10 things to do in NYC now that you’re vaccinated

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Did you get the shot? Good. Did you wait two weeks? Great.

It’s now safe for you to venture out into the world again. New York is coming back to life. As more and more businesses and clubs open up, we’re reminded of the buzzing normalcy we used to have.

Prepared to fill up your calendar? There’s plenty to do. If you’re ready to be indoors with people, see a concert or take your kids to a play. If you’re not, there’s a host of open-air activities, from whale watching to comedy shows.

While things are getting back to normal, we’re not there yet: you may be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, and wear masks, even if you’re outdoors.

Here are the best things to do now that you’re vaccinated.

Return to the stage

After offering online entertainment for more than a year, the 92nd Street Y is reopening its doors for a series called “Almost Home.” The program includes several concerts, including a performance from soprano Alyson Cambridge (May 3), Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock” (May 11) and a children’s musical, “Adventure to Neverland” (several dates). You’ll need proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend, masks are required, and performances will be streamed online as well.

Select performances now through May 26. Tickets: $20, students and kids, $10, 1395 Lexington Ave.; 92Y.org

Scream and shout

The pandemic’s been quite a roller coaster — it’s finally time to strap into a real one. Coney Island’s Luna Park has turned on its rides again. Masked revelers can purchase wristbands that allow them two hours of (scheduled) fun. The Family Fun package includes relaxed rides such as the Convoy trains, the Brooklyn Barge and the AeroMax. If the Cyclone or Sling Shot are more your speed, go for the Thrill Seeker bands, which include the park’s wildest rides.

Open Fridays, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $40 per person, 1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn; LunaParkNYC.com

Shop till you drop

In addition to markets in Williamsburg, Dumbo and Chelsea, Brooklyn Flea has opened up yet another shop, this time on the Lower East Side. Dubbed the Hester Flea (it’s located on Hester and Essex streets, after all), this open-air outlet boasts 20 local shopping vendors and a handful of eateries.

Opens May 1. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 pm. Free admission, 26 Essex St.; HesterFlea.com

Hit the open waters

Still not ready to get on a plane? No need to head to the tropics, you can see dolphins and whales off the coast of New York. (Yes, really.) Masks must be worn when inside the boat cabin, and when passengers can’t stay six feet apart. Departing from Sheepshead Bay, these 3-and-a-half hour cruises had a 97-percent sighting rate last year, meaning you’re bound to catch some tail.

Opens May 1. Multiple dates and times available. Adults, $60; seniors, $55; kids ages 5-12, $40; kids under 5, free, Pier 3, 2498 Emmons Ave., Brooklyn; AmericanPrincessCruises.com

Drink up

Celebrate summer at Gitano Garden of Love, a Tulum-style rooftop bar. Abundant with lush greenery, this Soho hotspot is ideal for drinking with friends you haven’t seen in a year, getting back out on the dating scene and capturing that perfect Instagram. Make sure to make a reservation in advance — and try the guac.

Now open daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 76 Varick St., entrance on Grand Street; GrupoGitano.com

Enjoy an island retreat

Governors Island is back and swinging. Only a ferry ride away, foodies who stay overnight can enjoy culinary and mixology classes taught on site by Collective Governors Island, a luxury glamping retreat (peep the wine tasting and oyster shucking). Those with smaller budgets will still have plenty to do on the island, with everything from biking to public art ready to take in.

Opens May 1, prices vary. Board ferry at Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St., or at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park or Atlantic Basin in Brooklyn; GovIsland.com; CollectiveRetreats.com

Hear the music

Lincoln Center’s new “Restart Stages” program offers free outdoor shows in Hearst Plaza. Catch poetry put on by the Moth, concerts by artists Martha Redbone and Norm Lewis, and performances from Juilliard students. To ensure safety, attendees — who will must wear masks — will have to enter a raffle for tickets. They’ll be released in pods, and will include headphones to make sure you can spread out and still hear the show.

May 10 to May 29. Free, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza; TodayTix.com

Laugh out loud

Cope with the pain of this year through humor at a show at New York Comedy Club. This giggle factory offers two indoor venues in Midtown and the East Village. Want more ventilation? Catch a show atop a Flatiron penthouse or on a heated patio in Hell’s Kitchen. Masks are required at all times when indoors, and during check-in, seating, going to the bathroom and when not eating or drinking outdoors.

Now open. Prices vary. Multiple locations; NewYorkComedyClub.com

Lounge around

Did you enjoy spending the year on a couch a little too much? Transition to normalcy by relaxing on a mini lawn on a rooftop at Pier 17. These little yards include two chairs and an umbrella, and can fit eight people, tops. Through contactless ordering, you can munch on sushi and lobster rolls, and sip frozen cocktails. Reserve your 90-minute spot online. Masks required when not on your lawn.

Opens May 3. Monday to Wednesday, noon to 11 p.m., Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission: $20-$40, food extra. 89 South St.; TheGreens.Pier17NY.com

Shoot some hoops

This exhibit honoring basketball and its connection to New York City opened right before the world crumbled. “City/Game,” at the Museum of the City of New York put on by the NBA and ESPN, honors local hoops, as well as legends such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Durant and Nancy Lieberman. Masks are required. Catch this slam-dunk collection before it goes away.

Through June 20. Open Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Suggested admission: adults, $20; seniors and students, $14; kids 19 and younger, free. 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd Street; MCNY.org

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