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At this time last year, COVID-19 vaccinations were not yet available and people were wondering when New York City would be back to normal. Now, not only have COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations dropped, but epidemiologists have suggested to The Wall Street Journal that New York could be moving into a phase where COVID-19 is treated as a chronic but manageable problem rather than the scary pandemic of the early days.

That is a key factor in the city’s comeback. Data from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce shows that job postings are up in almost every sector, and that foot traffic, subway ridership, and seated diners are ticking up again. However, all remain well below pre-COVID levels. Moreover, after Mayor de Blasio reinstated the city’s ban on propane heaters for outdoor restaurants, Investopedia’s New York City Recovery Index wondered if this would put a damper on restaurant reservations in coming months.
The real estate market offers similar gauges into the city’s recovery. On the sales side, things are looking very optimistic - the past few weeks have seen a tremendous number of luxury sales and contracts at stratospheric prices, and a Bloomberg report found that the New York real estate market has appreciated with the narrowest price fluctuations of 20 U.S. cities. However, Investopedia cited a tight rental market and lack of available housing as factors holding New York back from a full recovery. Indeed, CityRealty listings show 6,067 publicly listed apartments for rent, and only 174 rentals experienced price reductions over the past week.

↓ Among last week's rental price cuts was the majority of the publicly listed apartments at 1323 Chisholm Street, a new seven-story rental in the Crotona Park East section of the Bronx. Discounts from the past week range from a one-bedroom reduced two percent to $1,999/month to a three-bedroom reduced 15 percent to $2,499/month.

↓ All 23 one- through three-bedroom units feature oversized windows, natural wood floors, generous bedroom closets, central heat and air conditioning, and condo-caliber finishes throughout. The kitchens are outfitted with polished quartz countertops and sleek appliances, including microwaves. Modern baths have been finished with a collection of premium tiles.

↓ Select units have private terraces, and all residents enjoy video intercoms, a fitness center, a laundry room, and a large rooftop deck. Pets are welcome.

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Ahead of what would have been David Bowie’s 75th birthday (he was born on January 8), the rock legend’s estate is launching two pop-up retail experiences - one in London, and one in Soho near his beloved New York apartment. This will feature immersive audio, HD video, rare photographs and previously unseen video content, and limited-edition music, apparel, and memorabilia.

Winter Village via Angelito Jusay
Some people say the holidays seem to come earlier every year. This year, Bryant Park’s Winter Village, inspired by open-air holiday markets in Europe, is opening two days before Halloween. This will include shops curated by Urbanspace, food and drink at The Lodge, and a 17,000-square-foot skating rink down the street from Rockefeller Center.

This weekend, the Meatpacking District’s first-ever Future Streets Design Expo will highlight modular outdoor dining platforms, parklets, a new bike storage unit, and other products designed with future New York City streets and public outdoor space in mind. At the same time, the Departments of Transportation and City Planning will host community outreach programs related to the Open Streets program and public policy changes. The event is taking place as part of the Meatpacking District’s Treats in the Streets event, which will include seasonal treats, live music, drag queen story hour, and the 3rd Annual Doggie Costume Contest.

This fall, The Plaza is putting a spooky twist on the traditional Eloise afternoon tea. Children are invited to dress up in their best Eloise costume (or any other costume!) for treats like a rose apple gingerbread cake pop, poached Pink Lady apple, pumpkin spice cotton candy on a salted pretzel stick, and a “trick and treacle tart.” Each Eloise Tea comes with a themed candy bag and a note with three special clues for a self-guided candy scavenger hunt throughout The Plaza.

Between the coronavirus pandemic and lack of funds, some wondered if the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade would be cancelled for a second year in a row. But after Jason and Missy Feldman made a donation, the parade is officially on and dedicated to the children who couldn’t celebrate Halloween last year. The puppeteers of the Halloween Parade are working with the Children’s Museum of Arts on this year’s puppets, and musical comedian Randy Rainbow has been named the grand marshal. Costumed New Yorkers are invited to march, and both participants and spectators are encouraged to wear masks.

If coming up with an idea for one jack-o-lantern face is easy enough, try 274! Starting in 1998, Brooklyn artist Jane Greengold has impaled carved pumpkins, each with a unique face, on the long iron spikes of a nearby fence. She originally carved all the pumpkins herself, but has accepted outside contributions since 2012.

Rockefeller Center and the Consulate General of Mexico have teamed up for a special event featuring brightly patterned sculptures of alebrijes (mythical spirit guides) and a large-scale ofrenda. An open-air market will open on October 29 and kick off with a performance of Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera. Sponsor Casa Dragones will be at the market, allowing visitors to sip tequila and personalize their own bottles.

Haunted houses are taking place throughout the five boroughs this weekend, but Euphoria takes it one step further with a maze described as a Halloween event meets art installation. Not only will horror characters be lurking on the edges, but visitors are invited to immerse themselves in scary scenes that offer the feeling of starring in a horror movie.

Morris-Jumel Mansion via Nick Childers
As Manhattan’s oldest surviving house, it wouldn’t be surprising if Morris Jumel Mansion had a ghost or two hanging around the premises. That is what visitors are invited to find out: While learning about the history of the mansion and its past residents (former Vice President Aaron Burr and his wife, Eliza Jumel, among them), the museum invites believers and skeptics alike to visit period rooms (typically closed to the public) and use paranormal investigative equipment...who knows who you might meet?

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