We expect a lot from New York in 2021. All of us hope that we’ll have a chance to catch-up with our favorite activities that we missed in 2020.
A second summer of outdoor dining
Summer is just around the corner when New Yorkers can really go out for dinner, and we’ve learned that eating indoors is a good old on-call job. Eating and drinking outside in warm weather is really nice, but there is a certain “only in wet” atmosphere created by passing people and general street noise. Nothing is better than drinking a cocktail with friends, safely away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of New York.
Last year, New York State named a new park in Brooklyn and selected artists Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous to design a monument to be erected at the Parkside entrance to Prospect Park. Shirley Chisholm of Brooklyn, who in 1968 became the first black woman elected to the House of Representatives, will be elected in 2021.
The West Side Story musical film
Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story was due to hit theaters on December 18, but Disney postponed the release until December 10, 2021, to coincide with President Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States. This is a great opportunity to see a bit of New York in a difficult year for the film.
Final LaGuardia Airport openings
The second and final phase will open in the second half of 2021, bringing the number of new gates to 17. This year, it opened in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington D.C., bringing its total to 16.
The new hall will serve American Airlines and host the future Admirals Club of American Airlines. A second pedestrian bridge will connect the World Trade Center in New York City to the Pentagon in 2021, and a third, larger bridge over the Hudson River in Washington, D.C., will open in 2022. Although most of our daily lives will be affected when we fly next year, it would be nice not to feel like we are in the midst of a war, or, as President-elect Joe Biden once put it, “a war of attrition,” as the US Corps of Engineers and the Department of Defense battle for control of the nation’s nuclear weapons.