As Broadway celebrates its reopening, New York City welcomes visitors with new and reopened hotels and attractions, as well as new health protocols and vaccination requirements.
Broadway made its long anticipated return in September with the reopening of shows Waitress and Hadestown, followed by the return of Hamilton, Wicked, The Lion King and Chicago to historic theaters in Times Square.
Additionally the TKTS discount ticket booth in Times Square at Broadway and 47th Street, an internationally known symbol of Broadway, reopened on Sept. 14. The booth sells same-day discounted tickets to matinee and evening performances as well as next-day tickets to matinee performances (up to 50 percent off) of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
The Broadway shows have reopened with new health protocols in place, requiring audience members to wear masks and show proof of vaccination, or a recent negative coronavirus test if the patron is under the age of 12.
To celebrate the return of Broadway, a three-day outdoor Broadway festival, Curtain Up! will take place Sept. 17-19 in Times Square featuring live performances, panel discussions and concerts, culminating with a live, free outdoor concert with Broadway favorites on Sept. 19.
“As Broadway returns, we look forward to welcoming increasing numbers of locals and visitors back to the pulsing Crossroads of the World,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs of New York City, in a press statement. “With world-class hotels, dining, arts and culture, attractions, tours and live entertainment, there’s no better time to feel the heartbeat of New York City as we reach this milestone in the recovery of the tourism industry.”
In addition to Broadway, new and newly reopened hotels, restaurants, tours and attractions, and cultural offerings give travelers further reasons to re-engage with Times Square.
The New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square recently underwent a renovation that included refurbishments of its bars, restaurants, ballrooms, meetings rooms and retail spaces. It also added a 240-ft skybridge spanning the hotel atrium.
Also new is the Margaritaville Resort Times Square offering island-themed rooms, a pool deck, bars featuring tropical craft cocktails, and additional dining options including the Margaritaville New York restaurant.
Civilian NYC will open this fall in the heart of the Theater District. The hotel will offer 203 guest rooms within a 27-story, David Rockwell-designed high-rise.
Aman New York is slated to open later this fall in the historic Crown Building on 5th Avenue, the first home of Museum of Modern Art. The hotel will offer restaurants, a Garden Terrace & Bar, a private members club, the three-floor Aman Spa, and a Jazz Club and Wine Room.
New York City attractions now open include Big Bus Tours New York, which lets visitors hop on and off at over 35 stops across New York City, enabling them to explore landmarks and attractions at their own pace.
Big Onion’s Reclaiming Times Square: From the Deuce to Disney walking tour lets visitors explore the history of legendary theaters, grand hotels, and lavish movie palaces, and shows how even in the midst of massive redevelopment, traces of “old” Times Square remain hidden in plain sight.
Live performances will return to Carnegie Hall on Oct. 6 at the Opening Night Gala when the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, opens the season with a performance that includes Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 – featuring pianist Yuja Wang – and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
New York City’s Key to NYC is now in full effect, which requires New Yorkers and visitors age 12 and older to show proof of vaccination to participate in indoor activities at New York City restaurants and bars, fitness gyms, and entertainment and recreational settings including music or concert venues, museums and galleries, professional sports arenas and indoor stadiums, performing arts theaters, and other indoor recreational activities.
Eligible proof of vaccination includes the NYC COVID Safe App, the New York State Excelsior App, a photo or hard copy of a CDC vaccination card, official vaccine record, or a photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the United States for one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm or Sinovac.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also now recommends that all individuals in areas of high or substantial transmission wear masks indoors.
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