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PR- 231-04
August 30, 2004


Spotlights Fashion and Retail Events of "Experience NYC" Delegate Program

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC & Company President and Chief Executive Officer Cristyne L. Nicholas today welcomed delegates and guests for "Experience NYC" at Macy's Herald Square.   Today's shopping outing highlights the Fashion and Retail Day of "Experience NYC," a four-day program (August 30 - September 2) produced by the City's convention organizers to give visitors to the 2004 Republican National Convention the opportunity to experience activities and events that only New York City has to offer.  Starting tomorrow through Monday, September 6th, delegates and guests will also be able to enjoy "Summer Sales Tax Free Week".  Purchases of clothing and footwear costing less than $110 are exempt from New York's 8.625% sales tax during this period.

"New York is proud to welcome the delegates and guests of the 2004 Republican National Convention to Macy's for a true New York experience," said Mayor Bloomberg.   "Throughout this week, we are encouraging visitors to take in some of the City's greatest attractions and restaurants, and to take advantage of Summer Sales Tax Free Week and shop in our stores.  We expect the Convention to produce $265 million in economic activity in New York City.  From creating thousands of jobs in the construction, trade and hospitality industries, to showing the world that New York City is the perfect place to work, live and raise a family; the 2004 Republican National Convention has been great for New York City."

"Each year, millions of people come to New York to experience the World Capital of Fashion and Shopping," said Cristyne L. Nicholas.  "Shopping is an important economic engine for New York, and visitors spend more than $3 billion in city stores each year.  In addition to the special events surrounding Fashion and Retail Day, convention delegates and guests are also enjoying New York City's extraordinary retail stores through Come Early, Stay Late, a visitor experience and savings program that provides special discounts at more than 100 retailers throughout the City."

"Experience NYC is just one of the many ways the Host Committee has worked to ensure that delegates and guests of the 2004 Republican National Convention are a part of New York's vibrant life," said NYC Host Committee Chief Operating Officer Maureen Reidy.  "The Host Committee has designed a package of experiences to meet the taste of the most discerning delegates and guests so that they might shop in our stores, dine in our restaurants, go to our theatres and provide the City with an infusion of cash at what is usually a slow time."

"Experience NYC's" Fashion & Retail Day features special New York City shopping events including retail discounts, gifts with purchase, shopping tours of New York City neighborhoods, private shopping events at luxury retailers, and more. 

Some of the special Fashion and Retail events include:

  • Ghurka (41 E. 57th at Madison Avenue) is hosting a champagne breakfast and drawing for free set of Ghurka luggage.
  • J&R Music & Computer World (Park Row across from City Hall Park) will give customers a $15 gift card with a purchase of $150 or more.
  • Go East! Lower East Side Shop & Dine Discounts will distribute a coupon book for downtown retail stores. 
  • Shopping Tour will highlight New York City's Meatpacking District.
  • Brooks Brothers (all NYC locations) will offer shoppers 20% discount and a free copy of the book "Generations of Style" with purchase of $125 or more. 
  • Club Monaco (8 West 57th Street and 160 5th Avenue) Cappuccinos and 20 % discounts.
  • Cartier (828 Madison Avenue) will offer private shopping.
  • Cecile et Jeanne (1100 Madison Avenue) will offer 20% discount on any purchase.                    
  • Alviero Martini (605 Madison Avenue) will offer 30 - 70 % discounts off selected merchandise.
  • Di Modolo (635 Madison Avenue) will offer 20 % discount off any purchase and free canvas shopping bag with purchase.
  • Oilily (820 Madison Avenue) will offer a free woman's scarf with purchase when shopping.

In addition to Fashion and Retail, other "Experience NYC" theme days include Sports, Parks and Community Service Day (Tuesday, August 31) which will feature an Olympic Athlete Exhibition at Chelsea Piers and batting practice at Shea Stadium; Music, Entertainment and Culture Day (Wednesday, September 1) which will include tours of New York City cultural institutions; and History Day (Thursday, September 2) which will include a breakfast at Gracie Mansion hosted by the History Channel and the NYC Host Committee 2004.  For more information, media should visit


Edward Skyler /Robert Lawson   (212) 788-2958

Paul Elliott/Brian Mahanna (Host Committee)   (212) 630-8085

Lisa Mortman (NYC & Company)   (212) 484-1287

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