Black Meetings and Tourism

July / August 2021

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THE "EMPIRE STATE" HAS IT ALL….FROM AN ASSORTMENT OF MEETING VENUES TO A BUSTLING NIGHTLIFE & PLENTY OF ATTRACTIONS TO KEEP ATTENDEES ENTERTAINED BY BUCK SAMUELS Summer is here, and there's no bet- ter place for fun in the sun than New York State. From the high peaks of the Adirondacks to the white sand beaches of the Hamptons, New York's natural wonders offer family fun as well as top level business and meeting facilities, statewide, all summer long. New York's most famous warm- weather attractions, like Watkins Glen International, Niagara Falls, and Saratoga Race Course all belong on any summer bucket list. Thrill seekers will love flying down Hunter Mountain on North America's longest and highest zip line tour or taking on famous roller coasters including the Comet at the Great Escape and Coney Island's Cyclone. Those looking for a more serene summer day can float through Ausable Chasm or stroll across the Walkway Over the Hudson. As of June 15, Governor Andrew Cuomo removed most coronavirus restrictions in New York State. The government no longer requires busi- nesses to maintain social distancing or masking and cleaning protocols; busi- nesses are free to continue implement- ing these measures on an individual basis if they choose. Some restrictions, however, remain in effect for large- scale indoor event venues (more than 5,000 attendees). • • NEW YORK CITY • • New York City is the place to see and do everything—including some of the world's most famous events. The city's excitement, energy and value are unparalleled. No matter the size, no matter your budget, no matter your needs, NYC is your one-stop shop for planning amazing meetings, trade shows, conventions and events. The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is one of the largest event venues in the United States, with the ability to create up to 11 halls from 814,400 total sq. ft. of exhibit space. The center also boasts 65,000 sq. ft. of dedicated registration space. Puerto Rican-born black scholar and bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg curated this important library—a national research center ... devoted to collecting and preserving documents that reflect the experi- ences of people of African descent throughout the world—until his death is 1938. The center's collection first won acclaim in 1926, and since then, it has grown to more than 5 million items. The legendary Apollo theater in Harlem debuted in 1914 as Hurtig & Seamon's New Burlesque Theater before being renamed and opened to African-American patrons in 1934. The Apollo launched the careers of luminaries like Ella Fitzgerald and Jimi Hendrix, and features two spaces for private events: the 1,500-seat Mainstage, and the 1,680-sq. ft. Soundstage, a flexible space that can accommodate up to 225 attendees. Be sure to contact Trudy Singh, NYC & Company's Regional Vice President, Mid-Atlantic, if you are thinking about brining your meeting to New York City. Air travelers to New York City may arrive at John F. Kennedy I n t e r n a t i o n a l Airport (JFK) or L a G u a r d i a Airport (LGA), both in Queens, or Newark Lib-erty International Airport (EWR) in neighboring New Jersey. Apollo Mainstage Banquet Setup for an event Photo Credit: Jacob K. Javit C.C N E W Y O R K AREA GUIDES • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Millennium Times Square New York 626 Grand Hyatt New York 1,298 Wyndham New Yorker Hotel 1,025 New York Hilton Midtown 1,931 Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel 317 New York Marriott Downtown 508 Hyatt Place New York City Times Square 520 Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel 173 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Jacob K. Javit Convention Center Total Exhibit Space 814,400 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms 100 Largest Ballroom 40,000 sq. ft. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? NYC & Company (212) 484-1200 – TRUDYN SINGH B M & T ••• July/August 2021 ••• 51

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