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New York City Activities
New Administration, New Outlooks for New York City Tourism
The city's prospects continue to change rapidly with Washington finally focusing on COVID recovery and Governor Cuomo releasing a slew of ideas for reimagining Manhattan. Midtown would get an infrastructure overhaul to the tune of $306 million. Er, billion. A new Port Authority, an additional train station, and a Javits Center expansion are only the beginning. (And the Biden administration has already signaled it's willing to help out municipalities as well as invest in transit.)
NYC Tourism Updates This Week
More data points toward recovery. The city's unemployment rate dropped in September, now back into single digits. Schools have reopened but the positivity rate among students is minuscule—0.2%. In fact, New York state has the third lowest positivity rate in the nation (and that's with ample testing). Nationally, the Domestic Travel Safety Barometer score rose above 50% for the first time since the pandemic began. The TSA screened over a million air travelers for the first time since March. (Those passengers are primarily leisure travelers, too.) Despite the small spike in infection rates, indicators are looking good for a New York comeback.
For Reneé Rapp, Everything’s a Competition in Mean Girls...In a Very Good Way
Mean Girls, Tina Fey’s über-popular musical based on her 2004 cult movie, thrives on the themes of fitting in, girl power, and competition—all cooked up in the familiar high school petri dish of cliques and one-upmanship.
March & Beyond: What’s New & What’s Next on Broadway
Broadway’s winter-into-spring season is about to go full throttle. Adding to the excitement is the celebrity count (high) and the roster of productions (formidable). And so we begin…
A New Decade of New York Theatre Takes Off!
A shiny New Year has arrived, urging us to plunge (headlong or otherwise) into our annual list of resolutions. Dieting and de-cluttering aside, I recommend tackling the fun stuff first, especially the resolve to up our live entertainment ante—New York City theatre in particular.
City Guide Hosts 13th Annual Concierge Choice Awards in NYC
The premier event on the New York City tourism calendar took place last night at Tribeca Rooftop in Lower Manhattan. The 13th Annual Concierge Choice Awards (CCAs) attracted almost 300 of NYC tourism’s key players.
Buzzalicious Theatre Here (NYC) & Now (WorldPride)
Après the Tonys…Thrill? Relief? Letdown? Opportunity? The latter, of course, has much to do with taking on uncharted Broadway by scoring tickets to the 2019-2020 season’s first wave of shows.
Funny, Fearless, Fabulous: It’s Showtime for Celebs on Broadway
Don’t count on finding them weaving through Times Square or chowing down on 99-cent storefront pizza slices, but if seeing celebrities in their natural habitat is on your NYC bucket list, you probably won’t be disappointed just walking (or dining) in the Theater District.
BroadwayCon 2019—It's A Wrap!
It was with great excitement that I looked forward to my fourth BroadwayCon, organized by Anthony Rapp and Melissa Anelli, in New York City. For the 2019 version of this mammoth undertaking, BroadwayCon returned to their original home, the Midtown Hilton, where in 2016 a massive blizzard had nearly shut down the prepubescent conference.
Predictions for the 2018 Tony Awards
With the 72nd Annual Tony Awards only days away, I am once more honored to regale readers with predictions. Of winners. In key categories. Chosen by me. A masochistic venture at best because, should you be at all familiar with my success ratio over the years, I am embarrassingly iffy at this!