skating rink with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan. The TWA Hotel at JFK’s Terminal 5, Queens has Runway Rink located near Connie, the 1958 Lockheed Constellation aeroplane converted into a cocktail bar. The Rink at Rockefeller Center is beside the plaza’s home to the beloved Christmas tree. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, NYC’s only free admission rink, is next to shopping and eateries. Central Park’s Wollman and Lasker Rinks has free skate and lesson offerings. Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Brooklyn is weatherproof. The Conrad New York Downtown presents Conrad Skate with the Greats, - get to skate with former Olympians at The Rink at Brookfield Place.


To go sledging in New York City head to Central Park with Pilgrim Hill, Inwood Hill Park with trails on the Upper West Side, Riverside Park alongside the Hudson and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.


Cosy up New York City style

The Arlo SoHo hotel has ‘Après Arlo’, a festive courtyard with cosy cedar cabins and a holiday cocktail menu (till Mar).

At the Peninsula New York, the West Terrace of Salon de Ning Rooftop Bar & Terrace has an intimate, Nordic-inspired dome experience 23 stories up (till April).

The Hoxton, Williamsburg has the Winter Hideaways - 3 seasonally decorated glasshouses for groups of up to 12.

The Lodge by STK Rooftop in the Meatpacking District, Black Mountain Wine House in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn and the Bronx Brewery, in Port Morris all have festive winter lodge settings.

230 Fifth, near the Empire State Building, has a heated igloo rooftop bar. Nearby, the retractable glass-covered rooftop at the Refinery Hotel has a cosy fire and stunning cityscapes.

The Library Bar at Sheraton New York Times Square and Southgate Bar & Restaurant at JW Marriott Essex House have cosy fireplaces. Also, The Royalton New York and Lowell Hotel offer wood-burning fireplace packages complete with desired wood “flavour,” choice of food & beverages delivered to guests’ rooms.


NYC's new art scene - a brand-new Museum of Modern Art opened this October. Also, Fotografiska, a Stockholm-based photography-centric organization, is opening in a landmark Flatiron District building paired with a dining concept by Stephen Starr, speakeasy and event space. Finally, Jackie Robinson Museum celebrates the life and legacy of the first African American MLB baseball player with two galleries hosting exhibits and a 75-seat theatre in a space near Soho.


Hot cocoa by a renowned chocolatier - Li-Lac Chocolates is the longest-operating chocolate house in Manhattan (since 1923). Originally in Greenwich Village, Li-Lac now has six NYC locations including a new store in Hudson Yards. Serendipity 3, in Midtown East, serves a delicious frozen hot chocolate. Hotel Chocolat is opening a second NYC shop at Columbus Circle, following its first US store at Lexington & 44th last year. Its café serves hot chocolates, coffees, teas, ice cream and more. Alternatively, A Slice of Brooklyn Chocolate Tour (NYC’s only chocolate bus tour) stops at Brooklyn’s most well-known chocolate shops: Jacques Torres, The Chocolate Room, Raaka Chocolate and LI-Lac Chocolates and tours neighbourhoods like Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Industry City and Gowanus.


Shop ’til you drop - Nordstrom opened a 7-story flagship women’s store in Columbus Circle, opposite the men’s store that opened in 2018. Empire Outlets in St. George, Staten Island, the first outlet destination in the five boroughs opened this year with top brands like Nike, Nordstrom Rack, American Eagle, H&M and Brooks Brothers. It is easily accessible from the free Staten Island Ferry. Also, shops at Hudson Yards opened last spring with Neiman Marcus (the first in NYC) among the 100 marquee brands, along with 25 dining options by the likes of David Chang and José Andrés.


See a new Broadway show - Freestyle Love Supreme is an improvisational hip-hop show by Lin-Manuel Miranda (runs till mid-Jan). Slave Play, a romantic comedy created a buzz with its provocative nature (13-month run ends Jan). Jagged Little Pill, the onstage adaptation of Alanis Morissette’s Grammy-winning 1995 rock album, was an off-Broadway favourite and is now at Broadhurst Theatre. The Inheritance looks at the dynamics of generations of gay-rights activists (till Mar).


Tour Manhattan and get a workout with Fit Tours. It combines fitness and sightseeing with unique tours including Central Park 5K and 5K Core Tour (Jan & Feb - dress accordingly).

Catch a game - a choice of the Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders and Pro Bull Riders (PBR)!


Experience NYC Winter Outing, organized by NYC & Company (21 Jan to 9 Feb) visitors can take advantage of discounted prix-fixe meals and 2-for-1 tickets during NYC Restaurant Week®, NYC Broadway Week and NYC Must-See Week, which are all aligned over a three-week period.

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