Popular Trends From New York You Can’t Ignore
Yes, New York has a fashion week that is said to set all the trends for the fashion industry for the coming year, but that is not the only trend that New York shares with the world each year. Did you know that with the more than 60 million tourists that travel through New York yearly, it has become a hotspot of nightlife, food, drink, and culture? Here are six popular trends you probably didn’t realize are new and exciting ideas coming from New York – and you can’t ignore them!
1. Immersive Entertainment
There is a new type of play hitting the streets of New York. With a small audience, the action in the theater is interactive, and the lines between reality and fiction are continually blurred. Think of the popular escape room games, throw in a mixture of live-action theater, and you may come up with an audience of members that must escape their own kidnapping using creative and unique methods they discover as they play with one another. The twist is that some of those playing are theater members trying to keep the audience captive.
2. Conceptual Dining
Although New York has always had a flair for introducing new and radical forms of dining, nothing quite compares to the new Japanese restaurants that are opening across the city. After ordering food, the customer's meal is cooked, served, and eaten while the customer stands. Another trendy restaurant is one that offers a complete izakaya meal that is served to the blaring of the vinyl selections of the customers.
3. Modern Broadway
While it used to be true that the television and movie personalities stayed away from the world-renowned theaters on Broadway, that is no longer the case. In fact, the opposite is now true. No matter where you turn, or what Broadway show you want tickets to, you can be sure to find out that one of your favorite movie or television stars has just been or will soon be taking a guest-starring performance role.
4. Olden Bakeries
Not very long ago, people would purchase their bread every day from the local bakery. Sometimes sweet bread, cakes, and celebration “dainties” were also sold. For some reason, most of those shops disappeared a few decades ago, but they are back with a vengeance. Some have innovative treats, and others sell only desserts. You may also be surprised that hidden among the bread shops are several restaurants with two Michelin stars that have a five-course tasting menu of desserts only.
5. Green Environment
With a city as large as New York, it may come as no surprise that the amount of waste and garbage produced by the city has caused some recent changes in the way people live. One of the biggest trends currently is the New York solar changes taking place across the city as people try to create a much smaller footprint within the environment.
6. Friendly Barges
You probably can’t imagine New York, the waterways of Manhattan, or the piers in Brooklyn without also picturing the historic barges that have traversed the waterways for centuries. As more new barges are built, the older boats are being repurposed. The trend has caught on in other major cities, but it has been slow. In New York, you may see barges floating by that offer an oyster bar, a living orchard, or a wine tasting experience. You can also find barges that have been turned into a historical museum, a floating jail, and one of the hottest bars in the city.
As the diversity of New York continues to grow, and millions of visitors pass through the city, you can only imagine that the trends of the unique and creative Empire State will have a lasting influence on the world as the travelers return home. The next time you find yourself facing a new trend where you live, you may have to stop and wonder if it came from New York.
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