After New York City found itself chief among America’s regions hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, many predicted a painful future for the Big Apple. Every moving truck, it seemed, was an ominous portent for the city of 8 million-plus. If these stories were to be believed, the days of austerity, social decay, and FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD were looming just around the corner of 42nd and Broadway.

Now, over a year after the pandemic’s outset, New York is proving doubters wrong yet again. As restaurants, theaters, baseball stadiums and more inch closer to business as usual, NYC’s business…


Near the start of the pandemic and the associated stay-at-home orders, images of vacant New York City streets flooded news broadcasts and social media, solidifying the tangible impact of these uncertain times. As more individuals worldwide gain access to COVID-19 vaccinations and the global economic stutters back to life, the lights of NYC are flickering on once more, beckoning tourists and locals alike to return.

However, the pandemic’s impact cannot be ignored, and what we recognize as the “new normal” may change how we see the Big Apple. From the recovery of the local economy to the slow but steady…


A patient New York City, yearning to feel the pulse of live music after a quiet 15 months, is ready for the return of concerts — and Foo Fighters, like hundreds of musical acts, promised quite a show this summer.

“We’ve been waiting for this day for over a year,” the band said in a statement announcing its recent June 20th concert at Madison Square Garden, “and Madison Square Garden is going to feel that HARD.”

Live music is back in New York, and the city plans a full-throated blast of rock, hip hop, pop, country, folk, blues, jazz, soul…


Around the world, high-speed rail has become a major asset in improving transportation standards, commuting efficiency, green energy consumption, and more. In the United States, limitations such as property boundaries and challenging topography have prevented the development of similar rails, but the future may still hold potential for the integration of advanced train systems.

The Long Island Rail Road has recently begun testing battery-operated trains, the first to do so in the United States. In Europe, battery-powered trains are the standard, and by taking this initiative to identify whether similar models will function optimally on U.S. …


When the Covid-19 pandemic restricted indoor dining, New York City restaurants took to the streets — literally.

“Streeteries” — temporary outdoor seating areas that extend into street parking spaces and sidewalks — have become vibrant staples on NYC streets. At the start of the pandemic, these structures were rudimentary, their boundaries defined by beer kegs and makeshift seating. But as months passed, some restaurants have leaned into the outdoor dining norm to make spaces that feel more permanent and welcoming.

Today, many outdoor areas are enclosed by inexpensive but aesthetically-pleasing features such as wooden fencing, planters, and greenery. …


After Amazon’s caustic breakup with New York City came to pass on Valentine’s Day 2019, even the most optimistic tech enthusiasts had to doubt that the e-retail giant would ever return to New York City in force.

Why would it, when its much-negotiated plans in the city had fallen through? Amazon’s dreams of having a four-million square foot campus on the East River had crashed and burned, and any return it did attempt would lack the nearly $3 billion in public funds it had negotiated for during H2Q negotiations.

Given the acrimony of the split and the volume of perks…


Any other year, an outdoor lesson might have felt like a walk in the park — literally. But now, having a chance to participate in school activities against a backdrop of changing leaves feels less like an autumn picnic and more like a chilling necessity.

As of early September, around 800 New York City schools had obtained approval to hold part of the school day in recess yards, closed-off streets, or city parks as per the city’s newly-minted outdoor learning program. This much-lobbied program gives approved schools the option to hold art, music, and gym lessons outdoors if they so…


In the space of a few short months, New York City has gone from being the epicenter of America’s COVID-19 concerns to a shining example of pandemic response management. Its dogged pursuit of health and safety, as well as its transparent, information-driven approach to disease management, have empowered New Yorkers to emerge from the initial panic caused by the pandemic with grace and hope.

In early August, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the states’ COVID-19 numbers had ebbed to epic lows. Test rates have remained consistently under one percent positivity for more than two weeks. …


Let’s face it; New York City gets hot in the summer. According to state-published statistics, average temperatures regularly hover in the mid-80s during June, July, and August. Having a place to cool off during the summer isn’t a nice-to-have for New Yorkers; it’s a necessity.

Typically, the city addresses this need for cooler temperatures by providing a host of public services. Free public pools are available across the five boroughs, and residents have easy access to the state’s beaches. …


New York City has always been known for its pedestrian experience. In usual times, a walk through any one of the five boroughs demands a quick stride, assertive attitude, and an ability to navigate through tides of people, cars, and buses. But now, the days of fighting for crosswalk space might (temporarily) be at an end. In May, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would open 40 miles of streets to pedestrians, with the intent to open almost 100 miles through the remainder of the pandemic.

“The open streets are going to be another way to help encourage…

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