In celebration of Women’s History Month, NYC & Co., the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs of NYC, is encouraging New Yorkers and visitors to support women-owned and women-operated businesses including hotels, restaurants, and shops and to explore countless cultural offerings and sites of historical significance all year-round, with an “NYC-cation” in the five boroughs.
According to the NYC & Co.’s chief marketing officer, Nancy Mammana (photo), as Women’s History Month kicks off, NYC & Co. proudly celebrates all the women who have made and continue to make an indelible mark on NYC. “Female-owned and -operated businesses are so vital to our City and our industry, and we invite New Yorkers and visitors to support these enterprises now and into the future. It is my honor and privilege to celebrate these women today and every day along-side my wonderful and talented female colleagues at NYC & Co.,” said.
Nancy Mammana reminds everyone to wear masks, practice social distancing, and frequently wash and sanitize hands, and check with individual businesses for current operating status hours, as well as health and safety protocols, before visiting.
Below is a brief selection of staycation ideas and womenled businesses to support during Women’s History Month and beyond.
1) Stay at Hotels Owned and Operated by Women:
• InterContinental New York Times Square offers chic rooms and a tranquil guest experience in the Crossroads of the World. General Manager Gul Turkmenoglu oversees the iconic 36-story property.
• The New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel, is known for its iconic Art Deco architecture and proximity to Herald Square, the Javits Center, and Hudson Yards. Ann Peterson was named President & General Manager in 2012.
• The Lotte New York Palace, led by General Manager Rebecca Hubbard, is just steps from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. With 909 guest rooms and suites and five-star service, the hotel is a true NYC landmark.
2) Explore Arts and Culture Spotlighting the Lives and Work of Women:
• The Met Fifth Avenue will present Alice Neel: People Come First from March 22nd through August 1st, showcasing approximately 100 pieces by the radical feminist painter and champion of social justice called East Harlem home.
• From March 11th through September 6th, MoMA PS1 in Queens will spot-light over 100 artworks by French American feminist and activist artist Niki de Saint Phalle in Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life.
• Morris-Jumel Mansion is Manhattan’s oldest surviving residence, built-in 1765 for British Colonel Roger Morris and his wife, Mary Philipse. The Washington Heights museum, which is currently open to the public, also offers a glimpse into the home’s first female owner with a Virtual Parlor Chat: Who was the Real Mary Philipse Morris?
• On March 18th, the National Museum of the American Indian will present Native Women Making Change as part of its Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future series. In this free virtual program, Aidan Graybill (Wyandot Nation of Kansas) and Representative Christina Haswood (Diné [Navajo]) will discuss the roles Indigenous women uphold within their communities and society at large.
• While temporarily closed to the public, New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem presents Femmetography: The Gaze Shifted, an online gallery and resource exploring photography from the perspective of Black women, curated as part of the center’s Teen Curators program.
3) Shop Female-Owned Retailers:
• Fishs Eddy, co-founded by Julie Gaines, is an NYC staple in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, known for its unique and quirky dishware and other home goods.
• Owned by Sarah McNally, McNally Jackson is one of NYC’s most-recognized independent bookstores, with locations in Nolita, the Seaport District, Williamsburg, and Downtown Brooklyn.
• Started by Eliza Blank, The Sill plant shop has locations on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Upper West Side, and in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. The company also offers a plant delivery service, online workshops, gift cards, and more.
4) Visit Parks and Outdoor Sites Honoring Women:
• On Manhattan’s Far West Side near Hudson Yards, Bella Abzug Park is named in honor of feminist, civil rights activist, lawyer, and U.S. Representative Bella Abzug.
• In March 2017, the Fearless Girl statue symbolizing female empowerment was unveiled in Lower Manhattan’s Charging Bull statue. Now located opposite the New York Stock Exchange, artist Kristen Visbal created the four-foot bronze statue.