Happy Halloween. With new lockdowns everywhere from Germany to Chicago, we’re making the most of getting out and about in the City. What are you doing this weekend?
Yesterday afternoon, we took a trip to Bryant Park to see the skaters take to the ice rink at the Winter Village for the first time this season, and browsed the 60 market stalls (including our friend, Ron Menin, from Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauce).
Today is definitely a day to wander and look at the fancy dress. My favorite spot so far was Borat and daughter on the subway. Tag your pictures #W42ST!
Our friends at Intrepid are offering free entry to the museum to anyone in costume. Hudson Yards has teamed up with CAMP to offer a special trick or treat experience — and over at W42ST Best of Awards winner, Empanada Mama, there’s a whole list of fun to unlock by getting dressed up!
So what did you miss out on this week? Here are the highlights!
Westminster Dog Show is moving upstate from next year. Those pampered pooches won’t be strolling between Madison Square Garden and Pier 94 in 2021.
Early voting got underway last weekend and the long lines turned up some unlikely “voting buddies”. Well done, Hell’s Kitchen’s Timothée Chalamet for being a model citizen, getting out to vote, and encouraging others (including our reader, Henry!).
The Cuomos got into the mask selling business to help promote the #MaskUp campaign.
“Broadway Baby” took to the stage and made a pitch to be the stocking filler choice for young theater fans this holiday.
Mayor de Blasio advised us to stay home for the holidays, as fears of a second wave grow. Later in the week, he signed an Executive Order to allow retail businesses to use the sidewalk outside their stores.
Citi Bike confirmed that they now have more riders than Long Island Railroad. The numbers are remarkable considering the bike company used to base its ridership on 80% commuting.
Taste of Times Square is extended through the weekend. Those three-course menus for $35 are available indoors, outdoors, takeout or delivery.
On the subject of which, did you read our interviews with over 20 local restaurant and bar owners about indoor dining? The Governor originally said that he would consider moving to 50% indoor dining from November 1. How do you feel about it? Take our survey…
The MTA has created a deal for its small business tenants at Grand Central Terminal that gives rent relief from April to July and a rent of 10% of their contracted lease or 10% of sales until the end of the year. This is a model that would help so many small businesses. Let’s hope it catches on.
And finally, we’re hoping that the return of former Daily Show host Jon Stewart to the screen with Apple TV+ might drag him back to the neighborhood. The studio that Colbert used on W53rd Street is vacant!
The Shops at Columbus Circle are open Monday-Sunday from 11AM-7PM for in-store shopping, in-door dining, contactless curbside pick-up, and to-go food and drinks. Mention this ad at the Guest Services Desk during your next visit and receive a complimentary gift.
What we’ve been reading…
Got a gripe with MTA? You’ll find them on WhatsApp. (NY Post)
After Halloween, where do old pumpkins go to die? Why, Hudson River Park of course! #smashingpumpkins (6sqft)
We’re loving the sound of this immersive walking tour. (TimeOut)
‘Random attack’ on an elderly man just a block from his Hell’s Kitchen home. (Eyewitness News)
Homeless encampments are a growing problem in the neighborhood. (CBS2)
Remember that the clocks change tonight. Wake up refreshed tomorrow from that extra hour for a couple of timeless stories about vintage watches and time change science!