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What will it be like to visit New York City, when it's safe to travel again?

With attractions reopening and indoor dining set to return at 25pc capacity on September 30, what is the future of tourism for the Big Apple?

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Pedestrians stroll along 5th Avenue, south of the Empire State Building. Photo for The Washington Post by Phillip Reed.

Pedestrians stroll along 5th Avenue, south of the Empire State Building. Photo for The Washington Post by Phillip Reed.

People line up at one of New York City's ubiquitous food carts. Photo for The Washington Post by Phillip Reed.

People line up at one of New York City's ubiquitous food carts. Photo for The Washington Post by Phillip Reed.

Florescent green dots help visitors obey social distancing measures and follow the one way system on the High Line trail in Manhattan. Photo for The Washington Post by Phillip Reed.

Florescent green dots help visitors obey social distancing measures and follow the one way system on the High Line trail in Manhattan. Photo for The Washington Post by Phillip Reed.

Patrons sit at temporary outdoor seating in China Town, Manhattan. Photo for The Washington Post by Phillip Reed.

Patrons sit at temporary outdoor seating in China Town, Manhattan. Photo for The Washington Post by Phillip Reed.

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Pedestrians stroll along 5th Avenue, south of the Empire State Building. Photo for The Washington Post by Phillip Reed.

In the early days of the pandemic, New York was the focal point of the outbreak's wrath. Now, after shutting down for months to flatten the growth curve of the novel coronavirus, the city is opening up again, for residents and visitors alike.

"Things have been really nice (these) past couple months, especially with our numbers dropping," says Benjamin Liong Setiawan, a lifestyle writer who has lived in New York for over 20 years. "It's been nice to be able to enjoy the city again."

However, that doesn't mean New Yorkers want visitors to expect business as usual. While attractions are reopening and indoor dining is set to return at 25pc capacity on Sept. 30, much of New York City is still closed or struggling to remain open with coronavirus precautions. Not to mention, its residents are still experiencing an emotional toll.


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