Midtown Manhattan Has a Pulse Again

Tourists, office workers and New Yorkers from other neighborhoods are returning to — and enjoying — the heart of the city.

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Looking Back at the Pay Phone’s New York Heyday

We scoured the New York Times photo archive for the humble yet ubiquitous pay phone.

#brooklyn-nyc, #chinatown-manhattan-ny, #east-village-manhattan-ny, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #pay-phones, #queens-nyc, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

Let Him Entertain You: Billy Crystal Returns to Broadway

The comedian is starring in “Mr. Saturday Night,” a musical version of his 1992 movie about an aging performer who won’t accept that his time in the spotlight is up.

#barrington-stage-co, #brown-jason-robert, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #crystal-billy, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #mr-saturday-night-play, #theater

Nebula, a Big New Club, Wants Manhattan to Dance Again

Yang Gao, a newcomer to the nightlife business, took a gamble when he spent $12 million in the middle of a pandemic to carve out a 10,000-square-foot space in the heart of Midtown.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #nebula-manhattan-ny-nightclub

Kidd Creole, Member of Pioneering Rap Group, Is Convicted in 2017 Killing

The founding member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was convicted of manslaughter in the death of a homeless man.

#glover-nathaniel-kidd-creole, #grandmaster-flash-and-the-furious-five, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #the-message-song

As His CNN+ Show Debuts, Rex Chapman Fears His Own Success

With 1.2 million Twitter followers and a show debuting on CNN+, the former N.B.A. player appears to have an enviable life. But he’s haunted by what happened the last time he was famous.

#basketball, #cnn, #content-type-personal-profile, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #kentucky, #love-kevin, #manhattan-nyc, #mcconnell-mitch, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #nash-steve, #national-basketball-assn, #rex-chapman, #ruffin-amber, #social-media, #stiller-ben, #sudeikis-jason, #twitter, #university-of-kentucky

Say Hello Again to the Office, Fingers Crossed

Antsy executives have a message for their employees: Plans to return to in-person work are real this time.

#american-express-company, #bank-of-new-york-mellon-corporation, #chevron-corporation, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #express-employment-professionals, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #google-inc, #gorman-james-p, #intuit-inc, #jefferies-group-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #morgan-stanley, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment, #wylde-kathryn-s

How a Sports Bar Manager Spends Her Sundays

Abby Dowd, often with a megaphone, ministers to the football fans who call Blue Haven East “church.”

#bars-and-nightclubs, #blue-haven-east-manhattan-ny-bar, #content-type-personal-profile, #dowd-abby, #football, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny

Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst Dies at 30

Ms. Kryst, who was also a correspondent for the television show “Extra,” was found dead on Sunday in New York.

#deaths-obituaries, #kryst-cheslie, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #miss-universe-organization

Sardi’s Is Back After 648 Days, Its Fortunes Tied to Broadway

The caricatures are back up. But many shows are canceling performances just as Sardi’s reopens, a hurdle for a restaurant catering to the theater crowd.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #klimavicius-max, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #restaurants, #restoration-and-renovation, #sardi-vincent-sr, #sardis-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #schumacher-thomas, #shubert-organization, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #wankel-robert-e

Young New Yorkers Discover Manhattan’s Classic Cocktail Bars

Bemelmans Bar now has bouncers. And at the Rainbow Room, a post-punk after party.

#bemelmans-bar-manhattan-ny-bar, #carlyle-hotel-manhattan-ny-hotel, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rainbow-room-manhattan-ny-restaurant

The Metaverse Takes Manhattan

NFT.NYC, a gathering for nonfungible token enthusiasts, offered a taste of a crypto-filled future.

#art, #blockchain-technology, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #winkelmann-mike-beeple

La Grenouille NYC: Classic Cuisine and the Owner’s Lusty Crooning

This once-tranquil Midtown shrine of formal French dining has a new feel, as Philippe Masson prowls the floor (and tabletops) in a vigorous jazz act.

#jazz, #la-grenouille-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #masson-philippe, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #music, #restaurants

Eating in Midtown Manhattan

Start spreading the news: This often-maligned neighborhood is pulsing again with a variety, energy and deep history that are the city’s essence.

#aburiya-kinnosuke-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #hatsuhana, #italian-food-cuisine, #japanese-food-cuisine, #kurumazushi-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #pietros-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #sakagura

From Graffiti in the Shadows to Designing an Observation Deck in the Clouds

There’s a new way to take in the skyline. For Kenzo, a lifelong New Yorker who designed its dreamlike interior, the city was his muse.

#air, #buildings-structures, #kenzo, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #one-vanderbilt, #summit

Retailers Rethink Pandemic-Battered Manhattan

Starbucks has closed more than 40 stores, while adding mobile-order pickup counters in others. Other chains like Sonic are taking advantage of vacancies to establish themselves in New York.

#bluestone-lane-roasting-llc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #pret-a-manger, #real-estate-commercial, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #restaurants, #shopping-and-retail, #starbucks-corporation

Curtains Up! How Broadway Is Coming Back From Its Longest Shutdown.

Determined to reopen, crews are dusting off spotlights, dancers are relearning steps, and everyone is testing, testing, testing as theater seeks to rebound from the devastating pandemic.

#aladdin-play, #albee-edward, #australia, #bareilles-sara, #black-lives-matter-movement, #carney-reeve, #chicago-play, #contact-tracing-public-health, #cordero-nick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #costumes, #culture-arts, #de-blasio-bill, #dear-evan-hansen-play, #diller-barry, #england, #exercise, #fans-persons, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #girl-from-the-north-country-play, #hadestown-play, #hall-mark, #hamilton-play, #harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-play, #heating-ventilation-and-cooling-hvac, #jagged-little-pill-play, #lackawanna-blues-play, #mason-luba, #mcdonagh-martin, #mcnally-terrence, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #moulin-rouge-the-musical-play, #mrs-doubtfire-play, #music, #new-york-city, #pass-over-play, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #roth-jordan, #rudin-scott, #shutdowns-institutional, #the-lion-king-play, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #vaccination-and-immunization, #van-hove-ivo, #waitress-play, #whos-afraid-of-virginia-woolf-play, #wicked-play, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Moving to the Theater District and Finding His Community

A musical theater educator and audition coach discovers how great it can be to live across the street from “Wicked.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #gershwin-theater, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #theater, #work-life-balance

A New Yorker’s Defense of Midtown and Times Square

As awe-inspiring as the emptiness of 2020 was, it’s the people (yes, those we exasperatedly call crowds when commuting) who make me feel at home.

#bryant-park-manhattan-ny, #burck-robert-john-naked-cowboy-1970, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #murray-hill-manhattan-ny, #new-york-public-library, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

Foo Fighters Bring Rock Back to Madison Square Garden

Over the weekend, Foo Fighters played Madison Square Garden, the first full-capacity concert in a New York arena since March of 2020.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fans-persons, #foo-fighters, #madison-square-garden, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #music, #pop-and-rock-music

How Lin-Manuel Miranda and Friends Made an Old Bookstore New

The century-old Drama Book Shop in Manhattan struggled for years. Then “Hamilton” happened.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #drama-book-shop-manhattan-ny, #kail-thomas, #korins-david, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #miranda-lin-manuel, #nederlander-james-l-1960, #shutdowns-institutional, #theater

A New Champion of Short Ribs in Koreatown

Yoon Haeundae Galbi traces its method for making the cut tender back to a restaurant founded in Busan in 1964.

#korean-food-cuisine, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #restaurants, #yoon-haeundae-galbi-manhattan-ny-restaurant

Dozens Arrested in Times Square After Israeli-Palestinian Protests

At least 27 people were arrested after demonstrations in Times Square and the Diamond District in Midtown Manhattan. Several lawmakers have denounced the clashes.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #diamond-district-manhattan-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #palestinians, #police-department-nyc

Old Buildings, New Views

Recent renovations around town have uncovered views of Manhattan that had been hiding in plain sight.

#alchemy-properties-inc, #architecture, #building-construction, #city-hall-park-manhattan-ny, #condominiums, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #general-electric-company, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #skyscraper-museum, #steinwaysons, #waldorf-astoria-new-york-manhattan-ny-hotel, #woolworth-building-manhattan-ny

‘We’re Suffering’: How Remote Work Is Killing Manhattan’s Storefronts

Landlords cut small retailers a break on rent during the pandemic, but stores are still struggling because too few office workers and tourists have returned.

#empire-state-building-manhattan-ny, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #labor-and-jobs, #landlords, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #restaurants, #rockefeller-center-manhattan-ny, #rothmans, #rudin-management-co, #rudin-william-c, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business, #strausman-mark, #union-square-manhattan-ny

Would You Jump In to Stop an Assault?

A recent video showed several men seeming to ignore an anti-Asian attack in Midtown. Yet research shows that most people are more than willing to intervene and help someone.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #chauvin-derek-1976, #crime-and-criminals, #floyd-george-d-2020, #genovese-kitty, #hate-crimes, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #psychology-and-psychologists, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #urban-areas

At Under the Volcano, Smoky Flavors and Mezcal

The Midtown bar Under the Volcano has no fire pit, but its literary-minded chef still conjures the tastes of his native Puebla.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #indigenous-people, #mexican-food-cuisine, #mezcal, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #restaurants, #tequila, #under-the-volcano-manhattan-ny-bar

Attack on Asian Woman in Midtown Prompts Another Hate Crime Investigation

The New York Police Department’s hate crimes task force said it was searching for a man who kicked a 65-year-old woman, stomped on her and made anti-Asian statements toward her on a sidewalk.

#assaults, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hate-crimes, #manhattan-nyc, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #police-department-nyc

A Manhattan Apartment That Pays Tribute to the City’s Jazz Age

Inside an early Art Deco building, the designer Martin Brûlé has created an understated homage to New York’s vibrant past — and his own pioneering vision.

#brule-martin-interior-designer, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #nineteen-hundred-twenties, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Remembering Joe Allen, Who Fed Broadway in Untheatrical Style

The theater district restaurateur was famously reserved, but I caught some close-up glimpses from the next bar stool.

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Midtown Is Reeling. Should Its Offices Become Apartments?

The pandemic has created a crisis in New York City’s commercial real estate industry. Some leaders think it’s time to reimagine the city’s business districts.

#affordable-housing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cushmanwakefield-inc, #de-blasio-bill, #furman-center-for-real-estate-and-urban-policy, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-board-of-new-york, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shutdowns-institutional

The Good News/Bad News About Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

Maybe the rink will lack tourists this winter, but there are plenty of cooped up New Yorkers who would appreciate it.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #ice-skating, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #restoration-and-renovation, #rockefeller-center-manhattan-ny, #tishman-speyer-properties

These Are the Perks Companies Use to Get Workers Back to Their Offices

Free lunch. Discounted parking. Learning pods for children. Some New York City companies are offering incentives to workers who are required to return to the office.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporations, #hudson-yards-manhattan-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #real-estate-commercial, #sl-green-realty-corporation

Homes That Sold for Around $625,000

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

#fairfield-conn, #hastings-on-hudson-ny, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #park-slope-brooklyn-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #roslyn-ny, #scotch-plains-nj

Amid the Monument Wars, a Rally for ‘More History’

Historians recently gathered at Civil War sites across the country in an effort to highlight distortions, omissions and the erasure of Black contributions.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #gettysburg-pa, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical

Times Square, Grand Central and the Laws That Build the City

A virtual tour looks at the legal battles and innovations behind 42nd Street. Our critic chats with the Harvard professor Jerold S. Kayden.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #bryant-park-manhattan-ny, #eminent-domain, #ford-foundation, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #land-use-policies, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-times, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #privately-owned-public-spaces, #real-estate-commercial, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #zoning

Carnegie Hall and the Jewels of Midtown: Stroll the History

Our critic chats about the beloved stretch from the music hall to Lincoln Center around Central Park with the architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

#architecture, #carnegie-hall, #central-park-south-manhattan-ny, #columbus-circle-manhattan-ny, #ethical-culture-society, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #time-warner-center-manhattan-ny, #tsien-billie, #williams-tod-architect

Homes for Sale in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island

This week’s properties are in Windsor Terrace, Midtown East and St. George.

#midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #st-george-staten-island-ny, #windsor-terrace-brooklyn-ny

Facebook Bets Big on Future of N.Y.C., and Offices, With New Lease

Despite the pandemic, the social media giant leased all the office space in the former main post office at Penn Station in Midtown.

#facebook-inc, #farley-james-a-general-post-office-manhattan-ny, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #real-estate-commercial

The Uncertain Future of Midtown

Midtown Manhattan faces an economic catastrophe, a cascade of loss upon loss in the city’s corporate heart that threatens to alter its identity. 

#brooklyn-botanic-garden, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #flowers-and-plants, #global-warming, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city

Empty Towers, No Power Lunches: Ghostly Midtown Is Omen for N.Y.C.

7,500 workers are missing from a famous building. A food cart sells 10 hot dogs a day. The virus’s effect on one block could be a vision of the city’s future.

#1271-avenue-of-the-americas-former-timelife-building, #avenue-of-the-americas-manhattan-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #real-estate-commercial, #shutdowns-institutional

Rich New Yorkers Aren’t Filling Out the Census. Poor New Yorkers May Suffer.

If residents who fled the virus for second homes aren’t counted, the city could lose out on crucial federal money — and congressional seats.

#census, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city

Hundreds of Miles From Home, Nurses Fight the Coronavirus on New York’s Front Lines

“Every day you go in and you’re like, ‘Can I do this for one more day?’’’ a nurse from North Carolina said.

#bellevue-hospital-center, #bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #empire-state-college, #hospitals, #jacobi-medical-center, #manhattan-nyc, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #northwell-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny