Over 30 new hotels are expected to open in New York in 2010, solidifying The Big Apple’s status as one of the world’s most exciting cities and a premier destination for meeting and incentive groups. By Don Douloff, October 14, 2010
Recommended Website: nycgo.com/meetingplanners
Average Hotel Room Rate: $238 USD (2009)
Convention Facilities: The Javits Center houses more than 1.8-million sq. ft. of flexible space on three levels. In addition to over 75 newly renovated meeting rooms, there’s the Special Events Hall, seating 3,200 for theatre-style meetings and receptions and 1,200 for banquets.
With 208,000 sq. ft. of exhibit area, Piers 92/94 is New York’s second-largest convention facility. Connected by a headhouse, Pier 94 offers 133,000 sq. ft. and Pier 92 features 75,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit or event space. Open space, high ceilings and column-free corridors provide great flexibility.
Opened in May, 2010, 292-room Eventi – A Kimpton Hotel features over 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space in nine flexible meeting rooms, multiple outdoor terraces and two hospitality suites, to host up to 265 (seated) or 350 (receptions).
The 607-room InterContinental New York Times Square launched in July, 2010, featuring over 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space, including 10 meeting rooms.
W New York – Downtown debuted in August, 2010, with 217 guestrooms. Four meeting spaces, totalling 1,933 sq. ft., are outfitted with plasma screens, highspeed Internet and WiFi.
Attractions + Distractions
The second phase of the High Line—a 1.5-milelong elevated rail structure and public promenade on Manhattan’s west side—extending to 30th Street, opens in spring, 2011.
The 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, near the World Trade Center site, provides an opportunity to view real-time images of the construction progress at the World Trade Center site. The memorial will open in 2011; the museum, in 2012.
À la Carte
Tom Colicchio closed Craftsteak and, in January, 2010, relaunched as Colicchio & Sons, a high-ceilinged space serving creative, globally-inflected fare—say, lamb loin with fennel gnocchi. Private room hosts 30 for seated dining and 65 for cocktails.
Hudson Hall, the Hudson Hotel’s main-floor restaurant, has received a major overhaul and now evokes an Ivy League mess hall, where you serve yourself and grab a seat at heavy, blackstained communal tables.