July Events and Best NYC Restaurants (07/20)

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 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 Best NYCity Restaurants.

With restaurants partially opened 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:

Best Places to Eat in Times Square  (tripsavvy.com)

Best Restaurants in 55 NYC Neighborhoods  (zagat.com)

Where To Eat Uptown in NYC  (fodors.com)

The Definitive Midtown Dining Guide  (thrilist.com)

Where to Eat and Drink Near the High Line (thrilist.com)

The Grub Street Guide to Affordable Sushi in New York  (grubstreet,com)

The Absolute Best Restaurants in the Meatpacking District (grubstreet,com)

11 Tastes of Chinatown  (nycgo.com)

Restaurant Row Guide (nycgo.com)

The 15 Best Places with a Happy Hour in the Upper West Side  (foursquare)

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.

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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:

“Downtown Manhattan’s largest public open space, this 25-acre waterfront park is a hub of outdoor activity. It’s the site of open-air concerts, beautiful gardens and the Castle Clinton National Monument, along with the SeaGlass Carousel, a kid-friendly favorite. For more information, visit thebattery.org.”  (nycgo.com)

“The Battery, formerly known as Battery Park, is a 25-acre (10 ha) public park located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island in New York City facing New York Harbor.  The park contains attractions such as an old fort named Castle Clinton; multiple monuments; and the SeaGlass Carousel. The surrounding area, known as South Ferry, contains multiple ferry terminals, including the Staten Island Ferry‘s Whitehall Terminal as well as boat launches to the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

The park and surrounding area is named for the artillery batteries that were built in the late 17th century to protect the settlement behind them. By the 1820s, the Battery had become an entertainment destination, with the conversion of Castle Clinton into a theater venue. During the mid-19th century, the modern-day Battery Park was constructed and Castle Clinton was converted into an immigration and customs center. The Battery was commonly known as the landing point for immigrants to New York City until 1890, when the Castle Clinton immigration center was replaced by one on Ellis Island. Castle Clinton then hosted the New York Aquarium from 1896 to 1941.”  (wikipedia.com)

For a History of the Battery try this.

For a walking tour of the Battery focused on History try this.

For a walking tour of the Battery focused on Immigration try this.

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

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 16 -July 22)

7/16 – Lucius livestreams Thursdays in July $ supporting local businesses, this week: covers

7/16 – Indigo Girls All-Dedication Concert, 7pm, in the spirit of an old school radio night

7/16 – The Jewbadours: The Last Schmaltz – Joe’s Pub Live! From the Archives

7/18 – Michael Franti “Stay At Home Concert World Tour” Livestream from Soulshine Bali ($) from 9-11:30pm7/18 – James Maddock Live Stream Concert at 7pm

7/18 – Prison Music Project Town Hall at 8pm, a livestream panel with creators Ani DiFranco, Zoe Boekbinder and Leyla McCalla

7/19 – Mary Gauthier – Sundays w/Mary and special guest Carlene Carter

7/19 – Shelby Lynne, The Chronicles Volume II – 2pm $ Music and fellowship

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

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Places to Go in NYC: Virtual Tours of Observation Decks

For a real sense of the city’s epic scale, you need to get up into the sky, into one of New York’s unparalleled observatories. The sometime chaos of New York sidewalks gives way to a clarity on the upper stories. The grids of streets, the flow of traffic, and architectural masterpieces from across the eras all come into clear focus. If you’re planning a visit to NYC, check out these virtual tours of our famous observation decks so you’ll be ready to choose the best one for you.

Virtual Tour: Empire State Building


EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. Ever since its 1931 completion, the Empire State Building has been the most famous skyscraper in the world. It remains a vital part of NYC and an inspiration to the millions of visitors who ascend to the ESB observation deck in every season. Newly updated features include a museum, the Observatory Experience. The result of a $165 million investment, this second floor stopover will substitute for what was once time spent waiting on line. Take a virtual tour of the space above, and check out the many features the attraction offers20 W. 34th St., 212-736-3100, esbnyc.com

Virtual Tour: One World Observatory

ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY. There’s only one tallest. Only one strongest. And only one destination selected as the Best New Attraction in the World. These attributes belong to One World Trade Center, and its pinnacle, the One World Observatory, rising over 100 stories in the sky. Check out this virtual overview of what you’ll find there285 Fulton St., 844-696-1776, oneworldobservatory.com

Virtual Tour: Top of the Rock

TOP OF THE ROCK. At this stunning perch atop Rockefeller Center, you’ll find wholly unobstructed views of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the rivers, and all of Central Park (its size can only truly be appreciated when seen from above). The Grand Viewing Deck on the 69th floor offers unparalleled views of the city, with visibility that reaches some 30 miles on a clear day. The 70th Floor is the proverbial cherry on top, allowing visitors to experience a 360° panorama of Manhattan in all its glory. This is an open-air perch with completely unobstructed views—no glass or anything. It provides a vantage point unlike any other in the city…or the world. 30 Rockefeller Ctr., 212-698-2000, topoftherocknyc.com

Virtual Tour: Edge

The Edge

EDGE, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor observation deck, opened in March 2020, just before the city went on pause. The city is looking forward to the return of this incredible, triangular deck extending from the skyscraper at 30 Hudson Yards. You can stand 100 floors above the ground and see miles and miles in every direction. The deck offers 360-degree views with jaw-dropping glimpses of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, the Hudson River, and much more. You can tour the various features at Edge hereLevel 4 inside The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, 332-204-8500, edgenyc.com


There’s no bad time to take an eagle eye to the lives of millions of New Yorkers, but if you can time it, we’d steer you to dusk, when you can enjoy both sunset and the thrill of watching the city’s lights flickering to life.

Want more free advice on what to do and see in New York? Join our Facebook group Everything to Do NYC, a place for people to ask questions and get tips on how to make the most of the city.

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NYC-Arts Top Five Virtual Picks: July 17 – 23

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top virtual events include the 48th Dance on Camera Festival, One More Thing, REVERSE REVERSE 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.

REVERSE REVERSE: BRING IT BACK, BRING IT BACK

REVERSE REVERSE: BRING IT BACK, BRING IT BACK

Bronx Museum of the Arts

Bronx / Thu, Jun 04, 2020 – Sat, Aug 01, 2020

This exhibit was curated by the 2019-20 Teen Council cohort at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. “REVERSE REVERSE: BRING IT BACK, BRING IT BACK” invited teen artists throughout New York City to submit work reflecting their experiences, memories of, and nostalgia for the last two decades.The exhibit is organized in four sections:COMING OF AGEIMAGINARY REALMPOP CULTURESPACES AND PLACESWatch a video of the opening reception on Thursday, June 4, 2020:Created in 2005, The Bronx Museum’s Teen Council is an intensive …

One More Thing

One More Thing

Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture

Manhattan / Mon, Apr 06, 2020 – Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Being temporarily closed, Bard Graduate Center misses sharing their passion for learning about human history through direct study of objects, from the luxurious to the quotidian. Although lectures, symposia, discussions, and workshops are necessarily postponed, BGC realized they could still share that passion by examining objects that are on hand. Watch their new video series, “One More Thing,” in which one person discusses one object for one minute. Check out a sneak peek below:

Dance on Camera Festival 2020

Dance on Camera Festival 2020

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Manhattan / Fri, Jul 17, 2020 – Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Dance Films Association and Film at Lincoln Center present the 48th edition of the Dance on Camera Festival, running July 17-20, 2020. With a program that travels the globe from Ireland to Argentina to Kazakhstan, the festival is being presented digitally for the first time and provide unprecedented access to the longest-running dance film festival in the world.This year’s festival includes a variety of features and shorts, opening with the U.S. premiere of an intimate …

Online Summer Camp: Your Home, Your History

Online Summer Camp: Your Home, Your History

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn / Mon, Jul 20, 2020 – Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Brooklyn Museum welcomes young artists to the adventure of online art camp! Inspired by their exhibitions and collections, campers ages 8–10 and 11–13 will have fun engaging with art, while interacting with other campers, discovering artists, working with different mediums, trying out new techniques, and more. After five days of art-making, campers close out the week by sharing their creations in Friday’s online Open Studio.This new program includes LIVE daily instruction with museum educators, teaching …

Emma Lazarus’ Birthday Celebration

Emma Lazarus’ Birthday Celebration

American Jewish Historical Society

Manhattan / Wed, Jul 22, 2020 – Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Come celebrate Emma Lazarus’ birthday! Born on July 22, 1849, in the middle of a Cholera Epidemic, she would be 171 this year. AJHS invites previous participants to come and share the poems they have written during or after previous workshops. This is an opportunity to discuss our work and celebrate!Led by celebrated teaching poets and contributors to the 92nd Street Y’s #ANewColossus poetry festival, these virtual poetry workshops will delve into the construction and techniques used …

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

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