There is a golden and silver lining to the forced relocation of the
New York International Numismatic Convention.
NYINC officials announced Sept. 30 that a new site for the
long-running show has been secured, and besides its new physical
location, the show’s position on the calendar is also readjusted. It
will no longer compete with the Florida United Numismatists’ event
held in early January.
In addition, the move allows for the show's bourse to be
consolidated into one area.
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NYINC bourse chairman Kevin Foley acknowledged earlier this year that the
impending closure (after the 2017 NYINC) of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
in New York City would necessitate a new show venue. The Waldorf is to
be turned into luxury apartments and an ultra-luxury hotel.
The Grand Hyatt next to Grand Central Terminal is the new site,
beginning in 2018.
Show officials engaged in an intensive site search and detailed
evaluation of multiple hotel properties in Manhattan, according to Foley.
“Beginning in 2018, our new home will be a flagship property of the
Hyatt Hotel chain, the Grand Hyatt, located at 109 East 42nd Street,
between Lexington and Park Avenues,” he said, in a press release. “The
Hyatt is just seven blocks South of our Waldorf site and enjoys a
direct indoor connection with Grand Central Station, a subway and
regional commuter train hub, with no less than six different subway
line stops, as well as being the terminus for the Metro North commuter
train system. What we are especially pleased about, however, quite
beyond this ease of access and the undeniable luxury of the Hyatt, is
the fact that we will no longer need to operate on the same dates as
the FUN show bourse.”
The Anbang Insurance Co., a risk management firm located in China,
will begin renovating the historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel space in the
spring of 2017.
The 45th annual NYINC is scheduled for Jan. 12 to 15, 2017, the last
to convene at the Waldorf.
No conflict with FUN
In 2017, for the first time since at least 2009, the Florida and New
York shows do not coincide.
Foley said, in the press release, “I know that some people tried to
portray our frustratingly perennial date overlaps with FUN as some
sort of test of wills between the two events, but the past date
conflicts simply arose from the realities of date and site
availability issues that the management of both events were confronted
with. So, for the next six years, including our upcoming 2017
convention, members of the numismatic community will be able to take
part in both FUN and NYINC.”
Future bourse dates at the Grand Hyatt are:
Jan. 11 to 14, 2018
Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2019
Jan. 16 to 19, 2020
Jan. 14 to 17, 2021
Jan. 13 to 16, 2022
Auction lot viewing will continue to begin the Friday prior to the
show’s Thursday “early bird day.”
In addition, Foley said that the schedule of eight days of auctions,
from Sunday to Sunday, will continue.
Rick Ponterio, president of the NYINC, joined with Foley in making
the announcement and said: “In even more good news, the ballroom
facilities at the Hyatt will enable our bourse dealers to all be in
the same room. I know that our four separate bourse room setup at the
Waldorf was somewhat unconventional, but people did get used to it and
it worked, although I’m really glad that our entire bourse will be in
one ballroom at the Hyatt.”
2017 NYINC details
Dealers interested in being placed on the waiting list for space at
the 2017 45th Annual NYINC should telephone Foley at 414-807-0116.
Collectors and dealers can make their room reservations for the 2017
NYINC by calling the Waldorf at 212-355-3000 and mentioning rate code
“NYN” for room rates beginning at $269, including complimentary
in-room wi-fi. Suite rates are also available.
The $269 rate is available only for reservations made on or before
Oct. 31. After Oct. 31, rates begin at $329.
Foley invites those experiencing difficulties in obtaining the group
rate to telephone him.