Officials: There's more to New York than Broadway

Due to a stagehands' strike that has shut down many theaters in New York, the city is providing highlights and periodic updates on cultural events, including some theater, on its Web site and via a dedicated phone line.

The information appears at the city's official Web site,, and on NYC & Company's site, Visitors or prospective visitors also can call 311 in the city or, from outside the five boroughs, (212) NEW YORK.

Kate Levin, cultural affairs commissioner for New York, said, "From 'Pygmalion' at the Roundabout Theater, to 'The (S) Files' exhibition at El Museo del Barrio, to great music at Joe's Pub, there is something for everyone to do in New York City."

The following Broadway shows -- "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Cymbeline," "Mary Poppins," "Mauritius," "Pygmalion," "The Ritz," "Xanadu" and "Young Frankenstein" -- remain open. In addition, Off-Broadway shows, nonprofit cultural organizations and special events, such as the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, are not affected by the strike.

In addition, the city has extended the hours of operation of its Official Visitor Information Center in Midtown Manhattan, located at 810 Seventh Ave. between 52nd and 53rd streets. The site will remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily through Friday.

New York also operates visitor kiosks in Harlem (253 W. 125th St.), the Financial District (26 Wall St.), City Hall Park (Broadway sidewalk at Park Row) and Chinatown (at the intersection of Canal, Walker and Baxter streets).

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Nadine Godwin at [email protected].

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