July Events + Corona Culture (c) (07/15)

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 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 (c).

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.

See New York City Under Quarantine From a Bird’s-Eye View / Viewing NYC

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.

Aerial View of New York City Amidst Coronavirus Quarantine. / Viewing NYC
Shot with a drone for a real birds-eye view

Biking in New York City  / nycgo.com

Can New York’s Restaurants Survive on Outdoor Dining Alone? / Grub Street

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?

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:

Trinity Church

Address 75 Broadway
Date 1846
Where it gets its name It’s a common name for churches the world over.
What it was before Two other Trinity Churches have stood here. One burned down during the Revolutionary War; the other was demolished in 1839 after weathering storm damage.
Why it’s notable The brownstone church was built with a spire whose cross topped out at 281 feet, a towering presence in the skyline in the mid-1800s—and much of the rest of that century. The churchyard cemetery, which predates the current church, holds the graves of Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton’s wife Elizabeth Schuyler, Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lewis and early publisher William Bradford.
What it is now It remains an active Episcopal parish with daily services, though many come here for afternoon guided tours that point out architectural and historical elements of the church.
Fast fact Thanks to a land grant from Queen Anne in 1705, Trinity Church is one of NYC’s biggest landowners—its holdings were valued a couple of years back at $2 billion.”(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

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

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

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

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

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)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

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




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