August Events + Top 10 Corona Culture (c2) (08/07)

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 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!

1. NYC museums, events, performances: What’s reopening and what’s cancelled this year  (6sqft).

2. Can’t Wait For The Museums? Many NYC Galleries Are Now Reopening To The Public  (gothamist)

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.

5. I’ve Seen 100+ of Those Virtual Tours—And These Are My 11 Favorite  (

6. 13 New York City Virtual Tours: Explore the Big Apple  (

7. Rockefeller Center’s Art Deco Marvel: A Virtual Tour  (NYT)

8. Here are things that you can do in Central Park amid the COVID-19 pandemic  (amNY)

9. Brooklyn, before it was a global brand: Walk it’s history  (NYT)

10. The best virtual travel experiences for families while in quarantine  (amNY)

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):

Four interesting walks in lower Manhattan

“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)

Tour the Battery, the Birthplace of New York with The Battery Conservancy and Untapped Cities

“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)

Take A Tour Downtown

“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)

WXPN’s Free at Noon Virtual Musikfest continues: The Roadhouse on 8/6, The Funky on 8/7, The Ladies on 8/8 and The Songwriters on 8/9

Björk live from Reykjavík’s Harpa Hall showcasing new instrumental arrangements of songs from her back catalogue (8/9, 8/15, 8/23, 8/29)

R.E.M.’s Glastonbury set from 1999, limited on-demand (8/6-8)

Brandi Carlile, Youth Orchestra LA and members of the LA Phil, limited on-demand (8/7-14)

Philadelphia Folk Festival: multiple streams of music, integrated chat, campfire open mics, and zoom campsites (8/13-16)

G. Love & Friends from the Misquamicut Drive-In, $ (8/10)
Info and links at


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)


cosi fan tutti met opera

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.

NYC Health information page for COVID-19.

NYC restaurant world information.

Stream hundreds of Broadway shows (by subscription).

15 Broadway shows you can watch from home.

Broadway performances live—from stars’ living rooms.

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.

51 New York TV shows and movies.

5 eras of New York to enjoy in books and movies.

2,500 museums and galleries you can visit virtually.

The New York Botanical Garden in bloom from home.

Exploring Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square.

The Top of the Rock launches a brief virtual tour on YouTube.

Livestreamed fitness classes.

Fun at-home activities for kids.

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.


Explore the world of design with Cooper Hewitt.

Experience the Intrepid Museum anywhere.

New-York Historical Society from home.

A portal to the map collection of the Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Brooklyn Museum remotely.

Guggenheim Museum from home.

The Morgan’s exhibitions.

Virtually visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

The Merchant’s House Museum from home.

rubin shrine room virtual tour

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.

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