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How to Staycation in 6 American Cities

  • October 29, 2020

PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS In New York, face coverings are required in public, including on the subways. Hotels do not have guest-room capacity restrictions, though gatherings are limited to 50 people. Restaurants may serve indoors at up to 25 percent capacity. Indoors, museums and historical sites are also at 25 percent capacity. Broadway and theaters throughout town remain closed.

LODGING DEALS In Midtown, the Dylan Hotel NYC is offering 25 percent off its best rates through year’s end using the promo code NYCGO, often bringing rooms in the 1911-vintage former chemist’s club to $104. Among luxury hotels in the neighborhood, The Langham New York is offering a package including 10 percent off rates, a $50 credit and complimentary parking (from $495, pre-discount). See more hotel offers on the visitor office’s deals page; a partnership with Mastercard offers $25 back on every $100 spent on hotels, up to $100 through year’s end.

THINGS TO DO You can go back indoors to the capacity-controlled Metropolitan Museum of Art. But perhaps now is the time to explore its more remote Met Cloisters, built with elements of medieval European cloisters and devoted to European medieval art, on four acres in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan (timed, ticketed admission $25). With the usual tourist throngs gone, take unfettered walks across the Brooklyn Bridge or along the High Line, the elevated linear park on the west side of Manhattan (free, but High Line requires a timed entry pass through Nov. 1). See the city lights at night with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises through Oct. 31 (from $27). NYC Company maintains a useful page detailing what’s open in the city.

DINING Outdoor dining, a formerly temporary solution to indoor restaurant closures, has been made permanent. More than 10,000 restaurants have moved outdoors and many are adapting to winter with heat lamps, tents and plastic igloos. In addition, the city’s Open Streets: Restaurants program will continue, shutting down blocks — such as the NoMad Piazza on Broadway between 25th and 31st Streets — to allow restaurants to expand into the streets.

HOLIDAY AFFAIRS Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will televise a spectacle from Herald Square, warning away in-person spectators. But the Bronx Zoo plans to hold its Holiday Lights display Nov. 20 to Jan. 10 (tickets $34.95). The light installation LuminoCity Festival on Randalls Island plans to return with timed entry, temperature checks and hand-sanitizing stations Nov. 27 to Jan. 10 (tickets $38).

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