Getting around NYC now a point and click away
Navigating New York City just got a lot easier.
City officials today unveiled a new Web site and revamped tourism center in midtown that combines Google maps, real-time events listings and personalized itineraries accessible in nine foreign languages.
Tourism is the cornerstone of our economy, said Deputy Mayor Robert Lieber. Despite anticipated economic challenges this year . . . New York City continues to be the number one U.S. destination for tourism spending.
The Web site, nycgo.com, will also allow users to post reviews and trade recommendations.
Partnerships with the Web sites Travelocity and Open Table will let people book restaurant reservations, hotels and flights.
Touch screens with the same features are now up and running at the citys Information Center in midtown, which re-opened after a seven-month, a $1.8 million renovation.
People can also buy MetroCards and tickets to various tourist attractions at the center, at Broadway and 52nd Street.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg encouraged residents of the city to use the services as well as visitors.
By extending these new travel resources to our residents, we are giving New Yorkers the chance to more actively take advantage of the citys diverse and exciting neighborhoods, Bloomberg said.