Curtain falls on city kids' cultural life

In a 1999 essay about making New York theater accessible to young people no matter their economic class, local playwright Wendy Wasserstein wrote that “every New Yorker is born with the inalienable right to ride the D train, shout ‘Hey, lady!’ with indignation and grow up going regularly to the theater.”
Without a ticket to the city’s cultural life, she wondered, what is the point of growing up here?
Now, as vaccine mandates go into effect at Broadway shows, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet and even some restaurants’ indoor dining rooms, city parents are asking the same question, as their plucky, talented kids appear to be denied

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