For Peter Gonzalez, his regular return to Johnny’s Bar this week, the owner of the Greenwich Village water hole, he is an optimistic milestone for the neighboring couple that has been stuck for the past 30 years – through transfers, 9/11, financial crisis, fitness boom and more. A lot. Yet it was confusing.
“People were just sitting in the bar in front of you because we got into the habit of distance,” Gonzalez said.
Another sign of easing bans at bars this week New York CityA headache all at once when properly reopened from the Covid shutdown
As infection continues to decline, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced July 1 as the target date for the city to fully open. Do not surpass his bitter political rival, Governor Andrew Cuomo Announcement This week he said most stores, restaurants, museums and the like wanted to move closer to full power by May 19th, calling it “a milestone and important moment of transition for New York State.”
Although Broadway is still closed, Tickets have been sold out this week for shows that are expected to resume in September.
Meanwhile, there are other signs of a resumption of life, even if it does not return to normal in pre-covid. One executive mentioned, for example, that his spin cycle class has become crowded again. Like himself, he was surprised to learn that people may not be in Manhattan five days a week, but they are growing up there from time to time. The Lincoln Tunnel – as clear as the arteries of the bath just a few months ago – is closed again.
The Bistro Le Billboket on the Upper East Side also fell inside on Wednesday afternoon – as was the new row of seats outside. Glamorous patrons were waiting at the door and in the rain Rejection of claim That means everyone left New York City for Palm Beach, Florida or Hampton, Long Island.
“It’s quiet,” Matrix de Gaelic said quietly with an exaggeration as all the people scattered around him.
Yet such a scene is still patchy. A few blocks away, in Midtown, where many office buildings are still largely empty, there were also bars. A janitor at the Park Hyatt Hotel, for example, told the so-called Billionaires Row that he would not open his lounge until July. The Italian restaurant Maria was driving away from its Amber-Hood bar which looked out over Central Park and told them to come back on Friday.
On Monday, the night the bar bans were lifted, the scene was muted in a cozy corner bistro in the western village. Only three customers sat in one corner of the bar next to the plexiglass invitation sheet.
“Everything is a neighborhood joint until you get business travelers and tourists back,” said the bartender, who now specializes not only in drinking mixes, but also in checking sponsors’ vaccine cards. He looks forward to the day when the nearby High Line Elevated Park is once again crowded with foreign tourists – some of whom can get off for burgers and beer.
In contrast, Johnny has always been caring to the locals. It’s a highly efficient beverage setting – a narrow cubehole that is slightly narrower than the bar that patrons can practically reach for bottles, a chalkboard to record drinks left for friends, a pay phone, a sketch toilet, a few Christmas light strands and of course A jukebox.
In recent evenings, melodies ranged from U-Tang Clan, The Police, and Jamirukui to the lyricism of a Muppet of Weisser and then Billy Joel’s ultra-New York “Scene from an Italian Restaurant.” A few people sitting at one end of the bar are debating who is the best writer of all time. Two women were smuggling whiskey and sipping. Another complained about his high blood pressure. A Puerto Rican gentleman was dressed in a cowboy costume and looked like he was wandering from a dusty plane.
Gonzalez, who came to the village a few years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas, said, “New York bars are family,” he said. He got stuck. “A lot of people in New York don’t have families” “It’s either Johnny’s -” or go see a shrink “.
Like other bars and restaurants, Johnny has become a changed situation since the city was locked down in March last year. Passengers were so grateful for his survival that it would slip money through the front window after it started delivering take-out drinks, one of the bartenders said. “People feel safe here,” he added.
It set up a sidewalk tent, and was also forced to serve hot dogs – “de blasio dogs”, as many have now called them – any wine-drinking arrangement to meet the needs of the covid-era must serve food with it. On Sunday, Gonzalez removed the hot dog machine from its empty bar and brought it home. Now the food rule did not need to be repealed.
Yet things are not normal. Those sitting in the bar now must sign a logbook and the whole show will end at 11pm – not usually 3 or 4am.
“Some people say it will take another year for things to pop up again,” said Oscar, a 29-year-old drummer who was keeping his martini company with beer recently. He wanted to reopen nearby jazz clubs in ned, where he spent most of last year alone, and said – and like other New Yorkers – “self-medicine”.
Now he has Johnny’s.