With the return of international tourism imminent, pieces are falling into place. Airline routes will stabilize and other nations will follow the U.S.'s lead, unfreezing borders around the world. We are confident a significant traveler flow is coming our way. The timing is excellent for the city's holiday push and City Guide will be right there, delivering print magazines again to key hotels. The return of tourism tracks other indicator's of the city's health, like the luxury sales market—which is breaking records with three months of the year yet to go. There are lots of bright points on the opening/reopening front as well:
- Crystal Symphony and Norwegian Breakaway are cruising again from NYC as of last weekend
- Daniel Boulud has reopened a renovated and reimagined Restaurant DANIEL
- The New-York Historical Society has brought back live programming; hours are now Wednesdays through Sundays, 11am–5pm, until 8pm Fridays
- Bacall's Family Steakhouse brings '40s glamour and big portion Jewish/Romanian fare to former The Ribbon space in Times Square—now open with live entertainment nightly
- Nike by Williamsburg open in Brooklyn
- thredUP and Madewell have launched a "circular shopping" pop up in Williamsburg
- Off-Broadway in the Boros Fest brings theatre beyond Broadway, today through Sunday
- NHL, Fanatics, and Lids hosting a grand opening event to celebrate the new NHL Shop in Manhattan West on Friday
- Jonathan Benno reopens his Michelin-starred Benno in the Evelyn Hotel on Friday
- The annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction returns to Shubert Alley on Sunday
- A family circus added to attractions as the Atlantic Antic Festival returns to Brooklyn on Sunday
- The New York Hilton Midtown will reopen on Monday
- Blue Hill at Stone Barns reopens October 7th
- Theater for the New City will present its annual Village Halloween Costume Ball in an open-air setting, October 31st
- Musical landmark The Iridium is back—live performances start November 1st
- Governors Island will now be open year round as of November 1st—with daily ferry service
- The Oratorio Society of New York (OSNY) opens its 2021-2022 season on November 9th; Handel’s Messiah will be performed December 20th
- Big Apple Circus returns to Lincoln Center, running November 11th-January 30th, 2022
- Sleep No More returns to The McKittrick Hotel with performances starting up again February 14th
Resonance has just released its latest World’s Best Cities Report. New York City may not be at the top, but we're not far off and in good company: the top three go London, Paris, and then us. Next year back to #1!
Manhattan West has opened, bringing food, hospitality, wellness retailers, and culture to the west side. Image: Jakob Dahlin.
LINKS OF INTEREST
Jumbo origami-inspired sculptures have taken over Broadway in the Garment District. Located on the public plazas between 36th and 39th Streets, the art installation Hacer: Transformations will be on view through November 23rd. Photo: Alexandre Ayer / @DiversityPics for the Garment District Alliance.
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- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pay a visit to One World Observatory
- Hilton CEO: business travel demand will eclipse 2019 levels in 3 years
- Bookings are strong for Carnival cruises
- More than 97% of United employees are fully vaccinated
- Travel trends: older tourists on the rise as millennials deterred by high costs, unvaccinated children
- Americans are adjusting to traveling in the new normal
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- Travel marketers cheer U.S. plan to reopen to visitors....
- ....while frustration mounts over vague reentry date
EVERYTHING TO DO FACEBOOK GROUP POST OF THE WEEK
City Guide's Everything To Do NYC Facebook Group brings together 54,000 tourists and NYC superfans to share notes on what's happening right now in the city. You can get a clear picture of traveler interests here, and what locals are recommending. In addition to being great for research, the group can be a lot of fun. Just look at the 200 comments to this prompt:
The recommendations will put a nostalgic smile on your face, touching on spots like River Cafe, Pete’s Tavern, John’s, Juliana’s Pizza, Wo Hop, Veselka, Serendipity, Katz’s, Russ and Daughters, Grimaldi’s, Tipsy Shanghai, Patsy's, Momofuku, Gramercy Tavern, Balthazar, Joe's, Bamonte’s, Gray's Papaya, Cafe Lalo, Tao, Russian Tea Room, Hungarian Pastry Shop, Old Town Bar, Ear Inn, Joe's Shanghai, Cafe Luxembourg, Barney Greengrass, Nobu, Masa, Tom's Restaurant...Who did they miss? Weigh in here—and if you're not a member yet, join us!