The pandemic forced everyone to simplify their lives and look inward. It’s now time to have fun again. The latest issue of New York Magazine explores the great reopening, with an exhaustive list of things to do—and some thoughts from writer Matthew Schneier on what won’t be entirely fun about it all (specifically: The Return of FOMO). The package includes a special crossover project between New York and Vox Media sibling site Eater, with a definitive summer 2021 guide to restaurants; it also includes a breakdown of other people’s wonderful, well-thought out vacations to steal; and writer Brock Colyar (@unhappyfem) on what’s next in nightlife.
Colyar, recently promoted from assistant to the editor-in-chief to staff writer, wrote last year’s cover story on the city’s underground nightlife scene in the midst of COVID, and, beginning this week, authors a new nightlife newsletter for the magazine. On how the landscape has shifted since that cover story, Colyar says, “When I wrote about underground COVID parties for the magazine last fall, I was shocked by how varied the scene was. There were parties on boats, in warehouses, under bridges – everywhere. But now that so many people are vaccinated, the nightlife scene is truly exploding. Every weekend seems to be hotter, wilder, and sweatier. It’s surely going to be one of the more debaucherous New York summers in recent memory.”