L.E.A.F, a new annual festival of flowers, takes place Saturday and Sunday in the Meatpacking. There will be a European-style flower market, floral installations, and retail and hospitality activations across the neighborhood. Photo: Kevin Alexander, @kevinalexanderphoto for LEAF.
The Latest for New York City Tourism
This week's breaking news is the Governor's announcement that when New York reaches 70% adult vaccination most COVID restrictions will be lifted. In as little as two weeks we could be done with capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning requirements, health screenings, and contact tracing. The city is changing so quickly already but this will accelerate it. Further evidence includes:
The mayor has announced a celebration of the city's return with a "Homecoming Week" in August. The crown jewel will be a Central Park concert, with Clive Davis helping wrangle the talent. Expect serious all stars with New York connections. Think that won't drive some tourism to the city?
This Week's Tips From Everything To Do Facebook Group
Looking for on-the-round reporting about the city? Everything To Do NYC Facebook Group brings together 32,000 city superfans sharing what they're experiencing around town. This week we got a lot of intel on the Harry Potter store opening, including the several hours' wait time—and the virtual ticketing system that allows you to experience that wait somewhere besides a hot sidewalk. There was also a nice snapshot of the store's pricing and options for gifts. Other news items included some interesting back and forth over the merits of the city's newest park, Little Island. If you're not yet a member, join us—make sure your venue is getting the respect it deserves in comments.
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