Open, Closed, Explore NYC FREE, Help NYC
The Coronavirus has impacted the globe in a way we haven’t seen for years. Here we provide all the updates we know, how you can explore NYC safely from home, what’s open and closed, how you can help and be helped and much more.
100 Safe Things to do in NYC Today (2021)
Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie
There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!
Set Sail Safely in 2021 with Classic Harbor Cruises
Cool Outdoor Dining Igloos, Pods, Cabins & Space Bubbles
Eat in a Cabin @ The Greens - downtown by the South Street Seaport, at The Rooftop at Pier 17, reserve your indoor/outdoor glass cabin in their new socially distant outdoor dining concept, The Greens, and order up some winter dishes and cocktails in your private, plexiglass cabin, allowing for unobstructed skyline views (photo).
Cafe du Soleil - on the UWS, Cafe du Soleil has installed "Outside Bubble Tables," where you can enjoy French cuisine
Lafayette - indulge in a "heated snow chalet" in NoHo on Lafayette & Great Jones at their "Le Village de Lafayette" and enjoy dishes like fondue or black truffle ham & brie croissants.
Most every museum is open with reduced capacity, safety protocols and most have reservations required. Check out the new Museum of Ice Cream (SoHo), Guggenheim, MoMA, Whitney and so many more museums from which to choose.
Attractions & Sightseeing
Most every NYC attraction is open with reduced capacity, safety protocols and reservations required. Whether you want to sightsee from the sky or selfie with celebs @ Madame Tussauds, you can be safe and explore.
Go HIGH or Go Home
Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory or Edge? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.
- Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
- Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
- One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
- Edge - (100-101 floors) opened March 2020, highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)
Go Even HIGHER on NYC's Most Popular Helicopters
Fun Things to Do in NYC
More Safe Things to do in NYC in 2021
- Walk the Highline - All visitors must enter at the southern end of the High Line, at Gansevoort Street and Washington Street, and move northwards.
- The New York Botanical Garden - stroll through beautiful exhibits
- The Bronx Zoo outdoors, fresh air & animals
Top Virtual NYC Things to Do
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Travel Guidelines & Quarantines
As of April 1, 2021, Domestic (US) travelers will no longer have to quarantine.
Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers. International Travelers must Get Tested Within Three Days Prior to Landing in New York, Quarantine for at Least Three Days Upon Arrival, and Get a Test on Day Four of Arrival
If Travelers Receive a Negative Test On Day Four of Quarantine They May Exit Quarantine When They Receive Negative Result
Read More: NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory
All NYC attractions and tours that have reopened have strict safety protocols in place. Please read each businesses guidelines to book your tickets, make reservations and learn more about safety precautions.
- Indoor Dining – 50% capacity beginning as of March 2021
Known Rescheduled Events
- Macy’s Flower Show – May 2-16, 2021 (usually March/Apri)l
- Tribeca Film Festival – June 9- 20, 2021 (usually April)
- Shakespeare in the Park – July 5 – August 29, 2021
- NY Auto Show – Aug 20-29, 2021 (usually April)
- Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day – September 18, 2021 (usually April)
- Governors Ball Music Festival – September 24-26, 2021 (usually June)
- NYC Marathon – November 7, 2021
Broadway Opening Dates
Six the Musical Broadway - Opens September 17, 2021, Tickets on Sale May 10, 2021
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. Six centers on the six ex-wives of King Henry VIII, who take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse. They remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power.
Phantom of the Opera Broadway Musical – 1988 Tony Award Winner!
Performances will resume October 22, 2021, Tickets on Sale Now.
Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be. As Christine’s star rises, and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Ages 12+
Diana Broadway Musical - It's official - Previews December 1, Opens December 16, 2021.
When Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles, she instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Leading fiercely with her heart, Princess Diana stood up for her family, her country and herself. She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and she created a legacy that will endure forever. DIANA is the electrifying new musical about a woman who chose to be fearless, and as a result became timeless.
The Music Man on Broadway - Starring Hugh Jackman & Sutton Foster. Performances start Dec 20, 2021
The Music Man follows traveling salesman Harold Hill (Jackman) as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band that he vows to organize, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. When he soon falls for the town librarian, Marian Paroo (Foster), his plans take an unexpected turn. One of the most cherished musicals ever on Broadway, The Music Man was an instant smash hit in 1957 and went on to win five Tony Awards.
NYC Open and Closed
- NYC Schools are partially open. Please check with your school.
- The NYS fine for violations of the state’s social distancing protocol can be $1,000
- Ballet, Opera, The Nutcracker, Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Met Opera cancelled in 2020 & so far in 2021
- Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) – closed as of April 2021
- Click here to see ALL Ticketmaster event and ticket changes, cancellations and updates.
- Billy Joel – all shows rescheduled to 2021 & 2022
- Jerry Seinfeld 2020 show postponed – “hold onto your tickets – a rescheduled date will be announced shortly"
Watch Broadway Shows Online
Relive the Great White Way at home! Rent, In the Heights, If/Then, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Bruce Springsteen and more.
See All: Watch Broadway Shows Online
RENT: Broadway Production (Full Live Performance, 2008)
One of my all time favorites, and of course, originally starring two of my high school friends and native New Yorkers, Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal. In New York City’s gritty East Village, a group of bohemians struggle to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love," these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic.
If/Then (Broadway Preview 2014)
Once again, starring the fabulous Idina Menzel (some of may know her as Elsa), LaChanze and Anthony Rapp. If/Then follows the story of Elizabeth, age 35, as she moves back home to NYC from Los Angeles after her recent divorce. While meeting friends in Madison Square Park, the story splits in to two different lines based on a moment in time, where Elizabeth either ignores or takes a phone call.
It’s not the highest quality recording, but the show was fantastic (and yes, I’m biased)!
Read More: If/Then Broadway Musical
Explore NYC from Home
Take a Virtual Walk in Central Park
Central Park is bringing sweeping views and stunning vistas, sublime natural wonders and thriving wildlife to your home, every week on a 15-minute virtual walk. Explore Shakespeare Garden, The Ramble, The Reservoir, The Mall and much more. Check out the Conservatory Garden below, one of our Central Park favorites!
92nd Street Y Virtual Programming
The 92nd Street Y is a classic NYC institution and we often say it’s one of the best places in NYC to spot celebrities. They are offering a ton of virutal programming, interviews, streamed concerts and more right now.
Check Out a TimesTalk
One of the BEST ways to experience celebrities and A-Listers like only a New Yorker can. Times Talks are a diverse series of interviews, in a fairly intimate setting, with world-famous authors, actors, politicians and celebrities (I mean SUPER A-LIST), each facilitated by a New York Times reporter (Master of Ceremonies).
Nightly Met Opera Streams
Each day, a different encore presentation from the Met Opera’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met Website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.
The Rockettes Teach You How to Dance on Instagram
Karma Kids Yoga LIVE on YouTube, Insta and Facebook
Karma Kids Yoga is founded and managed by my awesome friend, Shari Vilchez-Blatt, with loads of help from her precious daughter, Layla Moon. No one in NYC does Kids yoga better than Karma Kids! Classes include Super Hero Yoga, Storytime Yoga, Pajama Glow-in-the-Dark Yoga and tons more! Shari and her team are currently offering live stream (EST) classes on Zoom, Instagram and their YouTube Channel. More Info: Karma Kids Yoga NYC
Kids Yoga Zoo Adventure!
Met Anywhere: Virtual Events – Tap into art and culture from home with a variety of new virtual events. This week, join The Met for a performance that celebrates rock’s Black roots, an opportunity to recreate The Met’s Balcony Bar experience, a storytelling session for kids, and a sketching activity for teens.
More to Do from Home
Watch Penguins Wander the Aquarium
Need a smile? Watch penguins Wellington, Edward and Annie take a field trip around their home, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
More Fun Things to Do Online
These are not necessarily NYC based, but fun and educational
- New York Public Library – for New Yorkers with library cards and the SimplyE on their device, you can download over 300,000 books and access their research services online
- Visit The Guggenheim and take a virtual tour
- See The MET’s current digital offerings, which change daily
- The Met Opera is live streaming some performances
- 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free
NYC How You Can Help or Be Helped
- Volunteer opportunities for both healthcare workers and other volunteers
- Here is what is open in NYC (essential services)
- Free delivery services for the at-risk NYC community
- Donate to bailout.nyc to help service workers most affected. If you’ve EVER been to a NYC restaurant, which is a HUGE part of what makes NYC so great, please consider helping out a restaurant struggling to pay their workers.
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Safe and Fun NYC Things to Do
- 50 Awesome and Safe Things to Do in NYC
- Open in NYC: 9-11 Memorial, The Highline, Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, Edge, The Bronx Zoo, Liberty Island, in-person Sample Sales. MoMA, The Met, Natural History, Madame Tussauds and much more.
- NEW Traveler Quarantine Guidelines - Only 3 days with negative Covid tests