A little over a year ago, New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, now it is fully re-opened. What is changing and what are we looking forward to? Here’s what New York will look like in a post-pandemic world.
Over the past few months, there have been many updates in the city, allowing feelings of normalcy to creep back in. The city is being revived with the subway back operating 24/7, indoor dining, and re-opened bars. All COVID restrictions are lifted as of June 15th, leaving businesses to decide whether social distancing will be required. Given that the city fully reopened in the summer, many activities are resurfacing, and New Yorkers are thankful.
With large indoor spaces now in use once again, concerts are returning. Venues are being reserved, and dates for pre-sale tickets are rolling out. With shows making a return and venues like Broadway, The Public Theater, Madison Square Garden, and Barclays Center back, cultural activities will fill the city once again. The ability to freely perform means that New Yorkers can once again reconnect with the roots of the city’s history. But this time with even more resilience. This post-pandemic city is looking good!
New York City is known for how diverse the population is. The pandemic stopped many events that allowed people to express themselves and where they came from. Now that events allow large crowds of people to come together again, people can share this newfound sense of freedom.
Time has been taken away from all of us, and the social life in New York City is bustling once again. Reopening rooftop bars, markets, restaurants, and movie theaters revive excitement and hope towards a better economy, social life, and general well-being.
Slow and Steady
After craving social life for so long post-pandemic, it can be overwhelming jumping back into it. Despite the distraction of reopening, this transition is not easy. It may be stressful staying home or choosing to go out depending on the person, so go easy on yourself. It can be helpful to look at each event individually and deciding whether or not you feel drawn to it.
This transition is an adjustment and will take time to get completely used to. Although it can be exciting heading back to a sense of normalcy, the last year and a half have been anything but easy, and ways of coping have given us comfort. Our minds need time to accept the changes occurring and how we have grown.
Although the city feels alive once again, some changes impact the city in the long run, such as restaurants now making outdoor spaces a permanent trend and even theaters just beginning to open. However, real estate, rent, and tourism were drastically impacted because of the economy. The city is working towards recovery and is taking its own steps into a new normal, a new chapter.
Featured Image by Pien Muller