Q: We heard you traveled to New York recently. Can you tell us about how it feels to be back and what kinds of places open in NYC you visited?
A: I try to visit New York City for at least a few days every month. It’s one of the most amazing cities in the world, partly because it’s always changing and evolving. New attractions, restaurants, and stores are constantly opening, and it’s a crucial part of my job that I keep up with its (literal) changing landscape. While New York City was certainly hit hard at the beginning of the pandemic, New Yorkers have proven to be resilient by coming together, putting work in, and transforming the city. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to both watch and participate in this revival. If there is one thing I want travelers to know, it’s that New York City is BACK! Museums are open, new parks have been developed, and outdoor dining has added a new energy to the streets. New Yorkers are out enjoying their city, and the process of reopening progresses every day.