The Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC), the cultural cornerstone and final public element of the World Trade Center site, opened this September. The new performing arts center in Lower Manhattan provides a dynamic home for the arts, serving audiences and creators through flexible venues enabling the facility to embrace wide-ranging artistic programs.
The vision for PAC NYC first began 20 years ago when Mike Bloomberg, as mayor of New York City, included a performing arts center as the cultural keystone in the master plan to rebuild the World Trade Center site following 9/11.
The center was designed by New York-based architectural firm REX and created in collaboration with executive architects Davis Brody Bond and theatre consultant company Charcoalblue, which developed the initial brief. The 138-foot-tall structure boasts an eye-catching marble facade that appears solid by day but gives way to a translucent and luminous appearance by night. Made from thin slabs of veined Portuguese marble laminated on both sides with glass, bookmatched and fabricated into insulated panels, the surface allows natural light to penetrate the space while still upholding the building’s energy performance.
The $500 million, 129,000-square-foot complex includes three auditoria accommodating an L-shaped space within the cube that divides into three performance areas: the 450-seat John E. Zuccotti Theater, the 250-seat Mike Nichols Theater and the 99-seat Doris Duke Theater. Each can be configured in the round, with the stage at one end, with the audience on three sides (a thrust stage) or with the audience on two sides (a traverse).
The rooms can also be combined and tweaked, yielding a total of 60 (and counting) stage-audience configurations (ranging from 50 to 950 seats); a flexible front- and back-of-house circulation, creating diverse patron entry/intermission/exit processions; and offices, performer support spaces and a Rockwell Group-designed restaurant/bar with noted chef Marcus Samuelsson directing the kitchen.
In addition to a 135-seat restaurant, Metropolis by Marcus Samuelsson, the chef and his team provides food and beverage programming for PAC NYC’s lobby lounge and a 70-seat terrace, plus intermission refreshments and private dining.
Funds for the project came from several sources including Ronald O. Perelman, who contributed $75 million for the naming rights. Michael Bloomberg contributed another $130 million, and $100 million more came from the federally funded Lower Manhattan Development Corporation..
More than 22 million visitors pour into Bangkok each year, adding to the roughly 11 million residents of the Thai capital famous for its bustling streets. Packed with food carts, markets and cultural spectacles, life in Bangkok is unusually defined by its vibrant street scene, both day and night. That means you don’t necessarily need a solid plan when heading out on any given evening.
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As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
The highly anticipated GT Tested Reader Survey has more reason to celebrate in 2024 than ever before. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, with many of the winning brands earning milestone accolades for years of dedicated and consistent service.
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Global Traveler Announces the Winners of the 2023 Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel Awards
For its third year, Global Traveler awards the airline, cruise line and hotel brand best representing diversity, equity and inclusion within the travel industry. Over the past year Global Traveler analyzed many airlines, cruise lines and hotel brands to determine which companies prove most committed to changing the world through diversity and inclusion.
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