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A  ‘Monumental Year’ for New York CIty in 2019

NEW York City next year will see the opening of numerous large-scale developments to entice even more visitors to the Big Apple. Among these are Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s far west side— the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States — with restaurants, shops and 14 acres of open public space ; The Shed, a multi-arts centre dedicated to global displays of visual art, design and media; and Vessel, a climbable urban landmark created by British designer Thomas Heatherwick.

View of the Special Events Plaza with the Vessel in the background | Courtesy of VisualHouse

A new museum will also open — the new Statue of Liberty Museum — expected to debut next May on Liberty Island. Meanwhile the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is undergoing a renovation and expansion that will increase gallery space by 30 percent and enhance public spaces. The second phase is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

View of the Pavilion Grove | Courtesy of VisualHouse

For shopaholics, the 100-store Empire Outlets  —NYC’s first and only outlet destination — on Staten Island will open in Spring next year.

As for suitable accommodation for the expected increase in tourism. New York City continues to be home to the most active hotel developments with 117,500 hotel rooms and an expected 140,000 more by the end of 2021. Recent hotel openings include The Hoxton, Williamsburg, Mr. C Seaport and the Moxy NYC Downtown. Debuting in autumn is The Times Square EDITION.

To facilitate and stimulate tourism from the Southeast Asia region, NYC & Company  (New York City’s official destination marketing organisation) last month announced a new outpost in Singapore. The announcement was made during IMM Asia by NYC & Company Senior Vice President Global Communications, Christopher Heywood. Also at the meet was NYC & Company Managing Director, Tourism Market Development, Makiko Matsuda Healy.

NYC & Company  spotlights 2019 as an indispensable year to visit New York City through its “2019 – A Monumental Year” campaign.

Upper Level View Through the Vessel | Courtesy of Forbes Massie

The great news for travellers from this region planning trips to the Big Apple is that there is now a nonstop flight from Changi Airport, Singapore, to New York City’s Newark Liberty International Airport.

Singapore Airlines’ launched on Oct 11 the longest non-stop flight in the world. The flight duration was 17 hours 52 minutes. The route is served by the all-new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range) .

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