New NYC & Company Campaign Promotes Women-Centered, Owned And Operated Establishments

The Alice Austen House Museum in Staten Island honors the life and work of this photographer. It is … [+]

With March being Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8, New York City’s tourism bureau is bringing female leaders and business owners from across its five boroughs to the forefront.

Through a guide on their website titled “The Women Who Made NYC History,” NYC & Company is highlighting women-owned and operated businesses along with public venues tied to women who have made their mark upon and beyond the city.

“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,” said Nancy Mammana, NYC & Company’s chief marketing officer, in a media release.

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The campaign’s featured women entrepreneurs and innovations are tied to places that locals can visit and/or purchase items from directly. They include hotels, restaurants, shops and historic and artistic venues. Others involve exhibits and events.

By category, they include these locations.

The New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel has had Ann Peterson as its president and general manager since … [+]

The Boro Hotel in Long Island City, Queens is both owned and operated by women. Owners and sisters Liz and Antonia Batalias and General Manager Mary O’Sullivan oversee the property, which is known for its industrial décor and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline.

In Brooklyn, The Williamsburg Hotel is known for its boutique style and loft-style rooms, also owned and operated by women. Owner Toby Moskovits and General Manager Julita Kropiwnicki oversee the property.

General Manager Nur Ercan-Magden leads the team at The Marmara Park Avenue, a sleek boutique property with a subterranean lap pool and an authentic Turkish bath.

The New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel is known for its Art Deco architecture and proximity to Herald Square, the Javits Center and Hudson Yards. Ann Peterson was named the hotel’s president and 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. A New York City landmark, the hotel has 909 guest rooms and suites and five-star service.

The Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument was installed in Central Park in 2020.

On Staten Island’s Rosebank section, the Alice Austen House Museum honors the life and work of this photographer, who lived in this home during the early 20th century. Also a national site of LGBTQ+ history, the museum offers private afternoon tours, Tuesday through Friday.

On March 20 and 21, 2021, Harlem’s Apollo Theater will offer its fifth bi-annual “WOW – Women of the World Festival.” This year’s virtual event, with the theme “Black Women Transcending!,” will include music, film, workshops, panels and performances.

The Met Fifth Avenue will present “Alice Neel: People Come First” from March 22 through August 1, showcasing approximately 100 pieces by the radical feminist painter and champion of social justice who called East Harlem home.

On March 18, 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 that Indigenous women uphold within their communities and society at large.

On Manhattan’s Far West Side near Hudson Yards, Bella Abzug Park is named in honor this feminist, civil rights activist, lawyer and U.S. Representative.

Brooklyn’s East River State Park has officially been renamed Marsha P. Johnson State Park, in memory of the influential LGBTQ+ civil rights activist. The park, which is undergoing renovations to be completed by June, is New York’s first state park honoring a LGBTQ+ person and transgender woman of color.

Honoring the first African American Congresswoman and first woman and African American to run for President, Shirley Chisholm State Park in Brooklyn offers trails for biking and hiking, fishing, birding and more, with panoramic views of the city and the New York Harbor.

A Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument was unveiled last year on Central Park’s Literary Walk. It is the park’s first statue depicting nonfiction female figures: women’s right activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth.

Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is the final resting place for Cady Stanton and fellow women’s suffrage supporters Carrie Chapman Catt, Mary Garrett Hay and Alva Vanderbilt Belmont.

Run by chef and owner Missy Robbins, Lilia in Williamsburg is known for its handmade Italian pasta … [+]

Owned by Regina Migliucci-Delfino, Mario’s Restaurant is a staple on Arthur Avenue, offering classic Neapolitan fare in the Bronx’s “real Little Italy” for more than 100 years.

Astoria, Queens is home to Comfortland, a comfort food spot with vegan options that is co-owned by baker Montana D’Alessio Barbier, and beloved creole restaurant Sugar Freak by owner Michele Addeo.

Top Chef finalist Lisa Fernandes opened the modern Asian restaurant Sweet Chili in Bushwick, Brooklyn in 2019, serving up unique twists on Southeast Asian comfort foods. A short walk away is Francesca Chaney’s Sol Sips vegan café, which the young entrepreneur opened in 2018 with the goal of making plant-based food accessible to all.

Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood is home to Insa, offering karaoke and Korean BBQ dishes by Seoul native, James Beard-nominated Chef Sohui Kim.

Harlem is known for several acclaimed women-led restaurants. They include Northern Italian restaurant Lido by James Beard Award-winner Serena Bass and owner Susannah Kotten; Melba Wilson’s comfort food spot Melba’s and a brand-new Melba’s Mussels restaurant debuting in March with a women-led team. Sylvia’s Restaurant, founded by the “Queen of Soul Food” Sylvia Woods and now led by Sylvia’s family members including granddaughter, Tren’ness Woods-Black.

Top Chef finalist Lisa Fernandes opened the modern Asian restaurant Sweet Chili in Bushwick in 2019. … [+]

On the Lower East Side, diners can try vegetable-focused eatery Dirt Candy by James Beard Award-nominated chef and owner Amanda Cohen. Also, Pig & Khao serves Southeast Asian cuisine inspired by owner and Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen’s Filipino upbringing.

Greer Fredericks opened Peaches Low Country Kitchen in Lower Manhattan in November 2020, serving fast-casual southern fare including fried chicken and gumbo, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

At Lakruwana Restaurant in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, chef and owner Jayantha Wijesinghe serves gourmet Sri Lankan cuisine in an ornately-decorated dining room.

In the West Village, 232 Bleecker offers vegetable-forward dishes by Executive Chef Suzanne Cupps; while chefs and partners Jody Williams and Rita Sodi serve up Italian fare at the Via Carota, I Sodi and Bar Pisellino, and French cuisine at Buvette.

Lilia in Williamsburg is known for its handmade Italian pasta and wood-fired dishes by chef and owner Missy Robbins. Following Lilia’s success, Robbins opened nearby Misi, focusing on pasta dishes and vegetable antipasti.

With eight locations across the Manhattan and Brooklyn, Chef Christina Tosi has created a dessert empire with Milk Bar, a bakery with cereal-inspired cakes, ice cream, cookies and more.

Founded by Eliza Blank, The Sill plant shop has two locations in Manhattan and in Cobble Hill, … [+]

Catbird is a Brooklyn-based fine jewelry company started by Rony Vardi, featuring all recycled gold and conflict-free, responsibly sourced stones.

Fishs Eddy, co-founded by Julie Gaines,and in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, known for its unique and quirky dishware and other home goods.

Bronx native Noëlle Santos opened the borough’s first and only independent bookstore, The Lit. Bar, in Mott Haven in April 2019.

Mackenzi Farquer’s Lockwood Shop, a go-to boutique for home wares, paper goods, clothing and more, has locations in Astoria and Jackson Heights, Queens and Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Owned by Sarah McNally, McNally Jackson is one of New York City’s most-recognized independent bookstores, with locations in Nolita, the Seaport District, Williamsburg, and Downtown Brooklyn.

In Crown Heights, intersectional feminist bookstore and coffee shop Cafe con Libros offers book clubs, monthly subscriptions, merchandise and more. Owner Kalima DeSuze opened the business in 2017.

Noëlle Santos opened The Bronx’s first and only independent bookstore, The Lit. Bar, in Mott Haven.

María Herron opened Mil Mundos Books in Bushwick in 2018, with the goal of ensuring community access and empowerment. Nearly half of the bookstore’s titles are available in Spanish.

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.

Mackenzi Farquer’s Lockwood Shop, a go-to boutique for home wares, paper goods, clothing and more, has locations in Astoria and Jackson Heights, Queens and Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Owned by Sarah McNally, McNally Jackson is one of New York City’s most-recognized independent bookstores, with locations in Nolita, the Seaport District, Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn.

This women-centered campaign is part of NYC & Company’s “All In NYC: Staycation Guides,” which falls under their All In NYC local revitalization effort.

Michele Herrmann develops guides on U.S. and international destinations and writes about travel trends, food and culture for various print and digital media outlets and

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