Happy Independence Day!

The city is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening. We have progressed far enough that indoor dining and an expansion of personal care may be happening. It’s not certain because of the cautionary notes being sounded in places like Florida, Texas, California, and Arizona. New Jersey has had to pause its indoor dining plans because of issues like noncompliance on the Jersey Shore. But there is plenty for New York City to be proud of as we head into the holiday weekend.

The waters are welcoming again, with HornBlower relaunching a fireworks cruise out of Weehawken and Statue Cruises touring visitors around New York Harbor. All three of the city’s library systems reopen in July for grab and go service. St. Patrick’s will hold an indoor Sunday Mass this weekend (at 25% capacity). The Department of Transportation has released an interactive map of reopened restaurants: 6,600 strong, with 3,500+ offering sidewalk or roadway dining

There are now 16 U.S. states meeting the standards for a required quarantine before entry into NYC. But we will have fireworks from atop the Empire State Building on Saturday and steadily improving health circumstances as we move into July.

Happy Independence Day!

NYC Re-Opening Update

New York City will enter its next phase of reopening on Monday, June 22, 2020 with as many as 300,000 employees expected to return to their jobs as outdoor dining, in-store shopping and office work resume.

Under the state’s reopening plan, outdoor dining, some in-store shopping, hair salons, barbershops, real estate firms and offices in the city would be allowed to open up in the second phase, with social distancing and restrictions on capacity. Playgrounds will also reopen during Phase 2.

The newly reopened businesses will likely offer a jolt of energy to New York City’s streets, which had been eerily quiet as the state’s lockdown orders shuttered businesses and kept residents at home. Restaurants in the city would be able to place seating in curbside parking areas and on sidewalks adjacent to their restaurants, even if those establishments had never provided outdoor seating before.

Beginning in July, the city would allow restaurant seating on the 43 miles of streets that it had closed as part of its Open Streets program. Under the program, roads were closed to vehicle traffic in an effort to provide more outdoor space to residents and prevent crowding at city parks.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the city’s subway, buses and two commuter rails, said this month that it expects just over two million daily riders will use public transportation in Phase 2.

In anticipation, transit officials are urging riders returning to the system to wear face masks, use hand sanitizer, avoid rush hour and seek out less crowded train cars where possible. Subway workers have been cleaning the system nightly and have taken steps to encourage social distancing in stations and on trains.

NYC Re-opening Update

The reopening of New York City is tantalizingly close. We’re just shy of Albany’s benchmarks—on two metrics we are at 29% and only need to hit 30%, so we’ll be joining Long Island and the Mid-Hudson regions in reopening very soon. Traders are already back in person on the stock exchange.

New York City has some advantages in coming back, including learning from those reopening ahead of us. We note innovations currently being tested, including an Italian museum that will issue badges that vibrate when visitors get too close; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston reopening last week with a new protocol of timed entry ticketing, touchless payments, temperature checks, and required facemasks; and increased global uses of partitions, sanitizing sprays, hand-washing stations, and even restaurant deployment of robots.

Among the findings from a cross-section of NYC tourism leaders:

Health

– Floor graphics can help guide guests to keep them safe and safely distanced.
– Ultraviolet light has shown potential.
– Looking into drone use for sanitizing, creating fast turnover for theaters.
– Sterilizing door handles and technology like NanoSeptic Continuously Self-Cleaning Surfaces may offer ways forward.

Current Activities

– Virtual programming is reaching elevated numbers.
– To-go operations are resuming. (Don’t expect bathrooms to be open to the public.)
– Restaurants can shift from just the meal to more of an event, employing online programming.
– The offer at restaurants can evolve, adding grocery and retail to the offerings.
– Digital menus will replace paper versions.

Covid-19 Response Update

In this time of uncertainty with the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak, The Wall Street Inn assures you that your safety and comfort remain our highest priority.

Please find below an update on what we are doing to ensure maximum flexibility for your bookings and your well being when you stay with us.

Cleaning:

We have stepped up precautionary measures at our hotel as the safety of our guests and employees is most important to us. We take the utmost care to ensure every stay with us is safe, clean and comfortable.

We clean our hotel to ensure safety and comfort for our guests. Our measures include:

-Rigorous cleaning and sanitizing of guest rooms.
-Frequent sanitizing of high-contact points, such as elevator buttons, door handles, reception counters, bathrooms and meeting facilities.
– Hand sanitizers placed at guest contact areas, such as hotel lobby and conference space.
– Regular training of our employees ensuring proper hand hygiene and awareness of COVID-19. This is vital to help combat the spread of viruses and the health of our employees and guests.

We conduct daily meetings with our employees to review any relevant situation. We are in constant communication with the relevant health and travel authorities to keep our guests and employees updated and to advise them on appropriate measures to observe.

We welcome our guests into our hotel with the same warmth and hospitality we have always done. While the COVID-19 outbreak is a precipitously changing and fluid situation, we are committed to keeping you informed and to care for you as a valued guest.

Cancellation Policy:

We are constantly updating our cancellation policy to reflect the most recent developments related to COVID-19 and any official travel or meeting restrictions, suspensions, quarantines or lock-down measures announced by governments worldwide. Our aim is to offer you as much flexibility and planning comfort as possible.

Effective April 30, 2020, we have implemented the following updates to our cancellation policy.

Individual reservations:

For existing reservations made prior to April 1, 2020, for stays until June 30, 2020, we allow:

– Free modifications subject to availability and/or any rate differences
– Free cancellations with the following exception:

If a deposit has been paid for an existing reservation, we will credit you the full amount to redeem with your next stay at the hotel until March 31, 2021. If you are unable to redeem, we will refund you as of April 1, 2021.

For new reservations made between April 1 and June 30, 2020, for any future arrival date, we allow:

– Free modifications up to 24 hours before the arrival date. Any modifications are subject to availability and/or any rate differences
– Free cancellations up to 24 hours before arrival date

The Wall Street Inn looks forward to welcoming you during your next stay in NYC

Covid-19 Guest Update

During those challenging times our GM and key engineering personnel are working the shifts in The Wall Street Inn to keep the door open for guests. They are sacrificing their time with their families to make sure the hotel is in perfect shape when time comes to welcome guests from all over the world. We are so grateful to our team! To all The Wall Street Inn family members, stay safe and we will see each other soon!

TRAVEL INFORMATION – COVID-19

TO OUR VALUED GUESTS

There is no higher priority to our entire Wall Street Inn family than the safety of our guests and team members. We are in close communication with medical professionals to include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), government agencies, and NYS to stay on top of the evolving situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We want you to feel confident when traveling to stay in our hotel. As a result, we continue to use hospital-grade disinfectants in the interest of our guests and team members’ health and safety. In addition, we are adding sanitizer in the public area of the hotel. Rest assured, we will continue to monitor this developing situation closely staying in regular contact with federal agencies, health organizations, and other experts.

Our hotel is adhering to the recommendations of NYS and NYC and continues to operate with minimum staff as an essential infrastructure.

Thank you for your patience and trust in The Wall Street Inn. We will continue to navigate through these challenging circumstances with your safety and confidence at the forefront of everything we do.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Coronavirus Safety Measures at The Wall Street Inn

To our valued guests,

The Wall Street Inn is proud to be a guest celebrated hotel in New York City. We understand that the recent outbreak of COVID-19 requires extra precautions in public spaces like ours. Based on the recommendation from the NYC Department of Health, the following are some of the measures we are taking to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • installing hand-sanitizing stations in restrooms and public areas
  • frequent sanitizing when cleaning all surfaces in our hotel including bathrooms, breakfast area tables, chairs and guest rooms
  • ongoing staff training in proper cleaning and sanitizing techniques
  • ensuring all of our staff are healthy and able to be of service to you

If you feel sick, we ask that you please stay home to rest and recover. We promise we will be here when you feel better!

Here are some helpful tips, tricks, and up-to-the-minute news from trusted sources:

World Health Organization

NYC Department of Health

We wish you good health and thank you for continuing to support us and the hospitality community at large.

Sincerely,

The Wall Street Inn, New York

The Best Books To Buy At McNally Jackson This Holiday

Find the perfect gift for every reader on your list at McNally Jackson’s newest full branch, a cozy oasis at the Seaport.

For the history buff: “How to Hide an Empire” by Daniel Immerwahr
In crackling, fast-paced prose, Immerwahr tells the story of the United States outside of the United States, tracing its “empire” power throughout the world. A Publishers Weekly best book of 2019 and a 2019 NPR staff pick.

For the ambitious: “How To Do Nothing” by Jenny Odell
Doing “nothing” is powerful and needed in a time of 24/7 data productivity and efficiency. Smart, complex and persuasive, this book redefines the value of attention. Named one of the best books of the year by Time, NPR, GQ, Elle, Vulture and Fortune.

For the lover of memoir: “In The Yellow House” by Sarah M. Broom
This haunting, brilliant memoir traces a hundred years of Broom’s family in New Orleans, powerfully engaging with place, class and race in one of America’s most mythologized cities. An NYT bestseller and winner of the 2019 National Book Award for nonfiction.

For the animal lover: “On Dogs: An Anthology” (ed. Tracy Ullman)
Internationally acclaimed comic Ullman gathers an outstanding variety of writing from Charles Dickens, Vita Sackville-West, Shakespeare and more on our favorite four-legged friends.

For the voracious fiction reader: “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi
Choi crafts a captivating, mind-bending puzzle box set in a competitive arts school in the 1980s. Read to question truth and narrative in a teenage romance that takes a dark edge. Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for fiction.

For the small kid: “Grumpy Monkey” by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang
It’s okay to be down sometimes! That’s the important message in this engrossing and NYT-bestselling picture book about the importance of feeling your feelings. Best for toddlers.

For the tall kid: “Dog Man: Fetch 22” by Dav Pilkey
In the eighth book of the “Dog Man” series, Dog Man and Petey the Cat must put aside their bad history (fighting like cats and dogs) to learn teamwork. An elementary school hit!

For the child at heart: “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Times of Fred Rogers” by Maxwell King
A must-read for fans of Fred Rogers. Explore his life through the testimony of family and friends, and discover what drove his kindness, compassion and sense of mission.

For the person who’s read everything: “Lucky Per” by Henrik Pontoppidan
Newly released in English, this neglected masterpiece by the 1917 Nobel Prize winner reflects the social, religious and political textures of historic Copenhagen.

McNally Jackson at the Seaport is located at 4 Fulton Street, open daily from 11a to 9p (10am to 10pm on select days).

The SeaGlass Carousel’s Tourism Connection

Jewel-toned and ethereal, the Battery’s SeaGlass Carousel features giant, luminescent fish and dreamy music in a radiant glass and steel pavilion. It’s a one-of-a-kind, otherworldly experience unlike anything else in Manhattan—but what’s the benefit? Do small landmarks like the carousel boost local business?

The Battery Conservancy dreamed up the SeaGlass Carousel as part of their larger mission to beautify the park. Brainstorming a design, the team had the idea to reference the site’s history as the first home of the New York Aquarium. The result of this unique historic inspiration? It looks like no other carousel on the globe.

Amy Kennard of Fraunces Tavern agrees. “Part of its appeal is that it looks so neat and strange, it almost doesn’t fit downtown,” she told me. “But that’s really the best part, and a great design and marketing strategy. It’s modern, whimsical, and stands out of the landscape.” Lower Manhattan, Kennard continued, “has always had an intriguing mix of old and new, with historical, old-timey buildings alongside skyscrapers. But this adds another layer, because it’s weird and futuristic. Now we have the past, present and future all together.”

She would know. Fraunces Tavern, a renowned historic restaurant/museum where George Washington once addressed his officers, has been a Lower Manhattan landmark since before the neighborhood existed. From this perspective, Kennard described the ecosystem of downtown businesses and landmarks.

“With more landmarks,” she said, “you have a network of paths on which tourists are discovering where to eat lunch.” As an example, Kennard told me Fraunces Tavern was well-positioned for tourists leaving the Battery, and the SeaGlass Carousel was perfectly placed in the path to the Statue of Liberty ferry.

Bozhidar Bachvarov of The Wall Street Inn affirmed Kennard’s point. As a historic building, he told me, the Inn is closely related to the history of Dutch and Old New York and the visitation coming to sites like Federal Hall, Trinity Church and Ellis Island’s Immigration Museum. He recently hosted a group who sought out the Inn specifically, because it was on the grounds of the former homes of their Dutch ancestors.

Word-of-mouth is also vital. Bachvarov recommends the carousel to families with children, and Kennard stressed the importance of these recommendations. “Tourists will always ask where to eat or go next,” she said. “Where is the best slice of pizza in New York? Where would my kids have fun?” Fraunces Tavern regularly sends people to the Battery, and they know it’s reciprocal. “We’re members of a tightly-knit family of businesses, museums and cultural organizations, and we are always proud to support one another in business and visitorship.”

And this family is growing. Recent landmarks like the SeaGlass Carousel are consistent with Lower Manhattan’s growth into more of a tourism district. “Now there are like 30 hotels, as opposed to before, when there were five,” Bachvarov mentioned, describing big changes in the last 15 years. “People seem to be rediscovering the area. They seem fascinated by the energy.”

—TF Hottel

Lower Manhattan’s Guide to Halloween: A Haunted 5K, Booze Cruise and More

As children, adults and anyone else who likes fun can attest, Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year. And what better way to celebrate spooky season than by partaking in haunted, pumpkin-riddled festivities? Here are the best Halloween events coming to Lower Manhattan in the year 2019.

Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, Governors Island – October 19-27  

If you ever feel like you’re missing out on suburban pumpkin-picking as a New Yorker, fret no more. Between October 19 and 27 from 5p to 10p, Governors Island is lining its pathways with 1,000 jack o’lanterns, designed by paid artists, to get you hyped for the upcoming holiday. The evening will also include live music and carving demonstrations. For more information and tickets, go here

Haunted Halloween Boo’ze Cruise – October 25  

What could make the already exciting holiday of Halloween even more fun for the 21 and over crowd? How about a dark (but not stormy) dance boat party? On October 25, costume-clad partiers will hit the Hudson seas for a Haunted Halloween Silent Disco. From 9:30p to 2:00a, dancers will enjoy three live DJs, spooky drinks and enticing views of the city. Guests are provided wireless headphones so they can pick and choose their preferred club music without having to scream over the “Monster Mash” remix. 

Halloween Bash, Brookfield Place – October 26

Want to enjoy quality time with your kids before the chocolate and candy haze commences? Take the little ones to Brookfield Place’s Halloween Bash on October 26 from 12p to 3p, where families partake in a wide array of activities including a costume catwalk, a LEGO sculpture photo op, trick-or-treating, drag queen story hour and more. The event is free to participate.

Haunted Island 5K and 10K Runs, Governors Island – October 26  

Preemptively burn off the Halloween candy by running the NYCRUNS Haunted Island 5K or 10K! Costumes are encouraged, but participants can also wear the run’s themed commemorative T-shirt! Spectators are welcome to attend for an additional cost. 

Le District’s Pumpkin Painting and Decorating Class – October 27  

Calling all ghouls, goblins and great artists! Come get spooky and silly at Le District’s Pumpkin Painting Class, hosted on October 27 in the Garden District from 10:30a-12p. From crazy faces to kooky colors, see how festive you can get! They’ll supply the pumpkins, paint and decorations—you supply the creativity! All ages are welcome to join. As you (or your family) crafts a Halloween masterpiece, enjoy complimentary pastries, orange juice, tea and coffee: when the spooktacular jack-o-lantern is complete, guests are encouraged to either bring their art home to enjoy or leave it on display at Le District for the Halloween season. Come back and visit your creation any time.

Haunted Manhattan, Five Points – October 3 through October 30  

There are ghosts haunting Lower Manhattan, and now is your chance to meet them! Join W.M. Blackwood, Haunted Manhattan’s debonair tour guide, as they tell tales about New York’s “Bloody Sixth Ward,” who’s buried in City Hall Park and much more. Tickets are $25. Shows run at 3p, 7:30p, and 8:30p throughout the month.