14 Very New York Things Our Editors Can’t Wait to Do When This Is All Over

Now that there is an authorized and recommended vaccine to prevent COVID-19, things are looking decidedly less bleak for 2021. So much so that our editors have started dreaming about all the things they’re going to do (and eat) in the city when it’s safe again to do so. And yes, we have a long way to go and many challenges ahead before we achieve herd immunity, but at least now there is an end in sight. From brunch in the village to just riding the A train, here’s our planned itinerary for when things go back to “normal.”

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1. “I want to get inexpensive candy from Duane Reade and then sneak it into a Times Square movie theater and watch a stupid movie with a lot of noisy people.” — Philip Mutz, Executive Editor

2. “I cannot believe I’m saying this, but I can’t wait to see my friends perform stand-up comedy in a crappy bar basement again one day. I also can’t wait to get my ass to a Barry’s Bootcamp class with my sister! We used to get protein shakes afterward and go hang out in the Riverside Park and it was wonderful.” — Abby Hepworth, Editor

3. “Being out all day and coming home exhausted with 20,000 steps on my tracker—work, drinks, theater, more drinks.” — Dara Katz, Executive Editor

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4. “This might be the most basic answer, but I kind of can’t wait for Sunday brunch in the West Village. And I also can’t wait to be able to go to a Yankees game again with my dad.” — Mary D'Alessio, Senior Audience Development Strategist

5. “I can’t wait to get awkwardly close to strangers in a pay-what-you-want Yoga Agora class, then grab an iced coffee and everything bagel with bacon scallion cream cheese at Brooklyn Bagel to nosh on while I walk to the Museum of the Moving Image to geek out over movie memorabilia.” — Candace Davison, Executive Editor

6. “I want to get dinner at Momofuku noodle bar, where I’m so close to the person next to me, I’m sitting on their jacket.” — Jillian Quint, Editor-in-Chief

7. “I can’t wait to commute! I moved during the pandemic and now I’m only 20 minutes away from work but I haven’t been able to take advantage of the ferry (or bus) because we’re still working remotely.” — Alex Hough, Assistant Editor

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8. “I’m excited to have my grandma visit and do all the tourist-y things I pretend I’m too cool for but secretly love, like Top of the Rock.” Kara Cuzzone, Assistant Commerce Editor

9. “I can’t wait to take a crowded 7 train out to Citi Field and eat hot dogs while crammed next to strangers on the Shea Bridge and high-five them all when the Mets win (I’m sending out the good vibes now). Oh, and I can’t wait to hear, ‘showtime, showtime!’ again.’ — Angela Pares, Editorial Director

10. “Would you judge me if I said ride the A train? Typically, I’d be on for an hour, sunglasses on and podcasting. I never realized how much ‘me time’ ([amid the] thousands of strangers not making eye contact) that afforded.” — Rachel Bowie, Director of Special Projects

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11. “I honestly can’t wait until I can go to a packed bar, sip a dirty gin martini (or two) and people watch for hours.”— Dena Silver, Fashion Director

12. “I can’t wait to exchange frantic, knowing glances with strangers on the subway when a guy gets on playing a guitar.I also can’t wait to get really stressed about something and cope by spending an hour smelling all the candles at the weird underground TJ Maxx on Wall Street.”— Sarah Stiefvater, Senior Editor

13. “The New York City marathon…not even to run in myself but just to stand outside and watch and get really emotional at it all and try to hide the fact that I’m crying from everyone I’m with.” — Katherine Gillen, Food Editor

14. “I want to scarf down a couple of tacos from Los Tacos No. 1 and then run across the street to see a Broadway show! And I can’t wait to show my son the Natural History Museum with my other mom friends, get cookies from Levain Bakery afterwards and then sit in Central Park to take it all in.” — Alexia Dellner, Senior Editor

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Alexia Dellner is an executive editor at PureWow who has over ten years of experience covering a broad range of topics including health, wellness, travel, family, culture and...