New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg helped unveil a new information center and website that are designed to provide more and better information to visitors.
The project, spearheaded by NYC & Company, the privately held marketing and tourism arm of New York, was announced Wednesday at the new NYC Information Center, located at 810 Seventh Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
The information center, which closed in July and reopened after a $1.8 million renovation, is now outfitted with interactive Google Earth map tables with which visitors can create custom itineraries; FAQ touch-screen walls with information in nine languages (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish); a large multimedia screen; and flyers and leaflets provided by NYC & Company and various vendors.
"We didn’t have to spend a cent of taxpayers’ money on it," Bloomberg said. The mayor explained that financing for the project came from membership dues and grants that make up some of NYC & Company's funding base.
NYCgo.com, the official new website of NYC & Company, features editorial content from Time Out New York and Paper magazines and the New York Observer; deals and offers; a cultural calendar; Google-powered interactive maps and search; mobile integration platforms that allow users to send event listings to mobile devices; and MyNYC, user-generated content that includes profile pages and the ability to share New York interests and reviews.