August Events + The Nifty Nine NYCity News Sources (08/13)

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 the month of August we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture,” updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times. 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

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

Metro / New York Post

amNY Online

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here September 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, a city of neighborhoods, is filled with sights that every visitor should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan.

Governors Island, unlike anywhere else in New York City, is a 172-acre playground in New York Harbor, just 800 yards and a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. With unmatched views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island is admission-free and open for picnics, biking/strolling, tours, performances and events.

Governors Island will be open to the public for passive recreation activities beginning July 15, 2020. Starting that day, the Island will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 7 PM on weekends. You can visit Governors Island by taking the island’s ferry service or the NYC Ferry.

Today’s feature is Governors Island – Things To Do:

Governors Island Things To Do

Things To Do – Governors Island National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

What to do and where to eat on Governors Island this summer | am New York

The 10 best things to do on Governors Island | 6sqft

Where to Bike, Climb, and Snack on Governors Island — New York Magazine

A summer guide to Governors Island: what to do, see and eat | Newsday

Top 8 Things to Do on Governors Island

Governors Island, NY guide including events and things to do

Best things to do on Governors Island including special events

10 Fun Things to Do on Governors Island | NYCgo

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

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

Tourism Happenings: NYC Latest Tourism News

Coronavirus Latest for Tourism

top of the rock reopening

Another week sees another reduction in NYC’s coronavirus load and another spate of reopenings. A highlight this week is the return of Top of the Rock, open daily from 1 to 9pm. Kids 12 and under get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket through Labor Day. Also coming back is the American Museum of Natural History, which has slotted September 9th for its public opening; capacity will be limited, days will be Wednesday-Sunday, and the planetarium will remain closed. Downtown, The Rooftop at Pier 17 has a new, pandemic-friendly way to chill, with 28 mini-lawns seating groups of up to 8, facing bridge and skyline views.

Traveler confidence is down nationally, but there are opportunities for NYC. Our thriving outdoor dining scene makes the city a substitute for travelers who won’t be going to Europe any time soon. The falling dollar may boost the city’s attractiveness when foreign travelers return. More data is out that NYC’s density was not a cause of our COVID-19 outbreak and that transit systems around the world are not leading to virus spread—evidence of a safe subway will go a long way for NYC’s comeback.

Links of Interest

new yankee stadium

NYC
Yankee Stadium Tours go virtual: online visits now available Tuesdays at noon and Thursdays at 2pm.

Food tourists returning (some) for NYC’s al fresco dining scene.

Hilton’s lifestyle brand opens Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District.

Ken Davenport’s predictions for when Broadway comes back, Part I and Part II.

For the first time since 1933, the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rocketteswill not go on (the tradition is expected back for 2021).

NYC party spaces struggling during the pandemic.

TRAVEL
As summer domestic travel stalls, the U.S. Travel Association promotes “STEP Act” to provide travel industry relief.

Will “revenge travel” bring visitors back?

RESOURCES
Live music spots and promoters form the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and #SaveOurStages advocacy campaign.

The local live event industry comes together with the NY / NJ Live Events Coalition.

WEBINARS
An Audience with Roger Dow: Continuing to Navigate the Road to Recovery tomorrow morning at 11am.

CLOSING TIME
Keith McNally’s Augustine in The Beekman bids adieu.

The Bryant Park Hotel packs it in, to be converted to boutique office space.

Meatpacking District food hall Gansevoort Market clears out.

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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 (Augus 13 – August 19)

8/13-16 – Philadelphia Folk Festival: with Ben Gibbard, Shakey Graves, Allen Stone, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Josh Ritter, Los Lobos, Billy Bragg, Rhiannon Giddens, Richard Thompson, The Lone Bellow, Chris Smither, Devon Gilfillian, Ivan Neville, many more

8/14-16 – The Greatest Festival of All Time – Radio Woodstock 40 years of archives, including Jimi Hendrix 1967, Bob Marley 1975, The Allman Brothers 1970, Nirvana 1994, Tom Petty 1985, R.E.M. 1984, The Clash 1982, Sheryl Crow 1999, Radiohead 2006, Pearl Jam 1998, Santana Woodstock, The Police 1979, Bob Dylan & The Band 1974, Amy Winehouse 2006, Dave Matthews 1995, Bruce Springsteen 1975, U2 1983, James Brown 1962, Johnny Cash Folsom Prison, Neil Young 1978, Talking Heads 1983, Led Zep 1972, David Bowie 1972, Joni Mitchell 1974, Van Morrison 1973, Fleetwood Mac 1977, Wilco 2005, CSNY 1974, Beatles Rooftop 1969 and many more

8/14 – Vote Ready: A Concert for Voter Registration, performances from The War On Drugs, members of Grizzly Bear and TV On The Radio, Kevin Morby, Waxahatchee, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Kam Franklin (of The Suffers) and more

Info and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: August 7 – 13

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include New York Responds, Diary of a Tap Dancer, TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL 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.

New York Responds

New York Responds

Museum of the City of New York

Manhattan / Sat, Aug 01, 2020 – Mon, Nov 30, 2020

On August 1, MCNY unveiled its new outdoor exhibition, “New York Responds,” incorporating photographs that document this singular moment in New York City history. On view on the terrace and balustrade, the first phase of this outdoor installation features a selection from the 15,000+ images submitted to the Museum’s open calls — #CovidStoriesNYC and #ActivistNY. The outdoor presentation offers a starting point for a new exhibition that will open at the Museum later this year …

TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL

TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL

92nd Street Y

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 21, 2020 – Thu, Aug 27, 2020

Millions of viewers have experienced 92Y’s classical online concerts since Garrick Ohlsson inaugurated the series in mid-March. Now, 92Y is proud to announce its Summer Season of classical concerts streaming twelve enticing and adventurous programs.The summer season boasts eight live streams from the artists’ own spaces, followed by four premiere broadcasts of previously recorded concerts. With a few exceptions (noted below), all concerts will air on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Eastern time. …

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

DiMenna Children’s History Museum

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 28, 2020 – Fri, Sep 04, 2020

Join via Zoom every Tuesday and Friday for story time and crafts! Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly dances and songs, a story book reading, and a craft to do at home. This week, read Frankie’s Favorite Foods, written and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley. Meet Frankie who has too many favorite foods!  He can’t just choose one for the school play. Find out how Frankie manages to use his love for …

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

New York City Center

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 14, 2020 – Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, July 14, City Center presents a newly commissioned weekly performance series conceived and curated by Bronx-born tap dancer Ayodele Casel, one of the “Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019” (The New York Times), alongside Torya Beard, called “Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us.”For this series, Casel has curated a group of nine artists who will present seven different video performances—solos and duos created and performed by a multigenerational and multicultural group. The series is a continuation of her Diary of a Tap Dancer project …

Lafayette Gilchrist & David Murray Concerts

Lafayette Gilchrist & David Murray Concerts

Village Vanguard

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 07, 2020 – Sat, Aug 29, 2020

Acclaimed pianist and composer Lafayette Gilchrist and legendary saxophonist David Murray will appear in duo concerts livestreamed from clubs in Baltimore and NYC.• Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m. EDT presented by An Die Musik in Baltimore. Access to streaming link $7. For information visit https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=546C69D9-0BE4-D303-41303E228C420536.• Friday and Saturday, August 28–29 at 9 p.m. EDT presented by The Village Vanguard in New York City. Access is $10, available the week of the show via https://villagevanguard.com/.Lafayette

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

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August Events + Top 10 Corona Culture (b2) (08/12)

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 the month of August we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Top 10 Corona Culture,” updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s Top 10 Corona Culture (b2). NEW STUFF!

1. The Metropolitan Opera streams a different free production every night this week  (TONY).
The Met’s newest lineup includes operas by Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Donizetti and Dvořák.

2. 10 iconic streets and spots in NYC open for outdoor dining  (6sqft).

3. What to stream online: from virtual museum tours to the best concert movies and theatre shows  (The Telegraph).

5. 100 NYC restaurants with outdoor dining  (6sqft).

6. New digital hub provides online resources to explore Governors Island while at home  (amNY).

7. 11 Online Classes That’ll Make You a Better Photographer  (NY Magazine).

8. Biking in New York City  (nycgo.com)

9. The Strand brings book discussions online to Facebook and Zoom for readers  (amNY).

10. 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 September 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, a city of neighborhoods, is filled with sights that every visitor should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan.

Governors Island, unlike anywhere else in New York City, is a 172-acre playground in New York Harbor, just 800 yards and a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. With unmatched views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island is admission-free and open for picnics, biking/strolling, tours, performances and events.

Governors Island will be open to the public for passive recreation activities beginning July 15, 2020. Starting that day, the Island will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 7 PM on weekends. You can visit Governors Island by taking the island’s ferry service or the NYC Ferry.

Today’s feature is Governors Island – Video and Images:

Check Out These Stunning Images of New York City’s Newest Park, The Hills on Governor’s Island | Viewing NYC

We Flew A Drone Over Governors Island: Gothamist

Adriaan Geuze Made Governors Island Stormproof (HBO) – YouTube

Above New York: The Hills on Governors Island | Viewing NYC

Visiting Governors Island in NYC – YouTube

Check Out the View of the Lower Manhattan Skyline From The Hills on Governors Island | Viewing NYC

EXPLORING GOVERNORS ISLAND – YouTube

Learn a Bit About Governors Island In This Short 28-Second Video | Viewing NYC

Governors Island- NYC’s Best Kept Secret ? (Things To Do For Summer in New York City) – YouTube

Photos of NYC’s Jazz Age Lawn Party

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

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

WFUV Live Online (Augus 13 – August 19)

8/13-16 – Philadelphia Folk Festival: with Ben Gibbard, Shakey Graves, Allen Stone, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Josh Ritter, Los Lobos, Billy Bragg, Rhiannon Giddens, Richard Thompson, The Lone Bellow, Chris Smither, Devon Gilfillian, Ivan Neville, many more

8/14-16 – The Greatest Festival of All Time – Radio Woodstock 40 years of archives, including Jimi Hendrix 1967, Bob Marley 1975, The Allman Brothers 1970, Nirvana 1994, Tom Petty 1985, R.E.M. 1984, The Clash 1982, Sheryl Crow 1999, Radiohead 2006, Pearl Jam 1998, Santana Woodstock, The Police 1979, Bob Dylan & The Band 1974, Amy Winehouse 2006, Dave Matthews 1995, Bruce Springsteen 1975, U2 1983, James Brown 1962, Johnny Cash Folsom Prison, Neil Young 1978, Talking Heads 1983, Led Zep 1972, David Bowie 1972, Joni Mitchell 1974, Van Morrison 1973, Fleetwood Mac 1977, Wilco 2005, CSNY 1974, Beatles Rooftop 1969 and many more

8/14 – Vote Ready: A Concert for Voter Registration, performances from The War On Drugs, members of Grizzly Bear and TV On The Radio, Kevin Morby, Waxahatchee, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Kam Franklin (of The Suffers) and more

Info and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: August 7 – 13

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include New York Responds, Diary of a Tap Dancer, TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL 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.

New York Responds

New York Responds

Museum of the City of New York

Manhattan / Sat, Aug 01, 2020 – Mon, Nov 30, 2020

On August 1, MCNY unveiled its new outdoor exhibition, “New York Responds,” incorporating photographs that document this singular moment in New York City history. On view on the terrace and balustrade, the first phase of this outdoor installation features a selection from the 15,000+ images submitted to the Museum’s open calls — #CovidStoriesNYC and #ActivistNY. The outdoor presentation offers a starting point for a new exhibition that will open at the Museum later this year …

TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL

TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL

92nd Street Y

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 21, 2020 – Thu, Aug 27, 2020

Millions of viewers have experienced 92Y’s classical online concerts since Garrick Ohlsson inaugurated the series in mid-March. Now, 92Y is proud to announce its Summer Season of classical concerts streaming twelve enticing and adventurous programs.The summer season boasts eight live streams from the artists’ own spaces, followed by four premiere broadcasts of previously recorded concerts. With a few exceptions (noted below), all concerts will air on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Eastern time. …

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

DiMenna Children’s History Museum

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 28, 2020 – Fri, Sep 04, 2020

Join via Zoom every Tuesday and Friday for story time and crafts! Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly dances and songs, a story book reading, and a craft to do at home. This week, read Frankie’s Favorite Foods, written and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley. Meet Frankie who has too many favorite foods!  He can’t just choose one for the school play. Find out how Frankie manages to use his love for …

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

New York City Center

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 14, 2020 – Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, July 14, City Center presents a newly commissioned weekly performance series conceived and curated by Bronx-born tap dancer Ayodele Casel, one of the “Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019” (The New York Times), alongside Torya Beard, called “Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us.”For this series, Casel has curated a group of nine artists who will present seven different video performances—solos and duos created and performed by a multigenerational and multicultural group. The series is a continuation of her Diary of a Tap Dancer project …

Lafayette Gilchrist & David Murray Concerts

Lafayette Gilchrist & David Murray Concerts

Village Vanguard

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 07, 2020 – Sat, Aug 29, 2020

Acclaimed pianist and composer Lafayette Gilchrist and legendary saxophonist David Murray will appear in duo concerts livestreamed from clubs in Baltimore and NYC.• Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m. EDT presented by An Die Musik in Baltimore. Access to streaming link $7. For information visit https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=546C69D9-0BE4-D303-41303E228C420536.• Friday and Saturday, August 28–29 at 9 p.m. EDT presented by The Village Vanguard in New York City. Access is $10, available the week of the show via https://villagevanguard.com/.Lafayette

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August Events and 14 Classic NYCity Films (08/11)

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 the month of August we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

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

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

The Naked City (1948)

https://dailymotion.com/video/x55gwgh

On the Waterfront (1954)

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

West Side Story (1961)

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

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

The Godfather (1972)

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

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

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

Manhattan (1979)

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

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

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

A Bronx Tale (1993)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here September 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, a city of neighborhoods, is filled with sights that every visitor should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan.

Governors Island, unlike anywhere else in New York City, is a 172-acre playground in New York Harbor, just 800 yards and a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. With unmatched views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island is admission-free and open for picnics, biking/strolling, tours, performances and events.

Governors Island will be open to the public for passive recreation activities beginning July 15, 2020. Starting that day, the Island will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 7 PM on weekends. You can visit Governors Island by taking the island’s ferry service or the NYC Ferry.

Today’s feature is Governors Island – Maps and Social Media:

Governors Island Map

Facebook Governors Island

Twitter Governors Island

Instagram Governors Island

Governors Island National MonumentYelp

Governors Island Map (2)govisland.com

New digital hub provides online resources to explore Governors Island while at homeamNY

Governors Island at Homegovisland.com

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

 

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August Events + Top 10 Corona Culture (a2) (08/10)

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 the month of August we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Top 10 Corona Culture,” updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s Top 10 Corona Culture (a2). NEW STUFF!

1. What’s next after Phase 4? What you need to know about NYC’s reopening (TONY). There’s no Phase 5, but there’s still a lot of reopening to do.

2. Everything You Need To Know About NYC’s Reopening  (curbed).
The five boroughs entered the fourth and final phase of reopening on Monday, July 20.

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

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

5. The Best Online Workout Classes, According to Strategist Writers and Editors  (NY Magazine).

6. The New York Botanical Garden is officially open  (TONY).
You’ll be able to once again bask in the garden’s bountiful natural wonders.

7. 15 TV Shows That Make You Want to Visit New York City  (nycgo.com).

8. Where to Stream Great Dance Performances  (NY Magazine).

9. 10 virtual tours: Travel the world without leaving home  (Newsday).
Take a tour of many of the world’s greatest sights—from home! Travel across the globe through these virtual, online experiences.

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

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here September 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, a city of neighborhoods, is filled with sights that every visitor should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan.

Governors Island, unlike anywhere else in New York City, is a 172-acre playground in New York Harbor, just 800 yards and a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. With unmatched views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island is admission-free and open for picnics, biking/strolling, tours, performances and events.

Governors Island will be open to the public for passive recreation activities beginning July 15, 2020. Starting that day, the Island will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 7 PM on weekends. You can visit Governors Island by taking the island’s ferry service or the NYC Ferry.

Today’s feature is Governors Island – an overview:

Governors IslandLonely Planet

Insider Guide: Governors Islandnycgo.com

Everything You Need To Know About Governors Island 2019gothamist

Governors Island govisland.com

Governors Island National MonumentNational Park Service

Guide to Governors Islandtripsavvy

A Miracle in New York HarborNew York Review of Books

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

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

WFUV Live Online (Augus 06 – August 12)

WXPN’s Free at Noon Virtual Musikfest continues: The Roadhouse on 8/6, The Funky on 8/7, The Ladies on 8/8 and The Songwriters on 8/9

Björk live from Reykjavík’s Harpa Hall showcasing new instrumental arrangements of songs from her back catalogue (8/9, 8/15, 8/23, 8/29)

R.E.M.’s Glastonbury set from 1999, limited on-demand (8/6-8)

Brandi Carlile, Youth Orchestra LA and members of the LA Phil, limited on-demand (8/7-14)

Philadelphia Folk Festival: multiple streams of music, integrated chat, campfire open mics, and zoom campsites (8/13-16)

G. Love & Friends from the Misquamicut Drive-In, $ (8/10)
Info and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: August 7 – 13

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include New York Responds, Diary of a Tap Dancer, TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL 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.

New York Responds

New York Responds

Museum of the City of New York

Manhattan / Sat, Aug 01, 2020 – Mon, Nov 30, 2020

On August 1, MCNY unveiled its new outdoor exhibition, “New York Responds,” incorporating photographs that document this singular moment in New York City history. On view on the terrace and balustrade, the first phase of this outdoor installation features a selection from the 15,000+ images submitted to the Museum’s open calls — #CovidStoriesNYC and #ActivistNY. The outdoor presentation offers a starting point for a new exhibition that will open at the Museum later this year …

TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL

TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL

92nd Street Y

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 21, 2020 – Thu, Aug 27, 2020

Millions of viewers have experienced 92Y’s classical online concerts since Garrick Ohlsson inaugurated the series in mid-March. Now, 92Y is proud to announce its Summer Season of classical concerts streaming twelve enticing and adventurous programs.The summer season boasts eight live streams from the artists’ own spaces, followed by four premiere broadcasts of previously recorded concerts. With a few exceptions (noted below), all concerts will air on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Eastern time. …

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

DiMenna Children’s History Museum

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 28, 2020 – Fri, Sep 04, 2020

Join via Zoom every Tuesday and Friday for story time and crafts! Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly dances and songs, a story book reading, and a craft to do at home. This week, read Frankie’s Favorite Foods, written and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley. Meet Frankie who has too many favorite foods!  He can’t just choose one for the school play. Find out how Frankie manages to use his love for …

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

New York City Center

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 14, 2020 – Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, July 14, City Center presents a newly commissioned weekly performance series conceived and curated by Bronx-born tap dancer Ayodele Casel, one of the “Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019” (The New York Times), alongside Torya Beard, called “Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us.”For this series, Casel has curated a group of nine artists who will present seven different video performances—solos and duos created and performed by a multigenerational and multicultural group. The series is a continuation of her Diary of a Tap Dancer project …

Lafayette Gilchrist & David Murray Concerts

Lafayette Gilchrist & David Murray Concerts

Village Vanguard

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 07, 2020 – Sat, Aug 29, 2020

Acclaimed pianist and composer Lafayette Gilchrist and legendary saxophonist David Murray will appear in duo concerts livestreamed from clubs in Baltimore and NYC.• Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m. EDT presented by An Die Musik in Baltimore. Access to streaming link $7. For information visit https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=546C69D9-0BE4-D303-41303E228C420536.• Friday and Saturday, August 28–29 at 9 p.m. EDT presented by The Village Vanguard in New York City. Access is $10, available the week of the show via https://villagevanguard.com/.Lafayette

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August Events + Weekend Corona Culture (sun) – (08/09)

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 the month of August we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Top 10 Corona Culture,” updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

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

Everything You Can Do in NYC This Weekend

Including rooftop sushi, rentable backyards, and open-air comedy.
(thrillist)

The best things to do in NYC this weekend

The best things to do in NYC this weekend includes returning to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and hitting up Harlem’s aircraft carrier eatery
(TONY)

Galleries and museums are getting creative about presenting work online during the pandemic. Some are open for in-person visits. Here are shows worth viewing either way.
(NYT)

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

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

WFUV Live Online (Augus 06 – August 12)

WXPN’s Free at Noon Virtual Musikfest continues: The Roadhouse on 8/6, The Funky on 8/7, The Ladies on 8/8 and The Songwriters on 8/9

Björk live from Reykjavík’s Harpa Hall showcasing new instrumental arrangements of songs from her back catalogue (8/9, 8/15, 8/23, 8/29)

R.E.M.’s Glastonbury set from 1999, limited on-demand (8/6-8)

Brandi Carlile, Youth Orchestra LA and members of the LA Phil, limited on-demand (8/7-14)

Philadelphia Folk Festival: multiple streams of music, integrated chat, campfire open mics, and zoom campsites (8/13-16)

G. Love & Friends from the Misquamicut Drive-In, $ (8/10)
Info and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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Lower Manhattan – Did you know?

New York City, a city of neighborhoods, is filled with sights that every tourist should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan.

Today’s feature is What’s Happening in Lower Manhattan:

The Latest Lower Manhattan Restaurants To Offer Outdoor Dining

Mask Up, Head Downtown: 11 Things To Do In Lower Manhattan Right Now

Fraunces Tavern Returns With Outdoor Dining, Virtual Trivia Night

Outdoor Dining Now Available At These Lower Manhattan Favorites

Open-Streets Restaurant Service Has Arrived In Lower Manhattan

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August Events + Weekend Corona Culture (sat) – (08/08)

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 the month of August we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Top 10 Corona Culture,” updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

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

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to and watch.  (NYT)

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Virtual Culture This Weekend

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

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Tourism Happenings: NYC Latest Tourism News

Coronavirus Latest for Tourism

top of the rock reopening

Another week sees another reduction in NYC’s coronavirus load and another spate of reopenings. A highlight this week is the return of Top of the Rock, open daily from 1 to 9pm. Kids 12 and under get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket through Labor Day. Also coming back is the American Museum of Natural History, which has slotted September 9th for its public opening; capacity will be limited, days will be Wednesday-Sunday, and the planetarium will remain closed. Downtown, The Rooftop at Pier 17 has a new, pandemic-friendly way to chill, with 28 mini-lawns seating groups of up to 8, facing bridge and skyline views.

Traveler confidence is down nationally, but there are opportunities for NYC. Our thriving outdoor dining scene makes the city a substitute for travelers who won’t be going to Europe any time soon. The falling dollar may boost the city’s attractiveness when foreign travelers return. More data is out that NYC’s density was not a cause of our COVID-19 outbreak and that transit systems around the world are not leading to virus spread—evidence of a safe subway will go a long way for NYC’s comeback.

Links of Interest

new yankee stadium

NYC
Yankee Stadium Tours go virtual: online visits now available Tuesdays at noon and Thursdays at 2pm.

Food tourists returning (some) for NYC’s al fresco dining scene.

Hilton’s lifestyle brand opens Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District.

Ken Davenport’s predictions for when Broadway comes back, Part I and Part II.

For the first time since 1933, the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rocketteswill not go on (the tradition is expected back for 2021).

NYC party spaces struggling during the pandemic.

TRAVEL
As summer domestic travel stalls, the U.S. Travel Association promotes “STEP Act” to provide travel industry relief.

Will “revenge travel” bring visitors back?

RESOURCES
Live music spots and promoters form the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and #SaveOurStages advocacy campaign.

The local live event industry comes together with the NY / NJ Live Events Coalition.

WEBINARS
An Audience with Roger Dow: Continuing to Navigate the Road to Recovery tomorrow morning at 11am.

CLOSING TIME
Keith McNally’s Augustine in The Beekman bids adieu.

The Bryant Park Hotel packs it in, to be converted to boutique office space.

Meatpacking District food hall Gansevoort Market clears out.

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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: August 7 – 13

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include New York Responds, Diary of a Tap Dancer, TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL 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.

New York Responds

New York Responds

Museum of the City of New York

Manhattan / Sat, Aug 01, 2020 – Mon, Nov 30, 2020

On August 1, MCNY unveiled its new outdoor exhibition, “New York Responds,” incorporating photographs that document this singular moment in New York City history. On view on the terrace and balustrade, the first phase of this outdoor installation features a selection from the 15,000+ images submitted to the Museum’s open calls — #CovidStoriesNYC and #ActivistNY. The outdoor presentation offers a starting point for a new exhibition that will open at the Museum later this year …

TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL

TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL

92nd Street Y

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 21, 2020 – Thu, Aug 27, 2020

Millions of viewers have experienced 92Y’s classical online concerts since Garrick Ohlsson inaugurated the series in mid-March. Now, 92Y is proud to announce its Summer Season of classical concerts streaming twelve enticing and adventurous programs.The summer season boasts eight live streams from the artists’ own spaces, followed by four premiere broadcasts of previously recorded concerts. With a few exceptions (noted below), all concerts will air on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Eastern time. …

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

DiMenna Children’s History Museum

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 28, 2020 – Fri, Sep 04, 2020

Join via Zoom every Tuesday and Friday for story time and crafts! Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly dances and songs, a story book reading, and a craft to do at home. This week, read Frankie’s Favorite Foods, written and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley. Meet Frankie who has too many favorite foods!  He can’t just choose one for the school play. Find out how Frankie manages to use his love for …

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

New York City Center

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 14, 2020 – Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, July 14, City Center presents a newly commissioned weekly performance series conceived and curated by Bronx-born tap dancer Ayodele Casel, one of the “Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019” (The New York Times), alongside Torya Beard, called “Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us.”For this series, Casel has curated a group of nine artists who will present seven different video performances—solos and duos created and performed by a multigenerational and multicultural group. The series is a continuation of her Diary of a Tap Dancer project …

Lafayette Gilchrist & David Murray Concerts

Lafayette Gilchrist & David Murray Concerts

Village Vanguard

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 07, 2020 – Sat, Aug 29, 2020

Acclaimed pianist and composer Lafayette Gilchrist and legendary saxophonist David Murray will appear in duo concerts livestreamed from clubs in Baltimore and NYC.• Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m. EDT presented by An Die Musik in Baltimore. Access to streaming link $7. For information visit https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=546C69D9-0BE4-D303-41303E228C420536.• Friday and Saturday, August 28–29 at 9 p.m. EDT presented by The Village Vanguard in New York City. Access is $10, available the week of the show via https://villagevanguard.com/.Lafayette

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here September 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, a city of neighborhoods, is filled with sights that every tourist should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan.

Today’s feature is 3 Terrific Tours in Lower Manhattan (e):

Lower Manhattan Historical Highlights

“For more than a century, there was no New York City north of Chambers Street. Lower Manhattan was New York City. Now, with more than 400 years of living history amidst an ever-expanding metropolis, this singular, dynamic neighborhood remains a bridge to our country’s past and a gateway to its future”  (downtownny.com)

Dutch Days – Mevrouw’s Manhattan
A Walking Tour

“About 1625, the Dutch founded the tiny settlement of New Amsterdam where my novel The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan takes place. Mevrouw Jackie Lambert’s tavern looked out on the bay from Pearl Street, which ran along the island’s original shoreline. This tour guides you through lower Manhattan, where Mevrouw’s world is still written in the streetscape. Along the way, you will meet some of the crazy characters who made New Amsterdam such a bawdy place.”  (billsbrownstone)

How to Explore Lower Manhattan Like a Local

“As a local New Yorker, I’d like to highlight a Lower Manhattan itinerary that includes some well-known spots, as well as some under-the-radar gems, you may not realize are right under your nose. This guide lists out the many things to do in Lower Manhattan in the hope you can really get to know Lower Manhattan.”  (theglobetrottingteacher.com)

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August Events + Top 10 Corona Culture (c2) (08/07)

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 the month of August we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Top 10 Corona Culture,” updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s Top 10 Corona Culture (c2). NEW STUFF!

1. NYC museums, events, performances: What’s reopening and what’s cancelled this year  (6sqft).

2. Can’t Wait For The Museums? Many NYC Galleries Are Now Reopening To The Public  (gothamist)

3. The Online Classes Actually Worth Taking  (NYMagazine)
28 courses that were thoroughly vetted

4. Take a virtual tour of these NYC cultural institutions from home  (curbed).
Stuck inside? You can still experience some of New York’s best cultural offerings from your home.

5. I’ve Seen 100+ of Those Virtual Tours—And These Are My 11 Favorite  (msn.com)

6. 13 New York City Virtual Tours: Explore the Big Apple  (scholasticatravel.com)

7. Rockefeller Center’s Art Deco Marvel: A Virtual Tour  (NYT)

8. Here are things that you can do in Central Park amid the COVID-19 pandemic  (amNY)

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

10. The best virtual travel experiences for families while in quarantine  (amNY)

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here September 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, a city of neighborhoods, is filled with sights that every tourist should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan.

Today’s feature is 3 Terrific Tours in Lower Manhattan (d):

Four interesting walks in lower Manhattan

“The revived edition of Heritage Trails New York expands upon the original model created in the 1990’s by an architect by adding sites from 1998 to the present day and gives users the option to follow one of the four pathways on foot or from the convenience of your mobile device or your computer screen.” (skyscraper museum)

Tour the Battery, the Birthplace of New York with The Battery Conservancy and Untapped Cities

“The modern Battery is a microcosm of the diversity of New York packed into 25 acres. Now a New York City public park, this southernmost point of Manhattan that juts into New York Harbor, has welcomed Lenape fishermen, European explorers, settlers, immigrants, and tourists from all over the globe.” (untapped cities)

Take A Tour Downtown

“While this last square mile of Manhattan was the first part of the city to be settled, you’ll find that its rich history is matched only by its modern growth. Everyday there are new and exciting spots opening south of Chambers Street making New York City’s oldest neighborhood new again.

So how can you keep up with all there is to explore? The best way to understand this dynamic neighborhood is to take a guided tour with one of our top tour companies in Lower Manhattan.” (downtown alliance)

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

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

WFUV Live Online (Augus 06 – August 12)

WXPN’s Free at Noon Virtual Musikfest continues: The Roadhouse on 8/6, The Funky on 8/7, The Ladies on 8/8 and The Songwriters on 8/9

Björk live from Reykjavík’s Harpa Hall showcasing new instrumental arrangements of songs from her back catalogue (8/9, 8/15, 8/23, 8/29)

R.E.M.’s Glastonbury set from 1999, limited on-demand (8/6-8)

Brandi Carlile, Youth Orchestra LA and members of the LA Phil, limited on-demand (8/7-14)

Philadelphia Folk Festival: multiple streams of music, integrated chat, campfire open mics, and zoom campsites (8/13-16)

G. Love & Friends from the Misquamicut Drive-In, $ (8/10)
Info and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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

Things to Do This Week in NYC (8/3-8/9)

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.

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August Events + 6 Top Online Travel Forums (08/06)

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 the month of August we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture,” updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

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 it won’t be much 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 September 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, a city of neighborhoods, is filled with sights that every tourist should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan.

Today’s feature is 3 Terrific Tours in Lower Manhattan (c):

Things To Do in Lower Manhattan

Events and things to do in Lower Manhattan including a top 10 list as well as sections on free, family-friendly and nighttime things to do as well as places to eat.
(freetoursbyfoot)

Lower Manhattan: Secrets of Downtown Walking Tour

This Lower Manhattan tour explores the history and architecture of Downtown New York.
(lonelyplanet.com)

The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam Tour

Discover the many hidden Dutch relics south of Wall Street, as you trace the streets of Manhattan in 1667.
(untappedcities.com)

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

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

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.

“WHY I LOVE NYC” PROFILES

Conrad New York Downtown has launched a series of profiles of New Yorkers, including Bedside Reading New York authors. The new digital series is called “Why I Love NYC” and includes nearly 20 real testimonials from New Yorkers on why the city is the greatest place to live or visit. Interspersed between the interviews, the hotel features videos of iconic landmarks, neighborhoods, and hidden gems from around the city. The highlight videos appear on the hotel’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, while the interviews are featured on LinkedIn in addition to the other three platforms. Interviews feature select Bedside Reading Authors, including Susan Silver, Lee Mathew Goldberg, Seymour Ubell, Kim Akhtar, and Sweta Vikram. instagram.com/p/CCUivePFjWl/

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NYC-Arts Top Five Virtual Picks: July 31 – August 6

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top virtual events include Bound Unbound, Video Chat Variations, Ice Factory Festival 2020 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.

Bound Unbound: Four by Mehrdad Oskouei

Bound Unbound: Four by Mehrdad Oskouei

Museum of the Moving Image

Queens / Wed, Aug 05, 2020 – Sun, Aug 30, 2020

Beginning August 5, 2020, Museum of the Moving Image is pleased to present “Bound Unbound: Four by Mehrdad Oskouei,” films by the esteemed Iranian documentarian who has spent twelve years exploring the lives of women and children in detention centers near Tehran. The series is anchored by “Sunless Shadows,” Oskouei’s latest film, for which he was awarded Best Director at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2019. Punctuated by deeply confessional monologues, the film …

MJH Virtual Summer Programming

MJH Virtual Summer Programming

Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 28, 2020 – Thu, Aug 20, 2020

The Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust continues to provide virtual programming while the Museum remains closed.  Upcoming events include book talks, a film screening, and a multimedia event featuring songs of Holocaust refugees that were recorded in 1948. Trauma Studies, Creativity, And The Second Generation Tuesday, August 4 | 2 PM Suggested Donation $10 https://mjhnyc.org/events/trauma-studies-creativity-and-the-second-generation/ Children of Holocaust survivors (often referred to as “2Gs”, for second generation) are no strangers to intergenerational trauma. Children …

Ice Factory Festival 2020

Ice Factory Festival 2020

New Ohio Theatre

Manhattan / Fri, Jul 24, 2020 – Sat, Aug 15, 2020

New Ohio Theatre is excited to announce that the 27th annual Obie Award-winning “Ice Factory Festival” will be live-streamed online for the first time, and will feature four new works over four weeks. NOT recognizes the precarious, disorienting, and historic nature of this summer of COVID-19 social distancing, widespread economic dislocation, and BLM racial justice protests. As always, they look to their theatre artists to help us find our bearings. They reached out to New …

Video Chat Variations

Video Chat Variations

Alarm Will Sound

Manhattan / Sat, Aug 01, 2020 – Sat, Sep 12, 2020

Alarm Will Sound—”one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene” (The New York Times)—continues to revitalize music-making during the COVID-19 pandemic with “VIDEO CHAT VARIATIONS,” a new series of remote performances that respond to the quirks of video chat platforms. The series will launch in August 2020 with two visionary, multi-faceted artists, both MacArthur “Genius” Award winners: Meredith Monk (8/1), and Tyshawn Sorey (9/12).  This new project comes on the heels …

Digital Discovery Festival: Renewal

Digital Discovery Festival: Renewal

National Sawdust

Brooklyn / Tue, Aug 04, 2020 – Fri, Aug 07, 2020

In times of trouble, we seek out songs we know which bring us comfort. Great artists harness that impulse of nostalgia and desire for the familiar, then use that energy to subvert expectations with new possibilities. For Week 13, National Sawdust’s “Digital Discovery Festival” embraces Renewalas a creative force to reshape music in ways we never considered and bring light to our darkest hours.The magnetic impresario Michael Mwenso, alongside his band The Shakes, specializes in …

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August Events + Top 10 Corona Culture (b2) (08/05)

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 the month of August we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Top 10 Corona Culture,” updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s Top 10 Corona Culture (b2). NEW STUFF!

1. The Metropolitan Opera streams a different free production every night this week  (TONY).
The Met’s newest lineup includes operas by Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Donizetti and Dvořák.

2. 10 iconic streets and spots in NYC open for outdoor dining  (6sqft).

3. What to stream online: from virtual museum tours to the best concert movies and theatre shows  (The Telegraph).

5. 100 NYC restaurants with outdoor dining  (6sqft).

6. New digital hub provides online resources to explore Governors Island while at home  (amNY).

7. 11 Online Classes That’ll Make You a Better Photographer  (NY Magazine).

8. Biking in New York City  (nycgo.com)

9. The Strand brings book discussions online to Facebook and Zoom for readers  (amNY).

10. 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 September 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, a city of neighborhoods, is filled with sights that every tourist should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan.

Today’s feature is 3 Terrific Tours in Lower Manhattan (b):

Lower Manhattan: Forging the Historic Metropolis – In Person Tour

Walk in the footsteps of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton & others on this broad-reaching tour of today’s Financial District.
(bigonion.com)

Things to Do in Battery Park

“This post is about Battery Park, how to get there, and things to see and do once you are there, including getting great views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty.”
(freetoursbyfoot)

Things to Do in NYC: Woolworth Building Tours

Uncover the Hidden Treasures Inside Downtown’s “Cathedral of Commerce”
(tripsavvy)

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

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

WFUV Live Online (July 30 – August 05)

7/31-8/5 – WXPN Free at Noon Virtual Musikfest on NPR Live Sessions: Strand of Oaks, Low Cut Connie, Pretenders, Citizen Cope, Pixies, Nada Surf, Waxahatchee, Best Coast, David Gray, Richard Thompson, Joseph Arthur, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Lone Bellow, The Wood Brothers, I’m With Her, The Cactus Blossoms, First Aid Kit…
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7/30-8/2 – Lollapalooza with Paul McCartney, Run The Jewels, LCD Soundsystem, Jane’s Addiction, Arcade Fire, H.E.R., Portugal. The Man, Gary Clark Jr., The Cure, Alabama Shakes…
7/30-8/2 – The Falcon Ridge 2020 Share & Shelter In Place Fest with Susan Werner, Donna the Buffalo, Mary Gauthier…
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7/30 – Lucius w/Courtney Barnett, The War & Treaty
7/30 – Mayer Hawthorne
7/30 – Dar Williams songs and fan Q&A
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7/31 – Mavis 80 with Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Trombone Shorty, Grace Potter, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucius, M. Ward, Joe Henry, Ben Harper…
7/31 – City Winery Farewell to Varick St. with Joan Osborne, Joseph Arthur, Jill Sobule, Teddy Thompson, Rhett Miller, James Maddock…
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8/1 – Deer Tick & Friends live from Fort Adams with Leon Bridges, Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, The Tallest Man on Earth and Courtney Marie Andrews, Newport Folk
8/1 – Rock My Soul: Jerry Garcia Birthday with artists playing his songs
8/1 – LP with a full band

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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

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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NYC-Arts Top Five Virtual Picks: July 31 – August 6

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top virtual events include Bound Unbound, Video Chat Variations, Ice Factory Festival 2020 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.

Bound Unbound: Four by Mehrdad Oskouei

Bound Unbound: Four by Mehrdad Oskouei

Museum of the Moving Image

Queens / Wed, Aug 05, 2020 – Sun, Aug 30, 2020

Beginning August 5, 2020, Museum of the Moving Image is pleased to present “Bound Unbound: Four by Mehrdad Oskouei,” films by the esteemed Iranian documentarian who has spent twelve years exploring the lives of women and children in detention centers near Tehran. The series is anchored by “Sunless Shadows,” Oskouei’s latest film, for which he was awarded Best Director at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2019. Punctuated by deeply confessional monologues, the film …

MJH Virtual Summer Programming

MJH Virtual Summer Programming

Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 28, 2020 – Thu, Aug 20, 2020

The Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust continues to provide virtual programming while the Museum remains closed.  Upcoming events include book talks, a film screening, and a multimedia event featuring songs of Holocaust refugees that were recorded in 1948. Trauma Studies, Creativity, And The Second Generation Tuesday, August 4 | 2 PM Suggested Donation $10 https://mjhnyc.org/events/trauma-studies-creativity-and-the-second-generation/ Children of Holocaust survivors (often referred to as “2Gs”, for second generation) are no strangers to intergenerational trauma. Children …

Ice Factory Festival 2020

Ice Factory Festival 2020

New Ohio Theatre

Manhattan / Fri, Jul 24, 2020 – Sat, Aug 15, 2020

New Ohio Theatre is excited to announce that the 27th annual Obie Award-winning “Ice Factory Festival” will be live-streamed online for the first time, and will feature four new works over four weeks. NOT recognizes the precarious, disorienting, and historic nature of this summer of COVID-19 social distancing, widespread economic dislocation, and BLM racial justice protests. As always, they look to their theatre artists to help us find our bearings. They reached out to New …

Video Chat Variations

Video Chat Variations

Alarm Will Sound

Manhattan / Sat, Aug 01, 2020 – Sat, Sep 12, 2020

Alarm Will Sound—”one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene” (The New York Times)—continues to revitalize music-making during the COVID-19 pandemic with “VIDEO CHAT VARIATIONS,” a new series of remote performances that respond to the quirks of video chat platforms. The series will launch in August 2020 with two visionary, multi-faceted artists, both MacArthur “Genius” Award winners: Meredith Monk (8/1), and Tyshawn Sorey (9/12).  This new project comes on the heels …

Digital Discovery Festival: Renewal

Digital Discovery Festival: Renewal

National Sawdust

Brooklyn / Tue, Aug 04, 2020 – Fri, Aug 07, 2020

In times of trouble, we seek out songs we know which bring us comfort. Great artists harness that impulse of nostalgia and desire for the familiar, then use that energy to subvert expectations with new possibilities. For Week 13, National Sawdust’s “Digital Discovery Festival” embraces Renewalas a creative force to reshape music in ways we never considered and bring light to our darkest hours.The magnetic impresario Michael Mwenso, alongside his band The Shakes, specializes in …

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August Events + NYCity on YouTube (08/04)

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 the month of August we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

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 August 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, a city of neighborhoods, is filled with sights that every tourist should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan.

Today’s feature is 3 Terrific Tours in Lower Manhattan (a):

How to Tour the Federal Reserve in NYC

This post explains how to take a free tour of the Federal Reserve Building in NYC, including tips on hours, how to get here, as well as other tips to help you plan your visit.
(freetoursbyfoot.com)

New York: 1.5-Hour Tour of Wall Street and Ground Zero

Walk into the heart of New York City’s Financial District on a guided tour of Wall Street and Lower Manhattan. Learn how the area became the financial center of the world. Conclude with a visit to the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.
(getyourguide.com)

Financial District – In Person Tour

Come explore the history behind Wall Street.
(bigonion.com)

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

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

WFUV Live Online (July 30 – August 05)

7/31-8/5 – WXPN Free at Noon Virtual Musikfest on NPR Live Sessions: Strand of Oaks, Low Cut Connie, Pretenders, Citizen Cope, Pixies, Nada Surf, Waxahatchee, Best Coast, David Gray, Richard Thompson, Joseph Arthur, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Lone Bellow, The Wood Brothers, I’m With Her, The Cactus Blossoms, First Aid Kit…
7/30-8/2 – Lollapalooza with Paul McCartney, Run The Jewels, LCD Soundsystem, Jane’s Addiction, Arcade Fire, H.E.R., Portugal. The Man, Gary Clark Jr., The Cure, Alabama Shakes…
7/30-8/2 – The Falcon Ridge 2020 Share & Shelter In Place Fest with Susan Werner, Donna the Buffalo, Mary Gauthier…
7/30 – Lucius w/Courtney Barnett, The War & Treaty
7/30 – Mayer Hawthorne
7/30 – Dar Williams songs and fan Q&A
7/31 – Mavis 80 with Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Trombone Shorty, Grace Potter, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucius, M. Ward, Joe Henry, Ben Harper…
7/31 – City Winery Farewell to Varick St. with Joan Osborne, Joseph Arthur, Jill Sobule, Teddy Thompson, Rhett Miller, James Maddock…
8/1 – Deer Tick & Friends live from Fort Adams with Leon Bridges, Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, The Tallest Man on Earth and Courtney Marie Andrews, Newport Folk
8/1 – Rock My Soul: Jerry Garcia Birthday with artists playing his songs
8/1 – LP with a full band

==============================================================

NYC-Arts Top Five Virtual Picks: July 31 – August 6

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top virtual events include Bound Unbound, Video Chat Variations, Ice Factory Festival 2020 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.

Bound Unbound: Four by Mehrdad Oskouei

Bound Unbound: Four by Mehrdad Oskouei

Museum of the Moving Image

Queens / Wed, Aug 05, 2020 – Sun, Aug 30, 2020

Beginning August 5, 2020, Museum of the Moving Image is pleased to present “Bound Unbound: Four by Mehrdad Oskouei,” films by the esteemed Iranian documentarian who has spent twelve years exploring the lives of women and children in detention centers near Tehran. The series is anchored by “Sunless Shadows,” Oskouei’s latest film, for which he was awarded Best Director at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2019. Punctuated by deeply confessional monologues, the film …

MJH Virtual Summer Programming

MJH Virtual Summer Programming

Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 28, 2020 – Thu, Aug 20, 2020

The Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust continues to provide virtual programming while the Museum remains closed.  Upcoming events include book talks, a film screening, and a multimedia event featuring songs of Holocaust refugees that were recorded in 1948. Trauma Studies, Creativity, And The Second Generation Tuesday, August 4 | 2 PM Suggested Donation $10 https://mjhnyc.org/events/trauma-studies-creativity-and-the-second-generation/ Children of Holocaust survivors (often referred to as “2Gs”, for second generation) are no strangers to intergenerational trauma. Children …

Ice Factory Festival 2020

Ice Factory Festival 2020

New Ohio Theatre

Manhattan / Fri, Jul 24, 2020 – Sat, Aug 15, 2020

New Ohio Theatre is excited to announce that the 27th annual Obie Award-winning “Ice Factory Festival” will be live-streamed online for the first time, and will feature four new works over four weeks. NOT recognizes the precarious, disorienting, and historic nature of this summer of COVID-19 social distancing, widespread economic dislocation, and BLM racial justice protests. As always, they look to their theatre artists to help us find our bearings. They reached out to New …

Video Chat Variations

Video Chat Variations

Alarm Will Sound

Manhattan  / Sat, Aug 01, 2020 – Sat, Sep 12, 2020

Alarm Will Sound—”one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene” (The New York Times)—continues to revitalize music-making during the COVID-19 pandemic with “VIDEO CHAT VARIATIONS,” a new series of remote performances that respond to the quirks of video chat platforms. The series will launch in August 2020 with two visionary, multi-faceted artists, both MacArthur “Genius” Award winners: Meredith Monk (8/1), and Tyshawn Sorey (9/12).  This new project comes on the heels …

Digital Discovery Festival: Renewal

Digital Discovery Festival: Renewal

National Sawdust

Brooklyn / Tue, Aug 04, 2020 – Fri, Aug 07, 2020

In times of trouble, we seek out songs we know which bring us comfort. Great artists harness that impulse of nostalgia and desire for the familiar, then use that energy to subvert expectations with new possibilities. For Week 13, National Sawdust’s “Digital Discovery Festival” embraces Renewalas a creative force to reshape music in ways we never considered and bring light to our darkest hours.The magnetic impresario Michael Mwenso, alongside his band The Shakes, specializes in …

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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

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

=======================================================

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment