August Events + 6 Top Online Travel Forums (08/27)

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 6 Top Online Travel Forums.

Traditional travel guides and blogs, whether online or in paper format, give you a lot of content but still have their limitations. Chances are you’ll have specific questions and concerns that they didn’t cover.

Online travel forums (the original social media) are one of the best ways to find information you can’t find elsewhere, and to find answers to specific questions. These online communities of travelers are ready and willing to offer their insights and first-hand knowledge.

Which are the best travel forums – the forums with many informed and active members who will answer your questions promptly and accurately? with moderators who will ensure that discussions stay relevant and civil?

Here are my six favorites:

> Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree
An old timer (since 1996) – you can search by destination or interest, search for a travel buddy or just have a chat. 7.1M results for “everything ever.”
Search here for New York City

> Trip Advisor’s Travel Board
Their motto: ”Get the truth.Then go” Search by destination or interest. The New York City Travel Forum has 189K topics and the sidebar “Top questions about New York City” is very helpful.
Search here for New York City

> Frommer’s Community Forums
Not as active as some other forums, but archived topics can be helpful. Search by destinations, trip ideas, tips&tools.
Search here for New York City

> Fodor’s Travel Talk Forums
This is a big one with 2.1M posts for the USA and 3.9M posts for Europe and can be difficult to find what you are looking for. In order to use all the features of the forum, you will need to register.
Search here for New York City

> Flyer Talk Forums
Been around a long time. Heavy, of course, on air travel and airports. But the destinations section has a New York City forum with many posts. Unfortunately, browsing through the threads is time consuming, and the search engine is not very helpful.
Search here for New York City

> Rick Steve’s Travel Forum
This is a Euro-centric Forum, so it won’t be much help for NYCity. But Rick Steves and his travelers have so much good information on the site, including travel technology, I just had to list it. Be sure to use it when you travel to Europe.
Search here for technology tips

Of course, your FaceBook friends and Twitter world may be helpful too.

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.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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

stay safe lotte new york palace

The Lotte New York Palace reopened on Monday with new health precautions. Image credit: Lotte New York Palace.

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 YorkCity 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

united nations virtual tour

NYC
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.

TRENDS
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.

WEBINAR
SipScience Presents: Best Practices in the New Era of Dining Out tomorrow at noon.

CLOSING TIME
Fat Radish packs it in after almost a decade on the Lower East Side.

Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect. Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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.”

You can check out the full response hereOther recent posts provide insight into what locals and visitors are thinking.

=========================================================

NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: August 21 – 27

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Mother Earth, The Six Bach Solo Cello Suites, Looking Past Shadows 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.

Mother Earth

Mother Earth

Rockaway Beach

Queens / Wed, Aug 12, 2020 – Thu, Aug 12, 2021

Hudson-based contemporary artist Kris Perry’s monumental sculpture “Mother Earth” is installed at Rockaway Beach (Queens) as part of the NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program, which brings both experimental and traditional art to the public in locations throughout the five boroughs. Made of Corten steel, a material that will evolve with the seasons and site, the 35-foot-tall soaring sculpture will be on view for one year starting August 12, 2020. “At a time when people …

The Six Bach Solo Cello Suites

The Six Bach Solo Cello Suites

Judson Memorial Church

Manhattan / Sun, Aug 23, 2020, 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Perspectives Ensemble, in cooperation with the Judson Memorial Church, presents “The Six Bach Solo Cello Suites” performed by Wendy Sutter, cellist, on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Suites 1-3 will be performed at 3pm EDT and Suites 4-6 will be performed at 6pm EDT. Honed over a lifetime of close engagement with these iconic works, Ms. Sutter’s intensely personal interpretations will be streamed from the serenely beautiful Meeting Room of Judson Memorial Church. The concerts will also …

Michael Almereyda Here and Now

Michael Almereyda Here and Now

Museum of the Moving Image

Queens / Fri, Aug 21, 2020 – Sun, Sep 20, 2020

A true American iconoclast, Michael Almereyda has been directing, writing, and producing unconventional, fiercely independent visions in a variety of genres and styles for more than three decades, whether working in documentary, fiction, or a combination of the two. From August 21 through September 20, Museum of the Moving Image presents Michael Almereyda Here and Now, a recent career retrospective featuring four of the director’s most memorable 21st-century visions — William Eggelston in the Real …

Looking Past Shadows: Photographs by Marvin E. Newman

Looking Past Shadows: Photographs by Marvin E. Newman

Howard Greenberg Gallery

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 21, 2020 – Thu, Dec 31, 2020

From his earliest days as a photographer on the streets of Chicago, Marvin E. Newman has worked to harmonize formal experimentation with a sensitive, ever-present humanism. Whether on editorial commission for Sports Illustrated or Look Magazine (two of the many publications that he contributed to for the better part of five decades), or whether he was capturing the shadows and silhouettes cast by pedestrians on city streets, Newman’s photography has always been structured by a …

American Folk Art Museum Reopening

American Folk Art Museum Reopening

American Folk Art Museum

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 11:30 am

The American Folk Art Museum announced today that it will reopen to visitors on Friday, August 28, with Member preview days on August 26 and August 27. The Museum’s Lincoln Square location will be open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM. All visitors will be required to have a ticket prior to entering the Museum’s galleries and are asked to reserve in advance. Admission is always free.When the …

===========================================================

STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s