PR Director Kate Popham tells us about three new fab attractions coming to New York City
It’s known for being the city that never sleeps, but New York City is also the city that never stops. With hotels, attractions and infrastructure developments constantly being announced, it’s little wonder the city continues to attract record tourist numbers, with 20 million extra annual visitors added in the last 15 years.
On a recent visit to New York City, our NYC & Company team was given a preview of some of the future openings. Here are three to watch:
- The Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney Museum has a new home in the Meatpacking District and will open to the public on 1st May. Nestled between the High Line and the Hudson River, the museum’s new building was designed by Renzo Piano, the ‘starchitect’ behind The Shard in London and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. It has also been announced that The Metropolitan Museum of Art will take over the Whitney’s former premises on the Upper East Side to house its collection of modern and contemporary art.
- One World Observatory
One World Observatory will be the only part of One World Trade Center accessible to the public, but spread across floors 100, 101 and 102, it will also boast the best views. Opening on 29th May, One World Observatory is another important step in the revitalisation of Lower Manhattan, giving tourists another reason to visit the neighbourhood. We were lucky enough to get access before the official opening and although we’ve got to keep some things under wraps for now, trust us that it will be well worth a visit!
- The New York Wheel and Empire Outlets
There’s still a while to wait on this one, but big plans are afoot for Staten Island’s North Shore. This spring, ground will be broken on a new project to build a 630-foot observation wheel and an outlet shopping mall just a stone’s throw from the ferry terminal. The Staten Island ferry remains one of the best free things to do in New York City and when it leads you to discount designer shopping and what’s planned to be the world’s tallest ferris wheel, visitors will find plenty of reasons to increase their time on Staten Island.
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