It's getting hard to keep up. With the city's COVID infection rate below 2% and falling fast, reopening announcements are piling up, and Broadway is leading the pack. Hamilton. Lion King. Wicked. All back September 14th. Tickets on sale today. Capacity will be 100%. And further premieres and returns are close behind, including Broadway's longest-runner The Phantom of the Opera. Dr. Fauci has announced that, as vaccinations increase, relaxation of indoor mask requirements will follow. Broadway's return will change the city's dynamic for tourism dramatically. The savvy move of offering vaccinations to visitors will further help the travel market.
Broadway is the big story this week, but many other fresh starts are on the horizon:
- The NH Collection New York Madison Avenue launched on Monday
- Live entertainment is back at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa as of May 20th
- Nearly 200 performances are planned for TNC's 26th Lower East Side Festival of the Arts May 28th-30th
- The Museum at Eldridge Street returns June 1st
- Williamsburg art campus Amant launches June 5th
- Neue Galerie New York reopens June 10th
- Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals opens at the Natural History Museum June 12th
- Blue Note Jazz Club reopens with Sony Presents Blue Note Jazz Festival starting June 15th
- Make Music Day returns for the solstice on June 21st
- The city's first full opera performance will be Teatro Nuovo's The Barber of Seville, July 27th-28th at Damrosch Park
- Second Stage Theater will be back this fall with Take Me Out and other shows
- SL Green's Summit One Vanderbilt opens October 21st with multi-sensory experience including glass elevator, outdoor terrace
In a few days, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium will lift all capacity limits for fully vaccinated fans. Tech company Morning Consult is tracking sentiment and their most recent numbers show comfort levels with public events have reached pandemic-era highs. With large gatherings, theatre, and culture returning to NYC, tourism is not far behind.
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- Higher earners, millennials lead travel's return
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- TSA prepares for a busy summer of travel
Pride 2021: Rockefeller Center to Host the Ultimate NYC Weddings for Five LGBTQ+ Couples
In celebration of Pride, and to help kick off NYC’s post-pandemic summer of love, Rockefeller Center has opened submissions for “Love Above All.” This annual tradition is this year featuring “Love Above All Weddings,” offering five couples ceremonies at 620 Loft & Garden, the center's private rooftop garden overlooking St. Patrick’s and Fifth Avenue. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests will be treated to a champagne toast and wedding cake at the Rainbow Room, where they will be entertained by a star of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Each couple will also get a wedding photoshoot at Top of the Rock Observation Deck, amid 360-degree skyline views. Couples can submit their application here; admissions close June 1st and the winners will be announced June 4th.