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.
Earlier today we covered the Nifty Nine NYCity News Sources and Lower Manhattan stories on the “Gotham” blog. Now, how about some other useful information during these trying times.
NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: August 28 – September 03
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.
#ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis
International Center of Photography
Manhattan / Tue, Aug 11, 2020 – Sun, Sep 27, 2020
On March 20, the International Center of Photography announced an open call for imagemakers around the world to post and tag imagery of their experiences as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded. The hashtag #ICPConcerned was named in recognition of ICP’s founding principle to champion “concerned photography”—socially and politically minded images that can educate and change the world.Then, on May 25, George Floyd, a Black man, was killed in Minneapolis by a white police officer and millions …
Davina Semo: Reverberation
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Manhattan / Thu, Aug 20, 2020 – Sun, Apr 18, 2021
A ringing bell organizes our civic life, inviting us to come together in public space. Its unmistakable sound marks the hours, calls us to assemble, alerts us to danger, and announces momentous occasions. These and other modes of public address can unify communities and define the auditory landscape of our city, even when all else is silent and still.Davina Semo (b. 1981, Washington, DC) has created five cast bronze bells to be rung by visitors …
Ballet Hispánico Class Registration Deadline
Manhattan / Wed, Sep 02, 2020, 11:59 pm
Ballet Hispánico’s School of Dance announces the schedule for its Fall 2020-21 dance classes. Classes will take place online and in person, maintaining proper social distancing and following all CDC guidelines. More information is available at www.ballethispanico.org/school/school-year-programs/letter. The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance is the direct link to the organization’s values of access, opportunity, and pride for all students interested in dance and Latinx culture. The School is an accredited training center that leads with a holistic curriculum …
Connecting ACO Community
American Composers Orchestra
Manhattan / Sun, Aug 02, 2020 – Sun, Oct 04, 2020
American Composers Orchestra (ACO) announces Volume 3 of Connecting ACO Community, featuring seven commissions to be premiered online on Sundays at 5pm ET between August 2 and October 4, 2020, for a ticketed audience on ACO’s YouTube Channel. Each session includes a live conversation with the featured composer and performer(s), hosted by ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel or ACO President Edward Yim, in addition to the performance.ACO initiated Connecting ACO Community in response to the …
The Met Reopens
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Manhattan / Sat, Aug 29, 2020, 10:00 am
The Met Fifth Avenue will reopen on August 29 for visitors and August 27 and 28 for Members. The Met Cloisters is scheduled to reopen on September 12. Visitor and staff health and safety is the top priority. Please be assured that The Met is following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York State, and New York City for increased health and safety procedures.At the Met, five thousand years of art …
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
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
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.”
You can check out the full response here. Other recent posts provide insight into what locals and visitors are thinking.
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.