June Events + 6 Top Online Travel Forums (06/30)

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.

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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 Top Online Travel Forums.

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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

> Frommer’s Community Forums
Not as active as some other forums, but archived topics can be helpful. Search by destinations, trip ideas, tips&tools.
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.

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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.

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Lower Manhattan – Did you know?

Manhattan, with more than 50,000 different buildings, is famous for its Art Deco architecture, especially in Lower Manhattan.

1 Wall Street.
“Ralph Walker’s limestone-clad 1 Wall Street is an Art Deco beauty inside and out. The 50-story building was constructed during the same years as the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, and it was originally occupied by the Irving Trust Company. It features setbacks characteristic of Art Deco, as well as vertical designs etched along the faceted facade, but the interiors are what truly make 1 Wall Street special.

The building’s soaring double-height lobby on Wall Street, the bank’s original reception room, is a stunning space designed by Hildreth Meiere. Known as the Red Room, it’s covered with a mosaic of red, gold, and orange tiles that were made in Berlin. On the 49th floor, an observation room occupies “a gaspingly high space,” as the Times says, with vaulted ceilings covered with shells from the Philippines.” (Art Deco Society of New York)  (ny.curbed.com)

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

NYC-Arts Top Five Virtual Picks: June 26 – July 2

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top virtual events include Bach at Home, Summer 20/2.0, Works & Process 2020 and more. Follow links to a fuller description for each.

Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

Bach at Home
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Manhattan
Tue, Jun 23, 2020 – Tue, Jul 14, 2020

“Somos La Luz” (“We Are the Light”)
Queens Museum
Queens
Fri, May 29, 2020 – Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Summer 20/2.0
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Bronx
Thu, Jul 02, 2020 – Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Works & Process Artists 2020
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Manhattan
Mon, Jun 01, 2020 – Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Public Art Fund at Home
Public Art Fund
Manhattan
Mon, Jun 01, 2020 – Mon, Aug 31, 2020

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WFUV Live Online (June 25-July 01)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/25 – Hug Your Farmer: Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Martin Sexton, Kelli O’Hara, Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch and more

6/25 – Depeche Mode streams their full concert from the “SPIRITS in the Forest” documentary from their 2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

6/26 – Angelique Kidjo – Summerstage Anywhere Series

6/27 – Rufus Wainwright, “Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session” livestream concert

6/27 – Virtual Roots Picnic with The Roots, H.E.R., SZA, Lil Baby, Kirk Franklin, Musiq Soulchild and more. Hosted by Questlove, Black Thought and Michelle Obama

6/28 – Justice Comes Alive with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Tank & The Bangas, Umphrey’s McGee, Ivan Neville, Lettuce, Galactic, Stanley Jordan, Antibalas and 50+ artists

6/28 – Andrew Bird Live from the Old Style Guitar Shop in LA for Performance Now!

6/29 – Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) full discography livestream series: Saint Cloud

 

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

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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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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.

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