May Events + NYCity on You-Tube & Pinterest (05/21)

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 OnlineTravel Forums with NYC info. We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s NYCity on You-Tube & Pinterest.


There are some very fine YouTube videos and Pinterest Pins that cover New York City and are endlessly fascinating. 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




NYC: Explained

NYC Travel Tips

NYC Photography locations

NYC Photography Manhattan


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.

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


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 (5/18-5/25)

(5/18-5/25) 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.


lower east side festival of the arts

For the 25th year, a handful of stars and over 100 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers, and filmmakers will join forces this weekend, Friday, May 22nd through Sunday, May 24th for the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. Join the Theater for the New City for plays, drama, comedy, dance, music, musicals, cabaret, poetry, readings, puppetry, films, visual art, speakers, and a special children’s festival. There will also be a Saturday night special live concert, beginning at 8pm and featuring  David Amram, Charles Busch, F. Murray Abraham, Penny Arcade, Phoebe Legere, Austin Pendleton, and William Electric Black.  Following their performances, these major LES artists will do a virtual “sit around” and discuss theater, politics, and the human condition.


ribbon memorial day nyc

Don’t let a quarantined city keep you away from a New York tradition. Upper West Side favorite The Ribbon is rolling out a Memorial Day Weekend special to help you kick off the unofficial start of summer. A package meal for four ($89) includes The Ribbon’s famed fried chicken—it comes in a basket with three orders’ worth—plus biscuits, ribs, a side of corn on the cob, watermelon, and a slice of Key lime pie tart for dessert. Brews come with the package (a six-pack of Heineken) but you can also add on cocktails, which are $16 each or $34 for a sampler of all three. The options are a two-month barrel-aged Boulevardier, the Ribbon piña colada, and “The Memorial” (the house’s take on a Blue Hawaiian). Available for pickup or delivery from Friday, May 22nd through Memorial Day.


cosi fan tutti met opera

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.

For just the second time in over 30 years, Fleet Week has been cancelled. On Wednesday, May 20th at 11am learn all about Fleet Week New York, Past and Present in a virtual session.

Although the legendary aircraft carrier that’s now the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is temporarily closed, you can still learn about exploration and innovation with a virtual program on Thursday, May 21.  Intrepid Museum’s Virtual Astronomy LIVE Program to Preview Demo-2 Launch: Astronauts Garrett Reisman and Mike Massimino is a free event looking at the upcoming launch of Demo-2, the first crewed launch of NASA astronauts on U.S. soil since 2011.

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.

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.)


WFUV Live Online (May 21-27)

Live Online
The Tweedy Show, nightly at 10:30pm
The Mavericks’ Raul Malo, regularly
Rufus Wainwright, daily
David Wax Museum, weekdays at 1p with guests
Norah Jones, Thursdays at 4pm
Ben Gibbard (Deathcab), Thursdays at 7pm
Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Fridays at 3pm
Todd Snider, Sundays at noon
The Kennedys, Sundays at 2pm
Shawn Colvin, Mondays at 12 noon
Grace Potter, Mondays at 9pm
Josh Ritter, Tuesdays at 7pm
Neil Finn, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6pm
Citizen Cope, Tuesdays
This Week:
5/20 – Bob Weir with The National
5/20 – Joseph Arthur Guitar Mash
5/23 – Andrew Combs via Outpost in the Burbs
5/23 – Bill Frisell Guitar Mash
5/24 – A Musical Memorial and Tribute with Yo-Yo Ma

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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