It is not news to anyone that there s always something new to see in New York City, right? From attractions to restaurants, from parks to shops: if you are bored here, it is your fault. Even with the pandemic, that hasn’t changed, and if you were here before 2020 and you are coming back in the next few months, be prepared: there are many new things to do here! In this post, I’m going to bring an overview of what’s new in the city!
Summit is located on the One Vanderbilt, in the heart of Manhattan, next to Grand Central station. It is a new, innovative destination that combines unparalleled vistas, curated multi-sensory experiences, and cutting-edge technology to offer an unprecedented guest experience spanning art, nature, and design. It is produced by SL Green with the immersive art experience designed by Kenzo Digital and interior design by Snøhetta. The observatory starts on the 91st floor and has 4 floors.
In addition to spectacular views of Midtown and Downtown – no observatory is as close to the Empire State Building as Summit – you still have views of Central Park and the iconic Chrysler Building. Summit has several experiences: Transcendence, which is a huge, mirrored room where every corner you look at provides a different view of the space. Mirrors on the walls, floor, and ceiling create an incredible sense of infinity; Levitation, fully transparent glass skyboxes that jut out of the building and suspend guests 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue; Ascent, two all-glass enclosed elevators which travel up the outside of the building to breathtaking views that soar at 1,210 feet above New York City.
Since the opening of Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history since the Rockefeller Center, the opening of Edge was one of the most anticipated attractions in New York. Edge was open in March 2020 – unfortunately, right before the pandemic hit NYC and all the business had to close. Rising over 1,100 feet in the air from the heart of Hudson Yards, Edge is designed to take visitors out of their comfort zone to experience New York as it has never been seen before.
Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere extending out almost 80 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards. On the floor of the deck is a glass floor expanding 225 square feet; this glass floor offers unprecedented views of the city. The sky deck is bordered by 3,000 square feet of glass walls divided into 79 panels manufactured in Germany and finished in Italy; each panel is 9 feet tall and weighs 1,200 pounds; the glass panels sit on a 6.6-degree angle facing outwards, allowing guests to lean out over the city.
City Climb is an aerial adventure experience located at the crown of 30 Hudson Yards that offers guests unparalleled views of New York City while traversing open-edged platforms and stairways. Following a comprehensive safety briefing, Climbers are fitted with specially designed safety harnesses, and secured into the course by City Climb Guides via two cables attached to a trolley that seamlessly move with the Climber throughout the entire journey. After ascending 32 steps to The Cliff, and looking down 1,190 feet to the City below, Climbers approach The Stair which consists of 161 steps on an approximately 45 degree incline. Once they reach The Apex at 1,271 feet, Climbers will have the opportunity to lean out and hang over the platform. The experience culminates with a celebratory medal for inaugural guests and a victory lap on Edge’s outdoor viewing area on the 100th floor, where Climbers can enjoy the glass floor, angled glass walls, outdoor skyline steps, or a champagne toast in the sky to their bucket list accomplishment.
Moynihan Train Hall
Moynihan Train Hall was opened officially on January 1st 2021, with glass skylights and 92–foot-high ceilings. It is an area for Amtrak and LIRR riders inside the Post Office building at 8th Ave. So beautiful and huge!
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This new attraction combines museum-style galleries to celebrate the history of the Big Apple and, in the end, the best part: you will experience a majestic park-style ride. You will feel like you are flying high above New York – my video is just some sneak peek. It is so unique and beautiful! Tickets are $21
Little Island is a “floating” park – an artificial island, right next to the beloved Hudson River Park – and provides the visitors with a unique green space unlike any other in New York City with serene spaces to explore, new venues for live performances, and cultural events, and unique vantage points to view the surrounding area. Designed by Heatherwick Studio, Little Island’s distinct exterior is supported by a structure that is made up of 280 concrete piles, which emerge from in between the leftover wood piles of Pier 54 that were largely preserved to maintain habitats for aquatic life
New addition to Hudson River Park, the 2.5-acre area is a public pier that features a lawn, a sports court and decks elevated more than 12 feet above the water. Great space to relax and enjoy the views.
After some years, QC NY Spa finally opened in Governors Island, a long-awaited development. There are gorgeous grounds featuring unprecedented views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey, relaxation rooms (each with its own meticulously curated personality, scent, and music), themed saunas, and other incredible wellness experiences such as vichy showers, infrared beds, foot baths, hydro jets, steam baths and more. Luxurious bathrobes, sandals, towels, shower products and a storage locker will all be provided – all that is needed is a swimsuit.
And since we’re talking about Governors Island, one of the super news related to this amazing place is that the island is now open 365 days a year! Governors Island was a military base in the past and when it became a public park, access was seasonally from May to October. But not anymore!
Hot tub tours
Sea the City, the famous Jet Ski tours company offers tours on a 40′ boat featuring two bubbling hot tubs. This is the first of its kind hot tub boat in New York City – and, at this moment, Sea the City is the only company to offer it. The hot tub boat carries two, ten-person commercial grade hot tubs, and is bookable by the tub (up to 10 people) or by the boat (up to 20 people). The amenities include a large bathroom and a separate changing room. Also, Sea the City provides coolers, ice, and cups for beer and wine. In addition to the captain, there is the staff is on board to assist guests. Also, the boat has canvas covers to protect the tubs from heavy rain and also from the sun – providing a comfortable and enjoyable ride. The boat departs from the Marina going down the Hudson River providing views of the Manhattan skyline and heads towards, of course, the Statue of Liberty. The tubs are professionally maintained, chlorinated spas.
The FRIENDS Experience
Created by Warner Bros. and Superfly X, The FRIENDS Experience is designed to immerse fans in the universe of iconic TV series like never before. The Friends Experience is an interactive celebration of the iconic TV show. With set recreations, original props and costumes, photo ops, a retail store, and Central Perk, it’s the biggest celebration of FRIENDS™ yet.
Harry Potter Store
Harry Potter New York is the first official Harry Potter flagship store in the heart of New York City next to the iconic Flatiron building.Harry Potter New York houses the largest ever collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products, from Hogwarts House robes to Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Visitors will be able to explore a store spanning 20,000 square feet and three floors full of Wizarding World merchandise.
Through three floors, the store houses the world’s largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products. With a 20,000 square feet, the place offers exclusive lines, magical photo opportunities, and much more! Even if you leave without buying anything – which must be an impossible task for those who are fans – the visit to the place itself is already a super cool thing to do because the store is like an attraction! You will really find everything: clothes, accessories, cosmetics, candies, chocolates, bed linen, plush toys, legos, decorative objects, books, stationery …
Are you looking forward to checking all these new places and experiences?
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