October NYC Events (10/29) (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.

Earlier today we covered Top NYC Online Travel Forums and Lower Manhattan sights. Here is some more useful information.

NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: October 23 – October 29 | NYC-ARTS

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Virtual Bloodlines Festival, Reparations NOW!, About Time: Fashion and Duration 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.

Is This America?

Is This America?

Fri, Oct 23, 2020 – Tue, Nov 03, 2020

The consequences of the 2020 presidential election will be historic. Amid a global pandemic, our polarized nation will strive to mobilize millions of voters in states from coast to coast and territories beyond our borders. Despite withstanding discrimination, harassment, and brutality, Fannie Lou Hamer fought earnestly to ensure that African Americans had the right to vote. Her efforts, and those of other voting rights activists, culminated in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of …

About Time: Fashion and Duration

About Time: Fashion and Duration

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Manhattan / Thu, Oct 29, 2020 – Sat, Feb 27, 2021

The Costume Institute’s upcoming exhibition “About Time: Fashion and Duration” traces 150 years of fashion, from 1870 to the present, along a disrupted timeline, in honor of the Museum’s 150th anniversary. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée—the continuity of time—the exhibition will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. The concept will also be examined through the writings of Virginia Woolf, who will serve as the exhibition’s …

Virtual Bloodlines Festival

Virtual Bloodlines Festival

Stephen Petronio Dance Company

Manhattan / Fri, Oct 23, 2020 – Thu, Nov 12, 2020

Stephen Petronio Company is proud to announce the “Virtual Bloodlines Festival,” a three week long digital happening showcasing the work of postmodern dance masters Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Anna Halprin, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, and Yvonne Rainer. Running October 23 –November 12, 2020, the online festival will feature screenings of work from Stephen Petronio Company’s Bloodlines, which began in 2015 and has since restaged 11 iconic dances. These masterpieces have irrevocably marked the American postmodern dance landscape and have had a particular …

Reparations NOW!

Reparations NOW!

The Center at West Park

Manhattan / Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Reparations NOW!” is Ensemble Pi’s new project, inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ congressional testimony and Ibram X. Kendi’s best-seller book, “How to Be an Antiracist” – both of which offer powerful and compelling arguments in support of reparations for the African-American community. Focusing on social justice, the new-music collective Ensemble Pi has presented concerts in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and opposing police brutality and systemic racism since 2015. This new project features works from a diverse …

Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy

Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy

Museum of Arts and Design

Manhattan / Fri, Sep 25, 2020 – Sun, Apr 04, 2021

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents “Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy,” from September 25 to April 4, 2021, a major midcareer survey that is the first to assess the remarkable achievements of the renowned contemporary artist. From sumptuous displays of excess, including provocative installations comprising hundreds of individual glass elements, to poetic and contemplative works in glass, metal, clay, video, and photography, the works on view are ethereal meditations on time and mortality and simultaneously … ==============================================================

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.

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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These general interest links should be helpful, too.

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

New York Film Festival: 10 Great Movies You Can (Mostly) Stream Online – The New York Times

The Met and MoMA in New York reopen to the public after months-long shutdowns – The Washington Post

When Will Concerts Return? Experts Weigh In. | HuffPost Life

How Are The Arts Fairing Amid The Pandemic?

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October NYC Events + Top NYC Online Travel Forums (10/29)

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 October 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 November 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 then Lower Manhattan. The Battery and Bowling Green, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, One World Observatory, the Oculus, National Museum of the American Indian, South Street Seaport, Statue of Liberty, and so much more are all here.

For information on everything to do, see and enjoy in Lower Manhattan, let’s look at these sites with good visitor info (w).

Battery Park City | The Official Guide to New York City

10+ Things to Do in Lower Manhattan During Your Trip to New York City | Leisure Pass Group

Best Day Ever: Lower Manhattan – Fathom

The Ultimate Self-Guided Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan: Local’s Guide

What to do in Lower Manhattan – Fathom

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These general interest links should be helpful, too.

101 Thrilling Things To Do In New York This October – Secretnyc

Critic Robert Sietsema’s Top 12 Neighborhood Pizza Slices – NY Eater

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

7 Places to Photograph the NYC Skyline – cityguideny

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

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October NYC Events (10/28) (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.

Earlier today we covered NYC Corona Culture and Lower Manhattan sights. Here is some more useful information.

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 this Fall Foliage info while the weather is still so nice.

NYC Leaf Peeping and Fall Foliage in 2020  (newyorkfamily.com)

“With Fall just around the corner, the city will soon be filled with classic autumn colors. In this list, we provide an updated version from our previous leaf-peeping post containing new COVID-19 guidelines that parks are following. All of these will be open for the season that you can visit at any time or with reserved time tickets. Make sure to check each website for specific information.”

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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 (October 22 – October 28)

10/22 – The Mountain Goats: The Jordan Lake Sessions

10/22 – The National’s Matt Berninger Q&A

10/22 – Pearl Jam from the Vault, on the 30th anniversary of the band’s first live performance

10/23-25 Afropunk Planet three-day festival featuring Bootsy Collins, Meshell Ndegeocello and more

10/23 – This is the Kit, Rough Trade Instagram

10/23 – Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective” with Q&A

10/23 – Tori Amos conversation with Kate Feld, Manchester Literature Festival

10/24 – HAIM, Go Global Gala livestream

10/24 – Kermit Ruffins and the B.B.Q. Swingers

10/24 – Chance the Rapper, Questlove (DJ), Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J on Black Entrepreneurs Day

10/25 – Village of Love Planned Parenthood Benefit with Angel Olsen, Brittany Howard, Deep Sea Diver, Phoebe Bridgers, Ezra Furman and more

10/25 – The Lemonheads from Bowery Electric

10/25 – Cold War Kids play New Age Norms 1 and 2 from LA

10/26 – Lilly Hiatt, live from City Winery Nashville

Online concert calendar and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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These links should be helpful, too.

Actually Cool Things to Do in NYC Right Now – Thrillist

🎃 New York In October I Things To Do In NYC | October 2020 Edition

What to stream online: from virtual museum tours to the best concert movies and theatre shows

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

Here’s when your favorite NYC museum is opening

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October NYC Events + Top 10 NYC Corona Culture (10/28)

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 October 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 Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1. – 10 big differences between fall in NYC this year vs. last year – TONY

“This will be a fall unlike any other. There’s nothing like fall in New York City—the crisp air hitting your lungs, the golden leaves waving in the cool breezes, the cocktails and coffee drinks that warm us up—it’s a time that most of us look forward to every year. This year, well, is going to be a lot different. We’re facing a new reality as most of us aren’t yet back in our offices and going out requires a whole new set of rules.”

2. Here’s what you need to know about museums reopening in New York City – amNewYork

“Since the start of the pandemic, we had all turned to virtual museum activities and videos to see our favorite exhibits and galleries. Now that Cuomo has given the green light for museums and other cultural institutions to reopen, they are gearing up to welcome us back in. Like most establishments that have reopened in the past months, everything has a new “normal,” and the same goes for these museums. Before you make your way to see your favorite gallery, take a look at these museum guidelines so that you can be fully informed and prepared when arriving. Be sure to also check the museum’s website for additional information on their policies and for any changes before visiting.”

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

“What you need to know before you head back to the museums, from safety precautions to the exhibitions still on view.”

4. The best theater you can stream online anytimeTONY

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

5. How to Enjoy Outdoor Dining Right NowGrubstreet

“And how to dress for it in February.”

6. The New York Film Festival Goes Virtual | The New Yorker

“Highlights include the New York première of Chloé Zhao’s drama “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand, and the world premières of the first three installments of Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe.”

7. Here are things that you can do in Central Park amid the COVID-19 pandemic – amNewYork

“While the Park remains open to the public, to mitigate the spread of the virus and in alignment with recommendations from public health officials, in-Park tours and public programming are on pause, and all visitor centers are closed until further notice.”

8. Best Exhibits in NYC Open Right Now: New Exhibitions, Pop Ups & More – Thrillist

“Governor Cuomo announced that indoor cultural activities like museums (and also bowling alleys, yes!) are allowed to reopen starting today. That’s good news for art-loving New Yorkers who have been cooped up for months with limited entertainment options. While many museums will slowly reopen over the upcoming weeks, when they do, expect attendance limited to 25% capacity, staggered and timed entry with ticketing booked in advance, and necessary safety protocols including the requirement of facial coverings and social distancing. So grab your mask and hand sanitizer, and check out these eight cool exhibitions to celebrate the museum phase of Phase 4’s reopening.”

9. New York City to Resume Indoor Dining at Restaurants – WSJ

“Indoor service can resume Sept. 30 with capacity capped at 25%, following six-month ban aimed at curbing coronavirus.”

10. Biking in New York City  – nycgo.com

With more than 1,000 miles of bike routes and lanes, NYC makes for a bike-friendly destination. Two-wheeled transit is an increasingly popular and accessible way to navigate the City while taking in some extraordinary vistas. Check out this video for a beginner’s guide to getting around town by bike. For more details, our biking article has the basics on how to rent some wheels and ride safely, along with some suggested starter routes.”

bonus: 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 November 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 then Lower Manhattan. The Battery and Bowling Green, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, One World Observatory, the Oculus, National Museum of the American Indian, South Street Seaport, Statue of Liberty, and so much more are all here.

For information on everything to do, see and enjoy in Lower Manhattan, let’s look at these sites with good visitor info (v).

10+ Things to Do in Lower Manhattan (#5 is my favorite)

Things to Do in Lower Manhattan & Downtown NYC

Lower Manhattan, NYC: SECRET Spots and Hidden Gems Tour! 😱 (w/ @Urbanist: History of Cities ) – YouTube

You Can Now Tour Ellis Island Without Getting On a Boat – Curbed NY

Take a Virtual Tour of the Financial District and the Battery – The New York Times

100 Years of Grandeur: Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, New York, New York – YouTube

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October NYC Events (10/27) (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.

Earlier today we covered NYC on You Tube and Lower Manhattan sights. Now, how about some more useful information.

Watch Broadway Performances During Social Distancing

GD: Unfortunately, fans of Broadway will have to wait a little longer for shows to resume — until at least late May 2021. That hurts!

NYCGO

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 NYC

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: October 23 – October 29 | NYC-ARTS

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Virtual Bloodlines Festival, Reparations NOW!, About Time: Fashion and Duration 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.

Is This America?

Is This America?

Fri, Oct 23, 2020 – Tue, Nov 03, 2020

The consequences of the 2020 presidential election will be historic. Amid a global pandemic, our polarized nation will strive to mobilize millions of voters in states from coast to coast and territories beyond our borders. Despite withstanding discrimination, harassment, and brutality, Fannie Lou Hamer fought earnestly to ensure that African Americans had the right to vote. Her efforts, and those of other voting rights activists, culminated in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of …

About Time: Fashion and Duration

About Time: Fashion and Duration

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Manhattan / Thu, Oct 29, 2020 – Sat, Feb 27, 2021

The Costume Institute’s upcoming exhibition “About Time: Fashion and Duration” traces 150 years of fashion, from 1870 to the present, along a disrupted timeline, in honor of the Museum’s 150th anniversary. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée—the continuity of time—the exhibition will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. The concept will also be examined through the writings of Virginia Woolf, who will serve as the exhibition’s …

Virtual Bloodlines Festival

Virtual Bloodlines Festival

Stephen Petronio Dance Company

Manhattan / Fri, Oct 23, 2020 – Thu, Nov 12, 2020

Stephen Petronio Company is proud to announce the “Virtual Bloodlines Festival,” a three week long digital happening showcasing the work of postmodern dance masters Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Anna Halprin, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, and Yvonne Rainer. Running October 23 –November 12, 2020, the online festival will feature screenings of work from Stephen Petronio Company’s Bloodlines, which began in 2015 and has since restaged 11 iconic dances. These masterpieces have irrevocably marked the American postmodern dance landscape and have had a particular …

Reparations NOW!

Reparations NOW!

The Center at West Park

Manhattan / Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Reparations NOW!” is Ensemble Pi’s new project, inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ congressional testimony and Ibram X. Kendi’s best-seller book, “How to Be an Antiracist” – both of which offer powerful and compelling arguments in support of reparations for the African-American community. Focusing on social justice, the new-music collective Ensemble Pi has presented concerts in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and opposing police brutality and systemic racism since 2015. This new project features works from a diverse …

Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy

Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy

Museum of Arts and Design

Manhattan / Fri, Sep 25, 2020 – Sun, Apr 04, 2021

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents “Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy,” from September 25 to April 4, 2021, a major midcareer survey that is the first to assess the remarkable achievements of the renowned contemporary artist. From sumptuous displays of excess, including provocative installations comprising hundreds of individual glass elements, to poetic and contemplative works in glass, metal, clay, video, and photography, the works on view are ethereal meditations on time and mortality and simultaneously …

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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.

CityGuideNY

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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October NYC Events + NYC on You Tube (10/27)

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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.

For October 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 on YouTube.

There are some very fine NYC YouTube videos, it’s tough to pick just a few. Here are some of my faves:

Treasures of New York: American Museum of Natural History

Central Park – Everything You Need to Know

Best Food Carts in New York City

How to photograph New York City from a Helicopter

The best of New York City in a few days trip

Treasures of New York: The New-York Historical Society

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Harry Nilsson – I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here November 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 then Lower Manhattan. The Battery, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, One World Observatory, National Museum of the American Indian, South Street Seaport, Statue of Liberty, and so much more are all here.

For information on everything to do, see and enjoy in Lower Manhattan, let’s look at these sites with good visitor info (u).

See Lower Manhattan in 48 Hours – tripsavvy

A Walking and Gawking Guide to Lower Manhattan – WSJ

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Manhattan (Downtown) on Tripadvisor: Check out Things to Do in Downtown Manhattan (Downtown), New York City

20 Permanent Outdoor Art Installations in Lower Manhattan – Untapped New York

The Top 8 Things to Do in Manhattan’s Financial District – tripsavvy

Things to do in LOWER MANHATTAN – if you only have 2 hours! (NEW YORK CITY travel video) – YouTube

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

Things to Do This Week NYC – The New York Times

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

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming political operas every night this week – TONY

The Return of Indoor Dining in New York City Doesn’t Mean Business as Usual – WSJ

Halloween Events NYC Hosts For A Scary Good Time in 2020 – TONY

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October NYC Events (10/26) (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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.

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Earlier today we covered Corona Culture and Lower Manhattan sights. Now, how about some more useful information.

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.

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 (October 22 – October 28)

10/22 – The Mountain Goats: The Jordan Lake Sessions

10/22 – The National’s Matt Berninger Q&A

10/22 – Pearl Jam from the Vault, on the 30th anniversary of the band’s first live performance

10/23-25 Afropunk Planet three-day festival featuring Bootsy Collins, Meshell Ndegeocello and more

10/23 – This is the Kit, Rough Trade Instagram

10/23 – Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective” with Q&A

10/23 – Tori Amos conversation with Kate Feld, Manchester Literature Festival

10/24 – HAIM, Go Global Gala livestream

10/24 – Kermit Ruffins and the B.B.Q. Swingers

10/24 – Chance the Rapper, Questlove (DJ), Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J on Black Entrepreneurs Day

10/25 – Village of Love Planned Parenthood Benefit with Angel Olsen, Brittany Howard, Deep Sea Diver, Phoebe Bridgers, Ezra Furman and more

10/25 – The Lemonheads from Bowery Electric

10/25 – Cold War Kids play New Age Norms 1 and 2 from LA

10/26 – Lilly Hiatt, live from City Winery Nashville

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 this Fall Foliage info while the weather is still so nice.

NYC Leaf Peeping and Fall Foliage in 2020  (newyorkfamily.com)

“With Fall just around the corner, the city will soon be filled with classic autumn colors. In this list, we provide an updated version from our previous leaf-peeping post containing new COVID-19 guidelines that parks are following. All of these will be open for the season that you can visit at any time or with reserved time tickets. Make sure to check each website for specific information.”

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October NYC Events + Top 11 NYC Corona Culture (10/26)

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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.

============================================================= For October 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!

Start with Things to Do This Week – The New York Times

“(Or vice versa.) It’s Halloween week and treats abound, from oysters to ballet to a Sam Smith concert.”

2. 8 spots to celebrate Oktoberfest 2020 in NYC | 6sqft

“Although the world’s biggest Oktoberfest festival in Munich won’t take place this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are still ways to celebrate Bavarian culture locally this month. Biergartens and beer halls across New York City are serving up traditional biers and brats, decking out their spaces with festive decorations, and putting on live music. And while indoor dining can officially resume as of this week, most restaurants also have spacious outdoor patios and gardens, as well as take-out and delivery options.”

3. 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.”

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

“The best things to do in NYC this week, includes seeing ARTECHOUSE’s new digital art, doing a free silent disco workout and more”

5. Fear of the Indoors GrubStreet

“Can we really trust our fellow diners enough to head back inside?”

6. New York City’s Indoor Dining Reopens After Six-Month Shutdown – WSJ

“Restaurants faced some challenges but were hopeful as patrons returned to local favorites”

7. The best live theater to stream online this weekTONY

“Theaters are closed for now, but you can find great stage stars and events streaming online today”

8. Koreatown’s 32nd St. Is Now Closed To Traffic For NYC’s Best New Outdoor Dining Set-Up – Secretnyc

“Like other cultural neighborhoods in NYC, now the streets of K-town are closed to cars so you can explore the adored neighborhood like never before!”

9. 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.”

10. 20 Sheltered Spots for Dining Outdoors in NYC When It Rains. – Eater NewYork

“A roundup of places that offer superior shelter when a thunderstorm hits.” 

11. 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.”

bonus: 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 November 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 then Lower Manhattan. The Battery, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, One World Observatory, National Museum of the American Indian, South Street Seaport, Statue of Liberty, and so much more are all here.

For information on everything to do, see and enjoy in Lower Manhattan, let’s look at these sites with good visitor info (t).

The Unusual Sights of Manhattan’s Financial District – Atlas Obscura Lists

Things to do in Battery Park | All You Need to Know and More

The Top 12 Things to Do in Battery Park City

• Things to do in Lower Manhattan NYC | Ultimate Insider Guide 2019 •

Top 8 Colonial Landmarks in Lower Manhattan

The Best Things to Do in Lower Manhattan

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October NYC Events (10/25) (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. (New Stuff!)

101 Thrilling Things To Do In New York This Octobersecretnyc.co

“Everyone’s favorite cozy, spooky month is here!

That’s right, New York, it’s October. The time for all of the pumpkins, apples, hot ciders, and Halloween costumes you can get your hands on. Plus it’s still not too cold yet, so there are tons of outdoor activities you can still enjoy, along with foods to try and NYC locales to visit. From magical pumpkin extravaganzas to catching the brightest full moon to munching on the yummiest fall treats, check out these 101 tips for awesome activities to enjoy all October long:” ============================================================

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

“One reason some Long Islanders avoid the landmark and iconic sights of New York City is the struggle with hordes of tourists, but thanks to the health crisis, the world is not coming to the Big Apple as in years past. Although dozens of states and territories remain under the Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s quarantine, a trip to the Five Boroughs is still only a drive or train ride away for Long Islanders who have spent years coming into NYC for fun, food and frolick. With fall still a reasonable time to be outside, and COVID-19 hospitalizations (as of Sept. 1) at the lowest point since March 16, here are some places you may want to see — or see again — in the Big City (just be sure to bring a mask):”

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The best museum exhibitions in NYC right now TONY

Searching for listings and reviews for the best New York museum exhibitions and shows? We have you covered.

“New York City has tons of things going for it, from incredible buildings to breathtaking parks. But surely, the top of the list includes NYC’s vast array of museums, covering every field of culture and knowledge: There are quirky museums and interactive museums, free museums and world-beating art institutions like the Metropolitan Museum. Between them, they offer so many exhibitions, of every variety and taste, that it’s hard to keep track of them. But if you’ve starting to suffer a sudden attack of FOMA, fear not! We’ve got you covered with our select list of the best museum exhibitions in NYC.”

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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.

CityGuideNY

Things to Do This Weekend in NYC (10/19-10/25)

(10/19-10/25) “There’s more to do in NYC now than there’s been since the mid-March lockdown, including many of the city’s cultural destinations. 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!”

AN IMMERSIVE ART EXHIBITION

artechouse celestial

Head to the historic boiler room of Chelsea Market to experience ARTECHOUSE, a new immersive art space. The latest exhibition there, “Celestial,” opens Thursday with an immersive digital experienced inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year 2020. The installation draws on “Classic Blue”’s inspirational qualities to take visitors beyond the skies. Sound, light, and color come together for a very Instagrammable experience. “During these unprecedented times as a society we have found ourselves in a new state of existence. Before 2020 even began, Pantone selected Classic Blue as the color of the year because they saw it as the hue to sustain us during a time of change,” says Sandro Keserelidze, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of ARTECHOUSE . “2020 ended up bringing changes no one expected, making the hue of Classic Blue, and the qualities it represents, more relevant now than ever before. We couldn’t think of a more timeless and timely theme to end the year and launch a new chapter of experiences.” artechouse.com/nyc

HARLEM RESTAURANT WEEK

harlem restaurant week

The 11th Harlem Restaurant Week is here, running from Monday, October 19th through Sunday, October 31st. You can take advantage of four specials, a $25 prix fixe lunch, $35 prix fixe dinner, under $10 Harlem eats, and under $25 retail offers. In this COVID era, expect outdoor dining and takeout/delivery experiences. There are plenty of options in this vibrant neighborhood, check out the site for International, Fine Dining, Date Night, and Drinks categories.

GET YOUR COSTUME, NEW YORK!

halloween 2020 fly costumes

New York Costumes / Halloween Adventure is the city’s biggest year-round costume destination and they are more than ready for Halloween 2020. Head over to the East Village to find NYC’s largest costume and accessories superstore. The selection of costumes, wigs, masks, makeup, decor, and novelties is extensive. Hours are extended for the season; Monday through Thursday 11am until 8pm, until 9am Friday and Saturday, and Sundays from noon to 7pm.

GHOST STORIES OF LOWER MANHATTAN (IN PERSON)

trinity church

Get the jump on Halloween this Sunday with a tour of the oldest part of the city. You’ll go back to 1624 and beyond as you explore the landmarks of Wall Street, the winding paths of Bowling Green, and the tombstones of Trinity Churchyard. From Revolutionary War heroes to royal British crossdressers, ghostly figures of New York’s past will entertain and sometimes shock you. Two sessions, 5pm and 7pm.

INSTAGRAMMABLE MOMENTS
pumpkin arch seaport

Photo by Jane Kratochvil. 

Your Instagrammable Moment this week: the Pumpkin Arch has returned to the Heineken Riverdeck at Pier 17 in the Seaport District downtown. It’s up now, through Thanksgiving. Make it a day trip and grab a bite to eat at Malibu FarmThe Fulton, or Cobble & Co! All restaurants are offering indoor and outdoor dining, with a selection of seasonal dishes.

ONGOING: THE QUEENS NIGHT MARKET AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER

treat yourself jerk

Not in Queens and not at night, but the Queens Night Market is now holding down a prime slot on the south plaza of Rockefeller Center. From Monday through Saturday, 11am-5pm throughout the fall, head to this open-air scene to treat yourself to a big bite of New York City’s global culture. Vendors include Treat Yourself Jerk Chicken (above) as well as Joey Bats Café for Portuguese egg tarts, Mamika’s Homemade Balinese cuisine, Ecuadorian empanadas from La Braza, and many more.

NEWLY REOPENED!

An interior view of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Founded in 1982, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum takes visitors on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery. After several months on pause, the museum is back as of Friday, September 25th. Among the treasures here you’ll find the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle, which paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program. Also on display are 27 authentically restored aircraft, including the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird, the world’s fastest military jet and spy plane, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. For the safety of both staff and visitors, many new safety procedures have been put in place—you can read about them herePier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave., 212-245-0072, intrepidmuseum.org

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“Cultural attractions are reopening across the country. If you decide to see a film or take in an exhibit, know the risks and take precautions.”

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The Weekender – NYT

Times editors have handpicked 9 stories for you to enjoy. Welcome to The Weekender.

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October NYC Events + NYC Weekend Corona Culture (10/25)

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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.

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For October 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!

9 Actually Fun Things to Do in NYC This WeekendThrillist

“Do you have your Halloween look picked out yet? With only one more weekend to go before the big day, it’s time to start shopping for the perfect face covering to go with your costume. Then again, if your face mask of the past seven months is also going to be your Halloween ensemble, there’s plenty of haunted houses and spooky attractions where you can go flaunt it.

But for this weekend, you can kick off the start of early voting in NYC, try Korean bingsoo shaved ice sundaes from a brand-new shop, find your new winter wardrobe at a curated vintage pop-up in Industry City, or take an eight-mile hike through the woods without leaving the five boroughs—we’ve rounded up actually fun things to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC.

Warm up at a ramen noodle pop-up

Friday, October 23, 6pm
Upper West Side
For one night only, ramen chef Shigetoshi Nakamura will be serving up piping bowls of noodles to warm your bones in this chilly weather. Only 100 bowls of torigara chicken, tontoro creamy pork, and spicy vegan sesame miso will be available, so make sure to get in line to slurp up the one you want. The pop-up starts at 6pm at comfort-food restaurant Good Enough To Eat and ends when the ramen runs out.  
Cost: Bowls start at $17

Get a jump start on early voting with a march to the polls

Saturday, October 24
Multiple Locations
October 24 kicks off the first day of early voting in NYC. Celebrate your constitutional right and make your voice heard by joining a rally with Plus1Vote, an organization dedicated to getting out the vote. If you’re in Brooklyn, you can join a 10am rally at Grand Army Plaza, then make your way with the crowd to the polling place at the Brooklyn Museum; in Manhattan, the gathering starts in Washington Square Park at 12:30pm and moves to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts for the crowd to cast their votes. And check out our voting primer for more resources and tips to stay safe while voting.
Cost: Free

Eat your way through the start of Harlem Restaurant Week

Weekend-long
Harlem
The 11th annual Harlem Restaurant Week shines a spotlight on one of NYC’s best food destinations. Running until the end of the month, participating bars and restaurants are offering $25 prix fixe lunches and $35 prix fixe dinners, letting you take full advantage of the city’s extended outdoor dining (takeout and delivery are available, too!). Have a meal at a Harlem standby like Ruby’s Vintage Harlem or try out a new spot—it’s the perfect time to find your next neighborhood favorite. 
Cost: Prix fixe lunch is $25; prix fixe dinner is $35

Shop for winter looks at a vintage pop-up

Saturday, October 24 – Sunday, October 25
Industry City
The vintage curators at A Current Affair are bringing a pop-up marketplace of clothes, accessories, and jewelry to Industry City. This weekend, they’re featuring the best of the best from shops including Foundation Vintage, James Veloria, and Lady Lancaster. If swiping your credit card tends to work up your appetite, stop by the marketplace’s Taza Mkt pop-up for a bite. The event is entirely outside and socially-distant, so while the event is free, just know that entry may be limited. 
Cost: Free to browse

Try a bingsoo sundae from a new sweet shop

Weekend-long
Multiple Locations
Lazy Sundaes, a brand-new bubble tea and bingsoo sundae spot from Tammy Na and Amber Luan, is bringing a fresh dessert to your Insta feeds. Bingsoo, a Korean treat that layers shaved milk ice with toppings, is offered up with traditional flavors like red bean preserves, matcha, condensed milk, and mochi, or new favorites like Oreo crumbles and gummy worms. While bingsoo is typically made to be shared, Lazy Sundaes is offering individual portions so your friends can keep their spoons to themselves. 
Cost: Bingsoo sundaes start at $8

Get that fall feeling from a 2,000 lb pumpkin

Saturday, October 24 – Sunday, October 25
The Bronx
The New York Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Path is getting their delivery of absolutely humongous pumpkins this Saturday. With pumpkins weighing up to 2,000 pounds—that’s about the weight of a full-grown walrus or the Liberty Bell—they make the perfect backdrop for fall photos or a first date. After you ooh and aww over the squash, head to the Botanical Garden’s Thain Family Forest, the largest uncut swath of New York City’s original woodlands, for some fall foliage. 
Cost: Tickets are $15 for NYC residents; $22 for non-residents

Get the blues at an immersive light show

Weekend-long
Chelsea Market
To celebrate Classic Blue, Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, the Celestial light show is bringing the blue hue to life. Made to be Instagrammed (wear blue to fit in with the theme, or a contrasting color to stand out), the newly-opened digital installation at ARTECHOUSE uses lasers and sound to create a totally immersive experience. All COVID-19 protocols are being followed, so get your timed entry ticket in advance to ensure your spot. 
Cost: Tickets start at $19

Take a hike without leaving the city

Sunday, October 25, 10am
Staten Island
You don’t need to leave the five boroughs to go on a brisk fall hike! Together with NYC’s Urban Park Rangers, this guided trail through the Staten Island Greenbelt starts at Willowbrook Park and ends at Great Kills Park, offering lots of opportunities for fresh air and leaf-peeping as you go. The hike is 8 long miles one way—or 16 miles round trip—so come prepared with good hiking shoes, clothes you’re willing to get dirty, and plenty of water and snacks. 
Cost: Free, but registration is required

Try new sandwiches from an LA fave

Weekend-long
Downtown Brooklyn
Molto Stretto, a sandwich shop that’s a favorite of Los Angeles sandwich connoisseurs, is opening up a Brooklyn location inside Livingston Manor bar. With sandwiches like the Ill Papa, made with mortadella, capicola, chorizo, manchego, giardiniera, and dijonnaise, and the Spicy Salami with Calabrian honey, arugula, and parm, they’re slinging the perfect sandos to soak up your weekend drinks. 
Cost: Sandwiches start at $10

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The best things to do in NYC this weekend – TONY

“Looking for the best things to do in NYC this weekend? Whether you’re spontaneous, searching for things to do in NYC today, or love to plan ahead, you can celebrate the cooler weather by exploring plenty of fall-fun across the city, including exploring autumnal colors at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, booking a private heated igloo on a rooftop and trying pizza at a secret speakeasy inside of a bagel shop. Whatever you do, get out there and make it a fall weekend to remember.”

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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 (October 22 – October 28)

10/22 – The Mountain Goats: The Jordan Lake Sessions

10/22 – The National’s Matt Berninger Q&A

10/22 – Pearl Jam from the Vault, on the 30th anniversary of the band’s first live performance

10/23-25 Afropunk Planet three-day festival featuring Bootsy Collins, Meshell Ndegeocello and more

10/23 – This is the Kit, Rough Trade Instagram

10/23 – Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective” with Q&A

10/23 – Tori Amos conversation with Kate Feld, Manchester Literature Festival

10/24 – HAIM, Go Global Gala livestream

10/24 – Kermit Ruffins and the B.B.Q. Swingers

10/24 – Chance the Rapper, Questlove (DJ), Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J on Black Entrepreneurs Day

10/25 – Village of Love Planned Parenthood Benefit with Angel Olsen, Brittany Howard, Deep Sea Diver, Phoebe Bridgers, Ezra Furman and more

10/25 – The Lemonheads from Bowery Electric

10/25 – Cold War Kids play New Age Norms 1 and 2 from LA

10/26 – Lilly Hiatt, live from City Winery Nashville

Online concert calendar and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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The best musicals now on BroadwayHDTONY

Watch these classic musical theater performances from the comfort of your couch.

“With Broadway dark until at least 2021, fans of musical theater are hungry for shows they can watch from home. That’s where BroadwayHD comes in. A streaming service aimed at theater lovers, BroadwayHD offers some 300 whole, high-quality, professionally filmed live theater performances from Broadway, London’s West End and beyond. (Some have been acquired from existing catalogs, while others have been created especially for the channel.) Subscriptions cost just $8.99 a month—and for new subscribers, the first week is free.”

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The Future of Midtown Dining – GrubStreet

When it’s back, the city will be too.

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The October Calendar: NYC Events for Each Day This Month  –  ThoughtGallery

By Ethan Wolff

“October is here, somehow, and even if we’re still living virtually there are plenty of great live presentations headed our way. We’re looking forward to hearing from Deepak Chopra, Nancy Pelosi, Jelani Cobb, Andrew Cuomo, Matthew McConaughey, and many more.”

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

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