A ‘Staycation’ May Be The Break Your Mental Health Needs During The Pandemic: The Moxy East Village Delivers

The Moxy East Village

It has officially been a year since most of the US has been sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Couple a year of stay at home orders with regular seasonal depression and the overwhelming sense of loss sweeping the globe, and one can easily see how many are suffering with maintaining mental health wellness.

For many, travel is as essential to mental health and well-being as working out and eating healthy. The health benefits of travel are many. Still with travel restrictions becoming tighter in many states across the country, finding this sort of mental health release has become more risky. But a recent campaign in New York City is encouraging New Yorkers to become a tourist in their own city.

Although its one of the most sought after destinations in the world, many New Yorkers haven’t explored the depths of their own city. The Moxy East Village is also giving New Yorkers, who have been confined to the square footage of their tiny apartments, a chance to get to know their own city a little better with a possible staycation.

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Located in one of the world’s most unique neighborhoods, Moxy East Village is in the heart of New York’s iconic East Village, the neighborhood where rock ‘n’ roll, renegade art, LGBTQ+ activism, and generations of immigrants all merged to give birth to American counterculture. Conceived by Rockwell Group as a vertical timeline, the hotel draws inspiration from various eras in East Village history, from the earliest settlers to the punk era to today.

From the richly diverse fabric of the neighborhood, to The Moxy’s modern style and décor, It’s a pretty cool place to visit. Plus the staff at The Moxy East Village has made safety during the Pandemic the absolute top priority. It’s evident from the moment you click the website or cruise through the front door for check in that the priority is to keep hotel associates, guests and customers safe.

Upon arrival, you’ll check in with an associate behind a shield. All guests and associates are also required to wear masks. Hand sanitization stations along with signs reminding guests to wear masks have been added throughout the hotel. Moxy East Village is following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York Department of Health. The have also added the FRESH ATMOSAIR™ SYSTEM which continuously monitors, disinfects, and purifies indoor air. The hotel has also incorporated enhanced cleaning protocols which can be viewed on their website. With spacious yet simplistic rooms, The Moxy East Village is the perfect home away from home in NYC.

RaVal Davis at The Moxy Hotel

RaVal Davis at Cathédrale

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Cathédrale is a French-Mediterranean Restaurant conceived by executive chef Jason Hall and TAO Group. The restaurant features a hidden outdoor dining terrace with a retractable roof that seats 58. Foliage spills out of rebar planters and what looks like rusted card file cabinets that allude to the improvised backyard gardens tucked behind many East Village restaurants. It’s one of the city’s most ‘Instagramable’ destinations. And it’s also home to amazing cuisine. Ask for the chef’s special for an amazing off the menu treat that pairs a traditional omelette with potato chips and cheese. The restaurant currently offers curbside dining as well as limited occupancy indoor dining.

Cathédrale’s menu at Moxy East Village is available here.

Cathédrale’s curbside outdoor dining at Moxy East Village

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Imagine walking the same streets as Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Dylan. The Rock Junket: The Original Rock n’ Roll Walking Tour of New York City and Greenwich Village Rock Tour, both allow you to do exactly that. It’s a complimentary offer for Moxy East Village hotel guests. The tour takes tourists and New Yorkers alike on a track that traces the arrival of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Velvet Underground and clubs like Cafe Wha? the Bitter End and others as well as album cover locations of Dylan, Neil Young and former homes of the musicians that lived in the area. It’s also a great walk through a historic neighborhood, much of which goes unknown to many New Yorkers.

RaVal Davis at Cafe Wha?

Tours reopen in May and are a perfect activity for trying and learning something new while enjoying the outdoors.

Tour Guide Joe on Greenwich Village Rock Tour

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