August Events + The Nifty Nine NYCity News Sources (08/13)

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 “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 The Nifty Nine NYC News sources.
All the NYCity News You Need to Start Your Day

The New York Times – New York Today / Daily Briefings

AM / Metro New York

The New York Times – Regional New York News

Wall Street Journal Greater New York (Region News)

Grub Street – NY Magazine’s Food and Restaurant Blog

Gothamist: News, Food, Arts and Events

The New York Times – Art and Design

Metro / New York Post

amNY Online

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 – Things To Do:

Governors Island Things To Do

Things To Do – Governors Island National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

What to do and where to eat on Governors Island this summer | am New York

The 10 best things to do on Governors Island | 6sqft

Where to Bike, Climb, and Snack on Governors Island — New York Magazine

A summer guide to Governors Island: what to do, see and eat | Newsday

Top 8 Things to Do on Governors Island

Governors Island, NY guide including events and things to do

Best things to do on Governors Island including special events

10 Fun Things to Do on Governors Island | NYCgo


Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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.

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.


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 13 – August 19)

8/13-16 – Philadelphia Folk Festival: with Ben Gibbard, Shakey Graves, Allen Stone, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Josh Ritter, Los Lobos, Billy Bragg, Rhiannon Giddens, Richard Thompson, The Lone Bellow, Chris Smither, Devon Gilfillian, Ivan Neville, many more

8/14-16 – The Greatest Festival of All Time – Radio Woodstock 40 years of archives, including Jimi Hendrix 1967, Bob Marley 1975, The Allman Brothers 1970, Nirvana 1994, Tom Petty 1985, R.E.M. 1984, The Clash 1982, Sheryl Crow 1999, Radiohead 2006, Pearl Jam 1998, Santana Woodstock, The Police 1979, Bob Dylan & The Band 1974, Amy Winehouse 2006, Dave Matthews 1995, Bruce Springsteen 1975, U2 1983, James Brown 1962, Johnny Cash Folsom Prison, Neil Young 1978, Talking Heads 1983, Led Zep 1972, David Bowie 1972, Joni Mitchell 1974, Van Morrison 1973, Fleetwood Mac 1977, Wilco 2005, CSNY 1974, Beatles Rooftop 1969 and many more

8/14 – Vote Ready: A Concert for Voter Registration, performances from The War On Drugs, members of Grizzly Bear and TV On The Radio, Kevin Morby, Waxahatchee, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Kam Franklin (of The Suffers) and more

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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