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 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 Best NYCity Restaurants.
Best NYCity Restaurants
With restaurants closed or only open for takeout, this info is more useful for that glorious time when we have beaten the virus and life has returned to some form of normal.
It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan. Seems like there is at least one restaurant on every block. The New York City health department inspected over 10,000 eating establishments in Manhattan alone last year. And the selection of restaurants includes cuisines from all over the world.
Finding a good place to eat is a bit harder. We could start with New York City’s 72 Michelin-Starred Restaurants, but they are more suitable for those on expense accounts or celebrating a special event. No worries. There are many guides to good eating available, if you know where to look.
Here are a few of my favorite guides to the best restaurants in various neighborhoods:
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.
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 (June 11-June 17)
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
Billboard also has some good info:
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.