The lead female runners at 81st Street and 1st Avenue in 2015, photo © 6sqft
Runners, take your mark. The annual New York City Marathon will be held this fall after last year’s event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the world’s largest marathon will take place on November 7, the 50th running of the race. Participation will be limited to 60 percent capacity, or 33,000 runners, according to the governor.
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Last week, Governor Cuomo announced that Broadway could reopen at full capacity on September 14. And while this is a huge undertaking–it takes months of rehearsals and preparations to get a production up and running at that scale–15 shows have already begun selling tickets for fall performances. From Hamilton (which is already selling out!) to classics like The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera to new shows including Diana, here are all the Broadway productions so far that you can purchase tickets for.
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Here’s a chance to fulfill your Friends fantasy. The Friends Experience, the interactive exhibit featuring those too-good-to-be-true apartments and iconic scenes from the television series, has teamed up with travel company Booking.com to provide the “ultimate sleepover.” Fans have the chance to book two overnight stays at a set re-creation of Monica and Rachel’s apartment this month for just $19.94, a nod to the year the sitcom first premiered.
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Roller skating is having a major moment, brought on by the pandemic and possibly quarantine boredom. New Yorkers can now embrace the nostalgia at one of the most fitting places in the city: the TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy Airport. The retro 1960s-inspired hotel is opening a roller skating rink this month on the tarmac outside of the 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” airplane-turned cocktail bar. Roll-A-Rama at the Runway Rink launches May 14 and will operate on weekends.
Photo of a recently vaccinated New Yorker receiving a free MetroCard at Grand Central. Photo by Marc A. Hermann/MTA
Shake Shack fries, Krispy Kreme donuts, 7-day MetroCards, Yankees tickets–these are just some of the perks available to New Yorkers who receive their Covid-19 vaccination. Some of the deals are dependant on one’s vaccine location, while others are nationwide. Ahead, we’ve started a running list of all the offerings.
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Broadway is back, even sooner than planned. Ahead of the Great White Way’s official reopening on September 14, Central Park’s iconic Tavern on the Green is offering a sneak peek of the magic to come this fall. The Upper West Side restaurant will host a pop-up concert series, Broadway at Tavern, featuring stars of Broadway, with performances starting on May 25. The event will run through the summer and into the fall.
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Photo of a previous year’s Festival by Melvin Audaz
In 1987, Avenue C was renamed Loisaida Avenue, “a Spanglish name for the Lower East Side, connoting the Puerto Rican and Latinx community which have had a significant presence there since the mid-20th century,” explained Village Preservation executive director Andrew Berman. That same year on the Sunday before Memorial Day, the vibrant community hosted the first Loisaida Festival to celebrate their neighborhood’s culture. Thirty-four years later, and the Festival is still going strong. For the second year, the event will be virtual on two Sundays–May 23 and 30–featuring an exciting roster of musicians, performers, and family-friendly entertainment.
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This fall, you’ll be able to ride an all-glass elevator up more than 1,000 feet to experience Summit One Vanderbilt, the Midtown tower’s new observation deck that features two glass-floored overhangs. The attraction doesn’t open until October 21, but you can pre-register on its website now for priority access to tickets. Also opening will be an outdoor bar, the highest urban outdoor alpine meadow in the world, and an immersive art installation.
Photos © Sachyn Mital, courtesy of Lincoln Center
The Lincoln Center’s famed Josie Robertson Plaza has been transformed into a huge green space for the public. Designed by set designer Mimi Lien, the public installation, called “The Green” officially opened on Monday as a place for New Yorkers to lounge, borrow a book from the New York Public Library, and even enjoy pop-up performances hosted by the institution. The Green is the centerpiece of Lincoln Center’s “Restart Stages” initiative, which converted the 16-acre campus into 10 new outdoor performance venues last month.
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The pandemic brought a renewed interest in outdoor, drive-in movie theaters. And though indoor movie theaters are now open again, it seems like this fun, vintage activity is here to stay. From spots right here in Greenpoint and Astoria to those nearby in North Jersey to some cool retro locales a couple hours’ away, we’ve rounded up 18 spots to drive-in, snack on popcorn, and enjoy a good old-fashioned movie night this spring and summer.
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