The coronavirus crisis is affecting everyone to different degrees. So far, my friends, family and I have been lucky. I hope that you are doing relatively well, too. During these difficult times, more than ever, I think it’s important to spread positivity. With this in mind, I’d like to share what I look forward to once we’re allowed to explore NYC once again.
Naturally, what I look forward to the most is going back to see my friends and coworkers ❤️. All in all, I’m just very excited to go back to doing normal stuff like riding the subway, walking the streets, waiting in line for a new place that’s probably overhyped, people blocking the escalators, or stopping in the middle of the sidewalk. I miss even that!
Take in the sights at Times Square
While many locals avoid Times Square, I cannot wait to go back and see the bustling heart of New York filled with life again. What better place to feel the vibrance of the city than Times Square? Once it is safe to explore the city again, I just want to sit down on the red steps, take in the sights for a few moments, and be grateful.
Attend a Broadway Show
To me, theater is just as essential to New York as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, or the Brooklyn Bridge. Just days before Broadway went dark temporarily, I snatched standing room tickets for one of Broadway’s newest musicals, SIX. It was still in previews and, sadly, its opening night was delayed due to the ban of gatherings of 50 people or more. I enjoyed SIX so much that I am determined to watch it again as soon as I am able to. In the meantime, I will keep listening to the cast recording.
Visit Edge at sunset
Selwyn, Sabrina and I were lucky to have visited Edge on its opening day on March 11th. It was an amazing experience through and through. New York’s newest observation deck offers unparalleled features such as angled glass walls, a Glass Floor, and the Skyline Steps. Ever since my first visit, it’s been on my bucket list to return and catch one of NYC’s stunning sunsets. I can already see myself sitting on the Skyline Steps and admire how the city slowly turns from day to night. You can watch our video of Edge here.
Swing at Pier 35
Since I coincidentally stumbled upon Pier 35 last summer, it’s been one of my favorite hidden places in the city. Even though it’s a spectacular pier, it’s usually not packed at all. Its location is a little off the beaten path and that certainly helps with overcrowding. It’s a great place to relax and take in the sights. Four giant swings let you laze in the sun with views of the East River including Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge.
Have some fun at Magnet Theater
On a regular Friday, I would go watch shows at the Magnet Theater, the best improv theater in New York if you ask me! My favorite shows are The Friday Night Sh*w and Premiere The Musical. As a response to the current situation, some Magnet Theater shows are being streamed online on Twitch. If you want to take a peek, have a look at the online schedule to see when to tune in. As with most businesses right now, donations are highly appreciated!
Support small businesses
So many small local businesses are struggling during this crisis. That also includes, but is not limited to, restaurants. Supporting small local businesses is more important than ever as many now depend on us to survive. I know life in NYC after coronavirus will be different. I will be sure to revisit my go-to spots and seek out other small restaurants and businesses once the restrictions are lifted. One of them is ARTECHOUSE. I have always enjoyed their art installations in Chelsea Market. If you are a fan of theirs too, you choose to support ARTECHOUSE while also saving 50% on your future visit.
What are YOU looking forward to in New York? Feel free to share your plans in the comments or send me an email at email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you! Stay safe ❤️