March Events + 6 Top Online Travel Forums (03/08)

For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “March NYC Events”  
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.

OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”


Things to Do This Week in NYC (3/4-3/10)

(3/4-3/10) Looking for things to do this week in New York? We’ve got the latest on all the goings-on in NYC, from concerts to museum exhibitions to comedy to the best in city sightseeing. Read on for our picks for the best of this weekend and this week in New York City.


Volta Art

(3/4-3/8) VOLTA New York at Metropolitan West. The art fair VOLTA showcases works of new and up and coming artists from 53 international galleries; this year’s show can be visited by the public Thursday through Sunday.


It’s Women’s History Month! Celebrate Women’s History Month 2020 in NYC.

(3/8) Women-Owned Business Pop-Up at Grand Bazaar NYC. Every Sunday on the Upper West Side you can check out Grand Bazaar NYC, the city’s largest curated market—and most distinctive! This Sunday you’ll also find an International Women’s Day celebration. Come meet and shop from a curated selection of over 75 women-owned small businesses; from handmade crafts, vintage fashion, and accessories to delicious artisanal foods. 100% of profits are donated to four local public school, benefiting over 2,000 children.

little red riding hood

The Story of Little Red Riding Hood, courtesy of Pierre Coumans.

(3/5-3/8) The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) celebrates its 60th Anniversary Edition at the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side. The world’s finest antiquarian book fair, NYIABF welcomes bibliophiles, collectors of the curious and quirky, scholars, connoisseurs, and enthusiastic laymen alike. More than 200 exhibitors present a vast treasure trove of material: rare books, maps, illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, fine bindings, illustrations, historical documents, rare prints, and print ephemera.

(3/7) Chelsea Gallery Tour. Visit seven modern art galleries in the world’s center for contemporary art, West Chelsea. Your guide, who has a PhD, will find and explain this month’s most fascinating exhibits in painting, sculpture, electronic media, and photography. Tours are at 1pm and 3:45pm.

(3/7) New York City Whiskey Fest. Head to The Tunnel Nightclub to sample over 100 styles of whiskey and spirits on Saturday, including craft spirits that range from all-American Kentucky bourbons to Irish Whiskeys to vodka, tequila, and local brews. Two sessions, at 1pm and 6pm.

(3/7) A Taste of Two Legends—Morton’s New York 5th Ave. Join iconic steakhouse Morton’s for a special dinner full of exquisite Morton’s cuisine paired perfectly with the finest Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars wine.

(3/8) Cochon555 New York City. Head to the Altman Building in Chelsea for a celebration of pork in the form of a nose-to-tail culinary event. Cochon555 is a theater for innovative food and drink experiences where a hundred-plus cooks, chefs, restaurant and bar owners, and renowned sommeliers and mixologists can be found working in concert to create luxurious moments.


3/8 Richard Lloyd of Television, Elsewhere

3/9 Bonnie Prince Billy and Jonathan Richman, Town Hall

3/10 The Brothers: Celebrating 50 Years of the Allman Brothers Band, MSG

3/10 Deadgrass, Brooklyn Bowl

3/10-11 Dashboard Confessional, Webster Hall 

3/11-15 The New Colussus Festival, various locations


For the month of March 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, YouTube videos, or Pinterest Pins. On other days you will find info on the Best NYC Restaurants or Top OnlineTravel Forums with NYC info. We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s Top Online Travel Forums.


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 April 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.

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