Your Group Travel Specialist in North America
Presenting an Introduction to
New York City
Destination New York City
NEW YORK CITY is one of the great cities of the world. Everyone knows the name but get
to know it and you will find a city of many neighborhoods and famous landmarks around
every corner. The lights of Broadway shine bright and iconic Times Square is
mesmerizing on any day of the week. The famous yellow cabs that never seem to stop
for you on a rainy day, TV and film crews around almost every corner, pretzel vendors and
street musicians; all are just a part of the every day on the “Island of Manhattan.”
New York is a big city in every sense of the word. 12 city
blocks stretch between the Hudson and the East Rivers and
200 city blocks range from the Financial District and Battery
Park (former home to the World Trade Center Towers) to
the northern point of Central Park… a welcoming green
oasis amid the concrete towers and busy streets, and it is
still true that more than 12 million people call the city
It is a city with a pulse unlike any other. Mayor Giuliani and
then 9/11 brought the people together like no other place
before it.
As a teenager my dream was to visit, even work in New York City, instead I found myself in
Canada, resting finally in Toronto, another great city which I now happily call home.
At a mere one hour’s flight away, New York is the city I most enjoy to visit and being able to
show it to others is always a pleasure…
Destination New York City
Clockwise from top left: Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central
Park, Yellow Cabs.
New York City – A City of Neighborhoods
Clockwise from top left: Chinatown, Little Italy, Greenwich Village, Shopping in
Soho, Union Square, Upper West Side
Cultural Attractions – Year Round
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is the world's most famous
office building. As an international landmark for more than
77 years, it continues to capture the awe and amazement
and curiosity of its visitors.
New York Waterways
Enjoy New York’s beautiful harbor with a 90 minute skyline
cruise and view the magnificent architectural wonders and
historical landmarks that make this the most famous skyline in
the world. Or experience the magic of "the city at night" as you
cruise gracefully past the skyline as it comes to life at
sundown. A great way to get out of the hustle and bustle of the
city streets and gaze upon Manhattan from the water.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Perched 70 stories above the city at historic Rockefeller
Plaza, the panoramic views offer an excellent alternative
to the Empire State Building due to being able to secure
a reservation time, unlike the Empire State where even
with pre-booking the lines can still be very long.
Cultural Attractions – Year Round
MoMA – The Museum
of Modern Art
Perhaps the most influential
museum of modern art in the
world. The museum's collection
offers an unparalleled overview
of modern and contemporary
art, including works of
architecture and design,
drawings, painting, sculpture,
photography, prints, illustrated
books, film and electronic
The Met Metropolitan
Museum Of Art
From the sidewalk on Fifth
Avenue, with its tall
columns and windows,
immense stairways and
water fountains, The Met
looks like it could be an
emperor’s palace. The size
and diversity of the
artwork on display
represents every part of
the world, spanning the
Stone Age to the twentyfirst century.
An internationally
renowned art museum
and one of the most
significant architectural
icons of the 20th
century, the
Guggenheim Museum is
at once a vital cultural
center, an educational
institution, and the heart
of an international
network of museums.
Cultural Attractions – Year Round
American Museum of Natural History
Located on the Upper West Side is one of the largest and most
celebrated museums in the world. Located in park-like grounds,
the Museum comprises 25 interconnected buildings that house 46
permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories, and its renowned
library. The collections contain over 32 million specimens, of which
only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time.
National Museum of the American Indian
Explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas and the strength
and continuity of their cultures from the earliest times to the present with
a wide a range of public programs—including music and dance
performances, films, and symposia at the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S.
Custom House located in lower Manhattan.
The Tenement Museum
A New York City Museum that tells the
stories of immigrants who lived in 97
Orchard Street, a tenement built in 1863
on Manhattan's Lower East Side that was
home to nearly 7000 working class
Cultural Attractions – Year Round
Carnegie Hall Tours
Catch an insider’s glimpse of Carnegie Hall and experience a
century-long performance tradition that has showcased the world's
finest artists—from Tchaikovsky to Mahler, from Horowitz to Callas to
Bernstein, even Judy Garland and the Beatles. Come and share in
the history of America's most famous concert hall!
Radio City Music Hall Backstage Tour
Get a back-stage view of An American People’s Palace,
home to the world famous Rockettes (pictured). The
house steals the show. It has been said of Donald
Deskey's masterpiece of American Modernist design
that the “Music Hall needs no performers.”
Lincoln Center For the Performing Arts
Celebrate the arts at America’s premier performing arts center and
home to the world famous New York Symphony Orchestra,
Metropolitan Opera House and the renowned Julliard School of Music
to name but a few. Every year millions of visitors flock to Lincoln
Center’s grand theaters to enjoy the world’s most distinguished
opera and ballet companies, musicians, theater and films.
Performances are also possible for bands and orchestras in the
Cultural Attractions – Year Round
Apollo Theater
Located in the heart of Harlem, this world famous theater is so much more
than a historic landmark - it is a source of pride and a symbol of the
brilliance of American artistic accomplishment. Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday,
James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson are but a few of the stars
that have added to its rich history and continued significance as the bastion
of African-American culture and achievement.
Morgan Library and Museum
Rembrandt and Picasso, Mozart, Bob Dylan, Dickens and
Hemingway, Gutenberg Bibles, and Babar the Elephant are all to be
found in midtown Manhattan where the Morgan houses one of the
world's greatest collections of artistic, literary, and musical works,
from ancient times to the Medieval and Renaissance periods to the
present day.
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
The cheapest tour option is the “free” Staten Island ferry which
runs throughout the day between Battery Park and New Jersey
and offers excellent views of the Manhattan skyline and the
famous statue (however there is no option to actually visit the
For all visitors wishing to visit the Statue and Ellis Island
Museum ferry fees are in effect and must be paid by all visitors.
Cultural Attractions – Year Round
United Nations Guided Tours
The site of some of the most significant events in recent
history, when you pass through the gates of the United Nations
Headquarters in New York, you enter international territory.
The land does not belong to just one country, but to all
countries that have joined the Organization. The United
Nations has its own security and fire forces, issues its own
postage stamps and conducts business in its six official
languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid, one of
the most successful ships in US history, now a
national historic landmark and one of the most
unique attractions in New York City, enjoy thrilling
historical re-creations such as Kamikaze: Day of
Darkness, Day of Light, to new interactive
displays. Visitors also can ride in the A-6 Cockpit
Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour
the inside of the world’s fastest commercial
airplane, Concorde.
Cultural Attractions – Year Round
NBC Studio Tour
300 New York Bowling
Since 1933, NBC has offered this historic tour through
the halls and into the studios of NBC's NYC operations.
Stop at the NBC Sharp History Theatre, and learn about
NBC's early days in radio and then enter and visit some
of the most famous studios, including: The Today Show,
Dateline NBC, NBC Nightly News, Late Night with Conan
O'Brien, and Saturday Night Live
Located at Chelsea Piers is this ultimate entertainment venue with 40
state-of-the-art bowling lanes and automatic scoring on plasma
screens. Whether watching sports on super-sized video screens and
sound systems or enjoying the lights experience; don’t forget to bowl.
This attraction is on offer during the school year, Mondays to Fridays
only, when they offer an excellent pizza lunch and bowling package.
New Coming in 2010 - Xanadu
Now scheduled to open in early summer 2010 in
Meadowlands, New Jersey, this 4.8 million-square-foot
entertainment destination will offer a broad array of
engaging experiences, including interactive entertainment
venues, fine dining, outdoor amusements, runway fashion
shows and its main attraction—America's first Snow Dome
for indoor skiing.
Summer in the City
Visiting Central Park in
summertime is a must,
walking tours can be
arranged, visit the Central
Park Zoo, bikes can be
rented and organized bike
tours are also available…
Boat cruises on the
Hudson or even
around the island of
Manhattan are
available.. at various
price points…
South Street Seaport
Enjoy music, art, performances,
food and shopping amongst some of
the oldest architecture in downtown
Manhattan, including the largest
concentration of restored early 19thcentury commercial buildings in the
Six Flags Great Adventure
A 2200-acre park featuring awesome
rides, great shows, and incredible
attractions located 60 miles from
Manhattan in Jackson, New Jersey. Open
May to September. (bottom right)
Winter in the City
In addition to the
plentiful museums
and iconic attractions,
groups can enjoy
skating at Rockefeller
Plaza, Bryant Park or
Central Park (pictured
at left from top to
bottom) – however,
fees do apply…
Transportation – Academy Bus
Our preferred supplier Academy Bus provides professional
charter service to groups of all sizes.
50-54 Passenger Touring Coaches (54 seat
coaches are most suitable when large equipment
is being transported)
47-54 Passenger Wheelchair Accessible Coaches
54 Passenger Luxury Coaches
15 Passenger Mercedes Mini Bus
Note: As of the Spring of 2009 it is still not a requirement
for all motorcoaches to have seatbelts... this is something
being discussed but so far with no resolution.
Tour Escorts & Tour Guides
Our enthusiastic and informative tour guides are a bonus to any
tour and offer that extra sense of ease as they take care of the
day to day details.
Eliane Delettre and Sally Kelly
Our Chief Tour Escorts although based in Toronto, travel all through
North America as well as overseas with some of our Canadian
groups. They are particularly well versed in the major cities of the
US, especially New York, Washington and Boston. Both are
professional in every sense of the word and will take care of each
group working closely with the group leaders.
Whether a music tour or an educational visit, they are well briefed
in every aspect.
Supporting them in New York specifically, are our “Actor” Tour
Guides, headed up by Tony Jackson and Jay Sharf, each of who
have the knack of making the exciting city even more exciting and
relevant to each age group. You may spot Tony in an episode of
Law and Order, so have your cameras ready.
For those groups not requiring full time assistance, then Tony, Jay
or one of their colleagues can take care of meet and greet and
general assistance and tour guiding.
Featured Accommodations – Manhattan
Manhattan Upper West Side International
Youth Hostel
Situated near Central Park and Columbia University, the hostel is in an
historic Victorian Gothic-style building on Upper West Side. Clean,
modern co-ed and separate male/female dormitory style
accommodation (four to twelve-bedded rooms) with shared bathrooms
in the hallways. Linens, towels, and a housekeeping service are
provided free of charge. Private rooms with and without baths are also
Royal Park Hotel
Newly renovated, this property offers private rooms
with shared bath, available for twin occupancy with
limited quad occupancy (sharing 2 beds), but it also
offers twin rooms with private baths.. all at reasonable
cost. Breakfasts are taken off site at local diners.
Broadway Hotel Hostel
Shared rooms are dormitory-style ranging
from 4, 6, and 8 beds, many ensuite with
clean private baths. Also offered are
private ensuite rooms for more privacy.
Breakfasts are taken off site at local diners.
Alternate Accommodations - Manhattan
Edison Hotel
The Hotel Edison in Midtown Manhattan was built in 1931 in the same
grand Art Deco style as Radio City Music Hall, and is situated in one of
the most dynamic sections of New York City. Their lights literally shine
on Broadway! Just steps from Times Square, walking distance to
theaters, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Shopping, and
Dining, it’s an exciting place to stay in the heart of New York City.
Hotel Wolcott
The Wolcott is located in the center of
Manhattan, within walking distance to
Broadway’s Theater district and Times Square
and features rooms with two and three single
Novotel Time Square & Holiday
Inn Midtown
For adult guests with higher budgets, we are
happy to recommend the Novotel Times Square
(far left) and Holiday Inn Midtown (near left).
Featured Accommodations – New Jersey
Hampton Inn and Suites Newark Riverwalk Hotel
Situated only five miles from Newark Airport, guests are within walking distance of
Newark's business district and a short trip into Manhattan. Recreational facilities include
a fitness center, indoor pool and a fabulous Lobby Bar with spectacular views of the
Newark Skyline and the Passaic River. Options for traditional rooms include a two queen
bedded room which can easily be shared by 4 persons if willing to do so for a less
expensive option. All rooms have a microwave, refrigerator, work desk and
complimentary high speed internet.
Alternate Accommodations – New Jersey
Hampton Inn Secaucus
Located in the
Meadowlands area of New
Jersey, the Hampton Inn
Secaucus offers a short
trip into Manhattan.
Recreational facilities
include a fitness room and
for traditional rooms
include two double
bedded rooms, all of
which feature
refrigerators, microwaves
and hair dryers.
Hampton Inn
Newark Airport
Situated near Newark
airport, guests are only
short trip away from
Manhattan. The hotel
features an exercise room
and sauna and options
for traditional rooms include
two double bedded rooms or
two queen bedded rooms
which can easily be shared
by 4 persons if willing to do
so for a less expensive
option. All rooms feature TV,
work desk and
complimentary high speed
Holiday Inn
Hasbrouck Heights
Located in the
Meadowlands area of
New Jersey, the Holiday
Inn is also a short trip
into Manhattan.
Recreational facilities
include an outdoor pool
and spacious fitness
room. Room options
include two executive
or double bedded
rooms, all of which can
easily be shared by 4
persons if willing to do
so for a less expensive
Selected New York City Themed Restaurants
Jekyll and Hyde Club
Mars 2112
The restaurant's theme is spooky
horror, with detailed decorations, set
pieces, and actors who roam the
restaurant and entertain patrons. In
addition to the live characters, there
are a number of audio-animatronic
props, sounds, and special effects which
contribute to the overall atmosphere of
the club.
Ever dream about going
to Mars? Located in
Times Square, this is a
spectacular mingling of
fantasy and reality,
spread over 35,000square-feet that
catapults travelers to a
completely new world.
Hard Rock Cafe
Located in the center
of the city, heart of
Times Square, the
new Hard Rock Cafe
New York will rock
your senses with
tantalizing food and
drinks and an aweinspiring rock
Planet Hollywood
Get a true taste of
Hollywood whilst sitting
amongst the best motion
picture memorabilia from
big screen hit movies old
and new.
Ellen’s Stardust Diner
A retro 50s diner filled with
nostalgic memorabilia. This
unique blast from the past also
features singing waitstaff and
variety shows. Experience a
never forgotten era as you
enjoy the best in classic
American cuisine
(complimented with updated
food items for the 2000s).
Selected New York City Dining Alternatives
John’s Pizzeria
Dallas BBQ
Since its doors opened in
the late Twenties, it has
become world-renowned
and a legendary
institution in New York
City - a place where
generations of New
Yorkers and tourists alike
have come to enjoy the
finest pizza the city has
to offer.
NYC’s most popular BBQ
restaurant offering
great food at a great
price. Enjoy their
famous rotisserie
chicken, succulent baby
back ribs and other
Kosher Deli Deluxe
Pastrami, corned beef
and all the usual NYC
classics alongside
Chinese food and a free
salad bar! And all of it
John’s Shanghai
Serving the best gourmet
Chinese cuisine at most
reasonable prices in the
heart of new York City
Ben’s Deli
Committed to preserving the
traditional cuisine of their Eastern
European heritage, Ben’s offers
fresh food, freshly prepared and
courteously served in a clean,
well-maintained restaurant
faithfully observing the Kosher
dietary laws.
Instrument Rental
To avoid bringing large oversize instruments on the
tour, groups should consider renting and we are happy
to offer this service.
Also, keep in mind the difference in voltage… the US
system is 110v as opposed to the European standard
of 220v.
Our preferred supplier of rental musical equipment and
chair rental for specific performances is Carroll’s
Music in Manhattan… who have served us well.
Items for rent include double basses, keyboards and
amplifiers, tympani and bass drums… plus most other
miscellaneous percussion items.
Delivery and pick up can also be arranged and would
be subject to quotation.
Please note they also offer rehearsal space, always of
course, at a cost.
Selected NYC Performance Venues include:
New York offers a wide range of performance opportunities however those
seeking indoor venues during the heat of summer will (as in Toronto) find it
difficult to secure good audiences.
Summer Months
i.e. May to September
Naturally outdoor venues are more conducive to concert bands, orchestras and small ensembles,
however some dance groups and vocal jazz groups may also wish to consider these options.
Central Park
Naumberg Bandshell
United Nations Plaza
Bryant Park, Greeley Square
and other city squares
Best times: Noon or 4:00
p.m on weekends, or 4:30
p.m during the week.
Usually performances
take place at noon daily.
Bands only.
All have excellent audience
potential at noon daily. Choice
of location determined by
Selected NYC Performance Venues include:
Summer Months
i.e. May to September
South Street Seaport
Intrepid Sea, Air and
Space Museum
Ellis Island
April to June 30 only.
Admission for the tour
Ferry fee required.
World Financial Center
Perform in the Waterside Winter Garden.
Morgan Park Summer Music
A terrific venue located on Long Island. Long term
notice is required to be included in program.
Selected NYC Performance Venues include:
Year Round Indoor:
United Nations Foyer
Choirs only. Noon Monday
to Friday.
Xanadu Meadowlands
Year round venues, largely
indoor (opening Summer
New York Waterways
Ferry Terminal Building
Intermittent audience. 2 hour
boat cruise must be purchased
at discounted rate.
Selected Senior
Citizen & Assisted
Living Centers
Excellent facilities and reception
for all styles of groups.
Brooklyn Centre for
the Performing Arts
Unique opportunities may be available
during summer school to perform for
students in a closed hall environment.
Suitable for all styles of ensemble.
Selected High Schools
Both in New Jersey and a limited
number of schools on the Island of
Manhattan itself. These include
performing arts schools of a fairly high
standard, so it is important to establish
the level of the visiting group.
Selected NYC Performance Venues include:
Year Round Indoor:
St Paul’s Chapel or
Trinity Church
Both located near Ground
Zero. Choirs can perform
at noon Monday to Friday.
St. Bartholomew's Church
The Grace Church
A Gothic revival masterpiece.
The Riverside Church
Cathedral Church of St.
John the Divine
Receives both choirs and orchestras
by request. Audience potential is
not great!
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Accepting requests for dates after
end of 2011 when their
renovations will completed.
About venues in New York City
Please note that without adequate advance information
from each touring group that it can be very difficult to
secure venues. Many performance venues in new York
in particular are booked months, even years in advance.
Many city venues have the additional requirement of
providing proof of between $1 and $2,000,000 in
liability insurance which must name the venue and be
provided in advance.
Special Opportunities for Dance Groups
It may be possible to arrange to attend workshops
at the world famous Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theater, STEPS on Broadway or with a member of
the New York Ballet Company. Of course, there
would be costs involved…

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