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


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.

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.


TheBoro 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-Magdenleads the team atThe Marmara Park Avenue, a sleek boutique property with a subterranean lap pool and an authentic Turkish bath.

 The New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel isknown 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.

Cultural and Historical Venues

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, theNational 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.


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