April Events + 6 Top Online Travel Forums (04/27)

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of April 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 Online Travel Forums with NYC info. We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s Top Online Travel Forums.

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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.

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

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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.

Things to Do This Week in NYC (4/20-4/27)

(4/20-4/27) 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.

CLASSIC BASEBALL, CLASSIC BITES

classic baseball

Upper West Side favorite The Ribbon is brightening April in NYC with a classic baseball delivery special. Match up some incredible games from seasons past with some of the city’s best cooking. Your package will include The Ribbon’s signature fried chicken (7 pieces), a side of mashed potatoes and gravy, and a six-pack of beer (Budweiser or Bud Light). It’s just $49.95 per person. Upcoming games on ESPNCLS include Dodgers-Yankees, Orioles-Pirates, Mets-Astros, Yankees-Red Sox, and a host of other thrillers while we wait for the real thing to return. theribbonnyc.com/classic-sports-at-the-ribbon

NYC RESOURCES

cosi fan tutti met opera

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.

Thought Gallery has hundred of additional livestream talks, lectures, performances and more.

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.

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.

Missing escape room adventures? NYC fave The Escape Game has some great play-at-home editions including Unlocked: The Heist—Vol. 1: Chasing Hahn, which includes all the pieces of the original mission kit, ready for play in quarantine.theescapegame.com/newyorkcity/

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.

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.

The Brooklyn Museum remotely.

Guggenheim Museum from home.

The Morgan’s exhibitions.

Virtually visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

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WFUV Live Online (April 23-29)

Live Online
4/23 –  Sylvan Esso debuts their live concert film “WITH” via YouTube Premiere at 9pm ET
4/23-5/3 – New Orleans Jazz Fest: Our sister station WWOZ is ‘Jazz Festing in Place’ ft. The Radiators, Trombone Shorty and more from 11am-7pm each fest day, including archives from Fats Domino, The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Marcia Ball, Pres Hall Jazz Band and more
4/24 – Rickie Lee Jones holds a free hour-long interactive live stream concert on Facebook at 7pm ET
4/24 – Andrew Bird at 1pm ET as part of the Concert A Day series on the GRAMMYs Facebook page
4/24-27 –  PlayOn Fest streams 3 days of footage from Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Green Day, Cardi B, Ed Sheeran, Janelle Monáe and more, in a one-time-only live viewing event of shows from Warner archives

WFUV LIVE MUSIC ONLINE

A running list of live on line concerts and more safe entertainment at WFUV.org .

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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