Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
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 Best NYCity Restaurants.
With restaurants partially opened or only open for takeout, this info is more useful for that glorious time when we have beaten the virus and life has returned to some form of normal.
It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan. Seems like there is at least one restaurant on every block. The New York City health department inspected over 10,000 eating establishments in Manhattan alone last year. And the selection of restaurants includes cuisines from all over the world.
Finding a good place to eat is a bit harder. We could start with New York City’s 72 Michelin-Starred Restaurants, but they are more suitable for those on expense accounts or celebrating a special event. No worries. There are many guides to good eating available, if you know where to look.
Here are a few of my favorite guides to the best restaurants in various neighborhoods:
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 (d)
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.
As NYC considers what to do about one-million school kids finishing summer there are several positive trends for city tourism. Of the 50,000 tests conducted daily in the state, the positive rate for coronavirus is consistently below 1%. Total COVID hospitalizations just hit a record low. On Sunday, the TSA recorded its highest number of daily passenger screenings since the crisis began. (And flying may be safer than we think—a new report suggests a 1 in 4,300 chance of contracting COVID-19.)
Among reopenings, on Monday the Lotte New York Palace became one of the first Manhattan luxury properties welcoming back guests. Culture begins its comeback with the return of the New-York Historical Society on Friday. A special free outdoor exhibition, Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine, presents documentation of the experiences of New Yorkers across the five boroughs during the height of the pandemic. The show will take place in New-York Historical’s rear courtyard off West 76th Street.
NYC Links of Interest
Ahead of an in-person reopening, UN Visitors Services is presenting virtual tours and briefings, hosted by the UN’s legendary multilingual tour guides. Online visitors can learn about the organization’s roles and can get insider angles on famous spaces like the General Assembly Hall and Security Council. Tours are available for groups or “UN Kids.”
Harlem Week goes virtual, starting this Sunday.
New York Comic Con 2020 has been cancelled, but an online version will substitute.
More layoffs for the Met Museum, which has shed 20% of staff since March.
Ready for the holidays? Halloween candy is already hitting the shelves as manufacturers anticipate a major seasonal focus this year.
Hospitality turns to tech to bring back guests.
New polling reveals the younger the respondent, the more likely they are to travel.
SipScience Presents: Best Practices in the New Era of Dining Out tomorrow at noon.
Fat Radish packs it in after almost a decade on the Lower East Side.
Morgan Library/Instagram. Inspired by the exhibition Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect. Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Everything to Do NYC Facebook Group Post of the Week: “Just Come and Enjoy”
Everything to Do NYC is a group of passionate New Yorkers sharing their expertise with city visitors and newcomers. Growth is picking up as the city reopens, with membership well over 7,000 now. The group is a great way of taking the pulse of the city from multiple perspectives. A recent example is a request for things to do on an August day trip to the city, and whether that’s even a good idea. Here are a few of the 60-plus comments from the group:
“The city is alive. Shopping, museums, etc May not be open – but the streets are. Walking through the city and seeing the architecture and hanging out in the parks is still great especially with less people in the city. Outdoor dining is another great feature that nyc has to offer. The buzz and the people are what make this great city beautiful and alive – If you’re ok with walking around/ riding a bike and enjoying otherwise a different nyc – then come on in – wear your mask -keep your Distance and enjoy nyc for what it is – because eventually the traffic, the noise and pollution will all be back before we know it.”
“Best time to come as city is quiet…Outdoor dining is great! Many stores open for shopping.”
“I’m in NYC. Yes we explore every weekend. Zoos are by reservation. Just as long as you wear mask bring some hand sanitizer you will be fine.”
“Still perfectly safe. There are enough outdoor activities to do. Just come and enjoy.”
Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Bruce Davidson: In Conversation, Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine, The 39th Battery Dance Festival 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.
The New-York Historical Society, the city’s oldest museum, is pleased to announce that it plans to reopen in stages starting August 14, 2020, pending approval from local and state officials. The Museum will first open a special free outdoor exhibition, “Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine,” which documents the experiences of New Yorkers across the five boroughs during the height of the pandemic.Then on September 11, 2020, the Museum will reopen indoors, with safety protocols …
The Battery Dance Festival brings together 52 filmed performances including 28 premieres from 19 countries. Themed evenings include World and U.S. film Premieres from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan and North America. The centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which recognized the woman’s right to vote, serves as a focus for a program by women choreographers. Works that focus on Black voices in dance, the resiliency of New York City and the Festival …
“Ces noms que nous portons” is a world premiere solo choreographed by Kyle Abraham for NYCB Principal Dancer Taylor Stanley. The film was shot on June 30 on the Josie Robertson Plaza, lit in celebration of Pride. Kyle and Taylor have written the following statement about their collaboration on “Ces noms que nous portions,” and encourage viewers to learn more about Black Lives Matter, the LGBTQ Freedom Fund, and The Okra Project.Please find the link …
After the financial crisis of the 1970’s decimated New York City’s public programs and infrastructure, the subway in particular was arguably at its nadir in terms of maintenance, upkeep, and crime as the decade came to a close. It was precisely at this moment, however, that Bruce Davidson began photographing it in a sustained and systematic way. The subway he traversed then, from the Bronx down to Coney Island and Rockaway Beach, seems a distant …
Poster House is planning its reopening and have earmarked August 20 as their reopening date and will be making the first week of access Members-only. Poster House will be reopening with new, reduced hours, from 11am–7pm, Thursday–Sunday, with 11am–12pm reserved for visitors in higher-risk groups. Please see their new online ticketing platform for admissions. The staff has also been trained on PPE usage and state health guidelines, and is ready to welcome you back to …
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.