A New New York

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In the span of 100+ days, New Yorkers banded together (while staying 6 feet apart) to change our behaviors and slow the spread of COVID-19. We are so proud of our city and we remain New York tough: smart, resourceful and united. We set the bar high for what it means to be resilient.

During this period, we have also witnessed the power of education and actionable advocacy to effectively address longstanding issues of race and inequality, in our neighborhoods and on the world stage.

In Warburg’s A New New York edition of Culturally Inclined, we’ll explore how to re-engage with our city this summer both culturally and gastronomically as Phase 3 of reopening begins, give you an update on the local real estate market, and share ways we can continue to be active, informed participants in the global movement towards racial justice.


Remain cultured from the comfort of home through the Virtual NYC Curator Collection. Made available by NYC Go, the official center of all things New York, tourism and culture, this list features hundreds of virtual experiences from New York City attractions, art institutions and entertainment venues.

Special collections are curated by some of the city’s leading intellectuals. From The Met to the MoMA, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Wildlife Conservation Society and more, these handpicked recommendations showcase the best cultural influencers the five boroughs have to offer.


From small cafes to popular food groups, New York City’s dining scene is just one industry that contributes to the remarkable cultural fabric of this city, attracting both locals and tourists alike. This industry has also been one of the most impacted, as it is estimated that nearly 5.9 million restaurant jobs have been affected.

The Independent Restaurant Coalition outlines two initiatives you can take to help save restaurants.

  • Take action: Ask your local representative to sign the RESTAURANTS Act, which will establish the $120 billion Independent Restaurant Revitalization Fund to help 11 million jobs stay intact and support over 500,000 independent restaurants.
  • Make a contribution: A donation will go towards the fight to save local, independent restaurants that have been affected.

You can also show support by grabbing a table outdoors. To allow more restaurants to expand onto sidewalks and streets, the city recently designated 22 blocks (with more to be added) throughout the five boroughs that will be closed to cars on weekends through August. Check out TimeOut New York’s guide for the best al fresco dining options popping up outside this summer.


Central Park’s 843 acres are a respite for all New Yorkers during this time. The park remains open to the public with diligent cleaning and routine maintenance processes. While independent exercise is permitted, team sports are not currently allowed.

  • Stay connected from home: Stay connected to the Park virtually by downloading the official summer guide which highlights insider insights on the Park’s majestic trees, provides a peek into the Park’s history, details on the Mall’s newest monument and a description about the season’s brightest blooms.
  • Bring the park to your next Zoom: Bring the calming nature of Central Park’s beautiful and expansive backdrops to your next Zoom meeting, digitally! Download free backgrounds ranging from Azaleas to the lake, Midtown skyline and more.
  • Activities for kidsUnscramble the names of popular spring blooms that can be found in Central Park, play jigsaw puzzles online, let your inner artist shine by downloading copies of coloring pages, and measure your knowledge by putting your skills to the test by taking the Central Park quiz.

A year-round destination known for winter markets, lush seasonal gardens and summer yoga classes, Bryant Park’s program partners are now sharing their talents online. From 305 Fitness to ballet, piano to poetry, and science to art and history, this online calendar will help you stay connected to the heart and soul of what makes Bryant Park a beloved attraction. Be sure to follow their Instagram handle, @BryantPark, to stay up-to-date.

Beaches are also officially open including Rockaway Beach, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and more. Here’s a list from NYC.gov on all beach statuses and locations where you can get your daily dose of Vitamin C.


Born as a hashtag in Summer 2013, Black Lives Matter has exploded into a world-wide activist movement in cities, states, and countries around the globe. Lasting diversity and equality begins through education, supporting black-owned businesses and financial contributions. Here are some ways to show support for long-term success:

Education: Access to tools and resources that support anti-racist action, racial identity development, and critical consciousness for families, parents and educators is an important step to be able to listen and contribute to the larger conversation in a thoughtful manner. Here is a list of articles and resources on racism, blackness in America, police violence, books and more. The New York Times also compiled this collection of books to educate conversations on race, racism, and resistance.

Support Black-Owned Businesses: Supporting black black-owned businesses is a simple way to make a positive impact to keep people employed, help retain health insurance, and ensure these businesses are around for years to come. Black Owned Brooklyn is a community-rooted publication documenting the people, places and products of Brooklyn. From food and drinkhistory and culturehome and designstyle and beautyhealth and wellness, Black Owned Brooklyn is a central guide for you to learn and read about the people behind the brands.

Nationally, Support Black Owned is an online directory where you can search thousands of black-owned businesses across the country in different industries. Black Parade, organized by Beyonce, is a directory of Black Owned businesses to browse and support.

Financial Contribution: Vox recently published a guide to effectively support national and regional organizations through donations like:


New York City has entered week one of Phase Three and with it, post-pandemic real estate reawakening. There already seem to be some winners. Numerous properties in the $2 million and under range have been snapped up immediately, not lasting more than 48 hours on the market. And for the one-bedroom units under $1 million (not to mention the rare two-bedroom in that price range), there is strong activity and agents report booking numerous appointments to show. While inventory remains high and many new listings are added every day into the mix, this segment of the market will clearly continue to recover quickly. Read Warburg’s full Q2 2020 Market Report on Forbes here.

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