August Events + Top 11 Corona Culture (a2) (08/17)

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 11 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).

11. 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 visitor should see. No neighborhood has more spectacular sights, nor more important links to early American history then Lower Manhattan.

Today’s feature is Lower Manhattan as New Amsterdam (a)

New Amsterdam – The Beginnings of New York City – Legends of America

Dutch New Amsterdam | National Museum of American History

New Amsterdam |



Until 1664, New York was called New Amsterdam because of the arrival of Dutch settlers

(1) New Amsterdam Trail: History of New York City – YouTube


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.

Places to Go in NYC: Virtual Tours of Observation Decks

For a real sense of the city’s epic scale, you need to get up into the sky, into one of New York’s unparalleled observatories. The sometime chaos of New York sidewalks gives way to a clarity on the upper stories. The grids of streets, the flow of traffic, and architectural masterpieces from across the eras all come into clear focus. If you’re planning a visit to NYC, check out these virtual tours of our famous observation decks so you’ll be ready to choose the best one for you.

Virtual Tour: Empire State Building

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. Ever since its 1931 completion, the Empire State Building has been the most famous skyscraper in the world. It remains a vital part of NYC and an inspiration to the millions of visitors who ascend to the ESB observation deck in every season. Newly updated features include a museum, the Observatory Experience. The result of a $165 million investment, this second floor stopover will substitute for what was once time spent waiting on line. Take a virtual tour of the space above, and check out the many features the attraction offers20 W. 34th St., 212-736-3100,

Virtual Tour: One World Observatory

ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY. There’s only one tallest. Only one strongest. And only one destination selected as the Best New Attraction in the World. These attributes belong to One World Trade Center, and its pinnacle, the One World Observatory, rising over 100 stories in the sky. Check out this virtual overview of what you’ll find there285 Fulton St., 844-696-1776,

Virtual Tour: Top of the Rock

TOP OF THE ROCK. At this stunning perch atop Rockefeller Center, you’ll find wholly unobstructed views of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the rivers, and all of Central Park (its size can only truly be appreciated when seen from above). The Grand Viewing Deck on the 69th floor offers unparalleled views of the city, with visibility that reaches some 30 miles on a clear day. The 70th Floor is the proverbial cherry on top, allowing visitors to experience a 360° panorama of Manhattan in all its glory. This is an open-air perch with completely unobstructed views—no glass or anything. It provides a vantage point unlike any other in the city…or the world. 30 Rockefeller Ctr., 212-698-2000,

Virtual Tour: Edge

The Edge

EDGE, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor observation deck, opened in March 2020, just before the city went on pause. The city is looking forward to the return of this incredible, triangular deck extending from the skyscraper at 30 Hudson Yards. You can stand 100 floors above the ground and see miles and miles in every direction. The deck offers 360-degree views with jaw-dropping glimpses of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, the Hudson River, and much more. You can tour the various features at Edge hereLevel 4 inside The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, 332-204-8500,

There’s no bad time to take an eagle eye to the lives of millions of New Yorkers, but if you can time it, we’d steer you to dusk, when you can enjoy both sunset and the thrill of watching the city’s lights flickering to life.

Want more free advice on what to do and see in New York? Join our Facebook group Everything to Do NYC, a place for people to ask questions and get tips on how to make the most of the city


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


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