New York Mayor Bloomberg and NYC & Company announced Neighborhood x Neighborhood, a new initiative designed to support local businesses and encourage tourism in neighborhoods outside traditional tourist locations across the five boroughs.
Starting immediately with Bushwick, Fort Greene and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC & Company will promote neighborhoods each month as visiting points of interest for New Yorkers and the more than 52 million visitors who travel to New York City each year. More and more travelers are visiting boroughs beyond Manhattan, and in just the past six years, 72 new hotels have been built outside of Manhattan alone.
“Visitors to New York City should know that in every borough of our great city, there are neighborhoods with great restaurants, shops and cultural institutions,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “We’ve focused on bringing more tourists to neighborhoods outside of Manhattan, and it’s paid off with more hotels being built and tourism-related economic activity happening in those boroughs. Our neighborhoods are what make New York City unique, and visitors who explore the boroughs beyond the beaten path are sure to be rewarded with unforgettable, only-in-New-York experiences.”As New York City’s landscape of over 90,000 hotel rooms, 25,000 restaurants and over 31,000 retail trade establishments (supporting 356,000 leisure and hospitality jobs) continues to grow, the City strives to meet its new goal of welcoming 55 million visitors by 2015, generating $70 billion in economic impact. With Neighborhood x Neighborhood, NYC & Company aims to encourage the influx of visitors to explore neighborhoods, attractions and hotels outside the traditional tourist locations.