New in New York for 2020

Big changes to expect in NYC in the new year

(NEW YORK, NEW YORK)— Thrillist has published a list of changes to look out for in NYC this year.

No more single use plastic bags. As of March 2020, any business charging sales tax in NYC will not be allowed to give out single use plastic bags. Expect to see compostable brown bags replacing them.

OMNY will also be gradually replacing the MetroCard. While unlimited OMNY cards won’t be available until 2023, if all goes well, the tap and go system will be rolled out at every station in the five boroughs by the end of the year.

While Marijuana still hasn’t been legalized in NYC, the city is moving to mitigate the punishments marijuana users may face. The drug has already been decriminalized and starting this May, no employer can test drug users for traces of Marijuana.

The Makeup Museum comes to NYC in May.

Coney Island’s Luna Park is adding new attractions for Summer 2020, including a zip line and a roller coaster. There will also be new restaurant options and arcade games.

The city is also mandating that all buildings over 25k square feet receive and display prominently an energy efficiency rating. This will be big news both for developers of mega-tall glass towers, which have notoriously poor energy efficiency ratings, and owners of old properties and their tenants, who may bear the costs of bringing their buildings up to code.

The MTA is setting aside $54 billion for major new changes, including the introduction of new cars, signal updates, the continued extension of the 2ndavenue subway, and elevator installation, to increase accessibility.

More in transportation news—the James A. Farley Post Office across from Penn Station will become the Moynihan Train Hall, prepared for the expansion of LIRR/Amtrak that will also have increased food, drink, and shopping options.

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