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Manhattan Passport shares ten things no ordinary visitor to Manhattan can do

New York DMC Manhattan Passport shares some of their local knowledge on what can be done while in the Big Apple, from breakfast at Barney's, Tai Chi in Central Park, to living it up in The Hamptons..

Breakfast at Barney's Department Store
Barney's is a fabulous fashion emporium of everything that is new and cutting edge. A lovely Continental breakfast can be arranged at Fred's, the restaurant on the store's penthouse level. The food is delicious; the views up and down Madison Avenue lovely and unusual. If there is interest, a complimentary store tour can be added. The tours can be geared to special interests. Iron chef contests are also available at Fred's. 10 - 100 guests

A Trip to The Hamptons
The Hamptons, the summer playground of the rich and famous and wannabes, is about two hours east of New York City. Yes, you can take the train or the super Hampton Jitney, but once there, it's nigh impossible to get around. An organised day out with MANHATTAN PASSPORT in this idyllic spot might include a visit to Jackson Pollock's home and studio; a walk in fabric designer Jack Lerner Larson’s magnificent garden; a stroll on the endless sandy beaches with a lunch on the dunes. Another option: bike ride through the residential sections, with their extraordinary private compounds.  No minimum or maximum

Graffiti Painting
You can't just "tag" a wall. Well, some do; and under the cover of darkness. But you can create a permanent memory of New York with graffiti artists to create a canvas with your logo. Three or more young graffiti artists direct the painting, with cans and brushes to produce a work of art worthy of your corporation's headquarters. No minimum or maximum

Tai Chi in Central Park
No better way to break the ice for a group than starting the trip with a work-out in Central Park. Our favourite staging area is a slope overlooking the Central Park Lake. No minimum or Maximum

Lunch or dinner in the garden of a private ‘Brownstone’
‘Brownstone’ is the generic term for three or four storey, private homes that line the streets of Manhattan. Our Brownstone is on the Upper West Side and has a lovely garden perfect for a candlelit dinner, brunch, lunch or pre-dinner cocktails. 20-50 guests

Tour of the Metropolitan, Guggenheim, or another museum with a working artist
See the Museum through the artist's eyes and his or her favourite "Top Ten" works. 10 – 20 guests

Robert De Niro's personal Screening Room
It’s state of the art and the perfect venue to hold a talk, view scenes from a treasure hunt, or conduct a meeting prior to lunch in the actor's restaurant - the TriBeCa Grill. We'll even order in a supply of the actor's favourite wine. 90 seats

The classic New York Fire Department fireboat is available on a limited basis for tours and dinner. Imagine yourself sailing the Hudson River on this fabulous, iconic vessel while enjoying drinks or a casual dinner.  20 - 40 guests

Yellow Water Taxi. From either JFK or EWR, travel about 20 minutes to board a yellow "water taxi" for a two hour tour of the East River and the Hudson.  Enjoy the ‘first bite’ of the Big Apple: Classic American sandwiches, microbrewery beers, regional wines, all the while passing iconic sights such as the United Nations, Brooklyn Bridge, Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum; not to mention the great skyline. Clients rate this as "the best arrival into any city ever." Vessels hold up to 160 guests. Multiple Water Taxis are available for larger groups.

Dine like a New Yorker.
Woody Allen made Chinese takeaway famous. MANHATTAN PASSPORT makes fried rice possible for groups in an artist's airy loft. Enjoy wine and snacks, then "order out." Needn't be Chinese. Could be Japanese, Thai, Korean, Italian, Greek, Moroccan or French. In New York, it's all just a delivery guy's ride away. Add a couple of street musicians for entertainment and it's a complete New York experience. 20 - 60 guests

Reason to visit New York
1. New York is a desire destination. MICE planners marvel that attendance goes up when NYC is the destination.
2. New York is accessible.  Two international airports with flights converging from all possible corners of the world.
3. New York is heaven for shoppers.
4. New York is friendly. Skeptical? Just try walking down the street with an untied shoelace and see how many people advise you to tie up.
5. NYC has it all: Spectator sports, theatre, ballet, opera, helicopters, museums, rivers, parks, music of every possible description; jet skis, kayaks, bicycles, your sport is our command.
6. NYC is user friendly. The brilliant street grid makes it easy to find your way any time of night or day.
7. That means New buildings, New views, New ideas. Visitors leave exhausted and exhilarated.

Basic price for the average three night stay including airport transfers, full American breakfast daily and a half day city tour:  $699*, including  taxes and gratuities, based on 40 guests in shared accommodation in a four-star hotel.
*Please note that these are sample rates, which are all subject to availability and can change with season and demand.

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