The Met is back over 10,000 visitors a day. Hotels may not be at capacity yet, but they're getting close. As a commenter put it on the Everything To Do NYC Facebook Group this week, "The city has come alive again and it's amazing!" Once again, the reopenings and returns continue to roll in:
- The Intrepid Museum has returned to a seven-day-a-week schedule; timed tickets required
- LEGOLAND New York Resort—the first major theme park to open in the Northeast in 40 years—is now welcoming guests in Orange County
- Docent-led tours have resumed at the Museum at Eldridge Street
- VR experiences “Chaos at Hogwarts” and “Wizards Take Flight” debut today at the Harry Potter New York flagship
- The Museum of Chinese in America’s main museum space reopens tomorrow, anchored by new exhibition Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism.
- The curtain goes up on another Broadway blockbuster as Applebee’s 50th St. sets a reopening date for August 4th
- MoMA PS1's Warm Up is back for a 24th season, starting August 7th
- Registration is open for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, returning to NYC August 22nd
- Movies With A View officially returns to Bryant Park on August 23rd
- Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day returns with free admission, September 18th
- American Classical Orchestra announces 2021-22 live performance season, starting September 22nd
- Crystal Cruises will launch nine cruises to Bermuda from New York City beginning September 24th
- The 2021 NYCxDESIGN Festival returns to the city November 11th-18th
NYC & Company have unveiled a new “It’s Time for New York City” television spot, playing up FOMO for domestic travelers. More and more, it's looking like NYC will be the answer to the campaign's question, “Where Were You Summer ’21?"
PUTTING GREEN, 18 holes of climate change-themed mini-golf, has opened as a new interim use for the River Ring site along the North Williamsburg waterfront.
LINKS OF INTEREST
- Updated Broadway and Off Broadway openings
- "Broadway, and the rest of New York’s cultural life, is on the cusp of a vibrant rebound"
- The Margaritaville Resort Times Square has opened
- Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo brings his budding hotel chain to the U.S. with the opening of the Pestana CR7 Times Square
- Outdoor dining extended by Cuomo
- Travel-booking platform GetYourGuide announces expansion into NYC—and they're accepting Dogecoin
- Met Opera stagehands to return to work after lockout
- Surge of hotel construction continuing for NYC
- Rents soaring as Americans flock back to cities
- Hotels and retail show signs of bouncing back
- U.S. business trips coming back faster than expected
- Airline group chief sees US-UK flights resuming in weeks—but Biden admin says no plans to lift international travel restrictions
- After a quarter century, the Astor Place Kmart abruptly shutters
SAVE THE DATE! NYC TOURISM IS BACK, START SPREADING YOUR NEWS
Photo: Andrea Cavalera/Flickr.
On Monday, August 30th, ascend to the 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. Learn more here, and get your invite to the Industry's Celebration on August 30th.
TOURISTS AND PERCEPTIONS OF SAFETY: THIS WEEK'S INSIGHTS FROM EVERYTHING TO DO FACEBOOK GROUP
Looking for on-the-round reporting about the city? Everything To Do NYC Facebook Group brings together over 41,000 city superfans sharing what they're experiencing around town. As the city comes back we are seeing increased interaction in the group. There is naturally a lot of concern among visitors about crime in New York City—and a lot of reassurances coming from locals that those worries are overblown. A Sunday post about safety received 215 comments. A safety question about Times Square was good for another 150 comments. A request for whether or not Coney Island was worth it also touched on safety, but picked up tons of good suggestions among the 105 comments. ETD provides a great forum to market your venue, and to get a read on what tourists and locals are thinking. If you're not a member yet, join us.