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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
> 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.
Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.
Here is some great information on famous museums offering virtual tours.
You can see the masterpieces housed at famous museums with these online exhibits
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These kid-friendly museums in NYC and across the globe are offering virtual tours and exhibits, so you can experience culture from your couch.
For many of us, visiting a museum is a luxury we take for granted. While this city offers some of the world’s most masterful works, we rarely take the time out of our busy schedules to see them. That’s why it’s fortunate (and perhaps ironic) that now, while we’re staying home with time to spare, is the time we can lose ourselves in exhibits. The following kid-friendly museums have put their exhibits online for easy virtual viewing. And you don’t just have to stay local—check out some of the world’s greatest institutions. Who said quarantining had to lack culture?
Virtual Tours of New York’s Kid-Friendly Museums
American Museum of Natural History
If you’re nostalgic for that big blue whale, check out these 2,160 items from the American Museum of Natural History’s collection—from dinosaur skeletons to insects. The museum is also offering previously recorded tours on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Children’s Museum of the Arts
The kids are the stars in Children’s Museum of the Arts’ collection of more than 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world. There’s also a rotating series of contemporary artwork by emerging and established artists, including Leon Bibel’s monochromatic seemingly simply prints, and With Liberty and Justice for Some, a group of diverse portraits of U.S. immigrants.
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Now is a perfect time to “wander” through the Cloister’s magnificent monasteries (located in the Bronx but now online), where art and architecture of medieval Europe is on virtual display.
The Frick Collection
The elegant Frick displays 201 works of art on its site, from Rembrandt to Gainsborough, including the Italian paintings and bronzes, Dutch 17th-century works of art, and Chinese porcelains.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
While the Intrepid is usually a hands-on experience, kids can still check out the Concorde G-BOAD and the Submarine Growler, as well as learn about technologically groundbreaking aircrafts and American innovation and bravery.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met’s collection is like a best-of from the last 5,000 years of world art, from Coco Chanel’s designs to A New Look at Vermeer. Think of it as that history class you never took, that’s now available from your couch.
New York Botanical Garden
While NYBG’s gates are temporarily closed, it’s bringing the power of plants to you with a virtual walk through the Spring Landscape. Plus, the garden has a variety of ways to connect with plants and plant-lovers while you’re stuck inside.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy
The conservancy is offering a video series called Tourist In Your Own Town, which includes virtual tours of historic landmarks, including President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace and the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Take a virtual stroll down the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda, past tremendous self-portraits by Catherine Opie and Rashid Johnson’s New Black Yoga exhibit. You can also wander through the galleries of the Tannhauser Collection of Impressionism and Early Modern Art.
Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney’s online collection includes 60 of its most famous paintings from the 20th century, including Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, and Joseph Stella.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which holds more than 210,000 objects that range from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary 3-D printed objects, is offering several online exhibits. including Botanical Expressions, which shows how gardens influenced designers including Christopher Dresser, Emile Gallé, William Morris, and Louis Comfort Tiffany; and African American Design, which features objects created by prominent African American designers that date back to 1950.
Virtual Tours of Kid-Friendly Museums Across the Globe
How about a trip to Paris? Grab a baguette (or whatever sustenance your kids haven’t yet eaten) and explore the Louvre‘s Egyptian antiquities and the recently restored Galerie d’Apollon, which houses the famous “Apollo Slaying the Serpent Python,” by Delacroix (1851).
The Boston Children’s Museum
The kids will enjoy this trip through the second-oldest children’s museum in the United States, where they can become dinosaur experts and learn about Japanese culture at the Japanese House, a real two-story townhouse from Kyoto.
British Museum, London
Tour the Great Court or discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies, among hundreds of other artifacts at this famous historical institution.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This famous American-art museum is offering two online exhibits: American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras; and works by Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Check out the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and more than 750 personal letters. You can also find out about Van Gogh’s love life and which books he read.
WFUV Live Online (May 28-June 03)
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
Billboard also has some good info:
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.