We waited and waited and dealt with all the drama in-between. If there’s one thing we’ve learned during this pandemic, its how the fabric of our great city is lined with the delicious restaurants, happening bars and wonderful nightlife provided by the great people of New York. We missed the entrepreneurs who took chances to bring us unique and delightful treats that shape who we are and what we do on a day to day basis. These establishments help us get through tough days and are part of the reason we look forward to weekends. When they were taken away, we lost something. Albeit, temporarily. It’s starting to come back.

The city will look different when it comes back but certainly not unrecognizable. This place is ever evolving and always surviving. This is the next chapter. People will complain, talk about how its not what it was and reflect on the good old days. While it all may be true, those conversations are part of a New Yorker. Now, more than ever is the time to adapt and embrace what comes our way. New York City does not sleep but it did take a nap and its time to wipe our eyes and do what we do best.

It’s an exciting time as we watch our town wake up and over 300,000 people go back to work. Phase 2 marks the return of many things we love: outdoor dining, in-store shopping, getting our hair done and more. As it all comes back online, we have to be extra careful to make sure we don’t lose it again and make it to the next step. That means we still have things to look forward to; like malls, indoor dining at restaurants, bars, large gatherings, gyms, movie theaters and places of public amusement which are still off-limits. In the meantime, lets appreciate what we have and get to Phase 3 as a team. As New Yorkers.