Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
For the month of August 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 “Top 10 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 Top 10 Corona Culture (c2). NEW STUFF!
3. The Online Classes Actually Worth Taking (NYMagazine)
28 courses that were thoroughly vetted
4. Take a virtual tour of these NYC cultural institutions from home (curbed).
Stuck inside? You can still experience some of New York’s best cultural offerings from your home.
We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here September 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 is 3 Terrific Tours in Lower Manhattan (d):
“The revived edition of Heritage Trails New York expands upon the original model created in the 1990’s by an architect by adding sites from 1998 to the present day and gives users the option to follow one of the four pathways on foot or from the convenience of your mobile device or your computer screen.” (skyscraper museum)
“The modern Battery is a microcosm of the diversity of New York packed into 25 acres. Now a New York City public park, this southernmost point of Manhattan that juts into New York Harbor, has welcomed Lenape fishermen, European explorers, settlers, immigrants, and tourists from all over the globe.” (untapped cities)
“While this last square mile of Manhattan was the first part of the city to be settled, you’ll find that its rich history is matched only by its modern growth. Everyday there are new and exciting spots opening south of Chambers Street making New York City’s oldest neighborhood new again.
So how can you keep up with all there is to explore? The best way to understand this dynamic neighborhood is to take a guided tour with one of our top tour companies in Lower Manhattan.” (downtown alliance)
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 (Augus 06 – August 12)
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.
Things to Do This Week in NYC (8/3-8/9)
City Guide News Desk
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.
The New York Public Library provides access to more than 300,000 FREE e-books and e-audio books.
The New York City Ballet presents a spring digital season.
Virtual programming will keep you connected to the York Theatre Company.
One World Observatory has made One World Explorer, the attraction’s Digital Skyline Guide, available for remote watching. Virtual helicopter tours of the city’s most iconic sites are available now.
The Top of the Rock launches a brief virtual tour on YouTube.
6 podcast series to help you understand New York.Discover the best of New York, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, through The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s “Tourist in your own Town” Video Series.
You can take a virtual tour of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum of Art. (You can find two hours of meditative chanting as well, if you’re searching out some respite.) The Rubin has also, for the first time, launched a digital assemblage of more than 300 items from the museum’s collection.
VIRTUAL TALKS, LECTURES, AND EVENTS
Thought Gallery has hundreds of livestream talks, lectures, performances, and more. Check out sessions with celebs, live concerts, and opportunities to learn the latest on everything from science to philosophy to social justice.
“WHY I LOVE NYC” PROFILES
Conrad New York Downtown has launched a series of profiles of New Yorkers, including Bedside Reading New York authors. The new digital series is called “Why I Love NYC” and includes nearly 20 real testimonials from New Yorkers on why the city is the greatest place to live or visit. Interspersed between the interviews, the hotel features videos of iconic landmarks, neighborhoods, and hidden gems from around the city. The highlight videos appear on the hotel’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, while the interviews are featured on LinkedIn in addition to the other three platforms. Interviews feature select Bedside Reading Authors, including Susan Silver, Lee Mathew Goldberg, Seymour Ubell, Kim Akhtar, and Sweta Vikram. instagram.com/p/CCUivePFjWl/
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.