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New York City blossoms with new attractions in 2016

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New York City never sleeps, we all know that, but spring is a particularly exciting time in the Big Apple. Not only Manhattan has new things to showcase, but also the lesser known borough of Queens dishes up with appealing offers for international visitors.
The Oculus Opens at the World Trade Center
From the outside, New York City’s new transportation hub called the Oculus has the appearance of a majestic white bird about to take flight; from the inside, the vast, sunlit space has the grandeur of a cathedral. The Oculus, which opened this March, is much more than a transit hub—it’s a destination in its own right, both as a modern architectural marvel, designed by Santiago Calatrava (the designer of the Turning Torso in Malmö), and a hot new shopping hub. More than 125 shops will be opening later this year, including high-end retailers (Apple, Tom Ford, Tiffany), popular chains (H&M, Sephora, Banana Republic) and food and drink (Daniel Boulud, Eataly, La Colombe Torrefaction).
Most Scandinavian visitors to NYC have the new World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on their list. The Oculus is right between the two sites, making it an obvious addition to the list, where visitors can stop by and feast their eyes on the spectacular new building.

Queens Taste, May 3rd
Queens Taste 2016 will showcase roughly 60 restaurants, food makers, drink purveyors, and other borough-based businesses, along with their world-class products. Now in its 13th year, the event has grown from its original foodie focus into one of the borough’s biggest events.

World class chefs, specializing in a wide array of diverse cuisines, will offer mouth-watering appetizers, entrées, desserts, artisan products, and beverages sumptuous enough to please even the pickiest palate. Enjoy everything from the famous Ottomanelli hamburger and Portuguese paella from Jamaica’s O Lavrador to mixed drinks from LIC hotspot SquareWine & Spirits and sweet treats from Rudy’s Bakery in Ridgewood.
Read more about Queens Taste here: http://www.itsinqueens.com/dq/queenstaste/about/
NYCxDESIGN, May 3rd – 17th
Creativity reigns during the annual NYCxDESIGN, the City’s official celebration of global design fashioned by some of the City’s most renowned names in the design world and beyond. The multifaceted program comprises exhibitions, installations, talks, trade shows and open studios. Among the shows and festivals under the NYCxDESIGN umbrella are BKLYN Designs, Collective Design, Frieze New York, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), and Wanted Design.
New York City has over 44,000 practicing designers, meaning that the area has more people working in design fields than any other metropolitan area in the US – almost as many as LA and Chicago combined.
For more information, visit nycxdesign.com
Night at the Museums June 21st 2016
Under the umbrella of the River to River Festival, more than 10 downtown museums and historic sites will open their doors on June 21st, from 4 to 8pm, offering free admission and special programming. The participating organizations have yet to be announced, but last year’s event included the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Federal Hall National Memorial, Fraunces Tavern Museum, Museum of American Finance, Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Museum of the American Indian–New York, Skyscraper Museum, South Street Seaport Museum, 9/11 Tribute Center, NYC Municipal Archives Visitor Center and Wall Street Walks.

Keep updated on www.mjhnyc.org/nightatthemuseums/

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