You can still take a stroll down Fifth Avenue, even if you’re stuck at home.
As coronavirus continues to be a major concern in the city, any non-essential businesses and organizations have been closing their doors to the public for the time being. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have an authentic New York experience from the comfort of your couch.
In response to these citywide closures, several cultural sites on Fifth Avenue have started to provide its visitors (locals and tourists alike) with virtual tours, livestreams and videos so you can feel like you’re there.
New York City’s Fifth Avenue Association has rounded up some of the most famous spots along Fifth Avenue that people can still experience from home while quarantine orders are in effect.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
MoMA is just one of the many museums in New York and across the world that is offering free virtual tours via Google Arts & Culture. Not only can you take a tour of an exhibit online, but the museum also has free educational resources, including its magazine, YouTube channel, Coursera courses and audio archive — which are all available on its website.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
All New York churches have had to sadly close their doors, even one of the city’s most famous Catholic churches, St. Patricks. But the church is going online and allowing parishioners to attend livestreamed masses at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. You can also access past masses online as well, just in case you missed them.
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Saint Thomas Church
Saint Thomas is one of the few churches that will be open in person, but only for a few hours a day. Their doors will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, though there are no masses planned. Instead, the church will offer a live audio webcast of its noon shrine prayers and mass. More information can be found on the church’s website.
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
Every Sunday morning, the church is providing a video mass for people who wish to attend worship services while they’re at home. Since Easter is on April 12, the church also plans on holding online services for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter. More information can be found on the church’s YouTube channel and website.
More information on businesses and attractions along Fifth Avenue can be found on the Fifth Avenue Association website.
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