Black Meetings and Tourism

July/August 2014

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AREA GUIDES THE 'BIG APPLE'….THE PERFECT PLACE TO MEET BY DON LITTLETON New York City's excitement, ener- gy and value are unparalleled. No matter the size, no matter your budget, no matter your needs, NYC & Company is your one-stop shop for planning amazing meetings, trade shows, conventions and events in New York City. 'The Big Apple' is one of the most beautiful and sought out places in the nation to hold events of various sizes and styles. Since the city is a huge melting pot of numerous cultural back- drops it is no surprise that meeting planners love to bring their clients here. There are a plethora of options when it comes to venues spread out amongst the five boroughs. The Javits Center is host to many leading conventions, trade shows, consumer shows and special events. There is no better world stage than the Javits Center on which to pro- duce, exhibit or attend an event. The Center is one of the largest event ven- ues in the United States, with the abil- ity 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. One of NYC's most popular event venues is Madison Square Garden. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to take in the full NY expe- rience when meeting at this historic landmark. Celebrated athletes, musi- cians, performers, presidents and popes are all part of the venue's his- toric family of guests. Host your meet- ing, gala, expo, TV show, corporate event, benefit, awards ceremony, party, concert and more inside the world's most famous arena. Radio City Music Hall is legendarily majestic. The brilliant splendor of the hall's design is present at every scale, from the exquisite 5,900-seat theater to the luxurious private apartment, the Roxy Suite. With its many lavish spaces, it's also the brilliant comple- ment for an event of any size that requires a touch of resplendence. The New York Hilton Midtown, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel and NYC & Company bring you NY5000, an incomparable convention complex. NY5000 offers nearly 5,000 guest rooms, 100 meeting rooms and a total of 225,000 sq. ft. of meeting space — all in the span of one square block. One of New York's most popular landmarks in the Black community is none other than the Apollo theater in Harlem, NY. A living monument to the Harlem Renaissance, the Apollo boasts a Belle-Époque crimson décor, spacious public areas, office support facilities, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment in its two the- aters – the 1,500-seat Mainstage and the intimate 150-seat Soundstage. This Harlem jewel and its surround- ing neighborhood offer your guests a cultural milieu that is unique in America and the world, a community that vibrates with the energy of many cultures. While the Apollo is probably best know for its legendry Amateur Night and as the place where many iconic artists got their start, few know that the Apollo is also a fabulous venue for meetings, conferences, weddings and a variety of unique and memorable events of every possible description. The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization established in 1991, is dedicated to the preservation and development of the legendary Apollo Theater through the Apollo Experience of world-class live performances and education pro- grams that, honor the influence and advance the contributions of African- American artists; and advance emerg- ing creative voices across cultural and artistic media. Air travelers to New York City may arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport or LaGuardia Airport, both in Queens, or Newark Liberty Inter- national Airport in neighboring New Jersey. N E W Y O R K • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Hilton New York 1,981 New York Marriott Marquis 1,949 Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers 1,750 Waldorf-Astoria 1,100 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Jacob K. Javits Convention Center total exhibit space 814,400 sq. ft. meeting rooms 100 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? New York City Visitors & Convention Bureau 212-484-1200 New York African-American Chamber of Commerce ChamberCommerce Apollo Mainstage Banquet Setup Photo Credit: New YorkCity VCB B M & T ••• July/August 2014 ••• 56

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