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NYC Off-Broadway Week 2-for-1 Tickets on Sale to 35 Shows, Feb 1-14

January 19, 2016
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New York City © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, encourages theatergoers to purchase NYC Off-Broadway Week tickets, on sale beginning today at 10:30 a.m. As part of the biannual program, two-for-one tickets are available to 34 productions from February 1–14. To purchase tickets and for additional details, visit nycgo.com/offbroadwayweek.

Shows participating in NYC Off-Broadway Week Winter 2016 (subject to availability; blackout dates may apply):

  • 2 Across: A New Comedy of Crosswords and Romance
  • Avenue Q
  • Beauty & the Beast – the musical by Sgouros & Bell
  • Blue Man Group
  • The Body of an American
  • Buried Child
  • Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold)
  • Daddy Long Legs
  • Dot
  • Drunk Shakespeare
  • En el tiempo de las mariposas (In the Time of Butterflies
  • Familiar
  • Fuerza Bruta
  • Gazillion Bubble Show
  • La Tía Julia y el escribidor (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)
  • My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis
  • Old Hats
  • Perfect Crime
  • Ruthless! The Musical
  • Sam Eaton’s The Quantum Eye – Mentalism and Magic Show
  • Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
  • Shear Madness
  • Sistas: the Musical
  • Smart People
  • Smokefall
  • STOMP
  • Straight
  • Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life
  • The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
  • The Fantasticks
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Woodsman
  • Trip of Love
  • Women Without Men

First launched in February 2009, Off-Broadway Week is produced and presented by NYC & Company in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and The Off-Broadway League.

“We’re excited to provide visitors and New Yorkers the perfect opportunity to experience Off-Broadway’s talent, energy and appeal at an impressive value,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “With more than 30 productions to choose from, ranging in style from family-friendly shows to cutting-edge comedies, there is something for everyone to enjoy this winter.”

“The Off-Broadway League is proud to partner once again with NYC & Company on the Winter 2016 Off-Broadway Week promotion,” said Adam Hess, president of The Off-Broadway League. “With this year’s wide variety of productions participating it’s a great opportunity for audiences to introduce friends and family to their favorite long-running show or see the next big hit. Off-Broadway Week makes theatergoing accessible and affordable.”

“New York City is second to none when it comes to theater,” said Luis Castro, Acting Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “Off-Broadway Week offers a terrific introduction to the City’s rich theatrical landscape and we are proud to partner with NYC & Company to give more New Yorkers and visitors the opportunity to experience it.”

NYC Off-Broadway Week is featured as part of Unlock NYC, NYC & Company’s new year-round seasonal campaign, with the first iteration focusing on winter travel. To unlock fun facts behind some of Off-Broadway Week’s participating shows, visit nycgo.com/unlock.

 

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Registration Opens for Parks & Trails New York’s 18th Annual 400-Mile Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour

January 7, 2016
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Cycle the Erie riders bike on the Medina section of the trail built over a rushing creek that drops into waterfalls, with an extraordinary angled turn that displays the engineering genius of the builders © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York’s 18th annual Cycle the Erie Canal 400-mile, eight-day bike tour, an unparalleled opportunity to experience great cycling while taking in the rich history of the legendary canal that helped transform America.

The 2016 tour kicks off in Buffalo on July 10 and arrives in Albany on July 17. This year, the Cycle the Erie Canal tour offers:

2-day and 4-day Options: If you can’t take off a full week, consider joining us for half the tour or for a weekend. With 4-day options from Buffalo to Syracuse and Syracuse to Albany, you’re halfway to becoming an Erie Canalway Trail End-to-Ender. These shorter options are great for children, too.

Return Shuttle: Riders from Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and points west will be happy to hear we’ll once again be offering our return shuttle from Albany to Buffalo at the end of the ride. Less driving means more time to discover the Erie Canal, and there is so much to discover.

Erie Canal Trailblazers: Interested in cycling the whole tour for only $100? Become a Cycle the Erie Canal Trailblazer and help PTNY promote the Erie Canalway Trail and bicycle tourism! Registration includes a free Cycle the Erie Canal Trailblazer jersey and guidebook and special recognition on the tour. Learn more.

Last year’s ride had more than 600 riders and was frankly amazing, with all the sights to see and special activities arranged, not to mention to comradery and the adventure of camping out. The trip – superbly organized – really touches on all pistons.

For more information about Cycle the Erie Canal, call Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583 or email eriecanaltour@ptny.org. Also, check out the new Cycle the Erie Canal website to learn more about all the Erie Canalway Trail has to offer.

See our series:

Cycle the Erie Canal 400-mile tour affords extraordinary view of ‘Real America’ and slideshow

Cycle the Erie 400-Mile Bike Tour: Lockport, a Town Birthed by the Erie Canal and slideshow

Cycle the Erie ride reaches Seneca Falls, Birthplace of Women’s Rights Movement and slideshow

Cycle the Erie: National Women’s Hall of Fame personifies struggle, achievement and slideshow

Cycle the Erie: Seneca Falls to Syracuse crossing half-way mark of 400-mile tour and slideshow

Syracuse’s Erie Canal Museum Highlights Day 5 on 400-Mile Cycle the Erie Tour and slideshow

Cycle the Erie: Fort Stanwix, Rome, Brings Revolutionary War Era to Life and slideshow

Cycle the Erie: Remington Gun Museum links history to current issues and slideshow

400 miles and 400 years of history, Cycle the Erie tour crosses finish at Albany and slideshow



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I Love NY Winter Ski Bus Kicks Off Jan. 22 from NYC to 4 Mountain Destinations

January 7, 2016
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The I Love NY Winter Ski Bus from NYC offers an overnight trip to Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid© 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The I LOVE NEW YORK Winter Ski Bus will begin weekly trips from New York City to upstate ski areas on January 22. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the bus will offer downstate skiers and riders day trips to Hunter, Plattekill and Belleayre mountains, plus an overnight trip to Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid. Additionally, I LOVE NEW YORK has partnered with popular outfitter REI to further spread the word about the outdoor adventures that the State has to offer.

The I LOVE NEW YORK Bus winter program schedule features:

Fridays to Hunter Mountain, providing weekday access for skiers and snowboarders with shorter lift lines and more runs in the Snowmaking Capital of the World.

Saturdays to Plattekill Mountain, featuring 38 different trails and a family-friendly atmosphere, the mountain offers a great skiing experience for everyone.

Sundays to Belleayre, this model of winter mountain perfection offers 50 trails, parks and glades and a 1,404 vertical drop.

Overnight Trip to Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid: Experience the mountain with highest vertical drop east of the Rockies and host of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. In the evening enjoy the beautiful town of Lake Placid for dining and further shopping and entertainment.

Also new in 2016 is the Have Your Own Mountain for a Day option. This exciting new feature allows groups of 100 or more to reserve Plattekill Mountain on a weekday just for themselves. Reservations can be made through Hampton Jitney, call 631-283-4600 ext. 343 for more information. Trips can be booked now at www.Iloveny.com/bus.

Hampton Jitney Vice President Andrew Lynch said, “The success of the I LOVE NEW YORK BUS ski trips last year led us to expand our destinations for 2016. With new partners like REI joining this year, the momentum and engagement is sure to grow.”

“The I LOVE NEW YORK Bus is a great way for downstate skiers and riders to enjoy some of New York State’s top mountains,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “It has never been easier for New Yorkers and tourists alike to experience the world renowned skiing and other outdoor recreational activities that await them upstate this winter.”

Partnership with REI

I LOVE NEW YORK’s partnership with REI will help promote winter attractions and outdoor recreation in New York State through in-store promotions, email offers and ski visit information on the company’s website. The partnership will also introduce travelers to New York State’s booming craft beverage and winery trails.

REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach Manager Melissa Abramson said, “REI is thrilled to be partnering with I LOVE NEW YORK to provide the opportunity for our members and customers to explore some of New York’s most beautiful ski destinations.”

Anyone who loves the outdoors can come to the co-op to learn a new activity or advance their skills with the local REI Outdoor School. REI Outdoor School is the nation’s largest provider of outdoor education, offering a wide variety of beginner to advanced classes led by professionally trained instructors. REI’s instructors are passionate about the outdoors and are dedicated to teaching outdoor ethics and outdoor skills with each and every experience. Across the country, REI Outdoor School offers a robust schedule of free and low-cost in-store classes, field programs and day outings for cycling, paddling, fitness, hiking and camping, climbing, snow sports, photography and wilderness medicine.

Last year, more than 200,000 people participated in an REI Outdoor School program or outing, including more than 5,000 New York-area residents. Examples of popular local classes are Intro to Outdoor Rock ClimbingHiking Tri-States Best Places and Introduction to Kayaking. Since REI Outdoor School launched in 2005, over 1 million people have learned with the co-op. Learn more at http://www.rei.com/learn.html.

Hampton Jitney is a pioneer in the transportation field. In 1974, Hampton Jitney started with one van and a commitment to providing the finest personalized transportation service between Eastern Long Island and metropolitan New York. Building on that simple premise, Hampton Jitney now operates a fleet of luxury motor coaches and limousines. Hundreds of thousands of people now travel each year in style and comfort, safely and on time via Hampton Jitney. Hampton Jitney operates 365 days a year between Eastern Long Island and Metro New York, including the airports. In addition, Hampton Jitney limousines, charters and tour coaches operate regularly throughout the northeastern U.S. and Canada. More information is available athttp://www.hamptonjitney.com/.

New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York’s attractions feature landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the largest park in the continental U.S. in the Adirondacks and treasures such as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Corning Museum of Glass. New York State offers diverse activities for all: outdoor fun – fishing, hiking and boating, year-round festivals and exploring the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies. Visitors also enjoy the fine cuisine, beverage trails and farm-to-table fresh foods. For more information, visit http://www.iloveny.com.

Follow the I LOVE NY social media channels for news on tourism in New York State. Check out I LOVE NEW YORK on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for great ideas for your next getaway.

 

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NYC Restaurant Week 2016 is Largest Ever; Book Your Table Now

January 7, 2016
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The largest NYC Restaurant Week ever takes place Jan. 18-Feb. 5, 2016 © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

While taking advantage NYC Broadway Week, also take advantage of NYC Restaurant Week, January 18 through February 5. Diners can book at one of the 372 participating restaurants throughout the City’s five boroughs. For menus, photos and reservations, visit nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

This winter’s iteration, the largest NYC Restaurant Week ever, features 41 new participants: ABC Cocina, ABC Kitchen, Adalya, Almayass, Bocca Di Bacco Theater District, Bocelli Ristorante, Brioso Ristorante, Carol’s Cafe, Cherche Midi, Claudette, Da Noi in downtown Staten Island and in Midtown Manhattan, Distilled, Dos Caminos Times Square, The Fillmore Room, French Louie, Hanjan, Hearth, Khe-Yo, La Sirene, London Lennie’s, Madiba Brooklyn, Mamo Restaurant, Manducatis Rustica, Mario’s Restaurant, MP Taverna in Astoria and Brooklyn, Noreetuh, Ocean Prime, Osteria Morini, Paul’s on Times Square, Pig and Khao, Rosa Mexicano in Tribeca, Sessanta Ristorante, Sutton Inn, Tao Downtown, Tasca Chino, Tommy Bahama, Trattoria L’Incontro, Vivaldi and Zenkichi.

NYC Restaurant Week welcomes back notable restaurants and longstanding participants: ‘21’ Club, Café Boulud, The Cecil, Craftbar, ilili, Nobu, Red Cat, The Sea Grill and Tribeca Grill.

“With more participating restaurants than ever, the success of NYC Restaurant Week over the years is in the numbers,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “As the program continues to grow, attracting new and noteworthy restaurants in all five boroughs, we are thrilled to welcome diners to experience the City’s best cuisine at a more affordable price.”

NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2016 by the numbers:

  • 3 course prix-fixe lunches for $25*
  • 3 course prix-fixe dinners for $38*
  • Record-setting 372 participating restaurants
  • 34 cuisines
  • 41 new restaurants and 331 returning restaurants
  • 5 boroughs, 41 neighborhoods
  • 19 days (January 18–February 5)
  • More than 25,000 posts on Instagram using #NYCRestaurantWeek

“New York City’s restaurant community is dynamic, with great food being served in every borough, representing virtually every international cuisine,” said Tracy Nieporent, chairman of NYC & Company’s Restaurant Committee. “Dining is important to New Yorkers and our guests, and NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2016 inspires us to offer the quality, variety, and hospitality that makes New York City the restaurant capital of the world.”

Again, this winter, American Express® Card Members have an exclusive offer to enroll any eligible American Express Card, use their Card to spend $25 or more at any participating restaurant and get a $5 statement credit up to four times. To learn more and enroll in this offer with an eligible American Express Card, visit americanexpress.com/nycrestaurantweek.

NYC Restaurant Week is also featured as part of Unlock NYC, During NYC Restaurant Week, the Unlock NYC site, nycgo.com/unlock, will feature editorial content highlighting NYC Restaurant Week insights and tips.

See also: NYC Broadway Week Two-for-One Tickets Now on Sale for 27 Shows, Jan 19-Feb 5

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NYC Broadway Week Two-for-One Tickets Now on Sale for 27 Shows, Jan 19-Feb 5

January 7, 2016
The cast of "Fiddler on the Roof" takes a well-deserved curtain call. Fiddler is one of 27 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week, Jan. 19-Feb. 5, where you can purchase two-for-one tickets © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” takes a well-deserved curtain call. Fiddler is one of 27 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week, Jan. 19-Feb. 5, where you can purchase two-for-one tickets © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Tickets have just gone on sale for NYC Broadway Week where you can purchase two-for-one tickets to 27 of Broadway’s top shows at nycgo.com/broadwayweek for performances January 19–February 5.

“With Broadway being one of the most iconic NYC experiences, we are thrilled to offer theatergoers the opportunity to experience the excitement of Broadway at half the price,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization. “From family-friendly shows to laugh-out-loud productions to Broadway classics, there is something for everyone to enjoy at a terrific value.”

Shows participating in NYC Broadway Week Winter 2016 (subject to availability; blackout dates may apply):

  • Aladdin
  • Allegiance
  • An American in Paris
  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
  • Chicago The Musical
  • China Doll
  • The Color Purple
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Finding Neverland
  • Fun Home
  • The Humans
  • Jersey Boys
  • The King and I
  • Kinky Boots
  • Les Miserables
  • The Lion King
  • Matilda the Musical
  • Misery
  • Noises Off
  • On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
  • Our Mother’s Brief Affair
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • School of Rock
  • Something Rotten!
  • A View from the Bridge
  • Wicked

Theatergoers also can enter the Official NYC Broadway Week Sweepstakes, powered by Audience Rewards, for the opportunity to win dinner at Ocean Prime and tickets to a Broadway show of their choice for the winner and five friends.

“Seeing a Broadway show during Broadway Week is a gift to yourself!” says Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “Throughout the year, Broadway theaters are filled with a diverse selection of new and classic musicals and plays; and during Broadway Week’s 2-for-1 program, savvy theatre fans can treat themselves to twice as many shows.”

“Broadway Week gives more New Yorkers and visitors the chance to experience live theatre. We are excited to partner again with NYC & Company in offering this opportunity,” said Acting Commissioner Luis Castro, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “Broadway Week opens the door for fans from across the five boroughs and around the globe to experience the enormous creative energy and talent on display in our City’s iconic theatre corridor.”

NYC Broadway Week is featured as part of Unlock NYC, NYC & Company’s new year-round seasonal campaign utilizing the tagline “Find a Winter Less Ordinary.” You can discover fun facts behind some of Broadway Week’s best shows at nycgo.com/unlock.

Since its launch in January 2011, NYC Broadway Week has cumulatively sold 712,532 tickets, generating $47.4 million in revenue for Broadway. NYC Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with American Express, Amtrak®, Audience Rewards, The Broadway League, NBC 4 New York, New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Telecharge and Ticketmaster, and with support from AARP.

See also: NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2016

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