New York City has reopened, so what about top tourist attractions? – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – After 15 long months, New York State is no longer in a state of emergency.
Most COVID restrictions were lifted last week when the state hit its vaccination rate target.
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But what does this mean for visitors to New York’s top attractions? CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis went to find out.
There’s nothing quite like the view from the top of the iconic Empire State Building, and it’s a journey to get there. From animated elevator rides to interactive exhibits, visitors can get the full observatory experience, now that the state’s COVID restrictions are lifted.
“If you haven’t visited us since December 2019, you don’t know the Empire State Building Observatory,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the Empire State Building Observatory.
That’s because he had just completed a major overhaul before the state shutdown.
While visitors returned in July, interactive components such as the ability to look through viewfinders were not an option until now. While you’re at the Empire State Building, you can use a new touchscreen, “Above and Beyond,” and this will help you find a complete route while you enjoy the city.
DeAngelis’ route took her to the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit at Pier 36. Guests can admire a modern take on classic works from socially distant circles, and now the exhibit is ready to welcome even more visitors.
“We’re going to do it slowly. We will do this with caution. We’re going to test adding a few more people and a few more people, ”said Corey Ross, producer of Immersive Van Gogh.
Masks are still mandatory there, but no more temperature controls.
“He always has to feel safe and it always has to be an enjoyable experience,” said Ross.
Those who love the outdoors love Little Island.
“It’s a nice little oasis in the city,” said Alexa Savino, a Westchester resident.
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The new public park on the Hudson has also lifted restrictions, as has the “The Beast” boat ride.
“We’re on this really fun boat called The Beast, and we’re having so much fun,” said Brynne Deutsch.
“It sounds like the good old days,” said Rina Gross.
“Yes, and free,” Deutsch said.
Friends were celebrating this feeling, speeding towards the symbol of our freedom – the Statue of Liberty.
The ride is operated by Circle Line, which has resumed its sightseeing cruises at full capacity.
“We have July 4th coming up. It’s going to be huge for New York. We have cruises on July 4th. It really is the best time you can imagine. We’re thrilled, ”said Phillip Whitney, Circle Line vice president of sales and marketing.
Christopher Heywood of NYC & Company, the city’s tourism organization, is also thrilled.
“This year, we expect to have 10 million visitors between Memorial Day and Labor Day,” Heywood said. “So we are definitely optimistic about the outlook.”
It’s safe to say that New York City is open for business.
All attractions visited by DeAngelis – the Empire State Building, Immersive Van Gogh, and Circle Line Cruises – require tickets for any visit. Free admission reservations are required to Little Island from noon until the rest of the day.
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We also contacted the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and the Queens Zoo. A spokesperson said date-specific tickets are still required and can be purchased online. Masks are not compulsory for people who have been vaccinated. Unvaccinated people should wear masks indoors or outdoors when social distancing is not possible. For more information, Click here.