July Events + Corona Culture (c) (07/27)

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).

Biking in New York City  / nycgo.com

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.

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

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

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 visitor should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan. Today’s feature:

The Skyscraper Museum

“The Skyscraper Museum is committed to the study of the past, present and future of high-rise building. Located in Battery Park City at the southern tip of Lower Manhattan, the museum celebrates the City’s rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, publications, educational programs and its award-winning website, the museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate and places of work and residence.” (nycgo.com)


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 23 -July 29)

7/23 Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, 10pm $

7/23 Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace, 10pm $

7/23 Lucius performing Songs From The Bromley House

7/25 Los Lobos, performance and Q&A for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, 7pm

7/25 Andrew Bird Performance Now! Live Stream with guest Madison Cunningham, 8pm

7/25-26 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival: Live Everywhere with Common, Angelique Kidjo, The Tallest Man on Earth, Lila Downs, ?uestlove

7/25 Gordi from the Sydney Opera House for early risers, 6am

7/26 Erin McKeown Songwriting Masterclass

7/29 and 8/2 Milk! Records Winter Residency featuring Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Hachiku, The Finks and others at 6am $

7/29 Fenne Lily performs on all SummerStage Anywhere platforms, 8pm

7/30-8/2 Lollapalooza’s Lolla2020 virtual festival


NYC-Arts Top Five Virtual Picks: July 24 – 30

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top virtual events include Flushing Town Hall at Home, PTAMD’s Dancemaker, Art on the Grid 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.

Encores! Archives Project

Encores! Archives Project

New York City Center

Manhattan / Wed, Apr 01, 2020 – Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Whether you need a work-from-home break or are looking for ways to connect with loved ones, “Encores! Archives Project” is your song-a-day video series on social media, curated by Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel. The show must go on…online that is, and NYCC wants to make sure you can still reminisce about your favorite musical, sing along to a Stephen Sondheim tune in your PJs, and even rediscover a forgotten gem from Rodgers & Hart …

Art on the Grid

Art on the Grid

Public Art Fund

Manhattan / Mon, Jun 29, 2020 – Sun, Sep 20, 2020

“Art on the Grid” is a multi-platform exhibition of new work by a group of 50 New York-based, emerging artists. The exhibition was conceived in the spring of 2020 in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As it developed, the parallel epidemic of systemic racism came into sharp and painful focus. Both crises now set the backdrop for the exhibition. The city, country, and world will emerge changed by these events, and the exhibition’s focus on …

Flushing Town Hall at Home

Flushing Town Hall at Home

Flushing Town Hall

Queens / Fri, Mar 20, 2020 – Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Flushing Town Hall continues to entertain and engage with its virtual series, “Flushing Town Hall At Home!” Which includes a twice-weekly FTH at Home: Facebook Watch Party Live!, an FTH at Home: Zoom Community Hang, and a daily activity for families through FTH at Home: Global Arts for Global Kids.Every Tuesday and Friday at 7:00 PM, the cultural organization’s FTH at Home: Facebook Watch Party Live! stream a prior live performances that were held at the venue. Viewers can tune …



Paul Taylor Dance Company

Manhattan / Fri, Mar 20, 2020 – Sat, Oct 31, 2020

The Academy Award-nominated documentary “Dancemaker” is streaming on PTAMD’s website and Youtube channels. Other historic and contemporary repertory and footage never shared before will follow. The Taylor Company is partnering with Jacob Jonas and the dance community at large on #adigitaldance project. On Mondays and Fridays, a “task” is issued to encourage movement while we are all socially distancing: http://jacobjonas.com/adigitaldance/.

New Victory Arts Break

New Victory Arts Break

New Victory Theater

Manhattan / Wed, Apr 01, 2020 – Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Through an initiative called “New Victory Arts Break,” New Victory Theater is inspiring families to learn performing arts skills from the comfort of their own home. A free online series, each week explores a particular art form and invites kids and parents to incorporate the arts into their homeschool learning through a series of videos and instructions. Featuring demonstrations by New Victory Teaching Artists, New Victory Arts Break is also a part of the theater’s …


In the age of Covid-19 this info from City Guide is one of the best sources of info on What’s Happening, even if some are only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue.


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.

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