August Events + Top 10 Corona Culture (a2) (08/10)

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 (a2). NEW STUFF!

1. What’s next after Phase 4? What you need to know about NYC’s reopening (TONY). There’s no Phase 5, but there’s still a lot of reopening to do.

2. Everything You Need To Know About NYC’s Reopening  (curbed).
The five boroughs entered the fourth and final phase of reopening on Monday, July 20.

3. The 9 best streets for outdoor dining in NYC this summer  (TONY).
These streets are closed off to traffic on weekends through August for al fresco dining.

4. Brooklyn Bridge, Star of the City: Here’s a Tour  (NYT).
Our critic explores the bridge and the neighborhoods on either side with the architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.

5. The Best Online Workout Classes, According to Strategist Writers and Editors  (NY Magazine).

6. The New York Botanical Garden is officially open  (TONY).
You’ll be able to once again bask in the garden’s bountiful natural wonders.

7. 15 TV Shows That Make You Want to Visit New York City  (

8. Where to Stream Great Dance Performances  (NY Magazine).

9. 10 virtual tours: Travel the world without leaving home  (Newsday).
Take a tour of many of the world’s greatest sights—from home! Travel across the globe through these virtual, online experiences.

10. All the performances, events, and classes in NYC you can stream online (6sqft).

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 visitor should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights than Lower Manhattan.

Governors Island, unlike anywhere else in New York City, is a 172-acre playground in New York Harbor, just 800 yards and a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. With unmatched views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island is admission-free and open for picnics, biking/strolling, tours, performances and events.

Governors Island will be open to the public for passive recreation activities beginning July 15, 2020. Starting that day, the Island will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 7 PM on weekends. You can visit Governors Island by taking the island’s ferry service or the NYC Ferry.

Today’s feature is Governors Island – an overview:

Governors IslandLonely Planet

Insider Guide: Governors

Everything You Need To Know About Governors Island 2019gothamist

Governors Island

Governors Island National MonumentNational Park Service

Guide to Governors Islandtripsavvy

A Miracle in New York HarborNew York Review of Books


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



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




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