New York is a town where the unusual is commonplace and the dramatic is expected. Made up of five separate boroughs, the isle of Manhattan is home to the world’s financial center, offers famous epicurean restaurants, museums and architecture, as well as being home to many of the world’s best known organizations such as the United Nations. New York is a series of neighborhoods that are the real melting pot of America—a city of diversity where people have come from all over the globe to shape their lives. This is reflected in the neighborhood names: Washington Heights, Hell’s Kitchen, Spanish Harlem, Little Italy and Chinatown.
Your host hotel, The New York Marriott Marquis, is right in the center of Times Square. Also known as the “Crossroads of the World,” Times Square is perhaps the world’s busiest intersection as a major center of the world’s entertainment industry where you can experience the bright lights in the big city, and wow, are they bright!
At the Marriott Marquis, you’re not far from the world-famous Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and uncountable numbers of music and theatre venues. You can explore these iconic treasures during your free time. Museums do not come better than the Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art, MOMA and the American Museum of Natural History, most a simple MetroCard ride away on the Subway or Bus.
The New York Public Library at 42nd street is waiting for you to take that fabulous Instagram selfie with Patience and Fortitude, the world-renowned pair of marble lions that stand proudly before the majestic Beaux-Arts building at Fifth Avenue, which have captured the imagination and affection of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world since 1911. If you have time to be in the “room where it happened,” room 328 contains George Washington’s farewell address drafted in his own hand, for you Hamilton enthusiasts.
Art and artists are a way of life in New York, from the small studios of Greenwich Village to the magic of Broadway, providing everything from musicals to Shakespeare starring A-list actors, and the next break out star. New York is a shopper’s paradise! Even people who do not like to shop will find themselves shopping, you just can’t help it. You can buy almost anything, from the very latest designer fashions to flea market bargains, in addition to foods and goods from around the world. We all love a little discount, so start by checking out Century 21, the place were they have last seasons’ designer gear at greatly reduced prices. With several locations throughout the city, the newest is in Brooklyn. Manhattan has two locations at Lincoln Square and right across the street from One World Trade Center. One World Trade Center opened in early 2014 and stands at a symbolic 1,776 feet tall. The area, also known as Ground Zero, also features The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which is an emotional commemoration of September 11th.
New York City is also known for being the home to some of the world’s most successful sports franchises. The city has a total of eleven sports teams in five major professional sports leagues in the United States, which have won a collective 53 league championships. Twenty-seven of those championships belong to baseball powerhouse, New York Yankees. If you are a sports fan, you can’t skip out on visiting the New Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. It is a very distinctive sporting experience that will make you feel like you are in the company of legends, tradition and history, even if the Old Yankee Stadium doesn’t exist anymore. If the Yankees are out of town, the Yankee Museum is still a must-do for sports buffs. The #4 or D trains to 161st street will take you a block away in less than 40 minutes from our host hotel.
Hop on the R train to Chinatown and Little Italy, two of the numerous ethnic neighborhoods in the city that contain restaurants, shopping centers and other cultural offerings. Visiting Chinatown, one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns outside of Asia, can be a delight for anyone who enjoys food, culture, entertainment, an shopping. Not only can you browse through the street markets and shops with gifts to take home, there are a number of restaurants to choose from to sample authentic Chinese cuisine. With something for everyone, you can enjoy a little piece of China right in New York.
In Little Italy you’ll find Italian delights on every block! Walking along the narrow, cobblestoned streets beneath the fire escapes of turn-of-the-century tenements, you’ll be tempted by the sights, sounds and smells of Italian cuisine and culture emanating from the restaurants surrounding you. A coal brick oven pizza…a hearty glass of Chianti…a zeppole…a cannoli…you’ll find it all in New York City’s Little Italy.
Two of New York City’s most photographed landmarks are Central Park and the Statue of Liberty. With an area that is larger than some small cities, Central
Park is a beautiful, yet lively urban park with New York’s skyscrapers as the backdrop. It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1962 and features peaceful trees, lakes and rivers. Central Park is a lovely place to go for a stroll within the city limits.
For animal lovers, there is a taste of the wild in the zoos of Central Park, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, and botanical gardens in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
The Statue of Liberty is certainly the most iconic figure in New York, and it also is easily one of the most recognizable statues in the world. She stands on Liberty Island and the only way to get there is by boat. Taking a trip to see the statue up close might not be a must-see, but a combined ticket includes a trip to Ellis Island, a tremendously fascinating experience. New York’s location at the mouth of the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean reflects the city’s importance as a harbor and the gateway from which millions have arrived as immigrants to the United States.
New York City is a melting pot of nationalities from every corner of the globe, with a population of around 8.5 million people, speaking a total of over 80 languages. Don’t miss these opportunities to explore the city that never sleeps, guided by your Hospitality Committee.
Enthusiastically submitted by:
HAYNES and Debbi Witham,
2018 AATOD Hospitality Co-Chairs