With the growth of remote work, NYC is changing. No longer are employees flocking to skyscrapers in the morning for work. Instead, they’re mostly sitting it out at home, trying to avoid getting sick.
But are things as bad in the city as the media is making out? Probably not. While there is an increase in remote working and Manhattan isn’t as busy as it was, the place is still running. In the words of one journalist, “it’s not dead yet.”
For people who love to travel, this quietness is actually something of a boon. It’s easier than ever before to get around, see the sites, and take in all of the magic that the city has to offer.
In this post, we take a look at some of the reasons why New York is still the place to be in the USA, despite the negative press.
The City Continues To Grow
Even despite all the disruption, New York’s metro area continues to grow. The city of almost 18 million people is adding new residents every year – and that’s continuing going forward, driven mostly by overseas workers coming to work in the city’s many industries.
The Food Scene Is Innovating
New York style pizza isn’t how you remember it. It’s changing. Restaurants are getting better at bringing out the essential flavors and using higher-quality ingredients. New York is becoming a tourist destination, not just a giant economic hub. And that’s allowing the force of competition to drive up standards.
Fine dining is also seeing a resurgence in the city following various shut downs. Restaurants are developing new and innovative ways to get punters through the doors.
Everything Is Still There
Travelers should also heed the fact that everything is still there. All five boroughs are as varied and welcoming as they ever were. The Bronx still has its Zoo and Queens still has its ethnic restaurants. The Staten Island ferry is still running, giving tourists the opportunity to visit the borough’s museum in Snug Harbor.
Broadway Is Still Putting On A Show
New York’s entertainment district is still up and running. The 13-mile long strip that cuts a diagonal path through the city is home to some of the world’s finest theatres and musical productions. Start your exploration in Times Square and then make your way down the side streets to find hidden gems.
It Has The High Line
New York is one of the world’s densest urban jungles. The place is almost vertical, especially in midtown and lower Manhattan. That’s why city planners opened the high line – a kind of nature-inspired walkway that takes you above street level. It’s only 1.45 miles long, but it is a clever idea because it sits in the bed of a former elevated railroad. Either side of the path are green shrubs and plants, carefully maintained by the city. People use the walkway to become more contemplative, getting themselves away from New York’s frantic pace of life.
So there you have it: some of the reasons why New York is still the place to be.