Hornblower Group Announces the Launch of City Experiences, Betting Big on Tourism Recovery

Operating under one umbrella in 110+ countries, City Experiences becomes new brand name for Hornblower’s growing portfolio of world-class water- and land-based offerings

Local Spring offerings include Statue City Cruises, Downtown Experience, dining and sightseeing excursions, Liberty Landing City Ferry and more

Hornblower Group, a global leader in world-class experiences and transportation, announced the launch of City Experiences, the new brand name for the company’s water- and land-based portfolio of offerings as the company continues to double down on tourism recovery with the 2021 summer travel season fast approaching.  City Experiences aligns more than 25 existing companies into a single brand promise, with a broad range of global experiences by land and sea organized by City Cruises (private events, dining cruises and water sightseeing), City Ferry (transportation services across inland and coastal waterways) and City Experiences (land-based experiences). 

During the pandemic, City Experiences has acquired four new companies and eight in total over the last few years, integrated a proprietary ticketing system to enhance the customer journey and expanded to more than 110 countries, six continents and over 125 U.S. Cities, including NYC, San Francisco, Paris, Rome, London and many more. The latest acquisition is Walks, a leading sightseeing tours and activities operator operating one-of-a-kind travel experiences in top tourism destinations around the world, as the company greatly expands its land-based presence. 

Pre-pandemic, City Experiences serviced more than 35 million passenger trips. Operating under one umbrella allows the company to streamline operations for guests and see that their boat tour of London or their ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty are all operated by the same organization.

“To support our growing portfolio of world-class water and land-based offerings, we are thrilled to introduce City Experiences, including Statue City Cruises, Liberty Landing City Ferry and our land-based experiences, to the world as we continue building upon our heritage as experience providers,” said Kevin Rabbitt, chief executive officer, Hornblower Group.  “Enabled by technological investments, diversified operations and a single brand identity, we will continue to explore various opportunities and platforms to add to our portfolio of business that will contribute to the company’s projected growth and future success.”

In the tri-state area market where a fleet of over 60 vessels operate sightseeing tours, dining cruises, service to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, commuter service between NY and NJ and more, the latest local Spring offerings across the City Experiences portfolio include:

  • Statue City Cruises (formerly Statue Cruises) will continue as the authorized concessioner of the National Park Service to serve the public to the Statue of Liberty National Monument & Ellis Island.. 
  • Liberty Landing City Ferry (formerly Liberty Landing Ferry) will continue to operate as a commuter ferry service between Brookfield Place and Liberty Landing in Jersey City, NJ. 
  • City Cruises NY (formerly Hornblower Cruises & Events & Spirit Cruises) is now offering dining cruises on weekends from Lincoln Harbor and Weehawken, NJ and Chelsea Piers in NYC.  Sightseeing cruises begin Memorial Day weekend at Pier 78 and Pier 15.
  • City Experiences in NYC include the official Downtown Experience, which provides access to three iconic NYC attractions—Statue City Cruises, 9/11 Memorial & Museum and One World Observatory. 

“Creating a single brand identity allows us a greater connection between our land and water experiences, focused marketing and sales efforts, increased guest recognition of our collective City Experiences offerings, and ultimately easier cross-selling of our portfolio within cities and between global destination markets,” said Kristina Heney, City Experiences chief marketing and revenue officer.  “Further, our investment in our intuitive booking platform, Anchor, and a holistic end-to-end digital experience will provide an enhanced guest experience with a new frictionless and personalized journey that will further reinforce our brand promise.”

Outside of the City Experiences portfolio, Hornblower Group will continue to operate an Overnight Cruise Division—featuring American Queen Steamboat Company, Victory Cruise Lines and Shore Excursions of—featuring American Queen Steamboat Company, Victory Cruise Lines and Shore Excursions of America—NYC Ferry and Puerto Rico Ferry systems, other Government transportation services, and our AnchorTM ticketing services for third-party vendors.

For more information and to request an amazing, unforgettable City Experiences journey, visit https://www.cityexperiences.com/.

Harrison Community Blood Drive!

A Harrison community blood drive will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Harrison Recreation and Community Center. The Harrison Recreation and Community Center is located at 401 Warren Street.

To remain in compliance with the federal guidelines for social distancing, appointments are preferred. Walk-ins are welcome is the blood drive capacity permits it. Donors must wear a mask or face covering, will have their temperature taken and must be 14 days symptom free if recovered from COVID-19. Donors may not donate if they have had a positive diagnostic test, if they are currently on self-quarantine restrictions or experienced symptoms within the last 14 days.

Donors can make an appointment at http://www.nybc.org using the group code: 70864. For additional information or to make an appointment, text Rosana at (917) 669-9073.

Remember to eat and drink before donating and to bring your Donor ID if you have one.

NJPAC Announces Re-Opening on September 12 and Launches New Initiatives

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NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), based out of Newark, has announced that they will resume its performances on September 12. Until then, NJPAC has launched a virtual performing arts initiative called NJPAC In Your Living Room, which is a curated collection of past Arts Center performances, content from partners, educational videos for children and much more.

NJPAC insists that the show must go on, wherever you are located. Tune into live events, which include DJ dance parties, arts workshops and NJPAC Backstage celebrity interviews. Virtual performances this week include NJPAC Backstage Interview with Jazz Singer Samara Joy Mclendon, Wellness Wednesday with Dance Master Brandon Jones, and The New Best Practices: Leadership in a Time of Crisis.

Click here to find out more information on what NJPAC is currently offering.

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Additionally, NJPAC has launched a series of events and initiatives focused on promoting racial equality in an effort to bring the community together, and to encourage everyone to take part in the movement to ensure civil rights for all. On their website, www.njpac.org, you can find resources that will guide you to take action, in the voting booth and elsewhere, and join conversations and discussions that can help educate on racial injustice issues.

Best Outdoor Eateries to Check Out in Harrison!

With the restaurant scene finally making a comeback, we have a few restaurant recommendations that we think everyone will enjoy!

Joia Restaurant 

Joia Restaurant’s sidewalk cafe is officially open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring specialized Portuguese cuisine, exceptional daily specials, happy hours, a tapas menu and expansive signature cocktail list.

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Ah Pizz

Known for their authentic Neapolitan pizza and freshly imported ingredients, Ah Pizz is now open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The menu also include to-die-for apps, salads, pastas, chicken, meat and fish entrees.

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The Station Bar & Bites

Located at the Element Harrison Hotel, The Station Bar & Bites provides the area with delicious cocktails and bar bites, as well as daily entree specials. The outdoor seating is adorable, and perfect for that much needed date-night!

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Ding Food Market Successfully Holds Lobster Roll Pop-Up, with More to Come!

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On Sunday, June 7, Ding Food Market held their first ever Lobster Roll Pop-Up event, with great success. Located conveniently at 241 Harrison Ave, the event started at 11 a.m. and ran until all the lobster rolls sold out. All of the lobster was sold at market price.

Ding Food Market offers the Harrison area Korean and Japanese Meal takeaway and grocery options. The success of this event has inspired the local market to propose more pop-up options for the future, including: Fresh Shucked-to-Order $1 Oyster Pop-Up, Smoked Shortrib BBQ Pop-Up, Thai Kai Yang Pop-Up or Steamer Clams Dipped in Clarified Butter Pop-Up. Ding Food Market is welcoming feedback on what should come next through their Instagram @dingfoodmarket.

Dunkin Donuts of Harrison Supports Local Heroes!

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Two Dunkin Donuts’ in Harrison, located at 420 Bergen Street and 399 Sommerset Street, have pledged to support local heroes. First Responders and Healthcare workers who bring their ID to either Harrison location will receive a free hot or iced coffee of any size, as well as a free donut all day every Monday and Wednesday.

Harrison Residents Now Have Access to Kerny Virtual Library

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Residents of Harrison are now able to access Kearny Library’s Virtual resources by emailing kearnylibrarycovid19@gmail.com and providing your names and town of residence to receive access. Kearny’s virtual library consists of audio books, ebooks, free music, online learning and much more.

Children’s programs have been a hit lately, including Kids Yoga, Miss Joanne’s Story Time, 30 Poems in 30 Days and a Turtle Back Zoo Virtual Tour. All of these programs are perfect for keeping the little ones busy and learning, while cooped up inside.

For more information visit http://www.kearnylibrary.org.

Ah’ Pizz is offering take out family packages!

1In an effort to comply with local and state regulations, while also continuing to provide dining options to the community, Ah’ Pizz is rolling out a new take out system.

Their full a la carte menu along with new family packages are available with free doorstep delivery. The restaurant has locations in both Montclair and Harrison.

Ah’ Pizz is available for curbside pick up, through Uber eats, GrubHub and DoorDash.

Family Package #1: $19.95

Feeds 2-4 people

  • Salad (choice of insalata or caesar)
  • Pizza (choice of margherita, salsiccia, veggie or white pie)
  • Rigatoni Pasta (choice of marinara, alfredo or vodka)

Family Package #2: $24.95

Feeds 2-4 people

  • Salad (choice of insalata or caesar)
  • Rigatoni Pasta (choice of marinara, alfredo or vodka)
    • ** or Mashed Potatoes
  • Chicken (Parmigiana, Francese or Marsala)
    • **or Chicken Cutlets

 

 

Don’t miss Shebelieves Cup at Red Bull Arena this Sunday!

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The Shebelieves Cup will return to Red Bull Arena on Sunday, March 8 featuring Japan’s Women’s National Team vs. England and United States Women’s National Team vs. Spain.

Kickoff for Japan vs. England is set for 2:15 p.m., with the US and Spain kicking off at 5 p.m.
The SheBelieves Cup is the showcase event for the campaign and brings together many of the world’s most talented women soccer players to compete in the U.S., providing a stage to shine the spotlight on role models (athletes and non-athletes alike) and showcase their accomplishments both on the field and in culture at large.
For more information visit http://www.newyorkredbulls.com.

The New York Unit Comes To Harrison

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When: Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Where: Coperaco Cafe, Urby Harrison 777 S 3rd Street, Harrison, NJ 07029

The New York Unit comes to Urby featuring the longtime band mates Mamadou Ba bass, Etienne Stadwijk keys, Ray Levier drums- fun evening in a relaxed cafe setting at Urby Harrison.