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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that the Tribeca Film Festival is making a comeback in June as one of the most normal events to take place in the city since the pandemic began. The festival will be the first in-person film festival to take place in North America and will close out at Radio City Music Hall with the first major indoor event at full capacity, open only to a fully-vaccinated audience. 

Rendering of Pier 76 after the demolition of the NYPD Tow Pound. Courtesy of Office of the Governor.

The film festival is set to open on June 9 with the debut screening of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights at Pier 76 on the Hudson. It will be the first time the 5.6 acre park — where Cuomo completed a progress walkthrough just last week — will be open to the public. Noreen Doyle, acting president of Hudson River Park, explained during a Manhattan Community Board 4 meeting last week that festival events will take place in the northern areas of the Pier, leaving the southern portion free for the public to walk around and take in the views. 

The festival will continue for 12 days with screenings across the city at venues including Brookfield Place New York, The Battery, Hudson Yards, Empire Outlets on Staten Island, and the MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn. Free screenings will be available in neighborhood parks throughout the city as part of the festival’s new Borough to Borough initiative, which will use mobile LED screens to expand the festival’s reach and accessibility. Screenings are rapidly booking up, check out the lineup of events by venue here

Cuomo also confirmed today that New York will be following the latest CDC guidelines and allowing fully vaccinated New Yorkers to remove their masks in most indoor settings beginning on May 19. This paves the way for the film festival’s closing night event planned at Radio City Hall on June 19, which will take place in front of a mask-free audience at 100% capacity. 

“Having Radio City back at 100% without masks, with people enjoying New York and the New York arts is going to be not only symbolic and metaphoric but I think is going to go a long way towards bringing back this state overall,” the governor said during today’s press conference. “People are going to say, ‘So if I’m not vaccinated I can’t go?’ That’s right.”

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