August Events + Weekend Corona Culture (sat) – (08/08)

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 Weekend Corona Culture (sat). NEW STUFF!

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to and watch.  (NYT)


Virtual Culture This Weekend

Quarantine may have restricted our movement, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t live culture still out there. We’ve got some weekend livestreams to keep you informed and entertained—across talks, lectures, and performances.  (ThoughtGallery)


Tourism Happenings: NYC Latest Tourism News

Coronavirus Latest for Tourism

top of the rock reopening

Another week sees another reduction in NYC’s coronavirus load and another spate of reopenings. A highlight this week is the return of Top of the Rock, open daily from 1 to 9pm. Kids 12 and under get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket through Labor Day. Also coming back is the American Museum of Natural History, which has slotted September 9th for its public opening; capacity will be limited, days will be Wednesday-Sunday, and the planetarium will remain closed. Downtown, The Rooftop at Pier 17 has a new, pandemic-friendly way to chill, with 28 mini-lawns seating groups of up to 8, facing bridge and skyline views.

Traveler confidence is down nationally, but there are opportunities for NYC. Our thriving outdoor dining scene makes the city a substitute for travelers who won’t be going to Europe any time soon. The falling dollar may boost the city’s attractiveness when foreign travelers return. More data is out that NYC’s density was not a cause of our COVID-19 outbreak and that transit systems around the world are not leading to virus spread—evidence of a safe subway will go a long way for NYC’s comeback.

Links of Interest

new yankee stadium

Yankee Stadium Tours go virtual: online visits now available Tuesdays at noon and Thursdays at 2pm.

Food tourists returning (some) for NYC’s al fresco dining scene.

Hilton’s lifestyle brand opens Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District.

Ken Davenport’s predictions for when Broadway comes back, Part I and Part II.

For the first time since 1933, the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rocketteswill not go on (the tradition is expected back for 2021).

NYC party spaces struggling during the pandemic.

As summer domestic travel stalls, the U.S. Travel Association promotes “STEP Act” to provide travel industry relief.

Will “revenge travel” bring visitors back?

Live music spots and promoters form the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and #SaveOurStages advocacy campaign.

The local live event industry comes together with the NY / NJ Live Events Coalition.

An Audience with Roger Dow: Continuing to Navigate the Road to Recovery tomorrow morning at 11am.

Keith McNally’s Augustine in The Beekman bids adieu.

The Bryant Park Hotel packs it in, to be converted to boutique office space.

Meatpacking District food hall Gansevoort Market clears out.


NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: August 7 – 13

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include New York Responds, Diary of a Tap Dancer, TIME AND OTHER TRAVEL 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.

New York Responds

New York Responds

Museum of the City of New York

Manhattan / Sat, Aug 01, 2020 – Mon, Nov 30, 2020

On August 1, MCNY unveiled its new outdoor exhibition, “New York Responds,” incorporating photographs that document this singular moment in New York City history. On view on the terrace and balustrade, the first phase of this outdoor installation features a selection from the 15,000+ images submitted to the Museum’s open calls — #CovidStoriesNYC and #ActivistNY. The outdoor presentation offers a starting point for a new exhibition that will open at the Museum later this year …



92nd Street Y

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 21, 2020 – Thu, Aug 27, 2020

Millions of viewers have experienced 92Y’s classical online concerts since Garrick Ohlsson inaugurated the series in mid-March. Now, 92Y is proud to announce its Summer Season of classical concerts streaming twelve enticing and adventurous programs.The summer season boasts eight live streams from the artists’ own spaces, followed by four premiere broadcasts of previously recorded concerts. With a few exceptions (noted below), all concerts will air on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Eastern time. …

Little New-Yorkers @ Home

DiMenna Children’s History Museum

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 28, 2020 – Fri, Sep 04, 2020

Join via Zoom every Tuesday and Friday for story time and crafts! Each class includes a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, silly dances and songs, a story book reading, and a craft to do at home. This week, read Frankie’s Favorite Foods, written and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley. Meet Frankie who has too many favorite foods!  He can’t just choose one for the school play. Find out how Frankie manages to use his love for …

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

New York City Center

Manhattan / Tue, Jul 14, 2020 – Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, July 14, City Center presents a newly commissioned weekly performance series conceived and curated by Bronx-born tap dancer Ayodele Casel, one of the “Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019” (The New York Times), alongside Torya Beard, called “Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us.”For this series, Casel has curated a group of nine artists who will present seven different video performances—solos and duos created and performed by a multigenerational and multicultural group. The series is a continuation of her Diary of a Tap Dancer project …

Lafayette Gilchrist & David Murray Concerts

Lafayette Gilchrist & David Murray Concerts

Village Vanguard

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 07, 2020 – Sat, Aug 29, 2020

Acclaimed pianist and composer Lafayette Gilchrist and legendary saxophonist David Murray will appear in duo concerts livestreamed from clubs in Baltimore and NYC.• Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m. EDT presented by An Die Musik in Baltimore. Access to streaming link $7. For information visit• Friday and Saturday, August 28–29 at 9 p.m. EDT presented by The Village Vanguard in New York City. Access is $10, available the week of the show via

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 (e):

Lower Manhattan Historical Highlights

“For more than a century, there was no New York City north of Chambers Street. Lower Manhattan was New York City. Now, with more than 400 years of living history amidst an ever-expanding metropolis, this singular, dynamic neighborhood remains a bridge to our country’s past and a gateway to its future”  (

Dutch Days – Mevrouw’s Manhattan
A Walking Tour

“About 1625, the Dutch founded the tiny settlement of New Amsterdam where my novel The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan takes place. Mevrouw Jackie Lambert’s tavern looked out on the bay from Pearl Street, which ran along the island’s original shoreline. This tour guides you through lower Manhattan, where Mevrouw’s world is still written in the streetscape. Along the way, you will meet some of the crazy characters who made New Amsterdam such a bawdy place.”  (billsbrownstone)

How to Explore Lower Manhattan Like a Local

“As a local New Yorker, I’d like to highlight a Lower Manhattan itinerary that includes some well-known spots, as well as some under-the-radar gems, you may not realize are right under your nose. This guide lists out the many things to do in Lower Manhattan in the hope you can really get to know Lower Manhattan.”  (



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