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Meeting Breaks: Drink Your Oats!

If you think holding a healthy destination corporate meeting means dumping or compromising coffee stations because of the hyper-processed accessories, think again! We are seeing a new twist for meeting breaks where oat milk is replacing almond and soy as coffee options. While major retailers like Whole Foods already sell oat milk, meaning some of your attendees might have already tried it, there is a new Swedish version that has been popping up in New York's top coffee houses that foams much better than its competitors. We think it tastes much better than almond and soy, and can be direct-ordered for your meeting group. The secret behind this new oat milk is liquefying oats in a mix of water

Newark Gears Up for Major Events and Major Appetites

With the Prudential Center, Indigo Hotel and NJPAC being ideal for destination corporate meetings and events in Newark, NJ, only 20 minutes from Manhattan, the city has been steadily raising its game. We are now seeing major chefs enter the city to compliment these venues, most notably with celebrity culinary talents like Marcus Samuelson. He is best known for the dining renaissance in Harlem with his flagship venue Red Rooster. The menu, ideal for today's attendee, is farm-to-table, and inspired by the city's rich history that includes African-American southern cooking, Italian and Portuguese. Overall, Newark as a meeting destination provides attendees with 10-minute access to Newark Libert

Waldorf Astoria NYC Renovation Gets Underway

The $5 billion renovation of Manhattan's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel has begun. We are hearing that, unlike what happened to the Plaza, the property's parent hospitality company, Hilton, has prevented it from being completely condo-centric. For meeting groups, the new and improved Waldorf will still provide 400+ luxury rooms and many amenities that are critical for destination meeting planner. Every U.S. President since 1932, except for the current one, has stayed at the Waldorf in New York, and Shackman Associates New York has operated countless events and galas at the iconic property through the years.

Healthy Meetings: The Wired Workout

One of New York City's top personal trainers at an exclusive Manhattan fitness club is pioneering a "wired workout" with electronic simulation machine-based technology. It is catching fire throughout major destinations in the U.S. as the next fitness trend. It's can be a highly experiential team-building idea, or a really unique add-on for executive retreats. Here is how it works: as your attendees workout, the trainer turns up a series of dials to target areas of the body with pulses of electricity, which manually turns on each muscle. We love this emerging wearable technology as a team-building idea, even if you have too many attendees for one celebrity trainer. We expect that in 2018, ven

Evocative Meeting and Event Venues in Historic Buildings

There is a new breed of evocative meeting and event venues in New York City that have substituted high art and eclectic comfort components for a little history, minimalism and decor that includes vaulted ceiling architecture. Your attendees will get a super-local experience that includes lots of exposed brick and terra cotta flooring seen in many of New York City's most exclusive townhouses. And that's not all. The kitchen and catering options make it easy for meeting planners to accommodate customized dietary requirements attendees are increasingly seeking. Meeting planners can also go completely over-the-top by bringing in celebrity chefs for these kinds of meetings and events. The one ven

Product Launch Events and Meeting Presentations Go "Underground"

Theater-style event venues have been growing in popularity, and one of the newest we found is ideal for product launches, meeting presentations, and even small after-hours concerts. Here's the twist- it's underground, which might sound ironic for a media event, but we feel the coziness is exactly what writers and bloggers love when interacting with executives. Accommodating up to 200 people, this is the kind of style-focused venue that today's attendees love, and if you are bringing in a big-name speaker, its green room is perfect for before- and after-program time. And as is the usually the case with new venues, the LED lighting and streaming capabilities can WOW viewers globally if your co

After-Hours: Super-Local Beer Gardens

With attendees looking for more local vibe at event venues, we have found one that combines a beer garden, games, pinball and even a give-back, if you get creative. With 20 beers on tap and top mixologists for your non-hoppy attendees, we love venues like these that are transforming beer halls from massive, less-cozy venues into must-see neighborhood treasures that can still accommodate large groups. And for that give-back, if your attendees are in town on Sunday, consider participating in a dog-adoption/dog-walk event with one of New York's many rescues! The venue is pooch-friendly.

South Street Seaport Gets Sporty

ESPN, one of the global leaders in sports programming, is opening its first New York City studio with a 19,000 square-foot facility at the South Street Seaport's Pier 17. The network also plans to activate components throughout the Seaport, which includes rooftop programming. Overall, the Seaport is in the middle of a renaissance as a major destination within Manhattan, and multiple hotels are opening in the area to accommodate incoming events and meeting groups.