May Events + Corona Culture (a) (05/30)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.”
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

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 or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture,” info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s Corona Culture (a).


‘Surreal’: What It’s Like to Ride a Motorcycle Through New York Right Now (NYT)  The video of the scooter riding down an empty 7th Ave. is especially interesting.

These Stunning George Steinmetz Aerial Images Show Empty NYC Under Coronavirus Lockdown | Viewing NYC / shown on “CBS This Morning.”
a 6 minute video of a virtual ghost town.

Rockefeller Center’s Art Deco Marvel: A Virtual Tour (NYT)
an informative discussion between NYT architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and historian Daniel Okrent. Don’t miss the great photos of Rocky Center.

Now Virtual and in Video, Museum Websites Shake Off the Dust. (NYT)
Critic’s guide to the best online presentations from the world’s leading art palaces and picture galleries.

New York Comedian Finds Humor in Andrew Cuomo’s Dad Riffs./ WSJ
Maria DeCotis has caught fire on Twitter with her short videos miming along with audiotape from the governor’s daily coronavirus briefings.

Here she is: Maria DeCotis on Twitter

Cannes 2020 is canceled: here are 28 of the festival’s best films you can stream right now./LAT
Films that have played the festival since 2006, now available for viewing at home.

Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand: Walk Its History (NYT)
A few hundred years in the borough, from the brownstones to the shipyards. The NYT  critic chats with fourth generation Brooklynite and historian Thomas J. Campanella.
Wonderful photos all over the borough, especially Brooklyn Heights.

And just in case you missed it.

Cherry Trees Blossom on Schedule in Closed Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (WSJ)






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.


WFUV Live Online (May 28-June 03)

Live Online
5/28 – Phoebe Bridgers streams from her bathroom, 8pm
5/28 – Dawn Landes on Outpost in the Burbs Facebook, 7-8pm
5/28 – Jon Batiste & Friends at The McKittrick Hotel Broadcast, 11am
5/28 – Raul Midon & Thao Nguyen, The Paste Happiest Hour, 5-7pm
5/29 – “Streaming Outta Fenway” Boston’s Dropkick Murphys with guest Bruce Springsteen, 6pm
5/29 – Sharon Van Etten performs her 2009 debut album at 5pm ($ benefit)
5/29 – Christine and the Queens at 3pm for the Pitchfork Listening Club
5/30 – Banding Together: The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bob Weir, The Lumineers, Michael Franti, Rodrigo y Gabriela and more for Colorado Music Relief, 8pm
5/30 – Nicole Atkins “Alone We’re All Together” weekly series with guests, 7pm
5/30 – Live from Here with Chris Thile and guests Chicano Batman, Sarah Jarosz, Blake Mills
5/31 – Keeping the Blues Alive musician relief fund show 3-7pm, with Joe Bonamassa & over 45 artists
6/1 – Waxahatchee livestream series ($) at 9pm – Full album: American Weekend

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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