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The five coolest things every visitor to NYC should do now

The five coolest things every visitor to NYC should do now

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

There's cause for celebration! The Covid-19 travel entry ban has been officially lifted, opening back up the gates to travelers from 33 countries including the U.K., China, South Africa and countries in the Schengen Area (most of Europe). 

The city has been through a lot and it's come out the other side with some exceptional cultural additions. Now, after almost two years, the Big Apple awaits you with the coolest things to do, from incredible art shows to fantastic theater productions and more.

We've gathered five must-see things in NYC for tourists and travelers looking for something less obvious than popular NYC attractions but still worth some hype this fall and winter.

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The soul of the city under one roof

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We've packed all our favorite NYC restaurants under one roof at the Time Out Market New York. The DUMBO location in Empire Stores has fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, pizza from Fornino, inventive ice cream flavors from Sugar Hill Creamery and more amazing eateriesall cherry-picked by us. Chow down over two floors with views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline. 

The coolest things visitors to NYC should do now

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If you're looking for an exquisite view of NYC, head to SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, an (indoor) observation deck experience that sits atop the new 67-floor One Vanderbilt super-tall—a 1,401-foot-high—skyscraper. As the city's fourth-tallest building after One World Trade Center, Central Park Tower and 111 West 57th Street, it sits just west of Grand Central Terminal. Visitors take an elevator up to the 91st floor, where they're 1,000 feet over the streets and sidewalks of NYC. Kenzo Digital has created a totally mirrored infinity room called "Air" that reflects the sky and city views over and over, making you feel like you're walking in the sky or on another plane of existence. After you ascend to the third level of this experience, guests are introduced to "Levitation," a series of transparent glass sky-boxes that jut out of the building at 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue. Here, you can stand over the street with just glass between you and the ground. Guests are also whisked up into one of two all-glass elevators called "Ascent" that travels up the outside of the building to 1,210 feet (and 120 feet off the observation deck, which is taller than Edge at Hudson Yards). Our knees buckled on this experience, so beware!

To make Summit One Vanderbilt an entire experience, it also features Summit, an all-day après-style cafe and bar by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events, which has an outdoor terrace bar, and an art gallery where Japanese artist and icon Yayoi Kusama has an exhibit called "Clouds."

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