It’s been a tough year and a half for everyone.  Slowly things may be getting to a place of normalcy as we see  more places re-open. One example of this is the Paris Theater (Manhattan’s only single screen movie theater) During the pandemic the venue – which first opened its doors back in 1948 – underwent  renovation and to mark its reopening, it will be screening ’40 Year Old Version,’ which premiered at Sundance. Movie critic David Edelstein explained:

“Here is this place adjacent to the Plaza Hotel, with that plaza imprimatur, New York City, Manhattan. It gives a kind of luster to it, a kind of romance to it.”

Check out the preview of New York City’s CowParade art exhibition, due to return to New York after an absence spanning two decades.  The preview – hosted by the charity God’s Love We Deliver – opened on August 18 and will close at the end of September.

At the preview, viewers will be able to actually see 78 of the cows in one location – unprecedented – before they are sent to New York’s other boroughs.

Mixing it Up in the Marketplace

Lower East Side’s Market Line has re-opened (since the pandemic closed and shuttered many activities) and is offering some fabulous locally-sourced food including seafood, fresh produce and more. 

It’s also very nice that around three-quarters of the businesses are owned by minority groups, immigrants, or women and this accurately reflects the general ambience in this community. Expansions are planned and there will soon be two more blocks of space that can fit 70 vendors by 2023.

In other news, local chefs Samuel Clonts and Raymond Trinh will be opening up their own Lower East Side restaurant where Speedy Romeo once was.  Benefitting from that restaurant’s wood-fired grill, the front area is decorated with white marble, an open kitchen and a chef’s counter for 10.

Other new local openings include: Buddha-Bar Restaurant New York, Breslin Burger, Bronson’s Burgers, Gia, Saint Theo’s, Sexy Taco, Somewhere in NoLita, Baba Cool and more.