The rush of the holiday season leaves January feeling easy. Although the pandemic still maneuvers the current pace of life, especially those with underlying health conditions, families are still looking forward to making the best of what there is to offer especially during these winter months. However one decides to spend winter days, it is of importance to always follow safety protocols.
An Evening in NYC
For The Avenue residents looking to spend some time out of the usual routine, it may be of interest to check out any of the following outdoor dining options in NYC. Many of these restaurants have gone through much accommodation to have customers feel safe while eating out and they are all heated which makes the experience even better! These restaurants may also be a great to keep in mind for Valentine’s Day.
The Greens at Pier 17: Enjoy winter dishes and cocktails in your own dining cabin (1)! New dates are released every Monday at 10AM and reservations are taken online. Get the feel of NY’s upstate evergreen with NYC’s metropolitan glamour! Heated cabins are large and can host a group of 10, The Greens also have TVs mounted to keep up with sports games or display a yuletide log burning in the fireplace keeping the ambient cozy. Enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of the city’s skyscrapers while the night falls down (1). To reserve a spot, check out: https://thegreens.pier17ny.com/
The Winter Garden at The Standard: Have fun in a private alpine yurt or outside with heaters among twinkling evergreens (2)! This location has incredible dishes for the evening and it is opened daily for drinks and dining (2). They also offer gooey fondue and fresh gingerbread cookies!
Kyma in Flatiron: Get taken away in this Greece-inspired dining experience where the food is delish, and the heated lamps take you to a warm evening in Greek. An excellent small group option for an intimate evening where the flowers and lights bring a sense of spring in winter. For reservations visit: https://www.sevenrooms.com/reservations/kymaflatiron To get inspire by Kyma’s cuisine and dining experience, take a look at their Press articles.
Day Trip to Princeton
Longing to visit some of New Jersey’s best? The Avenue residents may make the most out of a day at Princeton where families and children alike can take a walk through some of Princeton’s historical and elegant charm. After a walk in the past, enjoy some of Princeton’s unique dining restaurants, shops, and dessert!
Visit Princeton University Nassau Hall: Once known as one of the nation’s capital for roughly four months (3). Being considered one of the nation’s largest academic halls (3), this hall still has a cannon ball’s scar from the 1777 Battle of Princeton (4).
Princeton University Art Museum: Formally founded in 1882, the Princeton University Art Museum displays a wide variety of phenomenal art pieces and exhibitions. After admiring much of the art’s excellence and perspective pieces, visit the Museum Store where one can take home a treasured item to recall a day spent in Princeton (4).Visit Einstein Museum: the only one in the nation dedicated a store’s retail corner area to Einstein memorabilia, articles, artifacts and many photographs for one of the best-known physicists (4). It is very possible that the store may be sold by the current owners in the near future and the fate of the museum is uncertain (4) therefore, it may be of interest to visit this location before it is potentially gone. To see the full story of how a retail store devoted two of its corners to Einstein, read the short story on: http://www.landauprinceton.com/einstein-museum/
Palmer Square: Offering lavish boutiques and restaurants, find one-of-the-kind stores or dining options that you cannot find anywhere else. Visit shops like Dandelions, a jewelry store with incredible prices and handcrafted pieces from around the world (4). If in the mood for something sweet, after a nice walk, do not miss out on stopping at Bent Spoon. They serve some of the best ice cream flavors ever and yes, ice cream root beer, which no one can deny!
Word to Our Residents at The Avenue
A very happy new year to all! While much is the same regarding the current pandemic, it might be hard to take in that it is already a new year! We thank our residents for taking the safety measures to ensure a healthy community for all and understanding many of the changes and added policies that are in place today, to continue navigating through these challenging times. As difficult as it has been to shut down many annual activities, it is for the safety of our residents that take upmost priority that these changes have presided.
For residents interested in getting a better understanding of the COVID vaccination, feel free to click the following link dedicated to Essex county residents, it details information such as the vaccine being free, which vaccine it is and so forth (5): https://www.southorange.org/DocumentCenter/View/4816/COVID-19-Vaccine-Overview
Currently, South Orange is in dire need of COVID administration and vaccine administration volunteers (6). Much help is needed therefore if you have time and would like to give back to the community this may be a great way to do so. For more information and volunteer forms, visit: https://southorangecovid19.com/covid-19-vaccine-overview
We applaud our residents for demonstrating respect to each other and managing safety protocols yet as we move forward in this together and ask our residents to continue adhering to the COVID-19 rules set in place in the community: wearing masks in hallways, elevators, laundry rooms, using sanitation stations when entering or leaving the premises, staying 6 feet apart or utilizing the stairs when others are using the elevator to name a few.
The Team at The Avenue
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