May Events + 6 Top Online Travel Forums (05/17)

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


For the month of May 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.


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



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 (5/11-5/17)

(5/11-5/17) The city may be on pause, but there is still plenty of New York City to enjoy. Read on for some virtual culture and touring, in addition to some great restaurants still serving food for pick up and delivery.


Rosé Mansion hosts Friday evening virtual happy hours every week! Download Rosé Mansion’s Zoom Backgrounds so you can join from your favorite Rosé Mansion room and feel free to invite all of your friends. Kicks off at 5:30pm.


ribbon eggs benedict

Don’t let a quarantined city keep you away from a New York tradition. Upper West Side favorite The Ribbon is rolling out weekend brunch. The package for two people is  a reasonable $34.95 (make it for four and it’s just $59.95). You can get it from 11am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday; choose from a butter lettuce or Caesar salad to start, followed by mains that include pancakes, chilaquiles (with fried tortilla strips), baked eggs, a Benedict prosciutto, a Beyond burger, or a beef burger. Among the sides: roasted finger potatoes, fries, carrots, and broccolini. Brunch classic drinks are available as well: opt for a Blood Mary or a mimosa, 16 oz. for two (additional $19) or 32 oz. for four (additional $24.99).


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.

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.


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.

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.)


WFUV Live Online (May 14-20)

Live Online
5/14-17 – Prince concert stream available
5/14 – Indigo Girls play Rites of Passage
5/14 – Jazz Foundation of America #TheNewGig: Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Jon Batiste, Angelique Kidjo and more
5/14-17 – Wavy Gravy’s 84th birthday with archival footage of Bob Weir, Hot Tuna, Bonnie Raitt & Ruthie Foster, Hot Tuna, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle and more
5/14 – The Avett Brothers “Braves Post-Game” Livestream
5/14 – Red Molly via Outpost in the Burbs Facebook
5/15 – Rickie Lee Jones from her Living Room
5/15 – Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires Acoustic Livestream
5/15 – Stephen Clair livestream “not on a sad couch”
5/16 – Sheryl Crow filmed at LOCKN’ 2018
5/16 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers filmed at LOCKN’ 2014
5/16 – Glen Burtnik via Outpost in the Burbs Facebook
5/18 – Shawn Colvin‘s “Sunny Stays Home” series, a Q&A and a song or two
5/18 – A Night Of Covenant House Stars with Jon Bon Jovi, Dolly Parton, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Stephen Colbert, Dionne Warwick & more

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at


Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets




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