Top 10 Things for Students to Do in NY During COVID

Top 10 Things for Students to Do in NY During COVID

With the cancelation of countless events, vacations, and social gatherings, it may seem like the nightmare of 2020 will never end. Don’t let the weight of COVID-19 hold you down from living your best life during the pandemic. There’s no question that the coronavirus has drastically changed how many of us thought 2020 would pan out.  Grab your favorite mask, pack that trusty hand sanitizer and check out this list of cool stuff still going on in NYC this season.


1. Oh, how we all love Central Park, maybe even more so since the start of the pandemic. This year, the park has launched the #myCentralPark campaign, providing educational and innovative virtual experiences from virtual walks through the park and conservancies to exploring some temporary exhibits without ever having to brave the cold.

2. The New York Botanical Garden transforms into a twinkling wonderland filled with thousands of lights. NYBG’s GLOW event showcases the Enid. Haupt Conservatory and Reflecting Pool at the center of the event, surrounded by pop-up dance performances, music, live ice sculpting, and some of the best food trucks the city has to offer. In true social distancing fashion, the outdoor space makes it easy to keep a safe distance from others while enjoying the beauty of the night.

3. Escape the city lights and head into the boroughs for a socially-distanced hike through a different green space. There are many less popular parks to explore and take in the sights and sounds of the great outdoors.

4. Maybe you’re looking for a wintery getaway with your friends or a special someone? Why not head over to Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town for a weekend exploring the city’s past. 

5. While we are all patiently waiting for indoor dining to resume, why check not out the city’s Open Street program? In an effort to help support local restaurants, the initiative has seen many venues taking up some prime car traffic real estate. All you need is a mask, some good friends, and you’re all set. 

6. You may want to check out Pier 17’s The Greens for a unique cozy vibe right in the city. You can reserve one for their cabins for a unique socially distanced dining concept, including a fireplace and an air purifier! 

7. Back for a second year, New York City gets its glow on with Luminosity as it takes over several acres of iconic Randall’s Island to bring you an unforgettable immersive experience. 


There’s no question that NYC has some of the most talented artists in the country, so why not continue keeping the arts alive, even in the midst of a pandemic?


8. Spotlight On Plays has brought their programming online for you to enjoy from the comfort of your room. They are showcasing the works of women and people of color.                Ticket purchases are on a donations basis, with all proceeds going towards The Actors Fund during the COVID crisis.

9. Join Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre as they showcase their winter season online. From workshops and conversations with dancers and artists to performances from the comfort of your room. 

10. Spend the afternoon visiting some of the city’s galleries. Simply make a reservation online to places like Metro Pictures and David Zwirner for an awe-inspiring experience.

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