Getting out in public after COVID in NYC
For months, we’ve all been looking forward to getting out after COVID, and August 21st was a big date as Phase 4 was rolled out. This fall, that will finally be a reality for New Yorkers, who can at long last enjoy the easing of pandemic restrictions—meaning the dining, shopping, nightlife, and culture that the Big Apple is known for will all be back in business (kind of). And the reopenings are happening at the perfect time, as the sights, sounds, and smells of New York City in the fall are a feast for the senses—and, after months of being stuck indoors, we could all use some excitement!
Getting out after COVID doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant. After such a challenging start to the year, the fall can be a time for New Yorkers to get back in touch with what makes the city so unique: its rich history as a hub for diversity, innovation, and creativity. You can find all of these on display at these spots this fall.
NYC Fall Festivals
From Oktoberfest celebrations to cider festivals to pumpkin picking, New York City is brimming with fall fun. Some of the standouts include Blues, Brews & Botany at the New York Botanical Garden, where you can sample craft beers amid a backdrop of live music and the garden’s eye-catching floral displays. To get in the spirit of the season, check out the Halloween Parade in Central Park, which includes pumpkin carving, a costume parade, ghost tours and a sunset flotilla across the Harlem Meer of 50 expertly carved gourds.
NYC Tourist Traps
While New Yorkers likely didn’t frequent the most popular tourist sites before the pandemic, getting out after COVID gives you the chance to see New York from another vantage point. The Empire State Building Observatory reopened late this summer, offering visitors a panoramic view of the city we all love. Back on the ground, take in the flourishing arts and culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which showcases some of the world’s most precious works of art all while offering a robust events calendar.
There are lots of opportunities for getting out after COVID that let you take in the fresh fall air. For instance, lace up your ice skates and take a few twirls on the Rink at Rockefeller Center to see what the world’s most famous ice skating rink is all about. You can also get your taste of outdoor adventure at one of the area’s several zoos, including Central Park Zoo, which reopened at the end of the summer to offer animal-focused education and entertainment.
So as the city reopens this fall, take advantage of all of the possibilities that getting out after COVID can bring, and see the city in a whole new light.