At the crossroads of the world
From our location in the hub of Midtown Manhattan, things are a little different right now. In place of teeming crowds and traffic jams you’ll find serendipitous moments, like strolling across New York City’s bridges for breathtaking views. Or biking through miles of peaceful “Open Streets” that are closed to cars. More than 40,000 acres of parkland offer grassy oases for sunbathing, picnics, scavenger hunts and other laidback relaxation. Fabulous fare is still in ample supply, and now you can enjoy meals alfresco as streets and sidewalks become breezy dining destinations. Even Times Square is playing along with digital billboards sharing messages of love and gratitude from artists around the world. This is a side of New York you just can’t miss.
Take in stellar views as you cross NYC’s many bridges, quieter now with less traffic. Walk or bike through 40-plus miles of traffic-free “Open Streets,” where pedestrians and cyclists maintain social distancing with ease. On hot days, tree-canopied ”Cool Streets” open up hydrants for refreshing mists in neighborhoods around the city.
Here’s a nice surprise: some of Midtown’s best attractions are open again. This includes architectural landmarks like the neo-gothic St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the beaux-arts Grand Central Station. You can also enjoy sky-high views at the Empire State Building Observatory, or get an aquatic perspective of Manhattan aboard Circle Line Cruises.
Sunbathe on the Great Lawn of Central Park, or join a scavenger hunt guided by your smart phone. Experience nature and art atop The High Line, the famed public park built on elevated train tracks. Enjoy live music, games, even an outdoor reading room at Bryant Park.
Now’s the time to order a side of fresh air with your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Sidewalks, streets, plazas and parks are transforming into lively outdoor dining spots. You can also explore the hidden alleys, charming nooks and private gardens of eclectic East Village.