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.
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,” updated 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 (b).
See an Empty NYC from a Bird’s-Eye View in This Aerial Capture During Lockdown./ Viewing NYC Shot with a drone for a real birds-eye view.
Brooklyn Bridge, Star of the City: Here’s a Tour. / NYT
The Times architecture critic explores the bridge and the neighborhoods on either side with the architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.
Classic skyscrapers define New York. Take a virtual tour./ NYT
The Times architecture critic strolls Park Avenue with the architect Annabelle Selldorf.
Why Driving in New York City Now Feels “Post Apocalyptic.” / NYT
For now it’s open road, miles and miles of it.
New York Philharmonic Takes Show to Rooftops, Stairwells./ WSJ
After the orchestra canceled performances, many musicians found new ways—and reasons—to play.
Virtual Day Trips You Can Now Take Online / ReadersDigest
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, and which are 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?
New York City, a city of neighborhoods, is filled with sights that every tourist should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan. Today’s feature:
Date c. mid-to-late 1700s
Where it gets its name From the wall that was erected here by the Dutch in the mid-1600s to mark the northern boundary of their settlement. Walk along the center of the cobblestone block of Wall Street between Broad and William Streets to see wooden inlays indicating where posts of the original wall used to stand.
What it was before The area once held a slave market. As the street developed, early buildings included Alexander Hamilton’s home and the City’s first bank.
Why it’s notable You might have heard the moniker before: it’s synonymous with the US, and global, financial industry.
What it is now A narrow street lined by high-rise buildings that once held numerous banking headquarters; in actuality, few still call the place home. Some notable addresses include no. 40, a 70-story tower with a green pyramidal roof like that of the Woolworth Building, and no. 55, a squat, Greek Revival fortress that originally held the Merchants Exchange.
Fast fact During the great Wall Street Crash of 1929, the stock market lost roughly a quarter of its value over just a few days.” (nycgo.com)
Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.
NYC-Arts Top Five Virtual Picks: July 10 – July 16
Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top virtual events include Front Row Summer Evenings, Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House, a radio broadcast of Richard II and more. 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.
Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House
Socrates Sculpture Park
Fri, Jul 10, 2020 – Thu, Dec 31, 2020
As the country grapples with both a deadly pandemic and the tragic consequences of systemic racism, Socrates Sculpture Park will open an exhibition of new outdoor monuments this summer. MONUMENTS NOW seeks to address the role of monuments in American society – some of which have been removed in recent days – and presents artist-envisioned monuments highlighting underrepresented histories including queer, Indigenous, and diasporic narratives.Socrates Sculpture Park, as with all NYC Parks, has been open and operating …
Front Row Summer Evenings
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Sun, Jul 12, 2020 – Fri, Aug 21, 2020
CMS also announces the extension of its online concert series with Front Row Summer Evenings, six weeks of at-home programming beginning July 12. The series is comprised of HD performance video from the CMS archive, featuring the thoughtfully curated repertoire that CMS audiences have come to expect and enjoy. About the Summer Evenings series programming, Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han commented: “Summer Evenings concerts have traditionally presented music that breathes the pleasant airs of …
Miró Quartet Complete Beethoven String Quartets
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Thu, Jul 16, 2020 – Sat, Aug 08, 2020
For their first major project since the coronavirus outbreak, the Miró Quartet will come together in-person to perform all sixteen Beethoven string quartets and the “Grosse Fuge” live for online audiences via the streaming platform OurConcerts.live.Since mid-March, members of the Quartet have been apart, isolating separately at home with their families. Upon reuniting for this series, they will follow strict protocols in their daily lives to mitigate the risk of virus transmission amongst themselves. Presented by the …
William Shakespeare’s RICHARD II
The Public Theater
Mon, Jul 13, 2020 – Thu, Jul 16, 2020
Join WNYC and The Public Theater as they bring Free Shakespeare in the Park to the airwaves with William Shakespeare’s RICHARD II. Brought to you in a serialized radio broadcast over four nights, listen as the last of the divinely anointed monarchs descends and loses it all. When King Richard banishes his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and deprives him of his inheritance, he unwittingly creates an enemy who will ultimately force him from the throne. One of the …
Confidence in the Future
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
Fri, May 01, 2020 – Mon, Aug 31, 2020
The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is delighted to present “Confidence in the Future” at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. Throughout the 2020 season, BCA continues to focus on paying homage to socially conscious artwork and to art that comes from artists who are actively engaged in creating a vision of the future and expanding our understanding of the role of resistance. The eight artists featured in the show were chosen through an Open …
WFUV-FM 90.7 is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.
WFUV Live Online (July 09 -July 15)
7/9 – My Morning Jacket The Waterfall II party
7/9 – Lucius: Wildewoman (with Brandi Carlile)
7/10 – Citizen Cope debut performance of his brand new acoustic album plus deep cuts
7/10 – Brooklyn Bowl 11th Anniversary Celebration 11+ hours of music and more with Phil Lesh, Soulive, Tank & The Bangas, Fantastic Negrito and more
7/10 – Norah Jones performance and Q&A
7/11 – Winnipeg Folk Festival At Home: new performances from Waxahatchee, Kurt Vile and more; past sets from Arlo Guthrie, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Courtney Barnett
7/11 – Rufus Wainwright Unfollow the Rules record release party
7/12 – Brandi Carlile performs Bear Creek
7/12 – Ani DiFranco on the Awful Good Writers Heavy Hitters Festival
7/12 – Mary Gauthier – Sundays w/Mary special guest Lori McKenna
7/14-19 – Woody Fest 2020 with Arlo Guthrie, Jason Mraz, Glen Hansard, Graham Nash, Mary Gauthier and more, plus seminars, panels and poetry
7/14 – On Your Radar with WFUV’s John Platt: Tragedy Ann, Mark Dvorak and Siobhan O’Brien
Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.