September NYC Events + Weekend Corona Culture (09/06)

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 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

The best things to do in NYC this weekend includes playing pétanque, picking apples and catching the PS1 Warm Up concert. (TONY)


Your Guide to Labor Day Weekend in NYC

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.

Plan a staycation in the Rockaways

Rockaway Beach
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

Take in the art at the reopened Whitney

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

Have a cocktail on a LES shipwreck

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

Catch a laser light show at Chelsea Market

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

Feel the tropical breeze at a new rooftop bar

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

Laugh at comedians performing al fresco

Multiple venues
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

See (or stream) a live Broadway show

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

Watch a film from a Filipino-American director

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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The September Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month. 

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)

ThoughtGallery is my primo site for “Smart Stuff” –  the types of events you will find fascinating if you are just a little curious. Check them out every day – ThoughtGallery


Now, how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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 (September 03– September 09)

From our list of Live Music Online:

9/4 – Patti Smith, “An Evening of Words & Music” live readings and a performance with long-time bandmate Tony Shanahan, 9pm $

9/4 – Pearl Jam will stream their August 18, 2018 hometown show from Seattle, 8pm, $

9/4-6 – Phish Labor Day Triple Broadcast, three nights of archival shows from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, with recipes

9/5 – Tank & The Bangas on Tipitina’s.TV, from the legendary New Orleans music venue $

9/5 – The Who “Join Together @ Home” free weekly online broadcast at 1pm

9/9-10 – Margo Price live from Brooklyn Bowl Nashville: 2 full-band, audience-free shows with unique set lists $


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