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Culture Lives Here
November & December 2021

Thompson Central Park is proud to launch Culture Lives Here, a program happening at Thompson Hotels everywhere, showcasing diverse, emerging local talent—dubbed “culture shifters”—spanning across music, art, fashion, design, and culinary.

As part of Culture Lives Here, Thompson Central Park has teamed up with Vashtie Kola giving her the space to bring her talents to life, all while offering our guests and locals unique experiences.

Who: VaShtie Kola

When: November & December 2021

What: Thompson Central Park New York is celebrating its arrival as a brand new address with a fanfare all its own. The Hotel has tapped NYC-based music video director, filmmaker, artist, designer, and DJ, also known as Va$htie, to create an original soundtrack inspired by the property’s distinctive energy and vibrancy.

How: Guests and locals alike are invited to experience the digital playlist via QR code displayed in the guest rooms, on social media, and in gifts handed out to celebrate the Hotel’s exciting reopening. For more information please contact


Under the BIG TOP at Lincoln Center
December 2021

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, Clown Prince of Comedy Johnny Rockett, Acrobat Sensation Alan Silva, and a Cast of World-Class Artists Put A Modern Twist on The Big Apple Circus.

The Big Apple Circus returns to New York City this fall putting a modern twist on a beloved classic.

For the first time in the Wallenda family's 200-year history, world-renowned high wire aerialist and Guinness World Record holder Nik Wallenda will helm the production and has partnered with a team of live entertainment super producers from the circus world, concert industry and Broadway to add a bit of rock and roll flair to classic circus.

Creating an all-new high wire act for this year, Nik is joined by the physical comic Johnny Rockett and Ringmaster Alan Silva and an international award-winning cast from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Germany, Russia and the United States many of whom were featured on America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent and The X-Factor.

A New York Times Critic's Pick every year since 2017, Big Apple Circus continues a long-standing tradition of inclusivity, highlighting the finest talent from around the globe for an equally diverse audience.

Come see the only show in town where the IMPOSSIBLE becomes POSSIBLE every night!

To see this year’s featured performers, visit

At Damrosch Park Lincoln Center

NOV 11, 2021- JAN 30, 2022




Thompson Central Park New York Announces Partnership with Big Apple Circus on Exclusive Guest Experiences


Newly opened property named official hotel partner for iconic circus group to provide a premier entertainment experience for guests and friends of the circus


NEW YORK (November 11, 2021) Thompson Central Park New York today announced that it will serve as the Big Apple Circus’ newest official hotel partner following the circus’ return to Lincoln Center. To celebrate the partnership, the hotel has unveiled an exclusive ‘Big Apple Circus Package’, which includes a chef-driven circus-themed amenity and selection of fan-favorite Big Apple Circus swag offerings.


For the holiday season, the hotel will offer over-the-top VIP guest experiences that include an exclusive behind-the-scenes package with post-circus lessons and executive ringside access. As the circus’ official hotel partner, Thompson Central Park New York will serve as a central location for friends of the circus, cast members and production crew throughout the performance season. All guests will receive a preferred rate to enjoy the show during their stay with giveaway opportunities available throughout the season on the hotel’s Instagram page (@thompsoncentralpark).


“We are thrilled to serve as the official hotel partner for The Big Apple Circus and homebase for friends of the circus,” said Matt Slippoy, General Manager. “This exclusive partnership is a part of our core mission to connect travelers to the best cultural experiences that New York City has to offer. We look forward to having guests experience our curated package experiences and VIP offerings this holiday season.”

Adored worldwide, The Big Apple Circus returns to Lincoln Center today to capture the hearts of fans once again. 2021 marks a return of this circus after being forced to close at the onset of the pandemic. The circus will make its debut with an all-new award-winning international cast from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Germany, Russia, and the United States, some of whom have previously been featured on America’s Got Talent, YouTube and The X-Factor. The show runs today through January 30, 2022.


On November 1, Thompson Central Park New York welcomed hotel guests to newly designed interiors, including a redesigned lobby, public spaces and 587 sophisticated, contemporary guestrooms and suites including the 174-room highly anticipated Upper Stories, a collection of luxurious accommodations offering expansive views, high-end amenities and exclusive offerings and programming, including access to the private Upper Stories Lounge. Guests and locals are able to enjoy the beloved culinary hotspot, Burger Joint, and the new cocktail bar, Standing Room Only. The hotel’s grand opening will culminate in Spring 2022, with the arrival of more soon-to-be announced dining destinations, intimate event space and the opening of Upper Stories.

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About Thompson Central Park New York

Thompson Central Park New York delivers Thompson’s award-winning hospitality in Midtown New York, steps from the southern edge of Central Park on West 56th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Located in the space of the former Parker New York, the property opened on November 1 with newly-redesigned guestrooms and suites by Stonehill Taylor and a brand-new lobby and public spaces by Thomas Juul-Hansen. Beloved culinary spot Burger Joint returns, along with the introduction of new cocktail bar SRO (Standing Room Only). Throughout the hotel, guests will find music-centric artwork and programming, paying homage to the history of the landmark property. Thompson Central Park New York’s grand opening will culminate in Spring 2022, with more dining destinations, event space and a total of 587 guestrooms and suites, including The Upper Stories - a collection of luxurious accommodations offering expansive views, high-end amenities, and exclusive offerings and programming. Thompson Central Park New York redefines the New York City experience for sophisticated, contemporary global travelers, joining the Thompson collection of properties in Lower Manhattan, The Beekman and Gild Hall. Follow @thompsoncentralpark on Instagram and visit for more information.

About Thompson Hotels

Founded in 2001, Thompson Hotels is an award-winning boutique lifestyle hospitality brand with a collection of stunning, dynamic properties. Each of Thompson Hotels’ urban and resort locations offer a carefully layered environment that molds into its surrounding community. Guests are provided tailored stays with connections to world-class culinary offerings, arts and entertainment, and groundbreaking design. The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes The Beekman and Gild Hall in New York City; Thompson Washington D.C.; Thompson Nashville; Thompson Seattle; Thompson Chicago; The Cape in Los Cabos, Mexico and Thompson Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico; Thompson Zihuatanejo on Mexico’s Pacific Coast; and the new Texas hotels, Thompson Dallas, Thompson San Antonio, as well as Thompson Savannah and Thompson Hollywood. Hotels currently under development include Texas properties in Austin and Houston, as well as Thompson Denver, and Thompson Buckhead. Follow @ThompsonHotels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news and updates. For more information, please visit


About Hyatt Hotels Corporation


Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company offering 20 premier brands. As of June 30, 2021, the Company's portfolio included more than 1,000 hotel and all-inclusive properties in 68 countries across six continents. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top employees, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company's subsidiaries operate, manage, franchise, own, lease, develop, license, or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, and vacation ownership properties, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, Caption by Hyatt, JdV by Hyatt™, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, tommie™, UrCove, and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names, and operates the World of Hyatt® loyalty program that provides distinct benefits and exclusive experiences to its valued members. For more information, please visit

About GFI Hospitality, LLC and GFI Development LLC

GFI Hospitality, LLC and GFI Development LLC have successfully developed more than $2 billion of hospitality residential, office, retail and real estate since their inception in 2007. Led by a senior management team, GFI focuses on opportunistic investments in major metropolitan areas. The company prides itself on delivering projects that benefit the communities in which they are located, while amplifying business partners’ investments by maximizing risk-adjusted returns. For more information, visit and


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