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Welcome to New York City
Thank you for picking up the first issue of the
Memories of New York Newsletter. We hope
it will be informative, whether it is your first
time visiting, or your tenth time, or even if you
are a resident.
New York City is undeniably one of the most
diverse cities in the world. From Times Square
to Chinatown, Wall Street to Harlem, Central
Park to Greenwich Village, the city is a
melting pot of culture, history, and
entertainment. It is rich with world-famous
landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, the
Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building,
and the Brooklyn Bridge. But most
importantly, its people are what truly make it a
wonderful place to visit, and we welcome you.
Included with this newsletter is a handy
updated pocket map of the city – a $5 value,
absolutely FREE for you! – made exclusively
for Memories of New York. With a detailed
guide to subways and streets, it lists many
popular and unique attractions. Keep it and
enjoy the city!
Remember 9/11 – This September 2010 marks
the 9 anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy.
Every year since then, the Tribute of Light has shined
from Ground Zero in honor and memory of those lost,
and as a symbol of strength and hope.
Statue of Liberty Closing to the Public in 2011 –
According to reports, the Statue of Liberty – its crown, base, and
pedestal – will be closed to the public starting in the Fall of next year
for extensive security upgrades. Visitors will still be able to visit the
park surrounding the statue, but access will be restricted starting
around its 125th anniversary on October 12, 2011.
Fireproof staircases, elevators, and exits will be
installed in the $26 million renovation. The statue
had only just reopened in May 2009 after being
off-limits since September 11, 2001. According to
statistics, more than 5 million visit the landmark
every year, with up to 20,000 tourists a day during
the summer. So now is the perfect time to
experience the Statue of Liberty! Tours depart from Battery Park in
downtown NYC. Go to StatueCruises.com to book online in advance.
Public Art: “Naked Man” Statues – If you were anywhere
near Madison Square Park these past few months, you would have
noticed several naked, iron men standing in and around the park, and
on the rooftops and ledges of nearby buildings. Part of an exhibit
called “Event Horizon,” they were the work of London artist Antony
Gormley. Twenty-seven of these statues – made from a cast of his own
body – were scattered around midtown
Manhattan, and even one of them was perched
on the ledge of the Empire State Building. They
became the center of attention for tourists, who
delighted in taking snapshots with them and
pointing upwards, searching for them against the
skyline. Even though they could be easily
mistaken for someone about to jump, most New
Yorkers remained unfazed as usual.
Gormley & statue.
Tourism in NYC
Tourism is one of New York City’s top largest industries, contributing about
$30 billion a year to the economy, and in 2010, it is set to break its own
records by reaching an estimated 47.5 visitors. In 2009, the city drew 45
million tourists, making it the top tourist destination in the U.S. for the first
time in twenty years. The first half of this year has already
drawn 8.75% more tourists compared to a year ago. The
projected estimate by the end of 2010 is 47.5 million
visitors, a total not matched since 2008. What’s more,
we’re seeing a rebound in international visitors as well.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg aims to reach a goal of 50
million by 2012. In anticipation, the city has spent $1.2
billion on expanding the Delta Airlines terminal at John F. Kennedy airport,
one of the busiest airports in the nation. Serving 11 million passengers
annually, it will get nine new international gates, a larger baggage claim
area, and more aircraft parking space.
Statistically, the average foreign visitor spends more than a domestic visitor.
But despite the economic downturn, as tourist spending fell to approximately
$28 billion last year from $32 billion the previous year, it is still a positive
sign, for every aspect of accommodating the influx must rise to the occasion.
According to official reports, about 4,000 hotel rooms were added within the
past year, and in June alone, 60 hotels were under construction. Hotel
occupancy had also gone up from 77% to 83%.
New restaurants open every month, Broadway
2000 36.2 mil theater ticket sales are consistently strong, and
2001 35.2 mil souvenir and gift shops have become a billion
dollar industry of their own. With many reasons
2002 35.3 mil
to keep coming back, repeat visitors are also
2003 37.8 mil contributing to the city’s success. Employment
2004 39.9 mil opportunities are obviously also affected, as one
in nine workers in NYC is employed in
2005 42.6 mil
hospitality jobs at places such as hotels,
2006 43.8 mil restaurants, and theaters. Even though prices
2007 46.0 mil that have been lowered to attract consumers
bring down tax revenues, staffing is always
2008 47.0 mil required and visitors still spend money on
2009 45.25 mil much-needed everyday services.
Museum Events & Exhibitions
Who says that fun can’t be educational? Here are some choice exhibits
that are on for a limited-time, so check them out while you can!
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Italian Drawings from the Tobey
Collection. Italian Old Master drawings from the 16th to 18th centuries and
covering the principal centers of Italian art will be on display for a limited
time. Now through September 19, 2010. 1000 5th Ave. at 82nd St., 4/5/6 to
86th St.; closed Monday, open Tues-Thurs 9:30am-5:30pm, Fri & Sat 9:30am-
9:00pm, Sun 9:30am-5:30pm; admission: adults $20, seniors $15, students
$10, kids free. www.metmuseum.org
Museum of Modern Art: Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917. – View
some of the most enigmatic, abstract, and experimental works of Matisse’s
career. Now through October 11, 2010. 11 West 53rd St., between 5th and 6th
Aves, E/M to 53rd, B/D/F/M to 47-50 Sts. Rockefeller Center; closed Tuesday,
other days open from 10:30am-5:30pm; admission: adults $20, seniors $16,
students $12, kids (16 & under) free. www.moma.org
American Museum of Natural History: Lizards & Snakes Alive! – View
an extraordinary collection of live lizards, snakes, and frogs from all over the
world! A great opportunity to get up close to exotic creatures like never
before. Now through September 20, 2010. 79th St. & Central Park West, B/C
to 81st St. station; open daily 10am-5:45pm; admission for this exhibit
includes access to the rest of the museum: adults $24, kids $14,
seniors/students $18. www.amnh.org
Discovery Times Square Exposition: King Tut and the Golden Age of the
Pharoahs – For the first time in 30 years, the legendary boy king’s remains
and treasures are being shown exclusively in the heart of New York City!
Now through January 2, 2011. 226 West 44th St. between 7th & 8th Avenues,
subways to 42nd St. Times Square or 49th St.; open Sun-Thurs 9am-9:30pm,
Fri & Sat 9am-10:30pm; admission: adult $29.50, kids $19.50, seniors
Act fast to take advantage of these Fall deals on Broadway and off-
Broadway. Many shows, including a number of Tony winners, have
been reduced to up to 50% off!
STOMP -- $34 (reg. $72.50)
* includes Orchestra seats from Sept. 7- Dec. 22
La Cage Aux Folles -- $40.50 (reg. $66.50)
* Tony-winning show starring Kelsey Grammer, Sept. 7 - Oct. 3
Chicago -- $45.25 (reg. $89)
* Tony-winning show starring John O'Hurley, Sept. 6 - Nov. 7
West Side Story -- $66 (reg. $120)
* includes Orchestra & Front Mezzanine seats, Sept. 7 - Oct. 8
Avenue Q -- $55 (reg. $89.50)
* includes Orchestra & Front Mezzanine seats,
Sept. 6 - Oct. 31
Mamma Mia -- $64.50 (reg. $127.50)
* includes Orchestra & Front Mezzanine seats, Sept. 13 - Oct. 31
In the Heights -- $66 (reg. $120)
* includes Orchestra & Front Mezzanine seats, Sept. 6 - Oct. 30
Phantom of the Opera -- $66.50 (reg. $121.50)
* Tony-winning show; includes Orchestra & Mezzanine
seats, Sept. 7 - Nov. 6
Rock of Ages -- $69 (reg. $119.50)
* includes Orchestra seats, now through Oct. 30
Promises, Promises -- $79.50 (reg. $126.50)
* stars Sean Hayes; includes Orchestra & Mezzanine seats, Sept. 7 - Oct. 31
Memphis -- $81.50 (reg. $126.50)
* 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Sept. 7-Nov. 21
Visit http://www.travelzoo.com/entertainment/new-york for discount codes
and theater info, or the TKTS booth in Times Square for even more savings!
Sightseeing Deals by Bus
There are many ways to see the city – by bus, ferry, bicycle, or even
helicopter. Here are the best ways to get around and experience the
city, whatever your budget.
CitySightsNY.com – This hop-on hop-off bus tour will take you
around neighborhoods of your choice starting at $44 ($34 for
kids). Book online and save!
NewYorkSightseeing.com – Ride the iconic red double-decker
tour bus on routes of your choice starting at $39 ($29 for kids).
BigTaxiTours.com – You can’t miss this bright yellow
checkered bus! Packages start at $29 ($19 for kids), and include
trips via bus, Water Taxi, and helicopter.
Screentours.com – NYC has been the backdrop of many
popular movies and TV shows, from Sex and the City to
Ghostbusters. This bus tour will take you to some of the most
iconic locations. Tours are daily and cost $40 for a 3.5 hour tour.
Also check out CityPass.com – purchase a booklet that offers
you access to up to SIX major attractions, including the Empire
State Building and the Museum of Modern Art, for only $79
($59 for kids). Booklets are available online or at any CityPass
attraction, which includes the Empire State Building, the
Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural
History, Circle Line, the Museum of Modern Art, the
Guggenheim Museum, and Top of the Rock Observation Deck.
This is one of the best deals in town.
Helicopter, Bike, & Walking NYC #s
311 – Provides
LibertyHelicopter.com – These helicopter package free, quick access
tours start at $150 per person and take you above the to information
city and include either a walking tour through about city services
neighborhoods such as Wall Street or the East 24/7 in 170
Village, or a 90 minute cruise. languages.
NYTours.us – These 15 to 20 minute helicopter 411 – For directory
tours offer some of the most breathtaking views of assistance.
NYC, from the Statue of Liberty to Central Park.
Rates start at $149.95 per person. 911 – For police,
fire, or ambulance.
AllNewYorkTours.com – The Manhattan Sky
Helicopter Tour takes you above Lady Liberty, the
Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and more. Price is
$159.99 if you book in advance online. NYC WWWs
HeliNY.com – Basic through deluxe packages start NYCgo.com –
at $139 per person and take you up the Hudson river
to include views of the Chrysler and Empire State
The official guide
Buildings. to the city and all
it has to offer
CentralParkBikeTours.com – Go green and see the
city on a bicycle! These packages will allow you to iloveny.com –
explore more than just Central Park. From Harlem to The official New
Brooklyn, these all-day tours start at $49. York state
BiketheBigApple.com – See and learn about a tourism site
variety of areas, from culturally rich ethnic
neighborhoods, to the best of Brooklyn. If you bring FlatironBID.org –
your own bike, you get $10 off the package price. Official site for
the 23rd St.
WalkingToursManhattan.com – Want to explore Partnership &
NYC on foot? Take your pick of neighborhoods that
interest you, whether it’s food-based or culture-
based, there’s something for everyone. Rates start at
$24 per person. NY1.com – 24hr
BigOnion.com – This offers many historical walking
tours, from the immigrant experience to the MTA.info – Bus
neighborhoods where the “Gangs of New York” once and subway
roamed. Rates start at $15 per person for tours that maps and info
last about two hours. No reservations required – just
show up at your meeting site of choice!
Visitor FAQs: Getting Around NYC
How much is a cab ride? How much is a MetroCard?
The standard rate is $3 upon A MetroCard is a reusable card that
entry, plus 40¢ per per mile or you use to pay for fares on subways
minute, or if stopped or slow. and local buses, and is the cheapest
There is a $1 surcharge for peak way to get around the city (short of
hours Monday through Friday walking). One way fare is $2.25. Up
from 4pm to 8pm. 50¢ will also to three children 44 inches tall and
be added as a nighttime surcharge under ride for free with a paying
from 8pm to 6am. If any of that is adult. You can purchase a
confusing, don’t worry – cabs MetroCard at any subway station
have an electronic meter installed booth or vending machine with
on the dashboard. A typical ride credit card, debit card, or cash. Some
with minimal traffic would cost merchants like convenience stores or
from $6-$12. gift shops may sell them as well.
There is a flat fare of $45 from You have several convenient options
JFK airport to Manhattan. A $15 to choose from, depending on the
surcharge applies to fares to length of your stay, or how often
Newark Airport, in addition to you’re going to be using the public
tolls – the estimated total would transportation system.
be around $70-$75. Fares to
LaGuardia are about $25-$30. • The Pay-Per-Ride card
allows you to buy as many
Fares to other boroughs vary. The rides as you want starting at
Bronx: $40-$50. Brooklyn: $35- $4.50 and is refillable at
$40. Queens: $20-$25. Staten any MetroCard vending
Island: $50-$55. machine. Put $8 or more on
your card and receive a
And remember to tip your cabbie! 15% bonus!
• 1-Day Fun Pass costs
$8.25 for unlimited rides
from first use until 3:00
a.m. the following day.
• 7-Day Unlimited Ride
costs $27 for unlimited
rides until midnight, 7 days
from first use.
• 14-Day Unlimited Ride
costs $51.50 for unlimited
rides until midnight, 14
days from first use.
Take the Kids!
It’s not easy to keep a child entertained,
even if you’re visiting one of the
liveliest cities in the world. So here are
a few places where kids – and adults,
too, of course – can have a great time!
Coney Island – Want a day at the beach or
a ride on a rollercoaster? Head out to
Brooklyn to the historic boardwalks and
NYC Sights for FREE! newly invigorated Luna Park. Get a famous
Nathan’s hot dog, play some skeeball, and
Staten Island Ferry – Cross behold the Wonder Wheel. Visit the New
York Aquarium, too! Luna Park open Mon-
the Hudson River to Staten
Fri 12pm-12am, Sat & Sun 11-am-12am;
Island and back again to get
Aquarium open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, gen
fantastic views of the NYC admission adults $13, kids $9, seniors $10;
skyline and Lady Liberty. D/F/N/Q to Stillwell Ave.
Take the 4/5 to South Ferry,
R to Whitehall St., or 6 to Sony Wonder Technology Lab – Got a
Bowling Green, then walk whiz kid? Here is where only the coolest of
south to the ferry terminal. science and technology can be experienced
Ferries depart every 30 in four floors of hands-on exhibits. Sony
minutes and last 25 minutes Plaza, 56th St. & Madison Ave., 4/5/6/N/R
each way. to 59th St. station, or F to 57th St.; Tues-Sat
10am-5pm, Sun 12-pm to 5pm, closed Mon;
Walk Across the Brooklyn admission is free, but book in advanced to
Bridge – Enjoy the view guarantee entry! (212) 833-8100 or (800)
from the most iconic 421-1220. www.sonywondertechlab.com
structure that links Brooklyn
Central Park Zoo – No visit to NYC is
to Manhattan. Take the
complete without saying hello to the sea
4/5/6 to City Hall-Brooklyn lions and polar bears. The adjoining Tisch
Bridge, J/Z to Chambers St., Children’s Zoo also offers opportunities to
or the R/N to City Hall. feed and pet friendly goats and bunnies.
Follow the concrete ramp Located near the southeast corner of
from Centre Street or Park Central Park between 63rd & 65th Streets;
Row. Stay clear of the bike N/R/Q to 59th St. station, or 6 to 68th St.
lane, and wear comfortable Hunter College; open daily, 10am-5pm, to
shoes for the 45-60 minute 5:30pm on weekends; admission: adults
stroll. Need a ride back? $12, kids $7, seniors $9.
Take the A/C at High St. www.centralparkzoo.com
station at Cadman Plaza E.
Hotels in & Around the Flatiron District
Memories of New York is proud to support our neighbors in the
Flatiron District. Be sure to check out more hotel listings in other
neighborhoods in future issues!
20 West 29th Street
88 Madison Avenue
www.carltonhotelny.com Setai Fifth Avenue
400 5th Ave.
Gershwin Hotel (877) 247-6688
7 East 27th Street www.setaififthavenue.com
(212) 545-8000 ext. 7421
www.gershwinhotel.com Broadway Plaza Hotel
Hotel Giraffe (212) 679-7665
365 Park Avenue South www.broadwayplazahotel.com
www.hotelgiraffe.com Comfort Inn
18-20 West 25th Street
Latham Hotel (212) 645-3990
4 East 28th Street www.comfortinn.com
www.thelathamhotel.com Hotel Roger Williams
131 Madison Avenue
The MAve Hotel (212) 448-7000
62 Madison Avenue www.hotelrogerwilliams.com
www.themavehotel.com Wyndham Garden Hotel
37 West 24th Street
Sports in NYC
If you’re a sports fan, there are lots of events to check out in venues
around the city.
We’re still in the midst of baseball season, so
how about catching a Mets or Yankees
game? Even if you’re not a fan (perish the
thought!), it’s the experience that counts.
Besides, they could be playing against your
own hometown team, so be sure to represent!
The Mets play at the brand new Citi Field, which
was completed just last year, in Queens. Getting
there is easy by subway – simply take the 7 train to
Willets Point Stadium.
The Yankees’ home is at the new Yankee Stadium,
which also opened in 2009, in the Bronx. Take the 4
train from the East side of Manhattan, or the B/D from the West
side, all the way up to 161 Street.
Or if you prefer tennis to baseball, then
you can always catch the US Open. The
tournament lasts until September 12, so
reserve tickets now. The Billie Jean
King National Tennis Center can be
reached by the 7 train to Willets Point.
Why is the Big Apple Called on a tree, but there’s
“The Big Apple”? only one Big Apple,”
that one being
There are a number of urban Manhattan. But a
legends that surround this question. horse-racing
One common theory is that the writer named John J. Fitz Gerald
phrase most likely originated in was the first to use the phrase in
showbiz circles, since NYC has print in the 1920s, after hearing it
always been a prominent part in the used by African-American stable
entertainment world. Jazz musicians boys working at a race track. He
and vaudevillians in the 1930s had a used it often since then, and the
saying that “There are many apples nickname became popular slang.
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