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While a coronavirus vaccination site for theater, film, and television workers has recently opened, Broadway is not expected to reopen for several more months. However, that is not to say that New York is relinquishing its title as one of the world’s cultural capitals. The Open Culture program, modeled on the wildly popular outdoor dining program, allows artistic and cultural venues to apply for permits to stage ticketed shows outside. The city has approved over 150 permits so far, and live performances began in mid-March.

Additionally, cultural institutions throughout the city are gearing up for summer exhibitions and performances. Residents all over the city will be taking public transportation to get here, and these could go on many a tourist’s itinerary. But for some lucky New Yorkers, the most highly anticipated cultural events of the season are a short walk away.

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53 West 53rd Street
53 West 53rd Street Midtown West
Bryant Park Tower, 100 West 39th Street
Bryant Park Tower, 100 West 39th Street Midtown West
2107 Fifth Avenue
2107 Fifth Avenue East Harlem
River & Warren, 212 Warren Street
River & Warren, 212 Warren Street Battery Park City
The Grand Millennium, 1965 Broadway
The Grand Millennium, 1965 Broadway Lincoln Center
Shakespeare-in-the-Park-01 Image via Public Theater
July 6 - August 29: Last summer, the Public Theater’s beloved Shakespeare in the Park was cancelled for the first time in the program’s history. This year, though, the program is set to return with Merry Wives, an adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor set in South Harlem amidst a vibrant community of West African immigrants. Performance schedules, safety protocols, and ticket distribution details will be available over the next few weeks, but Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis has said of the production, “This is one of the great ways that the theater can make a celebration.”

262-Central-Park-West-01 The White House via Douglas Elliman
From the listing: Perfectly located on the corner of Central Park West and 87th Street, this stunning home features large, well-proportioned rooms, and light and views through large picture windows throughout. At approximately 3,200 square feet, with 3 bedrooms, library (or 4th bedroom) and staff room, this beautiful home is in excellent condition. All major rooms face east towards Central Park, flooding the apartment with sun all day. The grand living room features herringbone wood floors, decorative fireplace and room for multiple seating areas. The adjacent paneled library features a walk-in closet and an en-suite bath. See floor plan and full details here.

The-GREEN-01 Rendering of The GREEN via Timothy Leung
Lincoln Center’s Restart Stages program allows the world-famous performance venue to feature outdoor concerts, film screenings, dance performances, and community events while the theaters remain closed. At the heart of it is The GREEN, a synthetic lawn made of recyclable materials and the brainchild of set designer and McArthur genius Mimi Lien. She said in a statement, “I wanted to make it a place where you could lie on a grassy slope and read a book all afternoon”; to that end, The GREEN will have books available for borrowing and a small snack bar. Masks and social distancing will be required, and the plaza will be cleaned regularly.

Also at Lincoln Center, the shuttered buildings have proven beneficial in one way: The renovation of David Geffen Hall was originally set to take place around the New York Philharmonic’s season. However, according to The Wall Street Journal, construction was able to proceed so quickly that the renovation is set to be completed nearly two years ahead of schedule. In addition to improving the acoustics and placing a new emphasis on public space, the hall’s HVAC and air filtration systems have been upgraded in response to health and safety concerns.

1965-Broadway-01 The Grand Millennium via Douglas Elliman
From the listing: At approximately 4,800 square feet and in mint condition, this beautiful home was renovated to the highest standard and is flooded with light from north, east, and south exposures. Enter the gallery to the living room, with Central Park views, and the formal dining room with a double-sided fireplace. The exquisite wood-paneled library or fifth bedroom has a full bath en-suite. A Peloton and a treadmill are both cleverly hidden here as well. The enormous eat-in chef's kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances provides another warm and wonderful gathering place. See floor plan and full details here.

Rooftop-Commission-01 Photo via Anna-Marie Kellen / The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 16 - October 31: We can tell you how to get to Sesame Street (West 63rd Street and Broadway was designated so in May 2019), but Big Bird will be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this summer: As part of Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte's As Long as the Sun Lasts, which was selected for the museum’s roof garden commission, a metal and fiberglass sculpture of the beloved children’s character will be perched on a crescent moon and suspended on a mobile that sways in response to air currents. Today’s kids might be surprised to see Big Bird painted blue, but this is an homage to both the show’s Brazilian version, which Mr. Da Corte grew up watching in Venezuela, and a scene in the film Follow That Bird.
The Met’s roof garden installations have been beloved summer events, and another tradition is returning this year: The Met Gala marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition, and that will take place in two parts this year. A more intimate benefit will take place on September 13, ahead of the September 18 opening of “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” A full-blown gala, though, is tentatively scheduled for the first Monday in May 2022 to celebrate the opening of “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.”

1050-Fifth-Avenue-01 1050 Fifth Avenue via Corcoran
From the listing: With approximately 80 linear feet of Park frontage, this glamorous home must be seen to be believed. Directly across from the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir, the sunsets and sunrises are truly spectacular, and one can enjoy all of the seasons with the sweeping views south toward the Metropolitan Museum and midtown Manhattan Skyline to the iconic Central Park West buildings, and north all the way to the George Washington Bridge. The sprawling 10-room floor plan is very flexible and can be easily transformed to suit the needs of its new owner. There is abundant space for all to live and work in privacy, surrounded by serene Park views. Currently, the apartment is configured as 5-bedrooms and 4.5-bathrooms, plus a staff room, which can easily be converted to a 6th bedroom. See floor plan and full details here.

Guggenheim-Museum-01 The Guggenheim via CityRealty
March 19 - June 20: For over 35 years, Works & Process, the performing arts series at The Guggenheim, has offered unprecedented access to leading creators and performers, and that tradition returns this year. Limón Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, and Paul Taylor Dance Company are among the groups that will be performing in the museum’s rotunda in the afternoon; these are in addition to previously announced evening Works & Process Bubble Performances. The performances are available with the purchase of a timed museum ticket, and face masks will be mandatory.

180-East-88th-Street-01 180 East 88th Street via Corcoran
From the listing: Residence 20A at 180 East 88 presents a 1,415 sqft. corner two-bedroom, two and a half baths, with soaring 14-foot ceilings encompassing midtown views to the south, as well as extensive city views to the north. Pre-war style inspired detailing begins in the elliptical entry gallery with coved ceilings and custom plaster wainscoting complemented by an oval pattern inset into the herringbone flooring. Attention to detail is furthered with custom-designed plaster baseboard wainscoting, picture rail, and plaster coved details in the great room and dining area. See floor plan and full details here.

MoMA-01 Image via Museum of Modern Art
The MoMA has long been a beloved part of New York’s art scene, and a 2019 renovation brought it back better than ever. Cezanne Drawing will present more than 200 rarely shown works by Paul Cezanne starting June 6, and Automania will use art to take an in-depth look at cars in both the Philip Johnson Galleries and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, starting July 4. For these exhibitions and all others, advance timed tickets and facial coverings are required.

53-West-53rd-Street-01 53W53 via Douglas Elliman
From the listing: Balancing grand scale living with the intimate feeling of home, Residence 17B at 53 West 53 comprises 4,220 interior and 800 exterior square feet, offering four bedrooms and a windowed study, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and north-, south-, and east-facing exposures. Off the southern end of the great room, an open study leads to the magnificent 800-square-foot private terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

Chelsea-gallery-01 New Pace Gallery at 540 West 25th Street (Bonetti / Kozerski Architecture DPC)
Chelsea’s galleries were a key component in the neighborhood’s ascent from grungy to glamorous, and remain an integral part of neighborhood life. Chelsea Gallery Map presents an interactive map of galleries and ongoing exhibitions to help art-lovers plan their visit - and yes, there’s an app for that!

536-West-29th-Street-01 536 West 29th Street via Corcoran
From the listing: Masterfully restored and repurposed throughout the years, 536 West 29th Street is now a one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece that is the epitome of "urban Zen" in the nexus of West Chelsea's vibrant art gallery district and Hudson Yard's new tech corridor and neighborhood. Currently configured as the perfect live/work space, this building includes various open working spaces with a separate studio area, atrium, great room with chef's kitchen, library, private garden, terrace, and den, all accentuated with bedroom/sleeping areas throughout. Exposed architectural elements throughout this building add to its incomparable character and charm, creating the ultimate urban refuge in the middle of one of Manhattan's most exciting and rapidly evolving locations. See floor plan and full details here.

Untitled-drone-01 Untitled (drone) via High Line
May 2021 - August 2022: Later this spring, the High Line will unveil its second High Line Plinth commission, Untitled (drone) by Sam Durant. The fiberglass sculpture in the shape of a drone atop a 25’ steel pole will rotate in the wind on the High Line at West 30th Street. It was selected from a shortlist of 12 artworks, narrowed down from over 50 total submissions.

Mr. Durant is known for his projects dedicated to war and some of the more difficult aspects of American history; with Untitled (drone), he seeks to draw attention to the intentionally obscured drone warfare and domestic surveillance. An extensive public engagement program will be offered in conjunction with the sculpture’s presentation.

508-West-24th-Street-01 508 West 24th Street via Compass
From the listing: Overlooking the High Line and in the heart of the vibrant Chelsea Arts district, 508 West 24th Street is architect/developer Cary Tamarkin's ten-story condominium, designed in the spirit of West Chelsea's industrial-era warehouses. Signature over-sized casement windows allow light to flood throughout and alternate with bands of carefully composed architectural concrete. The 5th floor is the largest unit in the building at 4,556 square feet and is accessible via a private elevator landing that opens up to a wide entry foyer ideal for art enthusiasts. The loft is customize perfect for entertaining or ideal for intimate settings. In addition, quiet living quarters are separate from the two expansive living rooms and dining space. See floor plan and full details here.

92Y-01 92Y via Flickr - ajay_suresh
Within four days of shutting its doors because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 92nd Street Y (92Y) shifted its performances, lectures, classes, and synagogue celebrations online. However, the spring mini-season, entitled Almost Home, marks a return to in-person events. Highlights will include a dramatic reading of Saidya Hartman’s The End of White Supremacy: An American Romance by Andre Holland on April 29, a classical music performance by soprano Alyson Cambridge on May 3, and new children’s dance musical Adventure to Neverland starting May 8.

141-East-88th-Street-01 Philip House via Corcoran
From the listing: From the millwork in the breakfast nook to the bar masterfully hidden behind the dining area, this exquisite residence is made for entertaining ease. The south-facing living room receives lovely light throughout the day and is complemented by a stone-clad wood-burning fireplace, while beautiful custom-designed crown moldings and millwork surround the space. The eat-in kitchen has the pre-requisite chef's appliances including a Wolf six-burner range with vented hood, Miele dishwasher, 36” Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, Sharp microwave drawer, Sub-Zero wine refrigerator and Kohler sink with garbage disposal. See floor plan and full details here.
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The-Shed-01 The Shed via Brett Beyer
When mega-development Hudson Yards was in the works, performance venue The Shed was a key part of the master plan. The coronavirus pandemic forced it to close its doors barely a year after it opened, but the performances did not stop: The “Up Close” series connected people to art from the safety of their homes, art installations took place with timed entry tickets, and in-person performances have begun. Singer/cellist Kelsey Lu kicked off the “An Audience with…” series on April 2, and future performers will include the New York Philharmonic (April 14-15), soprano Renee Fleming (April 21), and comedians Michelle Wolf (April 22) and Zainab Johnson (April 23).

The Shed has a state-of-the-art MERV ventilation system as well as enough space for socially distanced seating for 150 people. Attendees are required to present confirmation of either a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event or a vaccination series completed at least 14 days prior to the event.

35-Hudson-Yards-01 35 Hudson Yards via Related/Oxford Property Group
From the listing: EXPERIENCE SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF THE HUDSON RIVER FROM THIS GRACIOUS CORNER TWO BEDROOM HOME. This expertly planned split two bedroom residence boasts 10’10” ceilings, lavish satin finish wide plank French oak floors, and stunning views of the Hudson River. The windowed eat-in kitchen has been outfitted with luxurious Smallbone of Devizes cabinetry with opal white marble counters and backsplash. See floor plan and full details here.

Brookfield-Place-01 Brookfield Place via Brookfield Properties
Brookfield Place has emerged as a Lower Manhattan hot spot for shopping, dining, and the arts. Current exhibitions include Anhuelo un Bosque, Anhelo de Alba, and Anhelo by Colombian visual artist Tatiana Arocha, which has been extended to June 25, and site-specific vinyl artwork { float } by Anne Vieux, which will be on display until July 15.

However, Brookfield Place’s works of art are not limited to the visual. Starting April 19, free tickets will be available for En Garde Arts’ A Dozen Dreams, an installation presenting the works of 12 New York City-based women playwrights. Additionally, as part of the 20th anniversary edition of the Tribeca Film Festival from June 9-20, Brookfield Place’s waterfront plaza will host in-person screenings and live events.

212-Warren-Street-01 River & Warren via Garg Real Estate
From the listing: This CetraRuddy designed high -floor home enjoys a spacious and efficient layout with direct eastern sunlight through a wall of over-sized windows. The entrance gallery includes two large custom-designed closets one of which is a huge walk-in and an elegant powder room that leads to the beautiful and generously sized great room and open kitchen with Manhattan skyline as its backdrop. The sophisticated kitchen design features custom mill work European cabinetry with white oak accents and Italian Calacatta and French stone counter-tops. See floor plan and full details here.

SummerStage-01 SummerStage via City Parks Foundation
SummerStage, New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, announced its return to Rumsey Playfield in Central Park and Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. Highlights will include the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a benefit show by folk rock band Dawes, and performances celebrating such genres as hip-hop, Latin, indie rock, contemporary dance, and global. Performances will follow state and local regulations including limited capacity, masks, socially distant seating, health screening, and proof of vaccination/negative COVID test.

2107-Fifth-Avenue-01 2107 Fifth Avenue via Compass
From the listing: Among rows of picturesque brownstones and tree-lined streets, you will find the prestigious address of 2107 Fifth Avenue. Nearly 19-feet wide, this two-family townhouse has the ideal configuration for buyers that require four (or five) bedrooms but also want to benefit from owning a separate unit on the ground floor for rental income or personal use. This house was gut renovated in 2009 and was outfitted with new gas plumbing and electrical service prior to obtaining a final two-family certificate of occupancy in 2011. With east and west exposures, all rooms in the house receive direct sunlight at some point during the day - a unique feature for living on an avenue. See floor plan and full details here.

Bryant-Park-01 Image via Bryant Park
While it remains to be seen whether the traditional outdoor movie screenings in Bryant Park will resume this year, the park has just announced the return of Picnic Performances, a series of 25 free live performances from New York’s prominent performance groups and institutions. These will include the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Classical Theater of Harlem, Town Hall, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Elisa Monte Dance, Limon Dance Company, Harlem Stage, National Sawdust, New York Chinese Cultural Center, Greenwich House Music School, Music from the Sole, and more.

The full lineup is not yet available, but The New York Times notes that singers from the New York City Opera will perform a Pride concert on June 18. For this and all performances, audience registration will be required, and attendees will be required to wear masks and observe further health and safety protocols. Attendance will be capped at 200 people for each performance, but nearly all of the events will be livestreamed.

100-West-39th-Street-01 Bryant Park Tower via Nest Seekers
From the listing: A luminous corner condo graced with stunning city views and a loft-like feel, this oversized alcove studio is a lovely portrait of modern city living. Highlights of this home include beautiful hardwood floors, sublime fixtures and finishes, a deep alcove with a built-in closet that can be partitioned to create a private sleeping area, and oversized picture windows with charming shutters, northern and eastern exposure, and direct views of Bryant Park and the city skyline. See floor plan and full details here.

Little-Island-01 Little Island rendering via Heatherwick Studio
When Governor Cuomo announced the New York Arts Revival initiative in his State of the State address, he declared that it would culminate with the opening of Little Island, the “floating park” designed by Heatherwick Studios and built by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation. The lush landscaping and sweeping river views will make striking backdrops for the performances set to be part of the park’s programming. Tap dancer/choreographer Ayodele Casel, playwright/director Tina Landau, actor/musical director Michael McElroy, and PigPen Theater Co. were named Little Island's first official artists-in-residence, and we look forward to seeing the artists, buskers, bands, and other performers chosen through Perform in the Park, an open call for artists.

495-West-Street-01 Hudson River Dioramas via Brown Harris Stevens
From the listing: Designed by Robert Marino and inspired by the French mid-century industrial aesthetic, this singular residence features an open flexible floor plan and is a study in the creative expression of architectural materials and the interplay of form and light. A keyed-elevator entrance leads to a dramatic sun-drenched entertaining space with heated bluestone floors, a wood-burning fireplace, a custom wet bar and mesmerizing water views as far as the eye can see. See floor plan and full details here.

Governors-Island-01 Governors Island via Kreg Holt
May 1 - October 31: In the wake of last year’s abbreviated season, Governors Island has announced a May reopening with several art exhibitions and cultural programs planned for the full season. These will include the reopening of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center at Governors Island, Rachel Whiteread’s Cabin, Mark Handforth’s Yankee Hanger, and Shantell Martin’s The May Room. Outdoor events will include the Jazz Age Lawn Party on June 12 and 13, the New York City Poetry Festival on July 24 and 25, and multiple 5K and 10K races throughout the season.

New Yorkers will enjoy greater access to Governors Island than ever before. In addition to the Manhattan ferry, two stops have been added at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook. Ferry reservations are still required, though.

77-Greenwich-Street-01 Jolie via Serhant
From the listing: A brand new FiDi condo graced with a curated palette of sublime fixtures and finishes, this Deborah Berke-designed 1-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home is an aperture for natural light and enchanting harbor and Hudson River views. Features of this 842-square-foot apartment include beautiful wide plank white oak floors, wraparound floor-to-ceiling crystalline glass windows, airy ceilings nearly 11 feet in height, an in-unit Miele washer/dryer, custom millwork, and energy efficient electric heating and cooling with variant refrigerant flow. See floor plan and full details here.

Brooklyn-Botanic-Gardens-01 Image via Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
April 17 - May 9: There may be no better place to celebrate the return of spring than Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the 52-acre oasis that attracts New Yorkers from all boroughs. Not only is the garden blooming again, including cherry blossoms in peak bloom, but the Art in the Garden program brings pop-up music and dance performances to the garden on weekends. All programs are free with garden admission, but advance tickets and facial coverings are required for entry.

111-Montgomery-Street-01 111 Montgomery Street via Compass
From the listing: Residence 3B is a brand new 718 sf northeast-facing 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom. From the cultural epicenter of Brooklyn comes a collection of 163 refined homes where the pride of ownership in one of New York's most historic communities is rooted in a rich heritage of diversity and charm. All 111 Montgomery owners receive a complimentary one-year membership to their new neighbor, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and, for a limited time, one year of common charges paid by the sponsor! See floor plan and full details here.

Cyclone-01 Phoenix will be a new steel roller coaster to open later this summer at Deno’s.
On April 9, Coney Island’s Luna Park reopened for the first time in 18 months. The Cyclone, Wonder Wheel, Sling Shot, and other rides and games welcomed back New York families and elected officials alike, and an op-ed in The New York Times calls it “just what the doctor ordered.” Guests will need to reserve wristbands for two-hour unlimited access, and masks and social distancing protocols will be in effect.

Days after Luna Park’s reopening, another beloved Coney Island tradition announced its return: The more Brooklynites that get vaccinated, the likelier it is that the Mermaid Parade will be able to take place in person. Organizers hope to present it in late spring or early fall.

1536-Sheepshead-Bay-Road-01 1 Brooklyn Bay via Bohemia Realty Group
From the listing: Perched high above the surrounding neighborhood, with unobstructed, spectacular views, 1 Brooklyn Bay delivers luxury living and modern conveniences for all who will choose to call it home. With Southern and Eastern exposures, Unit 23D boasts two large bedrooms and an open concept living space, with floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring ceiling heights, designed to deliver a loft-like living experience, flooded with light and space. Take in the sunshine via a sprawling private balcony, featuring unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and the city below. See floor plan and full details here.

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