January NYC events + Top 10 NYC corona culture (01/27)

 

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. First of all, some very important information:

“There are multiple websites, disappearing slots and even attempts to game the system. Here’s our guide to what you have to do to get a dose in your arm.”

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For January 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 10 NYC Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1. The best things to do in NYC this week TONY

“If you’re looking for the best things to do in NYC this week or even today, there are tons of fun options (so long as you can social distance and wear a mask). Start by finding a stunning antique at The Winter Show and ordering takeout from your favorite spot for Restaurant Week. Then hit up Elsewhere’s Sound Space show on Twitch or tune into The Moth Mainstage: Around the Bend.”

2. Go-To NYC Spots for Takeout, Delivery, and Outdoor Dining in 2020ny.eater.com

“From Golden Diner’s honey butter pancakes to Parlay’s chicken curry, here are the restaurant orders that were kept in regular rotation all year long”

3. Order up! Bring home great food from more than 570 eateries taking part in NYC Restaurant WeekamNY

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the city’s restaurant industry, and next week’s New York City Restaurant Week To Go provides everyone with an affordable opportunity to support small businesses in their greatest time of need while safely enjoying some fine dining.

4.The best places to go ice-skating in NYCTONY

“It’s time to lace up your skates—the best ice skating rinks in NYC are waiting for you. As one of the most beloved cities to spend the holidays in, NYC has plenty of indoor and outdoor rinks where you can glide and practice your toe jumps. To help narrow down your options, we’ve ranked the top places to go, from the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center or lower-key rinks at NYC parks like Central Park. You can even make a full-day out of it when you shop at one of the city’s best holiday markets, followed by sipping hot chocolate and skating on The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. If you’d rather stay warm while on the ice, there are many all-weather indoor rinks, including spots that offer roller skating.”

“A $1.6 billion transformation of a post office has given the city a lofty, light-filled steel, glass and marble cathedral, our critic writes.

The $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall opened at dawn on New Year’s morning — on budget, too, even a couple of months early. Instagram swooned. Tweeters channeled Stefon from “Saturday Night Live.”

In the midst of everything else, we needed this. New York needs this.”

6. The Underground Gourmet’s Year-End Digestgrubstreet

“The best new comfort food we ate in 2020.

Now is the time for pure, unalloyed comfort food, however you define it, which happens to be the theme of our roundup of the best things we ate this year.”

7.- 10 Cool NYC Art and Museum Exhibitions to Check Out Nowthrillist

“Grab your mask and wander the halls of the city’s unparalleled cultural institutions.

When NYC museums were forced to close their doors in March due to COVID-19, art-loving New Yorkers had to endure an already difficult period without all of the creativity and inspiration that comes from wandering the halls of our city’s unparalleled cultural institutions. Thankfully, though, museums in NYC were able to reopen in the late summer, and have remained so since then.”

8. The Best Meals I Ate in 2020grubstreet

“Our critic Adam Platt finds some comforts in a heartbreaking year.”

9. How Fans of The Queen’s Gambit Can Explore Chess in NYCuntappedcities.com

“When thinking of chess, what normally comes to mind is a pair of players dressed in khakis, glasses, and sweater vests. But if you’ve recently seen Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, chess might seem a lot more . . . glamorous? Almost to the point where you may have wanted to dig out your old chess board from the attic (good luck buying a set — thanks to the show, they’re sold out nearly everywhere). Based off of Walter Tevis’ novel of the same name, The Queens Gambit takes place during the sixties and follows chess prodigy Beth Harmon as she strives to become the world’s greatest chess player.”

10a. Editors’ Picks: 17 Events for Your Art Calendar This WeekArtnet.com

“From a Chat With the Guerrilla Girls to the Music That Inspired Basquiat.

It’s another busy week of virtual programming—plus some in-person gallery shows you won’t want to miss.

Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New York area.

10b. Bryant Park’s Winter Village Officially Openssecretnyc.com

“The wonderland will feature tins of holiday shops, a pop-up rinkside food hall, and a 17,000-foot free ice skating rink as the centerpiece. (You’ll only have to pay to rent skates if you don’t already have, which cost $18-$33, depending on the day). Because of COVID-19, there are many new safety measures in place, including a completely-outdoors Winter Village experience.”

bonus#1. : When Manhattan Was Mannahatta: a Stroll Through the Centuries  – NYT  

“From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of Lower Manhattan.”

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

Bonus#2: The best theater you can stream online anytimeTONY

“Much of the best streaming theater, dance and music of the lockdown period remains viewable anytime.”

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Stay home for a bit longer – Mask up, stay smart and stay safe

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January NYC events, only the best (01/26) (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. First of all, some very important information:

“There are multiple websites, disappearing slots and even attempts to game the system. Here’s our guide to what you have to do to get a dose in your arm.”

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Earlier today we covered the Nifty Nine NYC news sources and useful January NYC event info. Scroll down the site for a bit to find it. Now, how about some more useful NYC information.

New York magazine is biweekly these days and every issue has a wonderful section, “The Culture Pages,” which includes a “To Do” list – 25 things to see, hear, watch, and read. Here are my favorites from the current issue (Jan.20-Feb.3).

Art

Reggie Burrows Hodges He starts with a black canvas. Streams of glowing light wash over the accumulated tapestry of Black figures in the new canvases of Reggie Burrows Hodges. Here are post-Impressionist fields with soft edges and colors changing as if by iridescence, infusing these works with dignity and sparks of optical urgency. These almost visionary works give us an artist, in his mid-50s, at the height of his powers. —Jerry Saltz Karma, 188 and 172 East 2nd Street, through February 28.

Gordon Hookey: Sacred Nation, Scared Nation A Gary Simmons curation. Waanyi Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey is a diamond in the visual rough, a political firebrand and the bringer of a cartoonish pictorial wisdom that makes his works ring with urgency and insight. His paintings connect “Black Aboriginal experience to that of African Americans.” His mural-scale paintings and colorful images light up space as much as the mind and show us that art is where we find it if we only keep looking and stay open to it. —J.S. fortgansevoort.com/online-exhibitions/gordon-hookey, through February 20.

Viewfinder Public-art watch. Even with gentrification, Old New York echoes in South Street Seaport. To smell the metaphysical sea air of the mind, catch this showcase of amazing images by 21 photographers who picture their worlds in ways that will set you a-tingle with optical excitement. It’s best viewed at night in the windows of the gallery, where, once again, the ghosts of New York will join you. —J.S. 19 Fulton Street, through January 31.

Theater

Fran & Kate’s Drama Club Up with the Woosters. Anyone who has seen Frances McDormand perform with the Wooster Group knows her grave unpredictability resonates with that ensemble’s poker-faced zaniness — whenever she escapes Hollywood for a turn at their scrappy Performing Garage, it’s as if a wolf has found its pack after being trapped with poodles. Now, McDormand and the experimental collective’s powerhouse performer Kate Valk host a live talk show, complete with special guests, films from the legendary Group’s archive, and their own banter about the future of the form. Imagine the Tonight Show, but hosted by two Shaker eldresses, either of whom could tear your throat out. —Helen Shaw thewoostergroup.org via Zoom, January 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

Silver Lining Streaming Series Still mint condition. The much-loved New York stalwart the Mint Theater is in the business of reviving forgotten classics, so it’s unsurprising that it took a serious look at its own archive, offering a full (and free) slate of digital releases, films of productions from past seasons — including Lillian Hellman’s superb labor drama Days to Come (through February 22) and Teresa Deevy’s earthy but eerie Katie Roche (February 1 to March 28). —H.S. minttheater.org, through June 13.

*This article appears in the January 18, 2021, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!

AND CONTINUING EVENTS

Art

JR: The Chronicles of New York City The self-described “photograffeur.” For a blast of fresh air and abstract love, enter the atrium at the Brooklyn Museum. There, you will be engulfed by and surrounded in about the largest wraparound mural you likely have ever seen. From the legendary anonymous French photographer, this wildly collaged panorama presents 1,128 individual New Yorkers. Each subject posed for JR inside a 53-foot trailer-truck the artist parked in numerous local spots. He offered to take pictures of anyone who came by. All of these were then put together into this masterpiece of ambition, love, life, celebration, and audacity. —Jerry Saltz Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, through February 14.

Countryside, The Future An urgent look. Organized by Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal — director of the think tank at Koolhaas’s firm, OMA — this extravaganza of art, design, models, photographs, installations, charts, and diagrams wraps its way up the famous Guggenheim ramps. The visual multiplex lets us consider the countryside that makes up 98 percent of the Earth’s land surface. Possibilities abound, proposals runneth over, and solutions are thrown into the air. Come away amazed and inspired. —J.S. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, through February 15.

“In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met” Ongoing. The ultimate balm to the soul in all of Western painting may be the Dutch works that include Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals. Thanks to the very deep pockets of the collectors and robber barons of New York, the Met has them and is now displaying 67 of these masterpieces. Get lost in some of the finest brushwork and deepest color in all of painting; glimpse infinity. —J.S. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue.

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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: January 22-28

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include the world premiere of “They Will Take My Island,” National YoungArts Week, Frances Burney’s “The Woman Hater,” 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.

They Will Take My Island

They Will Take My Island

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Manhattan / Tue, Jan 26, 2021, 7:00 pm

On Tuesday, January 26 at 7 p.m. the MetLiveArts commission presents the world premiere of “They Will Take My Island,” which features unreleased scenes and highly personal short films by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) set to original musical scores by Armenian American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian, will stream on The Met’s website, YouTube channel and Facebook. “They Will Take My Island” includes footage from Egoyan’s films “Ararat and A Portrait of Arshile,” and Kouyoumdjian’s new score is performed by JACK …

Joanna Beall Westermann

Joanna Beall Westermann

Venus Over Manhattan

Manhattan / Tue, Jan 26, 2021, 10:00 am

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by Joanna Beall Westermann, organized in collaboration with the late artist’s estate. It will be the first solo presentation for the artist in over two decades. A student of Josef Albers and Diego Rivera, Joanna Beall Westermann’s contributions were significant, yet somewhat obscured in her lifetime by her marriage to famed sculptor and printmaker H.C. Westermann. Venus Over Manhattan’s exhibition comprises a group of …

 

National YoungArts Week+

National YoungArts Week+

National YoungArts Foundation

Mon, Jan 25, 2021 – Sat, Jan 30, 2021

“National YoungArts Week” is YoungArts’ signature program that offers YoungArts award winners at the Finalist level the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development. Typically held in-person in Miami, the 2021 program, “National YoungArts Week+,” will take place virtually. During the intensive program, Finalists across 10 disciplines participate in online classes and interdisciplinary workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field, including acclaimed visual artist Zoe Buckman; Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence …

PLUS ONGOING EVENTS

Magazines and the American Experience

Grolier Club

Manhattan / Wed, Jan 20, 2021 – Sat, Apr 24, 2021

This exhibition is a study of how magazines have both driven and reflected the American experience. Unlike regional newspapers, that report local current events, or non-fiction books, which focus on major historical moments and personalities, national magazines have the unique ability to connect trans-local communities of like-minded individuals. In the colonial era, magazines were the harbingers of American thought and identity; the first successful magazine from the 18th century proudly proclaimed itself as “The American …

“From a Passing Shape”: Modernist Works on Paper

Rosenberg & Co.

Manhattan / Mon, Jan 11, 2021 – Sat, Feb 27, 2021

Artists have long relied on paper as a fundamental support material. Paper is easily accessible and arguably the most familiar and humble medium. These qualities have led artists to use paper in a variety of ways, from the rough translation of ideas to the exploration of nontraditional processes. Artists have continued, and will continue, to reinvestigate and redeploy this everyday medium. The exhibition takes its title from the words of Pablo Picasso. He wrote, “The artist …

MasterVoices’ 79th Season

MasterVoices

Manhattan / Wed, Jan 13, 2021 – Wed, May 26, 2021

Ted Sperling, Artistic Director of MasterVoices, announced details of the 79th season of the acclaimed ensemble, which celebrates the power of the human voice to unite, inspire, and connect. The central project of MasterVoices’ 2020-2021 season will be a virtual rollout of award-winning composer Adam Guettel’s theatrical song cycle, “Myths and Hymns,” in an online staging conceived by Ted Sperling. Inspired by Greek myths and a 19th-Century Presbyterian hymnal, the 1998 cycle is a kaleidoscopic collection of …

Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Sing-Along Broadcast

South Street Seaport Museum

Manhattan / Ongoing

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event, “Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music,” continues virtually on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2pm ET. From our living rooms and kitchens join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the …

Dreaming Together

New-York Historical Society

Manhattan / Thu, Oct 29, 2020 – Sun, Jul 25, 2021

As part of the Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone—a multi-venue festival of art, ideas, and innovation—the New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum opens their first ever collaborative exhibition, “Dreaming Together.” More than 35 interwoven works drawn from both art collections generate dialogue about the urban and natural environments, protest and rebellion, individuals and identities, borders and crossings. Highlights include the Canal Street diptych (1992) from Martin Wong’s Chinatown series, 98-foot hanging scrolls by …

The Pleasure Pavilion: A Series of Installations

Luhring Augustine Gallery

Brooklyn / Thu, Sep 17, 2020 – Sat, Mar 13, 2021

Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce “The Pleasure Pavilion,” a series of installations that bring together artists from the gallery program in dialogue with the façade of a late 18th or early 19th century Indian pleasure pavilion. The arcaded portico pavilion, most likely part of an Indian palace or resort, was believed to have been originally used for recreational activities, such as enjoying musical and dance performances, entertaining guests, or admiring the surrounding gardens. The sandstone and …

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January NYC events + The Nifty Nine NYC news sources (01/26)

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. First of all, some very important information:

“There are multiple websites, disappearing slots and even attempts to game the system. Here’s our guide to what you have to do to get a dose in your arm.”

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For January 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/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 The Nifty Nine NYC News Sources.

All the NYCity News You Need to Start Your Day

The New York Times – New York Today / Daily Briefings

AM / Metro New York

The New York Times – Regional New York News

Google Local News – New York

Wall Street Journal Greater New York (Region News)

Grub Street – NY Magazine’s Food and Restaurant Blog

Gothamist: News, Food, Arts and Events

The New York Times – Art and Design

amNY Online

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here February 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.  ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Now, how about some more useful NYC info:

50 Fantastic Things To Do In New York City In January – Secretnyc

Adam Platt: The Best Meals I Ate in 2020 -grubstreet

This is NYC’s largest heated outdoor dining experience

Bubbles, Cabins And Yurts: 25 Of The Most Creative Outdoor Dining Setups In NYC – Secretnyc

How Covid-Safe Is Dining in a Restaurant’s Outdoor Tent? – WSJ

Critic Robert Sietsema’s Top 12 Neighborhood Pizza Slices – ny.eater,com

Best Outdoor Art in NYC this fall and winter including sculptures – TONY

9 Must-Visit Ice Rinks In NYC  – Secretnyc

16 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home | Playbill

The Best Online Workout Classes, According to Strategist Writers and Editors – nymag

===========================================================STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP, STAY SMART AND STAY SAFE.

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January NYC events + Top 11 NYC Corona Culture (01/25)

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. First of all, some very important information:

“There are multiple websites, disappearing slots and even attempts to game the system. Here’s our guide to what you have to do to get a dose in your arm.”

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For January 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!

 

“This week, celebrate Australia Day, make masala chai and listen to Natalie Portman discuss her new children’s book.”

“This redesigned exhibit is going to rock!

The American Museum of Natural History just announced that The Allison and Roberto Mignone Hall of Gems and Minerals will finally be reopening on February 17, 2021. The hall has been part of the museum since the ’70s, and closed in 2017 to be redesigned as one of the New York icon’s 150th anniversary projects. It was originally supposed to open this fall, but because of the pandemic, it got moved to winter of 2021.”

“Goya, Caravaggio, Rubens, Velázquez and more are in skylit splendor in the European galleries. And the museum is acknowledging the shaping force on art of colonialism, slavery, the disenfranchisement of women.”

4. -38 Standout Dining Destinations in New York City, Winter 2020EaterNY

“From quirky Chinese hot pot in Flushing to splurge-worthy sushi, here’s where to eat in NYC right now”

5. The Metropolitan Opera is streaming free productions every nightTONY

The Met continues to share a different lineup of complete operas from its archives every week

“The Metropolitan Opera has closed its doors though at least September 2021, but the great New York opera house continues to lift the spirits of opera lovers around the world with free nightly streams of complete productions from its archives. Most of the offerings were originally recorded with multiple cameras in high definition to be shown in movie theaters as part of the company’s popular Live in HD series.

Each opera goes live on the Met’s website at 7:30pm EST (12:30am GMT) and remains there until 6:30pm EST the next evening. The operas can also be viewed with the Met Opera on Demand app on various devices.”

Nightly Opera Streams, January 25–31

The Antiheroes

“From Mozart’s dishonorable Don Giovanni to Wagner’s eternally cursed Flying Dutchman to Gounod’s foolhardy Faust, this week of free Nightly Opera Streams celebrates the operatic bad boys that audiences love to hate. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the screenings. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.”

“Sanford Biggers, Félix Fénéon and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s history of itself are some of the exhibitions that remain open to the public.”

“On January 1, the gigantic new Moynihan Train Hall officially opened to the public.

Governor Cuomo announced the grand opening earlier in the week, and New Yorkers have been making their way to see the stunning completed $1.6 billion project ever since.

The brand new train hall is 255,000 square feet, in the former over-100-year-old James A. Farley Building, once the main United States Postal Service building. The new hall has been named after U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and will increase Penn Station’s current concourse by a whopping 50 percent. There is also a newly completed East End Gateway at 33rd St. and 7th Ave. that opened on New Year’s Eve.”

8. This Google doc shows all NYC restaurants and bars with heatersTONY

“We’re started a running list of more than 100 places to stay warm while eating and drinking outdoors across the five boroughs.”

9. A Dazzling Prism Art Installation Is Coming To Midtownsecretnyc.co

“Last year, the Garment District organized the most fun light-up seesaws to take over Broadway, and it completely brightened up New Yorkers’ dark winter. This year, their public art exhibit is a bit less interactive, but even more stunning!

Opening Monday, January 11, the brand new illuminated “Prismatica” installation will light up Broadway between 39th and 40th Streets.”

10. NYC Restaurant Headline Predictions for 2021 EaterNY

What’s in store for restaurants next year?

“Welcome to Year in Eater 2020, Eater’s annual ritual of eulogizing the past 12 months. In 2020’s final days, Eater NY will be posting questions about New York City’s restaurant scene in the past year, with answers from food writers, photographers, chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, and even a few local legislators who helped to support the industry through this enormously difficult year. Now, we ask: What are your headline predictions for 2021?”

11. Igloo-Shaped Polygons for Outdoor NYC DiningWSJ

“The plastic domes used by restaurants to keep patrons safe take advantage of a shape discovered by ancient mathematicians.

As restaurants fight to stay in business while keeping people safe in a pandemic, outdoor dining “igloos” are popping up to protect diners from the weather and each other. One popular design is based on the mathematical structure of an icosahedron, a three-dimensional shape built from equilateral triangles. This is one of the family of highly symmetrical, three-dimensional shapes called the Platonic solids, which were first studied over 2,000 years ago”

bonus#1:  Carnegie Hall and the Jewels of Midtown: Stroll the History – NYT

“Our critic chats about the beloved stretch from the music hall to Lincoln Center around Central Park with the architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.”

bonus#2: 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.”

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

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Stay home a bit longer – Mask up, stay smart and stay safe

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January NYC Events + Top NYC Weekend corona culture (Sun) (01/24)

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. First of all, some very important information:

How to Get the Coronavirus Vaccine in New York CityNYT

“There are multiple websites, disappearing slots and even attempts to game the system. Here’s our guide to what you have to do to get a dose in your arm.”

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For January 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!

8 Actually Fun Things to Do in NYC This WeekendThrillist

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.

The longest Presidential election in the history of the universe has finally come to an end. You can exhale. And, it’s the weekend! You shouldn’t need any more reasons to celebrate, but we’ll give you some anyway: delivery ramen, private rooftop chalets with fondue, and candle making. You heard that last one right.
 
Read on for eight actually fun things to eat, do, and see this weekend. And be sure to check out our new Weekend Guide podcast streaming below as well. As always, be safe: wear your mask, keep your distance, and sanitize your hands like your life depends on it. Because, well, it does.

Bake one of Brooklyn’s most famous pizzas at home

Weekend-long
Citywide
Huge news for pizza fans throughout the city (and beyond!): DUMBO’s famed Juliana’s has launched take-and-bake pies. Four varieties of hand-stretched pizzas are available, from the classic margherita to the famed Pizza Special No. 1 with mozzarella, scamorza affumicata, pancetta, and scallions. While diehards are used to waiting hours in line at the shop, these babies need just five minutes at 500 degrees before they’re ready to be inhaled. And for your out-of-town friends, Juliana’s is also partnering with FreshDirect to make the pies available to those outside the New York area for the first time ever.
Cost: From $17.99 a pie
 

Snag pastries from a storied restaurant group’s new bakery

Weekend-long
Flatiron
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s trio of abc restaurants—Kitchen, Cucina, and V—are some of the city’s most beloved destinations for good reason: the food is fantastic and the ambience even better. The group’s latest venture, bakery by abc restaurants, focuses on the sweet side of things. Standouts include a lavish cookie box with two dozen treats, four types of cake (including the intriguing carrot beet), and a unique babka with a pistachio crumb and bergamot glaze. Pick up at abcV or schedule delivery via Tock.
Cost: From $22
 

Travel to Savannah from your dining table

Weekend-long
Meatpacking District
It may be impossible right now to dine at chef Mashama Bailey’s celebrated neo-Southern restaurant The Grey in Savannah, GA, but luckily you can snag her food up north for a limited time. Starting this week, The Grey will be the restaurant-in-residence at INTERSECT BY LEXUS-NYC, and the first to offer dine-away and delivery. Each week will feature a different port city Southern-style menu, with dishes like crab Louie, grilled red snapper, and The Grey’s signature collard greens. For an even more elevated experience, guests can add on a la carte cocktails, or a wine pairing package.
Cost: $65 per person
 

Order in top-rated ramen

Weekend-long
Downtown Manhattan
There is not a lot of good restaurant news in the last year, so let us take a moment to enjoy this: Ganso Ramen, a popular Boerum Hill spot that earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand distinction and closed in 2018, is once again in action. Operating out of a ghost kitchen owned by the RBM Restaurant Group (Sarabeth’s, Jane), the beloved noodles are now available for delivery to FiDi, Tribeca, Soho, and Greenwich Village (Upper West Side and Brooklyn will be added soon). Don’t miss their famed shoyu ramen, made with soy sauce-chicken broth, roasted pork belly, and soy-marinated egg.
Cost: Ramen from $17
 

Stave off the cold with melted cheese and a cozy chalet

Weekend-long
Williamsburg
Fact: the only thing New Yorkers love more than fondue is eating it in a private room. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that this winter’s newest hot spot (or should we say … toasty?) is Winter Village at Westlight. Located on the 23rd floor of The William Vale hotel, the pop-up boasts private, heated chalets that surround the charming rooftop skating rink. The cozy spaces are available to book in 90-minute blocks, which is just long enough to enjoy the Alpine-style fondue served with traditional accompaniments like fingerling potatoes, sourdough bread, and apples.
Cost: $45 starting price to book a chalet, $30 per person for fondue
 

Learn about Peru’s history in a powerful artists’ chat

Friday, January 22, 6:30 pm
Virtual
Artists Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek’s “Fatherland” is an arresting body of work that documents the places where violent hate crimes have occurred all over Peru. This Friday, in conjunction with The Center, the duo will discuss the creation of their work, as well as how they strive to make the stories of the gay and trans communities in Peru heard. While the content of the event may be difficult to hear or triggering for some, there will be live support available during the event.
Cost: $10 suggested donation
 

Pick up a new quarantine hobby in Historic Richmond Town

Saturday, January 23, 11 am – 3 pm
Richmond Town
Did you miss the sourdough craze? Puzzles not your thing? Never fear, there is a new, cool-kid in-the-pandemic hobby world and her name is candle making. Head to Historic Richmond Town in Staten Island this Saturday to learn about light and candle making in the 18th and 19th centuries, and then dip your own candles to bring home. Note that the workshop will be held indoors at the 3rd County Courthouse, but there will be limited capacity to ensure safety.
Cost: $50 for a group of up to six people
 

See cartoons in an entirely new light

Weekend-long
Chelsea and the Upper East Side
Artist Joyce Pensato’s subjects include Batman, Spiderman, and Mickey Mouse, but you’ve never seen these famed cartoons the way she captures them. In dual exhibitions at Petzel’s galleries in Chelsea and the Upper East Side, Pensato showcases large scale charcoal on paper works of superheroes, giant images of Lisa Simpson’s face, and a showstopper installation of her former East Williamsburg gallery, complete with paint-splattered tarps and dozens of brushes.
Cost: Free, with reservation

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“Nicolas Cage hosts the history of swearing. Lorde writes a book and Julie Mehretu takes over the Whitney. This new year has to be better, right?”

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“Long Overdue”: Visitors Marvel At New Moynihan Train Hall In First WalkthroughGothamist

“For some visitors, the stop was merely intended to gaze at the enormous hall complete with an enormous skylight roof and Art Deco clock. Many were spotted craning their necks to take in the open skylight, pivoting their hips taking scenic, panoramic photos. Others searched for fresco portraits created by Kehinde Wiley, which are prominently displayed at the 33rd Street entrance, or the spacious and modern Amtrak lounge on the upper floor.”

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The best art shows and exhibits in NYC – TONY

“Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including recently opened shows and more

With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever-changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant exhibitions. Time Out New York rounds up the best art shows and exhibits in NYC, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.”

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WFUV-FM 90.7is 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 (January 21 – January 27)

 
1/21 Arlo Parks, from Rough Trade
 
1/21 Phoebe Bridgers, Bandsintown livestream
 
1/21 Erin McKeown, Signature Sounds home session
 
1/21 John Doe, live from Austin’s Cactus Cafe
 
1/22 Adrianne Lenker, Bandsintown livestream
 
1/23 Julianna Hatfield, solo acoustic
 
1/23-4 Crooked Fingers’ Eric Bachmann
 
1/24 Steve Wynn with Linda Pitman,The Impossible Tour
 
1/27 Goat Girl, from Rough Trade

Online concert calendar and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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NYC Restaurant Innovations From 2020 That Should Continue in 2021

Permanent outdoor dining, cocktails to go, and more

“Welcome to Year in Eater 2020, Eater’s annual ritual of eulogizing the past 12 months. In 2020’s final days, Eater NY will be posting questions about New York City’s restaurant scene in the past year, with answers from food writers, photographers, chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, and even a few local legislators who helped to support the industry through this enormously difficult year. Now, we ask: What new pivots or innovative ideas have you seen emerge from the events of 2020 that you hope continue into 2021?(ny.eater.com)

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“A Verdi opera from the Met and composers on the border of classical and pop are among the highlights.” NYT

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The 25 best cheap eats in NYC – TONY

“Eat for $10 or less at the best restaurants with cheap eats in NYC

UPDATE, October 29 2020: Dining out in New York City has never been so different than this year and it’s not only because restaurants had to shut down their dining rooms for more than six months. The current crisis has put a renewed focus on more affordable food options, whether you’re scarfing down tacos from a food truck or ordering dumplings from a mom-and-pop business in Chinatown. At Time Out New York, we’ve done the homework for you in discovering dishes, old and new, that are all $10 or under. 

The hefty prices at many New York restaurants can at times make the dining scene feel like it’s only for the elite. But some of the best restaurants in NYC still serve affordable bites for $10 or less. Dining on a budget in New York doesn’t have to feel like a constraint with our picks for jerk chicken, Sicilian-style pizza, creative veggie burgers, underground buffets, Cuban bakeries and more.”

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New York magazine is biweekly these days and every issue has a wonderful section, “The Culture Pages,” which includes a “To Do” list – 25 things to see, hear, watch, and read. Here are my favorites from the current issue (Jan.20-Feb.3).

Art

Reggie Burrows Hodges
He starts with a black canvas.
Streams of glowing light wash over the accumulated tapestry of Black figures in the new canvases of Reggie Burrows Hodges. Here are post-Impressionist fields with soft edges and colors changing as if by iridescence, infusing these works with dignity and sparks of optical urgency. These almost visionary works give us an artist, in his mid-50s, at the height of his powers. —Jerry Saltz
Karma, 188 and 172 East 2nd Street, through February 28.

Gordon Hookey: Sacred Nation, Scared Nation
A Gary Simmons curation.
Waanyi Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey is a diamond in the visual rough, a political firebrand and the bringer of a cartoonish pictorial wisdom that makes his works ring with urgency and insight. His paintings connect “Black Aboriginal experience to that of African Americans.” His mural-scale paintings and colorful images light up space as much as the mind and show us that art is where we find it if we only keep looking and stay open to it. —J.S.
fortgansevoort.com/online-exhibitions/gordon-hookey, through February 20.

Viewfinder
Public-art watch.
Even with gentrification, Old New York echoes in South Street Seaport. To smell the metaphysical sea air of the mind, catch this showcase of amazing images by 21 photographers who picture their worlds in ways that will set you a-tingle with optical excitement. It’s best viewed at night in the windows of the gallery, where, once again, the ghosts of New York will join you. —J.S.
19 Fulton Street, through January 31.

Theater

Fran & Kate’s Drama Club
Up with the Woosters.
Anyone who has seen Frances McDormand perform with the Wooster Group knows her grave unpredictability resonates with that ensemble’s poker-faced zaniness — whenever she escapes Hollywood for a turn at their scrappy Performing Garage, it’s as if a wolf has found its pack after being trapped with poodles. Now, McDormand and the experimental collective’s powerhouse performer Kate Valk host a live talk show, complete with special guests, films from the legendary Group’s archive, and their own banter about the future of the form. Imagine the Tonight Show, but hosted by two Shaker eldresses, either of whom could tear your throat out. —Helen Shaw
thewoostergroup.org via Zoom, January 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

Silver Lining Streaming Series
Still mint condition.
The much-loved New York stalwart the Mint Theater is in the business of reviving forgotten classics, so it’s unsurprising that it took a serious look at its own archive, offering a full (and free) slate of digital releases, films of productions from past seasons — including Lillian Hellman’s superb labor drama Days to Come (through February 22) and Teresa Deevy’s earthy but eerie Katie Roche (February 1 to March 28). —H.S.
minttheater.org, through June 13.

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AND CONTINUING EVENTS

Art

JR: The Chronicles of New York City
The self-described “photograffeur.”
For a blast of fresh air and abstract love, enter the atrium at the Brooklyn Museum. There, you will be engulfed by and surrounded in about the largest wraparound mural you likely have ever seen. From the legendary anonymous French photographer, this wildly collaged panorama presents 1,128 individual New Yorkers. Each subject posed for JR inside a 53-foot trailer-truck the artist parked in numerous local spots. He offered to take pictures of anyone who came by. All of these were then put together into this masterpiece of ambition, love, life, celebration, and audacity. —Jerry Saltz
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, through February 14.

Countryside, The Future
An urgent look.
Organized by Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal — director of the think tank at Koolhaas’s firm, OMA — this extravaganza of art, design, models, photographs, installations, charts, and diagrams wraps its way up the famous Guggenheim ramps. The visual multiplex lets us consider the countryside that makes up 98 percent of the Earth’s land surface. Possibilities abound, proposals runneth over, and solutions are thrown into the air. Come away amazed and inspired. —J.S.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, through February 15.

“In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met”
Ongoing.
The ultimate balm to the soul in all of Western painting may be the Dutch works that include Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals. Thanks to the very deep pockets of the collectors and robber barons of New York, the Met has them and is now displaying 67 of these masterpieces. Get lost in some of the finest brushwork and deepest color in all of painting; glimpse infinity. —J.S.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue.

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January NYC Events + Top NYC Weekend corona culture (Sat) (01/23)

 

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 January 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!

Jazz / Havana by Way of Chicago

Comedy / Dispensing Healing Hilarity

Performing Arts / Fanciful, Fluid Dynamics

Art & Museums / Take a Scroll Through the Winter Show

KIDS / A Circus for All and by All

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

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amNY Weekender: Ten things to do in New York City amNY

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3 NYC Art Gallery Shows to See Right NowThe New York Times

“Irving Penn’s notion of photographism; Martha Diamond’s spectacular cityscapes; and the sculptor Fawn Krieger’s “experiments in resistance.””

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Moynihan Train Hall is Not Perfect, But It’s Close Enough (Op-Ed)– untappedcities

“Moynihan Train Hall is open and in this humble Chief Experience Officer‘s opinion, it is good. The renderings we saw for years became a reality on New Years Day when the spacious 255,000-square foot hall was opened to the public. The Art Deco clock was the first welcome surprise. The timepiece, designed by Peter Pennoyer Architects, was not on an any of the original renderings but now hangs as an homage to the concourse clock in the old Penn station and the beloved opaline-faced clock in Grand Central Terminal. Train travelers finally have a clear and definable meeting spot on the west side.”

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“Last year, the Garment District organized the most fun light-up seesaws to take over Broadway, and it completely brightened up New Yorkers’ dark winter. This year, their public art exhibit is a bit less interactive, but even more stunning!

Opening Monday, January 11, the brand new illuminated “Prismatica” installation will light up Broadway between 39th and 40th Streets.”

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Go-To NYC Spots for Takeout, Delivery, and Outdoor Dining in 2020ny.eater.com

From Golden Diner’s honey butter pancakes to Parlay’s chicken curry, here are the restaurant orders that were kept in regular rotation all year long

“Welcome to Year in Eater 2020, Eater’s annual ritual of eulogizing the past 12 months. In 2020’s final days, Eater NY will be posting questions about New York City’s restaurant scene in the past year, with answers from food writers, photographers, chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, and even a few local legislators who helped to support the industry through this enormously difficult year. Now, we ask: What were your regular go-to destinations for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining in 2020?”

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The best things to do in NYC this weekendTONY

“The best things to do in NYC this weekend includes Prismatica on Broadway, free aerialist performances, and a concert for Birdland.”

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21 Amazing Things New Yorkers Are Putting On Their 2021 Bucket Listssecretnyc.co

Including what we’re putting on ours!

“Though of a course a new year won’t fix everything, it definitely feels like the right time to have a fresh start.

One thing that gets us super excited is making a list of all the activities we want to take part in the new year — and luckily, we’re in the best place to do that: NYC! We also asked our Instagram followers what was on their 2021 bucket lists, and got even more ideas from that.

Full of the best of arts, culture, dining and more, NYC is still the place to be for 2021. Here’s to things looking up in the New Year!

First, here’s what you’re putting on your 2021 bucket list, according to our IG poll! “

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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: January 22-28

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include the world premiere of “They Will Take My Island,” National YoungArts Week, Frances Burney’s “The Woman Hater,” 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.

They Will Take My Island

They Will Take My Island

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Manhattan / Tue, Jan 26, 2021, 7:00 pm

On Tuesday, January 26 at 7 p.m. the MetLiveArts commission presents the world premiere of “They Will Take My Island,” which features unreleased scenes and highly personal short films by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) set to original musical scores by Armenian American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian, will stream on The Met’s website, YouTube channel and Facebook. “They Will Take My Island” includes footage from Egoyan’s films “Ararat and A Portrait of Arshile,” and Kouyoumdjian’s new score is performed by JACK …

Joanna Beall Westermann

Joanna Beall Westermann

Venus Over Manhattan

Manhattan / Tue, Jan 26, 2021, 10:00 am

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by Joanna Beall Westermann, organized in collaboration with the late artist’s estate. It will be the first solo presentation for the artist in over two decades. A student of Josef Albers and Diego Rivera, Joanna Beall Westermann’s contributions were significant, yet somewhat obscured in her lifetime by her marriage to famed sculptor and printmaker H.C. Westermann. Venus Over Manhattan’s exhibition comprises a group of …

Sondra Radvanovsky and Piotr Beczała Live in Concert

Sondra Radvanovsky and Piotr Beczała Live in Concert

Metropolitan Opera

Manhattan  / Sat, Jan 23, 2021, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and tenor Piotr Beczała will perform a live concert on Saturday, January 23, at 7:00pm CET/1:00pm ET, from the historic Stadthalle in Wuppertal, Germany, as part of the “Met Stars Live in Concert” series. The program features popular arias and duets from some of the many classic operas they’ve performed at the Met and other world stages, including Giordano’s “Andrea Chénier,” Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” and “Luisa Miller,” and Dvořák’s “Rusalka.” …

National YoungArts Week+

National YoungArts Week+

National YoungArts Foundation

Mon, Jan 25, 2021 – Sat, Jan 30, 2021

“National YoungArts Week” is YoungArts’ signature program that offers YoungArts award winners at the Finalist level the guidance needed to prepare for the next stage of their artistic development. Typically held in-person in Miami, the 2021 program, “National YoungArts Week+,” will take place virtually. During the intensive program, Finalists across 10 disciplines participate in online classes and interdisciplinary workshops with internationally recognized leaders in their field, including acclaimed visual artist Zoe Buckman; Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence …

The Woman Hater

The Woman Hater

Red Bull Theater

Manhattan / Mon, Jan 25, 2021, 7:30 pm

Frances Burney’s rarely seen 18th century proto-feminist satire, “THE WOMAN HATER” is the story of broken engagements, excessive romanticism – and one massively misguided misogynist. The one and only Everett Quinton directs this special event. Sir Roderick has turned frantic misogynist for two reasons: he was jilted 17 years previously and his sister had the gall to marry his ex-fiancee’s brother. Burney’s outrageously witty comedy of manners bursts into life with the introduction of the former …

PLUS ONGOING EVENTS

Magazines and the American Experience

Grolier Club

Manhattan / Wed, Jan 20, 2021 – Sat, Apr 24, 2021

This exhibition is a study of how magazines have both driven and reflected the American experience. Unlike regional newspapers, that report local current events, or non-fiction books, which focus on major historical moments and personalities, national magazines have the unique ability to connect trans-local communities of like-minded individuals. In the colonial era, magazines were the harbingers of American thought and identity; the first successful magazine from the 18th century proudly proclaimed itself as “The American …

“From a Passing Shape”: Modernist Works on Paper

Rosenberg & Co.

Manhattan / Mon, Jan 11, 2021 – Sat, Feb 27, 2021

Artists have long relied on paper as a fundamental support material. Paper is easily accessible and arguably the most familiar and humble medium. These qualities have led artists to use paper in a variety of ways, from the rough translation of ideas to the exploration of nontraditional processes. Artists have continued, and will continue, to reinvestigate and redeploy this everyday medium. The exhibition takes its title from the words of Pablo Picasso. He wrote, “The artist …

MasterVoices’ 79th Season

MasterVoices

Manhattan / Wed, Jan 13, 2021 – Wed, May 26, 2021

Ted Sperling, Artistic Director of MasterVoices, announced details of the 79th season of the acclaimed ensemble, which celebrates the power of the human voice to unite, inspire, and connect. The central project of MasterVoices’ 2020-2021 season will be a virtual rollout of award-winning composer Adam Guettel’s theatrical song cycle, “Myths and Hymns,” in an online staging conceived by Ted Sperling. Inspired by Greek myths and a 19th-Century Presbyterian hymnal, the 1998 cycle is a kaleidoscopic collection of …

Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Sing-Along Broadcast

South Street Seaport Museum

Manhattan / Ongoing

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event, “Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music,” continues virtually on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2pm ET. From our living rooms and kitchens join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the …

Dreaming Together

New-York Historical Society

Manhattan / Thu, Oct 29, 2020 – Sun, Jul 25, 2021

As part of the Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone—a multi-venue festival of art, ideas, and innovation—the New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum opens their first ever collaborative exhibition, “Dreaming Together.” More than 35 interwoven works drawn from both art collections generate dialogue about the urban and natural environments, protest and rebellion, individuals and identities, borders and crossings. Highlights include the Canal Street diptych (1992) from Martin Wong’s Chinatown series, 98-foot hanging scrolls by …

The Pleasure Pavilion: A Series of Installations

Luhring Augustine Gallery

Brooklyn / Thu, Sep 17, 2020 – Sat, Mar 13, 2021

Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce “The Pleasure Pavilion,” a series of installations that bring together artists from the gallery program in dialogue with the façade of a late 18th or early 19th century Indian pleasure pavilion. The arcaded portico pavilion, most likely part of an Indian palace or resort, was believed to have been originally used for recreational activities, such as enjoying musical and dance performances, entertaining guests, or admiring the surrounding gardens. The sandstone and …

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January NYC events + Top 10 NYC corona culture (01/22)

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.

For January 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 10 NYC Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1. Your Concise New York Art Guide for January 2021 hyperallergic.com

“Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month.

New year, new energy, right? Regardless of how many resolutions you’ve managed to stick to (or have perhaps wisely given yourself a break on), finding more ways to immerse yourself in art is always a worthy goal. This month, we highlight 10 more exhibitions to break up those gloomy wintery days, including plenty of vivid abstraction, sharp photography, and various smartly curated group shows, many of which are available online or by appointment.”

“Nicolas Cage hosts the history of swearing. Lorde writes a book and Julie Mehretu takes over the Whitney. This new year has to be better, right?”

3. The 25 best cheap eats in NYCTONY

“Eat for $10 or less at the best restaurants with cheap eats in NYC

UPDATE, October 29 2020: Dining out in New York City has never been so different than this year and it’s not only because restaurants had to shut down their dining rooms for more than six months. The current crisis has put a renewed focus on more affordable food options, whether you’re scarfing down tacos from a food truck or ordering dumplings from a mom-and-pop business in Chinatown. At Time Out New York, we’ve done the homework for you in discovering dishes, old and new, that are all $10 or under. 

The hefty prices at many New York restaurants can at times make the dining scene feel like it’s only for the elite. But some of the best restaurants in NYC still serve affordable bites for $10 or less. Dining on a budget in New York doesn’t have to feel like a constraint with our picks for jerk chicken, Sicilian-style pizza, creative veggie burgers, underground buffets, Cuban bakeries and more.”

“Sanford Biggers, Félix Fénéon and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s history of itself”

5. Everywhere You Should Be Eating Vegan and Vegetarian Food in NYC thrillist

17 go-to spots for meatless eats.

“New York City is on the cutting edge of all things culinary, so it’s no surprise that plant-based eateries have been a fixture in the city for decades. In fact, restaurants like Candle Cafe, Dojo, Angelica Kitchen (RIP) and many more transformed meatless diets into a lifestyle to aspire to as early as the 1970s. While vegetarian and vegan eateries have continued to proliferate since then, one exciting newish trend is the introduction of plant-based options within the fast-casual space (e.g., Taim, by CHLOE, et al.) offering affordable and quickly prepared items that make it that much easier for New Yorkers to go meat-free.”

 

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

“Businesses across all five boroughs are working toward a common goal: to welcome back guests, employees and the community at large while ensuring everyone’s health and safety. Use this hub as a starting point for what’s open right now or opening soon, and make sure to follow up directly with any venue to confirm hours and protocols before you visit.”

7. Three ‘astonishing’ works of art are inside the new Moynihan Train Hall – TONY

The Public Art Fund says they’ll ‘stop us in our tracks’
“In true New York style, the new Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station, which opens Friday, has been decked out with incredible art.

Penn Station’s $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall features a spacious, light-filled atrium with a 92-foot-high glass skylight and soaring ceilings honoring the design of the original Penn Station, but as with any new transit hub, whether it’s a new subway station, airport terminal or a passenger hall like this one, New York calls on its amazing artists to decorate the walls, halls and floors and inspire travelers passing by.”

8. Nightly Opera Streams, January 18–24 – metopera.org

Leading Ladies: Opera’s Greatest Heroines

“This week of free Nightly Opera Streams shines the spotlight on the repertory’s most iconic female roles.  In this week of free streams, re-live unforgettable past performances from some of your favorite leading ladies, including Anna Netrebko, Natalie Dessay, Sondra Radvanovsky, and more.

Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the screenings. “

9. -85 NYC restaurants with heaters for outdoor dining6sqft

“Though indoor dining is permitted at 25-percent capacity in New York City, a lot of people still don’t feel 100-percent comfortable with the idea. Luckily, the city made its outdoor dining program permanent and year-round and gave restaurants the go-ahead to install outdoor heat lamps. If you’re looking for one of these spots to dine al fresco without shivering, we’ve begun a running list throughout the city.”

10a. Learn to Cook Online: A Guide to the Best Classes at Every Level – WSJ

“The online world is bubbling over with culinary tips and training. But which courses are actually worth their salt? We cooked our way through them to find out.”

“For the cosmetics mogul and philanthropist Leonard Lauder, the city, with its museums, public transit and parks, is an explorer’s delight.”

“Get to a nearby park and get in shape (safely).”

Bonus#2: When the Bronx was a Forest: Stroll Through the Centuries – NYT

“Yankee Stadium was the site of a salt marsh. Concourse Plaza was a valley. Our critic walks with Eric Sanderson, a conservation ecologist.”

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

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January NYC events, Only the Best (01/21, 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. Stay Safe.

Earlier today we covered top NYC online travel forms and useful January NYC event info. Scroll down the site for a bit to find it. Now, how about some more useful information.

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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: January 15-21, PLUS ONGOING EVENTS

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Rhe: everything flows, BAM’s 35th Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., From a Passing Shape, 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.

35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn / Mon, Jan 18, 2021, 11:00 am

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) today announced details of its “35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” which brings together artists, activists, civic leaders, and the public for a communal commemoration and reflection on the life and legacy of Dr. King, on Monday, January 18, 2021. The 2021 virtual event welcomes back artists who have performed at BAM. Performers include Grammy-winning solo artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, Tank and the Bangas …

Magazines and the American Experience

Magazines and the American Experience

Grolier Club

Manhattan / Wed, Jan 20, 2021 – Sat, Apr 24, 2021

This exhibition is a study of how magazines have both driven and reflected the American experience. Unlike regional newspapers, that report local current events, or non-fiction books, which focus on major historical moments and personalities, national magazines have the unique ability to connect trans-local communities of like-minded individuals. In the colonial era, magazines were the harbingers of American thought and identity; the first successful magazine from the 18th century proudly proclaimed itself as “The American …

Rhe: everything flows

Rhe: everything flows

Galerie Lelong & Co.

Manhattan / Fri, Jan 01, 2021 – Sat, Feb 13, 2021

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, is pleased to present “Rhe: everything flows;” a group exhibition held in collaboration with Galleries Curate: RHE, an international contemporary art platform initiated by 21 galleries as a response to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. “Rhe,” from Greek for that which flows, centers on the theme of water: its essential significance to life, as a bridge between people and cultures, and its status under threat from climate change. A …

Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands

Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands

Morgan Library & Museum

Manhattan /This exhibition explores the evolution of courtly clothing from the “Fashion Revolution” around 1330 to the flowering of the Renaissance in France following the accession of King François I in 1515. During this period, the modern notion of changing fashion was reborn. Because few actual garments from the Middle Ages survive, we use the art of this era — illuminated manuscripts and early printed books — to reveal its evolving styles. Concentrating on France and …

“From a Passing Shape”: Modernist Works on Paper

“From a Passing Shape”: Modernist Works on Paper

Rosenberg & Co.

Manhattan / Mon, Jan 11, 2021 – Sat, Feb 27, 2021

Artists have long relied on paper as a fundamental support material. Paper is easily accessible and arguably the most familiar and humble medium. These qualities have led artists to use paper in a variety of ways, from the rough translation of ideas to the exploration of nontraditional processes. Artists have continued, and will continue, to reinvestigate and redeploy this everyday medium. The exhibition takes its title from the words of Pablo Picasso. He wrote, “The artist …

PLUS ONGOING EVENTS

MasterVoices’ 79th Season

MasterVoices

Manhattan / Wed, Jan 13, 2021 – Wed, May 26, 2021

Ted Sperling, Artistic Director of MasterVoices, announced details of the 79th season of the acclaimed ensemble, which celebrates the power of the human voice to unite, inspire, and connect. The central project of MasterVoices’ 2020-2021 season will be a virtual rollout of award-winning composer Adam Guettel’s theatrical song cycle, “Myths and Hymns,” in an online staging conceived by Ted Sperling. Inspired by Greek myths and a 19th-Century Presbyterian hymnal, the 1998 cycle is a kaleidoscopic collection of …

Jill Nathanson: Light Phrase

Berry Campbell Gallery

Manhattan / Thu, Jan 07, 2021 – Sat, Feb 06, 2021

Berry Campbell Gallery is pleased to announce the start of the 2021 season with a solo exhibition of recent work by New York artist, Jill Nathanson. Nathanson’s new paintings continue her exploration of color theory. Combining this with her elaborate process of mixing and pouring paints on to wood panel, Nathanson stands apart from her contemporaries. In 2015, Nathanson was one of six artists in “Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction” at the Museum of Contemporary …

Librado Romero: From the Desert to the River

Hudson River Museum

Westchester / Tue, Dec 08, 2020 – Sun, Jun 27, 2021

Hudson River Museum announces “Librado Romero: From the Desert to the River,” which is on view through June 27, 2021. The exhibition, which includes paintings and sketchbooks, explores the varied landscapes of the artist’s journeys, both internal and external, from his childhood in Calexico, California, to his studio in Yonkers and a home overlooking the Hudson River. Librado “Lee” Romero was a contributing photographer to a team that earned The New York Times a Pulitzer Prize …

Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Sing-Along Broadcast

South Street Seaport Museum

Manhattan / Ongoing

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event, “Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music,” continues virtually on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2pm ET. From our living rooms and kitchens join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the …

Dreaming Together

New-York Historical Society

Manhattan / Thu, Oct 29, 2020 – Sun, Jul 25, 2021

As part of the Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone—a multi-venue festival of art, ideas, and innovation—the New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum opens their first ever collaborative exhibition, “Dreaming Together.” More than 35 interwoven works drawn from both art collections generate dialogue about the urban and natural environments, protest and rebellion, individuals and identities, borders and crossings. Highlights include the Canal Street diptych (1992) from Martin Wong’s Chinatown series, 98-foot hanging scrolls by …

The Pleasure Pavilion: A Series of Installations

Luhring Augustine Gallery

Brooklyn / Thu, Sep 17, 2020 – Sat, Mar 13, 2021

Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce “The Pleasure Pavilion,” a series of installations that bring together artists from the gallery program in dialogue with the façade of a late 18th or early 19th century Indian pleasure pavilion. The arcaded portico pavilion, most likely part of an Indian palace or resort, was believed to have been originally used for recreational activities, such as enjoying musical and dance performances, entertaining guests, or admiring the surrounding gardens. The sandstone and …

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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.

Places to Go in NYC: Virtual Tours of Observation Decks

City Guide News Desk

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.

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Here is some more useful NYC information for this winter season.

Metropolitan Opera | Week 45

The Best Food Trucks & Carts In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

‘It Should’ve Happened A Long Time Ago’: Whitney Retrospective Gives Black Photographers Their Due – Gothamist

10/28 NYC Restaurants With Enclosed Tents For When It’s Freezing & Raining Sideways – New York – The Infatuation

The Underground Gourmet’s Year-End Digest – grubstreet.com

Michelin-Starred Musket Room Now Selling Sandwiches Out Of 1962 International Harvester Van – Gothamist

The Best Live Theater to Stream Online Today – TONY

2020 In Photos: A Year Like No Other – The New York Times

What to stream online: from virtual museum tours to the best concert movies and theatre shows – telegraph.co.uk

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January NYC Events + Top NYC Online Travel Forums (01/21)

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. First of all, some very important information:

There are multiple websites, disappearing slots and even attempts to game the system. Here’s our guide to what you have to do to get a dose in your arm.

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For January 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 6 Top Online Travel Forums.

Traditional travel guides and blogs, whether online or in paper format, give you a lot of content but still have their limitations. Chances are you’ll have specific questions and concerns that they didn’t cover.

Online travel forums (the original social media) are one of the best ways to find information you can’t find elsewhere, and to find answers to specific questions. These online communities of travelers are ready and willing to offer their insights and first-hand knowledge.

Which are the best travel forums – the forums with many informed and active members who will answer your questions promptly and accurately? with moderators who will ensure that discussions stay relevant and civil?

Here are my six favorites:

> Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree An old timer (since 1996) – you can search by destination or interest, search for a travel buddy or just have a chat. 7.1M results for “everything ever.” Search here for New York City

> Trip Advisor’s Travel Board Their motto: ”Get the truth.Then go” Search by destination or interest. The New York City Travel Forum has 189K topics and the sidebar “Top questions about New York City” is very helpful. Search here for New York City

> Frommer’s Community Forums Not as active as some other forums, but archived topics can be helpful. Search by destinations, trip ideas, tips&tools. Search here for New York City

> Fodor’s Travel Talk Forums This is a big one with 2.1M posts for the USA and 3.9M posts for Europe and can be difficult to find what you are looking for. In order to use all the features of the forum, you will need to register. Search here for New York City

> Flyer Talk Forums Been around a long time. Heavy, of course, on air travel and airports. But the destinations section has a New York City forum with many posts. Unfortunately, browsing through the threads is time consuming, and the search engine is not very helpful. Search here for New York City

> Rick Steve’s Travel Forum This is a Euro-centric Forum, so much won’t be of help for NYCity. But Rick Steves and his travelers have so much good information on the site, including travel technology, I just had to list it. Be sure to use it when you travel to Europe. Search here for technology tips

Of course, your FaceBook friends and Twitter world may be helpful too.

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here February 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ These special interest NYC links should be helpful, too.

Ice skating rink and holiday market open at Bryant Park’s Winter Village | 6sqft

Things To Do At Home – The New York Times

21 Amazing Things New Yorkers Are Putting On Their 2021 Bucket Lists – Secretnyc

Museums Are Still Open in New York. Here’s What’s on View (for Now). – The New York Times

19 Standout Vegan Dishes to Try in NYC Right Now – ny.eater.com

Moynihan Train Hall Brings Art to Penn Station – The New York Times

NYC Outdoor Dining: Bracing for Winter – grubstreet.com

NYC Restaurant Reopening Guide – NYC Business – www1.nyc.gov

Many New York City Restaurants See Halt of Indoor Dining as Death Blow – WSJ

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January NYC events + Top 10 NYC corona culture (01/20)

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. First of all, some very important information:

There are multiple websites, disappearing slots and even attempts to game the system. Here’s our guide to what you have to do to get a dose in your arm.

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For January 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 10 NYC Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1.The best places to go ice-skating in NYCTONY

“It’s time to lace up your skates—the best ice skating rinks in NYC are waiting for you. As one of the most beloved cities to spend the holidays in, NYC has plenty of indoor and outdoor rinks where you can glide and practice your toe jumps. To help narrow down your options, we’ve ranked the top places to go, from the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center or lower-key rinks at NYC parks like Central Park. You can even make a full-day out of it when you shop at one of the city’s best holiday markets, followed by sipping hot chocolate and skating on The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. If you’d rather stay warm while on the ice, there are many all-weather indoor rinks, including spots that offer roller skating.”

“A $1.6 billion transformation of a post office has given the city a lofty, light-filled steel, glass and marble cathedral, our critic writes.

The $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall opened at dawn on New Year’s morning — on budget, too, even a couple of months early. Instagram swooned. Tweeters channeled Stefon from “Saturday Night Live.”

In the midst of everything else, we needed this. New York needs this.”

3. The Underground Gourmet’s Year-End Digestgrubstreet

“The best new comfort food we ate in 2020.

Now is the time for pure, unalloyed comfort food, however you define it, which happens to be the theme of our roundup of the best things we ate this year.”

4. The best things to do in NYC this week TONY

“If you’re looking for the best things to do in NYC this week or even today, there are tons of fun options (so long as you can social distance and wear a mask). Start by celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in NYC with The Apollo Theater or BAM or swing by the Prismatica art installation. Later on, rent a cabin at The Greens, take a walk under the new glowing paper lanterns in Chinatown or catch a performance from aerialists and acrobats at City Point.”

5.- 10 Cool NYC Art and Museum Exhibitions to Check Out Nowthrillist

“Grab your mask and wander the halls of the city’s unparalleled cultural institutions.

When NYC museums were forced to close their doors in March due to COVID-19, art-loving New Yorkers had to endure an already difficult period without all of the creativity and inspiration that comes from wandering the halls of our city’s unparalleled cultural institutions. Thankfully, though, museums in NYC were able to reopen in the late summer, and have remained so since then.”

6. How Fans of The Queen’s Gambit Can Explore Chess in NYCuntappedcities.com

“When thinking of chess, what normally comes to mind is a pair of players dressed in khakis, glasses, and sweater vests. But if you’ve recently seen Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, chess might seem a lot more . . . glamorous? Almost to the point where you may have wanted to dig out your old chess board from the attic (good luck buying a set — thanks to the show, they’re sold out nearly everywhere). Based off of Walter Tevis’ novel of the same name, The Queens Gambit takes place during the sixties and follows chess prodigy Beth Harmon as she strives to become the world’s greatest chess player.”

7. The Best Meals I Ate in 2020grubstreet

“Our critic Adam Platt finds some comforts in a heartbreaking year.”

8. Editors’ Picks: 17 Events for Your Art Calendar This WeekArtnet.com

“From a New Deitch-Gagosian Collaboration to a Look at the US Presidency

Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New York area.

9. Go-To NYC Spots for Takeout, Delivery, and Outdoor Dining in 2020ny.eater.com

“From Golden Diner’s honey butter pancakes to Parlay’s chicken curry, here are the restaurant orders that were kept in regular rotation all year long”

10. Bryant Park’s Winter Village Officially Openssecretnyc.com

“The wonderland will feature tins of holiday shops, a pop-up rinkside food hall, and a 17,000-foot free ice skating rink as the centerpiece. (You’ll only have to pay to rent skates if you don’t already have, which cost $18-$33, depending on the day). Because of COVID-19, there are many new safety measures in place, including a completely-outdoors Winter Village experience.”

bonus#1. : When Manhattan Was Mannahatta: a Stroll Through the Centuries  – NYT  

“From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of Lower Manhattan.”

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

Bonus#2: The best theater you can stream online anytimeTONY

“Much of the best streaming theater, dance and music of the lockdown period remains viewable anytime.”

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Stay home for a bit longer – Mask up, stay smart and stay safe

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