Anchored by boisterous tourism growth in the Big Apple, the New York City metropolitan area continues to reign as a top global destination. From Westchester County to Brooklyn (with its skyline views of Manhattan, pictured), new hotels, restaurants and event spaces offer more options for groups.
• In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $10 billion plan to upgrade John F. Kennedy International Airport. The investment will include the new TWA Flight Center Hotel, expected to open in 2018.
• The design firm LendLease Turner was chosen in January to lead the $1.5 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The renovation will add more than one million square feet of event space.
More than 700 LinkNYC kiosks have been installed in New York City's five boroughs, offering free high-speed Internet, phone calls and device charging. By 2024, LinkNYC expects to provide 7,500 WiFi hotspots.
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• Brooklyn welcomed the 110-room La Quinta Inn & Suites Brooklyn Central near Barclays Center last month. Facilities on the property include meeting and conference rooms, a lounge, a recreation center and off-street parking. The property also offers complimentary WiFi and noteworthy views of the Manhattan skyline.
• In May, Hotel 50 Bowery NYC, a Joie de Vivre hotel, debuted in Chinatown with 229 guest rooms. This boutique hotel features a number of event spaces, including The Gallery, a 1,478-square-foot area curated by the Museum of Chinese in America, and an outdoor terrace spanning 5,018 square feet.
• In the Bronx, an 84-room Comfort Inn & Suites opened in May near Yankee Stadium. The hotel provides two event spaces -- the 336-square-foot Mets Meeting Room and the 476-square-foot Yankees Meeting Room.
• In a building that once housed Life magazine, the 98-room Life Hotel opened in April in Manhattan's trendy NoMad neighborhood. The property features a chef's rooftop restaurant and a basement speakeasy and cocktail bar that can hold up to 60 people for events.
• Hyatt's new extended-stay brand added a new hotel to Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood in April. The 150-room Hyatt House New York/Chelsea offers apartment-style suits on 30 floors with floor-to-ceiling windows.
• The 130-room LUMA Hotel Times Square came online in March. The 26-story building is less than a block from Bryant Park and features a Basque-inspired restaurant as well as a tapas and cocktail bar.
• In Queens, the 150-room Wyndham Garden Hotel Fresh Meadows debuted in March. The Wyndham property has 2,000 square feet of meeting space and can accommodate 77 conference guests or 62 banquet guests.
• London-based Firmdale Hotels opened its second property in the Big Apple in February, the 86-room Whitby Hotel. Features include three private rooms for small events and a screening theater that can accommodate up to 130 people.
• The 192-room 1 Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge Park debuted in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood in February. The eco-luxury property is a joint venture from Starwood Capital and Toll Brothers City Living and offers views of the East River.
• Between West 34th and 35th streets, the 148-room Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West opened in February. Designed by Ariel Aufgang, the new property is near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
• In February, the 612-room DoubleTree by Hilton New York--Times Square West opened near the Broadway Theater District. The hotel includes a rooftop bar, a signature restaurant, a fitness center and a 1,000-square-foot conference room that can accommodate up to 15 people.
• The 70-room Hotel RL by Red Lion Brooklyn, which opened in January, includes a downstairs screening room, a game room and a fleet of bicycles available for guests.
Just north of New York City, Westchester County offers a variety of venues for hosting meetings.
Meeting Hotels: Properties in White Plains include the 402-room Crowne Plaza White Plains; 146-room Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester, and 130-room Cambria Hotel & Suites White Plains.
Tarrytown properties include the 444-room Westchester Marriott, 247-room DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown and 212-room Tarrytown Estate.
Convention Center: The Westchester County Center has 36,600 square feet of exhibit space, a 400-seat theater and eight meeting rooms. (914) 995-4050
Airport Transit: Westchester County Airport, approximately four miles from downtown White Plains; transfer cost by taxi, about $24
Taxes: Room tax, 3%; sales tax, 7.375%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10.375%. Four communities have different sales taxes: see finance.westchestergov.com/county-sales-tax for details.
Contact: Westchester County Tourism & Film, (800) 833-9282
Meeting Hotels: Major meeting properties in the heart of Manhattan include the 1,981-room New York Hilton--Midtown, 1,946-room New York Marriott Marquis, 1,781-room Sheraton New York Hotel, 1,413-room Waldorf Astoria, 1,311-room Grand Hyatt New York, 1,015-room Roosevelt Hotel and 873-room Westin New York at Times Square.
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.
Convention Center: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 840,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 102; (212) 216-2000
Airport Transit: John F. Kennedy International Airport, 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Transfer cost by taxi, $52.50 plus tolls
LaGuardia Airport, about eight miles from Midtown Manhattan. Transfer cost by taxi, $29-$37 plus tolls
Newark Liberty International Airport, 16 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Transfer cost by taxi, $50 to $75 plus tolls
Taxes: Room tax, 5.875% plus $3.50 per room, per night; sales tax, 8.875%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.75% plus $3.50 per room, per night
Group Venue: In the 19th century, The Foundry was a working factory. Today, the historic building in Long Island City, Queens, is a stunning event venue featuring brick walls, wood beams, ivy, skylight windows and a hard-to-beat view of Manhattan's skyline. The venue includes the main space, comprised of the ground floor and mezzanine. The Courtyard, the Terrace, the Greenhouse, the Albra Room and the Pool Room also can be rented for special events. Up to 180 guests can be accommodated for a cocktail reception or 165 for a private dinner in the Courtyard. (718) 786-7776
Contact: NYC & Company, (212) 484-1200;