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We are headed for the Big Apple. First visit since pre-Covid. Would love an update on what it is like for travelers:

1) Are the subways in Manhattan as safe as pre-Covid?

2) Are restaurants accepting a photo of vax on cell phone without registering for NY travel portal?

3) In general, do restaurants around W57 require reservations? If so is it difficult like Hawaii?

4) Do you need reservations for museums?

5) Are Broadway show seats socially distanced?

Any other updates? Are HGVC offering presos? How much?

Thanks!
 

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All I can address is Broadway shows. Not socially distanced but vaccination and mask required.
 

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Just got back from NYC on Monday, so I do have some answers:

1. We found the subways quite safe. Not crowded, even at what might be considered rush hour times.
2. Photos are fine. I would suggest the NYC Covid Safe App. It just stores images of vax card and ID (both needed). Nothing other than a convenient place to have both. I used this exclusively and it was great. But vax is required, from what I was told. Even a valid test is not OK.
3. Reservations are not a bad idea, but we walked in to several places so it can be done.
4. Museums do need reservations. I looked at The Met and AMNH (the ones we belong to ) and next day reservations were generally available. We didn't end up going as we did other stuff, but it looked easy.

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We will be going to NYC in October. I can answer a couple of your questions.

Are restaurants accepting a photo of your vaccination card? Don't know. We all plan on carrying our vaccination cards with us as the requirements seem to change from place to place (meaning restaurants, museums, theaters).

Do restaurants need reservations? We always get reservations when we're in NYC. I've already made two for our visit in October at places we really want to go to. Will probably make others once we get there.

Do you need reservations for museums? Depends on which one. Looks like for the Met and MOMA you do (with a timed entrance). I haven't checked for any others. I would suggest checking for those you are interested in going to.
 

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All I can address is Broadway shows. Not socially distanced but vaccination and mask required.
According to the article i saw in the NY Times, Broadway is operating at full capacity. In many theaters you will be quite close to the next person...
 

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According to the article i saw in the NY Times, Broadway is operating at full capacity. In many theaters you will be quite close to the next person...
Dd and I do plan to go to a Broadway play. We chose an aisle seat (and the seat next to it) so we'll have a little breathing room. If we get there and feel really uncomfortable we'll probably leave.
 

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We are seeing 5 shows (at least) in December. Will wear our N95 masks.
 

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Dd and I do plan to go to a Broadway play. We chose an aisle seat (and the seat next to it) so we'll have a little breathing room. If we get there and feel really uncomfortable we'll probably leave.
When we were there this past weekend, we went to a concert at the Beacon Theatre and a 9/11 comedy benefit at MSG. Both events were selling all seats. In both cases, we were able to find empty sections a little further away and sat there (but we've always done that and had nothing to do with Covid). But, yes, things in general at performing arts venues are tight.

I also have a recommendation for all peeps staying at W. 57th. A few doors down, at the Le Meridien, is the Life Rooftop Bar. We went one day around 5, so getting in was easy. It has a nicer view than W. 57th since it's between the two freakishly-tall buildings across the street. We sat at the bar and had a fabulous conversation with the bartender and a young couple from FL. But it really is a primo place for an afternoon hang.

Cheers.
 
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When we were there this past weekend, we went to a concert at the Beacon Theatre and a 9/11 comedy benefit at MSG. Both events were selling all seats. In both cases, we were able to find empty sections a little further away and sat there (but we've always done that and had nothing to do with Covid). But, yes, things in general at performing arts venues are tight.

I also have a recommendation for all peeps staying at W. 57th. A few doors down, at the Le Meridien, is the Life Rooftop Bar. We went one day around 5, so getting in was easy. It has a nicer view than W. 57th since it's between the two freakishly-tall buildings across the street. We sat at the bar and had a fabulous conversation with the bartender and a young couple from FL. But it really is a primo place for an afternoon hang.

Cheers.
Life Rooftop Bar is pricey but soooo well worth it. If you are staying at 57th it is pretty much a must stop. Love the place and second the recommendation.
 

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Thanks all for your advice. Very excited about our upcoming stay. Rooftop bar is very close to W57. Perhaps we can consider it the official W57 bar? :) Visiting at 5 sounds much more reasonable. We visited a few years ago after 8 and it was crowded.

BTW...was offered one of the following choices for a presentation. Worth it?

$350 Elevated dollars
100,000 HH Points
$200 Visa
$250 MF credit
 

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When we were there this past weekend, we went to a concert at the Beacon Theatre and a 9/11 comedy benefit at MSG. Both events were selling all seats. In both cases, we were able to find empty sections a little further away and sat there (but we've always done that and had nothing to do with Covid). But, yes, things in general at performing arts venues are tight.

I also have a recommendation for all peeps staying at W. 57th. A few doors down, at the Le Meridien, is the Life Rooftop Bar. We went one day around 5, so getting in was easy. It has a nicer view than W. 57th since it's between the two freakishly-tall buildings across the street. We sat at the bar and had a fabulous conversation with the bartender and a young couple from FL. But it really is a primo place for an afternoon hang.

Cheers.
Thanks for the recommendation. Did you use the W57 lounge, and if so, was it the same as it used to be, or have they changed things due to Covid restrictions? I have plans for a November trip due to wanting to see some shows that are reopening then. I have tickets to seven shows. I am wondering if one of my favorite restaurants, Trattoria dell'Arte is open. Did you happen to walk by that location?
 

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Thanks for the recommendation. Did you use the W57 lounge, and if so, was it the same as it used to be, or have they changed things due to Covid restrictions? I have plans for a November trip due to wanting to see some shows that are reopening then. I have tickets to seven shows. I am wondering if one of my favorite restaurants, Trattoria dell'Arte is open. Did you happen to walk by that location?
Looks like Trattoria dell'Arte is closed.
 

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We are headed for the Big Apple. First visit since pre-Covid...
Cool! I hope you have a great time.
1) Are the subways in Manhattan as safe as pre-Covid?
Yes, and a lot more pleasant. Though I haven't been on after 9PMish or ridden them outside Manhattan
2) Are restaurants accepting a photo of vax on cell phone without registering for NY travel portal?
I don't know because the NYC COVID SAFE app is so easy to use. You just take a picture of your ID and a picture of your vaccination card then enter the date and type of your (last) vaccination. BTW, if you don't use the app you'll need to show your ID in addition to the vax card.
3) In general, do restaurants around W57 require reservations? If so is it difficult like Hawaii?
In general reservations are a good idea...but nowhere near as difficult as Hawaii was in July. Unless it's somewhere I know will be a challenge, I've been making reservations a week or two in advance. But I've also 'walked up' many places.
4) Do you need reservations for museums?
I know the Met does for out of state visitors, but your best bet is to look at the 'visit' link of the museums you are considering.
5) Are Broadway show seats socially distanced?
No. Vaccinations and masks required though.
 
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Thanks for the recommendation. Did you use the W57 lounge, and if so, was it the same as it used to be, or have they changed things due to Covid restrictions? I have plans for a November trip due to wanting to see some shows that are reopening then. I have tickets to seven shows. I am wondering if one of my favorite restaurants, Trattoria dell'Arte is open. Did you happen to walk by that location?
We did visit 57th street twice in May, July and August. Will revisit in end of September. We like the owner the last two visit. It was almost like the pre covid but it is served by attendance. Breakfast had choice of hot food and fruit, plus self making waffle. With coffee juice and other drinks. Happy hours had home made salads, appetizer (two hot choices). Cheeses, cold cuts, fruits and sweets, personal size wines, beer and soda. Water is by cups. No bottle water, coffee, latte espresso and tea.

Pretty good selection and pretty healthy. We don’t need dinner after the happy hours.


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We did visit 57th street twice in May, July and August. Will revisit in end of September. We like the owner the last two visit. It was almost like the pre covid but it is served by attendance. Breakfast had choice of hot food and fruit, plus self making waffle. With coffee juice and other drinks. Happy hours had home made salads, appetizer (two hot choices). Cheeses, cold cuts, fruits and sweets, personal size wines, beer and soda. Water is by cups. No bottle water, coffee, latte espresso and tea.

Pretty good selection and pretty healthy. We don’t need dinner after the happy hours.
Felt much the same. Selection was pretty much the same as it had been, just served instead of self-service. Sometimes healthful morning options (quiche, ham & cheese), sometimes not (polenta). Always nice oatmeal, though.

Wine selection has gone from medium quality to something lower, unfortunately.

Cheers,
 

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Wine selection has gone from medium quality to something lower, unfortunately.
Cheers,
Do you think they are cutting costs, or did i read that they shifted to smaller personal size bottles. There are a lot few options in the smaller bottles...
 

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Do you think they are cutting costs, or did i read that they shifted to smaller personal size bottles. There are a lot few options in the smaller bottles...
I think it's cost. Our first evening they had a 375ml glass Kendall Jackson Cab. Kendall Jackson actually makes some high-end wine, but this wasn't that. Still, it was a nice wine in a reasonable size.

All other nights were 187ml plastic bottles of Woodbridge. Definitely a step down from the Kendall Jackson and what they used to have in the 750.

Oh, and toward the end of the Happy Hour time on the first day, a couple of 750s showed up for self pour :)

I mentioned this to a manager who was making the rounds. She said that the first day was "special" (it was a Thursday?), and seemed to imply that the Woodbridge was new new normal.

Cheers.
 
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