You might recognize the seedlings, herbs, and vegetables that are growing in the photos shared here: ginger and basil, yellow squash, tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, and more. And, of course, that’s Manhattan’s unmistakable West Side skyline in the background. So, where exactly, is this bucolic-urban mashup? The answer may surprise you: the Javits Center.

Doreen Guerin, the convention center’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, had told me about the Javits Center’s one-acre rooftop farm when I interviewed her for the People Profile in the spring/summer issue of Northeast Meetings + Events . Still, it was astonishing to see those rows and rows of produce, framed by huge sunflowers, and the microgreens thriving in the all-season hydroponic greenhouse in person. Even more astonishing was a fact Doreen shared with me: “The Farm,” as it’s known, generates some 40,000 pounds of produce a year, with the crops directed to the convention center’s kitchens, where chefs turn out a true “roof to table” experience for attendees. That’s not all: there are four honeybee hives on The Farm and another five hives on the center’s green roof. Every year, after leaving enough honey for the bees, 100 pounds of honey are harvested to use in event catering and in honey jars for special giveaways.

The Farm is just one example of what true sustainability looks like at today’s modern meeting venues. You can learn more about the Javits Center’s rooftop habitats here.

 

 

 

 

October is the month of fall color viewing, pumpkin picking, and pizza. Yes, October is National Pizza Month, and if you’re looking to commemorate the occasion, head to New Jersey.

Others may disagree—let’s make that, others will certainly disagree—but last year Food & Wine Magazine named New Jersey the best pizza state in America, followed by Connecticut and New York in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Pennsylvania landed in seventh place and Massachusetts nabbed 10th place. 

 

If you’re looking for signs that people are ready to travel again, look no farther than the Javits Convention Center in New York City. In late January 2023, the convention center will be hosting two key travel events. First up, on Jan. 25-26, will be TravMedia's International Media Marketplace (IMM), a global networking event. Then, on the weekend of Jan. 28-29, New York Travel & Adventure Show will move into the convention center. 

 

The Mills House hotel has been a piece of historic Charleston’s streetscape for generations. Come 2023, it will celebrate its 170th anniversary. 

Though it is currently a Wyndham Grand Hotel, it will be relaunching on Oct. 1 as a Hilton Curio Collection hotel through RLJ Lodging Trust. The hotel is undergoing a refresh from top to bottom.