Behind billions of dollars in tourism and
transportation investments, there are myriad more ways to be a part of it, too.
As revealed this May by NYC & Company
at the Whitby Hotel in Midtown, this is the
“New” New York City. Hospitality growth
is one dramatic storyline. Opened in
February 2017, the 86-room Whitby, with
artful meeting space, including its 130-seat
theater and book-filled Reading Room, is
among a crop of new openings.
When first covering New York City for
Meetings Today in 2005, the city had nearly
70,000 rooms, mostly in Manhattan. Now
the total is 113,000 across all five boroughs,
and fueled by the nation’s hottest hotel
development pipeline, the target is 137,000
by late 2019. In the same period, tourism
soared from nearly 40 million visitors to
2016’s all-time high of 60. 7 million.
Epic even by NYC standards, blockbust-er projects include multibillion-dollar
makeovers of LaGuardia, Newark and JFK
airports, the latter’s iconic 1962 TWA Flight
Center becoming a 505-room hotel with
50,000 square feet of space.
Rising on the West Side, multi-tower,
mini-city Hudson Yards, the priciest U.S.
development project in history, boasts
awesome elements such as The Shed, a
performing arts venue with a massive
telescoping outer shell, and the Vessel, a
walkable vertical wonder of 154 intercon-
necting flights of stairs.
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center’s
$1.5 billion expansion adds 90,000 square
feet of exhibition space and the Northeast’s
largest ballroom, at 55,000 square feet.
“There are no signs of stopping,” noted
NYC & Company President and CEO
Fred Dixon, as Gotham visibly ascends to
futuristic new heights with new “supertall”
towers recontouring the skyline. With the
bounty extended by Long Island and Westchester County, the “New” NYC dynamically aligns with the reimagined future of
Last month marked my 30th anniversary of waking up in the city that never
sleeps, and this place of
remains as exciting as day
DALE CHIHULY INSTALLATION,
New York City, Long Island and
NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN,
THE VESSEL, HUDSON YARDS, MANHATTAN
Westchester County still dazzle for
groups after all these years
BY JEFF HEILMAN
Eye OF MY JEFFHEILMAN