June Events + The Nifty Nine (06/12)

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.

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


For the month of June 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 The Nifty Nine NYC News sources.


All the NYCity News You Need to Start Your Day

The New York Times – Regional New York News

AM / Metro New York

Wall Street Journal Greater New York (Region News)

The New York Times – Art and Design

Grub Street – NY Magazine’s Food and Restaurant Blog

Gothamist: News, Food, Arts and Events

The New York Times – New York Today / Daily Briefings

Metro / New York Post

amNY Online



We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here July 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 Weekend in NYC (6/12-6/14)


chicken bao moonrise izakaya

As the city reopens, Upper West Side Moonrise Izakaya is doing its part for goodwill by giving out free chicken bao buns this Saturday, June 13th, starting at 1:30pm, while supplies last. Moonrise Izakaya owner Jake Poznak is encouraging customers who stop by for their bao bun fix to make donations to BCA Global (@bcaglobal) and/or StartOut (@startoutcommunity) to support people of color in the food industry or LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs in honor of Pride Month, respectively.


liquid lab nyc

Liquid Lab NYC is featuring a summer tiki cocktails virtual mixology class on Saturday, June 13th from 6:30-7:30pm. The evening will focus on several fun rum, vodka, or tequila tiki cocktails to make at home. (The recipes can be adapted to work with any other base spirit of your choice.) Hosted by Liquid Lab NYC co-founders Parker Boase and Gregory Lucas, this fully interactive virtual mixology session includes three unique specialty cocktails in a fun interactive virtual environment. Each guest will receive a shopping list with simple ingredients found at any grocery store to have on hand for the class. Don’t own a shaker set? No worries. They will also include a list of recommended household substitutions to make this easy for anyone to jump into! Zoom login information will be sent out one day prior to the event. Parker Boase and Gregory Lucas, Co-Founders of Liquid Lab in New York City, have been hosting interactive mixology classes and private events since 2012 and have also designed cocktail menus for various bars and restaurants internationally. To book visit, LiquidLabNYC.com.


cosi fan tutti met opera

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NYC Health + Hospitals and AFM Local 802 have launched Music for the Soul of NYC’s Health + Hospitals Heroes, a new series in support of the 43,000 staff at NYC’s 11 public hospitals and their patients. Music for the Soul is designed to inspire our heroic medical community, connect isolated patients to the outside world, and provide paid work for musicians, who may be struggling financially. The series will feature a variety of professional NYC musicians performing songs requested by health workers and patients at NYC public hospitals, as well as some of the musicians’ personal favorites. The musicians, who’ll be playing from home, will also be performing songs that local hospitals have used to celebrate patients successfully coming off ventilators. Upcoming performers include Tony Bennett, Rosanne Cash, Questlove, and AJR. Running through July 3, Music for the Soul will be livestreamed on NYC Health + Hospital’s Facebook page every day from noon-1pm.

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.


Normal summers see Central Park hosting a series of free concerts for the annual SummerStage program. But this is not a normal summer. Fortunately, you can still get your live music fix with the new digital series, Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere. Upcoming shows include an LAMC Latin Pride Celebration on June 13th, Juneteenth Day of Dance on June 19th, and global star Angélique Kidjo on June 26th.


Rosé Mansion hosts Friday evening virtual happy hours every week! Download Rosé Mansion’s Zoom Backgrounds so you can join from your favorite mansion room. Invite friends! Kicks off 5:30pm.

If you’re in New York City or Westchester, you can get some rosé IRL to enjoy from home. You can get 6-packs and 12-packs of wine, along with some of Rosé Mansion’s infamous swag (heart-shaped shades, anyone?), delivered right to your doorstep. Order the packs of wine you want online. You can choose from sweet rosé, dry rosé, sparkling wines, or a magical mystery box—all among the most popular at Rosé Mansion. You can find the delivery schedule and all the details on the Rosé Mansion website. 100% of the money from this sale goes towards supporting team members and reopening Rosé Mansion. Most of the wines are produced by small businesses, so you’ll be supporting them too.


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.)


Thought Gallery has hundreds of livestream talks, lectures, performances, and more. Check out sessions with celebs, live concerts, and opportunities to learn the latest on everything from science to philosophy to social justice.


Bronx Zoo Image: Jeffery DelViscio/Flickr

Governor Cuomo has given the green light for New York day camps to open this summer. City Guide’s sibling publication New York Metro Parents has all the latest on camp options and safety recommendations.

For parents seeking virtual programming, NYC’s Wildlife Conservation Society is offering Wildlife Camp Online this year. WCS’s Wildlife Camp Online provides an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium. Campers get to meet wild animal keepers and scientists, and engage in science and conservation action. Designed for pre-K through 8th grade students, the camp presents a safe and fun way for kids to stay connected with wildlife, the natural world, and each other. bronxzoo.com/wildlifecamp

Parents can find a wealth of resources on the New York Metro Parents website’s dedicated Save the Summer section.


WFUV Live Online (June 11-June 17)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/11 – Wine & Vinyl Hour with Mayer Hawthorne live on YouTube Thursdays at 9pm

6/12 – The SummerStage Anywhere weekly series starts with a collaboration with VOICES (based on Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”) and several artists sharing timely pieces reflective of our current climate

6/14 – Brandi Carlile performs ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter‘ at 9pm

6/14 – Joan Osborne, City Winery CWTV at 7pm (all request and dedications, $)

6/15 – Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) full discography livestream series ($) supporting her band and crew, Mondays at 9pm – Full album: Ivy Tripp

6/16 – Bloomsday on Broadway starting at 8am – the 39th celebration of of James Joyce’s brilliant Ulysses, with Stephen Colbert, Brian Cox, Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, Fiona Shaw and more with music and readings via YouTube

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org


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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