September NYC Events and 14 Classic NYCity Films (09/22) (continuing)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
Stay Safe.
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Earlier today we covered Classic NYCity Films and Lower Manhattan history on the “Gotham” blog. Now, how about some other useful information during these trying times.

Broadway theaters closed on March 12 as New York City enacted rules to promote social distancing and slow the spread of Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a show. The NYC theater community has responded with initiatives and online shows to help support its members and entertain audiences via the internet while we’re staying away from crowds.

We’ve put together a sampling of streaming performances you can watch from your laptop or phone:

Broadway, NYC, Virtual NYCKinky Boots. Photo: Matthew Penrod

Broadway HD 
Starting in 2015, this online service began offering HD versions of classic and recent Broadway plays and musicals. You can try it out for free (with a one-week trial) or buy a subscription (from $9 a month) to watch some of your favorite shows. You can see stars like Katherine Hepburn in 1973’s televised version of The Glass Menagerie as well as musical hits like Kinky BootsAn American in Paris and Cats.

Stars in the House 
Broadway actor, director and writer (and radio host) Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, host two shows a day from their house on YouTube. The hourlong shows, which air live at 2pm and 8pm (the usual Broadway start times), raise money for the Actors Fund, helping to provide emergency relief for those unemployed in the theater community.

Living Room Concerts 
Broadwayworld.com has started posting daily concert videos from an array of performers, mainly those whose shows were running before the recent closure of Broadway. They’re posting a new video every day—stars featured include Carolee Carmello (Hello, Dolly!), Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill) and teenager Andrew Barth Feldman, the former lead in Dear Evan Hansen.

Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar
This West Village bar, known for sing-alongs to Broadway show tunes, has taken the experience online. They’re streaming two main sets of songs each evening, usually starting at 4pm, with different pianists tickling the ivories. To watch, join their Facebook group and tune in to “Sing out, Louise” (in the comfort of your own living room). You can also tip the piano players via Venmo or PayPal, with details during each performance.

Download recent shows, like the SpongeBob SquarePants musical, on Amazon  
Many recent shows are available to rent or buy on Amazon and other online streamers, usually in the range of $3–12. Highlights include Rent, taped just before it ended its Broadway run; 2013’s Carousel, via Live from Lincoln Center; 2010 Tony Award winner Memphis; and the original Broadway production of Into the Woods, starring Bernadette Peters.

Virtual Hal Prince Exhibit at Lincoln Center 
In December 2019, the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts opened an exhibit on the late Harold Prince, the legendary Broadway producer behind megahits like The Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd. While the library is closed, you can take a virtual walk-through and 30-minute guided tour of the gallery with Doug Reside, the show’s curator.

Broadway Dreams Live Lessons 
The Broadway Dreams Foundation is hosting free daily lessons, led by some accomplished Broadway-caliber talent, for aspiring actors, singers and dancers. Their lineup has included actors from FrozenHead Over Heels and Chicago. To watch, get the Zoom link from their Facebook page. Sessions begin at 1pm; each day’s links are posted five minutes before class begins, though the schedule is listed earlier than that.

Viral Monologues from 24 Hour Plays 
Every year, the 24 Hour Plays event presents a series of shows that are written, cast, directed and performed in one day with the involvement of talent from the NYC theater community. Now they’re doing a mini version, with online monologues, on their Instagram account. They’re performed by actors like Denis O’Hare and penned by playwrights like David Lindsay-Abaire.

Groove to disco versions of Stephen Sondheim songs
Broadway Records just released the digital version of Losing My Mind, a compilation of Sondheim songs with a dance beat. Conceived by Broadway performer Joshua Hinck and arranger Scott Wasserman, the 12-song album is an expanded version of a popular concert they put on in 2018. The album features singers like Alison Luff (Waitress) and Chip Zien (from the original Into the Woods). You can preview a track, “Unworthy of Your Love,” from Passion; hear the collection on Spotify; or order a copy from the Broadway Records site.

Broadway Backwards 2020 Encore 
Broadway Cares, which produces number of annual AIDS fundraisers, has put together a special encore series of recent star-studded performances from Broadway Backwards, at which performers belt out famous show tunes with gender-swapped roles. They’re also asking viewers to support an emergency fundraiser for actors affected by the Covid-19 crisis—you can make a donation at broadwaycares.org.

Watch Broadway classics like Cabaret for free on YouTube 
These days you may be wondering, “What good is sitting alone in your room?” You can get a very direct answer on YouTube by watching the 1993 version of Cabaret, featuring Alan Cumming in his breakout role. Other star turns worth checking out for free are Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin in American Playhouse‘s 1986 broadcast of Sunday in the Park with George;  Carol Burnett in 1964’s Once Upon A Mattress; Nell Carter in a 1982 broadcast of Ain’t Misbehavin’; Lauren Bacall in 1973’s Applause; Gregory and Maurice Hines in 1980’s Eubie!; and Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra in 1954’s Anything Goes.

Jason Alexander sings on Twitter 
While most people know Jason Alexander as George from Seinfeld, he got his big break on Broadway in a Stephen Sondheim musical (Merrily We Roll Along). He recently went on Twitter to sing a song from the show that got him interested in theater, Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin. The beautiful ballad, “With You,” has a message of love and support we can all use today.

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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: September 18 – 24 | NYC-ARTS

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include the New York Film Festival 2020, BUnidos Por la Cultura, Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here

Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here

Galerie St. Etienne

Manhattan / Tue, Sep 15, 2020 – Wed, Dec 30, 2020

For decades, British-American artist Sue Coe has dedicated herself to shedding light on injustice, calling attention to a wide range of political, socioeconomic, animal and environmental cruelties. Since the 2016 presidential election, the self-described artist-activist has relentlessly questioned the Trump administration’s abundant threats to democracy, public health and freedom in the United States.On view beginning Tuesday, September 15 with a dedicated companion website, Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here, features paintings, drawings, lithographs, woodcuts and linocuts …

BUnidos Por La Cultura

BUnidos Por La Cultura

Ballet Hispanico

Manhattan / Tue, Sep 15, 2020 – Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Join Ballet Hispánico as it celebrates Latinx cultures in a free virtual celebration of culture for Hispanic Heritage Month during its 50th Anniversary with #BUnidos Por La Cultura, a month-long series celebrating the legacy, representation and impact of Latinx arts and culture, kicking off on September 15 with interactive programming from September 21 through October 15, 2020 on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and ballethispanico.org.Each weekday from September 21 to October 15, thousands of viewers will experience this programming:Orgullo Latino Mondays @ 3:00pm EST – Hispanic leaders and influencers will …

New York Film Festival 2020

New York Film Festival 2020

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Manhattan / Thu, Sep 17, 2020 – Sun, Oct 11, 2020

With public health concerns in mind, the 58th edition of the revered film festival will take place virtually, as well as outside at drive-in screenings in Brooklyn and Queens. This year, the festival’s diverse offerings are split into five redesigned sections: the central “Main Slate” of features, alongside “Currents,” “Spotlight,” “Revivals,” and a slate of conversations with filmmakers. Steve McQueen’s latest film, “Lovers Rock” (2020), is among the most anticipated on the docket.NYFF58 Schedule: Drive-Ins and …

Luchita Hurtado: Together Forever

Luchita Hurtado: Together Forever

Hauser & Wirth

Manhattan / Thu, Sep 10, 2020 – Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Luchita Hurtado (1920 – 2020) documented the interconnectedness of human beings, nature, and terrestrial life through a diverse body of work and a practice that spanned more than eighty years. It was with great sadness that Hauser & Wirth recently announced the artist’s death at the age of 99. Organized in close collaboration with Hurtado earlier this year, the intimate exhibition, ‘Luchita Hurtado. Together Forever’, will open at Hauser & Wirth New York on 10 …

Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas

Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas

New York City Ballet

Manhattan / Wed, Sep 16, 2020 – Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Tiler Peck with Stephanie Saland is on demand through Tue Sep 22. Watch New York City Ballet (NYCB) principal dancer Tiler Peck as she rehearses the “green” solo from Jerome Robbins’s 1969 classic piano ballet “Dances at a Gathering” while being coached by former NYCB principal dancer Stephanie Saland in City Center’s five-part Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas series. Find out what stories and advice Saland will share from her own experience of working extensively with Robbins …

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In the age of Covid-19 this info from City Guide is one of the best sources of info on What’s Happening, even if some are only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue.

NYC RESOURCES

cosi fan tutti met opera

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.

The New York Public Library provides access to more than 300,000 FREE e-books and e-audio books.

NYC Health information page for COVID-19.

NYC restaurant world information.

Stream hundreds of Broadway shows (by subscription).

15 Broadway shows you can watch from home.

Broadway performances live—from stars’ living rooms.

The New York City Ballet presents a spring digital season.

Virtual programming will keep you connected to the York Theatre Company.

One World Observatory has made One World Explorer, the attraction’s Digital Skyline Guide, available for remote watching. Virtual helicopter tours of the city’s most iconic sites are available now.

51 New York TV shows and movies.

5 eras of New York to enjoy in books and movies.

2,500 museums and galleries you can visit virtually.

The New York Botanical Garden in bloom from home.

Exploring Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square.

The Top of the Rock launches a brief virtual tour on YouTube.

Livestreamed fitness classes.

Fun at-home activities for kids.

6 podcast series to help you understand New York.Discover the best of New York, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, through The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s “Tourist in your own Town” Video Series.

VIRTUAL MUSEUMS

Explore the world of design with Cooper Hewitt.

Experience the Intrepid Museum anywhere.

New-York Historical Society from home.

A portal to the map collection of the Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Brooklyn Museum remotely.

Guggenheim Museum from home.

The Morgan’s exhibitions.

Virtually visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

The Merchant’s House Museum from home.

rubin shrine room virtual tour

You can take a virtual tour of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum of Art. (You can find two hours of meditative chanting as well, if you’re searching out some respite.) The Rubin has also, for the first time, launched a digital assemblage of more than 300 items from the museum’s collection.

VIRTUAL TALKS, LECTURES, AND EVENTS

Thought Gallery has hundreds of livestream talks, lectures, performances, and more. Check out sessions with celebs, live concerts, and opportunities to learn the latest on everything from science to philosophy to social justice

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September NYC Events and 14 Classic NYCity Films (09/22)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.”
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
Stay Safe.

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For September we are going to try a different format – “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times OR NYC related visual info (Instagram and YouTube) OR all the NYC news you need to start your day.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s 14 Classic NYCity Films (plus a few more personal faves).

If you want to get in the mood for your visit to NYCity, then make yourself some popcorn and pick up a copy of one of these great films at your local Netflix.
(and if you have seen any of these before, remember Director Robert Altman’s advice:
“It’s better to see a great movie again than an average one the first time. Because even though the movie hasn’t changed, you have. And you’ll see something new..”)

The Naked City (1948)

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On the Waterfront (1954)

Sweet Smell Of Success (1957) — “I love this dirty town!”, says Burt Lancaster — and so do we, in one of his signature films — a sour, caustic tale about a twisted gossip columnist, partly modeled on the legendary Walter Winchell. Lancaster is superb, and guess what, so is Tony Curtis.

West Side Story (1961)

Midnight Cowboy (1969) — Two drifters meet in a mutual attempt to survive in, then escape from, Manhattan’s grimy underbelly. Hoffman is incredible as Ratso. The kind they don’t make anymore, this “Cowboy” still packs a hefty wallop.

The French Connection (1971) — Maybe the best cop movie ever, portraying one of the city’s bigger drug busts back in the day. Gene Hackman won as Oscar and became a bankable star with this movie — and it’s easy to see why.

The Godfather (1972)

Mean Streets (1973) — Scorsese’s breakthrough about a conflicted small-time crook and his wacko, self-destructive cousin in Little Italy. Rich in emotion, immediacy, and atmosphere, this film set the pungent, propulsive Scorsese style we’d see again in movies like 1990′s Goodfellas.

The Godfather, Part 2 (1974) — Coppola managed to improve on a masterpiece with this one, which paints on a broader canvas and offers even richer period flavor. And for the price of Brando, we get a young Robert De Niro, who’s equally brilliant.

Annie Hall (1977) — Inveterate New Yorker Woody Allen’s best film ever, with some hilariously dead-on insights about the bi-coastal dilemma: New York vs. Los Angeles. I’m with Woody: give me Gotham every time. This turned Diane Keaton into a star, and it’s still her signature role.

Manhattan (1979)

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

Three Woody Allen films in a row may seem a bit much, but for me Woody is the quintessential NYCity film auteur. Heck, I could have added “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986), “Crimes and Misdemeanors” (1989), and “Bullets Over Broadway” (1994).

Moonstruck (1987) — This love letter to Brooklyn is full of charm and humanity, though some disagree… worth the price of admission for Vincent Gardenia and Olympia Dukakis alone. And look for an unusual early turn from Nic Cage as a mooning, eccentric baker.

A Bronx Tale (1993)

Half of this list is from the wonderful film critic John Farr.
The other half (films without the write up’s) are my additional personal faves.

Heck, there are just too many great NYCity movies.
Need to make room for these classics:

1910s – Regeneration (1915, Raoul Walsh)
1920s – The Crowd (1928, Dir. King Vidor); Speedy (1928, Ted Wilde)
1930s – Dead End (1937, Dir. William Wyler); King Kong (1933, Merian C. Cooper)
1940s – On The Town (1949, Gene Kelly,)
1950s – Shadows (1959, John Cassavetes); On The Bowery (!956, Lionel Rogosin); Little Fugitive (1953, Ray Ashley,..); Marty (1955, Paddy Chayefsky); Pickup on South Street (1953, Samuel Fuller )
1960s – The Apartment (1960, Dir. Billy Wilder); The Cool World (1964, Shirley Clarke); Rosemary’s Baby (1968, Roman Polansky); Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961, Blake Edwards)
1970s – a Golden Decade for NYCity Films
Hester Street (1975 Dir. Joan Silver); Klute (1971, Alan J. Pakula); Superfly (1972, Gordon Parks); Serpico (1973, Sidney Lumet); The Taking of Pelham1-2-3 (!974, Joseph Sargent); Dog Day Afternoon (1975, Sidney Lumet); Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese) (great movie but NYCity at its worst); Saturday Night Fever (1977, John Badham); The Warriors (1979, Walter Hill); All That Jazz (1979, Bob Fosse); Shaft (1971, Gordon Parks); Three Days of the Condor (1975, Sydney Pollack); An Unmarried Woman (1978, Paul Mazursky)
1980s—Do The Right Thing (1989, Dir. Spike Lee); Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese); Once Upon a Time in America (1984, Sergio Leone); The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984, Stuart Rosenberg); When Harry Met Sally (1989, Rob Reiner); Ghostbusters (1984, Ivan Reitman); Wall Street (1987, Oliver Stone); Working Girl (1988, Mike Nichols)
1990s – Goodfellas (1990, Martin Scorsese); Metropolitan (1990, Whit Stillman); Kids (1995, Larry Clark); Men in Black (1997, Barry Sonnenfeld)
2000s – Man on Wire (2008, James Marsh); 25th Hour (2002, Spike Lee); Rent (2005, Chris Columbus); The Devil Wears Prada (2006, David Frankel); We Own the Night (2007, James Gray)
2010s – Black Swan (2010, Darren Aronofsky); Margaret (2011, Kenneth Lonergan); Spider-Man into the Spider Verse (2018, Bob Persichetti); Inside Llewyn Davis (2013, Ethan/Joel Cohen); Birdman (2014, Alejandro González Iñárritu); Brooklyn (2015, John Crowley); Frances Ha (2012, Noah Baumbach)

Want to know what some other folks thought were NYCity’s best movies:

The Best New York Movies: 50 Flicks About The City That Never Sleeps  (Complex)

19 Movies That Will Bring New York to You  (Vogue)

The 21 Best Films Set in New York City   (Culture Trip)

The 101 best New York movies of all time  (Time Out New York)

49 Movies That Will Transport You to New York City  (CN Traveler)

The Best Movies That Capture What It Means to Be a New Yorker (Thrillist)

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here October 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.

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Lower Manhattan – Did you know?

New York City is a city of neighborhoods and no neighborhood has more spectacular sights, nor more important links to American history then Lower Manhattan.

The Gotham Center for New York City History, a research and public education institution, publishes “Gotham” a blog that is endlessly fascinating for scholars (and non-scholars alike) of New York City history. I am most interested in those essays that cover Lower Manhattan. Here are three more that I find especially compelling (o):

“HORRID BARBARITY:” A Trial Against Slaveholders in New York City — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Defending New York After the Revolution: The Governorship of John Jay

The “Tavern on the Green”: How a Central Park Landmark Epitomizes Colonial New York City’s Urban Development — The Gotham Center for New York City History

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Now, how about some other useful information during these trying times.

Actually Cool Things to Do in NYC Right Now – Thrillist

New York’s Reopened Museums: Where to Go and What to See – The New York Times

Edge Sky Deck Reopening: How to Get Tickets to the NYC Sky Deck Again – Thrillist

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September NYC Events + Top 11 NYC Corona Culture (09/21) (continued)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
Stay Safe.
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Earlier today we covered the Top 11 Corona Culture and Lower Manhattan history on the “Gotham” blog. Now, how about some more useful information during these trying times.

In the age of Covid-19 this info from City Guide is one of the best sources of info on What’s Happening, even if some are only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue.

Places to Go in NYC: Virtual Tours of Observation Decks

For a real sense of the city’s epic scale, you need to get up into the sky, into one of New York’s unparalleled observatories. The sometime chaos of New York sidewalks gives way to a clarity on the upper stories. The grids of streets, the flow of traffic, and architectural masterpieces from across the eras all come into clear focus. If you’re planning a visit to NYC, check out these virtual tours of our famous observation decks so you’ll be ready to choose the best one for you.

Virtual Tour: Empire State Building


EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. Ever since its 1931 completion, the Empire State Building has been the most famous skyscraper in the world. It remains a vital part of NYC and an inspiration to the millions of visitors who ascend to the ESB observation deck in every season. Newly updated features include a museum, the Observatory Experience. The result of a $165 million investment, this second floor stopover will substitute for what was once time spent waiting on line. Take a virtual tour of the space above, and check out the many features the attraction offers20 W. 34th St., 212-736-3100, esbnyc.com

Virtual Tour: One World Observatory

ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY. There’s only one tallest. Only one strongest. And only one destination selected as the Best New Attraction in the World. These attributes belong to One World Trade Center, and its pinnacle, the One World Observatory, rising over 100 stories in the sky. Check out this virtual overview of what you’ll find there285 Fulton St., 844-696-1776, oneworldobservatory.com

Virtual Tour: Top of the Rock

TOP OF THE ROCK. At this stunning perch atop Rockefeller Center, you’ll find wholly unobstructed views of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the rivers, and all of Central Park (its size can only truly be appreciated when seen from above). The Grand Viewing Deck on the 69th floor offers unparalleled views of the city, with visibility that reaches some 30 miles on a clear day. The 70th Floor is the proverbial cherry on top, allowing visitors to experience a 360° panorama of Manhattan in all its glory. This is an open-air perch with completely unobstructed views—no glass or anything. It provides a vantage point unlike any other in the city…or the world. 30 Rockefeller Ctr., 212-698-2000, topoftherocknyc.com

Virtual Tour: Edge

The Edge

EDGE, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor observation deck, opened in March 2020, just before the city went on pause. The city is looking forward to the return of this incredible, triangular deck extending from the skyscraper at 30 Hudson Yards. You can stand 100 floors above the ground and see miles and miles in every direction. The deck offers 360-degree views with jaw-dropping glimpses of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, the Hudson River, and much more. You can tour the various features at Edge hereLevel 4 inside The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, 332-204-8500, edgenyc.com


There’s no bad time to take an eagle eye to the lives of millions of New Yorkers, but if you can time it, we’d steer you to dusk, when you can enjoy both sunset and the thrill of watching the city’s lights flickering to life.

Want more free advice on what to do and see in New York? Join our Facebook group Everything to Do NYC, a place for people to ask questions and get tips on how to make the most of the city

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WFUV-FM 90.7 is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.

WFUV Live Online (September 17 – September 23)

9/17 – SummerStage Jubilee with Sting, Norah Jones, Trey Anastasio, Rufus Wainwright, Leslie Odom Jr., Rosanne Cash, Emily King, Jimmy Fallon, Billie Jean King and Paul Shaffer

9/18 – Jeff Tweedy Band Live at the Drive Inn, IL

9/18 – Old Crow Medicine Show, Live at the Ryman

9/18 – High Holidays 2020 live from Brooklyn Bowl, musically and spiritually driven services

9/18-19 – Sheryl Crow, Songs From the Big Green Barn, electric show Friday, acoustic show Saturday

9/19 – Deer Tick performing Born On Flag Day, Facebook Livestream “Please Freakin’ Vote”

9/19 – David Bromberg Celebrates his 75th Birthday, presented by WXPN

9/18 – Bill Frisell Trio live from the Blue Note

9/19 – Perfume Genius live from Palace Theater LA

9/19 – The Radiators on Tipitina’s.TV

9/23 – Whitney, Live from Space on NoonChorus

Online concert calendar and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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New York Family is a site that is real surprise. Sure, it has lots of good stuff for kids, but also lots of good stuff for adults. You should regularly check out what they are up to.
Especially their summer bucket list.

The Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List for 2020

nyc summer bucket list

Our summer plans might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make this summer loads of fun! Summertime is the best time to enjoy the warm weather, relax, and make amazing memories. New York City has attractions lined up for this season that is perfect for every family, whether it’s taking a hike with the family or enjoying a drive-in movie. Finish off the summer on a high note with our Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List!

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September NYC Events + Top 11 NYC Corona Culture (09/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
Stay Safe.
============================================================

For September we are going to try a different format – “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times OR NYC related visual info (Instagram and YouTube) OR all the NYC news you need to start your day.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s Top 11 NYC Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1.New York’s Star Attractions Are Reopening. Here’s What You Need to Know.WSJ
“With limited capacity and other Covid-19 restrictions now in place at the city’s most beloved landmarks, locals and visitors are finding an unexpected upside to the ‘new normal’—plenty of elbow room.”

2. The 9 best streets for outdoor dining in NYC this summer  (TONY).
“These streets are closed off to traffic on weekends through August for al fresco dining.”

3. New York’s Reopened Museums: Where to Go and What to See – The New York Times
“What you need to know before venturing back out to see art, from safety precautions to the exhibitions still on view.”

4. 15 Sheltered Spots for Dining Outdoors in NYC When It Rains. – Eater NewYork

5. MoMA Has Reopened And It’s Gloriously Uncrowded And Free (For Now!) – Gothamist

6. The Met Is Reopening: Grab Your Timed Ticket and Give Your Bike to the Valet – The New York Times
With fewer people and more protocols, the country’s largest museum is ready to welcome visitors again.

7. A Walk Through Harlem, New York’s Most Storied Neighborhood – The New York Times
Our critic chats with the architect David Adjaye about Hotel Theresa, Marcus Garvey Park, the home of Langston Hughes, the Y.M.C.A. and other landmarks.

8.MetroCard Swipes No Longer Needed to Get on Subway in ManhattanWSJ
Riders can now use new-fare payment system to tap-and-pay with credit card or smartphone

9. Brooklyn Bridge, Star of the City: Here’s a Tour  (NYT).
Our critic explores the bridge and the neighborhoods on either side with the architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.

10. All the performances, events, and classes in NYC you can stream online (6sqft).

11. 15 TV Shows That Make You Want to Visit New York City  (nycgo.com).

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here October 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.

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Lower Manhattan – Did you know?

New York City is a city of neighborhoods and no neighborhood has more spectacular sights, nor more important links to American history then Lower Manhattan.

The Gotham Center for New York City History, a research and public education institution, publishes “Gotham” a blog that is endlessly fascinating for scholars (and non-scholars alike) of New York City history. I am most interested in those essays that cover Lower Manhattan. Here are three more that I find especially compelling (n):

The Unruly City: Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution — The Gotham Center for New York City History

How to Win Friends and Influence People in British New York — The Gotham Center for New York City History

The Perils of Pearl Street – And a Taste of the Dangers of Wall Street: 1834-2009 — The Gotham Center for New York City History

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September NYC Events + NYC Weekend Corona Culture (09/20) (continued)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
Stay Safe.
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Earlier today we covered NYC Weekend Corona Culture. Now, how about some more useful information during these trying times.

Spots to visit in New York City while the crowds are small Newsday

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What you need to know before venturing back out to see art, from safety precautions to the exhibitions still on view.

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In the age of Covid-19 this info from City Guide is one of the best sources of info on What’s Happening, even if some are only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue.

Things to Do This Week in NYC (9/14-9/20)

(9/14-9/20) There’s more to do in NYC now than there’s been since the mid-March lockdown. With the state infection rate below 1% for more than a month, the Governor has cleared the way for indoor culture to return. Museums can reopen with safety and cleaning protocols in place, although admission will be limited to 25% of capacity. The list of reopened cultural venues is lengthening; last week the FDNY FireZone reopened in a new space; this week we add the New MuseumFraunces Tavern Museum, the Society of Illustrators, and MoMA PS1.

Culture fans also have two major exhibitions to enjoy, spread out around the city. The reimagined 58th New York Film Festival will feature drive-in and virtual screenings. The outdoor screenings will have extensive health and social distancing procedures in place. Drive-ins are located in three locations, one each in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. The festival runs from September 17th through October 11th. Photography fans will want to check out the 9th annual Photoville Festival, a free photo destination that combines online community storytelling events with photo exhibitions in public spaces throughout all five boroughs. The festival runs from September 17th through November 29th.

This detailed map of open restaurants shows over 10,000 venues now serving; included in that number are more than 5,000 places where you can eat outside. More than 340 streets have been closed to traffic and opened to expanded outdoor dining plans. Shopping malls got the green light to reopen this week—read on for more reopenings and other things to do!

NYC RESOURCES

cosi fan tutti met opera

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.

The New York Public Library provides access to more than 300,000 FREE e-books and e-audio books.

NYC Health information page for COVID-19.

NYC restaurant world information.

Stream hundreds of Broadway shows (by subscription).

15 Broadway shows you can watch from home.

Broadway performances live—from stars’ living rooms.

The New York City Ballet presents a spring digital season.

Virtual programming will keep you connected to the York Theatre Company.

One World Observatory has made One World Explorer, the attraction’s Digital Skyline Guide, available for remote watching. Virtual helicopter tours of the city’s most iconic sites are available now.

51 New York TV shows and movies.

5 eras of New York to enjoy in books and movies.

2,500 museums and galleries you can visit virtually.

The New York Botanical Garden in bloom from home.

Exploring Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square.

The Top of the Rock launches a brief virtual tour on YouTube.

Livestreamed fitness classes.

Fun at-home activities for kids.

6 podcast series to help you understand New York.Discover the best of New York, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, through The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s “Tourist in your own Town” Video Series.

VIRTUAL MUSEUMS

Explore the world of design with Cooper Hewitt.

Experience the Intrepid Museum anywhere.

New-York Historical Society from home.

A portal to the map collection of the Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Brooklyn Museum remotely.

Guggenheim Museum from home.

The Morgan’s exhibitions.

Virtually visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

The Merchant’s House Museum from home.

rubin shrine room virtual tour

You can take a virtual tour of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum of Art. (You can find two hours of meditative chanting as well, if you’re searching out some respite.) The Rubin has also, for the first time, launched a digital assemblage of more than 300 items from the museum’s collection.

VIRTUAL TALKS, LECTURES, AND EVENTS

Thought Gallery has hundreds of livestream talks, lectures, performances, and more. Check out sessions with celebs, live concerts, and opportunities to learn the latest on everything from science to philosophy to social justice

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50 Incredible Things To Do In NYC This September – Secretnyc

September in New York is arguably the best month.

It’s still warm of course, but with the fall quickly encroaching, the possibilities for outdoor activities are pretty much endless! Check out these 50 tips for awesome activities to enjoy all month long.

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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: September 18 – 24 | NYC-ARTS

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Life on Venus? New York’s first pandemic fashion show. The inventor of the Rubik’s Cube. And more.

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September NYC Events + NYC Weekend Corona Culture (09/20)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
Stay Safe.
============================================================

For September we are going to try a different format – “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times or NYC related visual info (Instagram and YouTube) or all the NYC news you need to start your day.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (sun). NEW STUFF!

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that restaurants can open for indoor service at 25 percent capacity, starting on Sept. 30.

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8 Actually Fun Things to Do in NYC This Weekend – Thrillist

A Smorgasburg pop-up, cocktails in a ’70s VW minivan, a new mystery drink at a Brooklyn bar, and more.

Thrillist, a site with tons of food, drink, travel & entertainment info, introduces folks to the coolest things to do in NYC (and other places when you are traveling). I like to check them out regularly. You should, too.

With this week officially marking the last day of the year where NYC sunsets will fall at 7pm or later, let’s savor the remaining weekends of September as much as we can.

This weekend, you can have an HBO soundtrack-inspired picnic on a greenery-strewn rooftop, drink your way through an inventive cocktail menu served out of a 1977 VW minivan, or head to a limited-time version of Smorgasburg in Prospect Park — we’ve rounded up everything to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC.

Eat your way through a limited-run Smorgasburg in Prospect Park

Weekend-long
Prospect Park
Smorgasburg is heading back to its home in Prospect Park for a limited run of Smorg To Go.  Order ahead from vendors including Excell’s Kingston Eatery, the seafood-focused Bon Chovie, Portland favorite The Whole Bowl, and the made-for-Instagram Destination Dumplings. Your meal will be available for a quick, contactless pick up at the Smorgasburg outpost at the LeFrak Center, so bring a picnic blanket or a lawn chair for an al fresco lunch.
Cost: Food and drink prices vary

Sip your way through a bangin’ wine list

Weekend-long
West Village
NYC wine shop Parcelle is popping up an outdoor wine bar, Parcelle Patio, and making it the perfect place to take a date. Share a bottle or drink wine by the glass while snacking on well-paired snacks like hamachi tartare and crispy kale with ricotta. You’ll need to pre-purchase a $5 ticket to get in — all ticket sales go to The Roots Fund, a non-profit that supports the Black and Indigenous communities within the world of wine.
Cost: Tickets are $5

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with a challah pop-up

Friday, September 18, 9am-12pm
Lower East Side
Challah Dolly, New York’s extremely online challah bakery, is popping up at Party Bus Bake Shop for a carb-heavy Rosh Hashanah celebration. Pre-order your challah — choose from plain or apple honey — and then stop by the pop-up to grab your bread and ring in the Jewish New Year. We’ll have to wait a few more months for 2020 to officially end, but we might as well see if a new year’s celebration will hurry things along.
Cost: Challah loaves start at $12

Try a “mystery drink” at a new Brooklyn bar

Weekend-long
Greenpoint
Minnows, a newly opened bar in Greenpoint, is officially in business for those in need of a new place to get toasted. Go for a frozen Grasshopper, a bright green New Orleans specialty, or, if you like to live on the edge, a Pond Water, which can only be described as a “sweet mystery drink” we’re happily open to wading through. Soak up your mystery booze with the hot dog menu, which features $4 beef or vegan franks served with every condiment you could possibly imagine.
Cost: Cocktails start at $9

Drink cocktails served from a ’70s VW minivan

Weekend-long
Greenwich Village
Patisserie Fouet is hosting Double Chicken Please, a new cocktail bar pop-up from GN Chan and Faye Chen, alums of two of the World’s 50 Best Bars. They’ll be serving up a menu of three drinks from their 1977 yellow VW ride — an “appetizer” of tequila, apple, and celery; an “entree” of whiskey and coffee butter or rum, sesame oil, and furikake; and a take-home cocktail to share with your date before your next socially distanced activity.
Cost: $120 for 2 people

Help clean up NYC’s coastlines

Saturday, September 19, 9am-1pm
Staten Island
The third Saturday in September is International Coastal Cleanup Day, when people around the world gather to beautify their beaches and shorelines. Conference House Park, which features four historic buildings with over three centuries of Staten Island history, is organizing a local cleanup for those who’d like to help. All you have to do is don your mask and head to the southernmost tip of New York State located in NYC’s isle borough, where the 10,000 year old clay bluffs overlooking the Arthur Kill coast and Raritan Bay could use a little of your love and attention.
Cost: Free

Catch some music on the streets of NYC

Saturday, September 19, 6:30pm-9:15pm
Meatpacking
On Saturday evening, jazz musicians will take to the streets of the Meatpacking District to serenade the city’s outdoor diners. A seat outside at Simó (from 6:30pm-7:15pm), Pastis (from 7:30pm-8:15pm), and The Chester (from 8:30pm-9:15pm) will get you front row seats to the live show. If you’re not in the mood for outdoor dining, lace up your sneakers and take a walk around the neighborhood to soak in the night music.
Cost: Free to listen

Have a TV-inspired outdoor picnic

Sunday, September 20
Williamsburg
Head to The William Vale’s verdant rooftop, Vale Park, for a candlelit meal set to music from a string quartet. They’ll be playing scores from Westworld, Game of Thrones, and Succession, so get ready to show off how good you are at humming behind your face mask. Your ticket includes one picnic meal per person, and cocktails will be available for purchase — you’ll have to meet a bar minimum of $20, but you’ll have no problem hitting your goal with their selection of fruity, picnic-ready drinks.
Cost: $65/per person

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WFUV-FM 90.7 is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.

WFUV Live Online (September 17 – September 23)

9/17 – SummerStage Jubilee with Sting, Norah Jones, Trey Anastasio, Rufus Wainwright, Leslie Odom Jr., Rosanne Cash, Emily King, Jimmy Fallon, Billie Jean King and Paul Shaffer

9/18 – Jeff Tweedy Band Live at the Drive Inn, IL

9/18 – Old Crow Medicine Show, Live at the Ryman

9/18 – High Holidays 2020 live from Brooklyn Bowl, musically and spiritually driven services

9/18-19 – Sheryl Crow, Songs From the Big Green Barn, electric show Friday, acoustic show Saturday

9/19 – Deer Tick performing Born On Flag Day, Facebook Livestream “Please Freakin’ Vote”

9/19 – David Bromberg Celebrates his 75th Birthday, presented by WXPN

9/18 – Bill Frisell Trio live from the Blue Note

9/19 – Perfume Genius live from Palace Theater LA

9/19 – The Radiators on Tipitina’s.TV

9/23 – Whitney, Live from Space on NoonChorus

Online concert calendar and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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The September NYC Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month. 

Wait, September? It seemed like time was standing still. As we gear up for fall there are legions of good talks and cultural experiences waiting, mostly still virtual, although a couple of in-person opportunities are sprinkled in. We’re looking forward to talks on Spinoza, Audre Lorde, and the medicine of “Game of Thrones.” (ThoughtGallery)

ThoughtGallery is my primo site for “Smart Stuff” –  the types of events you will find fascinating if you are just a little curious. Check them out every day – ThoughtGallery

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September NYC Events + NYC Weekend Corona Culture (09/19) (continued)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
Stay Safe.
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Earlier today we covered Weekend Corona Culture (scroll down). Now, how about some more useful information during these trying times.

What you need to know before venturing back out to see art, from safety precautions to the exhibitions still on view.

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327 NYC Restaurants Where You Can Eat Outside Today – The Infatuation

A running list of re-opened NYC restaurants with space for you to eat and drink outside.

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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: September 18 – 24 | NYC-ARTS

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include the New York Film Festival 2020, BUnidos Por la Cultura, Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here

Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here

Galerie St. Etienne

Manhattan / Tue, Sep 15, 2020 – Wed, Dec 30, 2020

For decades, British-American artist Sue Coe has dedicated herself to shedding light on injustice, calling attention to a wide range of political, socioeconomic, animal and environmental cruelties. Since the 2016 presidential election, the self-described artist-activist has relentlessly questioned the Trump administration’s abundant threats to democracy, public health and freedom in the United States.On view beginning Tuesday, September 15 with a dedicated companion website, Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here, features paintings, drawings, lithographs, woodcuts and linocuts …

BUnidos Por La Cultura

BUnidos Por La Cultura

Ballet Hispanico

Manhattan / Tue, Sep 15, 2020 – Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Join Ballet Hispánico as it celebrates Latinx cultures in a free virtual celebration of culture for Hispanic Heritage Month during its 50th Anniversary with #BUnidos Por La Cultura, a month-long series celebrating the legacy, representation and impact of Latinx arts and culture, kicking off on September 15 with interactive programming from September 21 through October 15, 2020 on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and ballethispanico.org.Each weekday from September 21 to October 15, thousands of viewers will experience this programming:Orgullo Latino Mondays @ 3:00pm EST – Hispanic leaders and influencers will …

New York Film Festival 2020

New York Film Festival 2020

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Manhattan / Thu, Sep 17, 2020 – Sun, Oct 11, 2020

With public health concerns in mind, the 58th edition of the revered film festival will take place virtually, as well as outside at drive-in screenings in Brooklyn and Queens. This year, the festival’s diverse offerings are split into five redesigned sections: the central “Main Slate” of features, alongside “Currents,” “Spotlight,” “Revivals,” and a slate of conversations with filmmakers. Steve McQueen’s latest film, “Lovers Rock” (2020), is among the most anticipated on the docket.NYFF58 Schedule: Drive-Ins and …

Luchita Hurtado: Together Forever

Luchita Hurtado: Together Forever

Hauser & Wirth

Manhattan / Thu, Sep 10, 2020 – Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Luchita Hurtado (1920 – 2020) documented the interconnectedness of human beings, nature, and terrestrial life through a diverse body of work and a practice that spanned more than eighty years. It was with great sadness that Hauser & Wirth recently announced the artist’s death at the age of 99. Organized in close collaboration with Hurtado earlier this year, the intimate exhibition, ‘Luchita Hurtado. Together Forever’, will open at Hauser & Wirth New York on 10 …

Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas

Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas

New York City Ballet

Manhattan / Wed, Sep 16, 2020 – Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Tiler Peck with Stephanie Saland is on demand through Tue Sep 22. Watch New York City Ballet (NYCB) principal dancer Tiler Peck as she rehearses the “green” solo from Jerome Robbins’s 1969 classic piano ballet “Dances at a Gathering” while being coached by former NYCB principal dancer Stephanie Saland in City Center’s five-part Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas series. Find out what stories and advice Saland will share from her own experience of working extensively with Robbins …

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The best things to do in NYC this weekend

The best things to do in NYC this weekend includes catching the Tribute in Lights, seeing an outdoor Shakespeare play and more.  (TONY)

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16 picks for weekend culture: ‘Fast Times’ with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Los Angeles Times

A star-studded live reading of a classic ’80s comedy and two very different celebrations of Shakespeare are among the streaming concerts, online theater, virtual art offerings and other cultural experiences for your viewing consideration this weekend. Here’s our latest rundown, all times Pacific.

You don’t have to be in LA to enjoy these virtual events.

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September NYC Events + NYC Weekend Corona Culture (09/19)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
Stay Safe.
============================================================

For September we are going to try a different format – “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times OR NYC related visual info (Instagram and YouTube) OR all the NYC news you need to start your day.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (sat). NEW STUFF!

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually. (NYT)

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Virtual Culture This Weekend NYC

Quarantine may have restricted our movement, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t live culture still out there. We’ve got some weekend livestreams to keep you informed and entertained—across talks, lectures, and performances (with a real life event thrown in as well).  (ThoughtGallery)

ThoughtGallery is my primo site for “Smart Stuff” – the types of events you will find fascinating if you are just a little curious. Check them out every day – ThoughtGallery

Friday, September 18

Head back in time to The Factory and a 92nd Street Y look at Andy Warhol’s portraits of women.

Saturday, September 19

Head out to Green-Wood Cemetery for an in person quartet performance by The Harlem Chamber Players, performing music by George Walker and Florence Price atop the Hill of Graves  (Walker’s piece includes his profound Lyric – originally titled Lament – which was written in memory of his grandmother, who had been a slave.)

Follow the unlikely journey of Paul Loong, who want from POW in Japan to a Veterans Affairs doctor for the country that liberated him, the U.S. Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong will speak about her father and the film she made after discovering a secret diary.

Sunday, September 20

Celebrate with the Rubin Museum of Art and its annual block party, this year taking place online.

Go back to an era when quack medicine wasn’t the exclusive purview of the executive branch. Join The Museum of Interesting Things for a Sunday Secret Speakeasy dedicated to a History of Quack Medicine.


Beyond things to do in the virtual realm this weekend, keep up with all kinds of talks, lectures and activities all month long. Sign up for Thought Gallery’s weekly Curriculum, the best of smart quarantine culture delivered right to your inbox.

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3 NYC Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now – The New York Times

Frank Jones’s fanciful drawings; Lyles & King’s inaugural exhibition in its new space; and Serena Stevens’s haunting paintings.

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Top 14 Things to Do in New York in September

What you can do in NYC in September 2020.  (loving-newyork.com)

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September NYC Events + Top 9 NYC Corona Culture (09/18) (continued)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
Stay Safe.
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Earlier today we covered Top 9 NYC Corona Culture and Lower Manhattan stories on the “Gotham” blog. Now, how about some other useful information during these trying times.

WFUV-FM 90.7 is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.

WFUV Live Online (September 17 – September 23)

9/17 – SummerStage Jubilee with Sting, Norah Jones, Trey Anastasio, Rufus Wainwright, Leslie Odom Jr., Rosanne Cash, Emily King, Jimmy Fallon, Billie Jean King and Paul Shaffer

9/18 – Jeff Tweedy Band Live at the Drive Inn, IL

9/18 – Old Crow Medicine Show, Live at the Ryman

9/18 – High Holidays 2020 live from Brooklyn Bowl, musically and spiritually driven services

9/18-19 – Sheryl Crow, Songs From the Big Green Barn, electric show Friday, acoustic show Saturday

9/19 – Deer Tick performing Born On Flag Day, Facebook Livestream “Please Freakin’ Vote”

9/19 – David Bromberg Celebrates his 75th Birthday, presented by WXPN

9/18 – Bill Frisell Trio live from the Blue Note

9/19 – Perfume Genius live from Palace Theater LA

9/19 – The Radiators on Tipitina’s.TV

9/23 – Whitney, Live from Space on NoonChorus

Online concert calendar and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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Broadway theaters closed on March 12 as New York City enacted rules to promote social distancing and slow the spread of Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a show. The NYC theater community has responded with initiatives and online shows to help support its members and entertain audiences via the internet while we’re staying away from crowds.

We’ve put together a sampling of streaming performances you can watch from your laptop or phone:

Broadway, NYC, Virtual NYCKinky Boots. Photo: Matthew Penrod

Broadway HD 
Starting in 2015, this online service began offering HD versions of classic and recent Broadway plays and musicals. You can try it out for free (with a one-week trial) or buy a subscription (from $9 a month) to watch some of your favorite shows. You can see stars like Katherine Hepburn in 1973’s televised version of The Glass Menagerie as well as musical hits like Kinky BootsAn American in Paris and Cats.

Stars in the House 
Broadway actor, director and writer (and radio host) Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, host two shows a day from their house on YouTube. The hourlong shows, which air live at 2pm and 8pm (the usual Broadway start times), raise money for the Actors Fund, helping to provide emergency relief for those unemployed in the theater community.

Living Room Concerts 
Broadwayworld.com has started posting daily concert videos from an array of performers, mainly those whose shows were running before the recent closure of Broadway. They’re posting a new video every day—stars featured include Carolee Carmello (Hello, Dolly!), Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill) and teenager Andrew Barth Feldman, the former lead in Dear Evan Hansen.

Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar
This West Village bar, known for sing-alongs to Broadway show tunes, has taken the experience online. They’re streaming two main sets of songs each evening, usually starting at 4pm, with different pianists tickling the ivories. To watch, join their Facebook group and tune in to “Sing out, Louise” (in the comfort of your own living room). You can also tip the piano players via Venmo or PayPal, with details during each performance.

Download recent shows, like the SpongeBob SquarePants musical, on Amazon  
Many recent shows are available to rent or buy on Amazon and other online streamers, usually in the range of $3–12. Highlights include Rent, taped just before it ended its Broadway run; 2013’s Carousel, via Live from Lincoln Center; 2010 Tony Award winner Memphis; and the original Broadway production of Into the Woods, starring Bernadette Peters.

Virtual Hal Prince Exhibit at Lincoln Center 
In December 2019, the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts opened an exhibit on the late Harold Prince, the legendary Broadway producer behind megahits like The Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd. While the library is closed, you can take a virtual walk-through and 30-minute guided tour of the gallery with Doug Reside, the show’s curator.

Broadway Dreams Live Lessons 
The Broadway Dreams Foundation is hosting free daily lessons, led by some accomplished Broadway-caliber talent, for aspiring actors, singers and dancers. Their lineup has included actors from FrozenHead Over Heels and Chicago. To watch, get the Zoom link from their Facebook page. Sessions begin at 1pm; each day’s links are posted five minutes before class begins, though the schedule is listed earlier than that.

Viral Monologues from 24 Hour Plays 
Every year, the 24 Hour Plays event presents a series of shows that are written, cast, directed and performed in one day with the involvement of talent from the NYC theater community. Now they’re doing a mini version, with online monologues, on their Instagram account. They’re performed by actors like Denis O’Hare and penned by playwrights like David Lindsay-Abaire.

Groove to disco versions of Stephen Sondheim songs
Broadway Records just released the digital version of Losing My Mind, a compilation of Sondheim songs with a dance beat. Conceived by Broadway performer Joshua Hinck and arranger Scott Wasserman, the 12-song album is an expanded version of a popular concert they put on in 2018. The album features singers like Alison Luff (Waitress) and Chip Zien (from the original Into the Woods). You can preview a track, “Unworthy of Your Love,” from Passion; hear the collection on Spotify; or order a copy from the Broadway Records site.

Broadway Backwards 2020 Encore 
Broadway Cares, which produces number of annual AIDS fundraisers, has put together a special encore series of recent star-studded performances from Broadway Backwards, at which performers belt out famous show tunes with gender-swapped roles. They’re also asking viewers to support an emergency fundraiser for actors affected by the Covid-19 crisis—you can make a donation at broadwaycares.org.

Watch Broadway classics like Cabaret for free on YouTube 
These days you may be wondering, “What good is sitting alone in your room?” You can get a very direct answer on YouTube by watching the 1993 version of Cabaret, featuring Alan Cumming in his breakout role. Other star turns worth checking out for free are Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin in American Playhouse‘s 1986 broadcast of Sunday in the Park with George;  Carol Burnett in 1964’s Once Upon A Mattress; Nell Carter in a 1982 broadcast of Ain’t Misbehavin’; Lauren Bacall in 1973’s Applause; Gregory and Maurice Hines in 1980’s Eubie!; and Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra in 1954’s Anything Goes.

Jason Alexander sings on Twitter 
While most people know Jason Alexander as George from Seinfeld, he got his big break on Broadway in a Stephen Sondheim musical (Merrily We Roll Along). He recently went on Twitter to sing a song from the show that got him interested in theater, Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin. The beautiful ballad, “With You,” has a message of love and support we can all use today.

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New York Family is a site that is real surprise. Sure, it has lots of good stuff for kids, but also lots of good stuff for adults. You should regularly check out what they are up to.
Especially their summer bucket list.

The Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List for 2020

nyc summer bucket list

Our summer plans might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make this summer loads of fun! Summertime is the best time to enjoy the warm weather, relax, and make amazing memories. New York City has attractions lined up for this season that is perfect for every family, whether it’s taking a hike with the family or enjoying a drive-in movie. Finish off the summer on a high note with our Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List!

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September NYC Events + Top 9 NYC Corona Culture (09/18)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
Stay Safe.
============================================================

For September we are going to try a different format – “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times OR NYC related visual info (Instagram and YouTube) OR all the NYC news you need to start your day.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s Top 9 Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1. What’s Open in NYC | The Official Guide to New York City – nycgo.com

2. A Visitor’s Guide to MoMA and the Met – The New York Times

3. MoMA Opens Again With Free Admission Through September 27 – Secretnyc

4. Indoor Dining Scheduled to Return to NYC on September 30

5. A T. Rex Skeleton Arrives in Rockefeller Center Ahead of Auction – The New York Times

6. Jackson Heights, Queens: Walk Where the World Finds a Home – The New York Times

7. Can’t Wait For The Museums? Many NYC Galleries Are Now Reopening To The Public  – gothamist

8. The Hottest Commodity in Pandemic New York? Fresh Air – The New York Times

9. 13 New York City Virtual Tours: Explore the Big Apple  – scholasticatravel.com

9b. Brooklyn, before it was a global brand: Walk it’s history  – NYT

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here October 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.

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Lower Manhattan – Did you know?

New York City is a city of neighborhoods and no neighborhood has more spectacular sights, nor more important links to American history then Lower Manhattan.

The Gotham Center for New York City History, a research and public education institution, publishes “Gotham” a blog that is endlessly fascinating for scholars (and non-scholars alike) of New York City history. I am most interested in those essays that cover Lower Manhattan. Here are three more that I find especially compelling (m):

The Saw-Kill and the Making of Dutch Manhattan — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Notes on the Manhattan Purchase — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Dealing with Refugees in 17th c. Manhattan — The Gotham Center for New York City History

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