GD: Covid-19 may make much of this event info outdated. Call the venue before making plans. Stay Safe.
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.”
GD: 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 it’s only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue. Stay Safe.
“Most cities are nouns. New York City is a verb.”—John F. Kennedy
New Yorkers and tourists alike are impacted by COVID-19, but we are resilient. Read on for the latest info about entertainment resources, restaurants still serving amazing meals, closures, and more.
The Metropolitan Opera will be streaming operas FREE nightly.
The New York Public Library has access to more than 300,000 FREE e-books and e-audio books.
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.
(3/19-3/29) 2020 Queens World Film Festival will be streaming online. The festival presents cinematic treasures presented in thematic blocks from filmmakers residing all over the globe—yet all engaged in similar conversations.
On Thursday, March 12, New York City declared a State of Emergency, due to the spread of COVID-19. We are updating this page about closures as quickly as possible.
As of Sunday, March 15, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered that bars and restaurants must close to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, but venues may expand their takeout capacity. A timeline for reopening is to be determined.
Some other travel guidance notes from the CDC:
- Foreign nationals who have been in China or Iran within the past 14 days cannot enter the United States.
- U.S. citizens, residents, and their immediate family members who have been in China or Iran within in the past 14 days can enter the United States, but they are subject to health monitoring and possible quarantine for up to 14 days.
- On March 11, a similar policy was expanded to include 26 European countries for a period of 30 days.
- On March 14, a similar policy was issued to include the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
- Additionally, CDC has issued the following additional specific travel guidance related to COVID-19.
As of Monday, March 16, Governor Cuomo waived all state park fees. It’s a good opportunity to go with family or friends outdoors, to city or state parks, while still observing social distancing.
ARTECHOUSE NYC is now temporarily closed. This pioneering digital gallery, new to Chelsea, has launched the #SupportARTECHOUSE campaign. Anytime Access passes can be purchased at a discount and redeemed for a later visit at any ARTECHOUSE location, which includes D.C. and Miami in addition to NYC. You can find this offer, as well as the option to simply donate to support the future of large-scale digital art, HERE.
Effective March 12th through April 30th, the code Cityguidespring will be good for discounts of $40 off flights with the spectacular rides at Helicopter Flight Services. Passengers can book by visiting heliny.com or by calling 212-355-0801.
Morton’s The Steakhouse in midtown is open daily from noon until 8pm for pick-up. They are rolling out special dining kits, which include Cryovac-sealed steaks with Morton’s signature seasoning and house-made au jus, ready-to-bake side dishes, a fresh chef’s house salad with your choice of dressing, and homemade dessert. The “Table for Two” special ($69) includes the salad, two 8-oz. center-cut filet mignons, two 5-oz cold water lobster tails, and a choice of one side: bacon and onion mac ‘n’ cheese, grilled jumbo asparagus, or smoked gouda au gratin potatoes. Save room for dessert, which is a double chocolate mousse. A second special is also available, the “Ultimate Grill,” a $99 deal that includes the salad, four 6-oz. center-cut filet mignons; a choice of two 16-oz. prime rib-eyes or two 16-oz. prime New York strips, two 5-oz cold water lobster tails, and a choice of two sides and dessert, You can also ask for their full a la carte delivery menu. Grubhub link.
You can find American cuisine with French influences at NYC favorite The Ribbon on the Upper West Side. You can expect delights for all palates, including spit-roasted meats, seafood, and Blue Ribbon classics like legendary chicken. With dining rooms closed, the Bromberg brothers’ 25+ years of renowned hospitality is being focused on delivery. Look for a special offer on the GrubHub, Postmates, and Uber Eats platforms featuring $5 off all deliveries; $10 off with an order of $65 or more; and $10 craft cocktails and 50% off beer/wine. theribbonnyc.com/delivery
Indulge all your senses when you experience famed New York City steakhouse Strip House. An innovative menu features signature prime cuts of beef and an extensive wine list and they’re still available despite the city’s pause. Right now at both locations, midtown and near Union Square, they’re offering 10% off all food for takeout or curbside pickup (not valid on delivery) and 50% off select wines with a food purchase for curbside pickup. Look for meal to-go kits with some family packages or the option to buy the meat sealed to cook at home.
Among the top steakhouses in the city, Benjamin Steakhouse serves its guests with class and plenty of taste. Extraordinary sirloins, ribeyes, and filets are dry-aged by the steakhouse and served with sides like crab legs and bleu cheese-topped home fries, as well as Benjamin’s own steak sauce. Although dining rooms are closed, their full menu is available for pick-up at Benjamin Steakhouse New York City and Westchester locations. Revised hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8pm. There are offering special deals on packaged meats to cook at home! Look for a very appetizing $5 a burger patty and $20 a pound for any cut of meat. benjaminsteakhouse.com
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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
> 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.