New York's not known as the city that never sleeps for nothing. Fresh off the announcement of a record-breaking 48.7 million visitors in 2010, Mayor Bloomberg has upped the ante to 50 million by 2012. With an appealing slate of winter promotions that are valuable to both tourists and locals alike, it's a goal that we can't help but imagine being realized. 2011 is certainly off to a strong start!
Theater queens, this one's for you: NYC's first-ever Broadway Week, takes a bow on the Great White Way January 24February 10, offering up two-for-one tickets to 18 popular shows. That's right, free tickets, especially for massive crowd-pleasing musicals like Chicago, American Idiot, and The Lion King. So if you want to see the oh-la-la of the La Cage revival or kick heels with Billy Elliot, it's best to book early (code BW2011), because like Restaurant Week which also begins January 24 and features three-course prix fixe meals at over 300 top restaurants these deals are bound to go fast. If you're feeling lucky, enter to win a pair of tickets per month for a year as well, through February 9. Visit NYCgo.com/GetMoreNYC for the full list of shows, terms and sweepstakes.
Off-Broadway lovers can also take advantage of the third-annual Time Out New York-sponsored On the House program January 24February 13, which offers BOGO benefits for more than 30 of the city's quirkier, queerer shows (Avenue Q, Stomp, Fuerzabruta, My Big Gay Italian Wedding), plus two-for-one drink specials afterward with ticket stubs at select booze hubs.
Raising the curtain on some of Manhattan's finest sleeps, the Signature Collection's Third Night promo (NYCgo.com/ThirdNight) gives visitors or plush staycationers a free third night through March 7 after they book and pay for two consecutive nights. Think of it as luxe, 33-percent off. Properties in the Signature Collection include such high-class gems as The Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula, Waldorf Towers, The London, and just added this year, The Chatwal New York, smack in the heart of the Theater District.