Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
For September we are going to try a different format – “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times or NYC related visual info (Instagram and YouTube) or all the NYC news you need to start your day.
We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (sun). NEW STUFF!
The best things to do in NYC this weekend includes playing pétanque, picking apples and catching the PS1 Warm Up concert. (TONY)
A Rockaway Beach staycation at a new hotel, stand-up comedy al fresco, tropical drinks on a rooftop bar, and more. (thrillist)
If you’re thinking about giving up your rent-controlled apartment in NYC for wider spaces in Vermont, you might want to reconsider. Learn from this New Yorker who did (and then immediately regretted it and said she had lost her mind), and spend this Labor Day Weekend realizing that New York is definitely not dead and far from over.
This weekend, you can go on a staycation at a brand new hotel opening in Rockaway Beach, take a socially distanced spin around the newly reopened Whitney Museum of American Art, or watch a live comedy show on a picnic blanket in the great outdoors — we’ve rounded up everything to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC this Labor Day Weekend.
The brand new Rockaway Hotel is opening this weekend for those of us who could use a little Labor Day staycation. While a quick flight to Miami for the long weekend might be out of the question, an Uber to Queens is totally doable. Make your way to Rockaway Beach, enjoy the surf and sun, and soak in these last few days of summer.
Cost: Rooms start at $300
At long last, the Whitney Museum of American Art is reopening (along with other cool exhibits and museums). Tour a selection from Mexican muralists in the Vida Americana exhibition, or see forty-five trippy, symbol-heavy works from modernist Agnes Pelton. The Whitney’s new safety measures include face coverings, new circulation routes through the exhibitions, and timed entry tickets. Be sure to score your ticket in advance, as the museum will be letting in a smaller number of guests to allow for social distancing.
Cost: Pay as you wish
Lower East Side
Shipwrecked!, a new pop-up from cocktail bar Banzarbar, is offering the chance to drink as if you’re on a sinking ship — perhaps the best possible metaphor for 2020. Score a reservation, order an Arctic Willow with whiskey and hibiscus or a frozen Here Be Mermaids with vodka and coconut, and batten down the hatches. You can order the three-course prix fixe dinner ($75 per person) or snack on oysters and tostones to keep from getting so drunk you start to wonder if that’s the sidewalk or the ocean underneath your feet.
Cost: Cocktails are $18
Intangible Forms, an art installation from multi-media artist Shohei Fujimoto, is back open at Chelsea Market’s ARTECHOUSE after an early closure in mid-March. With a laser light show as its centerpiece, Intangible Forms is an Instagrammable experience that feels straight out of the Before Times. Due to COVID restrictions, you’ve got to show up right on time for your ticket, so head over early to take advantage of Chelsea Market’s outdoor seating for a pre-show meal.
Cost: Tickets are $24
Talk Story, the newly opened rooftop bar atop the McCarren Hotel, is the latest offering in the city’s new spate of outdoor dining. With tropical cocktails and island-inspired fare, Talk Story — named for the Hawaiian phrase meaning “shoot the breeze” — is designed to feel like a mini vacation. With views of Manhattan and Long Island City, it’s the perfect place to bring a date (remember those?) or a group of pals for a masked meet-up.
Cost: Cocktails are $16
Stand Up NY is bringing comedy to the great outdoors with Stand Up NY in the Park. With shows in parks all over the city, you can get your fill of the comedy club without a two-drink minimum or, um, walls. Showtimes and locations are announced at 10am on the morning of the performances, so be sure to check their site to get a ticket. Bring a blanket or a chair, a cocktail in a water bottle, and come prepared to see the standups of NYC in the bright light of day.
Cost: $20 suggested donation
Sunday, September 6
Virtual or Midtown
The Broadway Relief Project began as a way to make PPE for medical and public service workers, and now they’re working with performers to give back to their favorite charities. This Sunday, Brandon Victor Dixon — from Hamilton, Shuffle Along, and Moulin Rouge — is performing a show that you can see IRL or from the comfort of your home. Only 48 tickets are being sold for the 300-seat studio space (which has also been outfitted with plexiglass between every seat) so you can see a show on Broadway while maintaining your social distance.
Cost: $5 to stream; $90 for IRL tickets
No Data Plan, a 2019 film from Filipino-American filmmaker Miko Revereza, combines Revereza’s personal history as an undocumented person in the United States with the story of a harrowing three-day Amtrak journey from LA to New York in the age of ICE. Until movie theaters open up again, you can pop some popcorn and stream the show at home — 50% of ticket sales go to support BAM until they can open their doors again.
Cost: Tickets are $10
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Wait, September? It seemed like time was standing still. As we gear up for fall there are legions of good talks and cultural experiences waiting, mostly still virtual, although a couple of in-person opportunities are sprinkled in. We’re looking forward to talks on Spinoza, Audre Lorde, and the medicine of “Game of Thrones.” (ThoughtGallery)
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Now, how about some other useful information during these trying times.
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.