Shackman Associates DMC New York

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For the past 25 years, Shackman Associates New York (SANY) has provided destination management and special event services to international, domestic, incentive and corporate meeting clients traveling to New York from all corners of the world.Under the management of Karen Shackman, our unyielding commitment to excellence along with our uncompromised level of service have become just a few of the trademarks associated with the Shackman name.  It is our mission to ensure that we are connected with you, the client, at all times during the program development process and execution, making sure to provide everything that you will need to make your New York City experience a success.

Short Bio Karen Shackman

Founder and President of Shackman Associates. By virtue of my own multi-national heritage and my experience of living and working in various locations throughout the world, I bring an international awareness to both the DMC and Event side of the business. The extensive professional training and experience that I have procured on both sides of the Atlantic provides the company with a unique understanding of the needs and expectations of discerning corporate, incentive and meeting clients from all over the world. I am involved in the daily operations of the company and in particular the client activities that take place under the leadership of each Program Manager.
I receive daily program updates from my team and am always checking in personally with my clients to ensure that your needs are being met.


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Shackman Associates New York
240 East 56th Street, Suite 2E
New York, NY 10022
Phone: + 1 212 753 5900

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                  Destination New York



What makes New York a great destination

Why New York

I want to be a part of it, New York, New York, sang Frank Sinatra way back when. And we agree, who does not want to be a part of  New York? It's a city that's vibrant, energetic, moving with a speed which seems to outpace any other city in the world,  incredible, breathtaking, trendy, luxurious, the list can fill four pages easily.

Divided in famous neighborhoods, Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Staten Island and Queens and immortalized in many movies, New York seems to be made of delights and highlights. Manhattan brings Central Park dating back to 1857 - where New Yorkers and tourist hang out and where you can go horse back riding, cycling or jogging, The Empire State Building, Grand Central terminal where they serve 62 different kinds of oysters in the Oyster bar and Times Square & the latest Broadway shows.  There is also trendy Bronx with its botanical gardens and Brooklyn - by some considered seriously suburbian - but still happening - many possibilities for great events and incentives.

With so many new venues, restaurants, place and activities, you need an excellent partner on the ground. We, at Shackman Associates, would be delighted to assist you.

Incentive program ideas

Program idea New York

New York is a sizzling place, so we have put some activities together. Please have a look at the below activities for a great incentive program. Just let us know what you have in mind at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will turn it into reality!


This evening, our guests will have the opportunity to board an iconic New York City Water Taxi which will take them for a
2 hour cruise around New York City. Along the way, they will see both the New York and New Jersey skyline including: The Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, and much more - all narrated by knowledgeable and entertaining guides. They will be served beverages a light dinner buffet on-board...
The perfect way to say hello New York!!!



Everyone knows their 5 senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch; but have you ever explored these senses in a New
York City fashion? Today, our guests will be taken on a journey through the City to re-discover these basics like a true
New Yorker.
We will start our day by heading downtown Manhattan to the heliport. Here our guests enjoy a view from the city that not many people get to see
– from the sky. Our guests board the helicopter and taking the south route of the Hudson River they will be able to see from the Empire State building to Ground Zero and flight around the statue of Liberty finishing back Downtown after this breathtaking helicopter ride above the city. (weather permitting)

The next sense that we revisit is touch: we will head over to see one of the most iconic pets of the City: the bull. Grabbing the bull by its horns is a must in NYC! Symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, our
charging Bull stands Downtown as a talisman for Wall Street traders and a
source of pride for all New York City residents.
Everyone will have to touch the bull for financial luck throughout the year!

We then head north towards Chinatown. There has been a major revitalization in Chinatown, bringing attention to the cultural aspect to one of New York's famous neighborhoods. Our guests will be introduced to many of the food and tea establishments where they will have to test their sense of smell! Can anyone guess the composition of an authentic Chinese tea?

Then, it's on to tasting through Chelsea Market, which has become the culinary destination for many. Housed in a former Nabisco bakery and factory, birth place of the world-famous Oreo cookie, our guests will discover one of NYC's culinary food shop, a gourmet lover's wholesale-retail wonder world, and an energetic, neighborhood hotspot, all meshed into an entire city block of space in the heart of West Chelsea.

On their way back to the hotel (or other location) our guests will be surprised by
an unexpected visitor hopping on the bus: a live entertainer! As the bus is about to depart, our Tour Guide seems to get into an altercation with a passer-buy, who forces his way on the coach. As he/she hops on the bus - what is our surprise that once on the bus the "visitor" starts singing famous tunes to our guests and has them participate all the way to their next stop...



Today guests will enjoy Central Park in a unique way – biking through the park, just like a New York native!
While enjoying a guided bike tour, guests will pass some of the most interesting sites in the park, such as the Central Park Boathouse overlooking the lake (lunch option), the Great Lawn, Bethesda Fountain, and "Strawberry Fields" – Yoko Ono's tribute to John Lennon. Central Park is America's first landscaped urban park and is as beautiful as ever.

Our guests could head towards the Top of the Rock, which is perhaps the most amazing view in New York. There's a certain peace at 70 stories above the city, and Top of the Rock Observation Deck was conceived with the express purpose of keeping that peace uninterrupted. The view itself is unique and astonishing, unobstructed for 360 degrees and stretching for miles in every direction.




Today, our guests will have a chance to discover the riches of art underground. Experience a collection of mosaics depicting colorful hats worn by celebrities who frequented the area (23rd Street) between the 1880s and
1920s, including Harry Houdini's upside-down hat and Gertrude Vanderbilt
Whitney's colorfully adorned cap.

At 14th Street, we might take a peek at Tom Otterness's "Life Underground" – a series of miniature, stylized bronze sculptures such as an alligator in a manhole and a cop watching a homeless man sleep.

This subway-based walking tour will stop at over a dozen subway stations to experience these unique and whimsical art pieces – often which go unnoticed by the typical New Yorker on their way to work!


Our tour today covers a section of Midtown Manhattan that contains a number of landmark buildings with a selection covering
100 years from historic architectural styles to the modern of LEED Gold certified buildings, more diverse than any other part of Manhattan.
We will endeavor to stop and discuss most of the following
buildings: Hearst Building, Sony, IBM, Grand Central Terminal, New York Public Library. You will also see the first skyscrapers of the city: Flatiron and MetLife. Our guests will learn about their fascinating architecture and history. This specialized tour is always a great experience, whether you are an architecture buff or eager to learn more about the subject.

Depending on traffic and time left, we may also see the United
Nations, Chrysler and Seagram's buildings.



This tour of Brooklyn will give guests the chance to see a different side of New York, and all the things that have made Brooklyn famous. We may begin our tour with a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge where we arrive in the new artist community, DUMBO. This area has recently been renovated and guests can enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the Manhattan Skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park!

We will end our visit through Brooklyn in hip and trendy Williamsburg neighborhood to explore its thriving and cutting-edge cultural scene. Williamsburg is home to thousands of working artists and an exciting array of new art galleries, restaurants and pubs. Williamsburg is the largest creative community in New York, and perhaps the world!


The Brooklyn Brewery was founded in 1987 and since then has been a leader in the introduction and marketing of good beer in metropolitan New York and a supporter of Brooklyn's new cultural renaissance. Our guests will enjoy a guided tasting of four of their beers and an in-depth Brewery history lesson and tour. Our resident experts can answer just about any beer or Brooklyn Brewery question you can think of so come prepared to geek out.


A true New York evening is in the cards for tonight - a night on Broadway!


Today your guests will enjoy a unique New York Sports experience, a day at Madison Square Garden. Fall is a unique time at MSG as the New York's Rangers Ice Hockey OR New York Knicks basketball is in full swing!


Please note the following:

• All proposed elements are subject to availability and confirmation, and are dependent on group size, the dates/days of travel and time of day.
• Final prices to be determined by actual number of guests, exact travel dates, arrival/departure schedules, and venue and menu selections. Should number of guests increase/decrease, proposal
will be subject to re-costing.

More about our company

More about Shackman Associates

New York City is a city on the move – constantly changing and reinventing itself. And, continually evolving with the times, Shackman Associates has been operating in New York for over 25 years and is a recognizable part of the fabric of the hospitality industry in the city. We are committed to New York, to our clients and to creating programs and events that exceed expectations. And, you, as our client, will benefit from our long-time experience "on the ground", plus our youthful and forward-thinking approach to everything we do. Additionally:

• Our client base spans a wide range in both the domestic and international markets providing a unique perspective and appreciation of cultural nuances.
• We have over 25 years of experience working with large programs, and understand the special needs of these programs.
• Your program will be assigned a dedicated Program Manager, who will work with the American Indian College Fund from proposal through operations to final billing, ensuring that nothing is missed from planning to operations.
• Our planning team has a multi-national background and is able to provide multi-lingual assistance.
• Shackman Associates is a preferred vendor for some of the city's most luxurious and well-known hotels, and we are acquainted with the hotel staff from the bell stand to the ownership and management of the property.
• We are committed to the preservation of the environment and have established a "green perspective," to bring to programs, including access to hybrid vehicles and working with clients to establish carbon offsets.

In conjunction with our event management division, SANY successfully creates and produces over 150 programs and events each year, ranging from intimate parties of ten to extravagant affairs with several thousand guests in attendance.


We think it is important to go beyond the basics of ethical business practices and embrace our responsibility to people and to the planet.

Shackman Associates:

Adheres to high standards of business practice – The core philosophies that the company was founded on are enacted on a daily basis, with our team members acting with integrity, abiding by the highest ethical standards.

Cares for the environment – Shackman Associates is working to conserve energy and reduce waste, with a view to operating programs in a way that promotes sustainability and supports environmental conservation. We have worked with clients to map the "carbon footprint" that our programs create and explored ways to offset the negative effects this may have on the environment.

Is committed to our community – We work with our client partners to create programs that give back to the community. From teambuilding "cleanup" programs in New York's public parks to donating musical instruments to New York public schools, to name a few, Shackman Associates helps to bring community activism to our clients.

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