Subway ridership is up and the MTA notes declining crime, back to pre-pandemic levels. (And there will be no fare hike this year.) More signs of return for NYC. The Times this week reports the city is looking to culture to lead the comeback. As the Broadway and Off-Broadway calendars fill in, and more festivals announce dates, that shift is already well underway. Coming attractions include:
- roof at 66 park atop The Kitano Hotel New York is NY’s newest top spot for light bites, signature drinks with a great mixologist, & both indoor & outdoor options
- Cronut inventor opens croissant-focused Dominque Ansel Workshop in Midtown East
- Shake Shack is back on Grand Central's Lower Level Dining Concourse, with a new summer menu
- In-person talks have resumed at the 92nd Street Y
- Immersive art installation Citrovia is now open at Manhattan West
- LES underground market extraordinaire The Market Line reopens tomorrow
- Bed Bath & Beyond holds grand reopening for Chelsea flagship tomorrow
- The Other Art Fair Brooklyn returns in-person to the Brooklyn Expo Center July 22nd-25th
- Love is in the air: NYC Marriage Bureau reopens July 23rd
- Top Gun is back at the Intrepid: free Flight Deck screening under the stars July 30th
- Private club and hotel Casa Cipriani readies for August debut at South Ferry
- Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen opening in Times Square August 5th
- Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl returns September 8th with full slate of shows
- New immersive audiovisual event Undercurrent opening September 9th at The Jefferson in Brooklyn
- The Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) goes in-person for the Making Moves Dance Festival 2021, September 17th-18th
- Tickets now on sale for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new winter spectacular, Lightscape, which opens November 19th
Nationally, airlines report domestic leisure travel is back to pre-pandemic levels. Yes, we are still waiting for international and business travel, but there are signs those returns are coming up as well.
Live music is returning to Brooklyn Bowl. Photo by Scott Harris.
LINKS OF INTEREST
- Statue of Liberty cruises, Empire State Building observation deck make list of global top 10 bucket list searches
- Inflation unlikely to derail NYC tourism comeback
- Amtrak releases $100B plan to rebuild and expand Northeast Corridor
- Divisive LaGuardia AirTrain gets FAA approval
- Minor league baseball slated for return to Staten Island in 2022; concerts could be back this year
- Crazy travel demand now—but what comes next
- Regent sells out 2024 world cruise in record time
THIS WEEK'S DATA FROM EVERYTHING TO DO NYC FACEBOOK GROUP
Looking for on-the-round reporting about the city? Everything To Do NYC Facebook Group brings together more than 42,000 city superfans sharing what they're experiencing around town. This week we polled the group about Broadway plans—it was interesting to see how broad the range of responses was. For locals at least, it's looking like the return to live theatre will reward a cross-section of productions, not just the usual warhorses (Hamilton came in tied for eighth place, just ahead of To Kill a Mockingbird and Lion King). ETD provides a great forum to get a read on what tourists and locals are thinking, and to market your venue. If you're not a member yet, join us.
NYC TOURISM IS BACK, START SPREADING YOUR NEWS
On Monday, August 30th, ascend to One World Observatory to join NYC tourism industry leaders for a long overdue celebration. General managers, concierge, influencers, bloggers, restauranteurs, BID leaders, and many more will all be gathered. In addition to cocktails, remarks, and entertainment, this is a great opportunity to connect and reconnect. In the coming weeks you will find additional opportunities to share your information and get up to speed with the latest in the NYC tourism community. New Yorkers know that we all do better when we work together. Take the next step to rebuild. Get your ticket now!