Travel was up, way up, this Memorial Day Weekend. The forecasts didn't keep people off the roads or out of the skies, and if you were up by the Met you saw a snaking line that was the longest its been for ages. Traveler confidence is way up as well, trending back to pre-pandemic levels. The city expansion continues, too:
- As of Monday, the midnight curfew on indoor dining for bars and restaurants across New York has been lifted
- The Vessel reopened in Hudson Yards after a four-month hiatus
- The Westin New York Grand Central reopened on Friday
- Statue City Cruises is restoring capacity to 100%; the Liberty State Park departure point in Jersey City has reopened
- Beginning Friday, Top of the Rock expands its hours to 10am-10pm
- Taste of Times Square Week brings prix fixe deals June 7th-14th
- The Cooper Hewitt reopens June 10th and admission will be free through October 31st
- Solstice in Times Square returns for an in-person and hybrid event June 20th
- “Two Evenings With Trey Anastasio,” mark The Beacon’s return to full-capacity shows, June 22nd and 23rd—and they're sold out already
- The Nathan's hot dog eating contest will be back in person on Coney Island July 4th, with a live crowd
The public health milestones for NYC over the last few days are highly encouraging. Hospitalizations are way down and the average COVID positivity rate has been below 1% since last Thursday. Tourism is bouncing back. You can see it in the increasingly vibrant city around us.
The New York Public Library cut the ribbon on a transformed central circulating library, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL). Photo: SNFL by John Bartelstone.
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- Google Travel adds vacation rentals alongside hotels in search results
- Chinese hotel company’s recovery shows how fast travel demand can snap back
- Urban Outfitters has closed its 14th Street location after more than 20 years
- For Lease signs appear in long-running beer haven The Ginger Man's windows
SUMMER IN THE CITY WITH CELEBRITY CHEF DAVID BURKE
ETD Exclusives invites City Guide readers to a private dinner hosted by Chef David Burke of Iron Chef America fame at his UES townhouse restaurant. Mix and mingle over passed canapés and savor a three-course meal with summer cocktails. Wednesday, June 16th, tickets $100. This event is 80% sold out already, reserve now.