A new citywide tourism effort is encouraging New Yorkers to look closer to home when booking their next trip. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
Inwood, the last stop on the A train at 207th Street, is the comely den for the Columbia Lions football stadium across from Inwood Hill Park, the unsung location of the big rock marking the spot where Manhattan was purchased for a song: $24 worth of beads.
"There's such a story here, it's linked to the beginning of the island, the bedrock of marble used to build St. Patrick's Cathedral and other buildings in Manhattan and you have the trail itself that was Broadway," says Robert Reid, U.S. Travel Editor for Lonely Planet.
Making a trip up to Inwood can include a pit stop at the comfy Indian Road Cafe during micro brew happy hour. As enjoyable as it is, the Inwood area is just a blip in Lonely Planet's New York guidebook. The brief mentions, writers say, can yield touristic dividends.
"A careful reader, whether they are reading online or reading in a book, that sees something a little further down, maybe it doesn't have as much text for it, those people are rewarded with some of the gems," says Reid.
Discovering New York City's hidden gems is also the concept for NYC & Company’s new Neighborhood by Neighborhood online campaign designed to drive tourists beyond the icons and into the lesser known areas of the five boroughs.
"It’s fascinating what you find when you go to the end of Manhattan or deep into the Bronx or Queens," notes Reid.
Tours of the boroughs are also the focus of an upcoming travel show taking place on Manhattan's East Side throughout the weekend of April 20.
"Travfest" also features various speakers including a debate between NY1's Valarie D'Elia and Robert Reid of Lonely Planet discussing hot button travel issues.
Weekend tickets are 30 percent off for "Travel With Val" viewers.
For more information, visit nytravfest.com/travelwithval.