06 Apr Where are the riders in NYC? March/April 2021
At INSHUR we look for ways to help Uber drivers make more money and revealing the best places to find riders in New York City is one of them. As NYC begins to open up a little more as coronavirus restrictions are eased, our TLC drivers’ guide to identifying likely pickup locations continues…
The following information is correct at the time of writing on March 24. Scroll down to find out where the riders in NYC are likely to be this month.
On March 19, Governor Cuomo and Governor Murphy announced that indoor dining in New York City and neighbouring New Jersey has been increased to 50% capacity. Previously, New York City and New Jersey restaurants were permitted to open with 35% capacity. Restaurants outside of New York City have additionally been expanded to 75% capacity.
However, while restaurant capacity is increasing, the curfew for NY restaurants and bars has not yet been extended and remains at 11pm nightly. It does mean you’re likely to pick up riders at kicking out time, though!
Where: Across New York State
When: From Friday, March, 19
Insider’s scoop: More restaurant chains are offering delivery options as it remains the safest option for diners, with Shake Shack recently announcing that they’re allowing customers to order directly from their app for delivery. As a driver, delivery is a great way to stay on the road and keep earning!
Indoor and Outdoor Family Entertainment
On March 26, Governor Cuomo announced that indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement in New York can reopen with a 25% capacity. Additionally, outdoor amusement parks can open at 33% from Friday, April 9. This is, of course, subject to all staff and visitors wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing, with health screenings and temperature checks required prior to entry. Expect plenty of riders heading to movie theaters and other amusement venues!
Where: Across New York State
When: Starting Friday, 26 March, with further opening on Friday, April 9
Insider’s scoop: Tickets for indoor and outdoor venues are sold in advance, so you can check out availability on the website of your local amusement venues to work out if it’s looking to be a busy spot for pick-ups.
NY Open Culture
A city-wide program is bringing some art and culture to the streets of the five boroughs, offering a selection of ticketed and non-ticketed COVID-19 safe, socially distanced performances, workshops and classes in the streets. The events are similar to past programs where roads in the city were closed off to allow pedestrians to walk and dine in the middle of thoroughfares.
Where: Across all five boroughs. You can search upcoming events on the official NYC event permit site.
When: From now through October 31
Insider’s scoop: Pop-up performances across the city are also being hosted by NY PopsUp. Follow @NYPopsUp on Twitter and Instagram to stay in the loop with the impromptu performance locations and possible rider pickup spots.
The Friends Experience
On March 17, the hugely popular immersive experience for fans of the TV show Friends returned. The Friends Experience’s new and improved exhibition now boasts an extended 18-room experience showing off the sets and props from the sitcom classic. It’s a COVID-secure venue with limited capacity, temperature checks, masks requirements and ‘Monica-style’ cleaning, so the virus won’t be stopping riders heading to this tourist attraction!
Where: Flatiron District, 130 East 23rd Street (corner of 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue)
When: From March 17
Time: 10am – 10pm daily
Insider’s scoop: The Friends Experience has a new address (so make sure you don’t head to its previous Soho location). Expect lots of bags from the gift shop in your car!
New York Yankees Opening Day 2021
Fans will be able to return to the Yankees stadium in the Bronx for the first time since October 2019. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the fans will be able to attend the Yankees’ Opening Day against the Toronto Blue Jays at 20% capacity. This means that 10,850 fans will be in attendance, making it a hub for drop-offs and pick-ups. Cuomo has confirmed that the limited capacity will remain intact until at least April 21, meaning there will be plenty of activity at the stadium throughout April and hopefully into May, when the Yankees hope to ease restrictions a little further.
Where: Yankee Stadium, 1 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY 10451
When: Thursday, April 1. See here for other Yankees games throughout April.
Insider’s scoop: Car service dispatch is available outside Gate 2 for private hire drivers. Further information on pick-ups and drop-offs can be found here.
Click here to access our coronavirus resources for TLC drivers.