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IT’S TIME TO MAKE IT NYC

New York City is always happening. Everywhere you look, there are new places to meet, unique attractions to experience and unmatched dining to enjoy. Planners and attendees won't want to miss the variety of immersive experiences that the City has to offer right now.

Javits Center Exterior - Photo Courtesy - Javits Center

The Javits Center, New York's premier convention center on Manhattan's west side, recently completed a 1.2 million-square-foot expansion, including a 54,000-square-foot special event space; a new rooftop pavilion that can accommodate 1,500 people; a one-acre rooftop farm; and 90,000 square-feet of exhibit space. The convention center now boasts a total of 3.3 million square feet of diverse, event-related space.

What's more, by the end of 2021, New York City is expected to have 110,000 hotel rooms in active inventory. New hotels with meeting and event space include Arlo Midtown, Graduate Roosevelt Island, Margaritaville Resort Times Square, Ace Hotel Brooklyn and Pendry Manhattan West, with properties by Aman, Virgin Hotels and Motto by Hilton plus NYC's second Ritz-Carlton still set to open this year.

Meeting planners can confidently plan and host meetings safely, thanks to the City's rigorous safety protocols. New York City recently introduced the "Key to NYC" Covid-19 vaccination requirement for indoor dining, fitness, recreation and entertainment, making the City one of the safest places to visit and do business from a public health perspective. New York City has already successfully hosted the US Open Tennis Championships, New York Fashion Week, The Met Gala, The SALT Conference, Climate Week NYC and more noteworthy events.

Fall in Central Park - Photo - Marley White

Before, during and after your meeting, there are endless opportunities for delegates to immerse themselves in the City's cultural vibrancy. Whether they are eager to return to Broadway to catch a Tony-winning musical or ready to taste some of the City's world-famous culinary offerings, New York City has something for everyone.

Delegates committed to celebrating Black culture will find ample opportunity. The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art showcases groundbreaking exhibitions and interactive workshops, while venues like the Apollo Theater and Black Spectrum Theatre host film screenings and live productions featuring famous and up and coming Black musicians, actors and performers.

The reilluminated lights of Broadway will beckon attendees to the Theatre District to choose from a dazzling array of dramas, musicals and other experiences. Here, historic venues host beloved favorites and groundbreaking hits alike.

NYC's famed food scene is where inspiration meets innovation, with delicious results. With the return of indoor dining at restaurants, bars and cafes, delegates can choose from countless destinations. Spacious venues like the Bronx Beer Hall, are ideal for groups, as are the many spectacular outdoor dining venues.

No visit to NYC is complete without a shopping trip. Fashion afficionados can visit the venerable department stores of Fifth Avenue and the upscale boutiques of Soho or go treasure hunting at indie shops throughout the five boroughs.

From new meeting spaces to unmatched experiences, New York City's five boroughs offer a vast selection for meeting planners to plan one-of-kind events that attendees won't soon forget. Visit nycgo.com/makeitnyc to start planning.

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