Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.
For the month of July 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 (c).
The Hidden Feats that Built New York’s Towering Skyscrapers./ NYT
The ingenuity of engineers helped build landmarks like Black Rock and the new supertalls. Take a virtual tour with the New York Times architecture critic.
When Manhattan was Mannahatta: a stroll through the centuries./ NYT
From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of lower Manhattan.
Pondering the end of the world? An apocalyptic entertainment guide, if you can’t help it. / LAT
For those seeking content about the end of the world during the coronavirus crisis, we’ve curated a guide to apocalyptic entertainment for your viewing, reading or listening pleasure.
Aerial View of New York City Amidst Coronavirus Quarantine. / Viewing NYC
Shot with a drone for a real birds-eye view
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.
We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here August 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.
Lower Manhattan – Did you know?
There are some fine spots to grab a meal in Lower Manhattan.
You could try El Vez
259 Vesey St., 212-233-2500, Battery Park City, Manhattan
“Elvis Presley’s fetching cowboy look from movies like Charro! and Flaming Star is on display at this sprawling, Mexican-American saloon with touches of the Old West. Mega-restaurateur Stephen Starr (Upland, Buddakan, Morimoto NY) opened this Battery Park City venue last year following the longtime success of his flagship El Vez in Philadelphia. (El Vez, in case you don’t keep up on these things, is a Mexican-American Elvis impersonator.) Cast-iron chandeliers, bunches of chili peppers, Day of the Dead skeletons and dozens of bottles of tequila and mezcal help advance the concept. Huitlacoche quesadillas with Chihuahua cheese and a scoop of guacamole, chicken enchiladas and Baja-style whole fish with pickled jalapeños come in satisfying portions. A quick-serve, lunchtime burrito counter (to open soon) aims to give Chipotle a run for its money.”
Dine Out Downtown (nycgo.com)
Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.
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Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze
Wed, Jul 08, 2020 – Sun, Oct 31, 2021
The Public Theater
Wed, Jul 08, 2020, 7:30 pm – Tue, Aug 04, 2020, 11:59 pm
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Wed, Jun 24, 2020 – Thu, Aug 27, 2020
The Lotus Effect
Rubin Museum of Art
Thu, Jun 18, 2020 – Mon, Jan 04, 2021
Black Dance Stories
Thu, Jul 02, 2020 – Thu, Jul 30, 2020
WFUV Live Online (July 02 -July 08)
7/4 – Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic with Kurt Vile, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Devon Gilfillian and more ($)
7/5 – Grateful Dead “Fare Thee Well” Marathon rebroadcast from July 2015, the final time that Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann shared the stage together
7/6 – Waxahatchee performs the entirety of her latest album, Saint Cloud ($)
7/7 – Ringo Starr celebrates his 80th birthday with a concert: Paul McCartney, Ben Harper, Gary Clark Jr., Sheila E. and more
7/7 – SummerStage Anywhere: Femi Kuti and DJ Rich Medina
7/8 – Dalai Lama Global Meditation: Mantras & teachings set to music; each meditation is hosted by guests from around the globe
7/8 – SummerStage Anywhere: Live session with British singer/songwriter Shura
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.