Given the broader circumstances right now, it seems that international travel opportunities are going to remain severely limited over the first few months of 2021. However, that doesn’t mean that cabin fever has to set in. There is optimism that non-essential travel restrictions between Canada and the US will be relaxed by March.
There are few destinations more iconic than the Big Apple, and with flights costing as little as $100 return and taking less than an hour and a half, New York is a realistic proposition for a weekend away. Let’s find out what’s available to visitors this spring.
Cosmic Nature at the NYBG
One of the most anticipated events of 2020 was Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama taking over the New York Botanical Garden with her Cosmic Nature exhibit. The show is now scheduled to get underway on 09 May and will include Japanese dance, paintings and specially designed flower beds. At the centre of it all will be a giant 13-foot biomorphic figure.
Trying your luck at Resorts World
Canadian casino-lovers have been restricted to online-only activities for the past few months. If you’ve been among the thousands honing their slots and card skills on sites like comeon.ca, you’re probably itching to try them out again in the real world. Resorts World New York has only faced minimal disruption, and remains open with social distancing, sanitization and thermal screening precautions in place.
Priceless gems at AMNH
The Museum of Natural History will open its all-new Hall of Gems this spring. The permanent exhibition features some of the most breath-taking bling in history, with around 5,000 exhibits from 93 different countries. Highlights include the famous Singing Stone that was first shown at the World’s Fair in 1893 and an iridescent block of green and blue labradorite that weighs in at some 3,000 pounds. As well as the exhibits there will be plenty of educational and interactive activities to keep the youngsters busy.
An all-new park at Little Island
Formerly known as Pier 55, this incredible project on the Hudson has been a work in progress for the past couple of years and will finally open in the next few weeks. Even the pilings emerging from the water look a little like ancient trees. It’s a wonderful example of man-made technology working in harmony with nature, and is sure to be a popular haven among New Yorkers and visitors alike.
Open Culture on the Streets of New York
It will still be a few months before New York’s theaters and concert halls reopen. However, the newly signed Open Culture Bill means there will be a wealth of outdoor entertainment to enjoy in the fresh spring air. Keep your eyes open for local announcements of dance, music theatre, comedy and interactive arts. The program officially launches on 01 March, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store. It could be just the pick-me-up we need in these difficult times.