NYC tourism campaign expands with more tips


NEW YORK – New York City is expanding a welcome campaign for foreign travelers with more insider tips from celebrities and local experts.

Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb, MTV fashion VJ Coltrane Curtis and musician Itzhak (itz-HAHK) Perlman are among the famous New Yorkers who have joined the effort.

Sample advice? ” New York is always in bloom _ you can score great deals in Chelsea’s flower district,” founder Dany Levy says.

And actor Kevin Bacon says Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side, “It’s a great spot.”

Aimed at combating a sense among tourists that the U.S. is unfriendly to visitors, the campaign already features famous New Yorkers like Robert De Niro and Kevin Bacon offering their advice on everything from late-night eats to bargain shopping.