NYC prepares for its biggest year of tourism yet

New developments, refurbishments and icons in New York City 2019


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New York City continues to dominate as one of the world’s most-visited destinations across the globe, experiencing another best-ever year in 2017 at 62.8 million visitors and projecting continued growth into 2018, with an expected 65.1 million visitors by the year’s completion. This figure represents the continued place-holding of New York City as the number one US destination for international visitation, visitor spending and economic impact; and of these international visitors, Australians represent the fifth-highest demographic.

In preparation for this continued status, the city has announced a number of exciting developments, refurbishments and openings ranging across everything from its airports, to its many museums, to its very suburbs in 2019.

The Vessel, NYC

Airport upgrades

New York City’s airports – JFK International Airport, Stewart International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark International Airport – have all had large overhauls announced. JFK’s transformation is projected to cost $10 billion, and will include an interconnected terminal layout, centralized parking lots, and updated security features. New York International at Stewart Field represents a $34 million investment, while LaGuardia has received $4 billion and Newark Liberty International Airport $2.4 billion.

Hotel openings

New York City is the most active hotel development hub in the country with some 117,300 hotel rooms, expected to increase to an inventory of nearly 137,000 hotel rooms by the end of 2019. The city also currently has the highest occupancy rate (88 per cent on average) and the highest average daily room rate in the nation. New developments for 2019 include the much-anticipated expansion of the Six Senses and Aman hotel groups into the American market; the New York City locations will be the country’s first in both cases. At JFK Airport in Queens, luxury TWA Hotel is also expected to open in 2019, its futuristic design equipped with infinity pool and all.

The TWA Hotel

Cultural openings

Many of New York City’s cultural institutions are also on-track for facelifts in 2018-19, including Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art, currently undergoing a renovation and expansion that will increase gallery space by 30 percent and will enhance public spaces. The first phase of renovations on the east end is now complete and the next phase, including new construction on the west end, has an estimated completion date of summer 2019.

2019 will also see the opening of the new 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum, expected to debut next May. Among the museum’s attractions will be the original Torch, salvaged from the statue’s upgrade in 1984. Other new large-scale developments coming to New York City in 2019 include The Shed, a multi-arts centre dedicated to global displays of visual art, design, media; and Vessel, a climbable urban landmark created by British designer Thomas Heatherwick anticipated to become one of the City’s icons.

The Shed, NYC

… And even suburbs

Perhaps one of the largest-scale developments coming to NYC in 2019 is Hudson Yards on the waterfront of Manhattan’s far west side. The area will represent the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and will welcome a new flagship Neiman Marcus store – the first in NYC – in addition to an Equinox® branded luxury hotel, 16 distinct dining experiences and the City’s highest outdoor observation deck.

Main image: Hudson Yards, NYC
All images courtesy of NYCGO.

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