Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, NYC & Company Chairman Emily K. Rafferty and CEO George Fertitta, and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin yesterday unveiled the Big Apple’s new Official NYC Information Center in midtown Manhattan and launched nycgo.com, the new online resource for exploring New York City.
The Mayor was joined for the announcement by Google Senior Vice President Tim Armstrong and Travelocity Chief Marketing Officer Jeffrey Glueck at the new Information Center, at 810 Seventh Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets.
The opening of the center fulfills a commitment the Mayor made in the State of the City speech, where he discussed the importance of making investments to promote culture and tourism in New York City.
The information center and website are designed for both visitors and residents and will allow people to better navigate and manage their visits to and within the five boroughs.
The new website offers information on hotels, dining, attractions and events, and NYC & Company joined with the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs to include on the website a calendar of New York City’s cultural events.
The new center will feature new interactive capabilities, including personalized itineraries. The center features digital NYC maps and event and venue information on attractions throughout the five boroughs. Wall-mounted multi-lingual information kiosks, available in nine foreign languages, offers information on transportation and other services. The center will also sell MetroCards and tickets to NYC attractions.