Robert De Niro joined by Whoopi Goldberg and Alec Baldwin for lunch on the opening day of Tribeca Festival

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Robert De Niro joined by Whoopi Goldberg and Alec Baldwin for lunch on the opening day of the Tribeca Festival as NYC goes back to work after the pandemic

In another sign that New York City is returning to a post-pandemic normal, Robert De Niro headlined a kick-off luncheon for its annual Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday.

The veteran, who wears a leg brace after a serious injury on the set of Martin Scorsese’s film Killers of the Flower Moon, was joined by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and a host of Big Apple protagonists.

Lunch at Pier 76 marks the start of one of the world’s first major festivals to return to personal events since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Kick-off event: Robert De Niro headlined an opening lunch for New York City’s 2021 Tribeca Festival on Wednesday in a sign that normality is returning to the Big Apple

Among the famous faces who came out to support the festival’s launch, which runs through June 20, were Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin, John Turturro, Matthew Modine and Steve Buscemi.

British stars Jason Isaacs and Kit Harington were also in attendance.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Tribeca Festival, which was started by De Niro and Jane Rosenthal to spur the revitalization of lower Manhattan in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Famous Faces: Whoopi Goldberg was one of the famous faces who came out to support the event at Pier 76, as was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Famous Faces: Whoopi Goldberg was one of the famous faces who came out to support the event at Pier 76, as was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Showed Support: Alec Baldwin was on hand for the occasion that brought together a bunch of New York acting talent

Showed Support: Alec Baldwin was on hand for the occasion that brought together a bunch of New York acting talent

Actor Friends: Brooklyn natives John Turturro and Steve Buscemi posed for photos together

Actor Friends: Brooklyn natives John Turturro and Steve Buscemi posed for photos together

Guests were Jason Isaacs and Omar Metwallywal

Debbie Harry was also on the guest list

VIPs: Guests included Jason Isaacs and Omar Metwally, left, and Debbie Harry, right

Invited: Game of Thrones star Kit Harington was also part of the festivities

Invited: Game of Thrones star Kit Harington was also part of the festivities

And as with most things, the pandemic has brought changes to the program, with streaming and TV shows taking center stage in showings.

Highlights include world premieres of series from Disney+, AMC, Starz, Peacock, A&E, OWN, FX and National Geographic, as well as speaking appearances from Tina Fey, Christian Slater, Joshua Jackson and Helen Hunt.

Rockers KISS will also perform live after a screening of A&E Biography: KISStory.

Changes: This year's festival focuses on streaming and TV shows and highlights include world premieres from Disney+, AMC, Starz, Peacock, A&E, OWN, FX and National Geographic

Changes: This year’s festival focuses on streaming and TV shows and highlights include world premieres from Disney+, AMC, Starz, Peacock, A&E, OWN, FX and National Geographic

Symbolic: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Tribeca Festival started by De Niro and Jane Rosenthal to spur the revitalization of lower Manhattan in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center

Symbolic: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Tribeca Festival started by De Niro and Jane Rosenthal to spur the revitalization of lower Manhattan in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center

Fun time: Whoopi took a picture with Michael Rapaport and Matthew Modine

Fun time: Whoopi took a picture with Michael Rapaport and Matthew Modine

Whoopi Goldberg wore a white cotton shirt and matching pants with a patterned duster

Debbie Harry opted for a floral patterned trouser suit and platform soles

Their own styles: Whoopi Goldberg wore a white cotton shirt and matching pants with a patterned duster, while Debbie Harry opted for a floral patterned trouser suit with platform soles

Couple: Alec Baldwin was accompanied by his wife Hiilaria who stepped out in seemingly impossible high heels

Couple: Alec Baldwin was accompanied by his wife Hiilaria who stepped out in seemingly impossible high heels

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